Episode 26: Climate Data, Cradle Will Rock, Olympic Games

This week, Tim and Tom discuss the latest data about 2015 being (yet again) the warmest year on record, and what that might mean for the debate about climate change. In our arts segment, we discuss the 1999 Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock, and in history we observe the anniversary of the modern reinvention of the Ancient Olympic Games.

Episode 25: Millennial Religion, Guy Fawkes Day, The Jungle

This week, Tim and Tom talk about a new Pew Study addressing religious attitudes among the youngest Americans, they observe a British holiday that commemorates an attempted firebombing, and they discuss the Upton Sinclair novel that is about so much more than meat. All that and the magic numbers.

Episode 24: Anointment, Box by Bot & Dolly, The Lisbon Earthquake

In this week’s news, Tim and Tom are inspired by Paul Ryan’s election as Speaker of the House to discuss anointment. In the arts segment, they look at a short film called Box, and in history, they look at the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. Plus, the magic numbers return!


Episode 23: Pew Research Results, Ouija Boards, Halloween, and the Magic Numbers!

This week in the news, Tim and Tom talk about a new study about attitudes about science and religion and whether or not they conflict. In our arts segment, they talk about the history of the Ouija Board, and in history, Tom enlightens us about the origins of Halloween. Also this week, we debut a new segment, called the Magic Numbers.

Episode 22: Women in Science, Real Genius, Church of the Sepulcher

This week, Tim and Tom talk about a recent New York Time article discussing the absence of women in Silicon Valley. In the arts segment, they talk about the sci-fi comedy Real Genius, and the history segment looks at the 1009 destruction of a holy site in Jerusalem.

The Times article is here.

The Wired story is here.

Episode 21: Assisted Suicide, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Columbus Day

This week, Tim and Tom talk about a recent piece of legislation that legalizes assisted suicide in California, and legitimately disagree. In the arts segment, they talk about the Robert Louis Stevenson novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. And in history, the look at the peculiar American holiday of Columbus Day.

Episode 20: Retraction Watch, The Martian, Gregorian Calendar

This week, Tim and Tom talk about the academic watchdog Retraction Watch, discuss the premiere of the film The Martian, and observe the anniversary of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar.

Episode 19: Francis at Congress, Robot Sex, The Jesuits

This week, Tim and Tom discuss Pope Francis’ remarks to the joint session of Congress, and how it might make some on the right uncomfortable (it certainly seems to have rattled John Boehner’s cage). In arts, we talk about sex with robots (seriously). And in history, we observe the anniversary of the founding of the Jesuit Order.

Episode 18: Star Wars

In this special edition of the show, Tom and Tim spend the whole hour talking about the Star Wars franchise. We begin by looking at the state of affairs in America prior to the first film’s release, then discuss the impact it had on our generation. Finally, we look ahead to the premiere of the next film, and discuss how the franchise has changed opinions about science and religion around the world.

Episode Seventeen: Demagogues

Another theme show this week, as Tim and Tom spend all three segments talking about demagogues.

In the news, we talk about a recent editorial by physicist Lawrence Krauss in which he lambasts religion in the name of science.

In history, we talk about the anniversary of the HUAC hearings that ultimately created the Hollywood Blacklist.

And in the arts, we talk about the magnum opus of Novelist Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and how that novel plays out in modern American politics.