Pigeon Post (1:36) by Nathan Rae Faith School Map (10:25) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson) GPS (20:08) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof David Last) Why Religion Is In Decline (31:51) by Burt Flannery 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 Liz speaks to Dr Helen Czerski about women and technology, and Marcus Chown about his new book, which is about *everything*. We also cover the US shutdown, a new club for female professionals and find out why about some fossils that are currently under threat.
Ada Lovelace Day 2013 (2:30) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Helen Czerski) Leicester Fossil Threat (17:04) by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Roger Mason) US Shutdown (28:53) by Dave Landon Cole Marcus Chown Interview (38:03) by Liz Lutgendorff The Other Club (48:15) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere (ft Joy Lo Dico & Katie Glass) Over The Air (54:42) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Correction: In the show, we stated that the big Ada Lovelace Day event is at the ICE – it isn’t. It’s actually at Imperial College London. More info here.
Kepler Retires (2:11) by Kash Farooq (ft Dr Jon Jenkins from NASA) David Attenborough’s Wrong (13:33) by Lucy Abel Post-Truth Politics (19:50) by Mark Thompson (ft Alex Marsh) Living In The Past (31:23) by Leila Johnston Taste (42:15) by Shell Grayson The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Chemical Weapons Sold To Syria? (2:16) by Dr*T Space Ants! (9:26) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Max Vasile) The IOC and Human Rights (21:20) by Marc Naimark Debating Religion (28:44) by Sean Slater Z-List Dead-List (36:38) by Iszi Lawrence The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we try to attribute blame for recent transport accidents (before learning better not to), talk to Robert Llewellyn about electric cars, find out about the latest controversy with the DSM5 psychiatry bible, as well as discover what’s going on with the banks, why we should perhaps forgive Michael Gove (!) and why we did actually land on the moon after all.
Planes, Trains and Automobile Accidents (1:54) by Drew Rae Robert Llewellyn talks Electric Cars (10:11) by James O’Malley DSM Naming Controversy (25:21) by Sean Davidson Moon Landing Conspiracies (36:19) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Megan Whewell) Stupid Bankers (41:13) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola) U-Turns (50:22) by Kash Farooq Science Grrl Catch-Up (53:58) by James O’Malley (ft Heather Williams) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week is a bit of an accidental Sky at Night special: we look at the death of the Herschel space telescope with Chris North, and Carl has been speaking to Jon Culshaw and friends & colleagues of Sir Patrick Moore. We also speak to evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk about her new book, Paleofantasy, find out about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes and unpaid internships, and discover a new citizen science project.
Herschel RIP (1:54) by Kash Farooq (ft Chris North)
Paleofantasy (13:08) by Dave Cole (ft Marlene Zuk)
Patrick Mem-Moore-ial (26:00) by Carl Hutchinson (ft Jon Culshaw, Bill Leatherbarrow, John Mason, Keaton Stone & Paul Abel)
Dangerous E-Cigarettes (38:40) by Hayley Johnson
Space Warps! (45:34) by Julie Gould (ft Phil Marshall) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
What could have caused the Waco explosion, how one man managed to hack and control a plane with his mobile phone, why the government’s austerity agenda may be based on a faulty Excel spreadsheet, and banging out head against a brick wall over MMR.
Waco Fire (2:36) by Kash Farooq (ft Claire Benson) Plane Hacking (13:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Hugo Teso) Austerity & Excel (27:04) by Keir Liddle Wakefield Still Wrong (33:57) by Tannice Pendegrass Thatcher Media Coverage (41:04) by Alex Fitch Women in Science (51:48) by Elizabeth Donnelly (ft Aysha Raza) Voyager (60:14) by Steve Dobson 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
We go bee-hind the scenes of an opera about bees! Why alien life might not be as common as we hope, the future of feminism, religion & criminality, weird Popes and outrage at the death of Google Reader.
Bee Opera by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Lucy Yeomans, Mark Brown and Kelvin Thomson) Life Isn’t Everywhere by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Charles Cockell) Feminism Debate by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis) Religion and Criminality by Salim Fadhley (ft Volkan Topalli) Most Unlikely Popes by Chris Chapman Free Doesn’t Mean Permanent by Georgia Gale Grant The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two The amazing image above is by Stuart Taylor