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Each week we bring you a new, in-depth exploration of the space where science and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you though science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We want to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters.
 
You may have seen him on the telly, or heard him on the wireless. But Brian Taylor is back on the airwaves - this time, delving into Scotland's politics with The Herald. Join him in the lead up to the Holyrood election where he'll be grilling the party leaders on their policies, and asking them the questions that really matter. He'll be bringing fresh analysis and insight into the biggest stories across Scotland, drawing on years of experience in the media industry, and talking to the people ...
 
The Life Well Lived Project is motivated by this: There is so much unhappiness, anxiety and depression in the world, and this work is about trying to make things better, tiny bit by tiny bit, one day at a time. The vision of the Life Well Lived Project is a world where this cycle of unhappiness, anxiety and depression does not have to be handed down across multiple generations and accepted as an unavoidable fact of life. The vision is a world where everyone is liberated to know, embrace and ...
 
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In a special episode, Brian discusses the economy, jobs, furlough and independence with Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak during his visit to Scotland. ________________________________________________ Produced by Elle Duffy and Ema Sabljak for The Herald. Contact the producers on voiceslive@heraldscotland.co.uk Music from Uppbeat (free for Cr…
 
This week, Brian and his guests take a look at Scotland's drug death problem ahead of annual figures being released. He's joined by Murdo Fraser, Willie Rennie, Kirsten Oswald, and Gillian Mackay. The panel also discusses Scotland's current Covid situation ahead of a decision being made on Tuesday over the easing of restrictions across the country.…
 
In the summer of 2019 - long before the world heard of COVID - author, researcher extraordinaire, and ‘Gastropod’ co-host, Nicola Tilley and her husband and co-author, Geoff Manaugh, told a rapt audience, “You and everyone around you is going to be quarantined, is going to experience quarantine in your lifetimes.” They had just presented their exte…
 
Among COVID-19’s many side effects are two that seem to be in direct conflict – on the one hand we’ve all become armchair epidemiologists, and on the other, conspiracy theories are at an all time high. In the common search for answers regarding the virus, some have put all their faith in the certainties of science while others are just as committed…
 
This week's special edition of the Brian Taylor Podcast builds upon a special investigation by The Ferret and The Herald into 'Who Runs Scotland'. After it took a deep dive into lobbying revealing hundreds of secret lobbying meetings in 2020 as well as Scotland's professional lobbyists, we speak to two top lobbyists and two journalists. Our lobbyis…
 
Over the years, music producers have tried to predict what audiences want to hear while at the same time advances in science and technology have taught us a lot about what happens in the brain when we listen to music that we love. Now, David Rosen, CEO and Co-founder of Secret Chord Labs, has brought these two fields together to explore the potenti…
 
In a coronavirus special, Brian and his guests look at what is next for the country in the fight against the virus amid record-breaking daily case figures and looming restriction changes. Conservative MSP Donald Cameron, SNP MP Dave Doogan and Labour MSP Martin Whitfield and the Herald's health correspondent Helen McArdle weigh in on the topic. ___…
 
What are your thoughts regarding the relationship between the mind and the brain? For that matter, what are your thoughts? Iris Berent has definitely done some deep thinking on these questions, unearthing the stories we tell ourselves about what we know and who we are as well as the impact these stories can have. She shares her thoughts here today …
 
Following the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Brian and his guests tackle all things referendum, both past and possible future. In a heated discussion, former shadow secretary of state for Scotland Peter Duncan, former Conservative MSP and current leader of Reform UK Scotland Michelle Ballantyne, founder and director of Scottish Centre …
 
When was the last time you thought about geometry? Unless you're an architect or a kindergarten teacher, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about shapes. But mathematician Jordan Ellenberg wants to bring geometry back, and show us not just how shapes can measure the world, but how they can explain it. Support the show: https://www.patr…
 
In the 12th episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian asks the question: will it ever end? But he’s not talking about Scotland’s trials and tribulations in international football, but the pandemic in Scotland. He’s joined by Roz Foyer, general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Drew Hendry, SNP MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and S…
 
Joining Indre on the podcast today is University of Virginia Professor, Leidy Klotz. A former professional soccer player, Leidy has gone on to pursue his interest in studying how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be, and has written for a number of prominent publications including The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, …
 
Anticipation is heating up for the Euros - and the conversation is ramping up in this week's episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast. Brian's joined by David Bol of The Herald, and an esteemed panel including Fiona Hyslop, Alex Cole-Hamilton and Craig Hoy. The group focus their attention on the upcoming Euros, in particular the dedicated fan space crea…
 
We all know how babies are made, but science is only now exploring how mothers are. Abigail Tucker discusses her latest book, exploring the factors that shape the behaviors of mothers and other caregivers. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In the latest episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian and The Herald’s Westminster correspondent Hannah Rodger are joined by Mhairi Taylor, the owner of Glasgow-based Cafe Ziques, business minister in the Scottish Government Ivan McKee, former Tory frontbench MSP and current professor of law at University of Glasgow Adam Tomkins, and Stuart McKi…
 
In the latest episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian and The Herald’s Alistair Grant are joined by former leader of Scottish Labour Kezia Dugdale, SNP MSP Rona Mackay, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer and former Conservative adviser and director of Message Matters Andy Maciver. The group focus on Dominic Cummings’ tell-all criticism from the last…
 
Brian Taylor and Alistair Grant are joined by SNP MP Alison Thewliss, new Labour MSP Paul Sweeney and returning Conservative MSP Miles Briggs in this week's episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast. They take a look at the Cabinet reshuffling in the Scottish Parliament, and pay particular attention to education, where John Swinney was removed as educati…
 
The dust has settled on a busy weekend of election results, but that doesn't mean the debate is over. With the SNP returning just one seat short of a majority, attention now turns to what comes next. In the seventh episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian talks to Pam Duncan-Glancey MSP, who made history as the first permanent wheelchair user ele…
 
In the sixth of our election leaders' special episodes of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by the depute leader of the Scottish National Party, Keith Brown. They caught up about the Covid-19 response, the environment and his opinion on working with the Alba Party. ___ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-f…
 
In the fifth of our election leaders' special episodes of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by the leader of the Scottish Labour, Anas Sarwar. They caught up about jobs, NHS pay rise and taxes. ___ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/curiosityLicense code: SFVY2IZ7ELOZLWMR See acast.com/privacy for p…
 
In the fourth of our election leaders' special episodes of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie. They caught up about mental health, independence and recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. ___ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/curiosityLic…
 
In the third of our election leaders' special episodes of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by the leader of the newly formed Alba Party and former first minister, Alex Salmond. ___ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/curiosityLicense code: SFVY2IZ7ELOZLWMR See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
In the second episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens. The pair chat about possible coalitions, the environment and independence. _____________________ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/curiosityLicense code: SFVY2IZ7ELOZLWMR See acast.com/pr…
 
In the first of our election leaders' special episodes of The Brian Taylor Podcast, Brian is joined by the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross. They caught up about independence, the leadership of the Scottish Conservatives and hopes for the upcoming election. ___ Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good…
 
You may have seen him on the telly, or heard him on the wireless. But Brian Taylor is back on the airwaves - this time, delving into Scotland's politics with The Herald. Join him in the lead up to the Holyrood election where he'll be grilling the party leaders on their policies, and asking them the questions that really matter. He'll be bringing fr…
 
The past year has seen a complete transformation in the way that training and development is delivered, with the pandemic forcing organisations to move almost all their activities online. We talk to Jane Rexworthy, Executive Director for People 1st International, and corporate learning expert, Nigel Paine, about this ‘new normal’ and how it is impa…
 
This week: New research on the first known interstellar object in our solar system, A/2017 U1—or Oumuamua—suggesting it’s probably a chunk of a Pluto-like planet, and not from aliens; research that used 2,000 microphones to get super detailed recordings of hummingbirds and learn how they make the sounds they make; the impact of alcohol consumption …
 
On the show this week we talk to professor of story science Angus Fletcher about his new book Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Von Indre Viskontas
 
On the show this week we talk to professor of genetic epidemiology Tim Spector about his new book Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Von Indre Viskontas
 
This week: We look at new paleogenetic research on mammoth molars; delve into the biological drive for napping; and talk about a surprising new study on memory that involves transcranial magnetic stimulation. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Your voice is much more than just the medium by which your thoughts can be heard—it's as fundamental to who you are as your face or your fingerprints. This week we talk to journalist John Colapinto about his new book This Is the Voice. Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/inquiringminds See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
David Brooks, a New York Times writer, wrote a piece not long ago which touched on my guest on this episode of the Life Well Lived Podcast. Titled "Longing for an Internet cleanse", Brooks’s short article lamented how we have come to view and experience time in the instantaneous “everything now” age we live in. The article was subtitled “a small re…
 
Productivity is one of those areas that has exploded into a major industry over the past couple of decades. The concept of productivity is something that started out, really, in the 18th and 19th centuries from an industrial capitalist imperative to “produce” as much as possible from the resources available. Out of the American baby boom generation…
 
We talk to neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett about why the idea that you have a lizard brain and a rational brain is completely wrong, how you can fight against implicit biases by swamping your brain with new data, why your brain’s most important job isn’t actually to think or be rational, and about one time Carl Sagan was very wrong about how br…
 
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