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Our ever-curious step-mother and step-daughter, Sarah and Áine, begin each episode with a glass of gin in hand, before launching into the topic of the week. Once the gin has been thoroughly sampled, and reviewed, they discuss what they already know about the weekly topic. It could be anything, from science to art, from political to cultural. Most importantly, they often don’t know a lot. Luckily, there is a weekly expert who shares their knowledge… and the gin. The guest may be plagued with ‘Okay, but why?’s, and ‘So, how?’s, but they get to drink through it! And, if this expert can tell our hosts that everything they thought they knew is wrong, even better. There’s no confrontation, just a genuine wish to learn and understand, and at the end of the show, the hosts spend a little time mulling over what they’ve learnt, and wondering how they can slip it into conversations to look smart.
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How have feminists created their own media, and what role does the internet play in feminist media today?This week we’re joined by Dr Claire Sedgwick, an Honorary Research fellow at University of Nottingham… with a PHD in Feminist Media Studies! Claire is going to be chatting all things Feminist media with us over some cans of Moth Negroni, a Gin & Topic first…Cheers! 
Nanoscale Molecular Machinery… or as Áine put it ‘ya what?!’This week we’re talking to Dr Rivka Isaacson, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and Reader in Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry at Kings College London, who’s going to explain all and try to answer ‘How can we view the invisible?’. And of course, we’ll be drinking! To help us learn we’ve got some large glasses of Hendrick's Midsummer gin.Cheers! 
Jacqsons & Tinnitus

Jacqsons & Tinnitus

2021-07-1641:18

Tinnitus: More than just a noise? This week we’re joined by Dr James Jackson,  Reader in Psychology in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the School of Social and Health Sciences at Leeds Trinity University. James will be chatting all things tinnitus with us over a glass of Jacqsons gin, chosen for the play on his name… and it involves the rhubarb triangle. We promise, all will be explained.Cheers!
Why are periods so bloody important?! This week we’re joined by Mandi Tembo, a PhD research fellow with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine… but she’s based in Zimbabwe! Mandi will be chatting all things menstrual health with us over a cucumber and gin fizz, made using Bombay Sapphire. Get ready for some serious oversharing…Cheers! 
Surprise, it’s an extra shot! We loved chatting with Suw so much that it was an extra long recording, which meant some bits had to be cut out… This is one of our particular favourite cut clips about George Dunn.Cheers!
Prairie & Gender Equality

Prairie & Gender Equality

2021-07-0201:01:19

How do we improve gender equality in the work place?’Well, this week we’re going to try to answer that with Suw Charman-Anderson, the founder of Ada Lovelace Day… and our first guest with her own Wikipedia page!Suw will also join us in a glass of Prairie gin, as she speaks to us all the way from America. Cheers! 
This week we’re joined by Dr Clare Jonas, who’s going to be taking to us about synaesthesia!Something which Áine never manages to spell right first time… but what is it? And why does it exist?Join us as we try and answer those questions over a glass of Tarquins gin. Cheers! 
Sarah’s been waiting for this one…This week we’re talking all things climate (specifically climate justice) with Dr. Natalie Jones! Natalie is a Research associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge, and she’ll be joining us for a glass of climate positive Nàdar gin. So join us as we ask, who decides how to fix the climate?Cheers!
Moonshot & AstroGin

Moonshot & AstroGin

2021-06-1147:30

Welcome back to Gin & Topic! We’re so pleased to be back for our second series, and we’re kicking it off in style. Our guest is Dr Belinda Nicholson, a postdoctoral research assistant in the department of physics at Oxford university. Belinda is going to join us in drinking a glass of Moonshot gin, while talking all things space! Including where the best place to drink gin in the universe is...Cheers! 
Introducing Ben

Introducing Ben

2021-06-0406:06

Introducing, Ben! Our wonderful, and ever suffering, editor deserves his own episode. In this special episode, you can enjoy some snippets of us ‘chatting’ to Ben, and learn a little more about the brains behind Gin & Topic. Cheers!
Series 1 Bonus Bits

Series 1 Bonus Bits

2021-05-2814:54

Missing gin o’clock already? Here are the bits you didn’t get to hear! Silly, embarrassing, or just plain nonsense, these are the snippets that didn’t make it into series one, but made us laugh anyway. We’ll see you again soon… Cheers!
It’s the final episode of series one, and we’re going out with a bang! We’re going to be drinking Rock Rose gin with Harriet Bartlett – a PhD student in the department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.Harriet is going to be talking to us about sustainable farming, and for those (like Áine!) who have no idea what that means, that means meeting society’s present and future food needs without compromising… well, anything ideally! But we’ll let Harriet tell you more…You can find Harriet on Twitter @HarrietBartlett, and while you’re there you can follow us @TopicGin, and the same on Instagram.But for now, pour yourself a glass, and join us for the last episode of the series! Don’t worry, we’ll be back soon… Cheers!
This week we’re drinking Skegness Gin while talking to Kate Atkin!Kate is a professional speaker, trainer and facilitator who specialises – and is currently studying for a PhD in - Imposter Syndrome. Or should we say… phenomenon. That’s right, our topic ‘Imposter Syndrome’ is the only Syndrome that isn’t a Syndrome! Try saying that five times fast… You can find Kate on Twitter @KateAtkin, and while you’re there you can follow us @TopicGin, and the same on Instagram.But for now, pour yourself a glass, settle down, and join us. Cheers! 
This week we’ll be drinking a gin from just down the road… and we’ve got two guests! We’re starting with a glass of Pinksters gin with Dr Sue Bailey - a food expert, media consultant and journalist, who runs the Cambridge Foodies – as she talks to us about the history of gin. Then, we’re going to be trying a Hedgepig gin liqueur with Stephen Marsh, the founder of Pinkster gin!You can follow Sue on twitter @camfoodies, and while you’re there you can follow us @TopicGin, and the same on Instagram. But for now, it’s gin o’clock. Cheers! 
Solace & Cancer

Solace & Cancer

2021-04-2356:46

This week we’ll be joined by Annie Howitt, a PhD student in the MRC Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge. Together we’ll drink some Cuckoo Solace gin from the Brindle Distillery. We’re really pleased to have found this gin, as this week’s topic is Cancer, and for every bottle of this gin sold, they give a percentage of profits to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.It’s hard to sensitively talk about the science and emotion with a topic like this, but Annie managed to combine both, brilliantly, and we feel it’s important to open up conversations around sometimes difficult topics.You can find Annie on Twitter @AnnieHowitt, and while you’re there you can follow us @TopicGin, and the same on Instagram. But for now, pour yourself a glass, settle down, and join us. Cheers
Cambridge & Bees

Cambridge & Bees

2021-04-1657:44

This week we’re branching out…We’re going to be drinking some very special gin from the Cambridge Distillery… But we’ll also be drinking some of the honey distillate the went in it, and some homemade rhubarb gin!All these wonderful treats have been given to us by this week’s guest – Hamish Symington. Hamish is a PhD student in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and he’s going to be talking to us about Bees. Wonderful, adorable, and very important Bees!You can find Hamish on twitter @HamishSymington. While you’re there you can follow us @TopicGin, and the same on Instagram. But for now, it’s gin o’clock! Pour yourself a glass, settle down, and join us. Cheers! 
This week, we’ll be drinking the ‘world’s strongest’ gin!Join us as we try Extreme95 from the Anno Distillery, with Dr David Force, Head of Music at Saint Ronan’s School in Kent. Dr Force will be teaching us all about early music, specifically the music from the renaissance period. No, it’s not just lutes. Get ready to learn all about Crumhorns and Rackets!While you’re here, feel free to leave us a review, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @TopicGin. But for now, it’s gin o’clock! Pour yourself a glass, settle down, and join us. Cheers!                       
Elephant & Brains

Elephant & Brains

2021-04-0249:56

This week we drink Elephant gin whilst talking all things cerebral with Giacomo Gattoni, a PhD student in the department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Giacomo teaches us all about our great grandad lancelet… or Lancelot, and why we should all love ‘the spiny boys’. You can find Giacomo on twitter @gattoni_giacomo, and while you’re there follow us on twitter @TopicGin and on Instagram @TopicGin. But for now, pour yourself a glass, settle down and join us. Cheers
Gin and Topic Trailer

Gin and Topic Trailer

2021-03-2605:19

It’s Friday, it’s 5 o’clock, it must be time for Gin! This week we officially launch the Gin & Topic podcast, starting with a little trailer… From next week, you can join us every Friday at 5pm, as we drink gin and chat about, well… something, with an expert in something!  Keep an eye on our Twitter and Instagram for an exclusive look at next week's episode. But for now, pour yourself a glass, settle down and join us. Cheers
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