This week we look at the persecution of non-religious people around the world and how we deal with grief. Yep – it’s an upbeat show this week! We also consider MP’s pay rises, and Stu tells us how David Cameron stole his joke!
Humanist & Atheist Persecution (1:33) by James O’Malley (ft Bob Churchill) Handling Grief (23:06) by Dean Burnett MPs should get a raise (30:28) by Dr*T David Cameron Stole My Joke! (37:40) by Stu Richards The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Chemical Weapons Sold To Syria? (2:16) by Dr*T Space Ants! (9:26) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Max Vasile) The IOC and Human Rights (21:20) by Marc Naimark Debating Religion (28:44) by Sean Slater Z-List Dead-List (36:38) by Iszi Lawrence 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
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
Updated (Friday lunchtime): We’ve added on a segment on the latest news surrounding the Twitter Joke Trial featuring interviews with Paul Chambers himself, David Allen Green and John Cooper QC (Paul’s legal team), Al Murray and Louise Mensch.T
This week: Why some colic treatments have been smacked down as rubbish, why we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about the Aurora shooter, why government policy could use some control trials, what happened at Winchester Science Festival, Cyborgs, Olympics, and Dinosaurs!
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Colic Treatments (2:07) by Dr*T Aurora and Autism (10:25) by Tannice Pendegrasse Test Learn Adopt (17:40) by Prateek Buch Winchester Science Festival (24:32) by Liz Lutgendorff and James O’Malley
(ft Tori Herridge, Anna Scaife, and Sheila Kanani) Cyborgs and McDonalds (39:46) by Alex Fitch Performance Enhancing Drugs (49:22) by Salim Fadhley Dinosaur Dinners (55:35) by Kash Farooq (ft Dave Hone)
Featuring… Is Science More Important Than Arts? by Jon Treadway Cameron Therapy by Sean Ellis Science Wooseum Update by Marianne Baker Faulty Memories by Sophie Scott Incest! by Jess Vautier Riot Olympics by Salim Fadhley Arab Spring by DLandonCole Perception by Dr*T Cognitive Economics by Leigh Caldwell Amazing Music by Helen Arney
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Oslo Eyewitness (1:35) by Trish Hann Copyright Censorship (8:47) by James Firth What’s Wrong with ATOS? (15:19) by Steven Sumpter Patent trolls vs Inventors & Developers (26:24) by Salim Fadhley The AHS (36:05) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle and Mike Paynter) AltMed Regulation (45:16) by Dr*T Michael McIntyre Response (49:14) by Steve Leedale (performed by Alex Foster) Edinburgh Ghost Tours (53:00) by Ash Pryce The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark
Oldest Example of Biomineralisation (1:38) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Phoebe Cohen) Slutwalk (11:28) by Christine Ottery Pro-NCH (19:01) by James Firth Anti-NCH (25:26) by Misty Tim Harford Interview (30:26) by Dr*T The Daily Express is Misleading (39:13) by Tom Hodden FFRF vs The Rapture (45:51) by Salim Fadhley Smellytweet Update (56:46) by James Thomas The song at the end is by David Lovesy
Full-length interview with Phoebe Cohen about the fossils:
Barnet Bans Bloggers (1:29) by James Firth American Liberty (8:37) by Matt Flaherty The Authoritarians (17:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Prof Robert Altemayer) Why shouldn’t you ride the STS Discovery to work? (23:06) by Drew Rae MaxBrain Advertising (29:49) by Dr*T The Framing Effect (35:16) by Kash Farooq
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