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May 26, 2015

Note: We've hilariously called this 9 Questions in the audio, but upon further listening it appears that we've definitely asked 10 Questions. Maybe even 11... :-o

The Third Reich was a large, complex, modern state with a thriving mass media, diverse population, and fruitful trade and cultural links with the rest of the world. The ideology behind National Socialism drew upon well-established strands of nationalist and racialist thinking as well as centuries-old anti-Semitism, and the Nazi Party and its government used cutting-edge technology and techniques to give these ideas the broadest possible audience and appeal.

All too often, this baffling web of networks, policies and overlapping interest groups, which changed constantly over the twelve years the Third Reich lasted, gets reduced to the ideas and actions of just one man. From the top of the ivory tower, to the very bottom of the bottom half of the internet, this talk will explore what Adolf Hitler means to all of us, and how our obsession with him is sucking the meaning out one of our most potent historical symbols: the Holocaust.

Victoria Stiles recently completed a PhD in History at the University of Nottingham and is a co-organiser of the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society. Her research encompasses stereotype formation, the manipulation of evidence and attitudes towards imperialism in Nazi Germany, as well as Anglo-German relations. She occasionally blogs about her sources and what it means to "do" history at tattyjackets.blogspot.com.

May 14, 2015

Here's part 2 of our bumper QED interview special, recorded at QEDCon 2015 in Manchester. Join David Frank and Mark Pentler for some more conversations with the great and good from the world of skepticism.

This episode features interviews with QED volunteer Steve Malone, Alan Henness from the Nightingale Collaboration, Professor Richard Wiseman, and Saturday headliner Matt Dillahunty, as a well as a short conversation with Miguel - one of the Christian protesters/proselytisers outside the QED venue - about what exactly he was doing there.

The QED Theme music used throughout the podcast is by Milton Mermikidies (www.miltonline.com). And if you want to find out more about QEDCon, their website is at www.qedcon.org

Please do leave us a review on iTunes if you enjoyed this 2 part special, as that would be a massive help for us, and we really hope you enjoyed it!

May 8, 2015

A special podcast for you this week, recorded at QEDCon 2015 in Manchester. QEDCon is one of the best skeptical events on the calendar (Skeptics on the Fringe excepted, of course...) and is always both huge fun and massively interesting.

Join David Frank and Mark Pentler for an interview special so massive we've had to split it up into two parts.

This episode features interviews with Rhys Morgan, Professor Chris French, Marcel Dicke, and Mitch Benn, as well as some Aussie blokes we just found floating around the hotel.

The QED Theme music used throughout the podcast is by Milton Mermikidies (www.miltonline.com). And if you want to find out more about QEDCon, their website is at www.qedcon.org

We had a lot of fun making this one (and the next one!), and we hope you enjoy it.

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