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Episode 214 – 22nd November 2013

A big show this week as we speak to the man behind a new documentary on whales in captivity, find out why scientists should be on Question Time, from the man who running a petition about it, look at some crazy JFK conspiracy theories and much more!



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Blackfish (1:28) by Sandra Prow (ft Jeffrey Ventre)
Question Time Scientists (26:46) by Martin Robbins
JFK Conspiracy Theories (31:33) by Blakeley Nixon
Canadian Mayors (38:25) by Ian Bushfield
Abu Dhabi Science Festival (43:18) by Julie Gould
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 142 – 29th June 2012

BIG show this week: Armando Iannucci, PRESIDENT OBAMA’s GRANDMOTHER and Greg Palast! Tracking asteroids to avoid doom, girly science and, er, circumcision.



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Twitter Joke Trial Update (2:21) by James O’Malley (ft David Allen Green)
Armando Iannucci on his OBE & Veep (8:12) by James O’Malley (ft Armando Iannucci!)
Vulture’s Picnic (20:41) by James O’Malley (ft Greg Palast)
Obama’s Grandmother (33:50) by Martin Robbins
(actually ft Sarah Obama, Obama’s Kenyan grandmother)
Neoshield (41:33) by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Alan Harris)
Science: A Girl’s Thing (50:50) by Belinda Parmar
Circumcision Decision (57:25) by Sven Rudloff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 138 – 1st June 2012

We find out if the anti-GM protesters managed to smash up the GM crops experiment, what the latest on the Twitter Joke Trial is, and why the proposals for equal marriage don’t go far enough. We also have more on LOCOG’s draconian brand enforcement and discover why file sharing might not be all that bad for the music industry.



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Rothamsted Update (2:16) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Lynas)
Twitter Joke Trial Update (9:15) by Matt Flaherty
Equal Marriage Doesn’t Go Far Enough (18:35) by Naomi Phillips
Olympic Branding (24:06) by Alex Fitch
File Sharing & The Music Industry (36:40) by Salim Fadhley (ft Prof Bob Hammond)
Paul Zenon Interview (47:56) by Brian Two
Questival (56:26) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle)
Surprise (60:23) by Martin Robbins & Dean Burnett
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 117 – 6th January 2012

Is legalising assisted dying a good idea? Should we use primaries to pick our political candidates? And since when was the Daily Mail judge, jury and executioner?


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Daily Mail Justice (1:58) by Martin Robbins
Hungary for Constitutional Change (7:45) by Dave Landon Cole
Open Primaries (14:08) by Cory Hazlehurst
Pro-Assisted Dying (22:16) by Jennie Kermode (performed by Melinda Burton)
Anti-Assisted Dying (33:21) by William Lee
The Cost of Physics (40:38) by Adam Jacobs
Apocalypse Soon? (50:06) by Leila Johnston
Just World (60:29) by Dean Burnett
Blogger of the Year (67:02) by David Allen Green

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Congratulations to Tim Ireland as Bloggerheads is our blog of the year 2011!

Episode 97 – 12th August 2011

This week we smash open the window of analysis and loot all of the best commentary on the London riots – as well as argue about Morrissey (again), electric cars and propose free beer for all!


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Technology and Riots (2:10) by Martin Robbins
Crowd Control (8:08) by Dean Burnett
Reading and Riots (15:20) by Frank Key
Pandemrix and Narcolepsy (20:21) by Simon Howard
Lords Reform (29:32) by Cory Hazelhurst
Morrissey Response (35:32) by Dan Swindlehurst
Electric Cars & Top Gear (40:22) by Tom Hodden
Maperton Trust (48:25) by Adam Cuerden
Free Beer (55:48) by Adam Jacobs
The sketches are by David Lovesy and Brian Two

Follow-Up Stuff:

  • Adam’s Maperton Trust report in full:

Episode 96 – 5th August 2011


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Flying Monsters 3D (1:36) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH)
Morrissey’s Comments (12:33) by Tom Williamson
Susan Greenfield’s Comments (17:46) by Martin Robbins
Madness Gone Politically Correct (23:50) by Philippa Willitts
Faith Schools (31:51) by Salim Fadhley (ft Richy Thompson)
Richard Dawkins Does Not Exist… And We Can Prove It by Liz & James (ft Charlotte Young & Mark Quinn)
Lawrence Leung Wants A Jetpack by Liz & James (ft Lawrence Leung)
The sketches at the end are by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 51 – 17th September 2010 – Live Birthday Special!


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To celebrate the show’s first birthday, we recorded this episode LIVE at Skeptics in the Pub, London – so it’s a bit longer than usual, but still follows the same format and is hopefully just as entertainment. There was a brief Q&A session after each speaker – we cut those for time reasons, though you can find them below.

Also below is Sean Ellis’s report on the audience reaction to the live event – you can hear that below.

The Papal Visit
by Jon Treadway (ft Naomi Phillips from the British Humanist Association) – 0:03:14

Future Trends In Alternative Medicine
by Liz Lutgendorff – 0:14:35
Q&A:

The Integrated Restaurant
by Sean Ellis – 0:23:18
Q&A:

Culture-Bound Syndromes
by Martin Robbins – 0:30:19
Q&A:

Gay Blood Donation
by Alex Foster – 0:42:29
Q&A:

Why I’m Not A Skeptic
by Will Howells – 0:50:15
Q&A:

The Twat In The Hat
by Crispian Jago – 1:00:08

Carmen and John’s Music
by Carmen D’Cruz and John Gregson – 1:06:32

Milton Mermikides doing sound effects, playing music and stings throughout.
MC James O’Malley was in da house.

Thanks to Sid Rodrigues and everyone at London SITP for hosting us.

DVD Extra style content:

What did the people there think? by Sean Ellis

What did you think of the live format? Please post in the comments below as we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Episode 46 – 13th August 2010




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Susan Greenfield by Martin Robbins
Tom Watson MP interview by Salim Fadhley
Crohn’s Disease bleach treatment by Dr*T (ft Rhys Morgan)
Antidisestablishmentarian by Sean Ellis
Edinburgh Festival Preview by Misty

Pod Delusion LIVE – 14th September 2010. More info: here.

Episode 20 – 5th February 2010


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Homeopathy Evidence Check (1:15) by Martin Robbins
Cherie Blair and Making the Pope pay (7:06) by James O’Malley (ft Terry Sanderson, head of the National Secular Society)
David Nutt’s new job (15:32) by Mark Thompson (ft Prof David Nutt himself!)
What is this thing? (23:58) by Rob Weeks
Evan Harris vs the Homeopaths (30:30) by Smitha Mundasad with sound effects from Milton Mermikides
Commercial Break (39:26) by Martyn Norris

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Update: Due to editorial incompetence, we had a technical problem with our Evan Harris vs the Homeopaths report. This is now fixed and working, so if you can’t hear it, simply re-download the episode