This week we figure out if Michael Gove was talking rubbish about the First World War (spoiler: he was!), discover if monogamy is dead, find out why science’s favourite metaphor won’t work any more… and much, much more!
It’s Not Simple, Mr Gove (1:33) by Rich Godbehere Origins of WWI (9:41) by Sean Slater Is Monogamy Dead? (17:43) by Rosie Wilby Media Law (21:42) by Alex Fitch Dead Metaphor (32:38) by Sean Ellis Wiki Petition (39:12) by Salim Fadhley Zombie Stats (46:06) by Adam Jacobs Dimensional Travel (52:17) by Nathan Rae The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we go in depth on Syria, looking at an academic study on whether interventions are effective, and the reasons why chemical weapons are viewed as so unpleasant. We also talk about the black death and the Sochi Olympics gay rights controversy. Because y’know, we’re keeping it light this week.
Do Interventions Work? (2:34) by James O’Malley (ft Prof Reed Wood) Chemical Weapons Prohibition (17:00) by Drew Rae Why Are Chemical Weapons Disgusting? (25:27) by Rich Godbehere The Black Death Is Back (34:46) by James O’Malley (ft Alison Atkin) Sochi Boycott? (49:00) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two The amazing logo for this week’s show is by Stuart Taylor
Liz Lutgendorff presents this week’s show as James is under the weather. We look at research into dinosaur cannibalism, the big fight in academia over open access, why the RI perhaps isn’t worth preserving after all, and how creationists are taking over American classrooms. Also do we finally have elections for the House of Lords? And how the Brazilian nightclub fire could have been less deadly with some extra health and safety rules.
Cannibalism in Giant Tyrannosaurs (2:00) by Kash Farooq (ft Dave Hone) Open Access and Academé Luddites (12:12) by Rich Godbehere What’s the point in the RI? (20:44) By Dr*T Elections to the Lords at last! (29:00) by Cory Hazlehurst Health & Safety (36:34) by Claire Benson Texas Freedom Network (43:36) by Salim Fadhley (ft Dan Quinn) Tragedy Actor Conspiracies (52:20) by Tom Hodden AHS and Thinkweek Plug (57:10) by Liz Lutgendorff and James O’Malley (ft Jess Vautier and David Shorthouse) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
A Christmas special episode devoted entirely to the many things that could destroy the earth and humanity. We talk about the Mayan prophecies, the believers, the history, as well as real threats to our survival from space, from technology and from nuclear weapons. Plus we also manage to squeeze in the more localised world ending scenarios of unhealthy eating and the sequel to seminal videogame Elite.
What The Mayans Said (2:53) by Sven Rudloff The Prophecy and the Believers (9:26) by Salim Fadhley (ft Kevin Whitesides and Andrew Wilson) Early Modern Millennials (23:24) by Rich Godbehere Space Apocalypse (29:21) by Kash Farooq (ft Phil Plait!) Points of Failure (40:37) by Drew Rae Nuclear War (49:07) by Blakeley Nixon Jamie Oliver Vs Ready Meals (55:10) by Simon Howard Elite: Dangerous (61:39) by Kate Russell (ft David Braben) Profiting From The End (73:01) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The amazing music is by Dr*T and Milton Mermikidies
Rather than celebrate Christmas, we thought we should probably celebrate the life and work of Christopher Hitchens, who died on the 15th December. So please join us for this very Pod Delusion-type look at his life.
Obit (0:49) by Dave Cole Hitch and religion (8:40) by Cory Hazlehurst Hitch the Historian (15:46) by Rich Godbehere 6:36 Post-9/11 Hitch (23:42) by Mohammed Fahad (read by Alex Foster) 5:36 Regime change? (30:03) by David Eastman 4:14 Twitter Censorship? (35:40) by Dave Cross 6:12 Tweet inserts are by Sean Ellis Music by Milton Mermikidies