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Episode 208 – 11th October 2013

This week we find out about the Jesus & Mo controversy at the LSE, talk about the mathematics of The Simpsons with author Simon Singh, and discover some misconceptions about evolution with Henry Gee (spoiler: he still thinks evolution happened). We also have Chris sending a reality bullet into the heart of Assassin’s Creed’s dodgy history.



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(New!) LSE Jesus & Mo Controversy (1:59) by James O’Malley (ft Chris Moos)
Maths & The Simpsons (11:28) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Simon Singh)
Evolutionary Misconceptions (24:37) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Dr Henry Gee)
Transparency In Science Isn’t Enough (44:08) by James O’Malley (ft Baroness Onora O’Neill & Imran Khan)
Historical Portrayals in Games (53:00) by Chris Chapman
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 194 – 5th July 2013

This week Simon Singh tells us about his new plan to hold newspaper health coverage to account, we find out what makes a coup d’etat and why we should just give up on privacy. Plus we speak to psychologist Sue Blackmore about free will, look at the Piper Alpha anniversary and find out how pharmacists are facing major changes to the way that drugs are sold.



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Newspaper Healthcheck by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh)
Coup d’Etat? by James O’Malley (ft Dave Landon Cole)
Giving Up On Privacy by James Firth
Piper Alpha 25 Years On by Drew Rae
Selling Drugs by Chris Chapman
Sue Blackmore Interview by Liz Lutgendorff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 187 – 17th May 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 164 – 30th November 2012

This week: ZOMBIES at the LHC, who won the first annual Good Thinking Soc Science Blog prize, we speak to sci-fi writer Jasper Fforde, who was a judge on the Royal Society’s Winton Prize, we check in with Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta about his new book, try to save the naked scientist, posit a radical idea for changing benefits and find out why Argos is powered by nanotechnology.



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Science Blogging Awards (1:57) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Suzi Gage & More)
The Winton Prize (17:14) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Jasper Fforde)
Decay (23:35) by James O’Malley (ft Luke Thompson, Clara Nellist and Michael Mazur)
Young Atheists Survival (32:23) by Salim Fadhley (ft Hemant Mehta)
Universal Basic Income (40:24) by Steven Sumpter
Naked Scientists (48:36) by Kat Arney
Argos Conspiracy (53:46) by Sean Ellis
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 159 – 26th October 2012

Earthquake predictions, atheists and the scouts, a psychic challenge and Simon Singh explaining What Doctors Don’t Tell Him – and much more on this week’s Pod Delusion. We also speak to film maker Chris Atkins to preview the first meeting of Soho Skeptics, and find out what the BHA are doing about faith schools – and more!



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Predicting Earthquakes (2:07) by Drew Rae
Chris Atkins Interview (10:46) by James O’Malley
Scouting & Atheism (22:56) by Shaun Joynson
Psychic Challenge (31:14) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, Chris French, and Kim the psychic)
A New Singh Libel Case? (48:36) by James O’Malley (ft Simon Singh, again!)
BHA Faith School Fundraiser (51:34) by James O’Malley (ft Richy Thompson)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 152 – 7th September 2012

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

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Free Primates – The Uncaged Monkeys Podcast – Episode 5 (Edinburgh)

The fourth in our exclusive series of podcasts from backstage at the Uncaged Monkeys tour. In this episode, Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre answer audience questions from the Edinburgh leg of the tour. Thanks to Helen Arney for recording.


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Free Primates – The Uncaged Monkeys Podcast – Episode 4 (Manchester)

The fourth in our exclusive series of podcasts from backstage at the Uncaged Monkeys tour. In this episode, Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre answer audience questions from the Manchester leg of the tour. Thanks to Helen Arney for recording.


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Free Primates – The Uncaged Monkeys Tour Podcast – Episode 2 (Glasgow)

The second of our exclusive podcasts from backstage at the Uncaged Monkeys tour. Brian Cox, Robin Ince, Simon Singh and special guest Steve Jones answer a few extra questions that there wasn’t time to answer on the Glasgow leg of the tour. Special thanks to Helen Arney for recording.


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Free Primates – The Uncaged Monkeys Tour Podcast – Episode 1 (Oxford)

The Pod Delusion is delighted to be hosting Free Primates, the official podcast of the Uncaged Monkeys Tour. In the podcast, the tour’s protagonists, Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre answer science questions from the audience at the different stops on the tour. In this first episode, questions come from the audience of the Oxford Uncaged Monkeys show, which was on Sunday 1st May.

This first episode features Robin, Brian, Simon, Matt Parker and Helen Arney. Helen also provides the song ‘Animals’ at the end of the podcast – you can find more of her work on her website.


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