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Animals in Space!
Dec 11 • 58 min
In 1957 a stray dog was rescued from the streets of Moscow - and then strapped to the top of a rocket and sent into space! She died :( But she paved the way for the rest of us to reach the stars, so that’s nice! Hannah Carle joins the Wholesome Show today…
Drug Smuggling Logistics!
Dec 3 • 60 min
Supply chain logistics is one of the fastest growing and most innovative industries in the world. In shipping companies around the world scientists and engineers are working on robot factories and drone delivery and ways to get your packages to you faster…
Radioactive Snake Oil!
Nov 28 • 45 min
In the late 19th century Marie and Pierre Curie conducted some groundbreaking work on radioactivity. Their results were exciting - so exciting, we went around putting radioactive ingredients in everything! Will tells Rod the story of radioactive snake…
The Fake Money of JSG Boggs
Nov 20 • 60 min
What even is money? Is it even really real? Money, as all you wise Wholesome Show listeners know, is a social construct. We made it up and we believe in it because it’s useful. And so we know making fake money is naughty… But what if you fake it as an art…
Phrenology!
Nov 13 • 63 min
The idea of studying the bumps on people’s heads to understand their personality is often held up as one of the dumbest mistakes ever made in science… But the story of phrenology is a little more complicated than that. Will tells Rod why! The Wholesome…
A Brief History Of Anti-Vaccination!
Nov 7 • 65 min
The first vaccination was invented in 1796 by Edward Jenner. The first anti-vaccination movement was invented mere moments later - and their ideas then parallel strongly with the ideas you see pushed now. Rod tells Will their story! The Wholesome Show is…
Domesticating The Fox!
Oct 27 • 52 min
How did wolves turn into dogs? Dmitri Belyaev wanted to find out, so he launched a secret experiment in the middle of Stalinist Soviet Union to domesticate the fox! The Wholesome Show is Rod Lamberts and Will Grant, joined today by Hannah Carle! Normally…
Stats Porn!
Oct 23 • 70 min
PornHub is one of the biggest porn sites on the planet - and every year they release a data dump of what the world watches! Rod tells Will all about it! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by The Australian…
The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt!
Oct 15 • 42 min
At the beginning of the 20th Century the French colonisers in Hanoi had a problem with rats. Sure, rats had always been out there in the streets and the Vietnamese neighbourhoods… But something new was happening… The rats were poking their furry noses up…
The Resurrectionists!
Oct 10 • 69 min
In the early 19th Century medical schools in England and Scotland were in a bit of a pickle. They needed a regular supply of bodies to demonstrate anatomy lessons on, but there just weren’t enough being produced via ‘offical’ means… So they turned to some…
The Death Penalty in Japan, with Mai Sato!
Oct 4 • 58 min
Iwao Hakamada was sentenced to death on September 11, 1968, for a 1966 quadruple murder. On March 10, 2011, Guinness World Records certified Hakamada as the world’s longest-held death row inmate. Cool record huh! (Very very not cool). Today we explore his…
Isaac Newton, Coin Detective!
Sep 25 • 62 min
Isaac Newton had an amazing career as a scientist. But did you know he also had a secret follow up career as an undercover detective chasing bad guys around London? Rod tells Will the story! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly…
The Fake Stanford Prison Experiment!
Sep 19 • 50 min
For nearly 50 years the Stanford Prison Experiment has been held up as the most famous experiment in psychology. Ethically flawed, sure, but at least it told us a whole lot about how bad situations make bad people… But it was bullshit. Will tells Rod why!…
Is Reality An Illusion?
Sep 10 • 62 min
Edgar Allan Poe once declared that ‘all we see or seem is but a dream within a dream’. Poetic thoughts, sure. But what if they’re true? What if we’re actually living in a simulation? I hate to break it to you, but some people think it’s more likely than…
Asteroid Impact!
Sep 4 • 58 min
You know dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid - but did you know how horrible it was? Spoiler alert, it was very horrible! Anyway, neither of us want to die that way, so we explored what science is doing to stop it! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts…
John Paul Stapp And The Rocket Sled!
Aug 28 • 59 min
A drag racer can accelerate from a dead stop to 160 km/h in 0.86 seconds. That’s a horizontal acceleration of 5.3 g. For most of us that would mush our brains to the backs of our skulls and leave us in a state of piddling confusion. But to John Paul Stapp…
Wilhelm Reich And The Orgone!
Aug 21 • 63 min
Have you ever tried to bring together a grand unified theory of character development, proletarian revolution, alien invasion and orgasms? Well, Wilhelm Reich certainly tried, and this is his story! The Wholesome Show is Rod Lamberts and Will Grant,…
The Highest Fecal Time Bomb In The World!
Aug 16 • 43 min
I hate to break it to you, but the highest mountain in the world is no longer a wilderness. Far from the distant unclimbable of Mallory and Hillary, Mt Everest is now a heaving festival of the best and worst of humanity, and an oversize garbage dump with…
Human Zoos!
Aug 7 • 51 min
Between the 1870s and the 1930s hundreds of zoos in Europe and America included people - yes human people - as part of their display collections. Will tells Rod all about it! The Wholesome Show is Will Grant and Rod Lamberts, proudly brought to you by The…
The Vague Silver Lining of Tobacco
Aug 1 • 52 min
I don’t want to - ahem - blow smoke up your arse, but tobacco is not 100% satanically evil. Wait wait, before you shoot us, yes - tobacco is 99.9999% satanically evil, and has caused untold cancers and deaths and other bad things. But… there might be a…
Peaceful Nuclear Explosions!
Jul 25 • 44 min
In the 1960s and 70s the United States and the Soviet Union had a shitload of nuclear weapons… and when all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail. So they started using their nuclear hammers to solve other… civilian problems! The Wholesome Show…
Poll Failures - With Kevin Bonham
Jul 10 • 31 min
Political polls… aren’t having a good run. After spectacular failures of polling in the UK in the Brexit vote and the US in the 2016 election, the malaise has come to Australia - the recent election was specatularly poorly called. We sit down with poll…
Injected With Plutonium
Jul 3 • 30 min
On May 14, 1945, Albert Stevens was injected with 131 kBq (3.55 µCi) of plutonium - the highest known radiation dose in any human - without his knowledge or informed consent. This is his story. The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant,…
A Brief History Counting People!
Jun 26 • 59 min
Statistics, you might be surprised to learn, is the science of the state. At heart the whole discipline was born from an effort to count how many people your country had, so you could know how many taxes you could collect / armies you could raise /…
Unexplained Aerial Phenomena! (It’s The New Name For UFOs!)
Jun 20 • 61 min
In our galaxy there are billions of stars like our Sun, many of them probably billions of years older. In all likelihood, many of these stars will have Earth-like planets, and if the Earth is typical, at last some may have developed intelligent life -…
Oceans Of Nuclear Waste!
Jun 12 • 50 min
Between 1946 and 1993 a bunch of countries dumped 85 PBq* of radioactive waste into the ocean. Slurries, solids, reactors - you know, the stuff you find lying around and just want to put in the ocean.** It was terrible, and it seems we’ve mostly stopped…
The Unusual Health Beliefs of John Harvey Kellogg!
Jun 6 • 70 min
Corn flakes are delicious. But did you know they were originally invented to lower sexual desire? (Try it yourself next time you have a bowl, but be careful!) Their invention was part of a quest of John Harvey Kellogg’s not only to improve the health of…
The Bone Collectors
May 29 • 46 min
In the dying days of the Second World War, allied troops entering Strasbourg made a grisly discovery - the purpose built beginnings of a skeleton collection. This pseudoscientific collection was an attempt by the Nazis to showcase - in physical form - the…
Anthropophagy! (It Means Cannibalism)!
May 22 • 65 min
Everyone has food they hate eating. For some people it’s mushrooms, for others it’s onions, for others it’s aniseed. (For Will it’s watermelon. It’s the lamest melon). But if you’re starving on a desert island and there’s only mushrooms, onions, aniseed…
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch!
May 15 • 50 min
Do you listen to The Wholesome Show in the shower? You can, it’s totally fine with us! So… if you’re in the shower now, take a look down at the floor. Look at the drain and watch your suds go down… Where do they go? Well, down the pipe, down the river,…
Poo-In-A-Box!
May 8 • 79 min
Listener I distinctly remember being told, when I was about 4, that even the Queen does poos. (It’s true, she does!) Well, there’s nothing to be ashamed about, it’s all part of life. But about 4.5 billion of us don’t have access to safe and hygienic…
Piltdown Man and Other Fossil Fakes!
May 1 • 58 min
Have you ever wished the made up dinosaurs from the latest Jurassic Park movies were real? Well, you’re not the only one! It turns out fossil hunters around the world are … a little prone to inventing their own dinosaurs! We explore the Piltdown Man and…
Transcranial Electromagnetic Stimulation!
Apr 25 • 63 min
Have you ever wanted to be just a little bit smarter? To think a little bit more clearly, to remember better, to have a higher IQ? Well it turns out, people are trying a variety of government approved - and home made - techniques to do just that. But…
The Moral Entrepreneurs of The Momo Hoax!
Apr 10 • 53 min
Earlier this year teenagers around the world began* to receive* sinister text messages… from a half bird half woman half ghoul thing from the depths of despair. The messages instructed* these teenagers to do bad things - to hurt themselves - or the creepy…
Dehumanisation!
Apr 3 • 67 min
Human brains are, quite simply, one of the most astounding things in the cosmos. They’ve written the works of Shakespeare, composed the lyrics to most Tool songs, and put people on the moon! But they’ve also got… some terrible loopholes. In particular,…
Wherefore Art Thou Dinosaur Erotica?
Mar 27 • 49 min
Warning - this episode somewhat less safe for work than normal! Azog is an underappreciated cavewoman in her tribe. The cavemen treat her like a piece a meat, and disrespect her at every turn. Azog cannot change this unless she proves herself as a hunter.…
The Paradox of Meritocracy!
Mar 20 • 71 min
On first glance, the idea of meritocracy sounds like a pretty sensible way of organising society. Put simply, all the good things - rewards and privileges and crowns and jobs and things - go to the people who work the hardest and are the best at things.…
Wandering Teeth!
Mar 13 • 42 min
An adult - if they’ve been good and brushed their teeth properly and haven’t had any removed - can have 32 teeth in their mouth. That’s right, 32 teeth in their mouth… We say ‘in their mouth’, because if they’ve been good and brushed their teeth *and…
Phantom Itches!
Feb 27 • 65 min
What do you do if you have an itch? You scratch it! Of course you do, you’re only human. But what if the itch is on a limb YOU NO LONGER HAVE? How do you scratch that, smarty pants? We explore the weird (horrible) world of intense, intense itchiness! The…
Getting to Graham’s Number!
Feb 20 • 69 min
Numbers, by definition, go on forever. Whatever number you think of, you can always find one bigger - all the way out to infinity. But have you ever stopped to think about what a really big number is actually like? That there are numbers you can’t even…
People Who… Drink Their Own Urine!
Feb 13 • 77 min
Ok… to people who don’t do it, it’s weird and gross and wrong. But to people who do do it, it’s basically the golden fountain of youth. That’s right, it’s Urophagia, or the weird gross quack medicine that is drinking your own urine! You may not have ever…
Animals On Trial!
Feb 7 • 59 min
Bartholomew Chassenée, a distinguished French jurist of the sixteenth century, made his reputation at the bar as counsel for some… rats. That’s right, he successfully defended some rats in court. How did he get the rats off? What loophole did he find?…
The 1947 Children’s New Illustrated Encyclopedia!
Jan 30 • 58 min
The past - they say - is a different country. They do things differently there… And the best way to see those differences (and laugh and cry at them) is to flick through old time encyclopaedias. So we sat down with the 1947 Children’s New Illustrated…
The Indiana Pi Bill!
Jan 25 • 41 min
The number pi (π) is… rather unwieldy. It starts with a fairly simple ‘3’, but then continues past the decimal place with a collection of basically random digits… Here’s the first one hundred or so digits:…
Searching For A Truth Serum!
Jan 16 • 58 min
It’s been the stock of movies for decades - and dreams for centuries - but do truth serums exist? Spoiler alert (you already knew this): they don’t. But that’s not for the lack of trying! We explore the heroes (or villains) of science trying to bring this…
The Pseudo Science of Generations
Dec 26, 2018 • 50 min
What ‘generation’ are you, listener? Too cool Gen X? Permanently bottom of the economic hierarchy Millenial? Or plutocrat Baby Boomer? You may have been born during one of these time periods, but it turns out when you look at any actual science, the idea…
Tumblr For Old People!
Dec 19, 2018 • 43 min
In recent weeks the popular website Tumblr made radical changes to it’s terms of use - basically, banning rude and naughty content! To celebrate / explore / commiserate this milestone, we old science communicators brought in our Senior Generation Z…
The Terrible History of The Lobotomy
Dec 13, 2018 • 77 min
For a few decades in the middle of the 20th century, an icepick - inserted moderately carefully through the gap between a patient’s eye and their skull into their brain (and then jiggled around a little bit) - was the height of psychiatric medicine. Even…
The Trial Of The L’Aquila Seven
Dec 6, 2018 • 52 min
In April 2009, the Italian city of L’Aquila was hit by a devastating earthquake. 309 people were killed. More than 1,500 were injured, some 20,000 buildings were destroyed and 65,000 were temporarily displaced. Some estimates put the damage at $16…
Open Plan Offices!
Nov 28, 2018 • 53 min
Listener, how do you feel about your co-workers? Do you love them deeply, or would you describe them like this? “I have inevitably come to despise my co-workers with every molecule of my stressed and wretched being.” Well… I hope not the latter. But…
Tabby’s Star!
Nov 22, 2018 • 38 min
Every now and then scientists hit on something weird - something in the wide world out there behaving not quite as you’d expect. Astronomer Dr Tabetha S. Boyajian discovered one of these weird things: a star with something strange orbiting it. Could it,…
The Chemistry Crimes of Thomas Midgley Jr
Nov 16, 2018 • 62 min
If you knowingly put a toxin into the environment at global scales - but it helps your car go faster - is that a bad thing? (Short answer - yes!). Longer answer: we explore the chemistry crimes of Thomas Midgley Jr! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts…
The Murderous Doctrine of Trofim Denisovich Lysenko
Nov 8, 2018 • 71 min
Between the 1930s and the 1960s, Trofim Denisovich Lysenko was heralded as a hero of the Soviet Union - a champion of science, a legend of agriculture, a feeder of the nation. But it was all bullshit: Lysenko was a charlatan, a fraud whose pseudoscience…
The Magical (Scientific) World of Ants!
Oct 31, 2018 • 72 min
Temnothorax albipennis - or rock ant - has a unique ability in the tiny animal world: to act like a SUPERORGANISM! Here’s a description from our friends O’shea-Wheller, Sendova-Franks and Franks: “…removing [Temnothorax albipennis] individuals from…
Should we regulate the algorithm?
Oct 24, 2018 • 68 min
Everyone’s using Artificial Intelligence these days! Why if you aren’t machine learning your police stats, generative adversarial networking your shark spotting, or automating your video game design, you’re just not with it! But not all artificial…
Subliminal Messages!
Oct 17, 2018 • 62 min
Tiny messages, hidden in screens… Backwards lyrics, instructing you to worship Satan… (rate us 5 stars in the iTunes store) Subliminal messages! Do you think you’re immune to them? Or are you deeply worried that the devil is going to get in through a…
Why Does Australia Gamble So Damn Much?
Oct 10, 2018 • 53 min
It’s great to be number one at some things - who wouldn’t want to have the world’s longest toes, the world’s fastest pet fish, or the world’s grandest collection of wood? For countries it can be great too - the world’s craziest TV game shows, the world’s…
A Million And One Uses For Sperm!
Oct 3, 2018 • 68 min
Most people think there’s just one use for sperm - making babies, taking part in the miracle of life! But guess what listener, those most people are wrong! There’s actually hundreds of weird uses for sperm, including as an awesome suit of armour wearing…
The Placebo Effect!
Sep 27, 2018 • 57 min
It’s an odd thing, but modern scientific medicine depends on doctors occasionally - just occasionally - lying to your face. In this episode we explore the bizarre world of the placebo effect, and its crucial role in modern medicine… The Wholesome Show is…
The Schmidt Pain Index!
Sep 19, 2018 • 66 min
OMG it’s a Tarantula Hawk Wasp! Quick question, what body part would you get stung on, for science? Or if you’re a little terrified of the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, which other stinging thing would you let sting you? Now sensible people would say ‘nowhere’ and…
Dr Serge Voronoff’s Monkey Balls!
Sep 13, 2018 • 44 min
In the 1920s something like 2000 men (and at least two women) undertook a bizarre operation to enhance their vigour and vitality. This is their story! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant, proudly brought to you by the Australian…
Capturing Carbon! With Klaus Lackner
Sep 9, 2018 • 32 min
I hate to break it to you, but if we’re going to keep this world even vaguely liveable, we not only need to stop pumping carbon into the atmosphere (though we should definitely do that), we’re going to need to suck it back out. We explore how, with ‘the…
The Best Years Of Your Life!
Sep 5, 2018 • 54 min
Listener, have you had the best years of your life - or are your best years still ahead of you? Sure, our language learning peak (when we were 7 or 8) or our strength peak (25) might be behind many of us, but it turns out no matter what age you are,…
World’s Best Academic Fraud!
Aug 29, 2018 • 41 min
I hate to break it to you, but in the world of science and research there are some… bad apples. Folk who’ll bend the rules to get ahead, get their research out there, make a stellar career. Well, some of them get caught - and we investigate those villains…
Brain In A Jar / Connectome In The Cloud!
Aug 22, 2018 • 44 min
Just wondering: at the end of your long glorious life, would you store your brain in a freezer with the hope of being thawed out - or uploaded to the cloud - in future centuries? Well we’ve explored the science… and this weird world is getting closer! The…
The New Flat Earthers!
Aug 15, 2018 • 40 min
“Something happened in 2015,” he says, “…it was then that many people on the internet became flat earth adherents.” I don’t mean to alarm you listener - you are, after all, a lover of science, a lover of sensible, well produced knowledge - but flat…
Pollen Pollen Pollen - With Professor Simon Haberle!
Aug 13, 2018 • 34 min
Here in the Southern half of the universe it’s coming up to spring - and you know what that means: lambs frolicking in meadows, teenagers frolicking in meadows, people with hay fever sneezing! To celebrate the oncoming season of the sneeze, we explore the…
Big Impact Impact! With Professor Mark Reed!
Aug 10, 2018 • 36 min
Back in the olden days we beard stroking eggheads used to sit around in our ivory towers, picking buttercups of wisdom, musing deep thoughts about the nature of the cosmos. Profound, but a little bit… useless. But that’s all gone now! These days, we’re…
PREDATORy journals!
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
It’s a jungle out there in the academic world… and stalking in the midst of that jungle is a threat - to knowledge, to trust, to our very lives! That’s right, it’s the PREDATOR! (Predatory journals that is). We explore! The Wholesome Show is Dr Rod…
Death By Selfie!
Aug 1, 2018 • 23 min
Listener, we love selfies at The Wholesome Show - we’ve taken photos with every z grade celebrity we can get our hands on!… But I have to confess, I didn’t know they were so dangerous… That’s right, 10 times as many people die of selfies every year as die…
Polarised by Disgust!
Jul 5, 2018 • 50 min
Imagine dancing through the forest, barefoot and fancy free. But shoeless, your foot lands… on a slug… and the slug squelches like jelly between your toes. Disgusted? Well it turns out, this is not only objectively gross, but it can make you more…
Night of the Living Mummies: The Sokushinbutsu!
Jun 28, 2018 • 49 min
How’s your yoga game listener? Do you have a pretty wicked warrior two? A solid downward dog? A blissful savasana? You may be pretty awesome… But could you hold your lotus pose UNTIL DEATH? That’s right listener, this week we explore the Sokushinbutsu -…
The Dancing Plague of 1518!
Jun 21, 2018 • 42 min
In July 1518, Frau Troffea stepped out into the streets of Strasbourg and began to dance a fervent dance. She danced through the day - and through the night. In fact, she wouldn’t stop dancing for somewhere between four and six days - and during that time…
In Blockchain We Trust!
Jun 13, 2018 • 62 min
You can’t go anywhere on the internet these days without someone launching something new on the blockchain - a new social network, a currency based on selfies, or a way to fund a trip to the moon! Is the blockchain the greatest new technology since…
Artificial Intelligence and the Black Metal Basilisk - with Genevieve Bell!
Jun 7, 2018 • 76 min
Should we be worried about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Some people (ie Will) worry about Skynet and doombots like Roko’s Basilisk, but Professor Genevieve Bell from the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute reckons there’s far more…
Welcome To The Atomic Gardening Society!
May 30, 2018 • 91 min
The phrase NUCLEAR RADIATION conjures up pretty fearful images these days - reactor meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima, the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the three-eyed fish of The Simpsons. But for a brief window in the 1950s a movement of people…
Life in a Herd Part 7 - What’s It All Mean?
May 23, 2018 • 25 min
Welcome to part 7 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we wrap up - what does it all mean, what…
Life in a Herd Part 6 - Can Big Junk Food Go Straight? With Don Nutbeam
May 23, 2018 • 41 min
Welcome to part 6 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Don Nutbeam,…
Life in a Herd Part 5 - Let’s Make Health Cool (Ironically) with Cynthia Webster
May 23, 2018 • 29 min
Welcome to part 5 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Associate Professor Cynthia…
Life in a Herd Part 4 - Sharon Friel And The Manufacturers Of Disease
May 23, 2018 • 36 min
Welcome to part 4 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Sharon Friel,…
Life in a Herd Part 3 - Racism Is A Public Health Issue, with Summer May Finlay
May 23, 2018 • 35 min
Welcome to part 3 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Summer May Finlay - Yorta…
Life in a Herd Part 2 - Why Focus on Populations? With Professor Penny Hawe
May 23, 2018 • 28 min
Welcome to part 2 of Life in a Herd! In this series we’re journeying with our picnicking epidemiologist upstream to find out who it is who’s chucking the bodies of our modern world into the river. In this episode we talk with Professor Penny Hawe, from…
Life In A Herd Part 1 - Introduction!
May 23, 2018 • 15 min
Three doctors sat down for a picnic by a river. An emergency physician, an intensive care specialist, and an epidemiologist. Suddenly they notice a body in the water! They rush into the current to pull the man ashore, clear his airways and start giving…
Extrasensory Perception And The Replication Crisis!
May 16, 2018 • 65 min
Do you believe in the paranormal? In ghosts? In spoon bending? In the ability to move objects with your mind? If you’re like most rational science minded folks, then - wait for this - I can read your mind and your answer is ‘hell no!’ But what if we told…
The Taste of F Sharp - A Journey into Synaesthesia with Stephanie Goodhew
May 9, 2018 • 25 min
Do you experience a salty taste when your elbow touches things? Or the aroma of oysters when you listen to Brahms? If it’s not hallucinogenic drugs, then it’s probably synaesthesia! We sat down with Dr Stephanie Goodhew to explore all the different…
Rod’s Umbrella Rentals and the Chinese Social Credit System!
May 3, 2018 • 53 min
Your phone rings. But instead of your normal ringtone*… it’s a weird voice saying “The person calling you is dishonest! The person calling you is dishonest!” Welcome to the brave new world of China’s rapidly developing Social Credit System - where…
We Get A Work Healthiness Inspection!
May 2, 2018 • 25 min
Should your boss by you some trainers? Ruthless capitalists probably say no, but they’re dickheads and wrong about a lot. Sensible people are starting realise more and more that the answer is probably yes - it’ll make you healthier, and make their…
Hey Scientists: Let’s Not Research Eugenics!
Apr 25, 2018 • 63 min
Does a huge head correlate with intelligence? No listener, of course it doesn’t! But people used to think that, and wanted to craft society on that basis… But here’s the strange thing. While you might be thinking eugenics is just a historical topic, I…
Prosthetic Giraffe Legs! Professor Margrit Shildrick!
Apr 18, 2018 • 34 min
Simple question listener, but would you cut your arm off and add a totally awesome prosthetic snake arm thing instead? Because people are doing that now and that’s ***totally radical***! Or a complicated ethical leap for society to take. You know, one of…
The Importance of Whispering In Science Communication - Kate Hannah!
Apr 6, 2018 • 14 min
When I say the word ‘hypervisibility’, do you think of those awesome t-shirts in the 1980s that changed colour when you sweated? You probably should, but then you should also think of the problems faced by high profile women scientists and science…
There’s No Luck At The End Of Your Bed! Professor Maja Horst!
Apr 5, 2018 • 11 min
Lots of us think of science as a provider of solutions - but you know what? It’s also - no matter how careful we might be - a provider of problems too. Professor Maja Horst of the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of…
Stopping Wars With Science Communication! (Maybe!) - Karen Brounéus!
Apr 4, 2018 • 14 min
I hate to burst your bubble, but it turns out Freud was wrong! Reliving the past is not a universal panacea - particularly if your past involves hyper traumatic conflict situations… Associate Professor Karen Brounéus is a peace and conflict researcher,…
Evidence Based Radicals! Ayelet Baram-Tsabari
Apr 4, 2018 • 13 min
Hey there listener, do you use evidence in your everyday decisions? Of course you do! For some of them at least… But how evidential is your evidence? Do you test it? Or do you actually use your gut a whole lot more than you think?… We had a chat with…
An Eggplant’s Not Always An Eggplant - Lulu Mateos!
Apr 4, 2018 • 13 min
How’s your emoji game? Do you know your wild eye face from your eyeroll? Your tears of laughter (straight face) from your tears of laughter (angle face)? Which can you use to communicate science? We sat down for a (coffee cup emoji) with Dr Lulu Mateos…
The Department of Organisation - Professor Alan Irwin!
Apr 4, 2018 • 19 min
Listener, do you know what a doyen is? We don’t, but if there’s an international doyen of science communication, then that doyen would probably be Professor Alan Irwin of the Copenhagen Business School - Department of Organisation! We had a great chat…
BREAKING: Sexism Not Solved! (But Christine O’Connell Is Working On It!)
Apr 3, 2018 • 13 min
Sexism continues to present massive barriers in science. But can science communication training get scientists to think differently about the behaviours and structures that shape our scientific world? We had a chat to Dr Christine O’Connell of the Alan…
A Gaffer, A Best Boy and Two Scientists - Prof David Kirby at #PCST2018
Apr 3, 2018 • 12 min
Hey listener, are you one of those people who sits in science fiction movies grumbling about the inaccurate physics, or are you happy with the magical properties of vibranium? Well, if you’re one of the first group, it may please you to realise that…
Does Audible Farting Increase Learning? A Beer With Cognitive Psychologist Eryn Newman!
Mar 28, 2018 • 31 min
Hey listener - do you reckon you’re easy to persuade or do you resist persuasion? If a totally hot bank teller tries to convince you of a dodgy credit card, are you a total sucker? Well we, dear listener, are probably suckers. But happily, according to Dr…
Now Only 30% Slavery! A Beer With Assoc Prof Jo Ford!
Mar 22, 2018 • 32 min
Modern slavery eh - you know what the big problem is? There’s not enough jokes in it! (No, that’s not the problem. The problem is that somewhere between 21 and 44 million people around the world are currently enslaved and we’re all potentially…
Don’t Be The First Adopter? Assoc Prof David Caldicott Talks Pill Testing!
Feb 28, 2018 • 30 min
Party drugs - these days, they’re all the rave! (Sorry, terrible 1990s joke there). But seriously, party drugs are getting more diverse and more complicated every single year. To deal with the complexity, people like our guest in this episode Associate…
You’re Going To Bloody Say Yellow - A Beer with Vanessa De Kauwe!
Feb 21, 2018 • 29 min
What’s your thoughts on disability education. Reckon it’s great? Or are we just doing minimal compliance education not far from the institutional model of the 1950s? We talk with Vanessa de Kauwe who’s finishing up a Phd on bringing science into…
A Bunch of Pseuds! - A Beer with Steve Fuller, Founder of Social Epistemology
Feb 11, 2018 • 30 min
Ok, explainer challenge: how do you explain social epistemology to a bunch of real estate agents at your neighbourhood barbecue? You know who knows how? Professor Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick,…
LIVE SHOW! Licking toads for science at CitSciOz18!
Feb 8, 2018 • 87 min
You know what? If you ask nicely, it’s amazing the things people will volunteer to do. Or at least that’s what some of the world’s leading thinkers on citizen science reckon! We took a trip to the Australian Citizen Science Association Conference to find…
Don’t Spill Beer on The Supercomputer! Dr Leaf Lin, Supercomputer Wrangler!
Jan 31, 2018 • 21 min
They said it couldn’t be done. They said it shouldn’t be done! But guess what listener - we did it! That’s right, your intrepid team at The Wholesome Show went and recorded a podcast inside the thrumming chamber of Australia’s biggest supercomputer. And…
What’s The Magic Wand Bullet? Benny Wilson of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies!
Dec 6, 2017 • 36 min
Hi there international listeners, You may not realise this but Australia has some issues with… how we came to be what we are right now. You know, mass appropriation of indigenous lands, attempted genocide, long centuries of deprivation. The usual colonial…
Magnificent Mundane Governance! Steve Woolgar, Simone Dennis, Kate Henne!
Nov 22, 2017 • 62 min
Mundane governance doesn’t sound too interesting, huh? But it’s actually crazy fascinating! In this week’s episode we crashed this Mundane Governance Conference and had not one, but three beers with three interesting people. And look, we admit it we…
Tax Breaks For Good Sleepers! We talk work with Dr Huong Dinh!
Nov 15, 2017 • 30 min
Hey there listener - personal question, but how many hours do you work each week? Are you one of the 19% (of Australian full time workers, if you’re Australian) who work 50 hours or more? Well you should probably stop it, because it’s going to make you…
Can You Arrest People Over the Phone? We ask Superintendent Cath Grassick of the AFP!
Nov 7, 2017 • 38 min
Here’s a police question for you… How many Superintendents do you reckon it takes to run the Australian Federal Police’s: bomb squad dog squad negotiators search and rescue AND water police The answer is one. Seriously, just one woman. Her name is…
A Dream in Plywood! We talk with our philosopher builder Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington!
Nov 1, 2017 • 31 min
What skillset would you put in charge of a $262 million dollar construction project - an engineer? An architect? A philosopher? We had a chat with Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, a philosopher historian driving a massive construction project… The…
LIVE SHOW: Greens - Funnier Than You’d Expect!
Oct 27, 2017 • 89 min
It’s time for the Greens Institute conference - but what even are Greens anyway today? We sat down with Tim Hollo, Christine Milne, Robyn Lewis and Samantha Ratnam to find out about what they really reckon they are. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and…
Sunday Night Mutation Diagnoses! Professor Carola Vinuesa of the Centre for Personalised Immunology
Oct 25, 2017 • 30 min
Cancer is really just a terrible thing. Up there with the worst things in the world. But do you know it’s… given us something back? We had a beer with Professor Carola Vinuesa of the Centre for Personalised Immunology! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and…
Strap On An Extra Carbon! A Beer With Photosynthesis Turbocharger Ben Long
Oct 11, 2017 • 32 min
Did you know that blue green algae isn’t an algae and in fact is pretty much cows? Well, not quite. But blue green algae is providing a secret to help us turbo charge photosynthesis… Ben Long tells us more! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap, comms…
Modular Mobile Multilevel Maggot Management - A beer with Goterra’s Olympia Yarger
Oct 4, 2017 • 28 min
Listener, we’ll let you in on a secret. Sometimes you record a podcast episode that’s just chockablock with potential episode titles. For example, for this episode we could have gone with: - A Smell That’s a Little Less Offensive - Crickets: Little Land…
The Curious Case of the Designer Vagina! A Beer With Dr Bethany Jones
Sep 27, 2017 • 32 min
What’s the most awkward thing you can imagine two blokey idiots like Rod and Will discussing? Is it the emerging world of DESIGNER VAGINAS? Yes that’s it, you got it right away! Rod and Will had a beer with Dr Bethany Jones, the research detective staring…
Even Hitler liked clean water! A beer with Adam Parris from @SRIatJB
Sep 11, 2017 • 26 min
How do we get interdisciplinary research to work? Adam Parris from the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay New York reckons it’s all about the hugs! We think that’s very practical advice, please do it more if it is at all possible. Consider…
Weird blooms of echidnas! We chat with Jason Cummings from the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust
Sep 6, 2017 • 31 min
Do you prefer woodland or wetland? Jason Cummings doesn’t have to choose, he’s looking after both! Jason’s the General Manager of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and he’s very very pro-betong! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap, Communications…
The Great Juniper Shortage! A beer with The Canberra Distillery’s Tim Reardon
Aug 30, 2017 • 32 min
If you want to go and set up your own hipster backyard gin distillery (and lord knows who doesn’t) here’s the two things you gotta think about: - How to get your junipers - Securing bottles for years to come We had a beer with The Canberra Distillery’s…
The Stark Vacuum of Purpose - A beer with Rescope Project Director Anthony James
Aug 28, 2017 • 32 min
Ok we have to admit, we just had the most hippy conversation we’ve ever had, about live, love, laughter… and how we get our society to where we want it to be. We sat down and had a beer with @RescopeProject Director Anthony James as he heads off to the…
Should compromise be our middle name? A beer with Professor Frank Jotzo
Aug 23, 2017 • 35 min
Frank Jotzo’s a climate economist who’s lived a decade of fights over carbon pricing, but… he’s also a total optimist about solving climate change. The only problem is that to get there, economists have to grapple with (ugh) compromise and (double ugh…
Live Show - Scientists who bloody love their jobs!
Aug 16, 2017 • 96 min
It’s a Live Show! We talk with scientists all the time, and we often hear how happy they are. Well we wanted to explore this in more detail, so we did a Live Show with four of the happiest scientists we could find - Dr Niru Mahendran, Professor Susan…
Anti-love… enhancements? A beer with ethicist Dr Adam Henschke!
Aug 9, 2017 • 34 min
If we gave soldiers an anti-love pill, would that help them win the war? Would it be ethical? But would a love pill be more ethical, or less? We had a beer with Dr Adam Henschke, an applied ethicist from the National Security College at ANU to find out!…
Picking fights Down Under - a beer with The Wall Street Journal’s Mary Kissel
Aug 7, 2017 • 32 min
What’s a Fox News correspondent doing down under, talking to two lefty shits like us? Well, as we all know, The Wholesome Show is Here For Society(TM), and we’ll talk to everyone to make this world a better place. (Even you Cory). This episode brought to…
Do emergency room doctors ever get tips? A beer with Dr Mike Hall
Jul 25, 2017 • 31 min
Do emergency room doctors ever get tips? Look not really, though sometimes people might leave them a half bag of chips. Sweet. OK maybe that doesn’t make you want to be an emergency room doctor. But what if we told you that it’s actually fun, that you…
The most pass-ag upper-middle class dinner party ever - with Thesis Whisperer Inger Mewburn
Jul 18, 2017 • 39 min
Academia… you don’t often hear it described as like the most passive aggressive upper middle class dinner party ever, but it’s pretty much true. We sat down for a beer with a fascinating thinker on the world of academia, Associate Professor Inger Mewburn…
Getting loose exploring politics in Iraq - a beer with Damian Doyle
Jul 11, 2017 • 37 min
Ok, so social movement theory might be, as our guest in this episode describes it, “the rotting carcass of a whale on a beach”… But at least it can help you understand modern politics in Iraq. Or at least that’s what our guest Damian Doyle reckons -…
A wee discussion about cake smuggling - a beer with professional caker Rachel Spangaro!
Jul 5, 2017 • 36 min
OMG I really really want some cake right now. Do you? Well here’s the next best thing - a delicious chat over a beer with Forty-Two Cakes’ professional caker Rachel Spangaro! Bon appétit! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap!
Cyber criminal help desks - a beer with Fifth Domain’s Matt Wilcox
Jun 27, 2017 • 40 min
Ok so apparently cyber criminal outfits - those bad folk who put ransomware on your computer to steal your money - run businesses based on trust. In fact, they care so much about their trusted image they have help desks and customer service departments to…
Let’s eat the carbon! A beer with carbon utiliser Marcus Dawe!
Jun 21, 2017 • 33 min
Hi there listener, I’m going to explode your mind: instead of treating carbon as a waste, we need to utilise as a resource (and then it’s worth a trillion dollars!). We talk with Marcus Dawe, who’s doing just that. The Wholesome Show is @rodl and…
There’s nothing that wrong with incest - a beer with Dr Crid Fraser!
Jun 14, 2017 • 34 min
So if a pregnant monkey gets on a raft and is blown by a hurricane to a new island, is it an invasive species? Apparently you can get shouted down at a biology conference for saying maybe it is… We have a beer with award winning scientist and Kelp Girl Dr…
56 Shades of Worm Farm - a beer with Cid Riley from Global Worming!
Jun 7, 2017 • 35 min
Did you know that worms help each other out when they’re stressed? We have a chat with the world’s first vermi-economist Cid Riley from Global Worming. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap! Brought to you by @ANU_CPAS.
Comics and political fisticuffs - a beer with comicer Stuart McMillen!
May 31, 2017 • 32 min
You can’t push knowledge into a brain, the brain has to suck. We sat down with science comic maker Stuart McMillen to hear how he turns on the brain suck button. Enjoy! The Wholesome Show is @rodl and @willozap, we record at the Wig and Pen Canberra, and…
Summer camp for military bioethics! A beer with military bioethicistist Rev. Dr. Nikki Coleman!
May 24, 2017 • 40 min
Should soldiers obey every command? It depends on if they’re about to kill Hitler, or clean out the inside of a fuel tank… We explore the world of military ethics and moral injury with military bioethicistist Rev. Dr. Nikki Coleman! The Wholesome Show is…
Like a book club for climate change! A beer with The Neighbourhood Effect’s Lily Dempster
May 17, 2017 • 36 min
Lily Dempster’s got an idea for fixing climate change - yay! But you’ve got to talk to your neighbours to make it work (sad face). We sat down for a beer with her to hear how it works! Enjoy!
Co-parenting a river! We have a beer with river-person-whisperer Julia Talbot-Jones
May 10, 2017 • 33 min
In New Zealand there is now a river (the Whanganui) that’s a person - that means technically it can sue and be sued, even though it’s only water! But it’s also a lot more than that… We had a beer with Julia Talbot-Jones to find out more!
Looking for Plu-two! A beer with citizen astronomer wrangler Dr Brad Tucker!
May 3, 2017 • 38 min
Ok we all have to know the names of the 8 planets. There’s like Earth and Jupiter and the one that sounds like your bottbott. But do you know the names of the 9 dwarf planet and the possible new planet 9? We don’t, but we learned some of their names! We…
Not The Arch Nerd of Wizardville - a beer with Australian Quidditch Captain James Mortensen
Apr 26, 2017 • 43 min
What happens when you cross rugby with basketball with ice hockey with American football with dodgeball with wrestling with Harry Potter? You get the booming sport of Quidditch (spoiler, no flying!). We sat down for a beer with the Australian Quidditch…
LIVE SHOW! Post Fact Alternative Truthiness
Apr 20, 2017 • 113 min
It’s a LIVE SHOW! We’re discussing everything POST FACTY ALTY TRUTHY with this awesome panel of Brian Schmidt (Nobel prize winner and ANU VC), Katharine Murphy (Guardian Australia Political Editor), Anna-Maria Arabia (Australian Academy of Science CEO)…
Hugging the curtain - a beer with Dr Sara Quinn, developmental psychologist
Apr 12, 2017 • 41 min
Ok sometimes as a legit researcher you’re required to hide behind a curtain and watch while kids play! We sat down with Dr Sara Quinn who did just that, to find out when and how and why and where kids learn to do the language thing. Enjoy! The Wholesome…
The Chi of the Insect Hunter - a beer with Dr Bryan Lessard
Apr 5, 2017 • 42 min
I don’t mean to alarm you, but some insect hunting entomologists (in the 1960s mind you) hunted horseflies with 10m long bug nets in the nude. Yep, butt nekkid. We sat down for a beer with CSIRO’s Dr Bryan Lessard, AKA Bry The Fly Guy, AKA namer of the…
A cloud of laser cooled atoms on a skateboard - a beer with Dr Nick Robins
Mar 29, 2017 • 32 min
Have you ever seen a fat physicist? It’s ok if you have, but geez some of the physicists we’ve seen know their way around a sledgehammer. We had a beer with Dr Nick Robins today, who’s as happy with laser cooled atoms as he is with smashing concrete for…
Bicycles are a feminist instrument! A beer with our local Commissioner for Sustainability Kate Auty
Mar 22, 2017 • 38 min
We sat down for a beer with our local commissioner for sustainability and the environment, and learnt that bicycles are a feminist instrument, foldable spendable are Irish money and there’s a fuckload of solar panels in Wonthaggie! The Wholesome Show is…
Coming Out As An Alien! A Beer With CEO Of Science Technology Australia, Kylie Walker
Mar 15, 2017 • 44 min
We sit down for a beer with CEO of Science Technology Australia Kylie Walker to talk science advocacy, if prayer works for cancer treatment (spoiler it’s probably science that works) and coming out as an alien!
Can You Actually Kinda Speak Bird? A Beer With Ornithologist Professor Rob Magrath
Mar 7, 2017 • 22 min
If you could talk to an animal, what would you say? Well, we sat down for a beer with Professor Rob Magrath, who kinda actually can talk back to birds! Listen to find out more!
Like an atom after six beers - a beer with Professor Daniel Shaddock
Mar 1, 2017 • 41 min
We sit down for a beer with Professor Daniel Shaddock, one of the team that discovered gravitational waves, and also now CEO of a start up that measures things to within a millionth of the width of an atom! Yay measurement!
Racist Theme Tune? A Beer With ANU School of Music Director Ken Lampl
Feb 22, 2017 • 42 min
Is our theme song racist? We sit down for a beer to find out with total music expert Professor Ken Lampl!
Infinity, get over it - a beer with Matthew Colless
Feb 15, 2017 • 42 min
How good are you at infinity? We talk infinity, space, launching satellites and Hilbert’s Hotel with Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at ANU, Professor Matthew Colless.
Sailing To Antarctica with Merryn McKinnon
Feb 8, 2017 • 35 min
Have you ever been to Antarctica? Rod and Will haven’t, but they spoke to Merryn McKinnon, who’s just back! Also, we talk women and leadership in science because it’s 100% related, and Rod is sad because he doesn’t get a cabin boy.
Introducing The Wholesome Detective Agency
Feb 1, 2017 • 26 min
The Wholesome Show is back, and we’ve got a … strange thing to announce!
Is the rhythm gunna get ya? With Tim Hollo!
Nov 24, 2016 • 44 min
Part 1 of our live show ‘Is the rhythm gunna get ya?’, we sit down and explore the world of classical music with Tim Hollo. An environmentalist and musician, Tim Hollo is founder of Green Music Australia and Executive Director of The Green Institute. He…
Live show: Hey America, what just happened?
Nov 16, 2016 • 109 min
The Presidential Election is over, but OH BOY IS THERE A LOT TO DISCUSS. We sit down for an intelligent beer with Professor William H Chafe, Dr Christine Wallace, and CJ Josh / Deb Mewett and explore everything that happened that made Donald Trump king.…
Live show: Can You Handle The Truth?
Sep 27, 2016 • 103 min
You’ve probably already worked out that we at Team Wholesome have a lot of time to wonder about things. As independently mega-wealthy gentlefolk-of-learning, we often spend weeks lying around the Wholesome Luxury Resort and Day Spa® just wondering. But…
Live show: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
Aug 23, 2016 • 93 min
At The Wholesome Show, we refuse to just sit around and not find out everything we can about how bad things can get. So we’ve spoken to the clued-up people who can tell us things that will properly and thoroughly liquefy our bowels. But that’s not enough…