This week we have an exclusive interview with Rufus Hound, in which he explains his reasons for standing for the National Health Action Party in the European Elections. We also find out more about the most recent Jesus & Mo controversy, why banking computers often fail – and catch up with the Festival of the Spoken Nerd ahead of their latest nationwide tour.
Why Rufus Hound Got Political (2:00) by James O’Malley (ft Rufus Hound!) Mo’ Controversy (34:06) by Matt Flaherty Banking Systems (49:00) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola) New FOTSN Tour (62:18) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Arney, Steve Mould & Matt Parker) Benefit Plug (74:34) by Neil Denny
A bit of a censorship special this week as we find out how awful things are in Eurovision host nation Azerbaijan, discover how over here LOCOG are clamping down on dissent and censorship of The Pirate Bay is raising some interesting questions. We also find out all about the latest rationalist theatre, investigate spiritualism and, er, look at breast implants.
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Azerbaijan and Human Rights by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Paidraig Reidy) Space Hijackers Hijacked by James O’Malley (ft Agent Undecided) BitTorrent and Censorship by Salim Fadhley Festival of Spoken Nerd Tour by James O’Malley (ft Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould) Enlightenment Cafe by James O’Malley (ft Andy Franzkowiak) Spiritualism by Adam Cuerdon (ft Christopher) PIP Implants by Peter English The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
This week we tackle the biggest story out of the LHC Higgs announcement earlier in the week: Why did they use Comic Sans?! We speak to the font’s creator. We also speak to the man behind the BBC Micro, and science writer Marcus Chown about his new book which is based on an iPad app… and much more!
Higgs Update (2:26) by Kash Farooq (ft Jon Butterworth) Comic Sans (11:50) by James O’Malley (ft Vincent Connare) BBC Micro (19:05) by Salim Fadhley (ft Steve Furber) Anti-Vax Folk Fest (26:54) by Andrew Gould Solar System: From iPad to book (33:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Marcus Chown) Sesame Street Socialists (42:47) by Tom Hodden Festival of the Spoken Nerd (47:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Matt Parker, Helen Arney & Steve Mould) Science Cabaret (55:38) by Dean Burnett The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
To get tickets for £10 instead of £12, you’ll have to call the Bloomsbury box office on 020 7388 8822 (or visit in person) and quote “GEEK PARTY” to get the discount. This has to be before December 31st.