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Episode 220 – 17th January 2014

This week we tackle net neutrality, assisted dying, asylum seekers, aircraft safety and much more!



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Net Neutrality (1:28) by David Eastman
Assisted Dying (5:53) by Andy Gault
Atheist Asylum Seeker (10:18) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Bob Churchill)
Life Jackets & Oxygen Masks (18:45) by Drew Rae
Eruv of this Nonsense (30:27) by James O’Malley
Care.Data (35:27) by Adam Jacobs
History Projects (43:59) by Vicky Stiles

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Episode 210 – 25th October 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 202 – 30th August 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 198 – 2nd August 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 194 – 5th July 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 184 – 26th April 2013

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!



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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

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Episode 182 – 12th April 2013

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.


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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

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Episode 171 – 25th January 2013

How scientists got tetrapods wrong, who’s trying to save the Royal Institution, how doping in sport works, should we clone neanderthals and what the frack is wrong with fracking? And more!



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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

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Episode 166 – 14th December 2012

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.



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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

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Episode 165 – 7th December 2012

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.



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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

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