We speak to Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye about his party and author Stephen Trombley about his new book looking at the key figures in western philosophy. We also tackle censorship and law, dodgy Ofsted inspections, communicating the scientific method and how to make the perfect cheese toastie.
The Pirate Party (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft party leader Loz Kaye!) Ofsted & ACE (18:42) by Jonny Scaramanga Censorship & UK Law (23:40) by Alex Fitch 50 Thinkers (34:16) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Stephen Trombley) The Scientific Method (50:01) by Paul Hopwood The Perfect Cheese Toastie (56:40) by Sarah Castor-Perry The inbetween bits were researched by Blakeley Nixon & recorded by Alex Foster The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
A bit of a censorship special this week as we find out how awful things are in Eurovision host nation Azerbaijan, discover how over here LOCOG are clamping down on dissent and censorship of The Pirate Bay is raising some interesting questions. We also find out all about the latest rationalist theatre, investigate spiritualism and, er, look at breast implants.
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Azerbaijan and Human Rights by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Paidraig Reidy) Space Hijackers Hijacked by James O’Malley (ft Agent Undecided) BitTorrent and Censorship by Salim Fadhley Festival of Spoken Nerd Tour by James O’Malley (ft Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould) Enlightenment Cafe by James O’Malley (ft Andy Franzkowiak) Spiritualism by Adam Cuerdon (ft Christopher) PIP Implants by Peter English The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
This week is a bit of a secularism special – punch your fist in the air at the Rally to Defend Freedom of Expression, find out about the perils of censorship in Nick Cohen’s new book and get the accurate story on the Bideford council prayers ruling. Plus we talk about a new survey showing Christians aren’t terribly Christian, find out why Alan Turing deserves a pardon and solve the mystery of which Sherlock Holmes adaption is best.
Rally to defend Freedom of Expression (2:40) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
(ft Richard Dawkins, Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Rhys Morgan, Joan Smith and Anne-Marie Waters) Nick Cohen Interview (18:10) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley Census Christians (28:54) by James O’Malley (ft Paula Kirby) Bideford Council (37:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Tessa Kendall) Turing Pardon (45:00) by Peter Rowlett Sherlock and Copyright (54:56) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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.
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 (!)
President Jesus (0:52) by Paul Day Exoplanets (10:06) by Kash Farooq & Dr Matt Burleigh Rodial (14:42) by Adam Cuerden Ask For Evidence (22:08) by James O’Malley (ft Sile Lane from Sense About Science) Chinese Censorship (29:50) by Nick Boorer NASA and Asteroids (37:24) by Drew Rae & David Couch Peter Atkins Interview (43:50) by Gavin Hubbard Comics Film (50:36) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dave Kellett & Fred Schroeder) The sketch was by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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Oslo Eyewitness (1:35) by Trish Hann Copyright Censorship (8:47) by James Firth What’s Wrong with ATOS? (15:19) by Steven Sumpter Patent trolls vs Inventors & Developers (26:24) by Salim Fadhley The AHS (36:05) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle and Mike Paynter) AltMed Regulation (45:16) by Dr*T Michael McIntyre Response (49:14) by Steve Leedale (performed by Alex Foster) Edinburgh Ghost Tours (53:00) by Ash Pryce The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark
Faith Schools by James O’Malley (ft James Gray) Internet Censorship by Drew Rae (read by David Couch) Tescopoly by Alex Foster Default Deny by Sean Ellis Teenage Rebellion by Jennie Rigg Sydney Padua Interview by Liz Lutgendorff
Proposition 8 Update (1:18) by Salim Fadhley YouTube Censorship (8:36) by Dave Cole Homeopathy and Python (14:24) by Crispian Jago (ft Mark Thompson) I’m Feeling Sleepy (21:17) by Sly & Reggie Robin Ince & Nerdstock (25:31) by James O’Malley (ft Robin Ince)
Stories covered this week: TAM, the Amazing Meeting Round-Up (0:57) by Crispian Jago Skeptical Stand-Up (17:02) by Misty The Apple Store vs The Nokia Store (24:36) by Gareth Buxton NLP and Twitter (28:46) by Billy Abbott Videogames Censorship (34:04) by Jim Dixon