Professor Brian Cox is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group at the University of Manchester, and works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. He is also working on the FP420 R&D project in an international collaboration to upgrade the ATLAS and the CMS experiment by installing additional, smaller detectors at a distance of 420 metres from the interaction points of the main experiments. He is best known to the public as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, most recently Seven Wonders of the Solar System, due for broadcast in March 2010. Brian has co-authored a book with Jeff Forshaw, Why Does E=MC2 (and Why Should We Care?).
First broadcast on 8th January 2010.
Daniel Bor is a research fellow at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex. Previously he spent more than a decade working as a cognitive neuroscientist in the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. In this episode of Little Atoms we discuss Daniel's book The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning.
First broadcast on 26th October 2012.
In the Land of the Free is a documentary feature that examines the story of Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King. They are known as the Angola 3 and have spent almost a century between them in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary in the USA. Herman and Albert are still held in solitary confinement after thirty six years. The film is directed by Vadim Jean (Leon the Pig Farmer, Hogfather).
Terry Glavin is an award-winning author and journalist, an adjunct professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, and the editor of Transmontanus Books. His publications include This Ragged Place:Travels Across the Landscape, which was a Governor General's Award finalist, and The Last Great Sea. His latest book The Lost and Left Behind was published by Saqi Books on the 30th of October 2007. Terry blogs at Transmontanus.
Peter Tatchell is one of Britains foremost campaigners for sexual freedom and human rights. He was a founder member of radical gay-rights group Outrage!, whose confrontational tactics often saw Peter denounced in the press. He has been called a “Homosexual terrorist” by The Daily Mail, “Public enemy number one” by the Sunday Times, and a “Fascist” By the Daily Telegraph.
As well as campaigning for gay rights, Peter has long been involved in the wider fight for human rights, opposing capital punishment, apartheid and nuclear weapons. He has also campaigned for Aboriginal land rights in his native Australia, independence for the people's of East Timor, Palestine and West Papua, and for a Global War Against Poverty. Peter has twice attempted to place Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe under citizen's arrest on charges of torture, an act that provoked a vicious beating from Mugabe's bodyguards. For his human rights campaigning, Peter has been called “Heroic…an example to us all” by The Daily Mail, “A national hero” by the Sunday Times, and A civil rights campaigner we can all applaud” By the Daily Telegraph.
Stewart Lee is a writer and stand-up comedian. He has written for radio, television, theatre, newspapers and magazines and performed as a stand-up comedian all over the world. His first novel, The Perfect Fool, was published in July 2001. He is co-author with the composer Richard Thomas of Jerry Springer: The Opera, which was denounced by the good folk of Christian Voice as “crude, offensive and blasphemous in the extreme”.
First broadcast on 15th September 2006.
Ian McEwan has written two collections of stories, First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets, and 12 novels including The Cement Garden, The Child in Time, The Innocent, Enduring Love, Atonement and Saturday. He won the Booker Prize for Amsterdam in 1998. Ian's latest novel is Solar, to be published by Jonathan Cape on the 18th March 2010.
This show featured Adam Rutherford as a guest host.
Irving Finkel is an archaeologist and Assyriologist, currently Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian Script, Languages and Cultures in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. He's also an expert on the history of board games, and the founder of the Great Diary Project. Irving is the author of numerous books, most recently The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood. Also on this week's show, astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur.
First broadcast on 19th April 2014.
Robin Ince is a comedian and writer. For the last two years he has been the host of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People. His Radio 4 show with Professor Brian Cox, The Infinite Monkey Cage, has just finished it's second series. Robin has recently written a book, Robin Ince's Bad Book Club, which casts a critical eye over Don Estelle's autobiography, tales of giant killer crabs, and romance novels set in the Antarctic.
First broadcast on 30th July 2010.
Julie Burchill has been writing her often controversial journalism for almost 30 years, for publications as diverse as The NME, The Spectator, Daily Mail, The Times, The Express and The Guardian. She was also founding editor of The Modern Review. Julie's colourful private and social life has generated almost as many column inches over the years. She has written numerous novels, one of which Sugar Rush, has been adapted for television by Channel Four. Julie has also made a number of documentaries for Sky.
Sara Lawrence is a journalist who has worked for The Mail and The Times. She has recently secured a lucrative deal to write novels for teenagers Sara and Julie are currently collaborating on a play for the BBC's groundbreaking Decades series.
Chas Newkey-Burden is a journalist and the author of a number of books including Great Email Disasters and Amy Winehouse: She Told Us She Was Trouble. Julie and Chas have co-written a book, Not In My Name: A Compendium Of Modern Hypocrisy, published by Virgin on 7th August 2008.
Interview With Julie Burchill and Sara Lawrence first broadcast on 24th November 2006.
Interview With Julie Burchill and Chas Newkey-Burden first broadcast on 15th August 2008.
Jonnie Hughes is a filmmaker in the BBC Natural History Unit and Head of Development for BBC Earth. His documentaries have been shown on the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic Channel. He studied ecology and evolution at the University of Leeds. Jonnie's first book is On the Origin of Tepees: Why Some Ideas Spread While Others Go Extinct.
First broadcast on 16th November 2012.
Richard Martin is an energy expert and an award winning journalist. He was the first person to write about Thorium in the mainstream press, His cover story for Wired inspired Google to launch a conference on Thorium that led to several high-tech startups. As a journalist his work has appeared in Time, Fortune, Wired, The Atlantic, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The Best Science Writing books. He is a director of Pike Research, a leading clean-energy research firm based in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Richard Martin is the author of Superfuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future.
First broadcast on 6th July 2012.
Philip Plait Ph.D.is a renowned astronomer with more than two decades of professional research and education experience. He has written articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, as well as national and international newspapers. He has appeared on television news and in documentaries many times, including the Sci-Fi Channel's Countdown to Doomsday and National Geographic's Is It Real? His website Bad Astronomy has won numerous awards, such as best Science Blog of 2007, and also begat the book of the same name. Phil's latest book is Death From The Skies!
First broadcast on 12th December 2008.