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

A very very short history of life on Earth

Dec. 5, 2021

Butts, boobies and bacteria. Discover the unsung heroes throughout history who made life on Earth possible. Expert guest: Dr Henry Gee i s a former paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and senior editor of the internation…

The science of pain on purpose

Nov. 28, 2021

From marathon runners, to chilli lovers and kinksters, we all have things that bring us joy and pain simultaneously. Why and how does it happen? Join us to find out. Expert guest: Leigh Cowart is a researcher, science commun…

The science of surfaces

Nov. 21, 2021

Why is some stuff sticky? How does ice work and are birds swimming through the air? This week we dive deep into the science of surfaces. Expert guest: Laurie Winkless is a brilliantly multi-talented physicist and science com…

How to have challenging conversations.

Nov. 14, 2021

There are a few topics in life that most of us find difficult to have. The most common of those around dying. This week expert Dr Kathryn Mannix, and comedian Jackie Kashian join us talk about how to have tender conversation…

How group identities shape your life

Nov. 7, 2021

From politics to travel, sports to conspiracy theories, the groups we're in hugely change the way we see and interact with the world. In this episode we look talk to a leading social psychologist about how group identity wor…

Frequently Asked Questions of the Universe

Oct. 31, 2021

Get ready to wave hello to Jeff and Elon, we're getting back in the Highbrow Drivel Galactic and heading back to outer space. This week, we're talking about the frequently asked questions of the universe with Dr Daniel White…