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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. In each of our series, we unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing you new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. Our latest series, out on November 16 2022, is Uncharted Brain: decoding dementia, which explores new research unlocking clues to the ongoing mystery of how dementia works in the brain. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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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. In each of our series, we unearth new stories from the world of academia, bringing you new and cutting edge research on the big issues of the day. Our latest series, out on November 16 2022, is Uncharted Brain: decoding dementia, which explores new research unlocking clues to the ongoing mystery of how dementia works in the brain. The Anthill is produced by The Conversation, a not-for-profit media organisation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Episodes

Uncharted Brain 3: the role viruses may play in Alzheimer’s

11/16/2022
There are many competing theories about what causes Alzheimer's disease. For more than 30 years, Ruth Itzhaki has been accumulating evidence that viruses are involved in its development in the brain. We investigate this evidence in the third and final episode of Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia, hosted by Paul Keaveny and Gemma Ware from The Conversation. Featuring interviews with Ruth Itzhaki, professor emeritus of molecular neurobiology at the University of Manchester in the UK, Dana...

Duration:00:27:21

Uncharted Brain 2 : the family trauma of dementia from sports injuries

11/16/2022
Dementia doesn’t just affect older people. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of dementia that athletes from a whole range of sports can develop. It’s now at the centre of a number of legal challenges involving sports from rugby to American football. In the second episode of Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia, hosts Gemma Ware and Paul Keaveny from The Conversation find out about the toll this type of dementia can take on family members, who are often unaware of what’s...

Duration:00:24:51

Uncharted Brain 1: a lifelong study unlocks clues to Alzheimer’s

11/16/2022
Scientists have been doing an array of regular health checks on the same group of people since they were born in 1946 – the world's longest running cohort study. Now the brains of some of its participants are revealing new insights into the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease. We find out more in the first episode of Uncharted Brain: Decoding Dementia, a new series from The Anthill hosted by Paul Keaveny and Gemma Ware from The Conversation. This episode features Marcus Richards,...

Duration:00:29:25

Uncharted Brain: decoding dementia – trailer

10/26/2022
Uncharted Brain: decoding dementia is a new series from The Conversation exploring new research unlocking clues to the ongoing mystery of how dementia works in the brain. In this three-part series, hosted by journalists Paul Keaveny and Gemma Ware from The Conversation, we'll delve into some of the findings from the world's longest continuously running cohort study, hear about the trauma of families effected by dementia and explore one researcher's investigation into the role certain...

Duration:00:02:27

Climate Fight part 5: the art and chaos of negotiating the Glasgow Climate Pact

11/19/2021
A good negotiation is supposed to leave everyone feeling a little unsatisfied. So what happened at the world's biggest one – over the future of our planet? In part five, and our final episode of Climate fight: the world’s biggest negotiations, host Jack Marley reports from Glasgow where he spoke to academics who have been researching the UN climate negotiations for decades, and the people representing their countries in the talks. Featuring Abhinay Muthoo, professor of economics at the...

Duration:00:44:39

Climate Fight part 4: the youth movement grows up

10/27/2021
Locked out of conferences and company boardrooms, young people have tried to influence the international response to the climate crisis with strikes and protests. In part four of Climate Fight, the world's biggest negotiation, we explore what effect this youth activism has, and where the movement will go next. Featuring Harriet Thew, researcher in climate change governance at the University of Leeds, who speaks to youth climate activist Abel Harvie-Clark about his experiences. And Lynda...

Duration:00:31:13

Climate fight part 3: the left behind

10/20/2021
In the shift away from fossil fuels, how do countries make sure not to widen inequalities in the process? In part three of our series Climate fight: the world’s biggest negotiations, we travel to the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven on England’s north-west coast that could soon host the UK’s first deep coal mine in more than three decades. We talk to local people for and against the mine, as well as experts in the concept of a just transition, to explore how regions like west Cumbria that have...

Duration:00:36:37

Climate Fight part 2: the path to net zero

10/12/2021
In part two of Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, we’re talking to experts about the grand goal of the negotiations: reaching net zero emissions by 2050. We explore what net zero means, and the technologies that will be needed to get the world there. Featuring Mercedes Maroto-Valer, assistant deputy principal for research & innovation and director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions at Heriot-Watt University, James Dyke, senior lecturer in global systems at the...

Duration:00:38:43

Climate Fight part 1: where's the money?

10/6/2021
In the first episode of our new series Climate fight: the world's biggest negotiation, we're talking about climate finance – money pledged by the world's richest countries to help the poorest parts of the world adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Where is it being spent and is it really working? Featuring Jessica Omukuti, COP26 Fellow in Climate Finance at the University of York and a research fellow on inclusive net zero at the University of Oxford, Harpreet Kaur Paul, a...

Duration:00:34:26

Climate fight: the world's biggest negotiation – trailer

9/29/2021
How will we actually tackle the climate crisis? And who gets to decide? As Glasgow gets ready to hold the COP26 climate summit in November, The Anthill Podcast is launching Climate fight: the world's biggest negotiation, a new podcast series taking you inside the fight for our planet's future. We'll speak to some of the academic experts influencing climate policy, and to some of the people around the world who will see their lives change as a result of it. We'll also be in Glasgow for the...

Duration:00:02:13

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