In Our Spare Time

Oxford University

A 45-minute podcast in which a panel of Oxford students and young researchers join hosts Aled Walker and Alice Harberd to discuss their academic and intellectual passions. Each episode will have a different theme, ranging from Marxism to Medieval So...Show More
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The Problem of Evil

48:37 | Jul 26th, 2017

Oxford students discuss the problem posed by the existence of evil in the world to the Christian and Hindu gods.
Nuclear Fusion

39:15 | Jun 13th, 2017

Aled Walker, Justin Ball, Valerian Chen, Jason Parisi discuss nuclear fusion as part of the In Our Spare Time series.
Language, Mobility and Belonging

42:40 | Mar 20th, 2017

A new episode of of in our spare time, this time looking at the social aspects of language.

44:08 | Jan 20th, 2017

Oxford graduate students discuss Criminology, and the societal affects of real-life crime documentaries. In the final months of 2014, the most downloaded podcast on iTunes wasn't on politics or on current affairs, it was no grand historical narrative...Show More
Évariste Galois

42:16 | Jan 18th, 2017

Oxford graduate students discuss the life and work of 19th century French mathematical prodigy Évariste Galois To appear on a commemorative stamp is surely the greatest stamp of fame. Évariste Galois -- 'Révolutionnaire et Géomètre', as the French st...Show More

45:35 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Host Alice Harberd discusses Clytemnestra, a fascinating character from Greek Tragedy, with Emily Clifford and Lily Aaronovitch.
Science and Politics

34:06 | Nov 4th, 2016

Oxford DPhil students discuss the relationship between scientific advice and government policy The relationship between scientists and politicians has never been an easy one. These days scientists advice our government on anything from run-of-the-mil...Show More
The American election of 1896

40:11 | Oct 21st, 2016

Host Aled Walker is joined by DPhil students Nonie Kubie and Daniel Rowe to discuss the American presidential election of 1896, a fascinating and pivotal moment in American history. "Having behind us the commercial interests and the labouring interes...Show More
Shakespeare and Music

41:07 | Jul 25th, 2016

Alice Harberd, Michael Dobson, Fleur Smith, Adriana Stoiber, and Simon Smith discuss Shakespeare and Music.

47:35 | Jun 29th, 2016

Host Aled Walker and guests Cameron J. Quinn and Xavier Cohen discuss the life, the work, and the legacy of Karl Marx. Many famous men and women have found their final rest in Highgate cemetery: Michael Faraday rubs shoulders with George Eliot, Chris...Show More
The Prime Number Theorem

38:02 | Jun 9th, 2016

Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. Prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians since there were mathematicians to be fascinated, and The Prime Number Theorem is one of the crowning achievements of 19th century mathematics. The theorem...Show More
The life of Oscar Wilde

44:28 | May 26th, 2016

Oxford students discuss the life of Oscar Wilde. "What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing." "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." "True friends stab you in the front." Thi...Show More
Medieval Song

44:16 | May 13th, 2016

Oxford students discuss medieval songs. The thirteenth century was a time of great change in Europe. The cities of Florence, Paris and Arras became thriving commercial centres; following the disastrous reign of King John of England, the French crown ...Show More
Cicero's 'De Inventione''

46:11 | Apr 4th, 2016

Oxford students discuss roman senator Cicero. In 43BC, a year after the assassination of Julius Caesar, a man's severed head and hands were nailed to the speaker's podium of the Roman Senate. They had belonged to Marcus Tullius Cicero, who had risen ...Show More
Dark Matter

42:06 | Apr 4th, 2016

Oxford Students discuss Dark Matter. For over three millennia, astronomers have been observing the heavens. Yet, less than one hundred years ago, observations were made suggesting the existence of a previously unknown substance, permeating the univer...Show More