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The Anthill

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The Anthill is a show for curious minds, with a mix of everything from science, history and psychology to politics and economics. We unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not… read more

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Recovery part six – 2008 financial crisis and lessons for today

July 8th, 2020

42:16

The 2008 financial crisis resulted in the worst global recession since the second world war. The collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in …

Recovery part five – the post-Soviet transition

July 1st, 2020

36:38

In this fifth episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when parts of the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened in the former Soviet …

Recovery part four – the second world war

June 24th, 2020

32:35

In this fourth episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened in the UK after the second …

Recovery part three – Spanish flu and the first world war

June 17th, 2020

40:19

In this third episode of Recovery, we’re looking at what happened after the combined shocks of the Spanish flu and world war one.


It was called the Spanish flu because the first reports of the virus were in Spanish …

Recovery part two – Lisbon earthquake

June 10th, 2020

35:34

In this second episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened after the earthquake, tsunami …

Recovery part one – Black Death

June 3rd, 2020

36:15

Welcome to Recovery, a new series from The Anthill podcast, exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock.


In this first episode, we find out what happened after one of history’s …

Recovery – introducing a new series

May 27th, 2020

2:56

We all want the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic to be swift and painless. But history tells us that isn’t always possible.

When the world has suffered a massive shock to its system before – be that a …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 6 – coronavirus

April 20th, 2020

36:51

A number of conspiracy theories have sprung up in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The false idea that the virus is somehow linked to the …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 5 – how dangerous are they?

April 13th, 2020

41:55

Conspiracy theories might be entertaining but they can also be dangerous. Sadly, what often starts off as a bit of fun can turn sour quite quickly – even if it’s laughing about the idea that Rihanna or Katy Perry are …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 4 – how they spread

April 6th, 2020

39:37

Part four of the Expert guide to conspiracy theories from The Anthill podcast explores whether the internet has been a game changer in helping conspiracy theories go viral. First, though, we find out how conspiracy …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 3 – their history

March 30th, 2020

37:20

How are the origins of the French Revolution connected with Beyoncé, Jay Z and Rihanna? The answer lies with one of the world's most mysterious – and …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 2 – who believes them and why?

March 23rd, 2020

38:08

Polls show that most people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Considering the number of conspiracy theories there are, perhaps this isn’t …

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 1 – how to spot one

March 16th, 2020

39:56

There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there. Some are bizarre – like the idea that Elvis faked his own death. Or that Britain’s royal family are actually shape-shifting alien lizards. A growing number of people 

Expert guide to conspiracy theories – trailer

March 9th, 2020

3:04

Conspiracy theories no longer feel like a fringe phenomenon, with people claiming that Elvis isn’t dead or the royal family are shape-shifting alien lizards, put down as crackpots. Now presidents push them and major …

Medicine made for you part 3: Your treatment

March 3rd, 2020

34:52

Medicine made for you is a series from The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation. Across three episodes we're taking a deep dive into the future …

Medicine made for you part 2: Your diet

February 25th, 2020

44:52

In the second episode of Medicine made for you we’re looking at the food we eat and how dietary advice could soon get a lot more personalised. 


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Medicine made for you part 1: Your genes

February 18th, 2020

39:05

Medicine made for you is a brand new series from The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation. Across three episodes we're taking a deep dive into …

Introducing Medicine made for you

February 11th, 2020

3:00

In Medicine made for you, a new series from The Anthill podcast, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the future of healthcare – and find out how it …

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

July 31st, 2019

32:53

Episode five of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

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

July 24th, 2019

35:58

Episode four of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

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

July 17th, 2019

32:30

Episode three of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

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

July 10th, 2019

34:03

Episode two of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

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

July 3rd, 2019

30:55

The first episode of a new podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.

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Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond

July 1st, 2019

7:01

A new podcast series exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come.

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

May 24th, 2019

42:09

A panel of academic experts assess Narendra Modi's victory in the final episode of our India Tomorrow series.

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India Tomorrow part 6: what young Indians want

May 14th, 2019

31:47

Part six of The Anthill podcast's India Tomorrow series focuses on the concerns of young Indians.

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India Tomorrow part 5: economic growth, inequality and jobs

May 7th, 2019

26:24

Part five of India Tomorrow takes a look at India’s economy.

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India Tomorrow part 4: women, gender and love

April 30th, 2019

28:26

🎧 Part 4 of India Tomorrow digs into what life is like for women in India.

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India Tomorrow part 3: Kashmir

April 23rd, 2019

42:30

We focus on Kashmir in the third part of our India Tomorrow podcast series: its history, the lives of its people, and the conflict over its future.

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India Tomorrow part 2: the politics of Hindu nationalism

April 16th, 2019

37:04

The second part of this series from The Anthill podcast looks at the trajectories of Hindu nationalism in India.

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

April 9th, 2019

30:01

India Tomorrow part 1 explores how fake news and the battle for information shapes Indian society.

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India Tomorrow podcast series from The Anthill – trailer

April 2nd, 2019

3:22

As the world's largest democracy heads to the polls, we explore the big issues facing India in a seven-part podcast series.

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

March 25th, 2019

43:33

An exciting announcement about upcoming plans – and we revisit an old favourite episode.

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

December 13th, 2018

33:25

It's been 50 years since the first prototype for the mouse was demonstrated in San Francisco. This the story of how it changed Silicon Valley – and the world.

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Anthill 31: World War I remembered – podcast

November 7th, 2018

47:30

A podcast on World War I – from a meeting between the three great war poets, to what happened to conscientious objectors in both Britain and Germany.

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Anthill 30: Extremes

October 17th, 2018

44:32

A podcast on extremes: from far-right politics, to life in conflict zones and the extreme weather of Australia.

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Anthill 29: Inheritance

September 12th, 2018

51:59

From wealth, to the natural world, to genes and intelligence, a podcast exploring the theme of inheritance.

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Anthill 28: On nothing

August 15th, 2018

41:07

A podcast all about nothing. From the importance of doing nothing to the ill-effects of time spent in solitary confinement and what nothing means in …

Anthill 27: Confidence

July 18th, 2018

38:59

A podcast about confidence – from how it works in our brains and whether it can get us ahead at work to how confidence tricksters fool people into …

Anthill 26: Twins

June 14th, 2018

49:55

A podcast on twins, including why stereotypes about their relationship are so damaging, and why they are so useful to scientists.

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Anthill 25: Intuition

May 16th, 2018

40:39

A podcast on intuition: from how it works in the body, to how to harness it, and the story of two scientists who followed a hunch – about quantum …

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

April 9th, 2018

1:13:09

To mark the 20th anniversary of the agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland, this episode of the podcast looks at its history, its legacy and the impact of Brexit on its future.

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Anthill 23: Bursting the Bitcoin bubble

March 14th, 2018

40:53

This episode is all about bitcoin. Will it be the currency of the future? Who’s trying to capitalise on the legal loopholes of cryptocurrencies? And …

Anthill 22: Sex

February 14th, 2018

41:10

This podcast explores the latest sexology research – including the topics that are still too taboo to get funding. We talk to sex robot experts and …

Anthill 21: Growing up

January 17th, 2018

39:45

In this episode of The Anthill podcast, we bring you stories on helicopter parenting, early puberty, and what it's like to grow up as a Muslim in Britain.

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Anthill 20: Myths

December 13th, 2017

40:27

We're pouring cold water on old ideas in this episode: from why the population of Easter Island really declined and what makes a good urban legend.

Anthill 19: Pain

November 15th, 2017

30:53

Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future …

Anthill 18: Revisiting the Russian Revolution

October 25th, 2017

52:37

It’s been 100 years since revolution swept through Russia and we have dedicated The Anthill 18 to this seminal moment in world history.

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Anthill 17: Science by the seaside

September 13th, 2017

35:40

From the man who gave away his genome under open consent, to the 'Mathematikado', this episode of the podcast features highlights from the British Science Festival in Brighton.

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Anthill 16: Humour me

August 23rd, 2017

37:15

In this episode of the podcast, we take in the history of Victorian humour, why kids find poo so hilarious and whether academics should try and be …

Anthill 15: Unexplored places

July 26th, 2017

30:45

In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.

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Anthill 14: Music on the mind

June 14th, 2017

36:21

A podcast on what music does to our brains, and why it moves us.

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Anthill 13: All the world's a game

May 17th, 2017

33:52

In this month's episode of The Anthill, we are playing games – computer games, grammar games and real life games, too.

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Anthill 12: Don't remember this

April 20th, 2017

47:38

This episode of The Anthill podcast delves into the world of memory. We talk to psychologists, historians and political scientists about how and why …

Anthill 11: waste not, want not

March 22nd, 2017

42:10

This episode explores how one person's waste can be another's treasure. We talk to scientists trying to eke something useful out of big piles of …

Anthill 10: The future

February 23rd, 2017

53:35

In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.

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Anthill 9: When scientists experiment on themselves

January 25th, 2017

36:49

Three stories about researchers who have dabbled in self-experimentation – with varying results.To complete a short survey about the podcast, please …

Anthill 8: Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

December 21st, 2016

37:33

Where do we go from here? After a dramatic year, we look ahead to some key economic and political trends that will influence our lives over the next …

Anthill 7: On belief

November 28th, 2016

51:14

Four stories on belief: from the allure of cults and conspiracy theories, to the effect of trauma on faith, to the way dogma has influenced science – …

Anthill 6: Into the darkness

October 19th, 2016

43:50

A podcast on darkness: from why it makes us scared, to what kind of nightlife can thrive in the modern city and an update on the hunt for dark matter.

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Anthill 5: Reboot – part 2

September 21st, 2016

32:02

In part two of our podcast on rebooting, we explore what would happen if humanity was wiped out, take a look at a political comeback in France, and …

Anthill 5: Reboot – part 1

September 14th, 2016

32:28

In this first of two podcasts, listen in to hear about the rebooting of a Syrian rebel group, an old drug and your computer.

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Anthill 4: Fuel

August 17th, 2016

34:07

The fourth episode of our podcast takes on fuel – from Olympic diets to conflict over oil in the Niger Delta.

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Anthill 3: Rooting for the underdog

July 13th, 2016

45:25

From football to the space race and folklore to the forest, here's why you should back the little guy.

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Anthill 2: Brexit special

June 8th, 2016

37:19

A special episode of the Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation, on the referendum on Britain's EU membership.

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Anthill 1: About time

May 16th, 2016

34:11

A podcast on time: telling it, perceiving it, doing it and travelling through it.

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Introducing a new podcast from The Conversation UK

May 16th, 2016

0:49

Welcome to The Anthill – a new podcast that unearths some of the best research from the world of academia.

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