Best social sciences podcasts we could find (Updated June 2018)
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Social Science Bites is a podcast series interviewing major figures in social science, made in association with SAGE
 
The Science of Social Media is your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and inspiration. Every Monday (and sometimes more) we share the most cutting-edge social media marketing strategies from brands and influencers in every industry. If you're a social media team of one, business owner, marketer, or someone simply interested in social media marketing, you're sure to find something useful in each episode. It's our hope that you'll join our 14,000+ listeners ea ...
 
Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that searches for the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental health care worldwide. This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care. We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change. ...
 
Welcome to the SSR or the Social Science Review. This podcast aims to enlighten anyone who wants to expand or begin their knowledge in social science. Within the SSR we look at Sociology Psychology Philosophy in weekly episodes. Thank you for listening.
 
Sound thinking: podcasts of current research
 
A Fan of The Art of Charm, Jordan Harbinger, RSD, Pickup, PUA, Confidence, Relationship Advice, Social Science, and relationships
 
Pipes Output
 
A podcast in which social scientists, philosophers and researchers discuss the themes and works of science fiction.
 
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Social Sciences
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Social Sciences
 
Les podcast de la diffusion des savoirs.
 
Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that searches for the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental health care worldwide. This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care. We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change. ...
 
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
 
Social Sciences Courses
 
Social and Political Sciences
 
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Witness
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History as told by the people who were there.
 
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The History Hour
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An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
 
Political and Social Sciences - Back to Class with Brown Faculty
 
All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to History… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
 
Each week Social Media Science explores cutting edge strategies for using technology and social interactivity to maximize both online and offline success. Their globally accessible podcast is called: Social Media Science Today. They provide valuable recommendations based on their own findings, as well as other leading experts. The topics are ideal for corporations, local businesses, SEO firms, PR/Reputation management firms, and any others looking to gain a competitive advantage in the new d ...
 
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Flash Forward
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A show about possible and not so possible futures. From space pirates to conscious robots to the end of antibiotics. Hosted by Rose Eveleth.
 
Social Science - Audio
 
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Philosophy Bites
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top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics
 
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Invisibilia
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Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.
 
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Philosophy Now
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Podcasts from philosophynow.org, home of the most widely read philosophy magazine in the world, Philosophy Now.
 
The #1 Evidence Based Growth Podcast on the Internet. The Science of Success is about the search for evidence based personal growth. It's about exploring ways to improve your decision-making, understand your mind and how psychology rules the world around you, and learn from experts and thought leaders about ways we can become better versions of ourselves.
 
School of Social Sciences and Philosophy
 
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What's The Point
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A show about our data age. Each week, Jody Avirgan brings you stories and interviews on how data is changing lives.
 
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How To Do Everything
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We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
 
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Presidential
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The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episode ...
 
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Hidden Brain
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Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
 
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Very Bad Wizards
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Very Bad Wizards is a podcast featuring a philosopher (Tamler Sommers) and a psychologist (David Pizarro), who share a love for ethics, pop culture, and cognitive science, and who have a marked inability to distinguish sacred from profane. Each podcast includes discussions of moral philosophy, recent work on moral psychology and neuroscience, and the overlap between the two.
 
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Tides of History
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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
 
The Philosopher's Zone looks at the world of philosophy and at the world through philosophy. The program addresses the big philosophical questions and arguments. It also explores what philosophical analysis can contribute to our understanding of some of the fundamental and perplexing issues that face the world today.
 
We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcas ...
 
A podcast on the history of Germans.
 
A History of Appalachia, One Story at a Time
 
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Philosophize This!
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Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
 
The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.
 
A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.
 
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BackStory
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BackStory is a weekly public podcast hosted by U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman. We're based in Charlottesville, Va. at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.Each week we take a topic that people are talking about and explore it through the lens of American history. Through stories, interviews, and conversation with our listeners, we make history engaging and fun.
 
Cara Santa Maria is a science communicator, television host, producer, and journalist. She is excited to present "Talk Nerdy," a place for conversations with interesting people about interesting topics.
 
Clear Lens is a podcast that interviews guests that inspire and educate others to have a more fulfilling life. I interview guests with perspectives in Health and Wellness, Emotional Intelligence, Psychology, Social Science, Leadership, and Killer Life Experience that can inspire others to have a more fulfilling life.
 
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History of Japan
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A weekly podcast on Japanese history, covering everything from prehistory to the modern era. Additional information available at the podcast blog, at www.historyofjapan.wordpress.com
 
The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. Here on The Anthropocene Reviewed, we review different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale.
 
First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
 
Interviews with Historians about their New Books
 
Podcast by Ottoman History Podcast
 
In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.
 
Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds take on one subject from American history each week.
 
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Episode 8 - In this episode, I'm joined by Khya Brooks, who is discussing what Zombie Geography is, and when and how you would use it. For the resources mentioned, visit https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13Vn5hxycqpyTUaTpu8Y-Y9PyHAWuHQItPlease subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
This podcast is drawn from a Progress Educational Trust (PET) event called Putting Your Genome to Work: For the NHS, for Industry, for the UK Post-Brexit Chair: Sarah Norcross, Director of PET Speakers: Dr Eliot Forster, Chair of MedCity Dr Edward HockingsFounding Director of Ethics and Genetics Dr Athena Matakidou, Head of Clinical Genomics at ...…
 
Episode 7 - In this episode, I'm joined by Brendan Mitchell (@C21_Teaching), who is discussing what flipped learning is, and how it can be used in a primary school setting.Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Maxwell Ward talks to Dr Lawrence Rosenthal, chair of the Berkeley Centre for Right-Wing Studies, about the Alt-Right’s unlikely journey into the mainstream of US politics and their more recent struggles. What are their ambitions? What do they really think of Donald Trump? And where do they go from here? But the first thing Maxwell wanted to kn ...…
 
Episode 6 - In this episode, I'm joined by Summer Howarth (@EduSum), who is discussing educational change, innovation in education, the good/bad/ugly of education conferences, and her time as a HASS teacher.Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Episode 5 - In this episode, I'm joined by Meridith Ebbs (@iMerinet), who is discussing STEM, how it can be integrated with HASS, and great ways to improve your practice.Here are the links mentioned:1. https://csermoocs.adelaide.edu.au/library/2. https://www.allaboutexplorers.com/3. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/meridith-ebbs-119930064734. ht ...…
 
Episode 4 - In this episode, I'm joined by Anne Gripton (@gripgirl), who is discussing History education, and whether you can use the past to inform the present and future.Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Episode 3 - In this episode, I'm joined by Matt Esterman (@mesterman), who is discussing professional learning opportunities for teachers, and how to find the best fit for your needs.Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Episode 2 - In this episode, I'm joined by Maree Whiteley (@mareewhiteley), who is discussing the new HASS Week initiative, its aims, and how people can get involved.Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Episode 1 - This is a welcome episode for Oh, The Humanities! (and Social Sciences).Please subscribe and leave a review!@MrMCimino
 
Journalism has been called ‘the first draft of history’, and as a first draft it may be written over, forgotten, ignored. In this podcast, journalist Martin Bright (@martinbright) considers one tiny strand of the story of the Iraq war. It illustrates truth and fake news, things that are very much on our minds at the moment. It is taken from a l ...…
 
Following the election of Donald Trump, the alt-right has come to play a significant role in American political discourse. They are an upstart political movement that rejects traditional conservatism and championed Trump and his opposition to political correctness. But how did a movement rooted in online and video game culture come to be so inf ...…
 
We appear fascinated with the phenomenon of the woman who kills. In the last year alone in the UK, both ITV and channel 4 have launched popular documentary series chronicling the shocking lives and crimes of women who commit murder. But what is it about the murderess that renders her so interesting? To social historian Dr Anna Jenkin (@acjenkin ...…
 
What is the scorecard for President Donald Trump after the first 100 Days? “C minus overall,” says Peter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. Trump said he was going to ...…
 
“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on,” said Winston Churchill. If that was the case then, how much more valid is it today. The explosion of social media and its ability to circulate and generate misinformaton has completely changed the political landscape. And it has led to a whole new branch of journali ...…
 
Always on our smartphones and other digital devices, we live in an expository society, says Prof Bernard Harcourt. The landscape described in his new book is a dystopia saturated by pleasure. We do not live in a drab Orwellian world, he writes. We live in a beautiful, colourful, stimulating, digital world a rich, bright world full of passion an ...…
 
This is the second in our series on the 2016 US Presidential election, in which Alex Burd talks to Peter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. [ The first podcast, on Do ...…
 
“The American dream is dead. I will bring it back and we will make America great again…..” In nine months Donald Trump has stunned the political establishment, brushing aside other contenders to become the Republican nominee in the race for the White House. How has the man made famous for saying ‘You’re fired’ come so close to landing the bigge ...…
 
“We always write – and read – history thought the prism of our contemporary concerns,” So why study history? What do we mean by ‘history’? This podcast is a lecture by Dr Richard Barnett, which was part of a course on Thinking run by the IF Project, the free university in London. “We always write – and read – history thought the prism of our co ...…
 
Once upon a time, in the land of Great Britain, Amanda woke up to the sun shining on a bright Monday morning. Before she got out of bed, she opened the BBC weather app on her phone to check the weather for the day ahead. She had started leaving her trail of digital breadcrumbs……. She took a shower, made some breakfast, brushed her teeth and lef ...…
 
When the gun is replaced by the melody: how does music resist? ‘Even if they don’t have a message, the act of actually playing music itself is resistance,’ says Dr. Sara McGuiness, senior teaching fellow in Music at SOAS. Classical Thai musician Luang Pradit Pairoh fought through the melodies of his songs surrounded by oppression; Ahmed Maher s ...…
 
The internet has long been seen as a force of global connection, But this notion of a global internet has never been entirely accurate. Language barriers, access limitations, censorship and the human impulse to stay within your own social circles contribute to us staying local. And then there is the larger architecture of the internet. This pod ...…
 
Autism is a condition that affects about one in a hundred of us. But few people understand or can recognise it. This can have serious implications when people with autism encounter the criminal justice system. Recent research by City University and the University of Bath suggests that most people with autism, and about 75% of their parents, are ...…
 
The films of truly outstanding director Spike Lee take a special niche in American cinema. More than that, they especially enrich so-called Black cinema. Lee’s oeuvre includes a great number of films. To mention just some of them: She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), L ...…
 
Science Fiction can often help us understand realpolitik in the real world. Is Tyrian Lannister a realist or a liberal? What would Mr. Spock have to say about rational choice theory? And what did Stanley Kubrick read to create Dr. Strangelove? Stephen Dyson is the author of Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game o ...…
 
‘Lock them up and throw away the key!’ is something that is often heard. But does locking someone up for committing a crime really work to punish an individual? What about having them come back into society a changed person, asks presenter and producer Lee Millam in this podcast. Prisons, why do we send people there? Does it work? Should it wor ...…
 
As the Paris global climate negotiations get under way, we in Britain face the prospect of increased flooding. . What can we do about it? Gresham College in the City of London was founded in 1597 and over 400 years has provided a range of free lectures on different subjects to those who live and work in London. One recent lecture was The next b ...…
 
The number of couples seeking fertility treatment is rising every year. But donor assisted conception poses huge ethical and human rights issues. Up until 10 years ago, sperm donors and women who donated eggs had a right to remain anonymous. Then the law was changed in 2005 giving donor conceived people the right to information about their dono ...…
 
First published in 1983, Lise Vogel’s Marxism and the Oppression of Women – toward a unitary theory is regarded as one of the founding texts of Marxist Feminism. It has now been relaunched, and Pod Academy was at the relaunch. Lisa Vogel was joined on the platform by Dr Tithi Battacharya, Purdue Liberal Arts University, in US, Dr Sue Ferguson, ...…
 
In this podcast, Tatiana Prorokova considers gender ambiguity in Vietnam War films. The Vietnam War takes a specific place in U.S. military history. Having influenced generations of Americans, the conflict unsurprisingly found a wide reflection in American cinema. The most famous, as well as the most significant ones were the films created in t ...…
 
Podcast produced and presented by Alex Burd In December 2011 a Tunisian vegetable vendor set himself alight in protest at the economic policies of his country. The death of Mohamed Bouazizi would light the touch paper in Tunis and the surrounding Arab world which would see dictators toppled, wars break out and millions of people displaced in wh ...…
 
Podcast produced by Lee Millam Slang. In this podcast Tony Thorne, former Head of the Language Centre, now Visiting Consultant, at King’s College, London and author of the Bloomsbury Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, looks at what slang is, how it’s used, where it comes from and what words are being used as part of our everyday language. Slang ...…
 
Wilfred Bion (1897 – 1979) was an influential (if at times ‘gnomic’) psychoanalyst who spent much of his working life at the Tavistock clinic in London. He is perhaps best known for Experiences in Groups (London:Tavistock 1961), a key text in the emerging group psychotherapy and encounter group movements of the 1960s,and for Learning from Exper ...…
 
“We know the jockey wants to win the race, and it is beguiling to imagine the horse knows what the challenge is, knows somehow the significance of the finishing post and therefore is a willing participant in this endeavour. If you buy into that framework you can imagine the horse views the whip strikes purely as a form of encouragement. ‘Thanks ...…
 
New Zealand is an important place for thoroughbred breeding and racing. Most races are on the flat, but jumps racing is conducted in the cooler months. At the 2013 National Jumps Day at Te Rapa, Hamilton, two horses were put down after bad falls over the jumps. In this conversation Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan of the podcast show, Knowing Animals talk ...…
 
Journalism is changing, and so is the way we consume journalism. On the eve of the 2015 Future of Journalism Conference, Tess Woodcraft talks to Angela Phillips, Professor of Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of Journalism in Context (Routhledge 2015) about how strong news journalism is crucial for informed citizenship, ...…
 
In this podcast Dr Sonja Schillings explores how the use of the Latin term Hostis Humani Generis (the enemy of all mankind), which was originally applied to pirates, now creates an extralegal space which is being used to legitimise the assassination of international terrorists all over the world. This is just part of her forthcoming book, Hosti ...…
 
This podcast is about how a group of women campaigners and academics worked together and achieved a change in the law – making the possession of rape pornography illegal. It features author and former barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft in conversation with Professor Erica Rackley, University of Birmingham, Dr Fiona Vera Gray of Rape Crisis South Lon ...…
 
In the ‘old game’, the analogue world of centralised knowledge institutions, knowledge was power. But now that knowledge is everywhere, the rules of the game have changed. In his essay “Digital tailspin: 10 rules for the internet after Snowden” writer and activist Michael Seemann (@mspro) examines how we’ve lost our ability to control the way i ...…
 
14th January 1795 ANN HAWKINS was indicted for feloniously stealing, on the 7th of January , a feather bed, value 20s. a flock and feather bolster, value 10d. two woollen blankets, value 3s. a linen sheet, value 2s. a linen counterpane, value 12d. a looking glass in a walnut-tree frame, value 4s. a pair of tongs, value 6d. a brass candlestick, ...…
 
“Current economic orthodoxy”, says Christian Felber, “confuses means and ends. It says we should strive for the accumulation and maximisation of money and capital, but they are the means, not the ends……The end is the common good.” He proposes a new approach to economics, putting the system on a new course. Key to this new economy is moving from ...…
 
“We are developing the discipline of feminist legal history, which scarcely even exists in this country…Feminist history asks a different set of questions.” (Rosemary Auchmuty) In this podcast about the Women’s Legal Landmarks project, author and barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft talks to Professor Rosemary Auchmuty of Reading University’s School o ...…
 
There’s a little red-faced man, Which is Bobs, Rides the tallest ‘orse ‘e can- Our Bobs. If it bucks or kicks or rears, ‘E can sit for twenty years With a smile round both ‘is ears- Can’t yer, Bobs? That is the ditty British troops would recite about Field Marshall Lord Roberts (1832-1914) veteran of the Boer War and the 19th century wars in Af ...…
 
There is growing concern about the widening gap between rich and poor. The 99% and the 1% are much written and talked about, not just by campaigners, but even by the Managing Director of the IMF. However, people rarely talk about solutions – it is as if there are at work natural forces that are beyond human control. Not so, says Sir Tony Atkins ...…
 
Podcast produced and presented by Craig Barfoot The past 25 years have witnessed the most rapid economic and social development the world has ever seen. In our increasingly globalised world, if something happens in one place, the aftershocks move quickly around the globe. Globalisation creates systemic risks. Professor Ian Goldin,Director of th ...…
 
Podcast produced and presented by Lee Millam “A chocolate hug”. That’s how one person we talked to describes her ‘addiction’ to sugar and chocolate. Sugar is everywhere. It is added to virtually all processed foods from pizza and curry sauces to soups, and fishcakes. The average person in the UK eats the equivalent of 15 teaspoons a day (that’s ...…
 
This podcast about urban smellscapes was produced by Jo Barratt and first aired on Life in Scents. It is part of our ‘Feast for the Senses’ series. Have you ever stepped off a plane and been aware of a different smell in the air – the smell of a country, a city, a terrain? This podcast is a fascinating exploration of our urban smellscapes. We a ...…
 
This podcast on the rainforest music of the BayAka was produced and presented by Jo Barratt It is part of our series on ethnomusicology made with the sound archive of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. In this podcast you’ll hear the sound of the BayAka people of the Central African Republic. Specifically a collection of recordings made by Louis ...…
 
This podcast was produced and presented by Kieron Yates Climate change, environmental pollution, privatisation of the biosphere, water crises are all signs of the impact of neoliberal policies on our environment, but where will the solutions to these problems come from? Thirty years ago, there seemed to be a disconnect between an ecology moveme ...…
 
For many British families au pairs are the only workable solution to the ‘childcare crisis’. But au pairs are only ‘affordable’ because their work is not recognised and their poor conditions are justified through discourses of cultural exchange and adventure. Researchers Dr Rosie Cox, Reader in Geography and Gender Studies at Birkbeck, Universi ...…
 
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