In The Zone

Interesting chats with Mike and Josh

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.

Soldiers and states: who are the ‘good guys’ in war?

Who are the ‘good guys’ in war? And why is it important that we are seen to be doing the right thing? In this podcast, Mike and Josh discuss the case of Marine Gallagher, a US Navy Seal who was tried for warcrimes and found guilty of taking a photo with a dead detainee.

Gender and AI

Why are so many digital voices female? Why do we ‘prefer’ female voices to male? In this episode, Mike and Josh discuss the question of gender and AI, and some of the many factors that have led us to a world dominated by ‘female’ digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana.

The death of the high street

Mike and Josh consider the death of the high street, and the impact of technology on the way we shop for goods. They also discuss the role of libraries, among other things, and how the market has slowly eroded the heart of many local communities. Is more regulation the answer? Download the latest episode to find out.

Academic self-publishing

Mike and Josh turn their attention to the world of academic self-publishing, and whether the freedom granted by online platforms and print-on-demand technology can help overcome the many issues associated with academia and the dissemination of knowledge.