Was the internet really attacked this week? What did the big budget cuts mean for NASA? Why do Americans worship the constitution, and why is Lynx deodorant causing a right old stink? Plus highlights from our interviews at Royal Holloway Science Festival.
Internet Under Attack? (1:48) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Halsall) NASA Sequestration (10:46) by Sandra Prow (ft Keith Cowing) Lynx Cause A Stink (22:38) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Arkless Gray) Constitutional Worship (32:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Mike Seidman) Royal Holloway Highlights (42:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Alan Gange and Rafael Yáñez) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye about his party and author Stephen Trombley about his new book looking at the key figures in western philosophy. We also tackle censorship and law, dodgy Ofsted inspections, communicating the scientific method and how to make the perfect cheese toastie.
The Pirate Party (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft party leader Loz Kaye!) Ofsted & ACE (18:42) by Jonny Scaramanga Censorship & UK Law (23:40) by Alex Fitch 50 Thinkers (34:16) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Stephen Trombley) The Scientific Method (50:01) by Paul Hopwood The Perfect Cheese Toastie (56:40) by Sarah Castor-Perry The inbetween bits were researched by Blakeley Nixon & recorded by Alex Foster The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to IPCC climate scientist Michael E Mann, find out who won the Secularist of the Year award, try to build a space elevator and believe it not, have a story that’s vaguely about football. Don’t worry though – we’re not actually talking about sport.
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Secularist of the Year (2:33) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Peter Tatchell & Bideford councillor Clive Bone) Religion in the legal system (13:410 by James O’Malley (ft David Allen Green) How do atheists pray for someone? (19:52) by Georgia Gale Grant The Hockey Stick & The Climate Wars (25:39) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Michael E Mann) Space Elevators (38:24) by Sean Ellis German Pirate Party (46:42) by Sven Rudloff Gadget Lust (52:04) by Alex Fitch The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Stories covered this week (timecode in brackets): Lib Dem Party Conference (1:07) by Will Howells Homeopathy Undercover (5:23) by Crispian Jago Healthcare and cuts (15:26) by Simon Howard The future of intellectual property (20:40) by Pete Hague The BNP on Question Time (23:08) by Arthur Embleton Babies (28:22) by Jim Dixon