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Episode 169 – 11th January 2013

A scientific study into internet comments, celebrating the London Underground at 150, how the BBC are regurgitating press releases, why sociobiology is mad, and find out about THE LEVESON DEBATE!



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Internet Comment Polarisation (2:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dominique Brossard)
Screening Vultures (14:45) by Max Davie
The Tube At 150 (19:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Christian Wolmar)
The BBC and Police Press Releases (31:47) by Michael Marshall
Sociobiology (41:21) by Carl Packman
Disability on TV (48:51) by Christian Hofstader (read by Tannice Pendegrass)
The Leveson Debate (54:51) by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 164 – 30th November 2012

This week: ZOMBIES at the LHC, who won the first annual Good Thinking Soc Science Blog prize, we speak to sci-fi writer Jasper Fforde, who was a judge on the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, we check in with Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta about his new book, try to save the naked scientist, posit a radical idea for changing benefits and find out why Argos is powered by nanotechnology.



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Science Blogging Awards (1:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Suzi Gage & More)
The Winton Prize (17:14) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jasper Fforde)
Decay (23:35) by James O’Malley (ft Luke Thompson, Clara Nellist and Michael Mazur)
Young Atheists Survival (32:23) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hemant Mehta)
Universal Basic Income (40:24) by Steven Sumpter
Naked Scientists (48:36) by Kat Arney
Argos Conspiracy (53:46) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 136 – 18th May 2012

We speak to HUGH GRANT, Tom Watson, Harriet Harman, Rich Peppiatt, Owen Jones & more at the rally for media reform, find out why the BBC isn’t biased, why Norway divorced its church and state and get the latest on Derek Acorah’s escapades.



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Media Reform (2:29) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley
(ft Hugh Grant, Tom Watson MP, Harriet Harman MP, Jacky Davis, Evan Harris, Owen Jones, Rich Peppiatt, Mary Ellen Field & Jacqui Hames)
BBC Bias? (23:02) by Cory Hazlehurst
Secular Norway (31:26) by Sean Ellis
Shareholder Revolts (38:28) by Alex Fitch
Derek Acorah (46:33) by Hayley Stevens
Word of Faith (53:20) by Jonny Scaramanga
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 112 – 25th November 2011

This week we take a journey across time and space as we look forward to the Mars Science Lab mission, and talk about a new play that takes a look back into recent history through the medium of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s diaries. We also speak to Marcus Chown about his new book and are scared by news of what the SOPA act could mean for the internet.


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Mars Science Lab (1:40) by Kash Farooq (ft Claire Cousins)
SOPA (9:42) by James Firth (ft Cathy Gellis)
Darknet (19:07) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hose Manuel)
Curing Cancer (26:54) by Matt Kaiser
The BBC & Open Access (33:34) by Pete Hague
Tweeting the Universe (38:32) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Marcus Chown)
A Walk On Part (47:11) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Steve Marmion, John Hodgkinson, Michael Crick, Diane Abbott and Don Foster)
Solipsism (54:57) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Thanks to Hayley Stevens and Dave for supplying the dogs (!)

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Episode 94 – 22nd July 2011

This week we speak to the guy who pie’d Murdoch, ask whether it was a good idea or not, as well as talk science reporting, nuclear power, tuition fees… and Angry Birds!



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Jonnie Marbles Interview (2:10) by James O’Malley
Jonnie Marbles Response (11:04) by Dave Landon Cole
BBC Science Reporting (19:23) by Adam Jacobs
Kirk Sorensen Interview (29:14) by Chris Huang-Leaver
Open University Fees (40:18) by Kash Farooq
In Defence Of MacIntyre (45:27) by Sean Ellis
Angry Birds (48:56) by Salim Fadhley and Paul Day
The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark

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Episode 58 – 5th November 2010


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NICE to see you, to see you, NICE (1:36) by Drew Rae and David Couch
Lauren Booth is a Twat (6:06) by Liz Lutgendorff
Security and Liberty (12:12) by Robert Matthews
Government Snooping Petition (18:32) by Salim Fadhley
The ISS at 10 (25:46) by Pete Hague
BBC Three Science (31:25) by Dean Burnett

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Episode 33 – 14th May 2010


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Twitter and the Election (1:38) by George Poles
What next for Evan Harris? (7:52) by James O’Malley
What next for Libel Reform? (9:37) by James O’Malley
Fair Votes Protest (12:10) by Misty
Women and the Election (16:25) by Tania Glyde
Five Live (22:56) by Simon Howard
Subsistance Farming (24:06) by Salim Fadhley

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Episode 2 – 25th September 2009


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Stories covered this week (timecode in brackets):
Lib Dem Party Conference (1:07) by Will Howells
Homeopathy Undercover (5:23) by Crispian Jago
Healthcare and cuts (15:26) by Simon Howard
The future of intellectual property (20:40) by Pete Hague
The BNP on Question Time (23:08) by Arthur Embleton
Babies (28:22) by Jim Dixon