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A conversational podcast on anything from politics and pop culture to the universe and the meaning of life.

    #19 Planet Hunting (with Mahesh Herath)

    #19 Planet Hunting (with Mahesh Herath)

    On this episode, we're joined by Sri Lankan astronomer Mahesh Herath who made headlines last year when he discovered not one but two exoplanets - no big deal - in a remote corner of our galaxy. We talked about his rigorous research process and the future of space exploration technologies among other things.



    Mahesh Herath is a research scientist attached to the Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (ACCIMT). His discovery of two extra solar planets (exoplanets) orbiting a distant star has put Sri Lanka’s footprint on the map of space research. Mahesh Herath read for his degree in physics at the University of Southampton, UK and then went on to do his master’s in space science at KU Leuven in Belgium. The course of study included spacecraft engineering, space law and statistics.

    Mahesh is currently reading for his MPhil in planetary astronomy at the University of Colombo.

    Mahesh is on Twitter at @MaheshHerath5.



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    Credits:

    Soundtrack -  Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw

    Background image - Alexander Andrews on Unsplash


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    #18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

    #18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)

    Joined by subject expert Nisansa de Silva, we bust some myths about AI and its applications, while exploring the challenges in AI development and the inevitable social, economic and political implications it poses.



    Nisansa de Silva is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon. His research interests are in the area of Artificial Intelligence, specifically, in the sub-domains of; Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Data mining. Nisansa is currently on study leave from his position of lecturer at the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He is a polymath of sorts and has a wide range of interests including history, philosophy, linguistics, mythology, pop culture and classical music.

    Nisansa is on Twitter at @NisansaDdS.



    Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode18

    Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon



    Credits:

    Soundtrack -  Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw

    Background image - Brett Jordan on Unsplash


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    #17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

    #17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando

    We caught up with sports writer Andrew Fidel Fernando for a chat on his first book, the well received travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle.



    Andrew is a prolific sports writer with a penchant for incisive analysis of all things cricket. He is also a historian and travel writer, and his new book Upon A Sleepless Isle has been well received both here and abroad.

    He is on Twitter at @afidelf

    Andrew's book, Upon a Sleepless Isle, is available in select bookstores, Takas.lk and Amazon.



    Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode17

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    Credits:

    Soundtrack -  Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw

    Background image - Ashwin on Instagram


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

    #16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings

    This edition of our At the Movies episodes is a somewhat belated discussion on Tarantino's latest outing and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese's remarks on the MCU.

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    Music used in this episode: Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On (© WMG on behalf of Atco)

    Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw


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    • 36 min
    #15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

    #15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society

    We're back after a while with another movie episode. This time we talk about the new Joker and the controversy surrounding it. Is it worth the hype?

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    Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode15

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    Music used in this episode: Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Part 2 ( © The Orchard Music, On behalf of: Snapper Music) | Hildur Guðnadóttir - Escape from the Train (Joker OST) | Frank Sinatra - That's Life (© Warner Music Group)

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    • 29 min
    #14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

    #14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka

    From Doo Daruwo to Soora Pappa, from Rookantha to Bathiya & Santhush, the 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in popular entertainment in Sri Lanka that defined an entire generation. This is a look back at the glory days.

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    • 1 hr 24 min

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