Tag Archives: Marcus Chown

Episode 207 – 4th October 2013

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.



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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.

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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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Festival of the Spoken Nerd Tickets

You can buy FOTSN tickets online here.

To get tickets for £10 instead of £12, you’ll have to call the Bloomsbury box office on 020 7388 8822 (or visit in person) and quote “GEEK PARTY” to get the discount. This has to be before December 31st.

Episode 112 – 25th November 2011

This week we take a journey across time and space as we look forward to the Mars Science Lab mission, and talk about a new play that takes a look back into recent history through the medium of former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s diaries. We also speak to Marcus Chown about his new book and are scared by news of what the SOPA act could mean for the internet.


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Mars Science Lab (1:40) by Kash Farooq (ft Claire Cousins)
SOPA (9:42) by James Firth (ft Cathy Gellis)
Darknet (19:07) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hose Manuel)
Curing Cancer (26:54) by Matt Kaiser
The BBC & Open Access (33:34) by Pete Hague
Tweeting the Universe (38:32) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Marcus Chown)
A Walk On Part (47:11) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Steve Marmion, John Hodgkinson, Michael Crick, Diane Abbott and Don Foster)
Solipsism (54:57) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Thanks to Hayley Stevens and Dave for supplying the dogs (!)

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