This week Trent gets angry about the outcome of the Australian election, and we speak to two others about their books: Tim Harford, who you may know from More Or Less talks The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, and Patricia Churchland, who has written a book about neurophilosophy. Plus Tom Hodden takes us back in time to the Poor Laws.
Aussie Election (1:53) by Trent Burton Macroeconomics (14:21) by James O’Malley (ft Tim Harford!) Neurophilosophy (31:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Patricia Churchland) Poor Laws (48:09) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Space Tourism (1:53) by Sean Ellis Thorium (9:12) by Helly McGrother 4G Revolution (17:11) by Arthur Embleton Verified Facts (23:28) by Salim Fadhley (ft Laura Michet) PCC Elections Aftermath (30:39) by Cory Hazlehurst Sheriff Joe (39:11) by Tom Hodden Edinburgh SecSoc (45:09) by Sean Slater 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
We find out if the psychics passed the Halloween test, discover how losers can win elections, and hear about a machine that can turn your thoughts into actual 3D objects. For real. Also: Self-driving cars are a problem for the future, atheist street preaching and how pathology was developed.
Psychic Test Results (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh) Can Losers Win An Election? (13:20) by Cory Hazlehurst Do We Care About Democracy? (20:10) By Eon Thinker Thing (28:120 by Sean Ellis (ft Bryan Salt) Self Driving Cars (36:12) by Salim Fadhley (ft Greg Clark) Atheist Street Preaching (45:32) by Simon Clare Murder And Pathology (53:13) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
What happened when BPAS held a debate with Christian Concern? Why does Christian Wolmar want to be Mayor of London? Can celebrities be Twitter bullies? And what’s the deal with the EU’s silly cookie laws… and more!
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BPAS Free Speech Debate (3:04) by James O’Malley (ft Ann Furedi) Ultrasound and Abortion (7:24) by Trish Hann Vote for Christian! (15:06) by James O’Malley (ft Christian Wolmar) Apologies (23:20) by Alex Fitch (with thanks to Ben Cusack) Cookie Warning Protest (35:21) by Salim Fadhley Twitter Bullies #1 (44:53) by Tom Williamson (ft Neil Kennedy) Twitter Bullies #2 (54:02) by Mat Greenfield Dennett on Religion (61:28) by Deborah Hyde (ft Dan Dennett!) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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Holy Redundant (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson) Sanal Edamaruku on Catholic Miracles (8:03) by Salim Fadhley The Voltaire Lecture (20:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Robin Ince) Droughts and Rain (29:20) by Duncan Geere Elected Mayors (33:31) by Cory Hazlehurst London’s Candidates (41:13) by Adam Jacobs Liverpool’s Candidates (50:43) by Tom Williamson Science Tales (57:01) by Lisa Chalkley (ft Darryl Cunningham) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brain Two
Daily Mail Justice (1:58) by Martin Robbins Hungary for Constitutional Change (7:45) by Dave Landon Cole Open Primaries (14:08) by Cory Hazlehurst Pro-Assisted Dying (22:16) by Jennie Kermode (performed by Melinda Burton) Anti-Assisted Dying (33:21) by William Lee The Cost of Physics (40:38) by Adam Jacobs Apocalypse Soon? (50:06) by Leila Johnston Just World (60:29) by Dean Burnett Blogger of the Year (67:02) by David Allen Green
Guest edited this week by Will Howells. Moon Bombing (0:59) by Billy Abbott Alternative Therapies (4:59) by Crispian Jago Ofsted Inspections (13:31) by Misty Norman Borlaug (20:29) by Pete Hague Future Tory Government (23:45) by Duncan Stephen