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Sum of All Parts

27 EpisodesProduced by ABC RadioWebsite

Sum of All Parts tells extraordinary stories about the unseen influence that numbers have on the way we think, feel and behave. 

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16.2 How we evacuate

February 20th, 2020


How would you react if you received this SMS?


When we evacuate from a bushfire, we fall into one of …

16.1 Fact checking the fire season

February 14th, 2020


During the recent Australian bushfire crisis, numbers gave us a sense of the unprecedented scale of the disaster; 12.6 million hectares burnt, 431 megatons of carbon dioxide emitted, one billion …

15.0 An unusual pattern

September 26th, 2019


Is Benjamin Geen a killer, or the unluckiest guy in England?

14.0 The labradoodle of regret

September 19th, 2019


Wally Conron invented the labradoodle, one of the world's most popular dogs. He now considers the breed his "life's regret".

13.1 Electronic music’s origin story [BONUS]

August 15th, 2019


Where and when did a digital computer play music for the first time?

13.0 Chiptune

August 8th, 2019


How do you turn a Nintendo Game Boy into a musical instrument?

12.0 The Tattoowierer

July 4th, 2019


Who was the tattooist of Auschwitz?

11.1 The hidden extinction [BONUS]

June 25th, 2019


Who knew there was a hidden dinosaur extinction?

11.0 Dino explosion!

June 20th, 2019


Why does my three-year-old know more about dinosaurs than I do?

10.0 One, two, three, four!

June 6th, 2019


What can Radiohead tell us about our ancient connection to rhythm?

9.4 Remembering Maryam Mirzakhani (SOAP presents.. Ockham's Razor)

June 28th, 2018


Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal. She died in 2017.

9.3 Zillions (SOAP presents.. The Allusionist)

June 21st, 2018


Zillion. Squillion. Kajillion. What are these numbers?

9.2 Wrong Number (SOAP presents.. Twenty Thousand Hertz)

June 14th, 2018


From calls intended for a phone sex line, to mis-tweeted phone numbers, these stories are from the world of wrong numbers.

9.1 Six Degrees (SOAP presents.. Undiscovered)

June 7th, 2018


“Six degrees of separation” is the idea that you can connect any two people in the world by no more than six friend-to-friend …

9.0 Presenting.. SOAP presents..

June 7th, 2018


Coming in late 2018: Sum of All Parts season 2! But in the meantime, a special treat - SOAP presents.. A month of our favourite stories from the world of numbers made by friends of the show.

8.0 A tale of two drugs [BONUS]

November 30th, 2017


Two drugs; the old and the new, the known and the unknown. And the delicate tipping point between efficiency and chaos. This …

7.1 Two Trains [BONUS]

November 6th, 2017


Two Trains tells the story of income inequality along the New York City 2 Train.

7.0 The sound of seizure

November 2nd, 2017


Brant Guichard has heard The Music for as long as he can remember.

6.1 Slow down, George Solo-son [BONUS]

October 30th, 2017


Did George Harrison "cheat" the solo to A Hard Day's Night?

6.0 Magical Mystery Chord

October 26th, 2017


No one’s sure exactly how the most famous chord in popular music was played. Until now.

5.0 Give an inch, take a millimetre..

October 17th, 2017


The United States digs its heels in over measurement - or does it? (This episode is a co-production with the podcast 99% Invisible).

3.0 Phoenix + Electron

October 5th, 2017


Melbourne, 1989. Two teenagers hack Australia's recently established internet connection, and infiltrate some of the world’s most secure computer networks.

2.1 Smells Like Teen Multitrack [BONUS]

October 2nd, 2017


As teenagers, the rock star and the podcast producer share an important discovery. This is a BONUS mini-episode! Listen to 2.0 The Infinite God first..

2.0 The Infinite God

September 28th, 2017


A musician gives up the rock n' roll dream for number theory, and a glimpse of the infinite.

1.0 Shoal Attack!

September 28th, 2017


A school of fish help the Australian netball team win a gold medal.

0.0 A better way to count

September 21st, 2017


These people count in twelves not tens.

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