That’s right! We’re back for a special! The amazing Sean Ellis reports from the Winchester Science Festival for our Summer Science Special – featuring Terry Harvey-Chadwick, Helen Czerski, Ken Farquar, Ben Littlefield, Alex Boxley, Mini Saaj, Radu Sporea, Andy Pye, John London, Mark Thomas, Matt Denton, Dareck Gorecki, Paulo Viscardi and Sally LePage. Music is by Jo Stephenson and Being 747.
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 look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!
Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq) New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff) Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
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A big show this week as we have the highlights from a controversial gender discussion involving Julie Bindel! We also speak to Joe Muto, the Fox News Mole, find out about developments in understanding motor neuron disorders, discover if the new Olympic chief will be good for human rights, and find out why ASDA and Tesco got some social media earache yesterday. PLUS: The latest on developments in multidimensional mathematics!
Costume Controversy (1:43) by Tannice Pendegrass The Battle Over Gender Highlights (7:20) ft Gia Milinovich, Julie Bindel, Bethany Black and Adrian Dalton Multidimensional Maths Breakthrough (15:45) by Sean Ellis The Fox News Mole (25:47) by James O’Malley (ft Joe Muto) Motor Neuron Developments (42:10) by Sandra Prow (ft Rachael Dunlop) Tokyo 2020 (53:29) by Marc Naimark The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Antarctic Drilling by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Ed Waugh) Sperm Wars by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Watt) Computer Science Teaching by James O’Malley (ft Tom Crick) Raspberry Pi by Sean Ellis (ft Dame Wendy Hall & Reena Pau) Multidisciplinary Solutions by Liz Lutgendorff (ft James Dyke) Brains! by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dean Burnett) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we find out if we’ll ever be able to get rid of our nuclear weapons, find out why chinese lanterns aren’t (necessarily) the worst thing in the world, and all about how golf still has a long way to go before it joins the 20th century. And much more!
Trident Alternatives (2:08) by James O’Malley (ft Paul Ingram) Elitist Housing (13:50) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Recycling Fires (20:29) by Claire Benson NI Troubles (27:05) by Dr*T and Sean Ellis Skepticamp London (29:55) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Higgins) Sexism in Golf (34:42) by Sean Slater Pod People (41:53) by Chris Chapman SITP Roadshow (48:19) by Simon Clare The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
This week we speak to pro-vaccine hero Dr Paul Offit about his new book, discover what they were protesting about at Bilderberg, ask pertinent questions about the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital investigation, and discover the science behind cosmetics.
Paul Offit Interview (1:49) by Liz Lutgendorff Bilderberg Protests (18:28) by Rob Brotherton & Mike Wood MidStaffs (38:41) by Drew Rae Girl On The Net (45:49) by Sean Ellis Beauty By The Geeks (51:06) by Julie Gould The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
MICHAEL GOVE SPECIAL! But don’t let that put you off. We’ve three pieces about the education secretary including an interview with the teacher Gove attacked for using Mr Men to teach history, a look at Gove’s approach to classic literature, and a piece on how he used PR surveys to justify policy. We also have some exclusive clips from an event celebrating the reform of the libel laws featuring the likes of Dara O’Briain, Nick Cohen, Brian Cox and many more.
Mr Men History (2:36) by James O’Malley (ft Russel Tarr) Gove and Prejudice (11:44) by Sean Ellis Gove and One Poll (18:53) by Marsh Libel Reform Celebration (28:01) by Liz Lutgendoff (ft Dave Gorman, Simon Singh, Chris French, Hardeep Singh, Brian Cox, Nick Cohen, Dara O’Briain and Evan Harris) Cosmic Genome (36:48) by James O’Malley (ft Robin Ince and Trent Burton) Humanist Weddings (45:51) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Pavan Dhaliwal) Homosexuality and DSM (49:17) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Last weekend as QEDcon 2013 in Manchester, and in addition to picking up an Editor’s Choice Award at the Ockham Awards (thanks!), we also had an hour slot in which we could showcase some interesting people talking about interesting things. Here’s a recording of that.
Lots of Thatcher this week – perhaps a little bit over-Thatcherated, but a long look at her legacy and the issues raised by her death. Also: 3D printing guns, submarine disasters and watching what doctors tweet.
Thatcher’s Legacy (2:01) by Dave Cole Thatcher’s Walkman (10:44) by Miles Taylor Thatcher Party Packs (15:34) by Caroline Spurry Tramp The Dirt Down (21:15) by Cory Hazlehurst GMC Social Media (26:33) by Peter English Printable Weapons (36:26) by Sean Ellis USS Thresher (43:13) by Drew Rae RHSF13 Part 3 (49:55) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dave Cohen & Enrique Lopez-Juez) The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two