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Episode 220 – 17th January 2014

This week we tackle net neutrality, assisted dying, asylum seekers, aircraft safety and much more!



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Net Neutrality (1:28) by David Eastman
Assisted Dying (5:53) by Andy Gault
Atheist Asylum Seeker (10:18) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Bob Churchill)
Life Jackets & Oxygen Masks (18:45) by Drew Rae
Eruv of this Nonsense (30:27) by James O’Malley
Care.Data (35:27) by Adam Jacobs
History Projects (43:59) by Vicky Stiles

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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 127 – 16th March 2012

This week we get a horrifying update on the pro-lifers anti-abortion campaign, a nice update on Queen Mary Jesus & Mo fiasco, and a cautiously optimistic update on the libel reform campaign. Plus why the NHS risk register shouldn’t be released, assisted dying and we speak to Ophelia Benson.


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NHS Risk Register (3:32) by Drew Rae
Delia Smith (9:36) by Tom Williamson
Dodgy Abortion Counselling (16:29) by James O’Malley (ft Laura Hurley & Lisa Hallgarten)
Assisted Dying (26:36) by Adam Jacobs
Libel Reform (37:03) by James O’Malley (ft Hardeep Singh & Vaughan Jones)
Queen Mary’s Sharia Rejig (45:46) by James O’Malley (ft Simon and Robert from QM Atheist Soc)
Ophelia Benson Interview (50:49) by Liz Lutgendorff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The recipe at the end is by Martyn Norris

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Is it the end of the NHS as we know it? (Westminster Skeptics)

Recorded at Westminster Skeptics on 23rd January 2012, Colin Leys spoke about the proposed NHS reforms.

The government maintains that the Health and Social Care Bill doesn’t mean the privatisation of the NHS. Is this true? What are the main changes implied by the Bill, and what do they imply for patients and taxpayers? What are the reasons for the changes, and do they add up to a persuasive case?

Colin Leys is an emeritus professor of political studies at Queen’s University, Canada, and an honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London. His most recent books include Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest (2001) and (with Stewart Player) The Plot Against the NHS (2011).

Episode 114 – 9th December 2011

This week we find out whether the claims about “Earth 2.0″ are too good to be true, catch up with the Voyager probes, and back on earth we discuss whether sharing NHS data is wise and discover the truth about H&M’s computer generated clothes models.


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Kepler-22b (2:55) by Kash Farooq (ft Robert Simpson)
NHS Data Sharing (13:22) by David Eastman
Virtual Models at H&M (17:41) by Steven Sumpter
Voyager’s Final Frontier (22:30) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ed Stone)
Corporate Responsibility (33:06) by Adam Jacobs
Declining Education Standards (39:10) by Peter Rowlett
Tribal Scientist (45:11) by Kylie Sturgess (ft Michael McRae)
Humans Are Amazing (54:44) by Drew Rae
The sketch is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The Godel Song is by Ben Jones

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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 86 – 27th May 2011


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Science Careers (2:03) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Science Minister David Willets MP!)
Web Wars (16:38) by James Firth
Religion In The Surgery (25:30) by Luke Edwards
Religion In The Surgery II (32:16) by Salim Fadhley (ft Naomi Phillips)
Dead Bodies (40:17) by Simon Howard
The Daily Mail (47:12) by Will Parbury
Lady Gaga (54:52) by Martyn Norris
L’espirit de l’escalier (62:11) by Alex Gilbert

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Episode 80 – 15th April 2011



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You wait ages for a philosopher, and then three come along at once. Following Rebecca Goldstein and AC Grayling last week, this week we speak to Sam Harris about his new book ‘The Moral Landscape’… and much, much more.

The Moral Landscape (2:42) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Sam Harris)
Koran Burning (16:04) by Pete Hague
Lansley’s Tenets (22:16) by Simon Howard
Free Markets & Fish (31:25) by Adam Jacobs
Copyright Extension (37:28) by Salim Fadhley (ft Peter Bradwell)
Humanist Schools in Uganda (44:34) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew West)
The Ancestor’s Trail (49:56) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Chris Jenord)

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Episode 78 – 1st April 2011


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Gideon’s Budget (2:14) by Jon Treadway
Crossing the Italians (9:44) by Nick Boorer
The Vatican Fries Your Brain (16:10) by Tessa Kendall
Antivaxers and Paul Offit (22:18) by Dave Woodward
NHS Outcomes Framework (30:18) by Simon Howard
Dirk Gently Recommissioned (42:46) by Jon Treadway (ft Stephen Mangan and Ed Victor)
Roy Zimmerman on Ted Haggard (48:5) by Salim Fadhley
Post-credit appeal by Sean Ellis