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Episode 178 – 15th March 2013

We go bee-hind the scenes of an opera about bees! Why alien life might not be as common as we hope, the future of feminism, religion & criminality, weird Popes and outrage at the death of Google Reader.



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Bee Opera by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Lucy Yeomans, Mark Brown and Kelvin Thomson)
Life Isn’t Everywhere by Kash Farooq (ft Prof Charles Cockell)
Feminism Debate by James O’Malley (ft Helen Lewis)
Religion and Criminality by Salim Fadhley (ft Volkan Topalli)
Most Unlikely Popes by Chris Chapman
Free Doesn’t Mean Permanent by Georgia Gale Grant
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing image above is by Stuart Taylor

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Episode 175 – 22nd February 2013

Terry Deary has been saying some silly things, we speak to a space archaeologist (!), look at Blackberry’s rise and fall… and more Pope stuff!



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Oh Deary (1:55) by Cory Hazlehurst
Space Archaeology (9:39) by Kash Farooq (ft Sarah Parcak)
Janet Heimlich Interview (22:22) by Liz Lutgendorff
Pope In Review (36:09) by Alex Fitch
Post-Francis Nursing (46:57) by Dave White
The Rise & Fall of Blackberry (53:27) by Sean Slater
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 174 – 15th February 2013

This week we look find out how prophecy predicts the Pope’s resignation could signal the destruction of Rome, we reflect on the Pope’s use of Twitter, discover when 4G phones are going to happen – and if the networks are going to continue to rip us off, as well as hear about how school kids are standing up for LGBT people. And more!



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Papal Prophecies (2:15) by Chris Chapman
Blessed Are The Cheesemakers (7:23) by Mat Greenfield
High School Shootings & Terrorists (12:10) by Salim Fadhley (ft Adam Lankford)
Bad Valentines PR (21:04) by Marsh
The Science of Persuasion (27:32) ft Marcus Brigstocke!
4G Auction (35:16) by Sean Slater
LGBT Groups in Schools (43:00) by Adam Knowles (ft Adam Castle)
Stand Up For Darwin (52:44) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Dean Burnett and more!)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 104 – 30th September 2011

Can neutrinos really travel faster than light? What’s Lawrence Krauss going to be doing in London? And are the BBC part of a godless conspiracy? Find out on this week’s show!


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Faster Than Light Neutrinos (1:53) by Kash Farooq (ft Ben Still)
Lawrence Krauss Interview (12:18) by Liz Lutgendorff
BCE-Gate (25:00) by Dave Cross
Pope in Germany (30:41) by Sven Rudloff
Spontaneous Human Combustion (39:03) by Sean Ellis
Protesting (46:15) by Nick Boorer
Reflective Learning (51:55) by Drew Rae
Architecture (58:03) by Andrew Gould
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Lawrence Krauss Lecture:
Find more information and buy tickets to see Lawrence Krauss speak at Conway Hall in London on 16th October 2011 here. Enter code “KRAUSS” to receive a 2-for-1 discount!

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Episode 71 – 11th February 2011



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DFID and the Pope (2:18) by Jon Treadway (ft Naomi Phillips)
Darwin Day Lecture (6:24) by Jon Treadway (ft Richard Dawkins & Armand Leroi)
Geek Manifesto (9:48) by James O’Malley (ft Mark Henderson)
Pentecostal Boot Camp (21:08) by Salim Fadhley (ft Tyler Bowden)
Risk Management (30:54) by Drew Rae & David Couch

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Episode 52 – 24th September 2010


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Protest the Pope (0:58) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Ben Goldacre and Johann Hari, briefly)
Equal Marriage (21:49) by Alex Foster
Phone Hacking Scandal (31:01) by Darren O’Mahoney (ft Prof Brian Cathcart)
Trolling Masterclass (39:21) by Salim Fadhley (ft Paul Day)

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Protest The Pope – Full Speeches

Here’s our recording of the speeches from the Protest The Pope rally yesterday outside Downing Street in full. It was kindly recorded by Liz, and is completely unedited (so we can get this up as soon as possible), so your mileage may vary. Speakers include Andrew Copson, British Humanist Association Chief Executive, Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, Dr Ben Goldacre, Independent columnist Johann Hari and many more.

We’ll have interviews and stuff with some of the people who made up the crowd of 20,000 on Friday’s show. This raw recording will <b>not</b> be available on the normal Pod Delusion feed – so you’ll have to listen to it here!

Oh, and do check out our Relief-O-Matic special and our first birthday Pod Delusion Live show.

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Episode 51 – 17th September 2010 – Live Birthday Special!


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To celebrate the show’s first birthday, we recorded this episode LIVE at Skeptics in the Pub, London – so it’s a bit longer than usual, but still follows the same format and is hopefully just as entertainment. There was a brief Q&A session after each speaker – we cut those for time reasons, though you can find them below.

Also below is Sean Ellis’s report on the audience reaction to the live event – you can hear that below.

The Papal Visit
by Jon Treadway (ft Naomi Phillips from the British Humanist Association) – 0:03:14

Future Trends In Alternative Medicine
by Liz Lutgendorff – 0:14:35
Q&A:

The Integrated Restaurant
by Sean Ellis – 0:23:18
Q&A:

Culture-Bound Syndromes
by Martin Robbins – 0:30:19
Q&A:

Gay Blood Donation
by Alex Foster – 0:42:29
Q&A:

Why I’m Not A Skeptic
by Will Howells – 0:50:15
Q&A:

The Twat In The Hat
by Crispian Jago – 1:00:08

Carmen and John’s Music
by Carmen D’Cruz and John Gregson – 1:06:32

Milton Mermikides doing sound effects, playing music and stings throughout.
MC James O’Malley was in da house.

Thanks to Sid Rodrigues and everyone at London SITP for hosting us.

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What did the people there think? by Sean Ellis

What did you think of the live format? Please post in the comments below as we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Episode 50 – 10th September 2010



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Old Wives Med by Andrew West (ft Dr Evan Harris!)
Science Cuts by Jenny Rohn
Hawking’s God by Matthew Green
Protest Protest The Pope by Tom Morris
Miracles by Drew Rae (read by David Couch)
Guest Edited by Liz Lutgendorff

Pod Delusion Live
14th September, 7pm, The Monarch pub, Camden (London).

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Episode 22 – 19th February 2010


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London for Secular Europe Protest (1:02) by James O’Malley (ft Peter Tatchell & EHF President David Pollock)
Secularist of the Year (7:25) by Craig Lucas
Camp Quest (16:55) by Crispian Jago
Prince Charles & Royal Privilege (21:48) by Dave Cole
Save The Rhinos for Douglas Adams (27:17) by Jon Treadway

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