In Depth, Out Loud

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Sinopsis

A selection of long form stories written by academic experts for The Conversation UK and read out loud for your listening pleasure.

Episodios

  • Infertility through the ages, and how IVF helped change the way we think about it – podcast

    Infertility through the ages, and how IVF helped change the way we think about it – podcast

    25/07/2018 Duración: 17min

    from www.shutterstock.comTo all outward appearances, Louise Brown looked exactly the same as thousands of other babies when her blinking, slightly quizzical gaze met newspaper readers on the morning of July 25, 1978. But as the first child born using the technique of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), she was utterly unique in the history of humankind. This audio version of a long read article written by Tracey Loughran, Reader in History at the University of Essex, tracks the history of infertility and how the experience of involuntary childlessness has changed. It’s read by Gemma Ware. You can read the text version of the article here. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. You can subscribe to this podcast here. Tracey Loughran receives funding from the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust.

  • Decolonise science: time to end another imperial era – podcast

    Decolonise science: time to end another imperial era – podcast

    27/06/2018 Duración: 22min

    Empires massively affected the development of science. Cahiers de Science et Vie No114Recent years have seen an increasing number of calls to “decolonise science”, even going so far as to advocate scrapping the practice and findings of modern science altogether. Tackling the lingering influence of colonialism in science is much needed. But there are also dangers that the more extreme attempts to do so could play into the hands of religious fundamentalists and ultra-nationalists. This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast outlines the importance of finding a way to remove the inequalities promoted by modern science. All the while, ensuring its huge potential benefits work for everyone, instead of letting it become a tool for oppression. It is read by Stephen Harris. You can read the text version of the article here. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use

  • How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism – podcast

    How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism – podcast

    30/05/2018 Duración: 18min

    from www.shutterstock.comBritain’s love for the potato is bound up with notions of the utilitarian value of a good diet and how a healthy citizenry is the engine room of a strong economy. And it all dates back to the 18th century. This episode of In Depth Out Loud, a podcast narrating an in depth article from The Conversation, looks at the history of the Enlightenment thinkers who promoted the tuber as a way to build a healthy and productive society. It’s read by Laura Hood. You can read the text version of the article here. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Rebecca Earle does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

  • How transhumanism’s faithful follow it blindly into a future for the elite – podcast

    How transhumanism’s faithful follow it blindly into a future for the elite – podcast

    02/05/2018 Duración: 22min

    shutterstock.comTranshumanism is the idea that humans should transcend their current natural state and limitations through the use of technology – that we should embrace self-directed human evolution. In the same way that technological progress has allowed humans to tame nature, we can bring an end to the human realities of disease, ageing and even death. But there is a darker side to the naive faith that proponents of transhumanism have – one that is decidedly dystopian. This is the audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, which situates transhumanism within the broader social, cultural, political, and economic contexts within which it is emerging – all of which is vital to understanding how ethical it is. You can read the text version of the article here. It is read by Jo Adetunji. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use

  • Antisemitism: how the origins of history’s oldest hatred still hold sway today – podcast

    Antisemitism: how the origins of history’s oldest hatred still hold sway today – podcast

    19/04/2018 Duración: 20min

    Raymund Flandez, CC BY-NC-NDThere has been a surge in antisemitic incidents across the globe. Antisemitism rears its ugly head in every aspect of public life, whether internal debates within political parties or accusations of conspiratorial networks or plots in politics and business. This is the audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, which explores how prejudice against Jews has persisted throughout history. Today’s variants are carved from – and sustained by – powerful precedents and inherited stereotypes. This historical awareness may prove a powerful ally for those who would challenge antisemitism today. You can read the text version of this article here. It is read by Annabel Bligh. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Gervase Phillips does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive fundi

  • The story of the Novichok nerve agents – podcast

    The story of the Novichok nerve agents – podcast

    20/03/2018 Duración: 19min

    Emergency personnel at the Ashley Wood Recovery Centre in Salisbury as the investigation into the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal continues. PA Images In this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, listen to the story of how nerve agents were developed – and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of the English city of Salisbury. You can read the text version of this article here. It’s read by Annabel Bligh for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Alastair Hay received funding from The Rowntree Trust and Human Rights Watch to investigate allegations of the use of chemical weapons. He is a member of the Advisory Board on Education and Outreach of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Chairman of the UK Chem

  • The heartbreaking story of the flying mathematicians of World War I – podcast

    The heartbreaking story of the flying mathematicians of World War I – podcast

    08/03/2018 Duración: 16min

    William Farren and David Pinsent: two of Farnborough's flying mathematicians. Pinsent family archive.In this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, listen to the story of the men of Britain’s Royal Aircraft Factory who gave their lives to help create the world’s first air force. You can read the text version of this article here. It’s read by Michael Parker for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Tony Royle does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

  • Africa’s missing Ebola outbreaks – podcast

    Africa’s missing Ebola outbreaks – podcast

    21/02/2018 Duración: 18min

    A nurse nun visits the graves of victims of a 1976 Ebola outbreak. Wikimedia CommonsIn this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, hear about how the Cold War, dictators and cover-ups all conspired to bury evidence of past outbreaks of Ebola, making the deadly disease that much harder to handle during the 2014 outbreak that killed 11,000 people. You can read the text version of this article here. It’s read by Gemma Ware for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. The music in this is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Derek Gatherer held an Early Stage Career Grant (ESCG) from Lancaster University to study the serology of Ebolavirus. He participated in the WHO serology diagnostics programme co-ordinated by the National Institute of Biological Standards & Controls (NIBSC).

  • Why life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – podcast

    Why life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – podcast

    07/02/2018 Duración: 20min

    Who will live longer? via shutterstock.comLife expectancy has been steadily improving in the UK for 110 years. Until now. A further million earlier deaths are now projected to happen across the country in the 40 years to 2058. Danny Dorling and Stuart Gietel-Basten dove into the latest life expectancy projections for this in depth article for The Conversation. It’s read aloud by Annabel Bligh for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. You can read the text version of this article here. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Danny Dorling is an unpaid member of Public Health England’s mortality surveillance advisory group, an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges and a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine.Stuart Gietel-Basten does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from a

  • The IQ test wars: why screening for intelligence is still so controversial – podcast

    The IQ test wars: why screening for intelligence is still so controversial – podcast

    24/01/2018 Duración: 14min

    shutterstock.com Online IQ “quizzes” purport to be able to tell you whether or not “you have what it takes to be a member of the world’s most prestigious high IQ society”. But despite this hype, the relevance, usefulness and legitimacy of the IQ test is still hotly debated among educators, social scientists, and hard scientists. To understand why, it’s important to understand the history underpinning the birth, development and expansion of IQ tests – one that includes their use to further marginalise ethnic minorities and poor communities. Listen to our in depth article, which explores this history. It is written by Daphne Martschenko and read by Gemma Ware. You can read the text version of the article here. And click here to read or listen to more in depth articles. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record this podcast.

  • How slimming became an obsession with women in post-war Britain – podcast

    How slimming became an obsession with women in post-war Britain – podcast

    10/01/2018 Duración: 17min

    Woman’s Own embracing the commercial slimming culture. badgreeb RECORDS - art -photos via flickr.com, CC BY-SAWoman’s Own was one of the most popular post-war women’s magazines in Britain. Once the food rationing of the war years ended, the magazine began pedalling a slimming mantra. By the mid-1960s, it had elevated dieting to centre stage of its weekly beauty advice. Many of today’s weight-loss diets bear striking similarities with those of the 50s and 60s. Listen to the story of how Woman’s Own magazine created a slimming culture in the UK which lasts to this day. The article is written by Myriam Wilks-Heeg, and read by Laura Hood for The Conversation’s In Depth, Out Loud podcast. You can read the text version of this article here. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Myriam Wilks-Heeg does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive fun

  • Buggery, bribery and a committee: the story of how gay sex was decriminalised in Britain – podcast

    Buggery, bribery and a committee: the story of how gay sex was decriminalised in Britain – podcast

    20/12/2017 Duración: 16min

    shutterstock Gay men should show their thanks by “comporting themselves quietly and with dignity”. So said Lord Arran, the man who shepherded the landmark law that partially decriminalised sex between men through parliament in 1967. It was a long time in coming and left a lot to be desired for gay men. Listen to the fascinating in-depth story of how the 1967 Sexual Offences Act came to pass and the legacy it had. It is written by Chris Ashford and read by Andrew Naughtie. You can read the text version of the article here. And click here to read more articles in our series, which marked the anniversary of the act earlier this year. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record this podcast. Chris Ashford does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no rel

  • Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution – podcast

    Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution – podcast

    06/12/2017 Duración: 18min

    Check mate. Tristan Martin/flickr, CC BY-SATwenty years ago, the world looked on in amazement as humanity’s best chess player was beaten by a computer for the first time. While Deep Blue’s victory over Garry Kasparov in New York in May 1997 may have made it seem that computers were learning to think like us, in fact it showed why it was better to be a machine. What followed was the realisation that we could put computers to work on changing almost every aspect of our lives. Listen to the fascinating in-depth story of how a former student project marked the start of the era of big data. It is written by Mark Anderson and read by Stephen Harris. You can read the text version of this article here. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Mark Robert Anderson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation th

  • A visit to Pyongyang: the Kim dynasty’s homage to Stalinism – podcast

    A visit to Pyongyang: the Kim dynasty’s homage to Stalinism – podcast

    22/11/2017 Duración: 14min

    Bow down. Franck Robichon/EPAIn this first episode of The Conversation’s new In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories, we take a visit to Pyongyang. As despotic personality cults go, Stalin’s example still leads the pack. But North Korea’s ruling family have taken it to a new extreme. Written by Colin Alexander and read by Michael Parker. You can read the text version of this article here. The music in this episode is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive. A big thanks to City University London’s Department of Journalism for letting us use their studios to record. Colin Alexander does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.