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Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined. Presenter: James Ward Updated: Weekly

Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined. Presenter: James Ward Updated: Weekly
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Behind every boring subject is another layer of boringness you could have never imagined. Presenter: James Ward Updated: Weekly

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English


Episodes

Boring Talks #24 - The Taxonomy Of Cornflakes

11/12/2018
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From lollipop sticks, to batteries and used car headlight bulbs, the collectaholic Anne Griffiths has always made art from the 'accumulations of the bricolage of everyday life'. But how did Anne get 84 mounted cornflakes accepted in to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition? We take a trip to her studio to find out. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Anne Griffiths Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:20:32

Boring Talks #23 - NATO Phonetic Alphabet

11/5/2018
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Charvy Narain is fed up with people mispronouncing her name, especially when trying to book a taxi down the phone. Could the NATO phonetic alphabet help clarify things? Or will it just add to the confusion? And what does this have to do with Bradley Walsh? Presenter: Juliett Alfa Mike Echo Sierra Contributor: Charlie Hotel Alfa Romeo Victor Yankee Producer: Lima Uniform Kilo Echo

Duration:00:18:26

Boring Talks #22 - Toilet Graffiti

11/5/2018
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Declarations of love, offers of sex, messages of hope and even film reviews. The graffiti we leave behind in toilets is strange, personal and anonymous. But is there a difference between what is written in male and female bathrooms? Scott Kelly ventures forth to find out. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Scott Kelly Contributor: Clara Nissen Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:16:20

Boring Talks #21 - Thank You

6/7/2018
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James Ward says thank you for listening to series one and chooses the best word from each of the twenty talks. Presenter: James Ward Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:01:28

Boring Talks #20 - Carry On Shakespeare

6/4/2018
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Infamy! Infamy! The writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed explains just why the Carry On films are actually better than Shakespeare. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Samira Ahmed Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:17:25

Boring Talks #19 - Ice Cream Vans

5/28/2018
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Good maths, a strong bladder and the ability to hold eight '99s' in one hand. Ali Coote remembers the important lessons she learned as an Ice Cream Van driver. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Ali Coote Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:15:56

Boring Talks #18 - Kinder Egg Linguistics

5/21/2018
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What's 119mm long & 55 mm wide, and contains a world of linguistic pleasure? Keith Kahn-Harris explores the wonders of the Kinder Surprise warning label. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Keith Kahn-Harris Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:16:40

Boring Talks #17 - Gasometers

5/14/2018
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Tall rusting skeletal relics of our industrial past. Why would anyone care about London's Gasometers? Sarah O'Carroll explains. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Sarah O'Carroll Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:13:22

Boring Talks #16 - Toilet Roll Serial Numbers

5/7/2018
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'Do you recall the fogged beef, mate?'. The writer Nicholas Tufnell proves that poetic inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, including a toilet roll. But what is 'fogged beef'? Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Nicholas Tufnell Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:11:30

Boring Talks #15 - Smell Walks

4/30/2018
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The artist and designer Kate McLean leads us, nose first, on a smell walk across the world. This podcast may include the odours of cooking sausages, carbolic soap, shattered dreams and bins. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Kate McLean Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:28:16

Boring Talks #14 - Name Change

4/23/2018
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Can you change your name to your existing name? And, more importantly, why would you bother? James Michael Ward explains what happened when he tried to become James Michael Ward. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: James Ward (the same one) Contributor: Anya Driscoll Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:14:41

Boring Talks #13 - Basalt

4/16/2018
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Is basalt really the most boring type of rock in the world? Not according to Dr Anne Jay. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Dr Anne Jay Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:14:05

Boring Talks #12 - British Earthquakes

4/9/2018
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Rhodri Marsden is underwhelmed by British earthquakes. He thinks it's time to reassess how we report these 'tremors'. Is he right? Maybe. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Rhodri Marsden Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:11:25

Boring Talks #11 - Sneezing

4/2/2018
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Since 2007 Peter Fletcher has been counting and documenting all of his sneezes. Every single one. Now he tells us why, and what he has learned along the way. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Peter Fletcher Producer: Luke Doran

Duration:00:13:26

Boring Talks #10 - Lampposts

3/26/2018
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Are you for or against lampposts? The author and design historian Dr Eleanor Herring looks at the controversial history of the lamppost, and those that have railed against them. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Eleanor Herring Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:18:18

Boring Talks #09 - Sounding Gestalts

3/19/2018
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What exactly is a 'Sounding Gestalt'? And how can you make music from a Gentleman's cravat or E. coli? The artist Laurence Jordan will explain. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Laurence Jordan Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:11:52

Boring Talks #08 - Danish Public Information Films

3/12/2018
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From brick making to motorbikes, Dr Claire Thomson celebrates the golden age of Danish Public Information Films (that's 1935 to 1965, in case you were wondering). Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Claire Thomson Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:20:44

Boring Talks #07 - Green Belt Land

3/5/2018
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Once called 'Green Girdles', today's Green belts are strange and relatively unknown places. Follow the writer John Grindrod on his guided tour through a world of naturists, cavemen and rancid pies. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: John Grindrod Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:13:59

Boring Talks #06 - The Argos Catalogue

2/26/2018
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The artist Louise Ashcroft takes us inside the mysterious portal that is the Argos catalogue, and examines what it reveals about people’s desires and aspirations. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Louise Ashcroft Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:24:55

Boring Talks #05 - Model Villages

2/19/2018
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From beautifully crafted tourist attractions, to nightmarish dystopian visions, the broadcaster Tim Dunn shares his love for the 'little works of art' that are model villages. Presenter: James Ward Contributor: Tim Dunn Producer: Luke Doran Editor: Moy McGowan

Duration:00:13:16