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
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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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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
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
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)
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
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