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Are you a naturally curious person? Following on from the Royal Society of Edinburgh's successful Tea & Talk series held during their Curious 2019 summer events programme, the concept has been developed for a digital format to provide access to experts talking on a wide range of subjects and provide the opportunity for listeners to learn something new, expand their horizons and hear from national and world experts in their respective disciplines.
 
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Scintillating comic, podcaster, and co-host of “Gigless”, one of the online success stories of the last year, Catherine Bohart knows herself inside out and has a powerful mental toolkit for comedy. We dig into her past life as a former university debate superstar, and find out how it helped her stand-up as well her understanding of herself as a que…
 
Gloriously disgusting double-act The Delightful Sausage is comprised of jointly and severally brilliant Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill, for whom every line is a rug-pull, every image a rat being sick. We talk about world-building, and the bible that holds the secret geography and population of “Icklewick”; how they aim for mainstream success in ot…
 
“Come for the musical theatre, stay for the trauma!” That was the manifesto of the “Asda Kate Bush” Sooz Kempner, on her debut hour, an extraordinary verbatim performance of the real email her father sent to her mother, that led to divorce. We talk about upbringing as the only girl that didn’t do ballet, and how that inspired her self-belief; learn…
 
There are mountains of lateral flow tests to do, but most importantly the kids are back! With almost 110 days away from face-to-face teaching what new challenges have emerged on their return, and what strategies are teachers putting in place to help? Also this episode, Alfie Payne the businessman who employs 7 people, running a company with interna…
 
On the eve of his first solo Netflix special, one of South Africa’s finest comedy exports returns to the show to discuss the challenges of filming a show in Covid times, and the influence of his movie-grown director in planning the shoot. We talk with double Emmy-nominated Loyiso about compromising decisions on and off TV; his aim to improve rather…
 
Comedian and go-getter Ramon Rivas lives in abundance as an artist, despite his lack of financial privilege. Interviewed in his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, we talk about his realisation that audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 were perceiving him as white, and explore what that culture shock meant for how he views himself. We discuss how hustle…
 
Russian-born and raised in Surrey at an American school, Olga Koch is a fiercely funny act with unique perspectives that aren’t simply confined to her unusual backstory. We talk about her background in computer science and find some parallels between jokes and code; talk about the difference in-between her comic voice onstage and on Twitter; and le…
 
Bethany Black makes a powerfully funny connection with her fanbase, and has been wielding it to great effect over the course of her heavily-shielded pandemic experience. We explore the effect on her work of her concurrent diagnoses with autism, ADHD and agoraphobia, and discuss how her fanbase consists of people just like her, rather than the cool …
 
Energetic, elastic and totally committed to being “the toughest kid on the estate” when it comes to his ability to get laughs, Russell Kane has firm ideas about his precise place in the comedy firmament. We talk about the creative power of his exceptional on-stage energy; his surprising reaction to Stewart Lee’s material about him; his unerring abi…
 
Head writer for “The Mash Report”, show-runner for “Hello America” on Quibi, and profoundly nice man, Tom Neenan has a practised ease with pulling jokes out of thin air. He’s also a comcompletist and one of the nicest people in the industry. We talk about his entry into the business as a recipient of the BBC writer’s bursary, how a position as staf…
 
Winner and still holder of the 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award, Jordan Brookes’ marriage of stand-up and clowning is an absolutely extraordinary experience. He deftly walks a tightrope between frankness and insincerity, observing the observers, and mining material from the problem of self-reflection. And if you think that sounds pretentious you’re goin…
 
Palliative care doctor & campaigner Rachel Clarke, better known as @doctor_oxford on Twitter, is on this week's episode of Full Disclosure with James O'Brien. In her most recent book, ‘Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a time of Pandemic’, Dr Clarke writes what it was really like inside the NHS for patients, staff and families during the first wave o…
 
Bonus Episode! As an end-of-year special we thought we would share this illuminating and entertaining conversation between award-winning actor and comedian Janey Godley and Kirsty Wark FRSE. Recorded as part of the Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission, this interview investigates some of the ways in which communication has become important during the p…
 
Zach, Mark and Broden return to the podcast on one of the last stops of the campaign trail for their new Netflix special “Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House Of Fun”. It’s an extraordinary achievement, as they bring exactly what’s brilliant about their live work to the TV, and it will have you breathless with laughter. Purveyors of, in the words of one Com…
 
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission. In Episode 5, RSE Chief Executive, Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Professor Nia…
 
There's going viral, and then there's Uncle Roger. His MSG-loving, rice-reviewing, phone-case wearing archetypical Asian uncle character has seen Nigel Ng jump from 20,000 to 2.8M YouTube subscribers during the pandemic. Now he returns after only a few months to talk about what winning the YouTube lottery has taught him. We talk about how he'd prep…
 
Welcome back for another series of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's 'Tea & Talk' Podcast; a series of conversations with some of Scotland's leading authorities on the impact of Covid-19, featuring Fellows of the RSE and members of their Post-Covid-19 Futures Commission. In Episode 4, RSE Chief Executive, Rebekah Widdowfield chats with Caroline Gard…
 
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