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Episode 153 – 14th September 2012

What happened when BPAS held a debate with Christian Concern? Why does Christian Wolmar want to be Mayor of London? Can celebrities be Twitter bullies? And what’s the deal with the EU’s silly cookie laws… and more!



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BPAS Free Speech Debate (3:04) by James O’Malley (ft Ann Furedi)
Ultrasound and Abortion (7:24) by Trish Hann
Vote for Christian! (15:06) by James O’Malley (ft Christian Wolmar)
Apologies (23:20) by Alex Fitch (with thanks to Ben Cusack)
Cookie Warning Protest (35:21) by Salim Fadhley
Twitter Bullies #1 (44:53) by Tom Williamson (ft Neil Kennedy)
Twitter Bullies #2 (54:02) by Mat Greenfield
Dennett on Religion (61:28) by Deborah Hyde (ft Dan Dennett!)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 151 – 31st August 2012

Is Mitt Romney a threat to stem cell research? Is there such a thing as ethical piracy? And does Cannabis really affect your IQ? We answer these questions and more on this week’s show!



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Stem Cell Research Threat (3:08) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Paul Knopfler)
UKNova Shut Down (16:10) by James Firth
Reform Section 5 (25:48) by James O’Malley (ft Keith Porteous Wood)
Cannabis & IQ (30:26) by Tom Williamson
The Apollo Missions (37:18) by Mohammed Fahad (read by Trish Hann)
The Future of the Space Race (48:06) by Andrew Holding
Causality and Blame (55:34) by Drew Rae
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 145 – 20th July 2012

The government approve creationist schools, we speak to Alom Shaha about the Young Atheist’s Handbook, discover why sport is a bit like the church, and much more!



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Creationist Schools Approved (2:05) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Richy Thompson)
Mooniversary (6:58) by Drew Rae
Alom Shaha Interview (12:45) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff
AC Grayling on Alom (25:22) by James O’Malley (ft AC Grayling!)
Sport is like Church (28:04) by Trent Burton
Understanding the Higgs (35:52) by Tom Williamson
The Haber Process (41:52) by Andrew Holding
Robot Woman of the Future (48:02) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Keen)
Questival (52:00) by James O’Malley (ft Mike Paynter)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two

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Episode 133 – 27th April 2012

This week we speak to Robin Ince about the Voltaire Lecture, Senal Edamaruku about his debunking of a Catholic ‘miracle’, find out why elected mayors are a good idea and much more!


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Holy Redundant (2:50) by James O’Malley (ft Andrew Copson)
Sanal Edamaruku on Catholic Miracles (8:03) by Salim Fadhley
The Voltaire Lecture (20:01) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Robin Ince)
Droughts and Rain (29:20) by Duncan Geere
Elected Mayors (33:31) by Cory Hazlehurst
London’s Candidates (41:13) by Adam Jacobs
Liverpool’s Candidates (50:43) by Tom Williamson
Science Tales (57:01) by Lisa Chalkley (ft Darryl Cunningham)
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brain Two

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Episode 127 – 16th March 2012

This week we get a horrifying update on the pro-lifers anti-abortion campaign, a nice update on Queen Mary Jesus & Mo fiasco, and a cautiously optimistic update on the libel reform campaign. Plus why the NHS risk register shouldn’t be released, assisted dying and we speak to Ophelia Benson.


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NHS Risk Register (3:32) by Drew Rae
Delia Smith (9:36) by Tom Williamson
Dodgy Abortion Counselling (16:29) by James O’Malley (ft Laura Hurley & Lisa Hallgarten)
Assisted Dying (26:36) by Adam Jacobs
Libel Reform (37:03) by James O’Malley (ft Hardeep Singh & Vaughan Jones)
Queen Mary’s Sharia Rejig (45:46) by James O’Malley (ft Simon and Robert from QM Atheist Soc)
Ophelia Benson Interview (50:49) by Liz Lutgendorff
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two
The recipe at the end is by Martyn Norris

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Episode 122 – 10th February 2012

This week we explore UN reform with a former ambassador to the United Nations, get the latest on the Twitter Joke Trial, build a moon base and keep filibustering to pass the time.


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UN Reform (2:25) by James O’Malley (ft Sir Jeremy Greenstock)
Twitter Joke Trial Appeal (12:36) by Carl Gardner (ft David Allen Green)
Moon Bases (16:56) by Alex Fitch
Women’s History Month (25:53) by Jessica Metheringham-Owlett
Filibustering (30:41) by Craig Lucas (ft Christopher Chope)
Challenge Sally (38:40) by Tom Williamson (ft Michael Marshall)
Electric Lullaby (47:15) by Sarah Angliss

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Episode 109 – 4th November 2011

Where are we going to fit seven billion people? What’s the deal with ear candling? And we learn new information about the goings-on in Iran in the 70s.


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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

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Episode 106 – 14th October 2011

We speak to comedian Helen Keen, find out what it’s like being a skeptic in Uganda, discover if violent video games make you violent, and much more.


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Freethought in Uganda (2:06) by James O’Malley (ft James Onen)
New Ice Age? (10:40) by Andy Russell
Bletchley Park (17:21) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Sue Black)
Teen Tech (22:36) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Maggie Philbin)
40 Days of Treats (27:15) by Liz Lutgendorff & Carmen D’Cruz
Video Games & Violent Crime (33:06) by Salim Fadhley (ft Mike Ward)
Cameron & Gay Marriage (41:41) by Nick Boorer
Helen Keen Interview (49:50) by Kash Farooq
Ricky Gervais & Twitter (59:08) by Tom Williamson
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy, Brian Two and Steve Clark

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Episode 101 – 9th September 2011

This week we take an evidence based approach to the 50p tax rate, find out what on earth a synchrontron is and find out what Robin Ince thinks of skepticism and the arts.


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50p Tax (2:30) by James Firth
Abortion Counseling (11:34) by Tania Glyde
The Spectre of Racism (15:46) by Henry Boddington
Four Lions (23:24) by Tom Williamson
Synchrotrons! (30:16) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andy Dent)
Science Is Vital (39:12) by James O’Malley (ft Della Thomas)
CineSci6 (41:50) by James O’Malley (ft Paolo Viscardi & James Robson)
Skepticism and the Arts (44:06) by Trent Burton (ft Robin Ince)
The sketch was by David Lovesy and Brian Two
The song was written by Drew Rae and performed by David Lovesy

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Episode 99 – 26th August 2011


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Cosmos Remake (1:33) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Neil Degrasse Tyson!)
Mabus (17:13) by Keir Liddle
Mental Health Checks (24:32) by Tannice Pendegrass
Arms Trade Response (32:16) by Adam Jacobs
Cycle Helmet Safety (38:53) by Drew Rae & David Couch
On Skepticism… (42:23) by Tom Williamson
How to land space ships on stuff (49:09) by Kash Farooq
Millennium Seed Bank (53:30) by Sean Ellis
Anthony Nolan Trust (59:11) by Alex Foster
The sketch at the end was by David Lovesy, Brian Two, and Steve Clark

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