This week we find out if atheists are smarter than religious people, how a rational Parliament might work, and why Straight Pride UK are rather silly. We also look at the sad case of Neon Roberts, FGM in the news, the portrayal of mental health in videogames, and a brand new material.
Smart Atheists (2:11) by Tessa Kendall Privilege & Straight Pride (8:24) by Richard Firth-Godbehere Rational Parliament (16:26) by James O’Malley (ft Adam Smith) Neon Roberts (30:46) by Keir Liddle Upsalite (36:10) by Dean Burnett FGM (45:02) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere Mental Health & Videogames (52:38) by Chris Chapman The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
We speak to world renowned primatologist Frans de Waal about his new book, celebrate the passing of the new defamation bill and the libel laws being sorted. The science of nervous breakdowns, how Jehovah’s Witnesses have some dodgy views on domestic violence, and much more!
Libel Reform Success! (3:20) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Harris) Frans de Waal Interview (12:25) by Tessa Kendall Smart Pills (23:31) by Chris Chapman Nervous Breakdowns (28:35) by Dean Burnett Jehovah’s Witnesses & Domestic Violence (39:31) by Naomi Wilcox Cookie Stuffing (49:06) by Drew Rae Jargon (55:35) by Alex Brown
This week is a bit of a secularism special – punch your fist in the air at the Rally to Defend Freedom of Expression, find out about the perils of censorship in Nick Cohen’s new book and get the accurate story on the Bideford council prayers ruling. Plus we talk about a new survey showing Christians aren’t terribly Christian, find out why Alan Turing deserves a pardon and solve the mystery of which Sherlock Holmes adaption is best.
Rally to defend Freedom of Expression (2:40) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
(ft Richard Dawkins, Nick Doody, Kate Smurthwaite, Rhys Morgan, Joan Smith and Anne-Marie Waters) Nick Cohen Interview (18:10) by Liz Lutgendorff & James O’Malley Census Christians (28:54) by James O’Malley (ft Paula Kirby) Bideford Council (37:35) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Tessa Kendall) Turing Pardon (45:00) by Peter Rowlett Sherlock and Copyright (54:56) by Tom Hodden The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Seven Billion (1:25) by Michael Grayer Plan C (7:50) by Prateek Buch White Poppies (15:36) by Tessa Kendall Non-Prophet Week (20:05) by James O’Malley (ft Jenny Bartle) AIDS at the Science Wooseum (23:51) by Kash Farooq (as read by Alex Foster) The Oil Kings (29:41) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Scott Cooper) Historical Narratives (39:56) by Nick Boorer Ear Candling (47:00) by Tom Williamson Skeptical Purity Test (54:03) by Drew Rae The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
Analogue Missions (1:45) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Prof Gordon Osinski) FOIA (12:54) by James Firth Deconversion (21:07) by Drew Rae Guides Inclusivity (28:32) by Salim Fadhley (ft Tessa Kendall) Too Many Ministers (35:39) by Cory Hazelhurst Spine Wizards (42:30) by Trish Hann Celebrity Skeptics (47:54) by Keir Liddle Secular Europe Campaign (53:42) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson) QED 2010 (61:10) by James O’Malley (ft Michael Marshall) The sketches were by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark
Gideon’s Budget (2:14) by Jon Treadway Crossing the Italians (9:44) by Nick Boorer The Vatican Fries Your Brain (16:10) by Tessa Kendall Antivaxers and Paul Offit (22:18) by Dave Woodward NHS Outcomes Framework (30:18) by Simon Howard Dirk Gently Recommissioned (42:46) by Jon Treadway (ft Stephen Mangan and Ed Victor) Roy Zimmerman on Ted Haggard (48:5) by Salim Fadhley
Post-credit appeal by Sean Ellis
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