Episode 27: The Internet Is A Repository of Evil (ft. Alex Fefegha)

March 20, 2019

This week, we've got Alex Fefegha in the studio to chat about how he uses emerging technology to make society better. We chat human-digital interactions, AI, and why he thinks that the internet is a "Repository of Evil".

With the rise of programs like the Met Gangs Matrix and other international initiatives, we discuss what algorithms mean for the future of policing and if we can ever code out biases.

@fxfegha on Twitter

@comuzi on Twitter

 

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Music by Grapes & Evan Schaeffer

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Our live event is May 30th at the Royal Institution with Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) to discuss her new book Superior

We'll be discussing the re-emergence of race science and dissecting the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism still exists today. 

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Episode 26: Viruses & Visas (ft. Furaha Asani)

March 6, 2019

This week, we chat to Dr Furaha Asani about medical misinformation, drug trials, and how we can prevent people with HIV from getting other infections. 

Plus, we talk mental health (while black), how to avoid people touching your hair, and what it's like to be a Nigerian who needs a visa to go (back) to Nigeria.

 

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Music by Grapes & Evan Schaeffer

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Our live event is May 30th at the Royal Institution with Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) to discuss her new book Superior

We'll be discussing the re-emergence of race science and dissecting the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism still exists today. 

BUY YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE 

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Episode 25: Migration Trail Revisited (ft. Alison Killing)

February 20, 2019

We're returning to Migration Trail - the immersive web experience using maps, data and audio to chronicle the journey of migrants across Europe and beyond.

We chat to Alison Killing, the creator of Migration Trail, to find out more about the project and how they've used data visualisation to create engaging narratives. Everything from prototyping with Google Maps (kind of) and hand drawn routes, to combining open source databases with award winning writers. And what's next for storytelling like this?

You can follow Alison and Migration Trail on Twitter.

Check out the Migration Trail website and the Migration Trail podcast 

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Music by Grapes & Evan Schaeffer

Additional music and sound design by Bora Yoon.

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Our live event is May 30th at the Royal Institution with Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) to discuss her new book Superior

We'll be discussing the re-emergence of race science and dissecting the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism still exists today. 

BUY YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE 

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Superior at the Royal Institution

January 24, 2019

We're so excited to tell you that on May 30th, we'll be live at the Royal Institution with Angela Saini (@AngelaDSaini) to discuss her new book Superior.

We'll be discussing the re-emergence of race science and dissecting the political roots of race, why scientists can’t seem to look beyond it, and the dark and dangerous ways in which scientific racism still exists today.

BUY YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE 

Follow us on twitter at @whynotadoc and the Royal Institution at @Ri_Science to be the first to see when tickets are released.

See you there.

Episode 24: Inferior

January 19, 2019

This week, we're discussing how James Watson, winner of the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, caught heat for making comments about race, genetics, and intelligence.

For our book discussion, we're diving into Inferior by Angela Saini and looking at how science and society can feed into one another when it comes to bias. Plus, we look at Angela's upcoming book "Superior" and discuss our hopes (and fears) for it.

You can follow Angela on twitter at @angeladsaini

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Buy Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong by Angela Saini

Pre-order Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Check out Chaotic Adequate & 'Rial Talk

Music by Grapes & Evan Schaeffer

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Episode 23: Film Facts Don’t Matter (ft. Kwasi Kwakwa)

January 2, 2019

This week, we're joined by Dr Kwasi Kwakwa to talk about microscopes, physics, and why Hana thinks scientists should stop trying to ruin films. Suhail finds out that he's not the only one who watches Sharknado and we discuss how correlation doesn't mean causation.

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Episode 22: Smart Drugs

November 4, 2018

This week, we look into the world of so-called "smart drugs" - from caffeine to modafinil. Alex makes Oz and Suhail trial cognitive enhancing supplements and we find out how online pharmacies use legal loopholes to sell prescription drugs.

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Episode 21: Acoustics, Binaural Head, and Military Bubbles (ft. Nikhil Mistry & Charlie House)

October 10, 2018

This week, Alex and Suhail travel to the University of Southampton to meet with Nikhil and Charlie - two researchers at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). 

We chat about 360 audio, soundscapes, cutting-edge car stereos, and how we can use vibrations in medicine, architecture, and more. Plus, we sit down with our experts and answer your questions about sound - what are the best noise-cancelling headphones and why?

(Also Nikhil works out how to make optimal pornography and Suhail tells us about his home invaders)

This episode has been recorded binaurally. For the best experience - listen to it with earphones or headphones.

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Episode 20: Robot Wars

September 12, 2018

This week, Alex goes to see Robot Wars (and drags along Simon and Dan).

Back in the studio we talk about real robot wars - the use of robotics in warfare.

From drone strikes to Boston Dynamics, we discuss contemporary robotics and what the future of warfare could look like.

 

You can find Simon on his YouTube channel and his podcast, The Wikicast.

You can find Dan on his podcast, Sparks and Quarks.

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Episode 19: Why Aren’t You White? (Live in Bristol)

August 29, 2018

This is our live show in Bristol from our tour last month.

In the run up to our episodes on genetic testing, we discuss ancestry tests and Alex comes up with the most unethical way to show Hana and Suhail where they're supposedly from.

SORRY FOR THE AUDIO QUALITY. This is from our backup recorder as the ones provided by the venue didn't properly record. 

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