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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.

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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

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Episodes

Recovery part six – 2008 financial crisis and lessons for today

7/8/2020
The 2008 financial crisis resulted in the worst global recession since the second world war. The collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008 caused a meltdown of the global financial system. Money markets froze and there was a major credit crunch as the ability to borrow money suddenly dried up. To stop contagion and make sure other major financial institutions didn’t collapse, governments stepped in to shore up the system by bailing out the banks. Anastasia...

Duration:00:42:15

Recovery part five – the post-Soviet transition

7/1/2020
In this fifth episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when parts of the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened in the former Soviet Union during the transition from communism to capitalism in the 1990s. When the USSR was finally dissolved at the end of 1991 it was a massive shock to the system for millions of people. The transition from a state-controlled command economy to a market-driven capitalist one...

Duration:00:36:37

Recovery part four – the second world war

6/24/2020
In this fourth episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened in the UK after the second world war. The second world war decimated landscapes, killed tens of millions of people and left many more unable to work, in need of long-term healthcare and help to rebuild their lives. In the UK, some had been calling for action to deal with poverty, squalid housing and...

Duration:00:32:34

Recovery part three – Spanish flu and the first world war

6/17/2020
In this third episode of Recovery, we’re looking at what happened after the combined shocks of the Spanish flu and world war one. It was called the Spanish flu because the first reports of the virus were in Spanish newspapers, due to wartime censorship restrictions elsewhere. The 1918-19 flu was the worst pandemic in human history. More than half the world’s population was infected. Estimates for the number of people who died range from between 20 and 50 million. And this off the back of a...

Duration:00:40:19

Recovery part two – Lisbon earthquake

6/10/2020
In this second episode of Recovery, a series from The Anthill Podcast exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock, we’re looking at what happened after the earthquake, tsunami and fires that devastated Lisbon in 1755 and shocked Europe. In 1755, the grand and prosperous city of Lisbon was devastated by a huge earthquake. The Portuguese capital we see today is a product of the reconstruction and recovery after this catastrophic event. But the impact...

Duration:00:35:33

Recovery part one – Black Death

6/3/2020
Welcome to Recovery, a new series from The Anthill podcast, exploring key moments in history when the world recovered from a major crisis or shock. In this first episode, we find out what happened after one of history’s worst epidemics, the Black Death. This was the name given to the bubonic plague that hit Europe in the late 1340s. Somewhere between a third and half of Europe's population died from the disease. Needless to say, this had a huge impact on those that survived – from living...

Duration:00:36:15

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