This week Liz speaks to internet legend Cory Doctorow about his recent Sense About Science lecture, Cory tackles apathy (if he can be bothered), a spat in the psychiatry world, and what if historians had time machines? And more!
Cory Doctorow Interview (1:53) by Liz Lutgendorff Political Apathy (20:30) by Cory Hazlehurst DSM Spat (29:34) by Max Davie ORGcon (35:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Peter Bradwell) Historians and Time Travel (44:23) by Victoria Stiles Nine Worlds (51:20) by James O’Malley (ft Ludi Valentine, Daniel Johnston and Erich Schultz) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We explore the phenomenon of land grabbing, investigate a fascist footballer, find out if it’s game over for Atari and discover an intriguing piece of technology that will enable the blind to see using a clever phone app. And much more!
Land Grabbing (1:49) by Chris Fitch (ft Fred Pearce and Paolo D’Odorico) Are Secularists Successful? (13:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Rob Freathy) Atari (24:31) by Alex Fitch Fascist Football (35:30) by Sean Slater Amazing App (42:19) by Chris Hofstader (ft Peter Meijer) DevPsych (50:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jean Shinskey and Patrick Leman) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Was the internet really attacked this week? What did the big budget cuts mean for NASA? Why do Americans worship the constitution, and why is Lynx deodorant causing a right old stink? Plus highlights from our interviews at Royal Holloway Science Festival.
Internet Under Attack? (1:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Halsall) NASA Sequestration (10:46) by Sandra Prow (ft Keith Cowing) Lynx Cause A Stink (22:38) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Arkless Gray) Constitutional Worship (32:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Mike Seidman) Royal Holloway Highlights (42:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Alan Gange and Rafael Yáñez) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Bordering On The Ridiculous (1:40) by Matt Flaherty Religious Antivaxers (12:50) by Salim Fadhley (ft Steve Novella) Circ Debate (21:29) by Marianne Baker Bradford Earthquake (32:08) by Cory Hazlehurst Synthetic Biology (43:46) by Jonny Serfaty NHS Reforms (49:45) by Max Davie Atheist Photobook Update (55:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Johnson) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Sean McDermott
Oh Deary (1:55) by Cory Hazlehurst Space Archaeology (9:39) by Kash Farooq (ft Sarah Parcak) Janet Heimlich Interview (22:22) by Liz Lutgendorff Pope In Review (36:09) by Alex Fitch Post-Francis Nursing (46:57) by Dave White The Rise & Fall of Blackberry (53:27) by Sean Slater The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Liz Lutgendorff presents this week’s show as James is under the weather. We look at research into dinosaur cannibalism, the big fight in academia over open access, why the RI perhaps isn’t worth preserving after all, and how creationists are taking over American classrooms. Also do we finally have elections for the House of Lords? And how the Brazilian nightclub fire could have been less deadly with some extra health and safety rules.
Cannibalism in Giant Tyrannosaurs (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Dave Hone) Open Access and Academé Luddites (12:12) by Rich Godbehere What’s the point in the RI? (20:44) By Dr*T Elections to the Lords at last! (29:00) by Cory Hazlehurst Health & Safety (36:34) by Claire Benson Texas Freedom Network (43:36) by Salim Fadhley (ft Dan Quinn) Tragedy Actor Conspiracies (52:20) by Tom Hodden AHS and Thinkweek Plug (57:10) by Liz Lutgendorff and James O’Malley (ft Jess Vautier and David Shorthouse) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
A Christmas special episode devoted entirely to the many things that could destroy the earth and humanity. We talk about the Mayan prophecies, the believers, the history, as well as real threats to our survival from space, from technology and from nuclear weapons. Plus we also manage to squeeze in the more localised world ending scenarios of unhealthy eating and the sequel to seminal videogame Elite.
What The Mayans Said (2:53) by Sven Rudloff The Prophecy and the Believers (9:26) by Salim Fadhley (ft Kevin Whitesides and Andrew Wilson) Early Modern Millennials (23:24) by Rich Godbehere Space Apocalypse (29:21) by Kash Farooq (ft Phil Plait!) Points of Failure (40:37) by Drew Rae Nuclear War (49:07) by Blakeley Nixon Jamie Oliver Vs Ready Meals (55:10) by Simon Howard Elite: Dangerous (61:39) by Kate Russell (ft David Braben) Profiting From The End (73:01) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing music is by Dr*T and Milton Mermikidies
Is David Cameron finally right about something? Why do Bristol University Christian Union think that women should be seen and not heard? What’s the deal with the human rights act? Kate speaks to Games Workshop co-founder and fantasy gaming legend Ian Livingstone and ruminations on arthouse film following Cineworld’s takeover of PictureHouse cinemas.
Agreeing with Cameron on Leveson (2:21) by James Firth Bristol Christian Union Fiasco (10:58) by Jenny Bartle Women: Seen and Not Heard? (15:49) by Nathan Rae Human Rights Act (22:41) by Georgia Gale Grant Ian Livingstone Interview (28:21) by Kate Russell Geoengineering (36:40) by Drew Rae Cineworld take PictureHouse (45:13) by Alex Fitch Pale Blue Cafe (56:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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.
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
Internet freedom around the world – an exclusive report from Azerbaijan, the gamification of war, Bayes Theorem, former Labour MP Chris Mullin on “A Very British Coup” 30 years on, Peter Tatchell getting arrested and some American atheists take on the American tax man. What more could you want?!
Freedom of Tweet Around The World (2:15) by Kate Russell Gamification of War (19:59) by David Eastman Bayes is the Wayes (25:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richard Carrier) Chris Mullin Interview (36:17) by Cory Hazelhurst (ft Chris Mullin!) Peter Tatchell’s Arresting Experience (49:30) by Adam Knowles and Richard Unwin (ft Peter Tatchell) FFRF vs The IRS (57:00) by Salim Fadhley (ft Annie Laurie Gaylor) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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