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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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
Interviews recorded at the British Humanist Association 2011 Conference in Manchester. Including Phillip Pullman, CJ de Mooi (CJ from Eggheads!), Peter Atkins, Stephen Law, Chris French, Richard Norman and Julian Baggini.