94 episodes

Jo Durrant celebrates and explores arts and science as part of our culture.
Winner of the 2021 Sir Arthur Clarke Award: Space Achievement - Media, broadcast & written.

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Jo Durrant celebrates and explores arts and science as part of our culture.
Winner of the 2021 Sir Arthur Clarke Award: Space Achievement - Media, broadcast & written.

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 91

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 91

    Jo is joined in episode 91 of the podcast by Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire, who is doing more myth busting - on monkeypox, living with predators, and energy, including renewable sources.
    Plus pharmacy historian Briony Hudson shares the story of a fire helmet found at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in London.
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet. 

    • 56 min
    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 90

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 90

    It's a milestone edition of the award-winning podcast - episode 90. Jo's special guest is writer, broadcaster, Oxford Academic and President of the Gloucester History Festival, Dr Janina Ramirez. Janina talks about her career, latest book 'Femina', passion for art and history, plus she answers the Quick Six.
    Jo also visits Gloucestershire Archives to find out the story behind a selection of records and pamphlets that show how people lived before the internet.
     
     
    Presented, produced and edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet. 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 89

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 89

    In episode 89 Jo is joined by Anna Bailey, author of the novel 'Tall Bones', who talks about the inspiration behind it and the importance of representation in the characters. Anna also answers Jo's Quick Six.
    Plus science communicator & public engagement trainer Dr Jamie Gallagher is back with another story from the Periodic Table - the only element to have been discovered twice.
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 88

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 88

    Jo's special guest in episode 88 is theatre maker and producer Rachel Adams, who is based in the Forest of Dean. She talks about her work including a film on the Mushets, as well as 'Passing The Baton'. She also shares her love of yoga and answers the Quick Six.
    Jo also finds out the story of a watch found in Wakefield Museum in West Yorkshire, which was stopped at a specific time in World War I. 
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 87

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 87

    In episode 87 Jo welcomes back Dr Emma Yhnell, a neuroscientist and senior lecturer at Cardiff University. Emma is myth busting neuroscience and biomedical topics, and talks about exam stress, trusting experts and the size of our brains.
    Jo also learns about an item that's found in the collection of the Royal College of Physicians Museum in London, with a label that doesn't quite tell the whole story. 
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet. 

    • 54 min
    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 86

    Jo Durrant's Beautiful Universe Episode 86

    In episode 86 Jo's special guest is Dr Brenna Hassett, an archaeologist, anthropologist and researcher at University College London. She's also an author and discusses her latest book 'Growing Up Human: The Evolution of Childhood.' Plus she answers the Quick Six.
    Jo also visits Gloucestershire Archives to trace the story of one woman through the census.  
     
     
    Presented, produced and edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet. 

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Cotswold Boy ,

Completely brilliant!

This is such a great podcast...explore the universe and hear from superb guests every week. I learn something new every time I listen to this, and it's fun and entertaining at the same time!

ukradiojones ,

Fun factual entertainment!

Fabulous guests entertainingly share their passions in the arts or science ... gently guided by Jo Durrant. Pick an episode from the descriptions... you'll want to listen to another one and subscribe.

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Completely brilliant

I love these podcasts. The combination of art and science is fascinating, and Jo is a great interviewer. So professionally created, full of facts and interest. A real escape. Highly recommended!

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