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
LGBT Society Statement
The LGBT+ committee has contacted the appropriate Guild authorities with our concerns about this event given that, in our view, it breaks the Guild’s safe space policy. Should the guild not cancel the event we are prepared to organise a protest event, but we are awaiting the Guild’s response before taking further action. We have every confidence, however, that the correct decision will be made.
The committee would like to take this opportunity to state that we are committed to the freedom of every individual to practise whatever faith they wish, provided the practising of this faith does not impinge on the freedoms and happiness of others. And we would like to reaffirm that should any further action be taken it will be against the event and is not a protest against either ISOC or Islam as a faith.
We balance the BBC’s horrendous Jubilee coverage with some relentlessly nasty jubilee coverage (ie: we talk reasonably about the Republic protest), we find out all about Workfare, talk about BRAINS, and discover what happened when Hayley complained about some misleading faith healing advertisements.
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Republic Protest (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Jim Jepps and James Gray) Workfare (17:24) by Cory Hazlehurst Enlightenment Cafe Update (25:16) by James O’Malley
(ft Andy Franzkowiac and Claire Benson) HOTS Faith Healing (30:44) by Hayley Stevens Brainy Chat (41:49) by Dean Burnett (ft Barry Gibb) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
Barnet Bans Bloggers (1:29) by James Firth American Liberty (8:37) by Matt Flaherty The Authoritarians (17:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Prof Robert Altemayer) Why shouldn’t you ride the STS Discovery to work? (23:06) by Drew Rae MaxBrain Advertising (29:49) by Dr*T The Framing Effect (35:16) by Kash Farooq
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