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Episode 208 – 11th October 2013

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.



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(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!

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Episode 186 – 10th May 2013

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.



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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

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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 140 – 15th June 2012

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

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Episode 85 – 20th May 2011

A rapper, a comedian and a man who believes the world is going to end tomorrow all star in this week’s show! Have a listen to find out more!


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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!

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Episode 1 – 18th September 2009


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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