The University of Liverpool Podcast
By University of Liverpool
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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.
||Clean#035 The not-so paleo diet||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 is to eat what Paleolithic humans ate. According to Paleo diet advocates,||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#034 Jackie Bell Has What It Takes||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 the International Space Station .||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#033 Darwin's Robots||Researchers are designing robots with artificial intelligence that evolve on their own. The programmer sets a goal to be accomplished and then, generation after generation, successful traits are passed on to the next generation.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#032 Extreme Decision Making||Major events, such as a terrorist attack or a disaster, are a crucible for emergency services. Immediately, police, paramedics, and firefighters are forced to make split decisions under extreme stress and often with very little information.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#31 Who is being left out online?||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 Humanities and Social Science at the.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#30 Can Donald Trump deliver a great speech?||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 and genuine connection with his .||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#029 Twitter predicts the future||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 sophisticated financial tools.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#028 Do we know the right dose of medicine for children?||Paediatric medicine faces a troubling challenge. For good ethical reasons, scientists have long been reluctant to experiment on children. As a result, many of the oldest and most common medications used in pediatric medicine have not been tested on the.||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#027 Extreme weather: an intimate history||The study of extreme weather usually involves lots of numbers, graphs, and statistical comparisons. What's missing is the human element; the way people responded to unusual weather events. During the ice cold winter of 1838,||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#026 How much is your favourite Premier League player really worth?||All of a sudden mathematics wizards and statisticians are moving into the front offices of major sports teams. Ian McHale, Professor of Sports Analytics at the University of Liverpool, discusses the remarkable rise of analytics in professional sport.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#025 No Junk Food Ads Before 9pm||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 global public health crisis. In the UK, one in ten children is now obese.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#024 The future of farming||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 shift, prompting us to think about how and, more importantly, where our food is produced.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#023 What's the point of Dry January||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 particularly popular in the UK. According to the group Alcohol Concern,||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#022 History of Christmas Traditions||University of Liverpool professor of English, Sarah Peverley is back on the podcast; this time to compare what we know about Christmas Traditions in the Middle Ages with our modern festivities. It’s a fun and fascinating way to explore the history of.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#021 Is Narcissism on the rise?||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 in Western culture. More direct evidence comes from the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI): a .||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#020 A History of Slimming||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 and while its expansion has kept pace with our growing waist lines,||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: Colm Tóibín reading from his latest work||Earlier this year Colm Tóibín spoke before an audience at the Victoria Gallery Museum in Liverpool. The author and University of Liverpool Chancellor read excerpts from his latest novel House of Names. The work is a retelling of one part of the cla.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#019 Halloween as therapy||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. For adults, the attraction to frightening things is a bit more complicated.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#018 Are Sugary Drinks The New Tobacco?||Simon Capewell says sugary drinks are killing us. The University of Liverpool Public Health researcher and advocate says sugar, especially the sugar in sugary drinks, is the single biggest cause of obesity.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#017 Colm Toibin: Universities in the era of Brexit and Trump||University of Liverpool Chancellor, Colm Tóibín explores the role of education and universities in the current political climate. The Irish short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet is author of nine novels - three of wh.||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#016: Tofu solar panels vs Big Business||Two years ago, physicist Jon Major published research on a new method for producing solar panels in the prestigious journal Nature. His technique has a tenuous connection to tofu but that was enough to push it onto the front pages of news sites around .||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#015: What if medicine becomes a lot more personal?||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 carry our entire genetic code. It’s something you would hand over to your doctor or that doctors would.||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Who stopped the Ebola outbreak?||Dr Calum Semple shares his experience working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. It’s a harrowing story that offers some surprising lessons. The large scale Western medical intervention, the type Dr Semple was involved in,||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Why do we love mermaids?||Mermaids have fascinated and attracted us for generations. What is it about these mythical creatures that has so captivated humans for thousands of years and across cultures? Sarah Peverley is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Live.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Help! Is my dog obese?||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 German’s analysis of dogs at Crufts||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Interrogations- Why respect gets results||The string of terror attacks in the UK has increased pressure on police to identify and disrupt terrorist plots early. This requires fast and effective interrogations of family, friends and supporters of attackers.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Business Of Football||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 of Liverpool, and a football finance expert. He is also a lifelong fan of newly promoted Brighton FC.||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Can the DUP push the Conservatives to the left?||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 that the Conservatives risked be.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Help! Is my child a psychopath?||For parents, the discovery that their child’s difficult behaviour is actually a form of psychopathy is devastating. Psychopathy is widely seen as difficult, if not impossible to treat - and the prognosis for people with psychopathic traits is deeply.||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 minutes on... birth dates and mental health||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 a Lecturer in Population Mental Health and Child Development at the University of Liverpool.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Is it really mental ‘illness’?||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 people; but Dr Kinderman says th.||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Who will tell the robots what to do?||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 would do but rather,||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Big Data and the search for MH370||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, Professor of Autonomous Systems at the University of Liverpool.||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Suzi Gage on 'Say Why to Drugs'||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 know,||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Nano-medicine shrinks the cost of HIV treatment||Steve Rannard and Andrew Owen are using nano-technology to make HIV medicine more effective and less expensive. Nanomedicine builds tiny particles of medication designed to drive the drug into the bloodstream more effectively.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Liverpool - Cradle of the Beatles||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 so warm in its embrace of four of its most famous sons.||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Follow Your Nose||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 with nothing more than a sniff of small sample. For some cancers, like those of the urinary tract,||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Loved this podcast!
Loved this great backstory about Penny Lane and the Beatles! Fascinating and well told.
I really enjoy how each podcast tells a different but interesting story about the varied research taking place at the University of Liverpool. The host is engaging, the interviews are smart and the researchers exude a passion for the work they are doing. Listen and then tell your friends!
Very polished and informative. The host is interested and well prepared. The topics are great and the length is just right!