Hilarious takes from serious experts. Each week I'm joined by a new stand up comedian and a new expert to discuss their field of expertise. We're talking the big topics, the brain, space, climate science, psychedelics and all the areas you're most likely to end up when you're drunk, at the end of a party, just trying to figure it all out. . It's a light, funny and easily accessible way to hear the latest from some seriously mind blowing experts.
Return of the Jen-i: Mars, Aliens and life on other planets with - Dr Jeni Millard and Steele Saunders
May the 4th is days away. We thought we'd invite the awesome Dr Jeni Millard from the Awesome Astronomy podcast back on the show to chat to comedian, mate and Star Wars aficionado, Steele Saunders about helicopters on mars, terraforming other planets and aliens.
Dr Jenifer Millard is now officially a Dr. Since our last chat she's officially received her PhD, is making appearances of BBC Radio all over the place as well as doing awesome work on the Awesome Astronomy podcast. As always, she's funny, charming and takes big ideas and makes them easy to understand and fun to hear about. Get her on TV already.
Steele Saunders is a comedian, podcaster, writer, presenter and Star Wars superfan. Before moving to L.A, Steele was a regular on T.V and radio in Melbourne. He is now one of the most popular Star Wars commentators finding fans, cast, crew and fellow comedians to help share the love of the force. You can check out all of his great work (and killer merch) over on his website.
Being mixed race w/ Dr. Nitasha Tamar Sharma
Race, it's a crazy hot mess that needs unpacking. In this week's episode, I get the amazing Dr. Nitasha Tamar Sharma to join me on the podcast to help me unpack the mixed race experience. Because it's a crazy hot bed topic and I wanted to be greedy and discuss my own personal experience a bit more, there's no guest comedian on this episode.
Nitasha Tamar Sharma is a professor at Professor at Northwestern University. A comparative race studies scholar who offers an interdisciplinary, comparative, and ethnographic approach to the study of difference, inequality, and racism. The central goal of her teaching, research, and writing is to contest interminority racisms by ethnographically detailing existing models of cross-racial solidarities among nonWhite groups. By highlighting historical crossovers, comparative or relational racialization, and expansive political orientations, Sharma’s work attempts to imagine liberated futures for all people.
Nitasha Sharma is the author of Hawai'i is my Haven: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific (Duke University Press, August 2021). She is also the author of Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness.
The disordered cosmos and the ethics of astronomy w/ dr Chanda Prescod-Weinstein & Anoushka Rava
We're back in space, this time with an Author, Activist and Astrophysicists who's list of achievements is so long I wonder if she's managed to build a time machine to manage it all and an awesome actor / writer and comedian. We discuss the ethics of science, the way trouble with gatekeepers in education and finally, someone explains cosmic acceleration in a way I can understand.
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of ‘15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.’ A cofounder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology. Originally from East LA, she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Born in London, from an Iranian father and a French mother, she grew up between Paris and London. She started doing impersonations and accents at 5. She attended youth theatre/musical theatre programs from 9 to 15 (Sylvia Young, Cours Florent). After receiving a BA in Global Communications and working as a journalist, she attended the classical acting course at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). After several tv appearances, short films and commercials in Europe, she acted in the feature A Beautiful Now which brought her to LA. She’s kept busy with commercials (Google, Samsung…), her own short called Connected, selected in international festivals. Back in Europe, she played Célimène in The Misanthrope alternately in French and English. She acted in the tv series Le Bureau des Légendes (Canal +) and commercials (Magnet Kitchens, Qatar Airways). As a comedian, she performs in English & French in diverse venues including The Comedy Store (London) and Le Paname Café (Paris).
The science of the musical human w/ Jordan Gray & Dr Michael Spitzer
Is there such thing as bad music? How important was music to human evolution? Is musicology a real thing? And, why is Baby Shark one of our expert guests favourite bits of new music? All this and more in this week's episode.
Michael Spitzer is a Professor of Music (otherwise known as a musicologist) at the University of Liverpool. His newly published book 'The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth' takes on the ambitious task of providing the complete journey of music throughout the ages. It's already a number one bestseller on Amazon. It was recently seralialized for Radio 4 read by Simon McBurney over 5 episodes. You can start with episode 1 here.
Michael founded the series of International Conferences on Music and Emotion, and organised the International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music (Liverpool, 2013). You can purchase the book on Amazon and learn more about Michael on the University of Liverpool website.
Jordan Gray is a hilarious comedy star with a background in music who was once a contestant on The Voice UK. She's the writer and co-star of Transaction on Comedy Central UK and one of the most in-demand comedians in the UK. You can stay in touch with her work on Facebook (Jordan Gray / Tall Dark Friend), Twitter (@TallDarkFriend) and Instagram (@TallDarkFriend).
The science of self-awareness w/ Dr Stephen Fleming & Juan Miles
How do you know if you know yourself? In this episode we speak to one of the leading scientists in the world of metacognition to find out what self-awareness is, why we have it, whether it's a blessing or a curse and how our own self-awareness impacts us.
Our expert guest:
Dr. Steve Fleming is one of the world's leading experts in the field of metacognition (the fancy science word for self-awareness). He is a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Department of Experimental Psychology and Principal Investigator at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London. His research centres on furthering our understanding of the marvellous mystery of what drives human self-awareness. His latest book 'Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness' will be released on April 27. The book takes some of the key findings in the field of metacognition and makes them easy and accessible for everyone to understand. By very nature of the topic, the book blends the objective science of self-awareness with philosophical inquiry and practical findings. You can find the book here. To learn more about Dr. Steve, head to his website or Twitter.
Our comedian guest:
Juan Miles, is back making him the first 3 time guest on the show. Juan is an Argentinian born, Berlin based stand-up comedian who I met living in Melbourne. He's one of the most wickedly funny people I know. As always, you can stay up-to-date with his news on his Instagram.
Let's talk about tech baby! Can the law keep up with big tech? w/ Joshua Fairfield & Davina Bentley
Let's face it, most of us have got used to ignoring the fact that our tech has become a sneaky spy selling our every move to the highest bidder. So how do we change that? In this week's episode I talk to Joshua Fairfield, an internationally recognised law and technology scholar / author, who happens to be extremely funny and Davina Bentley, an international awesome comedian who happens to be a lawyer. We talk about the in's and out's of tech and law... but trust me as well as being an incredibly enlightening chat, it's also really entertaining.
Joshua Fairfield is an internationally recognized law and technology scholar, specializing in digital property, electronic contract, big data privacy, and virtual communities. His articles on protecting consumer interests in an age of mass-market consumer contracting regularly appear in top law and law-and-technology journals, and policy pieces on consumer protection and technology have appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Financial Times, among other outlets. Before entering the law, Professor Fairfield was a technology entrepreneur, serving as the director of research and development for language-learning software company Rosetta Stone. His most recent book 'Runaway Technology: Can the law keep up" is available now. You can learn more about him on his website and keep in touch with his latest new on Twitter.
Davina Bentley is one of the most delightfully intelligent comedians on the circuit combining her experience in both neuroscience and law to create a unique style that juxtaposes insightful analytical thought with pop culture and everyday observations. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Funny and Educational!
Absolutely love this concept! You get to learn and laugh all at the same time. Every episode is about a different topic, and there are two guests: An expert in that topic, and a comedian. It's a super fun romp every time, and it genuinely will teach you something in an engaging and hilarious way.
Love this podcast!!
The host 🤩, the guests, the conversation, this podcast is excellent, and I highly recommend it! ⭐️ Anthony, the host, invites experts on his podcast that are unlike any other. They all have a unique expertise. I’m loving every episode, it’s always entertaining (and you learn a little something, too)! Can’t wait to hear what’s next!!
I absolutely love the host and the show. Anthony has a great way of connecting with his guests, and his laugh is infectious. Definitely going to keep listening, as the topics are really interesting and entertaining.