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The science podcast for people who sit up the back of the classroom! Made by Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant from The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

The science podcast for people who sit up the back of the classroom! Made by Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant from The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Location:

Australia

Description:

The science podcast for people who sit up the back of the classroom! Made by Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant from The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

Language:

English

Contact:

61450105489


Episodes

What Actually Is Stockholm Syndrome?

7/1/2020
'Stockholm Syndrome' is a very widely used term, used to describe supposed feelings of affection and love held for a captor by a hostage... But when you dig a little deeper, the story turns into something a little bit different. Will tells Rod the story of Stockholm Syndrome! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly supported by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:38:23

The People Who Don't Get Cancer

6/19/2020
What would you trade to never get cancer? Well, that's not a real question, because it's not really an option. But there are a group of people with one hell of a side benefit... The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:46:13

White Academics, Trying To Do Better

6/12/2020
It's no secret listener, we're part of perhaps the most problematic demographic - white middle aged podcasting academics. And, quite legitimately, we're being asked to do better. So - this is us, going a little bit meta and drawing on the advice of Prof Jasmine Roberts of Ohio State University to try to explore what we can do to help make a better world. The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness...

Duration:00:38:41

The Biggest Robot Ever Made!

6/5/2020
Ok, it's the Cold War in America, and you're building nuclear everything - nuclear ships, nuclear subs, nuclear aeroplanes! But what if there's an oopsie - how do you clean it up? With the biggest robot ever made of course! Rod tells Will the story of the Beetle, the biggest robot ever made! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:51:43

A Brief History of the Nanny State Critique!

5/29/2020
Ever since people have tried to make our world just a tiny bit healthier - you know, to not be coated in open sewage - idiot libertarians have screamed that it's their freedom to be covered in shit. In this episode, Will hosts Rod and special guest Professor Penny Hawe in a special quiz on the history of the nanny state critique! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, joined today by Professor Penny Hawe! Proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the...

Duration:01:15:25

"Earth Has An Anus" - The Weird Ideas of Alfred Lawson

5/22/2020
You can be, on the outside, a normal - even successful - person, but still hold a core of quackery on the inside. Alfred Lawson was one such person. A successful journalist, aircraft manufacturer and pilot - and the first person to commute by plane - Lawson also had some intensely weird Ideas about how the world works. Rod tells Will his story! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:01:07:50

Henry Cotton's Terrible Psychiatry

5/15/2020
Henry Cotton had some interesting ideas about the causes of psychiatric disorders. The problem wasn't the ideas, it was the dogged pursuit of following them through.. The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, joined today by Dr Madeleine Hinwood! Proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:53:00

The Woman Who Felt No Fear

5/9/2020
Nobody likes being afraid - but even so, fear is a pretty useful emotion. It protects us from tigers and bad parties and what not. But what if you don't experience it? Rod tells Will the story of S. M., the woman who feels no fear! The Wholesome Show is made by Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:54:25

The Eradication of Smallpox

5/1/2020
For thousands of years smallpox was the worst virus in the world. It killed more people than any other disease - perhaps as many as half a billion in the 20th Century alone. But then, following a concerted global effort of vaccination, we wiped it out - the only disease threatening humans to have been fully eradicated. Will tells Rod how this happened! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of...

Duration:01:11:52

The Made Up Asia Of George Psalmanazar

4/24/2020
In the 18th Century the people of Europe had heard of Asia - but they didn't know much about it. And so to fill the information vacuum, some enterprising folk... filled the gap with bullshit. The champion of this was George Psalmanazar... Rod tells Will his story! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:55:45

Documenting the Infodemic!

4/18/2020
While we're living through a pandemic, we're also in the midst of a tsunami of misinformation, a plague of snake oil, a veritable shit-storm of bad communication! And we wanted to document it. So today, Will tells Rod - and special guest Darren Saunders - all about some of the awful people spreading awful lies in this Covid-19 world! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:01:14:26

Horace Fletcher, King of Chewing!

4/9/2020
We're all told as kids to chew our food properly - but people don't usually go as far as The Great Masticator, Horace Fletcher. As Fletcher held it, food should be chewed until liquefied before swallowing. "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate." Rod tells Will all about him! The Wholesome Show is made by Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, and proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:54:41

The Spanish Flu!

4/3/2020
In 1918-1919, the Spanish Flu killed perhaps as many as 100 million people. More than anything else ever. But for decades, we barely spoke about it - in fact it was called the forgotten pandemic. Will tells Rod all about it! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:01:04:20

Munchausen's, Munchausen's by Proxy, Munchausen's by Internet!

3/27/2020
The internet, you may be shocked to learn, is full of lies - half truths, fraud, fakery! Some of the lying may in fact be diagnosable... Rod tells Will about Munchausen's syndrome, Munchausen's by proxy, and Munchausen's by Internet! This is our first social distancing podcast, bear with us while we polish our tech :) The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:46:44

The History and Science of Panic Buying!

3/17/2020
Pandemics suck. You know that. You also know that panic buying sucks, particularly when everyone is buying your delicious brand of muesli. But what causes it? Will tells Rod a little about the history and science of panic buying! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science - take care everybody!

Duration:01:01:32

The Life and Times of Alfred Nobel

3/12/2020
The Nobel Prizes are really pretty famous. But what about the guy who set them up? Rod tells Will the story of Alfred Nobel! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:54:07

Weather War!

3/3/2020
In 1996 the US Air Force released an 'ideas paper' exploring how "US aerospace forces can ‘own the weather’ by capitalising on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications." In short, they were looking at making weather a weapon against their enemies! Will tells Rod about the history behind this idea... The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness...

Duration:01:02:59

Bioweapons Testing!

2/27/2020
In 1966 a group of US Army scientists wanted to find out just how vulnerable the New York Subway system was to a biological attack. The good news? They found it was... pretty vulnerable. The bad news? The way they found this out was... pretty dodgy. Will tells Rod and Hans all about it! The Wholesome Show is Dr Will Grant and Dr Rod Lamberts, joined today by Dr Hans Thulstrup, and proudly presented by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:00:44:12

The Science of Heavy Metal

2/20/2020
Kant holds that the fundamental principle of our moral duties is a categorical imperative. For people who listen to Heavy Metal, that means categorising music with the most awesome array of sub-categories you can imagine! Rod tells Will (and Hans!) all about the science of Heavy Metal! The Wholesome Show is Rod Lamberts and Will Grant, joined today by Hans Thulstrup! Proudly brought to you by The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science!

Duration:01:11:09

The Dunning-Kruger Effect!

2/12/2020
It's a sad fact of humanity that people who don't know much about something wildly over estimate how good they are at that thing. Heard about Iran's nuclear program? Then you're basically an expert. Played a video game with a helicopter? You're basically a pilot. This phenomenon is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. But it's not just a reason we should calm down our self-estimation, it has real world consequences. Rod tells Will more! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant,...

Duration:01:09:13