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Episode 229 – 21st March 2014

Fred Phelps, that awful invasive Mick Jagger frontpage and NASA predicting doom… it’s going to be a cheerful show!



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Fred Phelps is Dead (1:20) by Dave Landon Cole
Leveson and Jagger (11:41) by James O’Malley
Nasa Doom (16:34) by Liz Lutgendorff
Nissan Leaf (21:40) by Salim Fadhley
Big Bang Fair (26:00) by Bethany Jenkins

Episode 220 – 17th January 2014

This week we tackle net neutrality, assisted dying, asylum seekers, aircraft safety and much more!



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Net Neutrality (1:28) by David Eastman
Assisted Dying (5:53) by Andy Gault
Atheist Asylum Seeker (10:18) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Bob Churchill)
Life Jackets & Oxygen Masks (18:45) by Drew Rae
Eruv of this Nonsense (30:27) by James O’Malley
Care.Data (35:27) by Adam Jacobs
History Projects (43:59) by Vicky Stiles

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Episode 219 – 10th January 2014

This week we figure out if Michael Gove was talking rubbish about the First World War (spoiler: he was!), discover if monogamy is dead, find out why science’s favourite metaphor won’t work any more… and much, much more!



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It’s Not Simple, Mr Gove (1:33) by Rich Godbehere
Origins of WWI (9:41) by Sean Slater
Is Monogamy Dead? (17:43) by Rosie Wilby
Media Law (21:42) by Alex Fitch
Dead Metaphor (32:38) by Sean Ellis
Wiki Petition (39:12) by Salim Fadhley
Zombie Stats (46:06) by Adam Jacobs
Dimensional Travel (52:17) by Nathan Rae
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 211 – 1st November 2013

This week we find out what happened at Mozfest (and speak to the director of the Mozilla foundation!), figure out the truth about pirates – as well as discover what’s going to be happening at QED and why religion became so popular.



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Mozfest (1:40) by Julie Gould (ft Mark Surman & Kaitlin Thaney)
Pirates (12:48) by Chris Chapman
QED Plug (19:20) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh)
History of Religion (27:35) by James O’Malley (ft Matthew Kneale)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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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 188 – 24th May 2013

This week Liz speaks to internet legend Cory Doctorow about his recent Sense About Science lecture, Cory tackles apathy (if he can be bothered), a spat in the psychiatry world, and what if historians had time machines? And more!



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Cory Doctorow Interview (1:53) by Liz Lutgendorff
Political Apathy (20:30) by Cory Hazlehurst
DSM Spat (29:34) by Max Davie
ORGcon (35:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Peter Bradwell)
Historians and Time Travel (44:23) by Victoria Stiles
Nine Worlds (51:20) by James O’Malley (ft Ludi Valentine, Daniel Johnston and Erich Schultz)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 187 – 17th May 2013

MICHAEL GOVE SPECIAL! But don’t let that put you off. We’ve three pieces about the education secretary including an interview with the teacher Gove attacked for using Mr Men to teach history, a look at Gove’s approach to classic literature, and a piece on how he used PR surveys to justify policy. We also have some exclusive clips from an event celebrating the reform of the libel laws featuring the likes of Dara O’Briain, Nick Cohen, Brian Cox and many more.



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Mr Men History (2:36) by James O’Malley (ft Russel Tarr)
Gove and Prejudice (11:44) by Sean Ellis
Gove and One Poll (18:53) by Marsh
Libel Reform Celebration (28:01) by Liz Lutgendoff (ft Dave Gorman, Simon Singh, Chris French, Hardeep Singh, Brian Cox, Nick Cohen, Dara O’Briain and Evan Harris)
Cosmic Genome (36:48) by James O’Malley (ft Robin Ince and Trent Burton)
Humanist Weddings (45:51) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Pavan Dhaliwal)
Homosexuality and DSM (49:17) by Chris Chapman
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 181 – 5th April 2013

We explore the phenomenon of land grabbing, investigate a fascist footballer, find out if it’s game over for Atari and discover an intriguing piece of technology that will enable the blind to see using a clever phone app. And much more!



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Land Grabbing (1:49) by Chris Fitch (ft Fred Pearce and Paolo D’Odorico)
Are Secularists Successful? (13:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Rob Freathy)
Atari (24:31) by Alex Fitch
Fascist Football (35:30) by Sean Slater
Amazing App (42:19) by Chris Hofstader (ft Peter Meijer)
DevPsych (50:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jean Shinskey and Patrick Leman)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 178 – 15th March 2013

We go bee-hind the scenes of an opera about bees! Why alien life might not be as common as we hope, the future of feminism, religion & criminality, weird Popes and outrage at the death of Google Reader.



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Bee Opera by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Lucy Yeomans, Mark Brown and Kelvin Thomson)
Life Isn’t Everywhere by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Charles Cockell)
Feminism Debate by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis)
Religion and Criminality by Salim Fadhley (ft Volkan Topalli)
Most Unlikely Popes by Chris Chapman
Free Doesn’t Mean Permanent by Georgia Gale Grant
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing image above is by Stuart Taylor

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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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