In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

Organs, Tissue and the Great Transplant Debate

Mike and Josh are joined by PhD researcher Lindsey-Claire Hogg to discuss the law around organ transplants, and specifically, tissue transplants in minors (children). In what proves to be a fascinating discussion, Lindsey outlines the different between organ and tissue transplants, how we define ‘minors’ and what we mean by informed consent. We never knew organ donation could be so interesting!

Academic Blogging

Mike and Josh chat to Emily Lynn, founder Let’s Talk Academia – an online community and blog founded in 2017. The blog has proven extremely popular with early career researchers, who have found it a great place to share their experiences of academic life, and the many challenges academia can bring.

Ghostwriting, AI and the Future of Essay Mills

Mike and Josh talk about the murky world of professional ghostwriting, and consider the impact AI may have on written media in the near future. With AI now capable of producing human-like written content, it won’t be long before AI are used by essay mills to create essays for students that bypass the normal plagiarism checks. Higher education is certainly in for a shock..

Digital Democracy: e-Voting and Online Elections

Voting and electoral systems have been in the news a lot recently. In this episode, Mike and Josh are joined by Ben Goldsworthy to discuss whether online voting (eVoting or iVoting) is the answer to enhance democracy and improve voter turnout.

The Podcasts Episode

Mike and Josh are joined by friend of the show, Claire McGann to chat about all things podcasts, including why they’ve risen to prominence, and what may become of them in the future.

Autonomous Weapon Systems and Killer Drones

Mike and Josh talk about the role of autonomous weapon systems (AWS), and some of the ethical issues that they present. They then move on to talk about semi-automated systems, such as drones, where the human can often prove the ‘weak link’ in the chain.

Academia and PhD Life

Mike and Josh are joined by Craig Jones to talk about the trials and challenges of academia, the marketisation of higher education, and the life of the doctoral student. Is academia really worth it? Listen and find out! [Contains mild swearing]

Book History with Claire McGann

Mike and Josh are joined by book historian Claire McGann to chat about her research into 17th century women’s prophesy, and what a title page says about a book. About Claire Claire McGann is PhD researcher at Lancaster University. Her…

The Stanstead 15

Mike and Josh discuss the curious case of the Stanstead Fifteen – a group of protesters tried for their role in preventing a Home Office deportation flight to Africa.

Genetics, Gender and Caster Semenya

Mike and Josh explore the curious case of Caster Semenya – a South African athlete whose hyperandrogenism arguably gives her a competitive advantage in the women’s 800m.

The Moral Machine

Mike and Josh discuss the implications of the Moral Machine experiment and the ethical variations of people from different countries and cultures.

In Conversation with… Craig Jones

In this episode, Mike and Josh chat with Craig Jones, a PhD researcher at Lancaster University. Craig’s research looks at ‘space colonialism’ and ethnofuturism. [Contains mild swearing]