This week we figure out if Michael Gove was talking rubbish about the First World War (spoiler: he was!), discover if monogamy is dead, find out why science’s favourite metaphor won’t work any more… and much, much more!
It’s Not Simple, Mr Gove (1:33) by Rich Godbehere Origins of WWI (9:41) by Sean Slater Is Monogamy Dead? (17:43) by Rosie Wilby Media Law (21:42) by Alex Fitch Dead Metaphor (32:38) by Sean Ellis Wiki Petition (39:12) by Salim Fadhley Zombie Stats (46:06) by Adam Jacobs Dimensional Travel (52:17) by Nathan Rae The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we speak to pro-vaccine hero Dr Paul Offit about his new book, discover what they were protesting about at Bilderberg, ask pertinent questions about the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital investigation, and discover the science behind cosmetics.
Paul Offit Interview (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff Bilderberg Protests (18:28) by Rob Brotherton & Mike Wood MidStaffs (38:41) by Drew Rae Girl On The Net (45:49) by Sean Ellis Beauty By The Geeks (51:06) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
To celebrate the show’s first birthday, we recorded this episode LIVE at Skeptics in the Pub, London – so it’s a bit longer than usual, but still follows the same format and is hopefully just as entertainment. There was a brief Q&A session after each speaker – we cut those for time reasons, though you can find them below.
Also below is Sean Ellis’s report on the audience reaction to the live event – you can hear that below.
The Papal Visit
by Jon Treadway (ft Naomi Phillips from the British Humanist Association) – 0:03:14
Future Trends In Alternative Medicine
by Liz Lutgendorff – 0:14:35
The Integrated Restaurant
by Sean Ellis – 0:23:18
by Martin Robbins – 0:30:19
Gay Blood Donation
by Alex Foster – 0:42:29
Why I’m Not A Skeptic
by Will Howells – 0:50:15
The Twat In The Hat
by Crispian Jago – 1:00:08
Carmen and John’s Music
by Carmen D’Cruz and John Gregson – 1:06:32
Milton Mermikides doing sound effects, playing music and stings throughout.
MC James O’Malley was in da house.
Thanks to Sid Rodrigues and everyone at London SITP for hosting us.
DVD Extra style content:
What did the people there think? by Sean Ellis
What did you think of the live format? Please post in the comments below as we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Jon, who runs the Bad Psychics network of sites has asked if I could compile some of our homeopathy-related reports into a single episode to be featured on his website. Not one to turn an excellent promotional opportunity down, I put the following together…
Homeopathy Undercover by Crispian Jago Is conventional medicine all it’s cracked up to be? by Simon Howard Homeopathy at the Select Committee by Martin Robbins An Open Letter to Boots by Andy Wilson