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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.