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Discover programmes from BBC Radio 4’s Day of The Scientist and beyond! With introductions by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

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Discover programmes from BBC Radio 4’s Day of The Scientist and beyond! With introductions by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

    A Good Read with Adam Rutherford and Farrah Jarral

    A Good Read with Adam Rutherford and Farrah Jarral

    As part of Radio 4's Day of the Scientist Harriett Gilbert asks two scientists and broadcasters to choose a book on a science theme. Adam Rutherford chooses Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian love story Never Let Me Go. Dr Farrah Jarral says when she first read the novella she has chosen - Octavia Butler's Bloodchild - it blew her mind dealing as it does with interspecies procreation and with underlying themes of control and power imbalance.
    Harriett Gilbert's choice is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke in which the character 'Piranesi' lives in The House populated by endless corridors and statues and The Other.

    Producer: Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio, Bristol.

    First broadcast on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

    • 28 min
    The Kitchen Cabinet Science Special

    The Kitchen Cabinet Science Special

    Jay Rayner hosts the culinary panel show packed full of tasty titbits. Joining him this week are Tim Anderson, Sue Lawrence, Shelina Permalloo and Professor Barry Smith to help answer questions from hungry listeners.

    This week in a scientific special, the panel are quizzed on their favourite kitchen gadgets, as well as going through nearly every possible configuration of tofu imaginable.

    They are joined by food science expert and author Harold McGee, who uncovers the chemistry of cooking. Sensory expert Professor Barry Smith leads us in a tantalising tastebud experiment - if you’d like to join in at home, you’ll need some Szechuan peppercorns handy (and not be averse to eating them raw…)

    Producer: Daniel Cocker Assistant Producer: Bethany Hocken A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 4.

    First Broadcast on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

    • 28 min
    The Life Scientific at 10: What does it take to be a scientist?

    The Life Scientific at 10: What does it take to be a scientist?

    How damaging is the stereotype of white males in white coats? Do scientists think differently? Or do the qualities we associate with being a nerd do them a disservice? Is specialism the best way to solve 21st century problems when so many great discoveries are made in the cracks between the disciplines? In short, what makes a scientist, a scientist? Jim and distinguished guests consider the lessons learnt from nearly 250 leading scientists talking with extraordinary honesty about their life and work.

    And ask: has the job description changed? Success in science is often defined by making discoveries and publishing papers but, as the pandemic made clear, we also need scientists who can interact with decision makers in government and elsewhere. Do scientists need to learn new skills to participate in the decision making process? Do they (or at least some of them) need to be more outward looking, aware of the world beyond their laboratories and ready to engage? Or do the corridors of power need to open their doors to more people with a scientific training? And, if Britain is to become a science superpower, is it time that scientists stopped being squeamish about making money?

    Jim's guests are Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser; Nobel Prize winning biologist and Director of the Crick Institute, Prof Sir Paul Nurse; geologist and Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer, Prof Christopher Jackson; and forensic scientist and member of the House of Lords, Prof Dame Sue Black.

    Produced by Anna Buckley.

    First broadcast on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

    • 56 min
    The Patrick Vallance interview

    The Patrick Vallance interview

    As Chief Scientific Advisor to the government during a pandemic, Patrick Vallance's calm, clear summaries of the state of our scientific understanding of the virus were welcomed by many. But what was going on behind the scenes? In this extended interview with Jim Al-Khalili on Radio 4's Day of The Scientist, Patrick opens up and together they explore that trickiest of relationships - the one between scientists and politicians. How do we make sure we get evidence-based policy not policy-based evidence?

    Scientists tend to gain prominence during a crisis but the need for scientific input to government is ever present. And as head of the new Office for Science and Technology Strategy, based in the Cabinet Office, Patrick hopes to put science and technology at the heart of policy making in government. However only about 10% of the recent fast stream civil service intake have a scientific degree. That needs to change, says Patrick..

    What science and technology do we need to invest in to deal with the big science-based challenges ahead, such as achieving carbon net zero, preserving a diversity of species, and protecting our privacy and slowing the spread of misinformation online? What does the UK need to do to capitalize on our scientific expertise and make Britain a science superpower that the Prime Minister hopes it will become?

    Produced by Anna Buckley.

    First broadcast on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

    • 37 min
    The Men in the White Coats

    The Men in the White Coats

    Prof Andrea Sella on the shifting image of the scientist in popular culture, from Victor Frankenstein to Iron Man via victorious post-war boffinry and megalomanical Bond villainry.

    The monster unleashed by Mary Shelley in her 1818 tale of gruesome gothic horror was in many senses not the creature itself, but the image of its careless creator. The recklessness of the lone scientist whose blind ambition fails to foresee the societal and practical consequences of his discovery or invention.

    Throughout the last 150 years, the scientists in our science fictions have embodied the contemporary societal attitudes to science itself, sometimes in celebration, but often as a cartoon of our fears. At the same time professional scientists and science communicators have tried to share their work with wider audiences in an effort to democratize and enliven the endeavour.

    These two approaches haven't always been in synchrony.

    Presented by Prof Andrea Sella

    Produced by Alex Mansfield

    First broadcast on Saturday 9 October 2021.

    • 57 min
    Scientifically presents… Day of The Scientist

    Scientifically presents… Day of The Scientist

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