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Brian Cox and Robin Ince host a witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes.

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Brian Cox and Robin Ince host a witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes.

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    Black Holes

    Black Holes

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Monty Python's Eric Idle, and cosmologists Dr Netta Engelhardt and Dr Janna Levin as they tackle one of the biggest challenges in cosmology. What happens when you throw something (Robin!) into a black hole? Is the information about Robin lost forever, or is there a chance, sometime in the far future, a super intelligent alien civilisation could piece back some key information to discover proof he ever existed? Are Robin and his cardigans lost for all eternity?

    Executive Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min
    The Wood Wide Web

    The Wood Wide Web

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Ted Lasso's Brendan Hunt, Professor of forest ecology and author of "The Mother Tree", Suzanne Simard and botanist Mark Spencer to discover how trees and plants communicate and what they are saying. Suzanne's incredible discovery that trees form a wood wide web of communication has changed our entire understanding of forests and how they work. With the help of amazing fungi, this incredible network of communication allows the trees and plants in a forest to pass information backwards and forwards to help protect themselves against predators and optimize resource. Incredibly, this could even be viewed as a form of intelligence. Brian and Robin find out how this should change the way we look at all plants, and in particular how we manage our forests and discover some of the secrets of those whispering trees.

    Executive Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min
    How to Teach Maths

    How to Teach Maths

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Sara Pascoe and number experts Prof Hannah Fry, Matt Parker and Prof David Speigelhalter as they learn what it takes to be good at maths.

    Exploring the Deep

    Exploring the Deep

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and musician Tim Minchin and oceanographers Diva Amon and Jon Copley to uncover what mysteries still lie at the bottom of our oceans. It is often said that we know more about the surface of the Moon then we do about our own ocean floor, but is that really true? What have modern-day explorers such as Diva and Jon discovered during their many expeditions to the deepest points of our oceans, and can they persuade Tim to join them on their next voyage? From extraordinary life forms with incredible survival strategies, to the gruesome sex life of the angler fish, the panel discuss some of the greatest discoveries of the last few years, and what questions they still hope to answer.

    Executive Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min
    Brains

    Brains

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Alan Davies and brain experts Uta Frith and Sophie Scott as discover why two brains are definitely better than one.

    Bats v Flies

    Bats v Flies

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince kick off the new series by tackling one of the greatest questions ever posed by science: which are better, bats or flies?

    Joining them for this unusual version of animal Top Trumps are a bat expert (Prof Kate Jones), a fly expert (Dr Erica McAlister) and Dave Gorman. Pitching arguably two of the least-lovable groups of creatures against each other, the battle for victory explores why we should favour flies or find bats beautiful. Although both are much maligned thanks to their association with some nasty diseases, Erica and Kate battle furiously to show why their respective species should be loved not loathed and how our planet would simply not be the same without them. Dave Gorman joins the panel in an attempt to help adjudicate.

    Executive Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

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Laugh and Learn

A kindly sense of humor is a form of high intelligence—okay, so is demonstration of an acerbic wit—and this show produces a healthy amount of witticism while listeners get to learn about things on a variety of interesting topics.

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Laugh track is awful

I was really excited for this podcast, seemed like a perfect mix of science delivered in an entertaining and funny way. The content was clearly there from what I heard. The laugh track is truly an inexcusable decision, it adds absolutely nothing and absolutely destroys any funny moments.

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The podcast

It’s so good and very interesting to discover how it was that good and funny

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