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!
A big show this week as we have the highlights from a controversial gender discussion involving Julie Bindel! We also speak to Joe Muto, the Fox News Mole, find out about developments in understanding motor neuron disorders, discover if the new Olympic chief will be good for human rights, and find out why ASDA and Tesco got some social media earache yesterday. PLUS: The latest on developments in multidimensional mathematics!
Costume Controversy (1:43) by Tannice Pendegrass The Battle Over Gender Highlights (7:20) ft Gia Milinovich, Julie Bindel, Bethany Black and Adrian Dalton Multidimensional Maths Breakthrough (15:45) by Sean Ellis The Fox News Mole (25:47) by James O’Malley (ft Joe Muto) Motor Neuron Developments (42:10) by Sandra Prow (ft Rachael Dunlop) Tokyo 2020 (53:29) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Winterval (1:45) by Dave Cross Libel Reform Lobby (8:43) by Trish Hann Silencing Protest (12:46) by Steven Sumpter Necromancy (17:59) by Drew Rae Talking to the Dead (22:21) by Sarah Angliss Space Toys (29:27) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Craig Leff & Kevin Fong at London Science Festival) Guerilla Skepticism (41:21) by Kylie Sturgess (ft Susan Gerbic) Prime Numbers (50:39) by Peter Rowlett (ft Samuel Hanson) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
We find out why abortion is brilliant, why maths isn’t immediately profitable but ultimately is, and about an intriguing new play about the dangers of alternative medicine. We also speak to author Mark Stevenson about his book. And much more!
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Pro-Choice Protest (1:49) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Evan Harris and Kate Smurthwaite) James Webb Telescope (9:10) by Kash Farooq Elevatorgate Response (13:48) by Natalie Dzerins (read by Charlotte Hooson-Sykes) Maths & Progess (19:40) by Peter Rowlett Alternative (27:01) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton & Maria MacLachlan) PowerPoint (37:22) by Simon Howard An Optimist’s Tour of the Future (42:23) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Mark Stevenson) Sketches by David Lovesy and Brian Too