Note: we had some serious audio issues this week. We’ve tried our best to clean up the mess, but we ended up deleting quite a bit of content, so the podcast is unusually short this week.
Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
March 26th is Richard Dawkins‘ birthday! Star Trek legends Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner also had birthdays this week. Here’s the video we mentioned where William Shatner gives John Edwards a smack down.
We have a superstitious start to the news segment today with a story about four women who died after ingesting a sex potion which they had procured from a herbalist. This draws our attention to the lack of regulation of potentially dangerous substances in South Africa’s traditional medicine market.
An expensive cleansing ceremony for a stretch of road which was supposedly opened without seeking the blessing of the local ancestors causes us to get our backs up. Especially when we dissect the shopping list approved by the local mayor.
We discuss the re-analysis of Stanley Miller’s Primordial Soup results and discover many unexpected new organic molecules and traces of sulfur.
A new discovery of 15,500 stone artifacts suggests that the America’s were populated two and a half thousand years earlier than previous thought.
We give a brief update of a technical problem plaguing South Africa’s SumbandilaSat Satellite.
We interviewed multiple award winning freelance journalist Ed Yong. Ed writes Not Exactly Rocket Science and wears some nifty accessories.