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Science Fact, Science Fiction and Everything in between.
One of The Guardian's Favourite Podcasts.
Guests include Benedict Cumberbatch, Nichelle Nichols, Jill Tarter, Andy Weir and Chris Hadfield.

The Cosmic Shed The Cosmic Shed

    • TV & Film
    • 3.3 • 3 Ratings

Science Fact, Science Fiction and Everything in between.
One of The Guardian's Favourite Podcasts.
Guests include Benedict Cumberbatch, Nichelle Nichols, Jill Tarter, Andy Weir and Chris Hadfield.

    Those BBC Winter Watch Hedgehogs

    Those BBC Winter Watch Hedgehogs

    The Cosmic Shed has hosted some fairly big names over the years from Tim Peake and Nichelle Nichols to Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Roberts but right now, the shed is housing a litter of hedgehogs.


    Those hedgehogs have been filmed for BBC's Winter Watch by Dr. Jack Richardson and Jack joins Andrew to talk all about how he took that lovely footage of them.



    Dr Jack Richardson on set


    You'll also hear about how the shed became home for these wonderful little hedgehogs and hear from the woman who almost single-handedly made it possible; Claudia Bonney.



    Tufty - one of the Hedgehogs currently residing under The Cosmic Shed.


    Prickles down, relax and listen now.


    show notes


    Claudia Bonney is a contemporary artist and hedgehog lover.
    Dr Jack Richardson has a vimeo account where you can see more of his work.
    You can see some of the trail cam footage of the hedgehogs here
    Andrew is a Lecturer at UWE Bristol
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 54 min
    Bristol Con with Adrian Tchaikovsky

    Bristol Con with Adrian Tchaikovsky

    In this episode, recorded at Bristol Con 2021, our Hannah chats to a host of wonderful science fiction authors. We'll let you listen to find out exactly who. It feels more like a Bristol Con that way - you're never quite sure who you'll bump into.



    Hannah at Bristol Con 2021


    One thing we will tell you though is that you'll hear from Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.





    Download and listen now.


    show notes
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 33 min
    Robin Ince - The Importance of being interested

    Robin Ince - The Importance of being interested

    Robin Ince is quite well known for something called The Infinite Monkey Cage and something else called The Cosmic Shambles. As such, we were rather delighted to welcome him to The Cosmic Shed. Robin joins Hannah and Steve to talk about his new book The Importance of Being Interested.


    Robin Ince and Hannah in Bookhaus for The Cosmic Shed


    This episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast was recorded at Bookhaus, an independent bookshop in Bristol. Robin was in conversation with our Hannah.


    The book is a delight and so too is this conversation. Download and listen now.


    show notes


    You can buy Robin's book here
    You can get tickets to Robin's next variety show here
    Hannah is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at UWE Bristol
    Bookhaus is an independent bookshop in Bristol
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 58 min
    Rosie Miles - Girl of the Wild

    Rosie Miles - Girl of the Wild

    Rosie Miles is truly the Girl of the Wild and her first book tells some of the stories of the last 10 years of her life working with wild animals in Africa. We read of encounters with snakes, big cats, elephants and so much more in this riveting book and Rosie joins Andrew for this episode of The Cosmic Shed.



    Rosie Miles (Girl of the Wild) @safari_smiles on Instagram



    Rosie and Andrew met several years ago when Rosie was studying science communication at UWE Bristol and the book is just the latest in Rosie's adventures. In this episode, you will hear about a potential second book which we all believe needs to become a reality...



    Rosie and colleagues hard at work @safari_smiles on Instagram


    You can buy the book here and, while you wait for it to arrive, you can listen to this spoiler free episode of The Cosmic Shed.


    show notes


    Buy Girl of the Wild: Misadventures in the African Bush here
    Apply to study Science Communication at UWE Bristol here 
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 33 min
    Jim Al-Khalili‘s Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything

    Jim Al-Khalili‘s Guide to Life, The Universe and Everything

    Jim Al-Khalili returns to The Cosmic Shed to talk about his new series which launches today on Magellan TV.



    Big topics in the new series from Jim Al-Khalili


    Jim is the Distinguished Chair of Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey, broadcaster, novelist and Vice-President of Humanists, UK. He's also making his third appearance on The Cosmic Shed as he joins Andrew to talk about the new series and all things life and physics.



    Jim Al-Khalili and Andrew at Cheltenham Science Festival


    Download to your favourite podcast app and listen now. Then pop over to Magellan TV and watch the new series from Jim.


    show notes


    Jim Al-Khalili featured in our Jurassic World episode back in 2015
    Andrew met Jim at Cheltenham Science Festival to talk Sun Fall
    Get your copy of Sun Fall by Jim Al-Khalili here
    Magellan TV is a streaming service for documentaries
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 26 min
    Science Fiction - A Guide for the Perplexed

    Science Fiction - A Guide for the Perplexed

    Sherryl Vint is Professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at University of California, Riverside and the author of Bodies of Tomorrow, Animal Alterity, and Science Fiction- A Guide for the Perplexed. Don't worry. You don't have to be perplexed to enjoy it. Professor Vint joins Andrew to talk all things science fiction in this episode of The Cosmic Shed podcast.



    Professor Vint's books explore science fiction from some fascinating angles


    Download to your favourite podcast app and listen now.


    show notes
    The Cosmic Shed is part of the Stimulus Network
    You can subscribe to The Cosmic Shed podcast

    • 47 min

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Great deep sci-fi discussions

If you're a fan of intelligent sci-fi you should really give a listen to these charming and intelligent folks talk about some great movies, tv shows, documentaries and other topics where science and pop culture intersect. I can't get enough, keep up the great work!

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