This week we speak to the Project Scientist on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, and a scientist who studies concrete – bonus points if you listen to that second piece on the Victoria Line. We also find out how the first ever PubHD night went, figure out how far away we are from hoverboards.
Rosetta Launch (1:20) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Matt Taylor, ESA Project Scientist!) What’s the deal with concrete? (21:33) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Leon Black) PubHD (31:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Regan Naughton, Sera Baker, Dave Farmer & Christian Perrin) Hoverboards (42:29) by Henry Hocking Gay Floods (52:21) by Dean Burnett
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 speak to COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD, who recently spent six months on board the International Space Station, whilst simultaneously becoming a hero to everyone on Twitter. We find out Hadfield’s thoughts on the current on-going ISS ammonia leak, how he got involved in Robin Ince & Brian Cox’s Christmas show, what it was like meeting Stephen Hawking, and much more.
Plus back on earth we speak to a man suing the FBI because of Freedom of Information, figure out if scientists should boycott the major journals, and weigh up whether Christmas is a good thing, or a bad thing.
COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD Interview (1:46) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Hadfield) Suing the FBI (31:26) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ryan Shapiro) Scientific Publishing (55:13) by Andrew Holding Sochi Pride Houses (59:02) by Marc Naimark Boo Christmas (67:38) by Chris Chapman Yay Christmas (74:02) by Charlotte Hooson-Sykes
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
Feminism & Secularism (1:24) by James O’Malley (ft Anne Marie Waters) Personalised Medicine (12:58) by Adam Jacobs Human Libraries (21:28) by Neil Denham Noah (31:06) by Ian Bushfield Sleazy PR (35:26) by Marsh The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!
Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq) New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff) Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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This week we have an exclusive clip of the fourth man on the moon (!!!), along with some more back to earth chat. We talk Golden Dawn and the rise of the Far Right in Europe with Yiannis Baboulias, missing Doctor Who episodes with Mike Hall, as well as take a critical look at a High Court decision on MMR and some claims being made by an advisor to Michael Gove. Plus we go to a Wikipedia Editathon.
Golden Dawn (1:51) by James O’Malley (ft Yiannis Baboulias) Astronaut Al Bean (18:20) by Carl Hutchinson (FT FOURTH MAN ON THE MOON, AL BEAN!) Missing Doctor Who (20:08) by Mike Hall Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (31:45) by James O’Malley (ft Jonathan Cardy) MMR Opportunities (43:40) by Peter English Nature vs Nurture (51:11) by Mike Ward 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 Trent gets angry about the outcome of the Australian election, and we speak to two others about their books: Tim Harford, who you may know from More Or Less talks The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, and Patricia Churchland, who has written a book about neurophilosophy. Plus Tom Hodden takes us back in time to the Poor Laws.
Aussie Election (1:53) by Trent Burton Macroeconomics (14:21) by James O’Malley (ft Tim Harford!) Neurophilosophy (31:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Patricia Churchland) Poor Laws (48:09) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we go in depth on Syria, looking at an academic study on whether interventions are effective, and the reasons why chemical weapons are viewed as so unpleasant. We also talk about the black death and the Sochi Olympics gay rights controversy. Because y’know, we’re keeping it light this week.
Do Interventions Work? (2:34) by James O’Malley (ft Prof Reed Wood) Chemical Weapons Prohibition (17:00) by Drew Rae Why Are Chemical Weapons Disgusting? (25:27) by Rich Godbehere The Black Death Is Back (34:46) by James O’Malley (ft Alison Atkin) Sochi Boycott? (49:00) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two The amazing logo for this week’s show is by Stuart Taylor