The Waco siege was a siege of a compound belonging to the group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military. The siege lasted for 51 days between February 28 and April 19, 1993 and ended with an FBI assault, during which the compound burned down, killing 76 people inside including David Koresh.
In this episode, the Nerds talk about the siege and the documentary Waco:The Rules Of Engagement, which states that the American government set fire to the compound and shot at those trying to escape.

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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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A full complement of nerds this week with a special guest in the form of Chris Shelton. Scientology describes Chris as ‘difficult to find a more unqualified person to speak on the subject… A self-proclaimed arrogant know-it-all, Shelton is really just a fringe figure on the Internet, where he obsessively vents about the religion that expelled him for misconduct.’

Chris spent a large portion of his life working and believing in the church. He’s experiences are likely to be similar to a large number of people who become more active within the church. Chris is involved in a number of efforts to promote critical thinking and providing honest and frank answers about the ‘Church’ of Scientology. We hope you enjoy the show!

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The tactical herbicide Agent Orange, which was used in South-east Asia by the United States Department of Defence during the Vietnam War, was made from equal parts of the n–butyl esters of 2,4,5-T and 2,4,-D. For almost half a century, controversy has surrounded its use, mainly because it contained a highly toxic dioxin impurity (TCDD). Despite this impurity being thoroughly investigated, there is still a lot of confusion by the public regarding how it was formed and why it took so long to be detected. To answer these questions, you have to have a basic understanding of the synthesis of one of the herbicides precursors – once you have that, you soon begin to realise that what you thought you knew about Agent Orange may be wrong.

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This week the nerds are joined by Kevin Folta once again he has recently being spreading awareness of PETA’s latest campaign of harassment. Dr Christine Lattin is a postdoc researcher at Yale, her work focuses on how stress can effect behaviour in birds. She is also trying to develop new methods to reduce having to kill these birds. PETA have decided that anyone working with live animals should be targeted for harassment. PETA members have surrounded venues where Dr Lattin is talking and engaged in a campaign of hate mail and sharing her families address.