The Anarchist Cookbook, first published in 1971, is a book that contains instructions for the manufacture of explosives, rudimentary telecommunications phreaking devices, and related weapons, as well as instructions for home manufacturing of illicit drugs, including LSD. It was written by William Powell at the apex of the counterculture era in order to protest against United States involvement in the Vietnam War. In this episode the Nerds talk about the instructions the book contains and many of its failures.

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DDT is banned for agriculture in most of the globe (India still routinely using it). There are serious thing to consider when dealing with DDT and it does have draw backs. But the foundation of why DDT was banned is built on terrible research. The nerds talk about DDT and its application and Rachel Carson’s book the Silent Spring.

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Shame is the new stocks, recently we have seen an apparent increase in public shaming driving by twitter mobs and social media. What does this shame accomplish and why do so many people partake? The news read Jon Ronson’s latests book on the topic and talk over their thoughts on his book and the wider topic.

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