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Episode 204 – 13th September 2013

This week Trent gets angry about the outcome of the Australian election, and we speak to two others about their books: Tim Harford, who you may know from More Or Less talks The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, and Patricia Churchland, who has written a book about neurophilosophy. Plus Tom Hodden takes us back in time to the Poor Laws.



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Aussie Election (1:53) by Trent Burton
Macroeconomics (14:21) by James O’Malley (ft Tim Harford!)
Neurophilosophy (31:52) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Patricia Churchland)
Poor Laws (48:09) by Tom Hodden
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 189 – 31st May 2013

This week we talk fanfiction, fascism and internships! And.. er… fecal transplants. Plus James does a report for the first time ever!



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Fascism and Racism, Then and Now (1:53) by Victoria Stiles
Humanist Marriage Update (8:44) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere
Internships and Slavery (12:46) by Alex Brown
Fanfiction and Kindle Worlds (22:42) by James O’Malley (ft Kate Keen & Tanya Brown)
Fecal Transplants (32:37) by Julie Gould (ft Mary Roach)
Geek Stereotypes (38:01) by Tom Hodden
Platform Hegemony (45:05) by James O’Malley
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

Episode 176 – 1st March 2013

Is Thorium the solution? Can we expect to be taking holidays in space any time soon? How is 4G going to change the face of broadband… and can a computer write conspiracy theories?



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Space Tourism (1:53) by Sean Ellis
Thorium (9:12) by Helly McGrother
4G Revolution (17:11) by Arthur Embleton
Verified Facts (23:28) by Salim Fadhley (ft Laura Michet)
PCC Elections Aftermath (30:39) by Cory Hazlehurst
Sheriff Joe (39:11) by Tom Hodden
Edinburgh SecSoc (45:09) by Sean Slater
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 172 – 1st February 2013

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.



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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

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Episode 167 – 21st December 2012 – END OF THE WORLD SPECIAL!

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.



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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

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Episode 160 – 2nd November 2012

We find out if the psychics passed the Halloween test, discover how losers can win elections, and hear about a machine that can turn your thoughts into actual 3D objects. For real. Also: Self-driving cars are a problem for the future, atheist street preaching and how pathology was developed.



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Psychic Test Results (2:18) by James O’Malley (ft Marsh)
Can Losers Win An Election? (13:20) by Cory Hazlehurst
Do We Care About Democracy? (20:10) By Eon
Thinker Thing (28:120 by Sean Ellis (ft Bryan Salt)
Self Driving Cars (36:12) by Salim Fadhley (ft Greg Clark)
Atheist Street Preaching (45:32) by Simon Clare
Murder And Pathology (53:13) by Tom Hodden
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Episode 149 – 17th August 2012

This week: Why should political activists learn from the hedge fund managers? Do speed cameras actually work? And is there something Orwellian about what people like us say about science? Yes. And much more!



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Coalition (3:24) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Robert Khan & Tom Salinsky)
Boycotts and Finance (11:09) by Salim Fadhley (ft Max Kaiser)
Orwell and Science (20:01) by Sean Davidson
Speed Cameras (29:48) by Drew Rae
Conspiracy (39:13) by Tom Hodden
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 132 – 20th April 2012

Was Derek offensive? Did Breivik’s World of Warcraft account turn him evil? And can we take an evidence based approach to poverty alleviation? And Much more!


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Derek (2:48) by Steve Leedale (read by Jess Vautier)
Breivik on WoW (10:16) by Marianne Baker
Empirical Poverty Alleviation (17:14) by Mohammed Fahad (read by David Couch)
Neuroethics (26:20) by Steve Page
Carey Talking Bollocks Again (34:48) by Dean Burnett
Metal Theft (44:46) by Tom Hodden (read by Rob Hinckley)
Winchester Science Festival (53:16) by James O’Malley (ft James Thomas)

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Episode 130 – 6th April 2012

We speak to libel martyr Vaughan Jones, discover the true Christian meaning of marriage, feed George Galloway’s ego by talking about him, as well as figure out a way to keep the lobbyists in check… and much more besides!


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Vaughan Jones Interview (2:08) by James O’Malley
Galloway’s Bradford Spring (11:18) by Blakeley Nixon
Pro-Choice Protest (16:00) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
The Christian Definition of Marriage (22:04) by Salim Fadhley (ft Robert M Price)
Biobank (33:05) by Adam Jacobs
Lobbyists and Lobbylists (43:25) by Cory Hazlehurst
A Titantic Story (51:12) by Tom Hodden (read by Alex Foster)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 125 – 2nd March 2012

There might not be any faster than light neutrinos, but what can we learn from a failed experiment? Might Iran embracing science be a good thing? And what’s life like in the armed forces for a non-believer? We find out in this week’s show!


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Failed Experiments (2:26) by Drew Rae
Nuclear Iran (8:41) by David Eastman
AVN vs HCCC (12:23) by Andrew Gould
In The Navy (17:35) by Blakeley Nixon (ft Commander John Craig)
Skeptical Fairy Tales (30:50) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Stuart Taylor)
Maglev Trains (40:50) by Tom Hodden
Videogames as Art? (46:56) by Alex Fitch
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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