20 episodes

Series 2 is here!
Looking for a science comedy podcast that doesn't skimp on the details? We've got you. One starting point sets off three different science stories from the trio behind comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney take a single phrase and use it to investigate things that might not seem particularly interesting on the surface, but become fascinating when you get down to the nitty and / or gritty.
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A Podcast Of Unnecessary Detail Festival of the Spoken Nerd

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 208 Ratings

Series 2 is here!
Looking for a science comedy podcast that doesn't skimp on the details? We've got you. One starting point sets off three different science stories from the trio behind comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd.
Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney take a single phrase and use it to investigate things that might not seem particularly interesting on the surface, but become fascinating when you get down to the nitty and / or gritty.
Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 

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    To Infinity And Beyond

    To Infinity And Beyond

    In the final episode of this series, Steve gives faint stars the side-eye, Helen sings a relatively short song about relativity and Matt gives a standing ovation to the desktop calculator that rerouted a space probe. Up, up and away!
    - Steve's bit (01:54)
    - Helen's bit (16:13)
    - Matt's bit (36:07)
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - None, so far.
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 
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    • 52 min
    Live And Kicking Part 3

    Live And Kicking Part 3

    Steve, Helen and Matt introduce the final installment of their live shows, performed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. With sets from astrophysicist and emo kid Jen Gupta, NATO alphabet innovator (in-NATO-vator) Ted Hill, stand-up medic Matt Hutchinson and Rock ‘n’ Roll IT consultants Foxdog Studios. Also contains extra details from Steve talking about tastebuds, and Helen singing about radioactive bananas:
    - Steve's bit (01:29)
    - Jen's bit (12:08)
    - Ted's bit (21:32)
    - Foxdog Studio's bit (27:26)
    - Matt H's bit (31:14)
    - Helen's bit (38:43)
    We'd like to add a special thanks to everyone who made these live shows possible! Our co-producer Hana Ayoob; production assistant Nicole Jacobus; sound recordist Robert Wells; Chris, Lou, Ellen, Joan, Frank and all the team at Bloomsbury Theatre; and our series producer and editor for these episodes, Lyndsay Fenner. Plus every fantastic performer, and all the brilliant audience who turned up on both nights to holler, cheer and laugh. High fives to all of you!
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - None, so far.
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 
    Thanks for listening!

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    • 47 min
    Lock And Key

    Lock And Key

    In this episode, Matt exposes false advertising in the Jigsaw Puzzle industry, Steve matches up what we know about the immune system, and Helen writes a new tune that fits an old song. If you like detail, have a listen. You’ll fit right in: 
    - Matt's bit (01:28)
    - Steve's bit (19:23)
    - Helen's bit (32:56)
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - Harlekintiger on twitter has recommended this video by Howard Ho about "We Don't Talk About Bruno" for another analysis of how it works and why it's so catchy. We didn't have time to go into as much detail as we would have liked, and this episode was already the longest of this series. Enjoy!
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 
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    • 1 hr
    Live And Kicking Part 2

    Live And Kicking Part 2

    Matt, Helen and Steve introduce more favourite moments from their recent live shows, performed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. With comedian Rachel Wheeley talking about the Greenwich Time Signal, biochemical engineer Michael Sulu on the potentially fatal difference between tubes and pipes, and zoologist Hana Ayoob sharing the Honey Badger love. Plus Matt on fast food, bad maths and McCombinations, and Helen with a song about losing love at the circus:
    - Matt's bit (1:27)
    - Rachel's bit (15:09)
    - Michael's bit (24:02)
    - Hana's bit (34:45)
    - Helen's bit (44:00)
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - The original version of this episode contained a naughty word that wasn't beeped out - oops! We've fixed it now.
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
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    • 53 min
    On The Ones And Twos

    On The Ones And Twos

    In this episode, Steve explains why all the molecules in your body are right handed, Matt bigs up the strong law of small numbers and Helen grabs the mic to get on the ones and twos. Stand by to receive details!
    - Matt's bit (1:10)
    - Steve's bit (18:19)
    - Helen's bit (32:49)
    - "One" Song from "Hello Numbers" (40:25)
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - Every time Matt mentions the "Lagrange constant" please change it in your head to "Legendre constant" in your head. He was close, but not close enough! See the show notes to find out more about both Legendre and Lagrange.
    - The audio for this episode was updated on 1st June after some changes were made to the lyrics on the song recording. Everything else about the episode is the same.
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 
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    • 46 min
    Live And Kicking Part 1

    Live And Kicking Part 1

    Helen, Matt and Steve introduce the best bits of their recent live shows, performed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. With nerdy guest performers Dr Rohin Francis aka Medlife Crisis discussing why the human body isn’t really fit for purpose, and comedian Rosie Wilby on whether monogamy is truly dead. Plus the Nerds share their own unnecessary details on stage, with Matt throwing the rule book at Swiss Trains, Helen singing numbers in rhyming order, and Steve breaking into his own car:
    - Steve's bit (01:33)
    - Rohin's bit (14:40)
    - Matt's bit (23:45)
    - Rosie's bit (39:05)
    - Helen's bit (47:58)
    SHOW NOTES: 
    Unfortunately our show notes are too big for Acast's margins to contain... head to the episode page to see everything.
    Corrections and clarifications:
    - Sorry to everyone who accidentally got an advert in the middle of Helen's song... we put the ad marker in the wrong place. Totally our fault! We won't do it again.
    This series is sponsored by Brilliant.org, the place to learn maths and science through interactive online lessons. Start your free trial at Brilliant.org/apoud, and the first 200 Unnecessary Detail listeners who sign up for annual membership will get 20% off on the same link.
    For tickets to live shows, nerd merch, our mailing list and more, visit: festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Want to get in touch? We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or email podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com. 
    Come for the Unnecessary Detail. Stay for the A Podcast Of. 
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

Friendliestmilk ,

Delightful

I never know what I'm going to get on this podcast but I always know I will enjoy it!

Luckynumber23 ,

A necessary addition to your podcast library

Hands down my favorite podcast ever. Funny and informative. Can’t wait for the third series!

Thom_D ,

An absolutely necessary podcast

I have loved the Spoken Nerd gang for a long time. And this podcast is amazing. If you like nerdy topics, nerdy songs, and references to pi you’ll love this podcast

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