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
This week we talk DNA patents, apps that claim to cure homosexuality, and whether Man of Steel has a religious message. Plus we speak to Girl With A One Track Mind Zoe Margolis and singer/songwriter Shelley Segal.
DNA Patents (1:39) by Julie Gould Zoe Margolis Interview (12:24) by Liz Lutgendorff Shelley Segal Interview (24:15) by Chris Hofstader Friday I’m In Love (With Men) – The Gay Cure App (32:09) by Tom Morris Lets Talk About Sacks (43:43) by Sam Burns Man of Steel (51:07) by Alex Fitch The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we speak to pro-vaccine hero Dr Paul Offit about his new book, discover what they were protesting about at Bilderberg, ask pertinent questions about the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital investigation, and discover the science behind cosmetics.
Paul Offit Interview (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff Bilderberg Protests (18:28) by Rob Brotherton & Mike Wood MidStaffs (38:41) by Drew Rae Girl On The Net (45:49) by Sean Ellis Beauty By The Geeks (51:06) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week Liz speaks to internet legend Cory Doctorow about his recent Sense About Science lecture, Cory tackles apathy (if he can be bothered), a spat in the psychiatry world, and what if historians had time machines? And more!
Cory Doctorow Interview (1:53) by Liz Lutgendorff Political Apathy (20:30) by Cory Hazlehurst DSM Spat (29:34) by Max Davie ORGcon (35:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Peter Bradwell) Historians and Time Travel (44:23) by Victoria Stiles Nine Worlds (51:20) by James O’Malley (ft Ludi Valentine, Daniel Johnston and Erich Schultz) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two