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The University of Liverpool Podcast

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In depth conversations that explore cutting edge research and analysis from the University of Liverpool. From cancer smelling machines, to nano-medicine, to the Beatles, this podcast explores the frontiers of science and culture.

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#046 3D printing muscle and bone

November 14th, 2018


There is a tremendous amount of hype about the potential of 3D printing. The technology is already able to produce customized, one-of-a-kind …

#044 What the Irish referendum tells us about fake news

October 16th, 2018


Professor Louise Kenny knew she would find herself embedded in a heated debate when she joined the campaign to repeal Ireland's eighth amendment. …

#43: The bright side of ancient Egypt's ‘dark age’

October 2nd, 2018


For many, ancient Egypt conjures up images of the Great Pyramids of Giza or the splendours of Tutankhamun’s tomb. A series of eras between those two well-known chapters in Egypt’s history are known as the intermediate …

#042 The struggle to balance work and non-work roles

September 18th, 2018


Many modern couples begin their lives together expecting to share work and non-work roles equitably. But soon after children enter the picture, a mix …

#041 How to overcome decision inertia

September 4th, 2018


On 3 July 2018, Thai rescuers safely extracted the last of 12 boys and their football coach from deep inside a flooded cave. The rescue mission was …

#040 Click Farms and Digital Slavery

August 21st, 2018


Nearly 5 million people in the UK are now self-employed. Technology has made it easier than ever to open a business or offer your services to others …

#039 Rebroadcast: A History of Slimming

August 7th, 2018


The hit program Love Island came under a lot of pressure after it aired an ad for Skinny Sprinkles. The diet product is aimed at helping people become slim and as such, it is one small part of a giant weight loss market …

#038 Antibiotic resistance and farms: Are we reaping what we’ve sown?

July 24th, 2018


In the battle against the growing problem of antibiotic resistance one industry, in particular, is coming under a lot of pressure. According to the …

#037 How to Predict a Volcanic Eruption?

July 10th, 2018


Scientists are getting quite good at predicting where and when lava will erupt around the Kilauea volcano, and that is a good thing for the residents …

#036 Rebroadcast: Is it really mental ‘illness’?

June 26th, 2018


Revisiting the discussion with Dr Peter Kinderman, professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool and Vice President of the BPS, on …

#035 The not-so paleo diet

June 12th, 2018


The Paleo Diet is one of the most popular diets in the UK, the US and across the developed world. The basic idea behind the so-called ‘caveman’ diet …

#034 Jackie Bell Has What It Takes

May 29th, 2018


It’s easy to see why theoretical particle physicist, athlete, and a certified space junkie, Dr Jackie Bell, was selected for the BBC2 programme "Astronaut: Do You Have What It Takes." Astronaut and former Commander of …

#033 Darwin's Robots

May 15th, 2018


Researchers are designing robots with artificial intelligence that evolve on their own. The programmer sets a goal to be accomplished and then, …

#032 Extreme Decision Making

May 1st, 2018


Major events, such as a terrorist attack or a disaster, are a crucible for emergency services. Immediately, police, paramedics, and firefighters are …

#31 Who is being left out online?

April 17th, 2018


As the world around us grows increasingly digital, education, shopping, and social service programmes go online, who is being left out?  Who is being excluded? Simeon Yates is the Director of the Centre for Digital …

#30 Can Donald Trump deliver a great speech?

April 3rd, 2018


Donald Trump's detractors criticize the president's speaking style for its seeming lack of coherence, simplicity and its appeal to raw emotions. Yet to his supporters, Trump's extemporaneous style communicates an honest …

#029 Twitter predicts the future

March 19th, 2018


Can Twitter predict the future? Costas Milas says the social media platform is very good at predicting financial future financial events, such as the cost of borrowing. In some cases, it performs better than the most …

#028 Do we know the right dose of medicine for children?

March 6th, 2018


Paediatric medicine faces a troubling challenge. For good ethical reasons, scientists have long been reluctant to experiment on children. As a …

#027 Extreme weather: an intimate history

February 20th, 2018


The study of extreme weather usually involves lots of numbers, graphs, and statistical comparisons. What's missing is the human element; the way …

#026 How much is your favourite Premier League player really worth?

February 6th, 2018


All of a sudden mathematics wizards and statisticians are moving into the front offices of major sports teams. Ian McHale, Professor of Sports …

#025 No Junk Food Ads Before 9pm

January 23rd, 2018


In forty years, the number of obese children has increased tenfold, and this increase is not just in the UK or the US, but around the world. It’s a …

#024 The future of farming

January 9th, 2018


The massive system that drives modern agriculture is changing, especially for the vast majority of us who live in cities. Farm Urban is part of this …

#023 What's the point of Dry January

December 26th, 2017


Dry January is the annual effort to give up alcohol for the first 31 days of the year.  There are Dry January campaigns around the world but it is …

#022 History of Christmas Traditions

December 12th, 2017


University of Liverpool professor of English, Sarah Peverley is back on the podcast; this time to compare what we know about Christmas Traditions in …

#021 Is Narcissism on the rise?

November 28th, 2017


It’s easy to see signs that it might be. Research into pop music and contemporary literature offers indirect evidence that narcissism is on the rise …

#020 A History of Slimming

November 14th, 2017


The weight loss market in the US is estimated to be worth 66 billion dollars.  Europe isn’t too far behind that at 44 billion.  It is big business …

Bonus Episode: Colm Tóibín reading from his latest work

November 8th, 2017

Earlier this year Colm Tóibín spoke before an audience at the Victoria Gallery Museum in Liverpool. The author and University of Liverpool Chancellor …

#019 Halloween as therapy

October 26th, 2017


At this time of year we flock to horror films and prepare ghoulish costumes - but why do we do this? For children the answer is easy: sweet treats. …

#018 Are Sugary Drinks The New Tobacco?

October 17th, 2017


Simon Capewell says sugary drinks are killing us. The University of Liverpool Public Health researcher and advocate says sugar, especially the sugar …

#017 Colm Toibin: Universities in the era of Brexit and Trump

October 3rd, 2017


University of Liverpool Chancellor, Colm Tóibín explores the role of education and universities in the current political climate. The Irish short …

#016: Tofu solar panels vs Big Business

September 19th, 2017


Two years ago, physicist Jon Major published research on a new method for producing solar panels in the prestigious journal Nature. His technique has …

#015: What if medicine becomes a lot more personal?

September 5th, 2017


It might seem a bit farfetched but someday soon we might all carry in our wallets a little card, something like a credit card except this card will …

Episode 14: Who stopped the Ebola outbreak?

August 22nd, 2017


Dr Calum Semple shares his experience working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. It’s a harrowing story that offers some surprising lessons. …

Episode 13: Why do we love mermaids?

August 8th, 2017


Mermaids have fascinated and attracted us for generations. What is it about these mythical creatures that has so captivated humans for thousands of …

Episode 12 - Help! Is my dog obese?

July 26th, 2017


Prof Alex German calls obesity the single greatest threat to your dog's health, and yet most pet owners don't even realise their pet is overweight. It's not just the average pet owner who faces this challenge. Prof …

Episode 11: Interrogations- Why respect gets results

July 10th, 2017


The string of terror attacks in the UK has increased pressure on police to identify and disrupt terrorist plots early. This requires fast and …

Episode 10: The Business Of Football

June 27th, 2017


Kieran Maguire talks to us about the serious business of the beautiful game's Premier League. He is a Senior Teacher in Accountancy at the University …

Episode 9: Can the DUP push the Conservatives to the left?

June 15th, 2017


When Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to negotiate a partnership with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), critics and observers pointed to deeply conservative statements of some DUP members and warned …

Episode 8 - Help! Is my child a psychopath?

June 7th, 2017


For parents, the discovery that their child’s difficult behaviour is actually a form of psychopathy is devastating. Psychopathy is widely seen as …

5 minutes on... birth dates and mental health

June 2nd, 2017


Dr Praveetha Patalay walks us through research that shows how children's mental health can be affected by their date of birth. Praveetha Patalay is …

Episode 7: Is it really mental ‘illness’?

May 24th, 2017


Dr Peter Kinderman argues that mental emotional distress is not a sign of illness but a symptom of social causes and pressure. Depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia can be serious and debilitating experiences for …

Episode 6: Who will tell the robots what to do?

May 9th, 2017


In part two of our look at big data and the ethics of autonomous machines, Dr Louise Dennis examines the choices self-driving cars will face as they take over our roads.
Sometimes, the question is not what a good driver …

Episode 5: Big Data and the search for MH370

April 26th, 2017


This is the first episode in a two part series on the ethics of big data and autonomous machines. In this episode we speak with Prof Simon Maskell, …

Episode 4: Suzi Gage on 'Say Why to Drugs'

April 11th, 2017


Suzi Gage is taking the the Just Say No motto and turning it on its head. Suzi is the co-host of the podcast 'Say Why to Drugs'. The podcast is an evidence driven, deep dive into everything we know, and still don’t …

Episode 3: Nano-medicine shrinks the cost of HIV treatment

April 4th, 2017


Steve Rannard and Andrew Owen are using nano-technology to make HIV medicine more effective and less expensive. Nanomedicine builds tiny particles …

Episode 2: Liverpool - Cradle of the Beatles

March 27th, 2017


Dr Mike Jones traces the City of Liverpool’s complex relationship with The Beatles. It may seem difficult believe today, but the city was not always …

Episode 1: Follow Your Nose

March 6th, 2017


Chris Probert leads a team at the University of Liverpool that's invented a machine that can reliably detect the early stages of cancer in a patient …

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