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Dean of Trinity Business School Andrew Burke has entrepreneurship in his roots, but as a former band musician and young student from Dublin he certainly didn't predict where he'd end up. Andrew has led the business school through many successes, evolving from a school to a community, and a sustainable one at that.…
 
The Hologram, once at home in a sci-fi universe has made its way through our TV screens and into the world we live in.Here, Professor Aljosa Smolic, SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies at Trinity discusses what a hologram is, how they are made and why they're not going away any time soon.…
 
In this fascinating podcast Professor Luke O’Neill FRS, and the author Conrad Keating discuss some of the decisive moments that have shaped global health over the past half century. Their wide-ranging conversation is framed by the content of Keating’s forthcoming book The Decisive Moments: Tore Godal and the Rise of Global Health. Keating’s book ex…
 
Trinity's Consultant Neurologist Dr Orla Hardiman sat down with us to discuss her research in Motor-Neuron Disease, she sees most new cases in Ireland every year. In her impressive career she has set up more than 10 clinics, some of which have been replicated throughout the world. We discuss everything from googling your symptoms (please no) to shi…
 
Brian Lucey is an intriguing twitter-happy top economist and world expert on gold. Here he chats with Tom Molloy on investing strategies, predictions future currency and why economics is called the dismal science. Listen in to get a quick lesson from a world-renowned expert.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
If you don't know Shane's work, you should. He wrote the book on torture (doesn't work) and walking (works a treat) and is often contacted by lawyers from Guantanamo Bay to cite his research in trials of prisoners. He's been quoted in UN policy and was on CIA's radar. Listen in as we try and work out how he does it all, while walking.…
 
Everyone here knows Professor Jane Stout for reintroducing bees on campus and increasing Trinity's biodiversity. What she's working on is vital; 75% of crops are animal pollinated, 90% for wild plants. Listen in on the simple ways we can help increase habitat for pollinators and do our part.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
Martina Mullin explains how getting healthy is a series of small changes throughout your day, it doesn't have to be an hour at the gym or a complete reboot of your diet. She also discusses trends in health and what we need to do going forward to ensure that progress doesn't get reversed.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
Assistant Professor Dr Deirdre Daly set out to be a nurse, never wanted to be a midwife. Then after a compulsory course in the subject, she couldn't turn away. She's become a leading expert in midwifery and women's health after motherhood. She has created an online resource for mothers to help them thrive after childbirth, not just put up with thin…
 
This movie went from zero to “might win J.Lo an Oscar” in no time at all. As a woman-directed female-led crime story, we couldn’t wait to see it. Show notes: Hustlers (2019) - IMDb The Hustlers at Scores -- The Cut How Hustlers Conveys The Female Gaze Hustlers: What the Real-Life Inspiration for Jennifer Lopez’s Stripper Thinks of the Film | Vanity…
 
Trinity's Methodist Chaplain in residence and all-around great character, the Rev Dr Julian 'Jules' Hamilton is a favourite among students here. Listen in to find out why and hear all about the famously inspiring event he co-founded: The Good Summit at Trinity College Dublin.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
We didn’t really want to watch this, but we absolutely had to be part of the conversation. When people start maligning our much-loved comic book movies and thinking they can do it better, we need to get in there and see for ourselves. Joaquin Phoenix plays this (apparently) grittier, more realistic version of the Joker, directed by The Hangover’s T…
 
Masters student Lyndsay Walsh has won a few significant awards in her relatively short career and she's got momentum. Listen in as we talk about what got her interested in Natural Sciences and what we all need to do to play our part to make Ireland and the world more sustainable.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
In 2018, documentary filmmaker Rachel Lear’s followed four non-traditional female candidates for the congressional primaries. One of those candidates was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and so this film has a ringside seat to the rise of one of the most exciting new progressive voices of our age. Show notes: Knock Down the House (2019) - IMDb A Tale of Tw…
 
Assistant Professor of Economics Ronan Lyons talks us through what is really wrong with housing in Dublin and Ireland in general. He even has a formula for what you should be willing to pay for a house. Listen in as we talk land use, high cost of building and how to avoid getting in trouble on social media.…
 
Brad Pitt is getting some later-career Oscar buzz for this performance as a lone astronaut journeying across the solar system to find his missing dad. We love a good sci-fi, and that premise had us intrigued. Show notes: Ad Astra (2019) - IMDb 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - IMDb First Man (2018) - IMDb Interstellar (2014) - IMDb Gravity (2013) - IM…
 
This new Netflix sci-fi may be only a middling look at motherhood, but less than 24 hours after this episode was recoded, Mel gave birth. Starring Hillary Swank, newcomer Clara Rugaard and a robot voiced by Rose Byrne, this film tells the story of a robot raising human children in a secure facility designed to repopulate the ruined Earth. Shot in 3…
 
Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal and Ben Affleck in a Netflix movie? As former special forces soldiers taking on South American drug lords? Count us in! A new instalment of the long-running ‘Katie watches Oscar Isaac’s entire filmography’ series. Show notes: Triple Frontier (2019) - IMDb A Most Violent Year (2014) - IMDb We love hearing from listeners! Tw…
 
Mindy Kaling gave Emma Thompson the great gift of this role as the host of a long-running late night show facing oblivion as her show nears three decades on air. Kaling takes her expert-level rom-com game and applies it here to the story of a diversity hire in a white, male world, taking us on a tour of how race and gender play out in Hollywood wit…
 
Trinity student Jessica Garska is a tutor on Trinity's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programme. In this podcast she shares her top tips for non-native English speakers when it comes to academic writing and getting settled in to college. In five words she says 'it's all about the meaning'. Listen in to find out what language supports are avail…
 
Chris Pine in a Netflix movie! Where he gets naked! Sign us up! Our favourite Starfleet Captain/Superhero Love Interest/Indie Darling takes on the juicy role of 12th century rebel Scottish leader Robert the Bruce, ably supported by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Tony Curran, and reteaming with Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie. Show notes: Outl…
 
Trinity College Dublin and Tangent have launched postgraduate certificates in Dublin, Cavan, Waterford, Tipperary, and Longford aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs and those who wish to bring innovative solutions to their organisations. Listen in as we get all the details from the programme director Allyson Lambert , former student Louise Quinn and Com…
 
The Fast & Furious franchise gives its two biggest stars their own spin-off, and finally teams The Rock with Jason Statham (ably assisted by Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby). The explosions are as big as the muscles as car nerdery gives way to more generic, physics-denying stunts, exotic locations and showy cameos as Universal wrings every last dollar…
 
Disney’s nostalgia goldmine continues to deliver with a live-action (CGI-action?) remake of everyone’s childhood favourite The Lion King, directed by friend of the pod Jon Favreau. How long will they keep making these? Are we part of the problem for giving them attention? Did Mel really take her two-week old to a screening? the answers are: until i…
 
Trinity's Professor of Genetics Dan Bradley talks about piecing together the human story through ancient DNA, what the massive migrations through Europe mean to us and which population remained virtually untouched by all of this.How can 1 in 5 people in Donegal have the same relatively recent male ancestor? He talks genetic fingerprints, time-trave…
 
We missed this highly-regarded film from Korean director Park Chan-Wook (director of one of our oft-overlooked favourites, Stoker) because it missed out on an Australian release back in 2016. Based on an English novel, it tells the story of two women brought together in unusual circumstances in Japanese-ruled Korea in the 1930s. We finally caught i…
 
Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man takes Europe, and helps Marvel audiences recover from the Endgame! We were a little late in getting this episode out, due to the small matter of the arrival of a new human. Show notes: Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) - IMDb 'My Cousin Vinny' 25th Anniversary: The Scene That Won Marisa Tomei Her Oscar Marisa T…
 
There are some people that are so engaging you could just listen to them for hours. Trinity's Professor of Early Modern History is certainly one of them. He makes a compelling argument for why you should be paying attention to History whether you like it or not.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
Fresh off winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the latest film from Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho hits cinemas. It’s less supernatural than his other work, but no less intense. We get into it. Show notes: Parasite (2019) - IMDb Snowpiercer (2013) - IMDb The Handmaiden (2016) - IMDb Roma (2018) - IMDb Us (2019) - IMDb The Host (2006) - IMDb We love…
 
Director of Advancement in the Trinity Development and Alumni office, Kate Bond, has a chat with us on what it is like to work on a campaign that aims to raise €400 million and inspire 150,000 volunteering hours, to help the University realise its vision and inspire many generations to come.By Katie S. Byrne and Tom Molloy
 
After their successful team-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth join forces in an attempt to revitalise the Men In Black franchise. Show notes: Men in Black: International (2019) - IMDb What is a wonk? | Wonkhe | People (79) Les Twins: World Of Dance The Qualifiers 2017 [HQ] - YouTube We love hearing from listene…
 
It’s the X-Men movie you forgot was happening! The younger generation of mutants re-tell the story of Jean Grey’s metamorphosis into Dark Phoenix. Sophie Turner, aka Sansa Stark, is in the title role, but the franchise also features the not-insignificant talents of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer “I w…
 
Hot on the heels of the mega-hit Bohemian Rhapsody, Elton John gets the movie musical treatment from uncredited Rhapsody (co-)director Dexter Fletcher and hot Welsh double threat Taron Egerton. Unlike that film, Rocketman takes a more fantastical approach, crafting a good old fashioned musical from Elton’s wonderful back catalogue. Unusually for a …
 
There aren't many student newspapers that the national media pay attention to, but the University Times is one. Editors looking for ideas are known to pick up stories from Trinity's largest student newspaper, which was led by our guest Edmund Heaphy from 2015-2016. This former Student Journalist of the Year and youngest ever University Times editor…
 
Disney continues its “let’s re-make our beloved animated properties as live action” cash grab with Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1992 classic. Will Smith takes on Genie duties, joined by sweet newcomers Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine. Show notes: Aladdin (2019) - IMDb Aladdin (1992) - IMDb Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizie…
 
Hailing from Harvard and MIT, Trinity's Ruth Britto could very well be the next scientist to discover a new principle of physics. Her research looks at the nature of our universe and what it is made of through mathematical equations. She even knows who feeds equations to Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, but doesn't quite claim to be a fan of th…
 
After a surprise hit, John Wick got a sequel. Now it’s become a franchise, and you know what that means: bigger names, bigger fights and a bigger universe. We process our feelings about this. Show notes: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) - IMDb Keanu Reeves' Profound Answer To A Question About The Afterlife Will Make You Feel All The Things …
 
Anne-Marie Diffley is the Visitor Services Manager for the Book of Kells and Long Room, which were visited by a record one million guests last year. People come from all over to see the Book of Kells, the famous 9th century manuscript of the four gospels. Its fame comes from the remarkable artwork that has since permeated Irish society. Visitors co…
 
Is this a cute, funny way for the Pokémon franchise to make its way to the big screen? Or wacky Ryan Reynolds vanity project? Two Pokémon newbies investigate! Show notes: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) - IMDb Detective Pikachu and the case of the highest grossing media franchise of all time | Film | The Guardian We love hearing from listeners! Tw…
 
Jonathan Coleman is Professor of Chemical Physics at Trinity and he's made some pretty impressive discoveries by applying his research to things we use everyday, from phones to computers to milk cartons. Nanomaterials are basically the ultimate upgrade. He makes a strong case for why Ireland needs to take a page out of China's book and get the bala…
 
It’s here! The most anticipated finale in history. Who lives, who dies, who tells the story? No spoilers for the first five minutes of the podcast (see the chapter markers), followed by 80 minutes of intense discussion, and more than a few disagreements. Show notes: Avengers: Endgame (2019) - IMDb 'Avengers: Endgame' includes a gay character - but …
 
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