Should We Kill Elephants to Save Them?

Beyond Today | 13 June 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alastair Leathead, the BBC’s Africa correspondent. Explores whether allowing the hunting of some (endangered) elephants allows many more to be saved.

William Hazelgrove on Wright Brothers, Wrong Story

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 19 March 2019 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Hazelgrove about his book Wright Brothers, Wrong Story: How Wilbur Wright Solved the Problem of Manned Flight. Discusses the evidence from archival material that it was Wilbur, rather than Orville and Wilbur, that was the mastermind behind the first powered flight.

Leeuwenhoek: the Fabric Seller Who Discovered Bacteria

The Forum | 18 July 2019 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tells the story of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who was the first to observe bacteria and other microscopic lifeforms that couldn’t be seen by the naked eye. He is now regarded as the father of microbiology and yet he had neither scientific training nor university education, and spent his life first as a linen merchant and then a civil servant in a small Dutch city.

Jane McGonigal – How Games Make Life Better

Invest Like the Best | 16 July 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane McGonigal who designs alternate reality games — games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She is the author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly a million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. Covers how to design useful games, how games affect us and our kids, and what the future might hold.

CubeSat

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 8 July 2019 | 0h 9m | Listen Later | iTunes
CubeSat started life as a student engineering challenge: build a satellite that can fit in a little toy box. But now these tiny satellites are changing the way we use space – and economics.

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

The Exchange | 23 June 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Blum about his book, The Weather Machine, exploring the people, technology, and infrastructure behind the weather forecast we rely on day to day, and the role of meteorology in the study of our planet and global policy and decision making.

Depression: The Psychedelic Cure

The After On Podcast | 15 May 2018 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katya Malievskaia & George Goldsmith, of start-up Compass Pathways, which is trialling the use of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression.