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Jo Durrant celebrates and explores arts and science as part of our culture.
Winner of the 2021 Sir Arthur Clarke Award: Space Achievement - Media, broadcast & written.

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Jo Durrant celebrates and explores arts and science as part of our culture.
Winner of the 2021 Sir Arthur Clarke Award: Space Achievement - Media, broadcast & written.

    Ep 174 Prof Barry Smith Sound and Food

    Ep 174 Prof Barry Smith Sound and Food

    Jo welcomes back philosopher and sensory scientist Professor Barry Smith in episode 174. He is from the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the University of London and talks about his latest research, how sound plays a part in our enjoyment of food and he has some tips for super tasters like Jo. 
    Jo also chats to one of the team from Wakefield Museums and Castles, to find out the story of a coffee set found in Castleford, and why the person who designed it was so influential. 
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 59 min
    Ep 173 Dr Emma Yhnell Myth Busting Love

    Ep 173 Dr Emma Yhnell Myth Busting Love

    In episode 173 Dr Emma Yhnell returns to myth bust stories and topics relating to neuroscience. Emma is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University and a science communicator. Jo and Emma discuss how motion capture is being used in medicine, the impact of handwriting on the brain, and the subject of love, hormones and neurotransmitters. 
    Jo also visits a new museum on the podcast - the Holst Victorian House in Cheltenham. 2024 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Gustav Holst and Jo finds out the story behind a piano he composed some of The Planets on.
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 55 min
    Ep 172 John Gilbey

    Ep 172 John Gilbey

    Jo's special guest in episode 172 is writer and photographer John Gilbey. He talks about his background in environmental research, writing for the Country Diary column in the Guardian newspaper and about his own book 'Country Diary Wales'. Plus he answers the Quick Six.
    Jo also visits the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury to find out the story behind one of John Moore's most popular books 'The Season Of The Year'.
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 171 Dhara Patel

    Ep 171 Dhara Patel

    In episode 171 Jo is joined by Dhara Patel, Space Expert at the National Space Centre in Leicester. She talks about her career and passion for space, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Beagle 2 Mars Lander and why it's so significant for the UK. Plus she answers the Quick Six. 
    Dhara also puts an item into Jo's virtual museum, which is a scale model of Beagle 2 at the National Space Centre. 
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 170 Dr Tracy Borman

    Ep 170 Dr Tracy Borman

    Jo's special guest in a milestone episode 170 is Dr Tracy Borman, who is an author, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. She talks to Jo about her career, passion for history and her books including 'Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I'. Plus she answers the Quick Six.
    Jo also visits the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury to find out the story behind two chamber pots, which would have been used in Tudor times. 
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 169 Emma Pears

    Ep 169 Emma Pears

    In episode 169 Jo is joined by Emma Pears, who is an author, songwriter and entrepreneur, and has written the book 'What Does It Matter?'. Emma talks to Jo about her career and explains her philosophy of how we can all live with less stress and more joy. Plus she answers the Quick Six. 
    Jo also welcomes back Dr Jamie Gallagher, who is a science communicator, public engagement trainer and chemist. He returns to share another story from the Periodic Table, and this time it's a very colourful element.
     
     
    Presented, produced & edited by Jo Durrant.
    Music licensed from Purple Planet.

    • 1 hr 17 min

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