In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

Working in the home

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emily Cox-Palmer-White to discuss research around domestic labour and the distribution of work in the household.

What makes a robot ‘female’?

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emily Cox-Palmer-White to discuss her research on female androids, also known as ‘gynoids’, and the different ways they are depicted in fiction and wider society.

Dog breeding and dangerous dogs

Is there really such a thing as a ‘dangerous dog’? In this episode, Mike and Josh are joined by Kate Milroy to discuss this contentious issue, and the way owners treat their pets. Should a dog ever be put down because it’s considered ‘dangerous’? Tune in to find out!

The marketisation of Higher Education, and the impact of Covid-19

In this podcast, Mike and Josh discuss the marketisation of Higher Education, and the potential impact and ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The secret lives of vets

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a vet? In this episode, Mike and Josh are joined by Kate Milroy to discuss the secret lives of vets, and what it’s really like working with animals.

AI and the automation of art

Can AI ever produce art? What do we mean by art anyway? Mike and Josh consider the potential impact of AI and automated technologies on the world of art production and literature.

Animals, language, killing and death

Mike and Josh are joined by Dr Emma Franklin, a linguist whose research explores the language around death, and specifically, the killing of animals.

Isolation and the world after Covid-19

Mike and Josh are joined by Emma Franklin to talk about isolation and the changes to daily life brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. What will happen next? Mike, Josh and Emma share their thoughts on the world after Covid-19.

Coronavirus and the cult of the individual

Amidst growing fears surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, Mike and Josh talk about the impact of the virus and the extent to which individuals should be responsible for their own self-care.

Man Plus by Frederik Pohl

In the latest instalment of the In The Zone Book Club, Mike and Josh talk about Frederik Pohl’s Man Plus (1976) – a tale of biological transformation and computer control.

Vladislav Surkov and the politics of chaos

In this podcast, Mike and Josh talk about the enigmatic figure Vladislav Surkov, a man whose influence has helped Vladimir Putin cement his power, and who has overseen Russian policies in Ukraine.

Academic activism

What role does activism have to play in academia? Mike and Josh discuss all things politics in academia, and ask whether you can ever separate a researcher from the politics they bring to a discussion.