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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.

Many of the people in Countercurrent feature in my new book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery (Penguin Viking, 2020)

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/313248/expert/9780241392034.html

Countercurrent: conversations with Professor Roger Kneebone Professor Roger Kneebone

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    • 4.9 • 16 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.

Many of the people in Countercurrent feature in my new book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery (Penguin Viking, 2020)

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/313248/expert/9780241392034.html

    Simon Mulligan in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Simon Mulligan in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Equally at home with jazz, classical repertoire and works by contemporary composers, Simon Mulligan is one of the world’s leading pianists. A gifted composer himself, Simon has worked with musicians from many traditions. In this conversation we explore ideas around improvisation, genres and technical skill - and talk about responding to unexpected disasters.
    http://www.simonmulligan.com
     

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Sally Frampton in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Sally Frampton in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Dr Sally Frampton is a medical historian who focuses on developments in surgery. Her 2018 book Belly Rippers traces the development of abdominal surgery in the nineteenth century. We discuss our different perspectives on the world of surgery and talk about our work documenting the development of keyhole surgery in the 1980s through simulation-based re-enactment.
    https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-sally-frampton#/

    • 1 hr
    Paul Craddock in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Paul Craddock in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Paul Craddock’s 2021 book Spare Parts: A Surprising History of Transplants brings together his interests in cultural history, writing and engagement. In this podcast we discuss how he came to write the book and talk about the ideas within it. We look back at our collaborations over many years and explore how our ideas have shaped one another’s thinking.
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/311/311106/spare-parts/9780241370254.html
     
     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Bill Beswick in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Bill Beswick in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Bill Beswick has decades of experience as a top-level sports coach and pioneering sports psychologist. In this podcast we explore his approach to working with diverse teams, asking how the question ‘if a coach supports the players, who supports the coach?’ resonates with clinical practice.
    https://billbeswick.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Simon Akam in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Simon Akam in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Simon Akam is a British writer and journalist who studied journalism in New York before working all over West Africa as a freelance correspondent. He writes for the Economist’s 1843 magazine and other publications. His 2021 book The Changing of the Guard, telling the inside story of the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11, has proved highly controversial. In this conversation we explore what it means to be a journalist and a non-fiction writer. 
    http://www.simonakam.com/about/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sarah Itam in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Sarah Itam in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Miss Sarah Itam is a consultant urological surgeon with a special interest in male and female reconstructive urology. She is passionate about communication, education and engagement, inspiring young people from all backgrounds. She gained a Distinction in the Masters in Education in Surgical Education which I lead at Imperial College London. She is also a gifted pianist, while her web series Health in HD explores health and wellbeing from different perspectives.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/HealthInHD

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Jane Chapman ,

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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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