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Episode 164 – 30th November 2012

This week: ZOMBIES at the LHC, who won the first annual Good Thinking Soc Science Blog prize, we speak to sci-fi writer Jasper Fforde, who was a judge on the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, we check in with Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta about his new book, try to save the naked scientist, posit a radical idea for changing benefits and find out why Argos is powered by nanotechnology.



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Science Blogging Awards (1:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Suzi Gage & More)
The Winton Prize (17:14) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jasper Fforde)
Decay (23:35) by James O’Malley (ft Luke Thompson, Clara Nellist and Michael Mazur)
Young Atheists Survival (32:23) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hemant Mehta)
Universal Basic Income (40:24) by Steven Sumpter
Naked Scientists (48:36) by Kat Arney
Argos Conspiracy (53:46) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 145 – 20th July 2012

The government approve creationist schools, we speak to Alom Shaha about the Young Atheist’s Handbook, discover why sport is a bit like the church, and much more!



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Creationist Schools Approved (2:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richy Thompson)
Mooniversary (6:58) by Drew Rae
Alom Shaha Interview (12:45) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
AC Grayling on Alom (25:22) by James O’Malley (ft AC Grayling!)
Sport is like Church (28:04) by Trent Burton
Understanding the Higgs (35:52) by Tom Williamson
The Haber Process (41:52) by Andrew Holding
Robot Woman of the Future (48:02) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Keen)
Questival (52:00) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Paynter)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 143 – 6th July 2012

Higgs Higgs Hooray! This week we celebrate the discovery of the Higgs Boson, speak to human cyborg Kevin Warwick, and find out how to get more girls into the games industry – and also why bubbles are so awesome!



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Higgs Update (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Jon Butterworth)
Human Cyborg (10:06) by James O’Malley (ft Kevin Warwick)
Greg Palast Response (20:41) by Drew Rae
Lords Reform Update (27:34) by Cory Hazlehurst
Girl Gamers (36:02) by Kate Russell
Bubbles! (49:28) by James O’Malley (ft Gianluca Memoli)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 118 – 13th January 2012

This week we talk to the man behind Jesus & Mo, read the Spartacus Report and get word from the key players in the so-called “Obscenity Trial”.


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Jesus, Mo and UCL (2:13) by James O’Malley (ft Dave, the guy behind Jesus & Mo!)
Spartacus Report (9:36) by Steven Sumpter
Obscenity Trial (21:10) by David Allen Green (ft Myles Jackman and Michael Peacock)
Wind Farms (24:22) by Pete Hague
The LHC is valuable (33:40) by Kash Farooq, Peter Silk & George Hrab
Death Penalty & Assisted Dying (40:44) by Sean Ellis
Christian Nightmares (47:16) by Salim Fadhley (ft Christian Nightmares guy)

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Episode 115 – 16th December 2011

This week we tackle the biggest story out of the LHC Higgs announcement earlier in the week: Why did they use Comic Sans?! We speak to the font’s creator. We also speak to the man behind the BBC Micro, and science writer Marcus Chown about his new book which is based on an iPad app… and much more!


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Higgs Update (2:26) by Kash Farooq (ft Jon Butterworth)
Comic Sans (11:50) by James O’Malley (ft Vincent Connare)
BBC Micro (19:05) by Salim Fadhley (ft Steve Furber)
Anti-Vax Folk Fest (26:54) by Andrew Gould
Solar System: From iPad to book (33:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Marcus Chown)
Sesame Street Socialists (42:47) by Tom Hodden
Festival of the Spoken Nerd (47:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Matt Parker, Helen Arney & Steve Mould)
Science Cabaret (55:38) by Dean Burnett
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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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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Episode 29 – 9th April 2010


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Skeptical Voter Update by Richard Wilson
Digital Economy Bill Wash-Up by Tom Morris
Voltaire Lecture Interview ft PROF BRIAN COX by Liz Lutgendorff
Who wants to cheat at Millionaire? by Mark Thompson

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Episode 9 – 13th November 2009


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This week:
EXCLUSIVE: Skeptical Voter Launch (0:49) by Richard Wilson
Glenn Beck 1990 (3:45) by Salim Fadhley
Hollywood Skepticism (9:54) by Jon Treadway
Skepticism vs Denial (16:00) by Crispian Jago
Downloading TV (20:57) by Mark Thompson
Large Hadron Collider (25:49) by Professor Wilhelm Howells

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