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Podcast Profile: New Scientist The Big Interview

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6 episodes
Average episode: 30 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Science-Adjacent

Podcaster's summary: Hear the stories of influential people who've made their mark in the worlds of science and culture. Through in-depth conversations with notable figures, explore everything from climate change, to philosophy, space and biology. Produced by Right Angles. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

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List Updated: 2023-Dec-02 13:40 UTC. Episodes: 6. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2021-Jun-08 • 23 minutes
#6: Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials author on science, consciousness, and daemons
Philip Pullman had been writing books for years before he became a global sensation with the His Dark Materials trilogy. The story of two children crossing into parallel worlds in a quest to understand the nature of reality and humanity, the novels draw on fantasy as well as theology, physics and neuroscience, and are strongly influenced by the work of William Blake and John Milton. He is following up the trilogy with three more books, the second of which, The Secret Commonwealth, was published in 2019. New...
2021-Jun-01 • 33 minutes
#5: Rebecca Shaw - WWF chief scientist on how to restore the planet’s ecological health
We have one decade left to change our ways, to curb carbon emissions and unsustainable practices that are heating the planet and destroying biodiversity. Rebecca Shaw is chief scientist of conservation charity WWF, and as a graduate student she set up the world’s first climate change ecology experiment, in the Rocky Mountains. Big Interview host Rowan Hooper met her in London before the coronavirus lockdown to talk about staying positive amid the inaction on climate change and biodiversity, about her life i...
2021-May-25 • 29 minutes
#4: Invisible Women author Caroline Criado-Perez on how data biases are impacting women during covid
Caroline Criado-Perez is a British feminist, activist, author and journalist. Last year, she made waves with her book, Invisible Women. In that, she described how women get overlooked in many different areas of life, from government policies and urban planning, to transport algorithms and even medical research. She showed that there’s an underlying assumption that the male body and the male experience is the default, and the female experience is some kind of unusual outlier - rather than representing half t...
2021-May-18 • 26 minutes
#3: Greta Thunberg on fighting coronavirus and the climate crisis simultaneously
The latest episode of The big interview features climate activist Greta Thunberg. Arguably one of the world’s most influential people, and certainly one of the most famous teenagers, Greta launched the school strikes for climate in 2018, which have since gone global. Her strike started outside the Swedish parliament when she was 15. Since then she’s addressed the United Nations and been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, because of the global threat of coronavirus, she’s taken her activism, and...
2021-May-11 • 35 minutes
#2: Brian Greene on why there is no meaning to life, and how incredible it is that we exist at all
Brian Greene is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician and string theorist. Despite tackling some of the most ‘out there’ questions in science, Brian is able to break down his work into relatable information. A multiple bestselling author, his latest book is ‘Until The End of Time: Mind, Matter and our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe’. In this engaging conversation, Brian explains his belief that there is no definitive meaning to life, and suggests that people should focus on how incred...
2021-May-04 • 33 minutes
#1: Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett Carnac on how to save the world from the climate crisis
Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac are two of the most influential people in the global climate movement, and led the negotiations for the historic Paris Agreement in 2015. In their new book, ‘The Future We Choose’, they set out the best and worst case scenarios for the future of our planet, based on the decisions we make now on carbon emissions. In this passionate conversation, Christiana makes it clear that the power to change the world is in our hands, saying. “We have to unleash our stewardship o...