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Interviews with Oxonians

A series of interviews with world-leading academics conducting research at the University of Oxford. The University has a global reputation for the range and intensity of its research, from the study of the formation of the universe and the development of early civilisations through to high performance computing and the latest breakthroughs in medical science.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Garr Reynolds on Presentations Conversation with Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen. Garr Reynolds 08 Feb 2011
2 David Smith on Dementia Professor Smith talks about his research at OPTIMA (Oxford Project To Investigate Memory and Ageing) on dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s and the relation between diet and blood pressure in younger life and dementia in older life. David Smith, Oliver Lewis 17 Aug 2009
3 Creative Commons Peter McDonald on Censorship in South Africa Peter McDonald talks about censorship, its philosophical basis and general history within Apartheid South Africa. Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis 11 Aug 2009
4 Creative Commons Peter McDonald on Literature Summary: Peter McDonald talks about how he became to be interested in Literature, how he became to be an academic at Oxford and what it is like to study literature at Oxford. Peter McDonald, Oliver Lewis 11 Aug 2009
5 Obama's First 100 Days Orla De Burca interviews Desmond King, Andrew Mellon Professor of American Government, on Barack Obama’s first 100 days as President; discussing Obama’s plans to recover America’s Economy and the success so far of his foreign and domestic plans. Desmond King, Orla De Burca 06 May 2009
6 7 Keys to the Future Veronica Sartore interviews Ray Hammond about his role as a futurologist and the seven major trends he predicts will affect life throughout the 21st century. Ray Hammond, Veronica Sartore 12 Mar 2009
7 Peter Harrison on Science and Religion Professor Peter Harrison discusses the relationship between science and religion, the myths that surround the relationship, and discusses some of the contentious contemporary issues. Peter Harrison, Oliver Lewis 22 Oct 2008
8 Marc Stears on Radical Political Thought Political theorist Dr. Marc Stears talks about the importance of political theory and describes some of the radical political movements of Britain and the United States. Marc Stears, Oliver Lewis 22 Oct 2008
9 Bryan Ward-Perkins on the Fall of the Roman Empire Bryan Ward-Perkins, a leading historian of Late Antiquity at Trinity College, Oxford, discusses the transitional period between the fall of Rome and the Middle Ages. Bryan Ward-Perkins, Oliver Lewis 13 Sep 2008
10 Jennifer Lau on Anxiety and Depression in Children Dr Jennifer Lau discusses her research into the development of anxiety and depression in childhood and adolescence. Jennifer Lau, Oliver Lewis 13 Sep 2008
11 Gero Miesenboeck on Fruit Flies and Neuroscience In this podcast, Professor Gero Miesenboeck begins with a discussion of DNA and neuroscience, and then talks about his experiments on the brain of the fruit fly. Gero Miesenboeck, Oliver Lewis 13 Sep 2008
12 Creative Commons Oliver Taplin on Classics Professor Oliver Taplin, an authority on classics and the performance of ancient drama, talks about the subject and his research. Oliver Taplin, Oliver Lewis 12 Sep 2008
13 Adrian Moore on Metaphysics Adrian Moore, Professor of Philosophy at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, explores the definition and origin of metaphysics, and then discusses some of the enduring metaphysical questions. Adrian Moore, Oliver Lewis 12 Sep 2008
14 Irene Tracey on FMRI and Pain Professor Irene Tracey, director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, explains how MRI works and then talks about her research into people’s perception of pain. Irene Tracey, Oliver Lewis 12 Sep 2008
15 Thomas Helleday on Cancer Professor Helleday explains what cancer is, the problems of treating it, and the success of his own research in developing new treatments. Thomas Helleday, Oliver Lewis 11 Sep 2008
16 Creative Commons John Broome on Rationality John Broome, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, gives an explanation of reason and rationality, and then discusses his understanding of the 'the normative question'. John Broome, Oliver Lewis 10 Sep 2008
17 Nick Bostrom on Global Catastrophic Risk and Simulation Theory In this podcast, Professor Bostrom, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, discusses global catastrophic risks and his earlier work on the simulation theory. Nick Bostrom, Oliver Lewis 31 Aug 2008
18 Julian Savulescu on Applied Ethics and Human Enhancement Professor Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, talks about the current and future issues in applied ethics, particularly of the new biosciences. Julian Savulescu, Oliver Lewis 31 Aug 2008
19 Greg Kochanski on Phonetics Dr Greg Kochanski, a Research Fellow at the Oxford University Phonetics Laboratory, talks about how experiments in phonetics are conducted, how we study the history of language, and how speech changes over time. Greg Kochanski, Oliver Lewis 31 Aug 2008
20 Andrew Pollard on Vaccines and Immunisation of Children Dr Andrew Pollard, Reader in Paediatric Infection and Immunity, and Consultant in charge of the Oxford Vaccine Group, discusses childhood diseases, his research into vaccinations, and the problems facing childhood immunisation in the UK and abroad. Andrew Pollard, Oliver Lewis 31 Aug 2008
21 Roger Crisp on Aristotle's Ethics Roger Crisp, Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, discusses the ethics of Aristotle. Roger Crisp, Oliver Lewis 30 Aug 2008
22 Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds on Podcasting Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds, the hosts of the highly successful podcasting series 'Philosophy Bites', talk about podcasting. Nigel Warburton, David Edmonds, Oliver Lewis 30 Aug 2008