Episode Seven: Charleston, Etsy, Human Genome

In this episode, Tim and Tom talk about the scientific and religious implications of the mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., discuss a recent decision by the website Etsy, and look back at a milestone in the Human Genome Project.

At some point in the conversation, Tim mentions a film he worked on a few years ago. You can see that film here:

Most of the credit for this work belongs to Brad Herring and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, N.C.


Episode Six: Environmental Encyclical, Angels & Demons, the Summer Solstice

This week, Tom and Tim discuss Laudato Si, the recent papal encyclical on the environment, look back at the Dan Brown thriller Angels & Demons, and talk about the science and the religious tradition behind the summer solstice.

The blog entry that Tom mentions by Mark Stoll can be found here.

Episode Five: Space, Space, Space.

This week, Tim and Tom spend all three segments circling around one theme: Space Exploration. We discuss a recent NASA test launch of a Mars landing system, look at a space propaganda film from the 1950s, and discuss the 50th anniversary of one of the Project Gemini milestones.

Here are the two photos that Tim mentions in the second segment:


Also, at some point Tim says that Edward Gibbon wrote his famous history in 1690, which is not true, its first volume was published in 1776.




Episode Four: Santorum v. Francis, Bruce v. Caitlyn, Griswold v. Connecticut

In this episode, Tom and Tim discuss recent comments by 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum regarding Pope Francis, the talk about the Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transformation, and commemorate the Supreme Court case that established the right to privacy.

Episode Three: Artificial Intelligence, Exorcism, The Battle of Ypres

In this episode, Tom and Tim discuss a recent story about artificial intelligence by John Markoff in the NY Times (you can read that here), and contrast it with an editorial in Nature (you can read that here). We talk about the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and we discuss the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres, a landmark battle of the first world war.

In our first segment, Tom mentions a book called The Devil Within.

And the book Tim couldn’t remember is called American Prometheus.

We encourage you to check them out.

Episode One: Religious Landscapes, Lewis & Clark, Frankenstein

In this, the first “official” episode of the show, Tim & Tom discuss a new research study about America’s religious landscape and how it was covered in the press, they talk about Mary Shelley’s famous novel “Frankenstein,” and discuss the 211th anniversary of the start of the Corps of Discovery.

You can find the full Pew study on America’s religious landscape here.

You can find the study on science and society here.


Episode Zero: Hello World! Scientific Consensus, Gay Marriage

In this, the introductory episode of the show, Tim and Tom introduce themselves, and (at least try) to introduce the idea behind the show.

We then move on to chat about the role of scientific consensus in the popular press, and talk about the recent arguments presented to the U.S. Supreme Court about gay marriage, and the role that science and religion each play in that debate.