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Episode 217 – 13th December 2013

This week we look at the persecution of non-religious people around the world and how we deal with grief. Yep – it’s an upbeat show this week! We also consider MP’s pay rises, and Stu tells us how David Cameron stole his joke!



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Humanist & Atheist Persecution (1:33) by James O’Malley (ft Bob Churchill)
Handling Grief (23:06) by Dean Burnett
MPs should get a raise (30:28) by Dr*T
David Cameron Stole My Joke! (37:40) by Stu Richards
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 189 – 31st May 2013

This week we talk fanfiction, fascism and internships! And.. er… fecal transplants. Plus James does a report for the first time ever!



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Fascism and Racism, Then and Now (1:53) by Victoria Stiles
Humanist Marriage Update (8:44) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere
Internships and Slavery (12:46) by Alex Brown
Fanfiction and Kindle Worlds (22:42) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Keen & Tanya Brown)
Fecal Transplants (32:37) by Julie Gould (ft Mary Roach)
Geek Stereotypes (38:01) by Tom Hodden
Platform Hegemony (45:05) by James O’Malley
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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 179 – 22nd March 2013

A blockbuster show as we speak to Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden (HE WENT TO THE MOON!), along with psychologist Steven Pinker and new BHA President Jim Al-Khalili. The Chief Asteroid Miner at Planetary Resources explains… how to mine asteroids, and we also take a look at some crazy goings on both in Germany and closer to home.



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Apollo Astronaut Al Worden Interview (2:53) by Carl Hutchinson
Steven Pinker Interview (13:21) by Liz Lutgendorff
Jim Al-Khalili Interview (23:43) by James O’Malley
Asteroid Mining (28:12) by Kash Farooq (ft Chris Lewicki)
German Quackery (41:34) by Sven Rudloff
Creationists Schools in the UK (48:26) by Jonny Scaramanga

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Episode 170 – 18th January 2013

Highlights from the Leveson debates, European secularist court victories, an atheist church, dodgy charity PR, and some burgers with horse in it.



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The Leveson Debate Highlights (1:24) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Cohen, Suzanne Moore, Evan Harris, Natalie Fenton and Helen Lewis)
Secularist Court Wins (11:15) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Pavan Dhaliwal and Richy Thompson)
Sunday Assembly (26:43) by James O’Malley (ft Sanderson Jones)
Bad Charity PR (36:56) by Marsh
Django and Spaghetti Westerns (42:35) by Alex Fitch
The Death of DVD (54:17) by David Biggins
Horse Burgers (63:39) by Sean Ellis

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Episode 166 – 14th December 2012

Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.



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Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson)
Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill
Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods
Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie
Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae
Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton)
Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John
Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton

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Episode 162 – 16th November 2012

New Twitter prosecution rules, the National Health Action Party launch, a report on freedom of expression from Azerbaijan – it’s an eclectic show! We also speak to a man crowdfunding some scientific research, find out about fusion reactors, hear how humanists are excluded from Remembrance events and laugh at how some Americans on the right aren’t taking Obama’s re-election victory terribly well.



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More DPP Social Meeja Woe (2:06) by Matt Flaherty
National Health Action Party (12:54) by Trish Hann (ft June Hautot)
Kids & Free Expression Online (20:31) by Kate Russell
Crowdsourcing Science (30:10) by James O’Malley (ft Ethan Perlstein)
For All Who Serve (40:24) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Holden)
Fusion Reactor (49:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Balshaw)
Crazy Obama Reactions (61:25) by Blakeley Nixon (ft the vocal stylings of Marc Silk)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 125 – 2nd March 2012

There might not be any faster than light neutrinos, but what can we learn from a failed experiment? Might Iran embracing science be a good thing? And what’s life like in the armed forces for a non-believer? We find out in this week’s show!


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Failed Experiments (2:26) by Drew Rae
Nuclear Iran (8:41) by David Eastman
AVN vs HCCC (12:23) by Andrew Gould
In The Navy (17:35) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Commander John Craig)
Skeptical Fairy Tales (30:50) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Stuart Taylor)
Maglev Trains (40:50) by Tom Hodden
Videogames as Art? (46:56) by Alex Fitch
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Episode 108 – 28th October 2011

This week we uncover some “Extreme” Humanists, find out some depressing facts about SRE, and find out why Jeremy Bentham was so important.


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Nadine Dorries & “Extreme Humanists” (1:42) by Dave Cross
New Humanist Respond (7:12) by James O’Malley (ft Paul Sims)
Anonymous (13:42) by Drew Rae
Church Tax Dodgers (20:27) by Salim Fadhley (ft Annie Laurie Gaylor)
SRE And Anti-Choice (28:23) by Laura Hurley & Lisa Hallgarten
Pi Digits (37:21) by Peter Rowlett
LHC Update (42:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jon Butterworth at UCL, as part of the London Science Festival)
Conway Memorial Lecture (49:15) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Philip Schofield)
Breast Cancer Marketing (57:30) by Paul Day

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The video of the guinea pig to watch to accompany the SRE report is after the break.

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