Tom Newman

Newman

Tom Newman discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known:

1. The Beatles: largely forgotten 1960s beat combo – http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/the-10-best-forgotten-beatles-songs.html

2. United Fighting Championship: Brazilian jujitsu – http://wereabigdeal.com/a-beginners-guide-to-a-grown-mans-fantasy-ufc/

3. Gattaca: sci-fi film about eugenics – http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/24/gattaca-at-20-why-its-still-one-of-the-best-sci-fi-movies-around-7023410/

4. The origins of Christianity: how you nearly never heard of Jesus – http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/christianityromanempire_article_01.shtml

5. The idea of free will as an illusion: are you driving your car or are you in the passenger seat? – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-free-will-an-illusion/

6. Multiplicity: Michael Keaton plays four versions of himself – http://www.chicagonow.com/hammervision/2011/04/in-defense-of-multiplicity/

Thomas Williams

Thomas-Williams

Thomas Williams discusses six things which he thinks should be better known:

1. Health economics: saving lives does not save money in the long run – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_economics

2. The busiest railway stations: almost all of them are in Japan – https://japantoday.com/category/features/travel/the-51-busiest-train-stations-in-the-world-all-but-6-located-in-japan

3. Sequencing DNA: you can do it on your laptop – http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21732083-small-portable-devices-plug-laptops-taking-dna-sequencing

4. Prevalence of asthmatics in sport: asthma is no barrier to winning Olympic medals – http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/29/elite-athletes-asthma-simon-yates-team-sky-swimmers

5. Changing perceptions of euthanasia: the public used to be less hostile towards it – http://www.encyclopedia.com/medicine/divisions-diagnostics-and-procedures/medicine/euthanasia

6. Churchill’s role at Gallipoli: the strategy was correct, after all – http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/gallipoli-was-not-churchills-great-folly-20110413-1ddzb.html

Maria Donovan and Anna Carlisle

This week, Maria Donovan and Anna Carlisle discuss with Ivan six things which should be better known.

1. Edmund Dene Morel: political activist and reformer of the slave trade in the Belgian Congo – http://www.bouncing-balls.com/timeline/people/nr_leopoldmorel.htm
2. Ben Bulben Mountain: historic mountain range in Sligo – http://www.adventurous-travels.com/posts/ben-bulben-mountain-and-glencar-waterfall-and-lake-county-sligo-ireland
3. “What’s the lowlight of your holiday?”: sometimes the negative holiday stories are the best – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/worst-holidays-from-hell/
4. Monopoly Deal: card game variation on board game classic – http://www.boardgamereviewsbyjosh.com/2013/01/monopoly-deal-review.html
5. Lady Denman: strong independent woman and originator of pronunciation of Canberra – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-02/lord-and-lady-denman-in-australia-exhibition/7677874
6. Cell Workout: LJ Flanders’ exercise regime for prisoners – http://www.russellwebster.com/lj-flanders-story-beyond-cell-workout/

Ivan Wise

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This week, Ivan Wise discusses six things which he thinks should be better known

1. Nothing Sacred: one of the finest film comedies, starring Carole Lombarde – http://sensesofcinema.com/2011/cteq/nothing-sacred/

2. Charles Lamb: essayist and author of Tales from Shakespeare – http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44519/the-old-familiar-faces

3. Rosewood Thieves: American folk-rock band – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ARPHwygl8A

4. Takin’ Home the Asylum: BBC drama about mental health, and David Tennant’s first starring role – http://www.theguardian.com/society/2008/jun/04/mentalhealth

5. Parkinson’s Law of Triviality: how committees spend most of their time on trivia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_triviality

6. Cyrus Field: the man behind the transatlantic cable – http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/11/books/the-cable-guy.html

Ezekiel Jacob

 

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Ezekiel Jacob discusses with Ivan Wise six things which he thinks should be better known:

  1. The evolution of powered flight in birds: why birds learnt to fly and why others did not – www2.gwu.edu/~darwin/BiSc151/Birds/Birds.HTML

 

  1. The Varangian Guard: an elite unit of the Byzantine army, featuring Harold Hardrada –www.realmofhistory.com/2016/04/20/10-fascinating-facts-varangian-guard/

 

  1. Chaser’s War on Everything: an Australian satirical sketch show – www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X3aqifX66E

 

  1. Kublai Khan’s failed invasions of South East Asia: Genghis’ grandson takes China but fails to take Japan, Java or Vietnam – www.thoughtco.com/the-mongol-invasions-of-japan-195559

 

  1. Molesworth: books written by Geoffrey Willans and illustrated by Ronald Searle – www.lrb.co.uk/v22/n04/thomas-jones/swete-lavender

 

  1. Caledonian Orogeny: a geologist’s explanation for the 2014 Scottish referendum – www.geolsoc.org.uk/Plate-Tectonics/Chap4-Plate-Tectonics-of-the-UK/Caledonian-Orogeney

David Singleton

Singleton

This week, David Singleton talks to Ivan Wise about six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Tardigrades http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20150313-the-toughest-animals-on-earth

2. Fractals https://mathigon.org/world/Fractals

3. William Shockley http://www.pbs.org/transistor/album1/shockley/shockley3.html

4. Strangford Lough http://www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk

5. Kottke.org https://kottke.org/

6. Super 8 http://www.straight8.net/

Jonny Forbes

Forbes

This week, Jonny Forbes talks to Ivan Wise about six things which he thinks should be better known.

1. Extreme heavy metal of the past thirty years – an overview of death metal, thrash metal and other key developments: www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.338…2015.00272/full

2. Benefits to mental health of juggling – throwing balls in the air is good for you in lots of ways: www.jugglingworld.biz/more-juggling-…circus-skills/

3. Slovenia as tourist destination – Ljubljana is just the tip of the iceberg: www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinat…ia-attractions/

4. Medical benefits of psychedelic drugs – David Nutt and the research into how drugs can help those with depression: sapiensoup.com/medical-benefits-…psychedelic-drugs

5. I’m a Cyborg but that’s OK – South Korean romantic comedy film from the director of the Vengeance trilogy: www.denofgeek.com/movies/6572/eiff…-thats-ok-review

6. British invasion in comics – Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and how superheroes became flawed: www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/03/how-the-…world-of-comics/