29 May 2009

Little Atoms with David Aaronovitch

On this week's show, Neil and Padraig welcome back David Aaronovitch, for his third Little AToms visit.

David Aaronovitch is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on international politics and the media. He started his media career in television, working as a producer on ITV's Weekend World, and The BBC's On The Record. He has previously written for The Guardian, The Observer and The Independent, winning numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year 2003 and the Orwell prize for journalism in 2001. As a broadcaster he has appearanced on the satirical TV current affairs programme Have I Got News For You and made radio broadcasts on historical topics. David is currently a regular columnist for The Times. David's most recent book is Voodoo History: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.

22 May 2009

Little Atoms with David Eagleman

This weeks Little Atoms features a pre-recorded* interview, Neil Denny in conversation with Neuroscientist David Eagleman about time perception, synesthesia and many possible afterlives. The interview includes David reading one of the short stories from his new book.

David Eagleman is is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, where he directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia and neurolaw. He is also a fiction writer. David's most recent book is Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives.

* The mp3/podcast will feature an extended version of this interview.

15 May 2009

Little Atoms with Chris French

On this week's show Neil and Padraig are joined in the studio by Psychologist Chris French.

Chris French is a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and heads the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, which he founded in the year 2000. Chris teaches a course entitled Psychology, Parapsychology and Pseudoscience as part of the BSc (Hons) Psychology programmes at both Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.He is also the co-editor of The Skeptic magazine.

08 May 2009

Little Atoms with Simon Singh

On tonight's show Simon Singh makes a return visit to the Little Atoms Studio.

Simon Singh is an author, journalist and TV Producer, specializing in science and mathematics. Simon studied physics at Imperial College, London before completing a PhD in particle physics at Cambridge University and at CERN Geneva. In 1990 he joined the BBC's Science and Features Department, where he was a producer and director working on programmes such as Tomorrow's World and Horizon.

Simon has previously written two best-selling books, Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book, for which he subsequently produced and presented television adaptations for Channel 4, and then another best-seller, Big Bang: The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It. Simon's latest book, co-authored with Edzard Ernst, is Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial.

01 May 2009

Little Atoms with Philippe Sands

Tonight's guest on Little Atoms is Philippe Sands QC.

Philippe Sands QC has been Professor of Law at University College London since 2002 and has also taught at Boston College Law School, Cambridge University and New York University Law School. He is the author of the acclaimed Lawless World: Making and Breaking Global Rules as well as several other books on international law. He participated in the negotiation of the 1992 Climate Change Convention and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. He is a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers and has been involved in leading cases before English and international courts, including those concerning Senator Augusto Pinochet and the Guantanamo and Belmarsh detainees. Philippe's latest book is Torture Team: Uncovering War Crimes in the Land of the Free.

23 April 2009

Little Atoms with Noam Chomsky

On this week's Little Atoms Neil Denny and Padraig Reidy talk to Noam Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky has been described as the world's greatest public intellectual. Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Chomsky earned his academic stripes as a young linguistics professor at MIT in the 1950s. His theory of transformational grammar, forged at this time, posits that the capability to form structured language is innate to the human mind. But the general public first came to know Chomsky for his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam war. For more than 40 years, he has been the academy's loudest and most consistent critic of US policies at home and abroad.

Chomsky has written more than 40 books, includng American Power and the New Mandarins, Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy and Failed States, and continues to lecture frequently, as prolific a provocateur as ever.

17 April 2009

Little Atoms with Dr Anthony Daniels AKA Theodore Dalrymple

On this week's show Neil Denny talks to Dr Anthony Daniels.

Dr Anthony Daniels is a recently retired doctor and psychiatrist formerly working in a hospital and prison in Birmingham, England. Writing under the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, he is a prolific author of numerous essays and opinion pieces carried in the Wall Street Journal, Cato Institute, The Spectator, Daily Telegraph, New Criterion, City Journal and New English Review. his books include Life at the Bottom, Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses, Junk Medicine: Doctors, Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy, and In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas.