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Episode 204 – 13th September 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 176 – 1st March 2013

Is Thorium the solution? Can we expect to be taking holidays in space any time soon? How is 4G going to change the face of broadband… and can a computer write conspiracy theories?



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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

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Episode 172 – 1st February 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 160 – 2nd November 2012

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.



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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

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Episode 153 – 14th September 2012

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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Episode 133 – 27th April 2012

This week we speak to Robin Ince about the Voltaire Lecture, Senal Edamaruku about his debunking of a Catholic ‘miracle’, find out why elected mayors are a good idea and much more!


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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

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Episode 117 – 6th January 2012

Is legalising assisted dying a good idea? Should we use primaries to pick our political candidates? And since when was the Daily Mail judge, jury and executioner?


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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

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Episode 5 – 16th October 2009


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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