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info_outline Is there life on Mars? 12/20/2019
Is there life on Mars? Scientists have long been fascinated by the prospect of life on Mars, and one method to find it, is currently being researched by The Open University's Dr Mario Toubes-Rodrigo. He's growing micro-organisms, analysing the gases they produce, and then comparing them with potential bio-signatures in the Martian atmosphere. Writer and Science Communicator Dr Natalie Starkey caught up with Mario to find out more about what is becoming a fascinating area of research.
info_outline What really happened at Grenfell Tower? 10/29/2019
What really happened at Grenfell Tower? On the 14th of June 2017, the fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, West London claimed the lives of 72 people, making it one of the UK's worst modern disasters. Scrutiny over the events leading up to the fire and how the emergency response itself was conducted, has left many, not least of all the residents of the tower, feeling like justice hasn’t been served.
info_outline Why don't prisons work? 10/24/2019
Why don't prisons work? In this episode, we ask whether prisons do the jobs they were originally created to do. Has there been an increasingly enlightened approach to balancing reform, care and punishment? What did this look like in past regimes, and where is our current system succeeding and failing? Featuring Dr David Scott.
info_outline Why isn't veganism the norm? 08/27/2019
Why isn't veganism the norm? 2018 saw an explosion of interest in veganism and plant-based diets. But what are the things to be aware of from a dietary standpoint? And how does the new trend sit with the ethics underpinning Vegan life? We're joined by Simon Rea and Matthew Cole.
info_outline What's behind the recent spike in homelessness? 08/23/2019
What's behind the recent spike in homelessness? We're joined by Dr Victoria Cooper and Dr Daniel McCulloch, both Lecturers in Criminology at the Open University, to share some of the latest thinking around homelessness and the impact of austerity.