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 newly elected Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about her plans – and her views on some controversial subjects (GM, nuclear and homeopathy to name but three). We also speak to Simon Singh and Johnnie Shannon about their new ‘Good Thinking’ Society, figure out why the government bothers with reshuffles, discover why IQ tests are actually a rather scientific business, and figure out how students are cheating on their exams.
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Natalie Bennett Interview (3:08) by James O’Malley (ft new Green Party leader Natalie Bennett!) Reshuffles (26:25) by Cory Hazlehurst Good Thinking Society (34:14) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh and Johnnie Shannon) Cheating on Exams (41:12) by Drew Rae New Abortion Research (48:29) by Andrew Holding (ft Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya) IQ Tests (54:48) by Stuart Ritchie Who Made Your Pants? (61:38) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft BeckyPants) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
This week we find out why geeks need to get more political by speaking to Mark Henderson, author of the ‘Geek Manifesto’, speak to Professor Jim Al-Khalili about his new book on paradoxes in science, discover why FRAND is no friend of free software, and go down the Ancestor’s Trail. And more!
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The Geek Manifesto (2:40) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Henderson) Open Standards and FRAND (15:08) by Salim Fadhley (ft Glynn Moody) Paradoxes in Science (24:20) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jim Al-Khalili) The Ancestor’s Trail (36:54) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Jenord) Protest Voting (44:32) by Alex Fitch Biobank is Good (50:34) by Peter English The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brain Two
Ex-Daily Star Rich Peppiatt Interview (1:54) by Sean Ellis Shadow Business Secretary John Denham Interview (8:59) by James O’Malley The New Defamation Bill (16:03) by James Thomas (ft Naomi MacAuliffe, Simon Singh and Julian Huppert MP) The BHA Census Campaign Poster Row (22:59) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Bob Churchill) Green Party Science Policy (28:35) by James O’Malley (ft Jim Jepps) Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture 2011 (36:21) by Jon Treadway (ft Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince)