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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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Episode 144 – 13th July 2012

What’s happening with Richard O’Dwyer, why Nature won in the libel courts, and why are the government letting creationism be taught in British schools?! Plus a novel solution for Lords Reform, LGBT characters in comics, and previewing a couple of fun Edinburgh shows!



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O’Dwyer Extradition (1:51) by Kate Russell (ft Julia O’Dwyer)
Creationism with Government Approval (13:13) by Jonny Scaramanga
Nature Libel Win (20:25) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Tim Appenzeller)
Control Theory and Lords Reform (30:41) by Sean Ellis
LGBT Characters in Comics (35:50) by Alex Fitch (ft Tim Macavoy)
Chris Coltrane Interview (46:38) by James O’Malley
Iszi Lawrence Interview (55:06) by James O’Malley
Winchester Sci Fest Plug (57:43) by James O’Malley (ft James Thomas)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 143 – 6th July 2012

Higgs Higgs Hooray! This week we celebrate the discovery of the Higgs Boson, speak to human cyborg Kevin Warwick, and find out how to get more girls into the games industry – and also why bubbles are so awesome!



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Higgs Update (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Jon Butterworth)
Human Cyborg (10:06) by James O’Malley (ft Kevin Warwick)
Greg Palast Response (20:41) by Drew Rae
Lords Reform Update (27:34) by Cory Hazlehurst
Girl Gamers (36:02) by Kate Russell
Bubbles! (49:28) by James O’Malley (ft Gianluca Memoli)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 133 – 27th April 2012

This week we speak to Robin Ince about the Voltaire Lecture, Senal Edamaruku about his debunking of a Catholic ‘miracle’, find out why elected mayors are a good idea and much more!


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Holy Redundant (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson)
Sanal Edamaruku on Catholic Miracles (8:03) by Salim Fadhley
The Voltaire Lecture (20:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Robin Ince)
Droughts and Rain (29:20) by Duncan Geere
Elected Mayors (33:31) by Cory Hazlehurst
London’s Candidates (41:13) by Adam Jacobs
Liverpool’s Candidates (50:43) by Tom Williamson
Science Tales (57:01) by Lisa Chalkley (ft Darryl Cunningham)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brain Two

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Do Bishops have a place in a reformed House of Lords?

Recorded on the 29th June 2011, the All Party Humanist Group held a debate in Parliament at one of their meetings over whether Church of England Bishops should retain their automatic places in the House of Lords following the proposed reforms.

The debate was chaired by Lord Warner, and arguing for the bishops was Christina Rees (a member of the General Synod, though attending in a personal capacity) and Paul Bickley (from the thinktank Theos). Arguing against the bishops was Shadow Constitutional Reform Minister Chris Bryant and BHA Chief Exec Andrew Copson.


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Episode 91 – 1st July 2011

We have an exclusive clip of Chris Bryant kicking off about Bishops in the Lords, look at Medical Magic Mushrooms, and find out what happens if you don’t wash for 40 days.


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Medicinal Magic Mushrooms (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Roland Griffiths)
Johann Harigate (11:51) by Dean Burnett
Bishops in the Lords (21:23) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Bryant)
NHS Changes (25:45) by Adam Jacobs
Creationist Geology (32:59) by Salim Fadhley (ft Stephen Newton from NSCE)
Fragile Social Networks (42:42) by Steven Sumpter
Bad PR Results (48:14) by Michael Marshall
Smellytweet Update (58:26) by James Thomas
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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