Highbrow Drivel

Highbrow Drivel

Hilarious conversations with serious experts. Each week I'm joined by a new stand up comedian and a new expert to discuss their field of expertise. We're talking the big topics, the brain, space, climate science, psychedelics and all the areas where you want to hear the latest from the world's brightest minds.

Recent Episodes

The Secret Life of Elements

Oct. 10, 2021

What's in the periodic table? In this week's episode the infectiously insightful Dr Kathryn Harkup takes us through her love of the periodic table, helping us understand the personalities and characteristic of the elements w…

How emotions work

Oct. 3, 2021

Emotions are confusing as hell, and increasingly, we're paying more and more attention to how we feel. In this episode we talk to one of the world's leading experts on emotions, Dr Rich Firth-Godbehere, to help us figure out…

The particles of the universe

Sept. 26, 2021

What makes up stuff? And why does it exist? In this episode we talk to particle physicist Dr Harry Cliff and Ashish Suri to find out how a universe is made. Expert guest: Dr Harry Cliff is a particle physicist at the Univers…

The floods are coming

Sept. 19, 2021

Just this week we saw Tower Bridge flooded. How the heck a bridge floods, I don't know. It seems like flooding has snuck up on most of us as a major consequence of climate change. In this week's episode we talk with a flood …

What is burnout and why does it happen?

Sept. 12, 2021

According to some studies 75% of people have experienced burnout. And according to some of my friends you can be burned out 75% of the time. In this week's episode we talk to an organisational psychologist and a comedian who…

How the brain understands sound

Sept. 5, 2021

Making sense of sound is one of the most interesting and difficult things that our brain does constantly. So how does it work? And can you really have 'selective hearing' find out this and more on this week's episode. Expert…