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Ben Yeoh chats to a variety of thinkers and doers about their curiosities, ideas and passions. If you are curious about the world this show is for you. I have extended conversations across humanities and science with artists, philosophers, writers, theatre makers, activists, economists and all walks of life.
 
We tend to reduce food and health to bitesize nuggets of information, like calories or BMI. It’s understandable; numbers are easily digestible when we’re looking for answers or a quick fix. But the thing is, there’s a lot more to health – hey, there’s a lot more to life! – than the numbers you see on the back of a crisp packet or on the scales. Geneticist Dr Giles Yeo feels we need a bit more space to think about the relationship food has with our body, our mind, and even our soul! Join Gile ...
 
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Economist Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Cambridge University. She co-directs the Bennett Institute, where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her work has touched innovation, technology and intangibles; sustainability, inequality and measuring beyond GDP. We discuss the challenges of the curren…
 
Mark Ravenhill is one of our greatest living theatre makers. I claim this in part because of the length of his writing career, 25 years+ and still going strong, and in part because of the variety of form and type of work. His work has extended into directing and performing Mark will be co-artistic director (with Hannah Price) of the Kings Head thea…
 
Sally Phillips is well known for her award winning acting, writing and comedy. She had roles in 'I'm Alan Partridge', 'Smack the Pony', 'Green Wing', and 'Miranda'; and in the US, Veep. In 2016 she fronted the documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' (BBC2). I think she should also be better known for her disability rights advocacy. We talk a…
 
Why is it important that we feed our souls? And how do we square what we know about eating ‘healthily’ with our desire for food? Different foods will trigger the reward and pleasure centres of our brain to differing degrees; alongside chef Tim Anderson, Dr Giles Yeo explores what it is about certain foods that makes them so comforting. Why Calories…
 
How does malnutrition – through over or under-eating – affect people's bodies, minds, and lives? Why should nations care about the nutrition their citizens are getting? Dr Giles Yeo is joined by restauranteur and food policy advocate Spike Mendelsohn to discuss why eating less healthy food is often not a choice individuals can make for themselves. …
 
What is it about ultra-processed foods that makes us both crave them and struggle to stop eating them once we’ve started? And how might our genes affect our desire for them? Presenters, doctors, and identical twins Chris and Xand Van Tulleken join Dr Giles Yeo to explain what they’ve learnt about the effect UPFs can have on the body through their o…
 
How does individual shareholder activism work? How does personal agency and systems change work together in a theory of change? How do we become change makers? What did Catherine's mother teach me? Catherine is Chief Executive of ShareAction. She coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment Catherine was recognised by the Wo…
 
What affect does your gut have on your physical and mental health? And how can your poo help you track the health of your gut? Once DJs travelling the world eating processed food and drinking alcohol, identical twins Lisa and Alana Macfarlane now think about putting lovely, fibrous food in their bodies in order to promote good bacteria in their gut…
 
Tassos Stevens is artistic director of Coney. The transcript of the podcast here. Prior to Coney, he did a doctorate in Psychology, won the inaugural James Menzies-Kitchin Award for theatre directors, did the NT Studio Directors Course, ran the ROAR platform to support new work and new artists on the London fringe, and also worked as critic, teache…
 
Matt Clancy is a progress fellow at Emergent Ventures. He teaches at Iowa State University and writes on Substack a newsletter called New Things Under the Sun, which you should subscribe to if you are interested in anything innovation related. Matt has also synthesised many of the emerging studies on remote working. Transcript and video links here.…
 
Why are people who are physically active better at regulating their appetite? And are fats or carbs a better fuel source when you’re exercising? Science journalist and former elite distance runner Alex Hutchinson joins Dr Giles Yeo to explore whether it’s possible to build muscle on a plant-based diet, and why it’s so much easier to consume calorie…
 
Why do people of different ethnicities have different susceptibilities to diseases like type 2 diabetes? And how are our fat cells affected by our genes? Dr Rupy Aujla is a doctor, author, and podcaster; he joins Dr Giles Yeo to talk about what modern medicine can learn from ancient principles and ingredients, and why obesity isn’t a choice, but a …
 
Short introduction to Ben Yeoh Chats. If you are curious about the world this show is for you. I have extended conversations across humanities and science with artists, philosophers, writers, theatre makers, activists, economists and all walks of life. Episodes include: -What is like to go to Columbia University at 15 and be valedictorian with Leop…
 
Lee Simpson is a founder member of Improbable (theatre makers and improvisers), a long time Comedy Store Player (since the 1980s) and one of Paul Merton's Impro Chums. He’s also been a croupier, cinema projectionist and breakfast show DJ. He’s written plays, appeared in sit-coms and in some films, been on some Radio 4 panel shows and once did a ver…
 
What role do our genes play in influencing what we like to eat? And what affect do genes have on body weight? Geneticist, author, and broadcaster Adam Rutherford joins Dr Giles Yeo to explain why how well your body handles certain nutrients is largely due to where in the world your ancestors were living thousands of years ago. Plus, he helps Giles …
 
I had an excellent chat with Leopold Aschenbrenner. Leopold is a grant winner from Tyler Cowen’s Emergent Ventures. He went to Columbia University, aged 15, and graduated in 2021 as valedictorian. (Contents below ↓ ↓ ). He is a researcher at the Global Priorities Institute, thinking about long-termism. He has drafted a provocative paper encompassin…
 
How does what we eat affect our brain... and how does our brain affect what we eat? Kimberley Wilson is a chartered psychologist with a degree in nutrition. She was also a finalist in series four of The Great British Bake Off. Alongside geneticist Dr Giles Yeo, she explores the role food can play in both our character traits and mental health, as w…
 
I chat with C. Thi Nguyen who used to be a food writer and is now a philosophy professor at University of Utah. Thi thinks about trust, art, games, and communities. We discuss his first book, Games: Agency as Art. The book is about how games are the art form that work in the medium of agency. We chat about the difference between play and games and …
 
We tend to reduce food and health to bitesize nuggets of information, like calories or BMI. It’s understandable; numbers are easily digestible when we’re looking for answers or a quick fix. But the thing is, there’s a lot more to health – hey, there’s a lot more to life! – than the numbers you see on the back of a crisp packet or on the scales. Gen…
 
Anton Howes on innovation history, the improving mindset and progress studies. Anton Howes is an innovation historian and policy thinker, we have a fascinating wide ranging conversation on innovation. Transcript and video available here. We discuss raising the prestige of innovators today, but consider it easy to say but harder to enact. Anton argu…
 
Tom Gosling was a partner at PwC, and an advisor to boards around executive pay and incentives, governance, and strategy. He's currently an Executive Fellow at London Business School and helps steer the work of the purposeful company collaboration. Tom speaks about the benefits of purpose and the risk of corporate puff. We touch on audit reform and…
 
Jonathan Meth is a dramaturg, extraordinaire, director, curator, very involved in the European theatre and disability arts. He's a lecturer at Goldsmiths. He's worked with many of the major theatre organizations in Britain, and he's a fascinating theatre thinker. We speak about dramaturgy and theatre as playwright lead and theatre as colloboration …
 
Rishi Dastidar and I chat about life, poetry, writing and poets always having another job. Rishi gives advice on how to be a poet, embracing Insta poets and whether last lines are harder than first lines, or second books harder than first books; and why we love lists and why we need to pay more attention to verbs. He is open to offers from companie…
 
I chat to Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, about her love of birding touching upon birdsong and the mysteries of migration. We discuss accessibilty to nature, activism what in birding terms is a “lifer” and how to “pish”. There’s a transcript (unedited) here plus links to topics we talk about. Links: Black2Nature, Charity fighting for equal access to …
 
We discuss the award winning book, Fathoms: the world in the whale by Rebecca Giggs. Our conversation covers seeing the history of humanity through the lens of the whale, activism movements, and the poetic in writing. Whales as an extractive industry and why the book is not prescriptive in what we might do. We play overrated/underrated. Rebecca rat…
 
Today I’m launching something I’m very excited about. It’s called Live Life In Flow. I've been facilitating human personal growth for over 25 years and over that time, I've learnt a few things and met inspiring people. Today, so many people seem to struggle with work-life balance, and so it always fascinates me when I come across people who seem to…
 
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