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Welcome to In Depth Out Loud, a selection of long form stories written by academic experts for The Conversation UK. Each episode brings you the audio version of a different story across a wide range of subjects, from science, to politics, health, culture and business.
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Welcome to In Depth Out Loud, a selection of long form stories written by academic experts for The Conversation UK. Each episode brings you the audio version of a different story across a wide range of subjects, from science, to politics, health, culture and business.
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    Why the concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

    Why the concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

    This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast features prominent academics, including a former IPCC chair, rounding on governments worldwide for using the concept of net zero emissions to “greenwash” their lack of commitment to solving global warming.
    You can read the text version of this in-depth article here. The audio version is read by Les Smith in partnership with Noa, News Over Audio. You can listen to more articles from The Conversation, for free, on the Noa app. 
    James Dyke, Senior Lecturer in Global Systems at the University of Exeter, Robert Watson, Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University, write about the obvious dangers of the concept of net zero.
    They argue that they’ve arrived at the painful realisation that the idea of net zero has licensed a recklessly cavalier “burn now, pay later” approach which has seen carbon emissions continue to soar. It has also hastened the destruction of the natural world by increasing deforestation today, and greatly increases the risk of further devastation in the future.
    The music in In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights supported by Research England. You can read more stories in the series here.
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    Durex condoms: how their teenage immigrant inventor was forgotten by history

    Durex condoms: how their teenage immigrant inventor was forgotten by history

    This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast features the story of Lucian Landau, the forgotten man who invented the technology that made Durex boom.
    Jessica Borge, Digital Collections (Scholarship) Manager at King’s College London Archives and Research Collections and a Visiting Fellow in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, explains her research into who actually invented Durex condoms.
    She discovered that the technology behind Durex was invented by Lucian Landau, a Polish teenager living in Highbury and studying rubber technology at the former Northern Polytechnic (now London Metropolitan University). His story is fascinating.
    You can read the text version of this in-depth article here. The audio version is read by Adrienne Walker in partnership with Noa, the audio journalism platform.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights supported by Research England. You can read more stories in the series here.
    The music in In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.

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    Two doctors on the frontline of Liverpool's second wave

    Two doctors on the frontline of Liverpool's second wave

    This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast features a report from two doctors on the frontline of the second wave of coronavirus in Liverpool.
    Tom Wingfield, an infectious diseases physician at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool, and Miriam Taegtmeyer, professor of global health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, describe what it’s like for healthcare workers who continue to put their lives and those of their families on the line.
    They set out the problems they and their colleagues are facing around the country, some lessons we might be able to learn from the first wave, and some positive developments which will make the future a little brighter.
    You can read the text version of this in-depth article here. The audio version is read by Megan Clement and produced by Gemma Ware.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Coronavirus Insights supported by Research England. The music is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.
    In Depth Out Loud is made by the charity The Conversation. By bringing together academics and journalists, we generate articles and podcasts that are grounded in research expertise, but also engage with and set the news agenda. We believe that the sharing of knowledge in this way helps inform better decision making.
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    Charles Dickens: the truth about his death and burial

    Charles Dickens: the truth about his death and burial

    This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast, features the work of Leon Litvack at Queen’s University Belfast on what happened after the death of Charles Dickens.
    His new research has uncovered the never-before-explored areas of the great author’s sudden death on June 9 1870, and his subsequent burial.
    Dickens’s death created an early predicament for his family. Where was he to be buried? Near his home (as he would have wished) or in that great public pantheon, Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey (which was clearly against his wishes)? But two ambitious men put their own interests ahead of the great writer and his family in an act of institutionally-sanctioned bodysnatching.
    You can read the text version of this in depth article here. The audio version is read by Michael Parker and edited by Gemma Ware.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights. Sponsored by Research England, our Insights team generate in depth articles derived from interdisciplinary research. You can read their stories here, or subscribe to In Depth Out Loud to listen to more of their articles in the coming months.
    In Depth Out Loud is produced by The Conversation UK. We’re an independent news media outlet that exists purely to take reliable, informed voices direct to a wide audience. We’re a charity, with no wealthy owner nudging an editorial line in one direction or another. 
    The only opinion we hold is that knowledge is crucially important, and must be made widely available to help as many people as possible understand the world and make informed decisions. We’re in the middle of a donations campaign so if you can help us do what we do, please click here. And if you’ve already supported what we do, we want to say a massive thank you!
    The music in In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.

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    • 28 min
    Lockdown lessons from the history of solitude

    Lockdown lessons from the history of solitude

    This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast, features the work of David Vincent, historian at the Open University. He has spent the last few years looking into how people in the past managed to balance community ties and solitary behaviours. With the coronavirus crisis forcing many to self-isolate and limiting our sociability, this has never seemed more relevant.
    Solitude used to be restricted to enclosed religious orders and was thus a privileged experience of a male elite. It was treated with a mixture of fear and respect. Change was only set in motion by the Reformation and the Enlightenment, when new ideologies took hold and solitude slowly became something that anyone could acceptably seek from time to time. Most people in the West are now used to some regular form of solitude – but the reality of lockdown is making this experience far more extreme.
    The history of solitude has lessons for us in differentiating between being alone and feeling lonely. Similarly, it offers lessons for navigating the fragile boundary between life-enhancing and soul-destroying forms of solitary behaviour. 
    You can read the text version of this in depth article here. This audio version is read and produced by Annabel Bligh.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights. Sponsored by Research England, our Insights team generate in depth articles derived from interdisciplinary research. You can read their stories here, or subscribe to In Depth Out Loud to listen to more of their articles in the coming months.
    The music in In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.

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    • 22 min
    What will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures

    What will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures

    In this episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast, Simon Mair, Research Fellow in Ecological Economics at the University of Surrey’s Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, says we could use the coronavirus crisis to rebuild, produce something better and more humane. But we may slide into something worse.
    The responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are simply the amplification of the dynamic that drives other social and ecological crises: the prioritisation of one type of value over others. This dynamic has played a large part in driving global responses to COVID-19. So as responses to the virus evolve, how might our economic futures develop?
    From an economic perspective, there are four possible futures: a descent into barbarism, a robust state capitalism, a radical state socialism, and a transformation into a big society built on mutual aid. Versions of all of these futures are perfectly possible, if not equally desirable.
    You can read the text version of this in depth article here. The audio version is read by Michael Parker and edited by Gemma Ware.
    This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights. Sponsored by Research England, our Insights team generate in depth articles derived from interdisciplinary research. You can read their stories here, or subscribe to In Depth Out Loud to listen to more of their articles in the coming months.
    The music in In Depth Out Loud is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere.

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    • 26 min

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