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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/313/313248/expert/9780241392058.html

Countercurrent: conversations with Professor Roger Kneebone Professor Roger Kneebone

    • Science
    • 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/313/313248/expert/9780241392058.html

    Peter Morris in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Peter Morris in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Peter Morris is managing director of the London-based architectural practice AAHM (Alford, Hall, Monaghan, Morris). He and his partners design buildings with a huge variety of scale and style. In this conversation we discuss similarities and differences between practising architecture and medicine and explore the role of the ‘expert generalist’.
    https://www.ahmm.co.uk

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Geoffrey Durham in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Geoffrey Durham in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Geoffrey Durham’s career as a stage magician has been through many stages, from his early days in variety and his persona as The Great Soprendo, his later years as a performer in his own name, and his current work mentoring and coaching other professional magicians. We discuss the techniques of stage magic and Geoffrey’s ability to transfix an audience of thousands with his personality and skill.
    http://www.geoffreydurham.com/geoffrey-durham-newspaper-trick.html 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Logan Murray in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Logan Murray in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Logan Murray is well known in the world of stand up comedy. We explore how Logan helps people ‘bring their inner idiot out to play’, finding aspects of themselves they didn’t know were there. Alongside the obvious differences between medicine and comedy we discover unexpected parallels with aspects of clinical communication.
    https://loganmurray.com
     

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ian Shircore in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Ian Shircore in conversation with Roger Kneebone

    Ian Shircore combines a career writing books under his own name with his work as a ghost writer for others. After discussing his recent book about the decades-long songwriting partnership of Clive James and Pete Atkin and another about Clive James’s poetry, we explore the world of ghost writing. Ian outlines how he uses his writing skills to capture the authentic voices of people who are not comfortable with the process of creating a book from scratch.
    https://www.unitedghostwriters.co.uk/profiles/ianshircore/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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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