This week we catch up with TV’s Helen Czerski, who’s currently in a boat somewhere in the North Atlantic studying bubbles! We also examine the government’s new nuclear energy plans and David Byrne’s comments about services like Spotify. Plus we wonder if degree mills really make a difference.
Helen on a Boat! (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Czerski!) Nuclear Europe (19:46) by Drew Rae David Byrne Moaning (27:13) by Steve Page Degree Mills (35:58) by Kevin Friery 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
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 Simon Singh tells us about his new plan to hold newspaper health coverage to account, we find out what makes a coup d’etat and why we should just give up on privacy. Plus we speak to psychologist Sue Blackmore about free will, look at the Piper Alpha anniversary and find out how pharmacists are facing major changes to the way that drugs are sold.
Newspaper Healthcheck by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh) Coup d’Etat? by James O’Malley (ft Dave Landon Cole) Giving Up On Privacy by James Firth Piper Alpha 25 Years On by Drew Rae Selling Drugs by Chris Chapman Sue Blackmore Interview by Liz Lutgendorff The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to world renowned primatologist Frans de Waal about his new book, celebrate the passing of the new defamation bill and the libel laws being sorted. The science of nervous breakdowns, how Jehovah’s Witnesses have some dodgy views on domestic violence, and much more!
Libel Reform Success! (3:20) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Harris) Frans de Waal Interview (12:25) by Tessa Kendall Smart Pills (23:31) by Chris Chapman Nervous Breakdowns (28:35) by Dean Burnett Jehovah’s Witnesses & Domestic Violence (39:31) by Naomi Wilcox Cookie Stuffing (49:06) by Drew Rae Jargon (55:35) by Alex Brown
Lots of Thatcher this week – perhaps a little bit over-Thatcherated, but a long look at her legacy and the issues raised by her death. Also: 3D printing guns, submarine disasters and watching what doctors tweet.
Thatcher’s Legacy (2:01) by Dave Cole Thatcher’s Walkman (10:44) by Miles Taylor Thatcher Party Packs (15:34) by Caroline Spurry Tramp The Dirt Down (21:15) by Cory Hazlehurst GMC Social Media (26:33) by Peter English Printable Weapons (36:26) by Sean Ellis USS Thresher (43:13) by Drew Rae RHSF13 Part 3 (49:55) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dave Cohen & Enrique Lopez-Juez) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Tetrapod News! (1:47) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Stephanie Pierce) Royal Destitution (14:35) by James O’Malley (ft Mary Perkins) Doping (24:18) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Mark Burnley) Neanderthal Cloning (34:50) by Kash Farooq and Peter Harrison Fracking (39:37) by Drew Rae Pharmacists and Homeopathy (46:28) by Chris Chapman Britain and the EU (53:58) by David Biggins The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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
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
Earthquake predictions, atheists and the scouts, a psychic challenge and Simon Singh explaining What Doctors Don’t Tell Him – and much more on this week’s Pod Delusion. We also speak to film maker Chris Atkins to preview the first meeting of Soho Skeptics, and find out what the BHA are doing about faith schools – and more!
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Predicting Earthquakes (2:07) by Drew Rae Chris Atkins Interview (10:46) by James O’Malley Scouting & Atheism (22:56) by Shaun Joynson Psychic Challenge (31:14) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, Chris French, and Kim the psychic) A New Singh Libel Case? (48:36) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, again!) BHA Faith School Fundraiser (51:34) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two