35 episodes

Science Fact, Science Fiction and Everything in between.
One of The Guardian's Favourite Podcasts 2018.
Guests include Benedict Cumberbatch, Nichelle Nichols, Jill Tarter, Andy Weir and Chris Hadfield.

The Cosmic Shed The Cosmic Shed

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

Science Fact, Science Fiction and Everything in between.
One of The Guardian's Favourite Podcasts 2018.
Guests include Benedict Cumberbatch, Nichelle Nichols, Jill Tarter, Andy Weir and Chris Hadfield.

    My Octopus Teacher - Pippa Ehrlich Interview

    My Octopus Teacher - Pippa Ehrlich Interview

    Andrew is joined by Pippa Ehrlich, Director/Producer of the wonderful documentary My Octopus Teacher now streaming on Netflix for this special episode of The Cosmic Shed.
    It's been stealing hearts and winning awards across the world, including winning The Golden Panda at Wildscreen Festival which leads us to be able to type the following, deeply wonderful sentence:
    My Octopus Teacher won the Golden Panda.
    Pippa Ehrlich is Director/Producer of My Octopus Teacher
    Pippa tells Andrew just what goes into making such a stunning film in a wide ranging conversation including diving in the kelp forests and making a film for Netflix.
    Pippa and Andrew in conversation.
    Put on your warmest wetsuit and dive in. Alternatively, wear whatever you like and download the latest episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast.
    show notes
    Pippa is also part of the Sea Change Project. Find out about their wonderful work here.The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 42 min
    Kellie Gerardi

    Kellie Gerardi

    Kellie Gerardi joins Andrew to talk about life in the Space Age and her work in the commercial space industry. Kellie is something of a social media star with over 200,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok and has set her sights firmly on reaching Space for herself.
    Her new book, "Not Necessarily Rocket Science - A Beginners Guide to Life in the Space Age" is out on November 24th 2020
    Kellie and Andrew talk about life in the Space Age and Kellie's new book
    Kellie researches bioastronautics and has flown on the Vomit Comet (a plane which enables passengers to experience weightlessness) on a number of occasions as part of her research.
    Kellie Gerardi and Andrew talking for The Cosmic Shed podcast
    This being The Cosmic Shed, the conversation turns to Science Fiction and we learn of Kellie's links to a galaxy far, far away.
    Download, sit back and listen to this episode of The Cosmic Shed with Kellie Gerardi.
    show notes
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcastYou can buy Kellie's excellent book hereYou can buy Kellie's merchandise here

    • 37 min
    Proxima

    Proxima

    Next up on The Cosmic Shed, we explore Alice Winocour's fascinating new film, Proxima starring Eva Green and we hear from Alice Winocour herself.
    Eva Green's character is surrounded by men
    Andrew, Ti, Tushna and Achintya gather in the virtual shed, wishing they were next to each other and not separated by a lockdown and virus. All rather fitting for the film which you'll know if you've seen it and you should.
    Achintya, Andrew, Ti and Tushna discuss Proxima
    Strap in, escape under a fence or blast off into space. Do what you need to do but make sure you download this first.
    show notesYou can read Andrew's review of Proxima in Physics WorldThe Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcastVery special thanks to Achtintya Rao for editing this episode.

    • 53 min
    James Cameron's Avatar

    James Cameron's Avatar

    In this long in development episode, we look back at the ground-breaking, record-breaking and undeniably beautiful Avatar.
    We see you, Cosmic Shed listeners.
    Andrew, Ti and Steve are joined by the hosts of the For What it's Earth podcast Emma Brisdion and Lloyd Hopkins to discuss the science and storytelling of Avatar.
    Steve, Andrew, Ti, Emma and Lloyd
    You'll also hear from Christopher Conselice whose research revealed the likely number of alien civilisations out there. Christopher  is an American astrophysicist who is currently a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.
    The floating mountain of the Valley of Mo'ara is an inspiration for Avatar's Pandora.
    Settle in under your favourite tree and listen to this brand new episode of the Cosmic Shed podcast. Oh and you might as well watch Avatar again too. It's been too long.
    show notes
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcastVery special thanks to Achtintya Rao for his help in editing this episode.Steve and Lloyd mention this

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sasha Sagan interview

    Sasha Sagan interview

    For Small Creatures Such As We is a wonderful book by Sasha Sagan. The title of the book comes from Contact, the science fiction novel written by her father Carl Sagan and her mother, Ann Druyan. Sasha's love for them, and vice versa shines throughout the book and she joins Andrew to discuss her life and work so far.
    How can we find meaning in a secular world? Are traditions and rituals still relevant today? Just what made Andrew and Sasha laugh so much?Find out in this episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast.
    Sasha Sagan and our Andrew
    For Small Creatures Such as We is part memoir, part guidebook, and part social history and sees Sasha exploring the world around us, searching for...and finding...meaning, romance and humour in the rituals and everyday that punctuate our lives. 
    Sasha is an author and television producer and joins us for this special episode of The Cosmic Shed.
    Carl Sagan's Contact is dedicated to Sasha. Have we?
    Download to your favourite podcast app or simply press play on this page. 
    Black Lives Matter
    This podcast was recorded before the Black Lives Matter protests began and we, The Cosmic Shed, wish to add our voices and support to the protests.
    There are so many wonderful podcasts on the topic, so many books, so many films. But our request to you, dear listeners, is that you don't let that be the sum total. Add your voice through whatever means you have. Donate if you can. Speak out if you can.
    We can't put it better than Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham in Star Trek).
    Sonequa Martin-Green is @therealsonequa on Instagram.
    Black Lives Matter
    show notes
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcastVery special thanks to Will Mountford of the Eureka Nerd podcast for editing this episode.If you are interested in helping yourself to be anti-racist, there's another great list of things you can do here.

    • 42 min
    Assassin 33AD

    Assassin 33AD

    Assassin 33 AD is a Christian Science Fiction film in which a group of Muslim Extremist Terrorists go back in time to stop the Resurrection of Jesus (as reported in The Bible) from happening. We tracked down the writer/director Jim Carroll and talked to him about just why he made it.
    Assassin 33AD - it's got Time Travel in it.
    A Time Travel film about religion. The Cosmic Shed couldn't really avoid it so we invited Jordan Collver, former Creationist, to join us once again as we delve into the storytelling and science behind this...errm...compelling film.
    Ti, Andrew, Steve, Jordan and Tushna discuss Assassin 33AD
    A lot of fun. Thanks Jim.
    show notes
    Jordan first joined us to discuss the Spectrum between Science and ReligionJordan's comic is free to read hereThe Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus NetworkYou can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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More, please.

Love this podcast and the amazing range of really interesting guests that you manage to interview each episode. Always sounds super authentic and genuinely fascinating. Keep it up!

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Cosmic Wonders in a Shed

Keep it up, guys. This is one of my favourite podcasts at the moment. Wonderful guests and the "in the shed" conversations are so chilled but fun and interesting.

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Science ! Nerds! It's a perfect intersection!

Really enjoy listening to this collection of science and film nerds talk about where the 2 collide and diverge. An entertaining but also educational podcast.

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