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 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!
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.
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
Antarctic Drilling by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ed Waugh) Sperm Wars by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Watt) Computer Science Teaching by James O’Malley (ft Tom Crick) Raspberry Pi by Sean Ellis (ft Dame Wendy Hall & Reena Pau) Multidisciplinary Solutions by Liz Lutgendorff (ft James Dyke) Brains! by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dean Burnett) 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 we review the PRISM scandal, discover the science of sleep, assess a new drug and fight for what’s right in women’s cycling. Then to chill out afterwards we have a game of Chess 2 – the sequel to the popular ancient boardgame, Chess!
PRISM (2:38) by Kate Russell Material Science (16:02) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Miodownik) Sleepy Science (20:40) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Debra Skene) Polypill (30:08) by Adam Jacobs & Hayley Johnson Women’s Cycling (42:36) by Emma Shiels Chess 2: The Sequel (50:33) by Salim Fadhley (ft Zac Burns) Iszi Lawrence (59:17) by Iszi Lawrence The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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.
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
Formidable Vegetables (2:27) by James O’Malley (ft Charlie McGee) Thomas Paine (14:32) by James O’Malley (ft Ian Ruskin) Christopher Priest Interview (27:14) by Liz Lutgendorff French Disconnection (39:58) by Brian Two (ft Dave Griffith) Electric Cars (50:07) by Nathan Rae Spying (57:27) by Graham Murkett WinSciFest13 (60:26) by James O’Malley (ft Morgan Phillips) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two