The more you learn, the more you realise there is still to learn. This is Sparking Connections, a podcast where two education enthusiasts teach each other about their respective fields of study.
Join Esmé, a literature graduate with too many interests, and Kim, a microbiologist who likes zombies, as they learn about each other's interests and make both controversial science topics and literary criticism more accessible in the process.
Logo Art: Esmé Beaumont
Logo Digitisation: Lewis Johnson
Episode 20: The Scientific Method
Ever wondered where the first ideas of Science came from or who developed the first scientific hypothesis? Kim and Esmé discuss this and more about the Ancient Greek philosophers who were considered the first thinkers in science.
For references and more visit: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-20-the-scientific-method
Episode 19: Autumn Journal Part 1
Autumn Journal by Louis MacNeice is a long poem documenting a portion of MacNeice’s life that is touched by war. This personal account begins to reveal the link between the personal and the political and the impact that has on storytelling.
For references and more visit: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-19-autumn-journal-part-1
Episode 18: The Truth about GMOs
Ever wondered about how they enrich cereal or how rice can have added vitamins and minerals, it is probably a GMO crop. In this episode, Kim and Esmé discuss Genetically Modified Organisms and the benefits and drawbacks of alterations made to consumable goods on a genetic level.
For more information and transcripts: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-18-gmos
Episode 17: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius Part 2
In part 1 of episode 15: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, Esmé and Kim discussed a fascinating short story by Jorge Luis Borges, subjective idealism, the relationship between language and thought, and weird thought experiments involving coins. Join us for part 2, in which we will be looking at this story through the lens of stylistics, specifically focalisation, modality, and speech presentation.
For transcript and Bibliography go to: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-17-tln-uqbar-orbis-tertius
Episode 16: Endemic Disease of the UK
Endemic disease is disease that exists steadily in the population and did you know that the UK has a bunch of endemic diseases? This week we discuss what makes a disease endemic and how there is always a social aspect to determining disease status. We also discuss the loss of the UKs Measles elimination status and what can be done by the community to reduce the spread of disease.
For references and more information please visit: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-16-endemic-disease-of-the-uk
Episode 15: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius Part 1
In part 1 of episode 15: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, Esmé and Kim discuss a fascinating short story by Jorge Luis Borges, subjective idealism, the relationship between language and thought, and weird thought experiments involving coins. Join us soon for part 2, in which we will be looking at this story through the lens of stylistics, specifically focalisation, modality, and speech presentation.
For transcript and Bibliography go to: https://pleaseholdfor.squarespace.com/sparkingconnections/episode-15-tln-uqbar-orbis-tertius