Gia Milinovich on attitudes to women amongst geeks, anti-vaxxers and Cbeebies, how Captain Scarlet had hidden depth, LEDs are 50 years old, are Bitcoins the future and what were some of the worst ghosts last year? And more – it’s the first Pod Delusion of 2013!
Gia Milinovich Interview (2:00) by James O’Malley Cbeebies and Dr Ranj (12:29) by Dean Burnett Health Inequalities and the Census (21:57) by Sean Davidson Captain Scarlet and the Cold War (29:24) by Simon Howard Worst Ghosts 2012 (36:52) by Hayley Stevens Bitcoin (46:42) by Sara Passmore LEDs at 50 (51:28) by Sean Ellis Young Atheists Handbook to Schools (58:06) by James O’Malley (ft Ian Horsewell) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.
Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson) Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton) Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton
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