A big show this week as we speak to the man behind a new documentary on whales in captivity, find out why scientists should be on Question Time, from the man who running a petition about it, look at some crazy JFK conspiracy theories and much more!
Blackfish (1:28) by Sandra Prow (ft Jeffrey Ventre) Question Time Scientists (26:46) by Martin Robbins JFK Conspiracy Theories (31:33) by Blakeley Nixon Canadian Mayors (38:25) by Ian Bushfield Abu Dhabi Science Festival (43:18) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we find out what happened at Mozfest (and speak to the director of the Mozilla foundation!), figure out the truth about pirates – as well as discover what’s going to be happening at QED and why religion became so popular.
Mozfest (1:40) by Julie Gould (ft Mark Surman & Kaitlin Thaney) Pirates (12:48) by Chris Chapman QED Plug (19:20) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh) History of Religion (27:35) by James O’Malley (ft Matthew Kneale) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we find out about the Jesus & Mo controversy at the LSE, talk about the mathematics of The Simpsons with author Simon Singh, and discover some misconceptions about evolution with Henry Gee (spoiler: he still thinks evolution happened). We also have Chris sending a reality bullet into the heart of Assassin’s Creed’s dodgy history.
(New!) LSE Jesus & Mo Controversy (1:59) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Moos) Maths & The Simpsons (11:28) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Simon Singh) Evolutionary Misconceptions (24:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Henry Gee) Transparency In Science Isn’t Enough (44:08) by James O’Malley (ft Baroness Onora O’Neill & Imran Khan) Historical Portrayals in Games (53:00) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Full Disclosure: We received a small fee for recording the Roberts Lecture. We included the interviews in the show (we didn’t have to) because it turned out to be really interesting!
A big show this week as we have the highlights from a controversial gender discussion involving Julie Bindel! We also speak to Joe Muto, the Fox News Mole, find out about developments in understanding motor neuron disorders, discover if the new Olympic chief will be good for human rights, and find out why ASDA and Tesco got some social media earache yesterday. PLUS: The latest on developments in multidimensional mathematics!
Costume Controversy (1:43) by Tannice Pendegrass The Battle Over Gender Highlights (7:20) ft Gia Milinovich, Julie Bindel, Bethany Black and Adrian Dalton Multidimensional Maths Breakthrough (15:45) by Sean Ellis The Fox News Mole (25:47) by James O’Malley (ft Joe Muto) Motor Neuron Developments (42:10) by Sandra Prow (ft Rachael Dunlop) Tokyo 2020 (53:29) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Kepler Retires (2:11) by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Jon Jenkins from NASA) David Attenborough’s Wrong (13:33) by Lucy Abel Post-Truth Politics (19:50) by Mark Thompson (ft Alex Marsh) Living In The Past (31:23) by Leila Johnston Taste (42:15) by Shell Grayson The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we go in depth on Syria, looking at an academic study on whether interventions are effective, and the reasons why chemical weapons are viewed as so unpleasant. We also talk about the black death and the Sochi Olympics gay rights controversy. Because y’know, we’re keeping it light this week.
Do Interventions Work? (2:34) by James O’Malley (ft Prof Reed Wood) Chemical Weapons Prohibition (17:00) by Drew Rae Why Are Chemical Weapons Disgusting? (25:27) by Rich Godbehere The Black Death Is Back (34:46) by James O’Malley (ft Alison Atkin) Sochi Boycott? (49:00) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two The amazing logo for this week’s show is by Stuart Taylor
What Really Happened With Ask.FM? (2:29) by Alex J Brown Section 28 Returns (12:37) by Richy Thompson Give Well (18:30) by Glen Travis Brony Interview (24:17)eve by Alex Fitch The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Antarctic Drilling by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ed Waugh) Sperm Wars by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Watt) Computer Science Teaching by James O’Malley (ft Tom Crick) Raspberry Pi by Sean Ellis (ft Dame Wendy Hall & Reena Pau) Multidisciplinary Solutions by Liz Lutgendorff (ft James Dyke) Brains! by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dean Burnett) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we try to attribute blame for recent transport accidents (before learning better not to), talk to Robert Llewellyn about electric cars, find out about the latest controversy with the DSM5 psychiatry bible, as well as discover what’s going on with the banks, why we should perhaps forgive Michael Gove (!) and why we did actually land on the moon after all.
Planes, Trains and Automobile Accidents (1:54) by Drew Rae Robert Llewellyn talks Electric Cars (10:11) by James O’Malley DSM Naming Controversy (25:21) by Sean Davidson Moon Landing Conspiracies (36:19) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Megan Whewell) Stupid Bankers (41:13) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola) U-Turns (50:22) by Kash Farooq Science Grrl Catch-Up (53:58) by James O’Malley (ft Heather Williams) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we review the PRISM scandal, discover the science of sleep, assess a new drug and fight for what’s right in women’s cycling. Then to chill out afterwards we have a game of Chess 2 – the sequel to the popular ancient boardgame, Chess!
PRISM (2:38) by Kate Russell Material Science (16:02) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Miodownik) Sleepy Science (20:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Debra Skene) Polypill (30:08) by Adam Jacobs & Hayley Johnson Women’s Cycling (42:36) by Emma Shiels Chess 2: The Sequel (50:33) by Salim Fadhley (ft Zac Burns) Iszi Lawrence (59:17) by Iszi Lawrence The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two