In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

The university campus and the academic ‘bubble’

Is there really such a big difference between campus and city universities? Mike and Josh share their thoughts about campus life and the university bubble.

The future of automation

Are we heading to a fully-automated future? If so, what are we going to do with all our spare time? Mike and Josh discuss the future of automation and the implications of automation for the jobs market and future of the human race.

Women and terrorism

Mike and Josh are joined by Rosie Mutton to discuss the role of women in terrorist organisations, and the many ‘invisible’ roles they perform that maintain and sustain the continued existence of the group.

Super-soldiers in sci-fi

In this episode, Mike and Josh discuss some of the early depictions of super-soldiers in science fiction, from Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959) to Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War (1974).

Academic social media

Is Twitter really the best place to share your research? Mike and Josh discuss the murky world of academic social media, where those who shout the loudest get the most attention…

Bad Science and the anti-vax movement

Why do people believe in homeopathy, and who’s to blame for the controversial anti-vax movement? Mike and Josh discuss Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, and the dangerous implications of the ‘bad science’ used to justify irrational and unethical beliefs.

Gym culture

Mike and Josh are joined by Kurtis Cusimano to talk about strength sports and the culture around weightlifting, powerlifting and the World’s Strongest Man.

Academic job hunting

Mike and Josh share their thoughts on the academic jobs market, and the many barriers stopping early career researchers making it in academia.

Digital archiving revisited

Mike and Josh are joined by Claire McGann to talk about the digitisation of historic archives, and the various pros and cons of the digitisation process.

Football and identity

What makes a ‘football person’? Is there such a thing as a ‘proper fan’? Mike and Josh are joined by Luke Graham to discuss issues of identity and gatekeeping in football.

Neuroplasticity and the addictions of the brain

How and why do we form addictions? How do we resolve them? Mike and Josh are joined by Kurtis Cusimano to talk about neuroplasticity and the way addictions are formed.

Writing desks and the way we write

Is our writing space important? What do our writing desks say about us? Mike and Josh are joined by Claire McGann to discuss all things writing-related, with a chat about writing desks and the way we write.