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In April 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school due to temporary closures, representing more than 90% of students around the world, according to the United Nations. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listenIn this episode, we take an inter…
 
Our reproductive capabilities are changing in exciting ways, altering our fundamental understanding of fertility, reproduction, and even parenthood. Subscribe to the podcast here: mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listenIn this episode, we asked our guests what the consequences of novel reproductive technologies are likely to be, and how they will imp…
 
Artificial Intelligence can be found in every aspect of our lives. From A-level grade predicting algorithms to Netflix recommendations, AI is set to change the choices we make and how our personal information will be used. Subscribe to the podcast here: mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listenIn this episode, we explore the future of AI - its potentia…
 
Our society is more unequal than ever, as the top 1% control over 44% of the world’s wealth while 689 million people are living on less than $1.90 per day. In this episode, we asked our guests what the future of fairness, justice, and equality should look like, and how their research can help to bring about a fairer society. Alexa Hagerty and Natal…
 
Our wellbeing is essential to our overall quality of life. But what is wellbeing? Why is it so hard to pin down? How is it different to mental health, and what can we do to understand, measure and improve it? We talked with psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Amy Orben, psychiatrist Dr Tamsin Ford, and welfare economist Dr Mark Fabian to try and get…
 
We all have theories about what the future might look like. But what did the future look like in the past? And how have the advent of new technologies altered how people viewed the future? We talked with curator of modern sciences and historian of Victorian science Dr Johnua Nall, professor of Digital Humanities and director of Cambridge Digital Hu…
 
Hello and welcome back to Mind Over Chatter! Please fill out our survey https://forms.gle/r9CfHpJVUEWrxoyx9 to tell us what your mind thinks about our chatter. Knowing what you think will really help us make the podcast even better… Now, on to the episode!This second series is all about the future - and in this first episode we’re going to be consi…
 
Welcome (or welcome back) to Mind Over Chatter, the Cambridge University Podcast! You can find us on other platforms here: https://mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listen One series at a time, we break down complex issues into simple questions. In this second series, we’re talking all about the future. We’ll explore the nature of time itself - What e…
 
In this last episode of the series, we’ll be exploring how stories work for and against climate change. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listen We cover a lot of ground: from hippos and polar bears to how many times ‘sex’ and ‘tea’ were mentioned on TV between 2017 and 2018… so what’s all of this got to do with …
 
How and what we eat, and where our food comes from, these everyday choices that we often think very little about, have become increasingly relevant to climate change. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listen With a global population projected to reach 10 billion by 2050, it is not unreasonable to ask: how are we …
 
The future is becoming harder to predict thanks to climate change and a global pandemic. But a large part of what the future will look like is in our own hands. The biggest challenge to creating a better future may be political rather than scientific or technological. Subscribe to the podcast here: mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listenIn this episo…
 
Last episode, we talked about how we got to where we are now with climate change, but do we even know what’s going on with climate change right now? In this episode we’ll talk about what tipping points we’re approaching, how and why we’re still struggling to gain momentum toward action on climate change, and what difference it would make if carbon …
 
Climate change is likely to affect almost every area of our lives… but how did we get to this point? When and why did we first take notice of climate change? And why has climate change evaded our collective attention and action for so long?We talked with professor of human geography, Mike Hulme,, science historian and journalist Dr Sarah Dry and en…
 
One series at a time, we break down complex issues into simple questions. Subscribe to the podcast here: https://mind-over-chatter.captivate.fm/listenIn this first series, we’ll explore climate change. Climate change is likely to affect almost every area of our lives… like a toddler with sticky fingers. But how did it become this way? What are we d…
 
A new report from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge finds that investing public funds - in people’s health and skills, and in social, natural, and physical capital - is the best way to build forward to a more resilient and prosperous future, and to deliver the ‘levelling up’ agenda.Professor Diane Coyle, Dr Matt…
 
o subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-a…ty/id1450822598We speak to Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies, at the Cambridge Judge Business School. This is a fascinating conversation, we look at organisational culture through an 800 year old lens, by examining how Cambridge Universi…
 
To subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-a…ty/id1450822598In this episode Dr Kamal Munir, reader in strategy and policy at the Cambridge Judge Business School, joins us to talk about how racial inequality is reproduced in organisations and why it continues to escape scrutiny. We think about how the Black Lives M…
 
To subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-a…ty/id1450822598In this episode we speak to Professor Sarah-Jane Blakemore from the Department of Psychology, about the adolescent brain and the return to school.We think about the effects of social isolation on teenagers, the long term impact of COVID-19 and we ask if w…
 
To subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-are-the-university/id1450822598 In this episode, we speak to Simone Eringfeld, MPhil student at the Faculty of Education and producer of the Cambridge Quaranchats podcast. We talk about education in the time of COVID-19, how the move to online education will affec…
 
To subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-a…ty/id1450822598In this episode, we speak to Dr Helen McCarthy, a Historian of Modern Britain at the Faculty of History and Author of Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood. In recent months, many working parents have had to juggle looking after kids at home with …
 
To subscribe on Apple podcasts please visit: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/we-a…ty/id1450822598In this episode we talk to Tyler Shores about digital fatigue and distraction, and how we can all take care of our digital wellbeing.We also talk about his experience of setting up an entirely online high school, and how we can think about online learning…
 
In this episode we talk to Ibrahim Rahman about how he’s been raising money for Cambridge City foodbank and helping Muslim families struggling with hardships during the pandemic.We also talk about his journey from Wimbledon to the social media team at the university, and how he’s been using his expertise to help Cambridge Central Mosque engage with…
 
We talk to Nicole Horst about her journey from the body shop of a car manufacturing plant to a research project studying obsessive compulsive disorder, and about finding her true passion for advocacy and supporting other young researchers.As this is our first episode recorded remotely during the coronavirus lockdown, we also talk about her role in …
 
ExoMars is Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars, a mission in search of life, past or present, to answer one of humankind’s oldest questions: are we alone in the Universe? Abbie Hutty, Platform Delivery Manager, discusses the mission’s aims and objectives, the major challenges and design drivers of a mission to Mars, and how the team are engineerin…
 
How much garlic did the medieval Irish use in baking bread? The answer to this and other questions about daily life in medieval Ireland can be found in written and material sources used to construct the past. Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and Aidan O’Sullivan and colleagues, University College Dublin, bring…
 
By 2050, the global population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and we're going to need to feed them all. Around a third of our food depends on pollinating insects, but they're in decline. Hamish Symington explores how food relies on insects, and how research at the Department of Plant Sciences aims to make flowers more efficient at being pollinated…
 
An asteroid impact 66 million years ago may have wiped out the giant dinosaurs, but it also resulted in the rapid evolution of birds. From this point onwards, bird body size and genomes were changed forever. Dr Daniel Field, Department of Earth Sciences, explores the evidence and sheds light on the way modern animals may respond to Earth’s current …
 
Horizons Public Lecture Nick White, Head of University Catering Service, Emma Garnett, Department of Zoology and Amy Munro-Faure, Environment and Energy Section, discuss how a Sustainable Food Policy at the University of Cambridge, which includes removing beef and lamb from the menu and promoting plant-based food options, has dramatically reduced f…
 
What does the future hold for China in a world of global trade wars, rising concerns about human rights and regional expansion in the form of the Belt and Road Initiative? With historian Professor Hans van der Ven, human rights expert Professor Eva Pils, Agnes Chong, visiting at POLIS and Bhavna Dave from Soas . Chaired by Rana MitterTalk recorded …
 
When he’s not monitoring seals from space, Prem Gill is laying down Grime tracks featuring the voices of seals and live-streaming his Antarctic expeditions to secondary school students in the UK. He hopes that his efforts will encourage others from ethnic minority or working-class backgrounds to consider a career in polar science. My PhD research, …
 
What has Brexit revealed about how we view ourselves and how others see us? Listen again to our panel discussion with Professor Robert Eaglestone, Ali Meghji, lecturer in social inequalities, anthropologist Professor Katharine Tyler and international relations expert Ayse Zarakol. Chaired by David Reynold.This event took place as part of the Cambri…
 
Will automation make us redundant or are there qualities that are essentially human which will become more sought after? Listen again to robots expert Hatice Gunes, Allegre Hadida, University Senior Lecturer in Strategy at Judge Business School, author and lecturer Laura Dietz and Stephen Cave from the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligen…
 
Our current stance on Class A drugs is not working. Is the lack of success in reducing the harm drug-users do to themselves or others a matter of economics, politics, ethics or education? Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, chairs a discussion on safer drug use and the research on drug consumption rooms.Panel Chair: Dr Rowan WilliamsPanel …
 
The scientific consensus on climate change is clear so how do we get everyone on board for the kind of radical action required to save the planet? With writer Hugh Warwick, composer and environmental activist Lola Perrin, Professor Matthew Gandy and Laura Diaz Anadon, Professor of Climate Change Policy. Chaired by Steve Evans from the Centre for In…
 
How much did your health shape your fate in the Middle Ages? If you were a typical peasant or townsperson, how much was your fate in your own hands? How much did it really depend upon chance encounters with random microbes, runaway carts, crop failures, and the like?In this talk, members of the After the Plague: Health and History in Medieval Cambr…
 
The Balkans has long been Europe’s most unstable region. After a series of devastating conflicts in the 1990s, the Balkans was pacified when the US intervened militarily to impose a settlement which transformed the internal boundaries from Yugoslavia into international borders, resulting in a set of multiethnic states such as Bosnia and Herzegovina…
 
Revolution is everywhere, from people power uprisings in Sudan and Algeria to the rise of Islamic State and the emergence of populism. But how should we understand this new age of revolution? And what links contemporary movements to their predecessors in history?George Lawson, from the Department of International Relations LSE, will explore how rev…
 
What would it be like to live in a metropolis where horses and livestock abound, and influence every aspect of daily life? How would this affect your attitudes and conduct towards man and beast? Tom Almeroth-Williams answers these questions by exploring how human–animal interactions shaped Georgian London.…
 
The third edition of David Crystal’s Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language published this year. There have been huge developments in English in the 15 years since the previous edition.Not all of the developments have been predictable. Among the expected changes were a continuing spread of English as a global language and the remarkable gro…
 
Welcome to We are the University. A podcast about the alumni, staff and students who make Cambridge University unique. In this episode we chat to Julian Hargreaves about his life in the music industry discovering talent like So Solid Crew and why he chose to leave the music industry and pursue a career in academia. We talk about Julian’s research w…
 
Dr Amy Erickson talking about Women Entrepreneurs in 18th-century London: change or continuity? and her exhibition: City Women in the 18th Century at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.The outdoor exhibition City Women in the 18th Century (Cheapside, London, 21 September – 18 October 2019) highlights the extraordinary number of women who ran manufactu…
 
Didier Queloz from the University of Cambridge was jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics along with James Peebles and Michel Mayor for their pioneering advances in physical cosmology, and the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.Listen to Professor Queloz talk to journalists at the Science Media Centre in London just a few…
 
Final-year chemist Shadab Ahmed reflects on his sabbatical year as Cambridge University Student Union Access and Funding Officer, the importance of role models, and how increasing diversity within universities could be the start of seeing real change in society as a whole.بقلم University of Cambridge
 
The neuroscientist working to understand and prevent suicide in teenagers.We talk to Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen, a neuroscientist, who became fascinated by the brain as a teenager, after her dad gave her a copy of Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Today she’s investigating adversity and resilience and is part of an international…
 
Is taxidermy a craft or art? Can natural history specimens be an artwork? Who made this putty-nosed monkey? And while we're here, can a fox snarl?Jack Ashby, Museum Manager at the University Museum of Zoology, tackles taxidermy and its inclusion in Artist: Unknown.This podcast series is part of an exhibition titled Artist: Unknown at Kettle's Yard …
 
What would a young woman's CV from the past look like?Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant at The Fitzwilliam Museum, talks about samplers and the role they played for young women in the 17th and 18th century, and why in this instance the artist is unknown.This podcast series is part of an exhibition titled Artist: Unknown at Kettle's Yard in Cambridg…
 
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