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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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 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!
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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