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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 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 173 – 8th February 2013

Big news in Big Pharma, the science of persuasion, an interview with Sir Tom Blundell and we speak to a transport sociologist about how to make things better for cyclists… and more!



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Pharmabate (1:55) by Trent Burton (ft Ben Goldacre & others)
The Science of Persuasion (17:55) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Helen Czerski)
Sir Tom Blundell Interview (28:58) by Andrew Holding
Cycling & Transport Sociology (39:38) by Joe Dunkley (ft Rachel Aldred)
Portable Banking (50:01) by Sean Ellis
Ockhams Plug (57:56) by James O’Malley (ft Deborah Hyde)

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Episode 166 – 14th December 2012

Jim Al-Khalili is announced as the new British Humanist Association President and we speak to the BHA’s Chief Exec about what the amazing new census numbers mean for non-religious people in the UK. It’s not so great for non-believers elsewhere though as a new report shows – and we also pick apart the Snoopers Charter, which was shot down this week by Nick Clegg. Plus a new mental health manual could have a big impact, why Northern Ireland is still flagging, and why Erasmus Darwin was awesome.



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Census Results and a new BHA President (2:11) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Andrew Copson)
Atheist Persecution Worldwide (9:11) by Bob Churchill
Snooper’s Charter Slapdown (19:56) by Jenny Woods
Mental Health Diagnosis Pronosis (29:35) by Max Davie
Reviewing Peer Review (36:30) by Drew Rae
Flying The Flag (42:13) by Rory Fenton (ft Brian McClinton)
Erasmus Darwin (48:48) by Philip John
Video Codecs (55:11) by Trent Burton

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Episode 165 – 7th December 2012

Is David Cameron finally right about something? Why do Bristol University Christian Union think that women should be seen and not heard? What’s the deal with the human rights act? Kate speaks to Games Workshop co-founder and fantasy gaming legend Ian Livingstone and ruminations on arthouse film following Cineworld’s takeover of PictureHouse cinemas.



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Agreeing with Cameron on Leveson (2:21) by James Firth
Bristol Christian Union Fiasco (10:58) by Jenny Bartle
Women: Seen and Not Heard? (15:49) by Nathan Rae
Human Rights Act (22:41) by Georgia Gale Grant
Ian Livingstone Interview (28:21) by Kate Russell
Geoengineering (36:40) by Drew Rae
Cineworld take PictureHouse (45:13) by Alex Fitch
Pale Blue Cafe (56:00) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton)
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 119 – 20th January 2012

This week we look into the SOPA blackout and more importantly, finally DISCOVER THE TRUTH about the Teletubbie Tinky Winky – plus much more!


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SOPA Blackout (2:05) by Georgia Gale Grant
Behind the scenes at the Wikipedia blackout (9:33) by Tom Morris
Figshare (17:58) by Jon Treadway (ft Mark Hahnel)
Teletubbies Scandal (27:36) by Salim Fadhley (ft Dave Thompson)
The Sex Party (39:33) by Chris Huang-Lever
Scotland and Tory England (45:17) by Keir Liddle
A Bugs’ Life (50:16) by Adam Jacobs (ft Matt Shardlow)
Videogames and Morality (60:16) by Trent Burton
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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 93 – 15th July 2011

We find out why abortion is brilliant, why maths isn’t immediately profitable but ultimately is, and about an intriguing new play about the dangers of alternative medicine. We also speak to author Mark Stevenson about his book. And much more!


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Pro-Choice Protest (1:49) by James O’Malley (ft Dr Evan Harris and Kate Smurthwaite)
James Webb Telescope (9:10) by Kash Farooq
Elevatorgate Response (13:48) by Natalie Dzerins (read by Charlotte Hooson-Sykes)
Maths & Progess (19:40) by Peter Rowlett
Alternative (27:01) by James O’Malley & Liz Lutgendorff (ft Trent Burton & Maria MacLachlan)
PowerPoint (37:22) by Simon Howard
An Optimist’s Tour of the Future (42:23) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Mark Stevenson)
Sketches by David Lovesy and Brian Too

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