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Episode 194 – 5th July 2013

This week Simon Singh tells us about his new plan to hold newspaper health coverage to account, we find out what makes a coup d’etat and why we should just give up on privacy. Plus we speak to psychologist Sue Blackmore about free will, look at the Piper Alpha anniversary and find out how pharmacists are facing major changes to the way that drugs are sold.



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Newspaper Healthcheck by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh)
Coup d’Etat? by James O’Malley (ft Dave Landon Cole)
Giving Up On Privacy by James Firth
Piper Alpha 25 Years On by Drew Rae
Selling Drugs by Chris Chapman
Sue Blackmore Interview by Liz Lutgendorff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 165 – 7th December 2012

Is David Cameron finally right about something? Why do Bristol University Christian Union think that women should be seen and not heard? What’s the deal with the human rights act? Kate speaks to Games Workshop co-founder and fantasy gaming legend Ian Livingstone and ruminations on arthouse film following Cineworld’s takeover of PictureHouse cinemas.



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Agreeing with Cameron on Leveson (2:21) by James Firth
Bristol Christian Union Fiasco (10:58) by Jenny Bartle
Women: Seen and Not Heard? (15:49) by Nathan Rae
Human Rights Act (22:41) by Georgia Gale Grant
Ian Livingstone Interview (28:21) by Kate Russell
Geoengineering (36:40) by Drew Rae
Cineworld take PictureHouse (45:13) by Alex Fitch
Pale Blue Cafe (56:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 157 – 12th October 2012

When is a sick joke a criminal offence? What really happened during Pineapplegate? What should we do about the leftovers in space? And North Korea’s a bit grim, eh?



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Sick Jokes & Criminal Offence (2:30) by James Firth
Pineapplegate: The Interview (11:53) by Mat Greenfield (ft Sean Oakley)
Space Debris (19:41) by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Stu Clark)
Brogrammers (30:23) by Tom Morris
Nothing To Envy (41:35) by James O’Malley (ft Andy Glynn)
Cool Brands (53:15) by Eon
Ugly Animals (61:02) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Simon Watt)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 151 – 31st August 2012

Is Mitt Romney a threat to stem cell research? Is there such a thing as ethical piracy? And does Cannabis really affect your IQ? We answer these questions and more on this week’s show!



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Stem Cell Research Threat (3:08) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Paul Knopfler)
UKNova Shut Down (16:10) by James Firth
Reform Section 5 (25:48) by James O’Malley (ft Keith Porteous Wood)
Cannabis & IQ (30:26) by Tom Williamson
The Apollo Missions (37:18) by Mohammed Fahad (read by Trish Hann)
The Future of the Space Race (48:06) by Andrew Holding
Causality and Blame (55:34) by Drew Rae
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 112 – 25th November 2011

This week we take a journey across time and space as we look forward to the Mars Science Lab mission, and talk about a new play that takes a look back into recent history through the medium of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s diaries. We also speak to Marcus Chown about his new book and are scared by news of what the SOPA act could mean for the internet.


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Mars Science Lab (1:40) by Kash Farooq (ft Claire Cousins)
SOPA (9:42) by James Firth (ft Cathy Gellis)
Darknet (19:07) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hose Manuel)
Curing Cancer (26:54) by Matt Kaiser
The BBC & Open Access (33:34) by Pete Hague
Tweeting the Universe (38:32) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Marcus Chown)
A Walk On Part (47:11) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Steve Marmion, John Hodgkinson, Michael Crick, Diane Abbott and Don Foster)
Solipsism (54:57) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Thanks to Hayley Stevens and Dave for supplying the dogs (!)

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Episode 101 – 9th September 2011

This week we take an evidence based approach to the 50p tax rate, find out what on earth a synchrontron is and find out what Robin Ince thinks of skepticism and the arts.


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50p Tax (2:30) by James Firth
Abortion Counseling (11:34) by Tania Glyde
The Spectre of Racism (15:46) by Henry Boddington
Four Lions (23:24) by Tom Williamson
Synchrotrons! (30:16) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Dent)
Science Is Vital (39:12) by James O’Malley (ft Della Thomas)
CineSci6 (41:50) by James O’Malley (ft Paolo Viscardi & James Robson)
Skepticism and the Arts (44:06) by Trent Burton (ft Robin Ince)
The sketch was by David Lovesy and Brian Two
The song was written by Drew Rae and performed by David Lovesy

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Episode 100 – 2nd September 2011


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Analogue Missions (1:45) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Gordon Osinski)
FOIA (12:54) by James Firth
Deconversion (21:07) by Drew Rae
Guides Inclusivity (28:32) by Salim Fadhley (ft Tessa Kendall)
Too Many Ministers (35:39) by Cory Hazelhurst
Spine Wizards (42:30) by Trish Hann
Celebrity Skeptics (47:54) by Keir Liddle
Secular Europe Campaign (53:42) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson)
QED 2010 (61:10) by James O’Malley (ft Michael Marshall)
The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark

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Episode 95 – 29th July 2011

This week we have an eye witness report from Oslo, look at a new judgement on internet piracy with scary implications, find out what ATOS have been up to and much more!


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Oslo Eyewitness (1:35) by Trish Hann
Copyright Censorship (8:47) by James Firth
What’s Wrong with ATOS? (15:19) by Steven Sumpter
Patent trolls vs Inventors & Developers (26:24) by Salim Fadhley
The AHS (36:05) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle and Mike Paynter)
AltMed Regulation (45:16) by Dr*T
Michael McIntyre Response (49:14) by Steve Leedale (performed by Alex Foster)
Edinburgh Ghost Tours (53:00) by Ash Pryce
The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark

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Episode 92 – 8th July 2011

This week we delve into hackgate, probably upset some feminists and figure out the best way to hang toilet paper. Now you can’t say that isn’t variety.


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Phone Hacking and the PCC (2:10) by Luxmy Gopal
Hacked Off Campaign (10:06) by James O’Malley (ft David Allen Green)
Sovereignty Creep (16:14) by James Firth
Feminism & Elevatorgate (22:42) by Pete Hague
Malton Faith School (30:04) by Salim Fadhley (ft Philippa Hare)
Red Tape Challenge (39:56) by Drew Rae & Tom Hodden
“Gaaaay” (48:52) by Anonymous
Toilet Paper (53:36) by Andrew Gould

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Episode 89 – 17th June 2011

We speak to Tim Harford, go on a Slutwalk and find out about the oldest example of biomineralisation in a fossil, and why it’s important. And more!



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Oldest Example of Biomineralisation (1:38) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Phoebe Cohen)
Slutwalk (11:28) by Christine Ottery
Pro-NCH (19:01) by James Firth
Anti-NCH (25:26) by Misty
Tim Harford Interview (30:26) by Dr*T
The Daily Express is Misleading (39:13) by Tom Hodden
FFRF vs The Rapture (45:51) by Salim Fadhley
Smellytweet Update (56:46) by James Thomas
The song at the end is by David Lovesy

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