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Join Hana, Suhail, Oz, and Alex for the podcast that mixes science and tech journalism and pop culture. With 2 PhDs and years of journalism between them, they dissect, discuss and dive into the most interesting stories, topics, and concepts in the world.

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    • 4.5, 72 Ratings

Join Hana, Suhail, Oz, and Alex for the podcast that mixes science and tech journalism and pop culture. With 2 PhDs and years of journalism between them, they dissect, discuss and dive into the most interesting stories, topics, and concepts in the world.

    Episode 48: Down the K-Hole (ft. Suzi Gage)

    Episode 48: Down the K-Hole (ft. Suzi Gage)

    This week, Dr Suzi Gage takes us on a deep dive into the misconceptions, myths, and misinformation surrounding drugs.


    Plus, we find out about jealous Buddhists, Suhail exposing hypocritical government officials, and re-wiring the brain.


    (Just a quick note: this episode was recorded in March and contains some references to ketamine)


    You can get Suzi on Twitter (@soozaphone)


    Get Suzi's new book Say Why To Drugs on Amazon.


    Check out her podcast (also called Say Why To Drugs)


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    • 46 min
    Episode 47: Dementia

    Episode 47: Dementia

    This is the final episode in our mini-series exploring health conditions


    Oz sat down with Shaheen to find out about her expierences with her mum's rare form of dememntia and the journey to diagnosis. We chat about stigma, care responsibilities and gender roles in the Bangladeshi community, and what it's like to be isolated as a carer.


    He also hears from Nadine Mirza, a researcher at the University of Manchester, who's exploring how her work revamping dementia testing services could make sure fewer PoC fall through the cracks and get the help they need.


    You can find Shaheen on Twitter at @Shaheensloan98


    You can find Nadine on Twitter at @thealmostpsych


    For information relating to a specific dementia diagnosis, you can contact Rare Dementia support on contact@raredementiasupport.org or on their website contact page.


    If you or someone you know is in the Greater Manchester area, over the the age of 65, are South Asian and speak Urdu - you could help with Nadine's research! 


    You can get in touch with her at nadine.mirza@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
     
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    Episode 46: Infertility

    Episode 46: Infertility

    We're on the third episode of our mini-series looking at health conditions.


    This week, we're chatting to Roma Agrawal (engineer/author/build-er of The Shard) about her experience with infertility and her journey through IVF. We hear about engineering a baby, overbearing aunties, and her very real fear of embryo mix-ups.


    You can find Roma on Twitter (@RomaTheEngineer) and check out her podcast "Building Stories" wherever you got this one.


    Thanks to British Podcast Awards, Wellcome Trust, and everyone that took the time out to chat to us about this.
     
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    • 45 min
    Episode 45: Autism

    Episode 45: Autism

    The second episode in our new series where we explore various aspects of health!


    This episode, we're joined by Tyla Grant - an autism advocate behind the YouTube channel "Adulting Autistic." She talks us through what it's like being a Black woman diagnosed at 17, mental health, and why people need to stop talking about "curing" autism. Also there's chat about a terrible golden jumper.


    We get to chat to neurodevelopmental psychologist Mary Agyapong. Based out of King's College London, her work looks at early signs and symptoms of Autism. We hear about the scientific advancements in diagnosis techniques and ask whether culture and language plays a role in how we perceive autism


    You can find Tyla on Twitter (@tylgrnt) and on YouTube at Adulting Autistic.


    You can get Mary on twitter (@_MaryAgyapong).


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    Episode 44: Endometriosis

    Episode 44: Endometriosis

    We're embarking on a new series where we explore various aspects of health!


    To wave goodbye to its awareness month in March, we're looking into endometriosis, a chronic condition affecting 1 in 10 women in the UK.


    Suhail had a chance to sit down with journalist Anita Jones (@AnitaNnekaJones) to find out more about her journey with endometriosis - discussing everything from her first experiences of it to her reliance on fluffy water bottles. 


    We hear from Dr Annabel Sowemimo (@SoSowemimo) - a sexual and reproductive health doctor, writer, and founder of Decolonising Contraception (@DecoloniseContr) - a not for profit, community interest group formed by people of colour working within sexual and reproductive health who are devoted to improving the outcomes for marginalised groups.


    You can find out more about DC on their website.


    You can read all of the articles written by Annabel on gal-dem


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    • 39 min
    Episode 43: The Big Issue (ft. George Anderson)

    Episode 43: The Big Issue (ft. George Anderson)

    This week, Suhail chats to George Anderson about his life.


    The 2008 Financial Crisis left George homeless and wandering the streets of London. No longer having his job working within the NHS, he began selling the Big Issue magazine outside of the BBC building in the centre of the city. With a background in psychiatry, he talks to Suhail about how mental health issues can affect people who deal with rejection on a daily basis.


    With the support of the Wellcome Trust, he's been gradually building up his own business - CRC Scotland & London - drawing on his previous experience working in biomedical research. It hopes to help researchers publish their work when English isn't their first language.


    If you want to find out more about George, you can check him out at @andersongeorg15 on Twitter or on his website
     
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Love this podcast, and how they cover such a range of topics in an energetic and amusing way. Thank you!

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a fun show if you like to listen to friends gabbing but the 'science/tech journalism meets pop culture' angle is a real stretch.

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A unique perspective on science and tech that we’re missing in the mainstream. Cheeky informative entertaining.

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