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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
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Clever Creatures

Clever Creatures

2019-09-2300:41:289

Those Clever CreaturesBrian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian and author Danny Wallace, ornithologist Professor Tim Birkhead and marine biologist Helen Scales to look at animal intelligence. We have all heard about clever chimps that can count, and about how we can compare the intelligence of humans and the great apes - but have we underestimated many of the other animal species? It would seem so, with remarkable examples of cunning, smart behaviour from animals as diverse as birds, octopuses and even fish. So how do you test a guppies IQ and can a crow really outsmart a gorilla, or even a human...prepare to be amazed. Producer Alexandra Feachem
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

2019-09-1600:47:0032

Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of their multi-award winning science/comedy show. They kick off with arguably any child's first interest in science - dinosaurs! They are joined by comedian Rufus Hound and palaeontologists Susannah Maidment from the Natural History Museum and Steve Brusatte from the University of Edinburgh to find out what the latest research and exciting fossil finds have revealed about these epic creatures. Are we in a new age of dinosaur discovery? What are the big questions that dinosaur hunters are hoping to uncover, and did they go extinct at all? Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Astronaut Special (Repeat)

Astronaut Special (Repeat)

2019-07-2500:29:1317

In this episode from 2017, Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the cage to the Starmus Festival in Trondheim, Norway, for an extraordinary gathering of astronauts. They are joined on stage by NASA astronauts Sandra Magnus and Terry Virts, ESA astronaut Claude Nicollier, and Apollo 16's Charlie Duke, one of the last people to have walked on the moon. They talk about their personal journeys to fulfill their long-held dreams, and literally reach for the stars. They hear from Charlie Duke about the extraordinary Apollo missions he was part of, including his role as Capsule Communicator for the very first moon landing, before taking his own first steps on the lunar surface as part of Apollo 16. They explore the different experience of astronauts from Charlie's era, and those who now become residents of space, spending months and months aboard the International Space Station, and the challenges each mission brings. And Claude Nicollier describes his epic spacewalk to repair the Hubble Telescope.Producer: Alexandra Feachem.
The Infinite Moonkey Cage

The Infinite Moonkey Cage

2019-07-2000:58:1140

A special hour long episode of the hugely popular science/comedy show, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landings. Recorded at Cocoa Beach, Florida just down the road from Cape Canaveral, Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by some of the key players involved in landing the first people on the moon, on this day, 1969. Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin and Apollo children Jan and Andy Aldrin give their perspectives on arguably one of the greatest scientific and engineering achievements of all time. Keep listening for a very special guest appearance by Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes.Presenters: Brian Cox and Robin InceProducer Alexandra Feachem
Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford present highlights from their podcast which investigates questions sent in by listeners using the power of science.
How We Measure the Universe

How We Measure the Universe

2019-02-1100:38:3695

How to Measure the UniverseBrian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by comedian Jo Brand, and physicists Prof Jo Dunkley and Dr Adam Masters to look at how we go about measuring our universe, from measuring the contents of atmospheres of planets and moons at the outer edges of our solar system to looking far back in time to study the very earliest beginnings of the cosmos. Our ability to learn about phenomena and worlds that seem almost impossibly out of reach, now give us an incredible insight into the universe we occupy, and how we got here. Brian and Robin find out about some of the big new missions providing information into our own solar system and beyond, and find out what big questions in cosmology still remain a tantalising challenge?Producer: Alexandra Feachem
How to Build a Bionic Human

How to Build a Bionic Human

2019-02-0400:42:4866

How to Build a Bionic Human.Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by "supervet" Noel Fitzpatrick, Dr Kevin Fong and comedian Lucy Beaumont to learn how to build a bionic human. They'll be looking at the development of artificial limbs and organs that have been pioneered during times of war and at the extreme end of emergency medicine, and find out how Noel Fitzpatrick is developing new techniques and bionic devices at his veterinary practice, that could eventually be used on humans.
Are humans still evolving?

Are humans still evolving?

2019-01-2800:47:2090

Are humans still evolving?Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and author David Baddiel, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics Aoife McLysaght, and geneticist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford to ask whether human beings are still evolving? Has the invention of modern medicine, and technology meant that survival of the fittest is a thing of the past or are humans evolving new adaptations that will help us cope and survive better in our ever changing world (better thumbs for texting anyone?). If evolution happens over 1000's of years, could we even tell if we were evolving as a species, or have humans reached peak human?Producer: Alexandra Feachem
Origin of Numbers

Origin of Numbers

2019-01-2100:36:1769

The origin of numbers and can fish count?Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by mathematician Dr Hannah Fry, comedian Matt Parker and neuroscientist Prof Brian Butterworth to ask where numbers come from and can fish count? They'll be looking at the origin of numbers and whether counting is a uniquely human trait that actually started before the evolution of language.
The Future of Humanity

The Future of Humanity

2019-01-1400:35:5862

The Future of HumanityBrian Cox and Robin Ince take on the entire future of our civilisation, as they are joined by Astronomer Royal and former head of the Royal Society Lord Rees, Baroness Cathy Ashton and comedian, actor and director Chris Addison. They'll be talking about the biggest challenges facing humanity at the moment, and whether science offers the solution to some of these great problems, from Climate Change to the rise of AI.
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Keith M Sterback

And the ants were put on tiny stilts for that mentioned experiment

Sep 5th
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Keith M Sterback

I would like to add on the subject of the chimpanzees and their pattern memory. Those chimpanzees were trained for months, repeating that same pattern on the screen over and over. So, to suggest that chimpanzees are more keen on patturn memory does not carry full merit. Great show, by the way.

Sep 5th
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Adheeth Anandan

l00l

Aug 26th
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Matty March

Adheeth Anandan wow that's cool

Aug 26th
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TheIainDowieFanClub

Baddiel is a poor man's Phil Jupitus. And that's saying something.

Aug 5th
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Ricky St. Louis

holy fuck, that women's accent is absolutely atrocious. At that point you should just speak a different language. Damn!

Jul 12th
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Arjun Singh

Ricky St. Louis agree

Jul 12th
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Emily

Ricky St. Louis yes, the voice is truely a little blurry😓

Jul 12th
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Edgar Huerta

Glad I found this podcast. It's always a good day when I find new material with Brian Cox.

Jul 10th
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Arjun Singh

Edgar Huerta 😃

Jul 10th
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calmfocustruth

Increasingly these episodes ridiled with SJW nonsence; Joe Brand can't help herself every visit 🙄

Jul 9th
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Amanda Thomson

who sings the song?

Jul 6th
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Drew Brid

Is that legit? Able to track insect populations and see how they move?

May 29th
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J B

Noel Fitzpatrick really used this as a soapbox. Derailed it. Annoying.

Apr 29th
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christina lim

so glad Stephen Fry is a guest on this. I could listen to him all day! so eloquent and intelligent 💖

Apr 11th
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Keith M Sterback

Lucy sounded really cute

Mar 15th
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phil warcup

unfortunately I felt David Baddiel didn't add to this otherwise great conversation

Mar 13th
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TheIainDowieFanClub

phil warcup When does he ever. Let me be frank, as he often wishes.

Aug 5th
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Jack Grattan

Pretty interesting learned a lot

Feb 27th
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Nick Prudhomme

I find it quite amazing that there is a suggestion of a necessary committee to approve of ethical treatment of machine intelligence while our world culture is majorly unconcerned with ethical treatment of animals.

Feb 26th
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Walsh “walshamite” Amite

I enjoyed David Baddiel's contributions. He is, amongst other things, a comedian, after all. I found the chemistry of all the presenters worked very well together, and the topic was thought provoking and handled with some real wit. Nobody who knows David B's work over the years can find him "thick", surely.

Feb 18th
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Dean Stolpmann

Jo Brand! I love you!

Feb 17th
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Max Clark

lucy was the worst guest ever

Feb 15th
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Ricky St. Louis

it's crazy how vastly different humor within the same language is in different parts of the world. So much cringe inducing and just plain unfunny jokes to me, put the audience into a frenzy. I enjoy the podcast a lot, just an interesting observation. Possibly a future topic?

Feb 15th
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Ricky St. Louis

Ricky St. Louis Cool story bro......

Feb 15th
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Tom

Ruined by the comedian who didn't understand anything and wasn't even funny

Feb 13th
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