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A podcast for people who like the unexpected. Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide.

Countercurrent: conversations with Professor Roger Kneebone Professor Roger Kneebone

    • Science
    • 4.8, 11 Ratings

A podcast for people who like the unexpected. Join the surgeon and academic Professor Roger Kneebone in conversation with unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide.

    Darren McHugh in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Darren McHugh in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Darren McHugh started his career as an actor and playwright before changing direction and joining the world of fine dining. He has been at The Ledbury for seven years, where his responsibilities extend from front of house dining to the financial and organisational sides of the restaurant. He sees developing his team as central to his role and he believes that ‘authentic interestedness’ is a key quality of expert service. 
    https://www.theledbury.com/front-of-house/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Averil Mansfield in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Averil Mansfield in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Averil Mansfield’s career was in vascular surgery. A consultant surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital in London, in 1993 she became the first female professor of surgery in the United Kingdom. In addition to her clinical practice, teaching and research, she has been a role model for women in surgery, establishing Women in Surgical Training (WIST). An accomplished pianist, in her retirement she has also taken up the cello. In this podcast we explore the challenges and satisfactions of her career.

    • 1 hr
    George Waddell in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    George Waddell in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    A pianist by training, George Waddell’s many interests include the evaluation of performance and the role of technologies in music education. Brought up in rural Manitoba (where his parents are both vets), he studied piano in Brandon before moving to London for his PhD in performance science at the Royal College of Music. He researches and teaches performance across domains of expert practice.

    • 59 min
    Sara Rankin in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Sara Rankin in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Professor Sara Rankin is a leading scientist in the field of stem cell and leukocyte research. Throughout her career she has crossed disciplinary boundaries, working with experts across medicine, science and the arts. She only recognised her own dyslexia and dyspraxia in mid-career. In our conversation we explore the drawbacks and benefits of neurodiversity alongside our shared interest in public engagement and story-telling. 

    • 1 hr
    Merlin Strangeway in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Merlin Strangeway in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    In this podcast we discuss Merlin’s work as an medical illustrator, exploring her fascination with narrative and the need to make sense of people’s stories. Merlin’s unorthodox career has moved from studying English and History at university to developing a widening array of skills around illustration, including drawing, painting, wax modelling and using digital technology.
    https://www.drawntomedicine.com/about

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Terry Clark in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Terry Clark in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    After training as a professional flautist in Canada, Terry Clark changed direction and entered the field of performance science. His doctorate exploring the role of mental skills in addressing issues around musical and sports performance laid the foundations for his current research in the evolving field of performance science.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Jane Chapman ,

Musician

Greatly enjoyable conversation. Extremely insightful, and delightfully honest! Much food for thought about the byways that can lead to creative, imaginative, practical and personal development when the mind is open.

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