Episode 18: Migration Trail

August 15, 2018

Migration Trail is a project that uses maps, data and audio to chronicle the journey of migrants across Europe and beyond. Although the characters (David and Sarah) are fictional, their story is derived from real-world experiences of migrants coming to Europe.

We explore the immersive interactive web experience and join the characters on their journeys which are fraught with dangers - from unsafe boats to human exploitation - via GPS data and the instant messages to that they send to their loved ones. 

You can follow the story of Migration Trail here

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Episode 17: KFC Biriyani & Gastrophysics (ft. Jozef Youssef)

August 1, 2018

We talk to Jozef Youssef - Chef and founder of Kitchen Theory - about the psychology behind food, the importance of our senses and what the future of food might look like. Alex contemplates eating jellyfish, Suhail describes his perfect lab grown burger and Oz struggles with eating insects.

And with the news that Ötzi (a 5000 year old mummy found in Europe) has had his stomach contents profiled by DNA testing, we discuss what we'd want our last meal to be.

You can find Kitchen Theory online and in North London - be sure to check them out.

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Wilderness Festival, Oxford - 5th August

Green Man Festival, Wales - 17th August

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Episode 16: Trapped in the Gangs Matrix & The War on Plastics

July 11, 2018

This week, Alex breaks down the Gangs Matrix. Launched in London by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, this database of suspected Gang members has come under fire recently for racial profiling. In a city where 40% of people are Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority, this database is more than three quarters black (78%) with people as young as 12 are being placed on it. Amnesty International call it a human rights violation and have called for an inquiry into the process.

We talk about how racial bias can seep into technology, how public and private data can be used against the public and what the future might hold for something like the Gangs Matrix.

In our discussion, we talk about recycling. Now that China is no longer taking much of the world's plastic waste, what happens to all of the things that we throw away? With images of the sea becoming polluted, is it time to ban single-use plastic?

Oz interviews Dr Anna Ploszajski, a materials expert, who has an interesting take on waste culture and narrative behind the war on plastics. In the studio, we explore how views on plastic and recycling culture are shaped globally and what cutting edge technologies might be the future of recycling.

 Plus, we talk about bag of bags, Hana getting Dengue fever and work out if Africans or Asians are better at balancing things on their head.

Live Shows

We The Curious, Bristol - 27th July

Wilderness Festival, Oxford - 5th August

Green Man Festival, Wales - 17th August

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Episode 15: Airport Tech

June 27, 2018

This week, we get sad that Oz is leaving us to go to Portland for a while. To commemorate this, we break down the science and tech involved in travelling by plane - from purchasing tickets to baggage reclaim. What will the future of flying look like? Why do we have to turn our phones off during take-off and landing? Why do Suhail's bags always get lost and how will new tech make his life easier? Plus we discuss just how much extra security screening we've all been subjected to.

 

Selected Stories

Why We Turn Devices Off On Planes

The Airport of The Future

The Tech That's Making It Harder To Lose Luggage

 

 

 

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We've got a live show coming up on 27/06 in Bristol and we'd love to see you there! Tickets are available here.

 

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Episode 14: The Order of Time

June 13, 2018

This week, we review Carlo Rovelli's book - The Order of Time. Join us as we delve into the philosophy of time, quantum physics and the limitations of Benedict Cumberbatch's voice.

You can find The Order of Time on Amazon

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Episode 13: Sunscreen & Ancient Art

May 30, 2018

This week, we talk about the latest news in science and tech. We go into how ethnic minority people have to wear sunscreen (and how the guys never do). Suhail talks about the news that ancient humans might have expressed autistic traits and how that might have led to the world's first prehistoric art. Plus, Oz and Alex get neurotic about being dark and going to the doctor with skin conditions.

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News

We All Need To Wear Sunscreen

Prehistoric Autism May Have Led to Art

Be My Eyes App

 

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Episode 12: Backpack Heart (ft. Rohin Francis)

May 16, 2018

We're joined by Dr Rohin Francis - a cardiologist and PhD student looking at hearts. We talk about the coolest tech in cardiology, how hearts differ across the animal kingdom and how treatment of heart disease might change in the future.

Plus we find out how being dead might invalidate your right to having privacy on your phone and Oz plans a murder - for science.

You can find Rohin on twitter - @MedCrisis - and on YouTube

 

Hana's Highlights

Jazmin Scarlett

Nikesh Shukla

 

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Episode 11: The Dark Net (ft. Cerys Bradley)

May 2, 2018

We're joined by Cerys Bradley - a PhD student in the UCL Crime and Security Science department. We talk about the dark net and Cerys' research into the users of dark net markets and how they respond to law enforcement investigations.

Alex gets to find out about dark net infrastructure.

Suhail laments cheap internet hitman services.

Oz gets his background check invalidated.

Hana is ill.

 

Here's Oz's map of TOR users

The Coming Out Tapes

 

If you know of any barbers/hairdressers that do amazing work, please get in touch with Anna Ploszajski on Twitter: @RialTalk

 

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Episode 10: Nerve Agents, Biohacking Genitals & Cambridge Analytica

April 18, 2018

We're back with a brand new host - the amazing Hana Ayoob!

This week, we talk about the attempted assassination of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok. Why have biohackers started using stem cells to make their genitals better? And why has someone been diagnosed with super gonnorhea (when Oz was so clear about it in Episode 3)?

In our discussion, we talk about the Cambridge Analytica story and how big data might be used to profile people. We download Oz's data to find out exactly what Facebook knows about him (and why his only interest is Jim Al-Khalili).

 

Hana's Highlights

Jennifer Crouch - @JenniferCrouch

Angela Saini - @AngelaDSaini

Adriana Lowe - @Adriana_Lowe

You can find Angela's book "Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong" on Amazon and in all good book retailers.

 

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Episode 09: Black Panther & Racist Cameras

April 4, 2018

Black Panther has broken massive barriers - the most successful superhero film of 2018 and a trendsetter in diverse film-making.

But it hasn't always been that way - once upon a time, cameras were kinda racist. Oz and Suhail take us back through the history of photography and film to explain how the cameras have evolved to shoot dark skin.  

Expect stereotypical models, chocolate bars, angry furniture companies and South African ID cards.

 

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