The Anthill

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Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 5 – what space exploration will look like in 2069

July 31st, 2019


What will space exploration look like in 2069, a century after the first moon landing? In the fifth and final episode of podcast series, To the moon and beyond, presented by The Anthill, we speak to space scientists …

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 4 – why go back to the moon?

July 24th, 2019


It’s been 47 years since the last time a man stepped on the moon, and yet now a host of countries – from the US, to Russia and China – are racing to send astronauts back there, and set up base.

In the …

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 3 – the new space race

July 17th, 2019


From Algeria to Vietnam, there are 72 countries with some sort of space programme. And the new space race involves a number of private companies …

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 2 – How humanity reacted to the moon landing

July 10th, 2019


The second episode of The Conversation’s To the moon and beyond podcast series takes a look at the impact going to the moon had on humanity – and why it generated so many conspiracy theories.

While an estimated half …

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 1 – What we learned from landing on the moon

July 3rd, 2019


Welcome to the first episode of To the moon and beyond, a brand new global podcast series from The Conversation marking 50 years since the first …

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond

July 1st, 2019


It’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind by becoming the first person to set foot on the lunar surface. While the …

India Tomorrow part 7: what Narendra Modi's landslide victory means for India

May 24th, 2019

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After the world’s largest ever democratic exercise, Narendra Modi has been re-elected as prime minister of India for another five year term. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) …

India Tomorrow part 6: what young Indians want

May 14th, 2019


Like many young people around the world, young Indians have big dreams for their future. But for a lot of people in India in their 20s and 30s, there is a large gap between their aspirations and the jobs and …

India Tomorrow part 5: economic growth, inequality and jobs

May 7th, 2019


Part five of India Tomorrow takes a look at India’s economy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode to power in 2014 promising economic transformation. It was a key plank of his election campaign and this episode explores …

India Tomorrow part 4: women, gender and love

April 30th, 2019


This episode of India Tomorrow, a series from The Anthill podcast, digs into what life is like for women in India. We look at how much they are represented among the country’s lawmakers and whether they might even be …

India Tomorrow part 3: Kashmir

April 23rd, 2019


As campaigning was gearing up for the 2019 Indian elections, there was a dangerous escalation in the long-simmering conflict between India and …

India Tomorrow part 2: the politics of Hindu nationalism

April 16th, 2019


When Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to victory in India’s 2014 elections, much was made of its Hindu nationalist agenda. After …

India Tomorrow part 1: fake news and the battle for information

April 9th, 2019


Fake news is a problem facing society across the world. The rise of social media platforms allows people to disseminate information freely. Stories can go viral, even if they’re not true. And there have been a number …

India Tomorrow podcast series from The Anthill – trailer

April 2nd, 2019

Indian Flag

Populist politics, divisive nationalism, an under-performing economy and a strongman leader. Like many countries around the world, India …

Anthill 33: an announcement – and a trip back to the future

March 25th, 2019


You may have noticed that we’ve had a little break from our usual monthly Anthill podcast schedule. That’s …

Anthill 32: the 'mother of all demos' when computers first got personal

December 13th, 2018


It was a year of huge social upheaval around the world. Amid the protests, outrage and uprisings, other momentous events took place in 1968 that continue to shape the world 50 years later.

In this episode of …

Anthill 31: World War I remembered – podcast

November 7th, 2018


It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, and the sheer destructiveness of World War I was unprecedented for its time. More than 30 …

Anthill 30: Extremes

October 17th, 2018


We’ve taken our cue for this episode of The Anthill podcast from the Cambridge Festival of Ideas – the theme for which in 2018 is extremes. As the organisers point out, it really does feel like we’re living in an age …

Anthill 29: Inheritance

September 12th, 2018

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What do we pass onto the next generation when we’re gone? In this episode of The Anthill …

Anthill 28: On nothing

August 15th, 2018


Why is it so hard for us to just sit and do nothing? We don’t mean mindlessly scrolling through social media, while you watch TV. …

Anthill 27: Confidence

July 18th, 2018


This episode of The Anthill podcast digs into the concept of confidence. We start by finding out how scientists define confidence and how it works in the brain.

Producer Gemma …

Anthill 26: Twins

June 14th, 2018

Double trouble?

Double trouble, two peas in a pod, always together and possibly even reading each other’s minds – twins come with tonnes of stereotypes. This episode of The Anthill digs into some of the …

Anthill 25: Intuition

May 16th, 2018

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Ever had a funny feeling, a thought or conviction that you feel compelled to act on, but you can’t quite explain it? Intuition is a concept we’re all …

The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland at 20 – The Anthill podcast

April 9th, 2018


It’s been 20 years since the Belfast Agreement paved the way for a relatively peaceful …

Anthill 23: Bursting the Bitcoin bubble

March 14th, 2018


In this episode of The Anthill podcast from The Conversation, we’re delving into the world of Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency has come a long way since its launch by the …

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