This week we speak to COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD, who recently spent six months on board the International Space Station, whilst simultaneously becoming a hero to everyone on Twitter. We find out Hadfield’s thoughts on the current on-going ISS ammonia leak, how he got involved in Robin Ince & Brian Cox’s Christmas show, what it was like meeting Stephen Hawking, and much more.
Plus back on earth we speak to a man suing the FBI because of Freedom of Information, figure out if scientists should boycott the major journals, and weigh up whether Christmas is a good thing, or a bad thing.
COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD Interview (1:46) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Hadfield) Suing the FBI (31:26) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ryan Shapiro) Scientific Publishing (55:13) by Andrew Holding Sochi Pride Houses (59:02) by Marc Naimark Boo Christmas (67:38) by Chris Chapman Yay Christmas (74:02) by Charlotte Hooson-Sykes
This week we look at the persecution of non-religious people around the world and how we deal with grief. Yep – it’s an upbeat show this week! We also consider MP’s pay rises, and Stu tells us how David Cameron stole his joke!
Humanist & Atheist Persecution (1:33) by James O’Malley (ft Bob Churchill) Handling Grief (23:06) by Dean Burnett MPs should get a raise (30:28) by Dr*T David Cameron Stole My Joke! (37:40) by Stu Richards The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Pigeon Post (1:36) by Nathan Rae Faith School Map (10:25) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson) GPS (20:08) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof David Last) Why Religion Is In Decline (31:51) by Burt Flannery The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Feminism & Secularism (1:24) by James O’Malley (ft Anne Marie Waters) Personalised Medicine (12:58) by Adam Jacobs Human Libraries (21:28) by Neil Denham Noah (31:06) by Ian Bushfield Sleazy PR (35:26) by Marsh The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
A big show this week as we speak to the man behind a new documentary on whales in captivity, find out why scientists should be on Question Time, from the man who running a petition about it, look at some crazy JFK conspiracy theories and much more!
Blackfish (1:28) by Sandra Prow (ft Jeffrey Ventre) Question Time Scientists (26:46) by Martin Robbins JFK Conspiracy Theories (31:33) by Blakeley Nixon Canadian Mayors (38:25) by Ian Bushfield Abu Dhabi Science Festival (43:18) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!
Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq) New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff) Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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This week’s show is all about our contributors – and specifically how you can get involved! If you’re a regular listener to The Pod Delusion you’ll know that we have an open submissions policy – but how to start? This week we look back on some of our favourite segments from our regular contributors, and try to inspire you to get involved yourself!
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This week we find out what happened at Mozfest (and speak to the director of the Mozilla foundation!), figure out the truth about pirates – as well as discover what’s going to be happening at QED and why religion became so popular.
Mozfest (1:40) by Julie Gould (ft Mark Surman & Kaitlin Thaney) Pirates (12:48) by Chris Chapman QED Plug (19:20) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh) History of Religion (27:35) by James O’Malley (ft Matthew Kneale) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This is a recording of the October meeting of the Soho Skeptics group in London.
In the past five years, we have witnessed the rise of the far-right in Europe and beyond. The pinnacle of it all is, if you believe the telly, Greece. But is austerity and the 2008 financial crisis necessarily linked, with the rise of extremists? Hasn’t Russia for instance been dealing with this phenomenon for some time, as well as the financially booming Norway and Austria?
While the world watches Europe, hoping that an economic miracle will stop the neo-nazi threat, some rather dystopic scenarios unfurl elsewhere, and specifically, in Syria. Is the country’s suffering linked with the West’s far-right trouble? Is Al Qaeda and the Golden Dawn two sides of the same coin?
In an analysis taking from cinematic dystopias and current economic ailments, Yiannis Baboulias will show how the introduction of highly extractive financial institutions across the globe, gives birth to extreme movements, and why once a country falls, be it Syria, Somalia, or one much closer to home, it may be impossible to bring it back.
Yiannis Baboulias is a Greek journalist and writer, focussing on European politics, economics and the rise of the far-right. His work has appeared on Vice UK, New Statesman, LRB, Guardian, Open Democracy, NLP and others.He is writing his first book on the Greek crisis and the rise of the far-right, to be published by ZED in 2014.
This week we catch up with TV’s Helen Czerski, who’s currently in a boat somewhere in the North Atlantic studying bubbles! We also examine the government’s new nuclear energy plans and David Byrne’s comments about services like Spotify. Plus we wonder if degree mills really make a difference.
Helen on a Boat! (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Czerski!) Nuclear Europe (19:46) by Drew Rae David Byrne Moaning (27:13) by Steve Page Degree Mills (35:58) by Kevin Friery The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two