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The Anthill is a show for curious minds, with a mix of everything from science, history and psychology to politics and economics. We unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation which provides a platform for academics to share their expertise with the general public. It's hosted by Annabel Bligh, business and economy editor at The Conversation UK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Anthill is a show for curious minds, with a mix of everything from science, history and psychology to politics and economics. We unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation which provides a platform for academics to share their expertise with the general public. It's hosted by Annabel Bligh, business and economy editor at The Conversation UK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Location:

London, United Kingdom

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The Anthill is a show for curious minds, with a mix of everything from science, history and psychology to politics and economics. We unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation which provides a platform for academics to share their expertise with the general public. It's hosted by Annabel Bligh, business and economy editor at The Conversation UK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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@AnthillPod

Language:

English

Contact:

442031089513


Episodes

Recovery – introducing a new series

5/27/2020
We all want the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic to be swift and painless. But history tells us that isn’t always possible. When the world has suffered a massive shock to its system before – be that a pandemic, a war, an economic crisis – the rebuilding can take decades. There will be missteps along the way. More people will suffer. But past recoveries can also offer us lessons about what’s possible. About the choices people make, whether the choices of politicians and their...

Duration:00:02:55

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 6 – coronavirus

4/20/2020
A number of conspiracy theories have sprung up in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. The false idea that the virus is somehow linked to the rollout of 5G technology has led to a number of attacks on broadband infrastructure and engineers. We explore this and many others in the sixth and final part of our Expert guide to conspiracy theories. Media expert Marc Tuters talks us through the main coronavirus conspiracy theories that are doing the rounds and how they differ on various social...

Duration:00:36:50

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 5 – how dangerous are they?

4/13/2020
Conspiracy theories might be entertaining but they can also be dangerous. Sadly, what often starts off as a bit of fun can turn sour quite quickly – even if it’s laughing about the idea that Rihanna or Katy Perry are part of the Illuminati. We find out how. This episode delves into some of the psychology behind what makes conspiracy theories dangerous. It also explores the relationship between conspiracy theories and the radicalisation of extremists. And we find out the best ways to talk to...

Duration:00:41:55

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 4 – how they spread

4/6/2020
Part four of the Expert guide to conspiracy theories from The Anthill podcast explores whether the internet has been a game changer in helping conspiracy theories go viral. First, though, we find out how conspiracy theories spread before platforms like Facebook and YouTube came along and gave everyone the power to broadcast their thoughts to the world. It’s important to differentiate between the producers of conspiracy theories and the consumers, which philosopher Quassim Cassam talked...

Duration:00:39:36

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 3 – their history

3/30/2020
How are the origins of the French Revolution connected with Beyoncé, Jay Z and Rihanna? The answer lies with one of the world's most mysterious – and misunderstood – secret societies, the Illuminati. The strange evolution of the conspiracy theory surrounding this short-lived secret society, mirrors the modern history of conspiracy theories. We find out how in part three of our podcast series. The Illuminati was a real secret society of intellectual elites in the late 18th century. Michael...

Duration:00:37:20

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 2 – who believes them and why?

3/23/2020
Polls show that most people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Considering the number of conspiracy theories there are, perhaps this isn’t surprising. But research shows that people who believe in one conspiracy theory are more likely to believe in others. Part two of the Expert guide to conspiracy theories, a series from The Conversation’s Anthill podcast, discovers who these people are. We find out what psychological factors influence whether you believe in conspiracy theories or...

Duration:00:38:08

Expert guide to conspiracy theories part 1 – how to spot one

3/16/2020
There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there. Some are bizarre – like the idea that Elvis faked his own death. Or that Britain’s royal family are actually shape-shifting alien lizards. A growing number of people believe the world is flat. A lot of conspiracy theories relate to politics. That 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government so it could start wars in the Middle East. Or that powerful groups like the Illuminati are pulling the strings behind the scenes, plotting to establish a...

Duration:00:39:56

Expert guide to conspiracy theories – trailer

3/9/2020
Conspiracy theories no longer feel like a fringe phenomenon, with people claiming that Elvis isn’t dead or the royal family are shape-shifting alien lizards, put down as crackpots. Now presidents push them and major events are regularly followed by a slew of sinister ideas involving dark forces at work behind the scenes. Coronavirus is just the latest. Some conspiracy theories may be harmless entertainment or a sign of healthy scepticism, but others are dangerous because they can fuel...

Duration:00:03:04

Medicine made for you part 3: Your treatment

3/3/2020
Medicine made for you is a series from The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation. Across three episodes we're taking a deep dive into the future of healthcare – to find out how it could soon get a lot more personal. In this third and final episode of the series, we’re exploring how treatment offered by your doctor could become more tailored to you in the future. In the past, if you walked into a pharmacy and told them you weren't feeling well, the pharmacist would probably have made up...

Duration:00:34:52

Medicine made for you part 2: Your diet

2/25/2020
In the second episode of Medicine made for you we’re looking at the food we eat and how dietary advice could soon get a lot more personalised. Listen to our producer Gemma Ware go through a two-week experiment with her identical twin sister, aimed at trying to better understand which factors influence the way people react to particular foods. The PREDICT study involved eating lots of special muffins, and doing lots of blood tests. But the results are surprising – and show that everybody...

Duration:00:44:52

Medicine made for you part 1: Your genes

2/18/2020
Medicine made for you is a brand new series from The Anthill, a podcast from The Conversation. Across three episodes we're taking a deep dive into the future of healthcare – and find out how it could soon get a lot more personal. In this first episode, we look at genes, clinical trials and how possible it might be for the NHS to take on a more personalised approach when it comes to our health. And we find out why Scotland, a country of 5.4 million people, with one of the lowest life...

Duration:00:39:05

Introducing Medicine made for you

2/11/2020
In Medicine made for you, a new series from The Anthill podcast, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the future of healthcare – and find out how it could soon get a lot more personal. We’ll hear from leading academics about the personalisation of healthcare, how it’s changing the way we think about our bodies, and the choices we might make about our health in the future. The Anthill is a podcast produced by The Conversation, hosted by Annabel Bligh. The Medicine made for you series is...

Duration:00:03:00

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 5 – what space exploration will look like in 2069

7/31/2019
Episode five of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:27:03

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 4 – why go back to the moon?

7/24/2019
Episode four of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:35:57

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 3 – the new space race

7/17/2019
Episode three of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:32:30

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 2 – How humanity reacted to the moon landing

7/10/2019
Episode two of To the moon and beyond, a podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:34:03

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond 1 – What we learned from landing on the moon

7/3/2019
The first episode of a new podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:30:54

Anthill presents: To the moon and beyond

7/1/2019
A new podcast series exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:07:00

India Tomorrow part 7: what Narendra Modi's landslide victory means for India

5/24/2019
A panel of academic experts assess Narendra Modi's victory in the final episode of our India Tomorrow series. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:42:09

India Tomorrow part 6: what young Indians want

5/14/2019
Part six of The Anthill podcast's India Tomorrow series focuses on the concerns of young Indians. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:31:47