In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

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.

The US Space Force vs Starfleet Command

As the US government announces the launch of its brand-new ‘Space Force’, Mike and Josh discuss some of the issues and implications around the new military service.

Irregular warriors and mercenary soldiers

Mike and Josh discuss the concept of the ‘irregular warrior’, from the mercenary soldier to the partisan or guerrilla fighter, and the blurred lines between the citizen, the soldier and the state.

First anniversary special

It’s our first birthday! To celebrate, Mike and Josh reminisce about previous shows, and some of the most interesting topics and memorable guests.

‘Good guys’ revisited

Mike and Josh return to the topic of the ‘good guys’ in law and war, and discuss just when and how it might be acceptable to bend the rules to save a life.

The noir crime fiction of James Ellroy

In the latest instalment of the In The Zone Book Club, Josh talks about the writer James Ellroy – an author who courts no small amount of controversy in his topics and approach to character.

2019: a year in review

Mike and Josh look back over some of the major events of 2019, from authoritarianism and political unrest to fires in the Amazon and the climate change emergency.

The cult of Christmas

In a special festive episode of the podcast, Mike and Josh talk about all things Christmas, and the way concepts of Christmas are being ever-shaped by big business and the pressure to consume at all costs.

Flowers for Algernon

In the first instalment of the In The Zone Book Club, Mike talks about his favourite novel, Flowers for Algernon (1966), and some of the philosophical implications of Charlie Gordon’s journey to genius.