In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

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.

Destitution and human rights

What is destitution, and how can we define destitution in law? Mike and Josh are joined by Luke Graham (Law) to discuss this fascinating new area of research.

The Chaos of War

How do armed forces seek to rationalise the chaos of war? Is it even possible? Mike and Josh discuss the use of technology during the Vietnam War and the infamous Operation Igloo White. They go on explore the implications of technology-led warfare, and ask whether there can ever be such a thing as too much information for commanders to digest.

The Digital Archive

What data should we store for posterity? How do we decide what to keep and what to throw away? In this episode, Mike and Josh discuss the digital archive, and the issues with long term data storage and the internet.

Micro-Transactions in Gaming

Mike and Josh discuss the ever-increasing use of microtransactions in gaming, and their impact on gaming communities and the wider economy. They also discuss the thorny issue of loot boxes, and the way games publishers are introducing gambling through the back door.

The Living and the Dead

What happens to our data when we die? Mike and Josh chat about the growing trend in online memorialisation, with social media pages being turned into digital monuments for the dead. Is it ethical? Is it even in good taste? Tune in to find out!

Subscription Culture – Is it Good For Us?

Is subscription culture making us lazy? Mike and Josh chat about the many pros and cons of subscriptions services with friend of the show Lindsey-Claire Hogg. From Netflix and Spotify to the benefits of unified platforms, there are many questions to be answered, including what this means for the High Street, and does it really offer us more choice? Listen in to find out…

The Living Machine

Are AI really alive? Can they ever be alive? Mike and Josh take on the big questions, and more, as they wonder what it means to be alive, what it means to be human, and what we mean by ‘human’ in the first place.

Getting Things Done

Mike and Josh are joined by friend of the show Emily Lynn to chat about all things work-related. From productivity apps and resources, to tips on how to get down to writing, this podcast will help you focus your efforts and get things done!

Human Enhancement and the Body Hackers

What is human enhancement and where will it take us next? Mike and Josh are joined by Lindsey-Claire Hogg to chat about all things enhancement-related from sport and athletics to back-street clinics, robot surgeons and body hackers. Definitely not one to be missed!