In Depth, Out Loud

A podcast from The Conversation UK
A selection of long form stories written by academic experts for The Conversation UK and read out loud for your listening pleasure.

Latest Episodes

Antisemitism: how the origins of history’s oldest hatred still hold sway today – podcast

There has been a surge in antisemitic incidents across the globe. Antisemitism rears its ugly head in every aspect of public life, whether internal debates within political parties or accusations of conspiratorial networks or plots in politics and business. This is the audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, which explores how prejudice against Jews has persisted throughout history…

1 Host: Gervase Phillips

The story of the Novichok nerve agents – podcast

In this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, listen to the story of how nerve agents were developed -- and used in an attack on a former Russian spy on the streets of the English city of Salisbury. You can read the text version of this article here. It’s read by Annabel Bligh for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere…

1 Host: Alastair Hay

The heartbreaking story of the flying mathematicians of World War I – podcast

In this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, listen to the story of the men of Britain's Royal Aircraft Factory who gave their lives to help create the world's first air force. You can read the text version of this article here. It’s read by Michael Parker for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast. The music in this podcast is Night Caves, by Lee Rosevere from the Free…

1 Host: Tony Royle

Africa’s missing Ebola outbreaks – podcast

In this audio version of an in depth article from The Conversation, hear about how the Cold War, dictators and cover-ups all conspired to bury evidence of past outbreaks of Ebola, making the deadly disease that much harder to handle during the 2014 outbreak that killed 11,000 people. You can read the text version of this article here. It's read by Gemma Ware for The Conversation's In Depth Out Loud…

1 Host: Derek Gatherer

Why life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – podcast

Life expectancy has been steadily improving in the UK for 110 years. Until now. A further million earlier deaths are now projected to happen across the country in the 40 years to 2058. Danny Dorling and Stuart Gietel-Basten dove into the latest life expectancy projections for this in depth article for The Conversation. It's read aloud by Annabel Bligh for The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast…

2 Hosts: Danny Dorling and Stuart Gietel-Basten

The IQ test wars: why screening for intelligence is still so controversial – podcast

Online IQ "quizzes" purport to be able to tell you whether or not "you have what it takes to be a member of the world’s most prestigious high IQ society". But despite this hype, the relevance, usefulness and legitimacy of the IQ test is still hotly debated among educators, social scientists, and hard scientists. To understand why, it’s important to understand the history underpinning the birth, development…

1 Host: Daphne Martschenko

How slimming became an obsession with women in post-war Britain – podcast

Woman’s Own was one of the most popular post-war women’s magazines in Britain. Once the food rationing of the war years ended, the magazine began pedalling a slimming mantra. By the mid-1960s, it had elevated dieting to centre stage of its weekly beauty advice. Many of today's weight-loss diets bear striking similarities with those of the 50s and 60s. Listen to the story of how Woman's Own magazine…

1 Host: Myriam Wilks-Heeg

Buggery, bribery and a committee: the story of how gay sex was decriminalised in Britain – podcast

Gay men should show their thanks by "comporting themselves quietly and with dignity". So said Lord Arran, the man who shepherded the landmark law that partially decriminalised sex between men through parliament in 1967. It was a long time in coming and left a lot to be desired for gay men. Listen to the fascinating in-depth story of how the 1967 Sexual Offences Act came to pass and the legacy it had…

1 Host: Chris Ashford

Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution – podcast

Twenty years on from Deep Blue vs Kasparov: how a chess match started the big data revolution – podcast.

Twenty years ago, the world looked on in amazement as humanity’s best chess player was beaten by a computer for the first time. While Deep Blue’s victory over Garry Kasparov in New York in May 1997 may have made it seem that computers were learning to think like us, in fact it showed why it was better to be a machine. What followed was the realisation that we could put computers to work on changing…

1 Host: Mark Robert Anderson

A visit to Pyongyang: the Kim dynasty’s homage to Stalinism – podcast

In this first episode of The Conversation's new In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories, we take a visit to Pyongyang. As despotic personality cults go, Stalin's example still leads the pack. But North Korea's ruling family have taken it to a new extreme. Written by Colin Alexander and read by Michael Parker. You can read the text version of this article here…

1 Host: Colin Alexander

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