Fred Phelps is Dead (1:20) by Dave Landon Cole Leveson and Jagger (11:41) by James O’Malley Nasa Doom (16:34) by Liz Lutgendorff Nissan Leaf (21:40) by Salim Fadhley Big Bang Fair (26:00) by Bethany Jenkins
Blasphemy in France (1:31) by Marc Naimark Banking Benefits (11:33) by Alex Douglas One Web For All (21:07) by Chris Hofstader The File (29:43) by Cory Hazlehurst Sexist Sci-fi (37:26) by Liz Lutgendorff
Flying Spaghetti Monster Censored (1:54) by James O’Malley (ft Rory Fenton) Space Balloons! (13:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Daniel Levesque) Olympic Pictograms (30:25) by Henry Hocking Vatican UN Report (36:08) by Paul Orton (ft Keith Porteous Wood) Marriage Certificates (44:43) by Morgan Phillips (ft Ailsa Sadler)
Creationism in Schools (1:29) by Jonny Scaramanga Black Holes (9:07) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Andrea Ghez) Atheist Scouts (16:40) by Ralph Parlour Musical Dissonance (24:06) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Neil McLachlan)
This week we have an exclusive interview with Rufus Hound, in which he explains his reasons for standing for the National Health Action Party in the European Elections. We also find out more about the most recent Jesus & Mo controversy, why banking computers often fail – and catch up with the Festival of the Spoken Nerd ahead of their latest nationwide tour.
Why Rufus Hound Got Political (2:00) by James O’Malley (ft Rufus Hound!) Mo’ Controversy (34:06) by Matt Flaherty Banking Systems (49:00) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola) New FOTSN Tour (62:18) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Arney, Steve Mould & Matt Parker) Benefit Plug (74:34) by Neil Denny
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
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 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
LGBT Society Statement
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The committee would like to take this opportunity to state that we are committed to the freedom of every individual to practise whatever faith they wish, provided the practising of this faith does not impinge on the freedoms and happiness of others. And we would like to reaffirm that should any further action be taken it will be against the event and is not a protest against either ISOC or Islam as a faith.
This week we catch up with TV’s Helen Czerski, who’s currently in a boat somewhere in the North Atlantic studying bubbles! We also examine the government’s new nuclear energy plans and David Byrne’s comments about services like Spotify. Plus we wonder if degree mills really make a difference.
Helen on a Boat! (2:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Czerski!) Nuclear Europe (19:46) by Drew Rae David Byrne Moaning (27:13) by Steve Page Degree Mills (35:58) by Kevin Friery 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!