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.
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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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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
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 The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy and Brian Two
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
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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