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Professor Colin Harvey on Brexit, The Good Friday Agreement, and a Citizens Assembly

1/23/2018
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Professor Colin Harvey of Queen's University Belfast was our guest on today's show. He has been doing a lot of work on how human rights guaranteed in the Good Friday Agreement will translate in a post-Brexit Northern Ireland. We also spoke about the potential for a citizens assembly in Northern Ireland and the implications of the latest agreement between the UK and the EU. Music by Just Jim - https://soundcloud.com/justjim If you enjoyed what you read here you can follow us on Facebook,...

Duration:00:59:35

Bret Schafer on The Weaponisation Of Information and Social Media

12/12/2017
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Bret Schafer from the Alliance for Securing Democracy was our guest on today’s show. They are currently trying to understand how to combat any future attempts by foreign or domestic bad actors to hijack or disrupt democratic elections or influence political conversations online. They aren’t interested in contesting what has gone on during elections over the past few years, rather they want to understand how to combat the weaponisation of information online in order to order to preserve the...

Duration:00:51:20

Jamie Pow on Northern Slant and a Citizens Assembly For Northern Ireland

12/7/2017
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Jamie Pow, editor of Northern Slant, was our guest on today's show. Jamie works as a researcher at Queen's University Belfast and has been looking at ways in which Northern Ireland could use a Citizens' Assembly to move forward with political issues that politicians seem unable to solve. We talked all about the way in which a Citizens' Assembly would work in Northern Ireland, as well as the Irish Border issue and Brexit. Resources http://www.northernslant.com/...

Duration:01:03:22

Tatton Spiller On Brexit, The Motivations of Politicians, and Simple Politics

12/5/2017
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Tatton Spiller of Simple Politics was our guest on today's show. Tatton is a former teacher, who also spent time working in Parliament, and he founded Simple Politics to help people who were interested in politics (but maybe didn't understand what was going on) to get a grounding on the issues of the day. We talked all about Brexit, whether facts matter anymore, the Irish Border, and the true motivations of politicians. Resources http://www.simplepolitics.co.uk/...

Duration:01:12:00

Daz on Skank FM and How Technology Has Changed The Music Industry

12/1/2017
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Daz from Skank FM was our guest on Today's show. Skank FM was the first independent underground radio station to pop up in Belfast a few years ago, before Belfast Underground Radio, and Daz has been running it since the very beginning. We chatted all about how the music industry has developed through his life as a DJ and producer and how Skank FM grew from a West Belfast garage to their own studio! Resources https://www.facebook.com/Skankfm-1647488362157631/...

Duration:01:01:40

Matthew Rice on The General Data Protection Regulation and Online Censorship

11/29/2017
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Matthew Rice, Scotland Director for the Open Rights Group, was our guest on today's show. The Open Rights Group are the UK's only digital campaigning organisation working to protect the rights to privacy and free speech online. We spoke all about the General Data Protection Regulation, what it means for businesses and for consumers rights over their personal data, as well as about online censorship and net neutrality. Resources https://www.openrightsgroup.org/...

Duration:00:52:39

Francesca Lake On Open Access Journals and The Future of Scientific Research

10/31/2017
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Francesca Lake of Future Science Group was the guest on today’s show. She is the editor of their biomedical open access journal and was keen to talk to us about Open Access week that is taking place around the world this week! Open Access is the idea that all scientific journals should be open source and freely available for everyone to read and absorb. We talked about Open Access week and all sorts of biomedical research including 3-D printed organs, animal testing, cancer, and...

Duration:01:00:06

Dr Katy Hayward on Brexit and The Irish Border

10/10/2017
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Dr Katy Hayward was our guest on this show. She has written extensively about the difficulties surrounding the Irish border issue in the Brexit negotiations. We were keen to get her on to discuss these difficulties, how the British and Irish governments have handled the issue, and the potential for technology to provide a form of solution. Sponsor https://www.change.org/p/richard-pengelly-fight-the-13-5-million-cuts-in-the-northern-trust https://www.unison.org.uk/ Resources...

Duration:01:03:48

Callum Curry On Sussd and Life As An Entrepreneur In Northern Ireland

9/28/2017
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Callum Curry was the guest on today's show ahead of the launch of his new polling company, Sussd. Sussd is a locally driven community polling platform that will allow people to give opinions on how local issues are being dealt with and give them the chance to impact real change in their community. We talked all about his app, his experience as an entrepreneur in Northern Ireland, the idea of Universal Basic Income, and the future of work. Sponsor...

Duration:00:59:57

Bret Weinstein On The Evolutionary Implications Of Technology And Modern Society

9/26/2017
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Today's guest is Bret Weinstein. Bret is a former Evergreen State College Professor at the centre of a massive lawsuit (which he has just won) surrounding a day of absence at the University, which you can read more about below. We got into numerous fascinating discussions about the nature and problems with the extreme left-right divide, the evolutionary implications of technology and modern society, the evolutionary reasons for both racism and multi-culturalism, and how we solve the...

Duration:01:33:13

Patricia McKeown On The Stealth Privatisation Of The Health Service and The Importance Of Trade Unions

9/18/2017
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Patricia McKeown of UNISON was our guest on the show today. Ever since we became politically aware and involved we have been horrified and terrified by the gradual privatisation of the health service in the UK that has gone largely under the radar to the general public. She took the time to lay out the decades-long battle that has gone on to keep the health service public against a concerted campaign for privatisation that began in the Thatcher era - one that they are fighting against the...

Duration:01:06:36

Luke Pollard On The Philosophy Of Life, Rick and Morty, and Game of Thrones

9/12/2017
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Philosophical YouTuber Luke Pollard of The Cogito was our guest on today's show. We got to cover the philosophy of life, death, political polarisation, mass incarceration, mass surveillance, as well as Rick and Morty and Game of Thrones (SPOILERS). SPONSORS Beer52 £10 Off Win A £500 Amazon Voucher Earn Money From YouGov Surveys Resources https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ_kt8BIwnXVUmRNNK5Ds8g http://www.thejist.co.uk/science-and-tech/perfect-time-carbon-tax-uk/

Duration:01:10:29

Joe Scott on Simulation Theory, The Double Slit Experiment, and Becoming A YouTuber

8/31/2017
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Joe Scott is on today's show to talk about his experience starting his YouTube channel, Answers With Joe and a whole load of interesting bits of science and physics that he has covered on his channel including the Double Slit Experiment, the Fermi Paradox, the Global Consciousness Project, and Simulation Theory. You can now find us on iTunes so you can give us a rating and review if you enjoy the show! Resources The Fermi Paradox https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html...

Duration:01:03:44

Andrew Smith On UK Arms Sales and The Global Arms Trade

8/24/2017
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On today's show, we are talking to Andrew Smith from Campaign Against Arms Trade. We wanted to talk to someone to put the UK's impact on the global arms industry in context for us and lay out the arguments against selling arms to all corners of the globe. You can now find us on iTunes so you can give us a rating and review if you enjoy the show! Resources https://www.caat.org.uk/...

Duration:00:57:04

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