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Exercise your little grey cells with podcasts from across the University. If you're looking to learn something new, there are lots to choose from.


People Doing Physics

This month we’ve invited four Cavendish alumnae for a panel discussion about all things physics and career development.

We’re joined by Aswathy Girija, commissioning editor at IOP Publishing, Professor Kerstin Göpfrich, group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Joanne Baker, author of four popular science books and Chief Opinion Editor at Nature (Springer Nature), and Emma Williams, professional development coach and careers expert who has a wealth of insight into not just her own journey, but those she mentors. They tell us about what they learnt at the Cavendish, their natural sciences and physics background, as well as how their doctoral research in physics shaped their careers and brought them to where they are today.

They tell us about what they learnt at the Cavendish, their natural sciences and physics background, as well as how their doctoral research in physics shaped their careers and brought them to where they are today.

Hosted on: YouTube, University website 

Living Proof podcast

Launched in March 2019 (and named “Living Proof” in February 2021), the INI podcast series aims to highlight the diverse people and explore the many interconnected topics linked to the Institute’s activities. Interviewees range from visiting academics and lecturers to mathematicians, other scientists, musicians, artists, students, and prominent figures within the University of Cambridge and beyond. The podcast typically involves mathematical themes, but is specifically aimed at a general audience. The focus is on the subjects being interviewed and the social stories they have to tell, not just on the significance and details of the research they may be undertaking. We hope there is interest and inspiration here for everyone.

To subscribe, search for “Living Proof: the Isaac Newton Institute podcast” on your app of choice.

Hosted by Buzzsprout, Apple Podcasts

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Gates Cambridge

So, now what?

Fed up with bad news story after bad news story? So, now what? is the podcast from Gates Cambridge, a cutting-edge scholarship programme for international postgraduates at the University of Cambridge. The podcast is for anyone looking for ideas, vision and optimism about how we can practically tackle some of the world's most complex and challenging problems. Scholars from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines will share the actions they are taking to change the world for the better.

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Cambridge University Women in Physicis Society

Inspiration -  Here we profile inspiring womxn who are doing outstanding things, primarily in the fields of science, but also entrepreneurship and business. We present both written interviews and a podcast series that was produced by Stuart Higgins, a Research Associate at Imperial College, London.

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Launching in February 2020, the Astropod is our new space science podcast. Each month, we speak to the staff and students at the Institute of Astronomy and Kavli Institute of Cosmology to bring you the latest news from the worlds of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

Hosted on Spotify, Apple Podcasts

Mind Matters podcast

Mind Matters is a University of Cambridge podcast dedicated to nurturing mental well-being within the university community and beyond. We explore challenges faced by students, and delve into topics ranging from social connections and pressures, to healthy lifestyles and transitions. A series from The Rudd Centre.

Hosted on: Spotify 

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Made the Same Way

What happens when a biologist comes face to face with a female MC? Some probing questions, brutal honesty, and lots of rapping about fertilisation. Made the Same Way is a brand new experimental podcast bringing together emerging artists and researchers to discuss science, life, and music.
Each episode challenges a new pair to collaborate on an original creative piece inspired by their conversation. You eavesdrop into the process and hear the final result. A collaborative project between Manchester production company Reform Radio and the Wellcome-funded Human Developmental Biology Initiative.

Hosted by Apple, Spotify

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People doing physics

Explore the personal side of physics with the new podcast produced by the Cavendish Laboratory. New episodes drop every first Thursday of the month.

Hosted on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Podchaser

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Postdoc Academy Podcasts

One-off podcasts from the University of Cambridge Postdoc Academy, covering a range of issues that affect the postdoc community.

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify  

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Bennett Institute podcasts

Podcasts and events recordings from the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Amazon Music, Castro, Castbox, Pocket Casts, Podfriend

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Cambridge Geopolitics Conversation

The Centre of Geopolitics hosts conversations with people across academia, government, civil society, politics and business to discuss major geopolitical issues, past, present and future.

Each of our podcast series, hosted by a member of the Centre, will focus on a wider theme in a number of different historical and geographical contexts. We hope to provide original interpretations and responses to the changing world around us.

Hosted on Spotify, Apple podcasts, YouTube

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Mind Over Chatter, the Cambridge University Podcast

One series at a time, breaking down complex issues into simple questions. 

Hosted on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Overcast, Pocket Casts

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Thoughtlines is a brand-new podcast series from CRASSH – the place where people gather to ask the big questions on who we are and why we live the way we do.

In Thoughtlines we join that conversation and connect the dots in twelve different research journeys, from decoding the politics of your digital assistant to how consumer power helped end the slave trade.

Wide-ranging, accessible, surprising and also deeply personal, Thoughtlines brings you the best of academic thinking outside the box.

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Overcast, Castbox

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The Philosopher & The News

In this new podcast, Alexis Papazoglou (Christ's 2003) will be interviewing some of the world's most interesting philosophers. Together, they will bring to the surface the philosophy hidden behind the biggest news stories, and explore the ideas that can help us understand the times we're living through.

Hosted on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify

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Hear This Idea

Hear This Idea is a podcast showcasing new thinking in philosophy, the social sciences, and effective altruism — hosted by Cambridge recent grads and long-time friends Fin Moorhouse and Luca Righetti. In each (≈90 minute) conversation, they ask thinkers, founders, and academics to explain their field and their work.

Hosted on Spotify, Pocket Casts, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts

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Fitzwilliam Museum podcasts

Bring conversations about the Fitzwilliams collections to you.

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Science & Policy Podcast

CSaP's Science and Policy podcast invites academic and policy experts to share their insights into some of the major challenges society faces today.

Hosted on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Google Play, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, YouTube

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Risky Talk

Podcast series with Professor David Spiegelhalter, Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the Department of Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, and guest experts in risk and evidence communication.

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify

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The History of Now

A new podcast series from the History Faculty puts past and present into dialogue.

Hosted on: Anchor

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We are the University

Interviews with people connected to the University in different ways in which they talk about their work.

Hosted on: Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts

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Camthropod is produced by a collective of staff and students from the Department of Social Anthropology and is broadcast regularly during term time.

Hosted on: Soundcloud, Apple podcasts

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Cambridge American History Seminar Podcast

A weekly term-time podcast interviewing seminar presenters.

Hosted on: Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts

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Cambridge Creative Writing Centre - Crime and Thriller

Academics at Cambridge Creative Writing Centre, based at the University's Institute of Continuing Education, talk to authors about what they’re writing, what inspires them, and their tips and ideas.

Hosted on: PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud

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Cambridge Judge Business School Debate podcast

Talks from CJBS

Hosted on: Soundcloud

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Cambridge Law

Public lectures from the Faculty of Law

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts

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Declarations: the human rights podcast

Podcast series from the Centre for Governance and Human Rights, exploring contemporary debates about politics and human rights, broadcast weekly.

Hosted on: Soundcloud, Apple podcasts

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Interventions: The Intellectual History Podcast

Podcast series led by Cambridge graduate students

Hosted on: Soundcloud

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The Naked Scientists podcast

Science news stories, scientific breakthroughs and interviews with leading experts by The Naked Scientists, based at the University's Institute of Continuing Education.

Hosted on: Apple Podcasts, nakedscientists.com

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Talking Politics

Podcast series by academics from the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for the Future of Democracy.

Hosted on: acast

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Talks from across the University and its public events such as the Festival of Ideas, Science Festival and Cambridge Series at the Hay Festival.

Hosted on: Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts