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A weekly news magazine about politics, science and culture, all from an evidence-based, b******t-free perspective.

The Pod Delusion James O'Malley

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A weekly news magazine about politics, science and culture, all from an evidence-based, b******t-free perspective.

    The Oldest Material On Earth

    The Oldest Material On Earth

    This week we talk to the scientist who discovered the oldest known material on Earth which, at between 5 and 7 BILLION years old, is even older than the Earth itself. Plus! CLASSIC VLAD: We dig into what Putin's latest no-doubt nefarious scheme, and discover how the European Court of Justice might get one last laugh before Brexit, by giving us a telling off over bulk internet surveillance.


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    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    Dr Samuel Greene was our Russia expert. His book is Putin vs The People.


    Prof Philipp Heck is the cosmochemist who found the oldest material on Earth. Here's the paper on it.


    Jim Killock is the executive director of the Open Rights Group. You should support it and join as it is doing excellent work.


    Here is a picture of a guinea pig using a tiny laptop.

    • 50 min
    The Second Worst Foreign Policy Disaster Since WW2

    The Second Worst Foreign Policy Disaster Since WW2

    This week we calibrate our worries about the potential for World War 3 by talking to former Middle East minister and Chair of the Intelligence Committee Kim Howells - who tells us about his personal experience negotiating with Iran. We also dig into Dominic Cummings' plan to reform the civil service, and celebrate the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement by learning about what has now been bumped down to number two on the list of Britain's biggest foreign policy disasters: The Suez Crisis.


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    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    You can find out all about our civil service expert, Martin Stanley, and learn tonnes about how the civil service actually works on his Understand Government website.


    Dr Robert McNamara is at Ulster University - go check out his work!

    • 53 min
    Happy Xmas (Labour Is Over)

    Happy Xmas (Labour Is Over)

    Ho, ho, ho! A festive Winterval special where we, umm, go in deep on the election result and - horrifyingly - learn why it could be even worse next time. We speak to pollster Matt Singh and political historian Prof Steven Fielding about why the polls were right - and what Labour can learn from 1983 about how best to get over 2019.


    Plus! All aboard the HS2 bandwagon as we explain why it's actually good for the environment, and we use Liz Kendall's swearing back into Parliament as an excuse to dig into the story of how Charles Bradlaugh made it possible for atheists to become MPs. Plus we do actually have some Christmas content, as we explore why libertarians think that Ebenezer Scrooge was a job creator and Jacob Marley was a cuck.


    ***Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad.***


    Follow The Pod Delusion on Twitter and Facebook.


    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    Matt Singh was our pollster. He is the founder of Number Crunch Analytics.


    Prof Steven Fielding was our Labour Party expert. He's at Nottingham University and previously made a whole Radio 4 series about political party splits.


    Gareth Dennis was our rail engineer. Here's his website. RethinkHS2 was the misguided environmental campaign we spoke about that's backed by the otherwise excellent Chris Packham.


    Here's Dr Liz's thesis. It's super interesting. Here's something on the bust of Charles Bradlaugh that was recently unveiled in Parliament written by the National Secular Society, which he founded.


    You can also follow Blakeley on Twitter, and send him your own libertarian Dickens takes.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What Britain Can Learn About Referendums From Papua New Guinea

    What Britain Can Learn About Referendums From Papua New Guinea

    This week we steer clear of the general election - so this podcast won't go out of date! Instead, we talk about a referendum that took place on the other side of the world, on the island of Bougainville, which has just voted to leave Papua New Guinea. There are some striking parallels with our own, umm, recent experience!


    We also dig into Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's recent announcement that he wants to make Twitter an open protocol - and speak to open standards expert Terence Eden about whether this could mean good things, or whether it's just a cynical excuse to shift the blame for having loads of Nazis.


    Plus! We get in the festive spirit by asking two behavioural scientists why we can't just give cash instead.


    And! One final check-in with Blakeley who has been spending the election campaign away from social media. We discover how he has become well adjusted while the rest of us have just become even more broken.


    ***Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad.***


    Follow The Pod Delusion on Twitter and Facebook.


    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    Shane MacLeod from the Lowy Institute was our guest to talk about Bougainville. If you want some further reading, he recommends this paper and this paper, and this magazine piece explaining the peace process and referendum.


    Terence Eden was our open standards expert. Go check out his always interesting blog.


    Ella Jenkins and Mike Hughes are from Ogilvy's Behavioural Science Unit.


    You can also follow Blakeley on Twitter, he might even do some tweets now.

    • 43 min
    Is A Narwhal Tusk An Effective Weapon?

    Is A Narwhal Tusk An Effective Weapon?

    This week we tackle the most important question raised by the London Bridge attack: We ask two of the world's most eminent narwhal scientists if their tusks make good weapons. Plus! We dig into a new report on freedom of expression and, horrifyingly, find out that things are actually getting worse.


    ***Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad.***


    Follow The Pod Delusion on Twitter and Facebook.


    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    Terrie M Williams and Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen were our narwhal scientists.


    Quinn McKew is the deputy executive director of Article 19, and you can read the full report on freedom of expression here.


    Go subscribe to Primarily: 2020 for all of your Democratic Primary needs!


    You can also follow Blakeley on Twitter, not that he'll be tweeting much between now and the election.

    • 33 min
    How To Survive An Interview With Andrew Neil

    How To Survive An Interview With Andrew Neil

    This week we speak to Tom Hamilton, a former advisor to Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn on how a politician can go into an interview with the likes of Andrew Neil or Emily Maitlis and come out alive. We also dig into some big, meaty issues and get the low-down on how trade deals actually work with trade expert Dmitry Grozoubinski, and what strategic challenges are facing NATO with the former Vice President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, David Landon Cole. Plus! We catch up with Blakeley Nixon to see how his election season is going without social media.


    ***Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad.***


    Follow The Pod Delusion on Twitter and Facebook.


    Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. You can email him on psythor(at)gmail.com with any comments or queries! You can follow Dr Liz too.


    Tom Hamilton is the co-author of Punch and Judy Politics: An Insiders' Guide To Prime Minister's Questions.


    Dmitry Grozoubinski is our trade mastermind, and runs workshops and courses at Explain Trade.


    David Landon Cole was our NATO expert.


    You can also follow Blakeley on Twitter, not that he'll be tweeting much between now and the election.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

DaveTheDrummer ,

Excellent !

Update.
Liking the new format but most of all I’m glad it’s back. It’s still eclectic and relevant packed full of interesting things.

Interesting, eclectic and a great exposure of many overlooked issues of relevance to all members of the public not just skeptics.
Keep it up guys.
DtD

WooWaaBob. ,

It is back!

Great start to its second coming. This podcast walks on water and turns cheap plonk into speciality ale. Miracles do happen - keep it up.

moonbiz ,

It WAS good. . .

Appears to have ended late Summer 2014.

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