Dec. 5, 2021

A very very short history of life on Earth

Butts, boobies and bacteria. Discover the unsung heroes throughout history who made life on Earth possible. Expert guest: Dr Henr…

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Nov. 28, 2021

The science of pain on purpose

From marathon runners, to chilli lovers and kinksters, we all have things that bring us joy and pain simultaneously. Why and how …

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Nov. 21, 2021

The science of surfaces

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 su…

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Nov. 14, 2021

How to have challenging conversations.

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…

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Nov. 7, 2021

How group identities shape your life

From politics to travel, sports to conspiracy theories, the groups we're in hugely change the way we see and interact with the wo…

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Oct. 31, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions of the Universe

Get ready to wave hello to Jeff and Elon, we're getting back in the Highbrow Drivel Galactic and heading back to outer space. Thi…

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Oct. 24, 2021

Can we solve the problem with Math?

Numbers are the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe, and as we progress in our career, almost all jobs (even fun creativ…

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Oct. 17, 2021

Rethinking cities

Are cities broken or brilliant? Most of our population live in cities, so you'd think they should be the most comfortable place a…

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Oct. 10, 2021

The Secret Life of Elements

What's in the periodic table? In this week's episode the infectiously insightful Dr Kathryn Harkup takes us through her love of t…

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Oct. 3, 2021

How emotions work

Emotions are confusing as hell, and increasingly, we're paying more and more attention to how we feel. In this episode we talk to…

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Sept. 26, 2021

The particles of the universe

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 …

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Sept. 19, 2021

The floods are coming

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 mo…

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Sept. 12, 2021

What is burnout and why does it happen?

According to some studies 75% of people have experienced burnout. And according to some of my friends you can be burned out 75% o…

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Sept. 5, 2021

How the brain understands sound

Making sense of sound is one of the most interesting and difficult things that our brain does constantly. So how does it work? An…

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Aug. 29, 2021

Why do people still get married?

Most of us wouldn't go to a restaurant if 42% of it was crazy expensive and 42% of its review were terrible. Yet, every year 1000…

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Aug. 22, 2021

The joy of sweat w/ Sarah Everts & Jamie Allerton

This is a downright hilarious and often surprising chat about sweat. That's right smelly, wet, sweat. We discuss why it happens, …

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Aug. 15, 2021

The mind of a murderer w/ Dr Richard Taylor and Cressida Wetton

Can someone of sound mind commit murder? What makes someone become a murderer and what is the home security like of someone who h…

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Aug. 8, 2021

Deep Oceans w/ Dr Karen Osborn & Jonathan Duffy

What's hiding in our deep oceans? A whole bunch of beautiful and interesting animals it turns out. Today Dr Karen Osborne joins u…

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Aug. 1, 2021

What We Can Learn From Spies w/ Sir David Omand

What does it take to be a spy? And what can we learn from spies about how to influence people, manage risk and make good decision…

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July 25, 2021

Dealing with our own mortality w/ a thanatologist

Gonna be controversial, but I wouldn't be a bad boy of comedy if I didn't say it. I don't like the idea of dying. So of course, o…

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July 18, 2021

How Did The Social Instinct Evolve?

Dawkins said that there was no room for altruism in evolution, so why are we so cooperative as a species? This week we speak to D…

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July 11, 2021

Did hippies ruin psychedelics?

We've already discussed the scientific benefits of psychedelics. Today we look at whether that comes from magical elves, third ey…

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July 4, 2021

Averting the insect apocalypse

Bugs, creepy crawlies, insects, pests. Whatever you call them, these little critters play an important part of our ecosystem and …

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June 27, 2021

A Zoologists Guide To Aliens w/ Dr Arik Kershenbaum & Will Preston

There's a lot of what we know from Earth that can teach us what to expect from extraterrestrials in the future. In this week's ep…

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