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Episode 211 – 1st November 2013

This week we find out what happened at Mozfest (and speak to the director of the Mozilla foundation!), figure out the truth about pirates – as well as discover what’s going to be happening at QED and why religion became so popular.



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Mozfest (1:40) by Julie Gould (ft Mark Surman & Kaitlin Thaney)
Pirates (12:48) by Chris Chapman
QED Plug (19:20) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh)
History of Religion (27:35) by James O’Malley (ft Matthew Kneale)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 169 – 11th January 2013

A scientific study into internet comments, celebrating the London Underground at 150, how the BBC are regurgitating press releases, why sociobiology is mad, and find out about THE LEVESON DEBATE!



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Internet Comment Polarisation (2:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dominique Brossard)
Screening Vultures (14:45) by Max Davie
The Tube At 150 (19:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Christian Wolmar)
The BBC and Police Press Releases (31:47) by Michael Marshall
Sociobiology (41:21) by Carl Packman
Disability on TV (48:51) by Christian Hofstader (read by Tannice Pendegrass)
The Leveson Debate (54:51) by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 160 – 2nd November 2012

We find out if the psychics passed the Halloween test, discover how losers can win elections, and hear about a machine that can turn your thoughts into actual 3D objects. For real. Also: Self-driving cars are a problem for the future, atheist street preaching and how pathology was developed.



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Psychic Test Results (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh)
Can Losers Win An Election? (13:20) by Cory Hazlehurst
Do We Care About Democracy? (20:10) By Eon
Thinker Thing (28:120 by Sean Ellis (ft Bryan Salt)
Self Driving Cars (36:12) by Salim Fadhley (ft Greg Clark)
Atheist Street Preaching (45:32) by Simon Clare
Murder And Pathology (53:13) by Tom Hodden
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 124 – 24th February 2012

This week we find out about the counter campaign to the awful Coalition For Marriage, discover how religious extremists are targeting university campuses to recruit students, find out if the government’s new alcohol advice stands up to scrutiny and reminisce about 2000AD at 25. We also come closer to answering the age-old question… are the colours we perceive the same as the colours other people do?


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Coalition for Equal Marriage (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Conor Marron)
Extremism on Campus (11:48) by James O’Malley (ft Raheem Kassam)
Leading Faiths (25:36) by Drew Rae
Alcohol Limits (29:20) by Adam Jacobs
Bad Valentines PR (37:25) by Marsh
2000AD at 35 (43:28) by Tom Hodden
Lottolab (50:40) by James O’Malley (ft David Robertson)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 122 – 10th February 2012

This week we explore UN reform with a former ambassador to the United Nations, get the latest on the Twitter Joke Trial, build a moon base and keep filibustering to pass the time.


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UN Reform (2:25) by James O’Malley (ft Sir Jeremy Greenstock)
Twitter Joke Trial Appeal (12:36) by Carl Gardner (ft David Allen Green)
Moon Bases (16:56) by Alex Fitch
Women’s History Month (25:53) by Jessica Metheringham-Owlett
Filibustering (30:41) by Craig Lucas (ft Christopher Chope)
Challenge Sally (38:40) by Tom Williamson (ft Michael Marshall)
Electric Lullaby (47:15) by Sarah Angliss

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Episode 100 – 2nd September 2011


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Analogue Missions (1:45) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Gordon Osinski)
FOIA (12:54) by James Firth
Deconversion (21:07) by Drew Rae
Guides Inclusivity (28:32) by Salim Fadhley (ft Tessa Kendall)
Too Many Ministers (35:39) by Cory Hazelhurst
Spine Wizards (42:30) by Trish Hann
Celebrity Skeptics (47:54) by Keir Liddle
Secular Europe Campaign (53:42) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson)
QED 2010 (61:10) by James O’Malley (ft Michael Marshall)
The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark

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Episode 91 – 1st July 2011

We have an exclusive clip of Chris Bryant kicking off about Bishops in the Lords, look at Medical Magic Mushrooms, and find out what happens if you don’t wash for 40 days.


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Medicinal Magic Mushrooms (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Roland Griffiths)
Johann Harigate (11:51) by Dean Burnett
Bishops in the Lords (21:23) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Bryant)
NHS Changes (25:45) by Adam Jacobs
Creationist Geology (32:59) by Salim Fadhley (ft Stephen Newton from NSCE)
Fragile Social Networks (42:42) by Steven Sumpter
Bad PR Results (48:14) by Michael Marshall
Smellytweet Update (58:26) by James Thomas
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 88 – 10th June 2011

This week we have an exclusive clip of Richard Dawkins talking about the New College of the Humanities, a brief chat with PZ Myers, and we find out why James Thomas hasn’t washed for about three weeks now. And more!


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Richard Dawkins on the New College of the Humanities (1:15) by James O’Malley (ft an EXCLUSIVE clip of Dawkins talking about it)
PZ Myers interview (7:53) by James O’Malley and Liz Lutgendorff
Death of the Operating System (15:15) by Pete Hague
What are we running out of? (20:57) By Drew Rae
Germany’s lack of nuclear ambition (27:21) by Sven Rudloff
Nicked: The Nick Clegg Musical (38:20) by James O’Malley and Liz Lutgendorff
SmellyTweet (44:39) by James Thomas
Bad PR Predictions (49:22) by Michael Marshall
The sketch after the credits is by David Lovesy at TLC Creative

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Episode 57 – 29th October 2010


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Industrial Relations (1:42) by Drew Rae
Animal Testing (7:02) by Dean Burnett
Data Retention (17:09) by James Firth
Catholic School Selection (22:25) by Salim Fadhley (ft James Gray)
Journalism Shortcuts (30:28) by Marsh
Kat Akingbade at QED (36:53) by Jon Treadway

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