This week we look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!
Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq) New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff) Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
LGBT Society Statement
The LGBT+ committee has contacted the appropriate Guild authorities with our concerns about this event given that, in our view, it breaks the Guild’s safe space policy. Should the guild not cancel the event we are prepared to organise a protest event, but we are awaiting the Guild’s response before taking further action. We have every confidence, however, that the correct decision will be made.
The committee would like to take this opportunity to state that we are committed to the freedom of every individual to practise whatever faith they wish, provided the practising of this faith does not impinge on the freedoms and happiness of others. And we would like to reaffirm that should any further action be taken it will be against the event and is not a protest against either ISOC or Islam as a faith.
This week Liz speaks to Dr Helen Czerski about women and technology, and Marcus Chown about his new book, which is about *everything*. We also cover the US shutdown, a new club for female professionals and find out why about some fossils that are currently under threat.
Ada Lovelace Day 2013 (2:30) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Helen Czerski) Leicester Fossil Threat (17:04) by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Roger Mason) US Shutdown (28:53) by Dave Landon Cole Marcus Chown Interview (38:03) by Liz Lutgendorff The Other Club (48:15) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere (ft Joy Lo Dico & Katie Glass) Over The Air (54:42) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Correction: In the show, we stated that the big Ada Lovelace Day event is at the ICE – it isn’t. It’s actually at Imperial College London. More info here.
This week we find out if atheists are smarter than religious people, how a rational Parliament might work, and why Straight Pride UK are rather silly. We also look at the sad case of Neon Roberts, FGM in the news, the portrayal of mental health in videogames, and a brand new material.
Smart Atheists (2:11) by Tessa Kendall Privilege & Straight Pride (8:24) by Richard Firth-Godbehere Rational Parliament (16:26) by James O’Malley (ft Adam Smith) Neon Roberts (30:46) by Keir Liddle Upsalite (36:10) by Dean Burnett FGM (45:02) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Mental Health & Videogames (52:38) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we find out if we’ll ever be able to get rid of our nuclear weapons, find out why chinese lanterns aren’t (necessarily) the worst thing in the world, and all about how golf still has a long way to go before it joins the 20th century. And much more!
Trident Alternatives (2:08) by James O’Malley (ft Paul Ingram) Elitist Housing (13:50) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Recycling Fires (20:29) by Claire Benson NI Troubles (27:05) by Dr*T and Sean Ellis Skepticamp London (29:55) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Higgins) Sexism in Golf (34:42) by Sean Slater Pod People (41:53) by Chris Chapman SITP Roadshow (48:19) by Simon Clare The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Fascism and Racism, Then and Now (1:53) by Victoria Stiles Humanist Marriage Update (8:44) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Internships and Slavery (12:46) by Alex Brown Fanfiction and Kindle Worlds (22:42) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Keen & Tanya Brown) Fecal Transplants (32:37) by Julie Gould (ft Mary Roach) Geek Stereotypes (38:01) by Tom Hodden Platform Hegemony (45:05) by James O’Malley The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two