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The Skeptic Tank

Here’s a fun new thing from Radio 4:

Nick Doody - The Skeptic TankChris Addison and Shappi Khorsandi guest on a brand new panel show about pseudoscience, urban myths, alternative medicine, the unexplained, conspiracy theories and more… Or is it? Yes. It is.

Hosted by comedian Nick Doody – fresh from his appearances on Rory Bremner’s Tonight and The News Quiz and writer for Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive – who’ll be taking a hilarious look at every dodgy statistic, urban myth, piece of nonsensical parental advice and old wives tale in a fast moving freewheeling comedy show that’s the perfect antidote to every piece of Daily Mail nonsense you’ve ever had to listen to. This is where the geek bites back.

They are recording the pilot episode on July 28th and you can apply here for free tickets here.

 

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4 - Inside ScienceI’ve just listened to the first episode of Inside Science, Radio 4’s new science magazine programme. It’s really very good, but then the series has as presenters three of my very favourite people – Alice Roberts, Lucie Green and our recent guest at Reading SITP, Adam Rutherford.

Obviously one episode isn’t much to go on, but the format and the kind of issues covered remind me of Australia’s The Science Show, and that’s no bad thing. On that programme Robyn Williams (38 years in the job and, incidentally, uncle to Ben Goldacre) is great at covering the science but he is also hot on the politics that attach to so many science stories. And while he is a pom, I hear in his pieces a very Australian intolerance for bullshit. He and his ABC producers seem much more willing to criticise their government’s policies than does our national broadcaster.

Inside Science fills the Thursday afternoon slot left by the now cancelled Material World. As much as I liked that programme, I was an infrequent listener. It seemed to me a much cuddlier creature than The Science Show, and less interesting for that. In Adam, Alice and Lucie, Inside Science has three first rate science communicators and three passionate advocates for science. I think we can expect good things.

It looks like subscribers to the Material World podcast will automatically get the new show in their feed, at least for now. The new podcast isn’t showing up in my iTunes search yet but you can subscribe via these links here.