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Episode 222 – 31st January 2014

This week we have an exclusive interview with Rufus Hound, in which he explains his reasons for standing for the National Health Action Party in the European Elections. We also find out more about the most recent Jesus & Mo controversy, why banking computers often fail – and catch up with the Festival of the Spoken Nerd ahead of their latest nationwide tour.



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Why Rufus Hound Got Political (2:00) by James O’Malley (ft Rufus Hound!)
Mo’ Controversy (34:06) by Matt Flaherty
Banking Systems (49:00) by Morgan Phillips (ft Frances Coppola)
New FOTSN Tour (62:18) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Arney, Steve Mould & Matt Parker)
Benefit Plug (74:34) by Neil Denny

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Episode 177 – 8th March 2013

Writing genes like writing code, what caused the Bradford Earthquake, how the NHS reforms are having an impact on the ground and much more!



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Bordering On The Ridiculous (1:40) by Matt Flaherty
Religious Antivaxers (12:50) by Salim Fadhley (ft Steve Novella)
Circ Debate (21:29) by Marianne Baker
Bradford Earthquake (32:08) by Cory Hazlehurst
Synthetic Biology (43:46) by Jonny Serfaty
NHS Reforms (49:45) by Max Davie
Atheist Photobook Update (55:44) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Johnson)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Sean McDermott

Episode 162 – 16th November 2012

New Twitter prosecution rules, the National Health Action Party launch, a report on freedom of expression from Azerbaijan – it’s an eclectic show! We also speak to a man crowdfunding some scientific research, find out about fusion reactors, hear how humanists are excluded from Remembrance events and laugh at how some Americans on the right aren’t taking Obama’s re-election victory terribly well.



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More DPP Social Meeja Woe (2:06) by Matt Flaherty
National Health Action Party (12:54) by Trish Hann (ft June Hautot)
Kids & Free Expression Online (20:31) by Kate Russell
Crowdsourcing Science (30:10) by James O’Malley (ft Ethan Perlstein)
For All Who Serve (40:24) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Holden)
Fusion Reactor (49:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Balshaw)
Crazy Obama Reactions (61:25) by Blakeley Nixon (ft the vocal stylings of Marc Silk)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 147 – 3rd August 2012

Should the DPP consider his position now the Twitter Joke Trial is over? How can maths be used to show that those badminton players were deliberately playing badly? And does all modern music sound the same, or are we all just getting old?



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Twitter Joke Trial and the DPP (2:54) by Matt Flaherty
Badminton or Goodminton (14:24) by Dan McNeil
Pop Goes Bland? (23:14) by Dan Stowell and Matthias Mauch
More from Winchester Science Festival (32:18) by Liz Lutgendorff and Sean Ellis
Twitter Joke Trial Updates (53:40) by James O’Malley (ft Paul Chambers, David Allen Green, Al Murray and Louise Mensch MP and John Cooper QC)

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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 74 – 4th March 2011


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Barnet Bans Bloggers (1:29) by James Firth
American Liberty (8:37) by Matt Flaherty
The Authoritarians (17:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Prof Robert Altemayer)
Why shouldn’t you ride the STS Discovery to work? (23:06) by Drew Rae
MaxBrain Advertising (29:49) by Dr*T
The Framing Effect (35:16) by Kash Farooq

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Episode 69 – 28th January 2011


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Equality (2:17) by Liz Lutgendorff
NHS Reform (7:30) by Adam Jacobs
Betelgeuse (16:37) by Kash Farooq
Delingpole (21:59) by Matt Flaherty
Libertarian Skeptics (28:11) by Pete Hague
Theological Debate (36:50) by Drew Rae
News In Haiku (45:31) by Martyn Norris

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