This week we find out about the Jesus & Mo controversy at the LSE, talk about the mathematics of The Simpsons with author Simon Singh, and discover some misconceptions about evolution with Henry Gee (spoiler: he still thinks evolution happened). We also have Chris sending a reality bullet into the heart of Assassin’s Creed’s dodgy history.
(New!) LSE Jesus & Mo Controversy (1:59) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Moos) Maths & The Simpsons (11:28) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Simon Singh) Evolutionary Misconceptions (24:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Henry Gee) Transparency In Science Isn’t Enough (44:08) by James O’Malley (ft Baroness Onora O’Neill & Imran Khan) Historical Portrayals in Games (53:00) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Full Disclosure: We received a small fee for recording the Roberts Lecture. We included the interviews in the show (we didn’t have to) because it turned out to be really interesting!
This week is a bit of an accidental Sky at Night special: we look at the death of the Herschel space telescope with Chris North, and Carl has been speaking to Jon Culshaw and friends & colleagues of Sir Patrick Moore. We also speak to evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk about her new book, Paleofantasy, find out about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes and unpaid internships, and discover a new citizen science project.
Herschel RIP (1:54) by Kash Farooq (ft Chris North)
Paleofantasy (13:08) by Dave Cole (ft Marlene Zuk)
Patrick Mem-Moore-ial (26:00) by Carl Hutchinson (ft Jon Culshaw, Bill Leatherbarrow, John Mason, Keaton Stone & Paul Abel)
Dangerous E-Cigarettes (38:40) by Hayley Johnson
Space Warps! (45:34) by Julie Gould (ft Phil Marshall) 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
We speak to a number big names this week: Dan Dennett gives us his take on Alan Turing, former government chief science advisor Sir David King teases us about what really went on behind the scenes of the Iraq war, and Ben Hammersley explains why technology makes politics difficult. We also tackle Gove’s proposed new curriculum, archiving film for the future and find out if evangelical christian women really want to go out with Jesus?
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Dan Dennett on Turing (2:10) by Deborah Hyde (ft DAN DANNETT!) Evolution: The New Classics (12:54) by Richard Dawkins Sir David King Interview (16:22) by Liz Lutgendorff Ben Hammersley Interview (26:29) by James O’Malley Gove’s Curriculum (36:41) by Rob Weeks The Digital Dilemma (45:14) by Glen Travis Jesus Is My Boyfriend (52:49) by Jonny Scaramanga (ft Kylie Sturgess) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
The Rapture (2:06) by Salim Fadhley The Rap Guide To Evolution (17:58) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Baba Brinkman) Australian Chaplains (28:04) by Robert Williams Extreme Rambling (35:56) by James Thomas (ft Mark Thomas) Skeptics In The Church (45:40) by Drew Rae The Hargreaves Report (51:52) by Salim Fadhley (ft Emily Goodhand) Traditional Chinese Medicine (61:01) by Kash Farooq The song at the end is Natural Selection by Baba Brinkman
Rapture Survival Guide with Paul Day Not featured on the main show – a bonus report by Paul Day, in which he presents us with a rapture survival guide. You should listen – your life may depend on it!
Stories covered this week (timecode in brackets): Gordon Brown’s language (0:44) By Simon Howard Product Placement on TV (5:52) By Duncan Stephen Edge Media TV (9:26) By James O’Malley New School Academies (15:53) By Misty New Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum (21:44) By Crispian Jago Derren Brown’s Lottery Stunt (25:21) By Will Howells