18 episodes

An academic podcast in which a panel of Oxford students and young researchers join hosts Jan-Willem Prügel, Aled Walker and Alice Harberd to discuss their academic and intellectual passions. Each episode will have a different theme, ranging from Marxism to Medieval Song, Cicero to Sondheim -- a tribute to the astonishing diversity of thought which takes place in Oxford.

Twitter: @Oxford_IOST

In Our Spare Times Oxford University

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    • 3.7 • 10 Ratings

An academic podcast in which a panel of Oxford students and young researchers join hosts Jan-Willem Prügel, Aled Walker and Alice Harberd to discuss their academic and intellectual passions. Each episode will have a different theme, ranging from Marxism to Medieval Song, Cicero to Sondheim -- a tribute to the astonishing diversity of thought which takes place in Oxford.

Twitter: @Oxford_IOST

    Conservatism

    Conservatism

    In this episode, Jan-Willem Prügel discusses the historical origins and philosophical characteristics of Conservatism with two brilliant Oxford students of the humanities. Some say Conservatism is not even a proper political belief, some think of it as shorthand for the politics of the Tory or Republican party. Alas, it is so much more than that and so much more difficult to grasp. Explore the nature of this strange political creature and find out if there are not some aspects of it you find charming and worthy of implementing into your very own view of the world around you. Hello, little platoons, hello useful traditions.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Number Systems

    Number Systems

    Jan-Willem Prügel questions three Oxford mathematicians about the mythical entities known as numbers. What are they? And perhaps even more importantly, why are they? Show notes: https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/ball/in_our_spare_time/sparetimes-number-systems-show-notes.pdf

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Number Systems (Other Resource)

    Number Systems (Other Resource)

    Jan-Willem Prügel questions three Oxford mathematicians about the mythical entities known as numbers. What are they? And perhaps even more importantly, why are they? Show notes: https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/ball/in_our_spare_time/sparetimes-number-systems-show-notes.pdf

    The Problem of Evil

    The Problem of Evil

    Oxford students discuss the problem posed by the existence of evil in the world to the Christian and Hindu gods.

    • 48 min
    Nuclear Fusion

    Nuclear Fusion

    Aled Walker, Justin Ball, Valerian Chen, Jason Parisi discuss nuclear fusion as part of the In Our Spare Time series.

    • 39 min
    Language, Mobility and Belonging

    Language, Mobility and Belonging

    A new episode of of in our spare time, this time looking at the social aspects of language.

    • 42 min

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Uuummm

Fun party game to play while listening to the new host: Count the uuummms. Extra points for multiple uuummms in the same sentence. Not recommended as a drinking game; you’ll need to have all your stamina to keep up!

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