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A Conversation with Noam Chomsky

Professor Noam Chomsky, Robert Lamb

Friday 11 September 2020


Noam Chomsky spoke live from Tucson in this online event. He answered audience questions, particularly on the topic of Free Speech, but also on coronavirus, q’anon, and ‘cancel culture’. In July 2020, the linguist and philosopher put his name to the ‘Letter on Justice and Open Debate’, which was signed by 153 writers. The public […]

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Living With Emperors (online event)

Will Lawson, Professor Steve Simpson

Thursday 23 July 2020


Hear tales from the extraordinary career of a maker of David Attenborough’s Dynasties series. Will Lawson directed the ‘Emperor’ episode that followed penguins, and is assistant producer of the forthcoming Frozen Planet II. The event is presented by Professor Steve Simpson from the University of Exeter. He was an Academic Advisor and featured scientist in […]

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Developing Countries (Online Event)

David Miliband, Lyse Doucet, Waad al-Kateab, Dr Hamza al-Kateab, Dr Weeda Mehran

Thursday 2 July 2020


Poor countries are ‘on a ledge with no safety net’, according to David Miliband, who was in conversation with Lyse Doucet, Waad al-Kateab, Dr Hamza al-Kateab, and Dr Weeda Mehran in this free live online event. In rich countries, the implications of the coronavirus outbreak seem to be always in people’s lives: poor health, the […]

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Why do animals migrate? (online event)

Dr Lucy Hawkes

Thursday 21 May 2020


Have you ever spotted a flock of birds flying somewhere high above you? Have you ever stopped and stared, wondering where they might be going? Our speaker for this free online event is National Geographic Explorer Dr Lucy Hawkes, a leading expert on animal movements who uses state-of-the-art miniaturised electronic tracking units. Lucy tracks migrating […]

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Basic Income Now?

Professor Guy Standing, Ritula Shah (chair)

Thursday 30 April 2020


Aside from the human cost, the Covid-19 pandemic is having massive negative effects on the worldwide economy, and therefore household incomes. One potential solution is a Universal Basic Income. Our speaker, Guy Standing, the leading expert on the concept, argues that we can solve the ‘evils of modern life’, for almost zero net cost. He […]

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How Bats Changed The World

Professor Kate Jones

Thursday 23 April 2020


In this free online event, we looked at the ecology behind coronavirus, in particular how taking bats out of their natural habitats may have led to the virus moving to humans, as was the case with Ebola, SARS, and MERS.  Our speaker, Professor Kate Jones, specialises in the ecology and biodiversity of bats and also […]

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Why are there fewer female psychpaths?

Dr Mark Freestone

Thursday 27 February 2020


In our new series of very short podcasts, Mark Freestone talks about psychopathy and females.    

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Is my partner a psychopath?

Dr Mark Freestone


In our new series of very short podcasts, Mark Freestone tells you how to decide if your partner is a psychopath.

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Making a Psychopath

Dr Mark Freestone


  Find out what makes a psychopath, from the leading expert who helped to create Killing Eve’s Villanelle. Dr Mark Freestone has worked on some of the most interesting and infamous psychopath cases of recent times. Using real case studies, Mark will be looking into their minds. Do you remember the scene where Villanelle dresses […]

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Health Inequalities in the time of Climate Change

Dr Karyn Morrissey

Thursday 30 January 2020


  Recent headlines across the world declared that Climate Change is the ​“the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”—based on the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change published in November 2019. Its co-author joins us from the University of Exeter to discuss her vital work behind the story.  The impacts of climate […]

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Big Natural History Television and Conservation

Julian Hector

Thursday 28 November 2019


    Our speaker is head of the BBC Natural History Unit; founded in the 1950s as the first and biggest production unit of its kind, it is regarded as the world’s greatest maker of wildlife documentary films. Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Life on Earth, and dozens more groundbreaking series were all delivered by this […]

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The Evolution of Public Attitudes During Brexit

Sir John Curtice

Thursday 31 October 2019


Download the images for this talk here Politicians assert that their views reflect the will of the British people, especially when it comes to Brexit. In this special talk, the President of the British Polling Council examines the evidence behind these claims. It takes place on the last day of the extension to Article 50. […]

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