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Podcast title Action Science Theatre
Website URL https://actionsciencetheatre.c...
Description The world’s greatest podcast combining action, science and, undeniably, theatre
Updated Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:32:49 +0000
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Category Comedy

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1. Episode 50: Aiming at the Shrew
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Description: The Natural History Museum – a fine institution full of dusty, dead things. A bit like the House of Lords. Satire. But how do you get into the Museum’s collections? Win a raffle? The X Factor? Who knows? One man who hopes he does is Douglas Smith. Will he get his shrew past the tough […]

2. Episode 49: Rights and Wrongs
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Description: Things haven’t always been fair at Christmas. In the old days, before the Snapchat, some people didn’t get everything they wanted. Women. They haven’t always had it easy. But there are some who fight for their rights! And there’s no better time to do it than when the nights draw in and those shops open […]

3. Episode 48: Gibbon Half a Chance
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Description: Ooh be do. I want to be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you. Ooooh. Modelling yourself after successful people can have ups and downs. For every “being open to new ideas” there’s a “wake every morning at 4am”. If only King Louie understood that. Of course this is unrelated to […]

4. Episode 47: Breaking the Mould
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Description: Aaaaaaaachoo! Oof. Sorry about that. I really must stop rubbing my face with things I’m allergic to. Like cats. Of course scientists are doing their best to cure us of diseases – and to do this they like to stick things in our crevices. Get ready for international travel! Animals! And lots of hot nose […]

5. Episode 46: Not Very PC
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Description: The 1980s. Cool music, solid haircuts, adventurous films and neoliberalism. Everything a decade should be. And it was when the big, successful computer companies started their rise. And not only the successful ones. Join us to for a story of the also-rans. The followers. The failures. The Great British computer companies. Chris Sessions – Brian Mackenwells […]

6. Episode 45: Bullet Time
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Description: Guns. Dangerous things. Well, one end is. Really as long as you’re not standing in front of the little bit on the front you’ll be okay. They never point that out in gun statistics do they? What about all the people who were BEHIND the gun? Having established that guns are safe, let’s use one […]

7. Episode 44: Frank and Shine
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Description: Scientists. What are they like, eh? Not content with filling the world with “facts” and “ideas” they’re also very fond of weird experiments. One minute you’re waiting for the 49 bus, the next you’re being attacked by a murderous fog that’s escaped from a laboratory. They also like removing and adding brains to things. And […]

8. Episode 43: The Shamhattan Project
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Description: BOOM! I love mushrooms. They’re a tasty and healthy alternative to meat. And they’re great fried in butter, like so many things in life. But what about mushroom clouds? They don’t taste so good in garlic and breadcrumbs. How about an adventure about them though? That’s something you’d like isn’t it? Well, here you are. […]

9. Episode 42: Crimea River
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Description: Pie charts. Not as fattening as the name suggests. They’ve been miscommunicating information for a long time now, and baffling people with their unnecessary 3D effects. Of course the reason we have them at all is down to the ‘lady with the lamp’. She was always working in the dark which explains the bright default colours […]

10. Episode 41: Mystery Cubed
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Description: Wait, 2 counter-clockwise turns off the upper-level should… No… 3 clockwise rotations of the left-most sector will… No. We all hate Rubik’s cubes. Hate them completely and utterly. More than life itself. But there are some total weirdos who do like them. Join some of these fine people as they grapple with lining up little […]

11. Episode 40: Gone to Seed
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Description: Have you ever had one of those friends? You know the type, will get you into trouble and then disappear when the going gets tough. Irish. Co-writer of the podcast you make. Named Brian. I think I may be giving you too much of a peek behind the curtains… There hasn’t been enough Scandinavia in […]

12. Episode 39: A Right Hook from the Back Office
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Description: I bet you love all those expensive comic book super hero films, don’t you? I can tell by the pyjamas your you’re wearing. Well, have you ever wondered what it’s like for the people who help them? You can’t run a crime-fighting enterprise without back room staff. Join us for the tale of some of those […]

13. Episode 38: The Marshun
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Description: Space. A big, empty void full of nothing. That’s what the AST writers have to contend with every month. So, the easiest thing is to take someone else’s idea. PARODY! We’ve been here before with this fella, but this time he’s getting left on Mars. It’s just like a certain big budget blockbuster that came […]

14. Episode 37: A Point-Mass Carol
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Description:   Woooooaaaahhhhh! Wooooooaaaaaahhhhh! Scared? Enough to make you rethink your life choices and embrace the Christmas spirit? Of course. That’s how it always works. We have gone totally Christmas Carol crazy in this episode. Get ready for mistletoe, mulled wine, carol singers and our old friend Sir Isaac Newton. It’s our gift to you. Narrator – Dan […]

15. Episode 36: Radio Blah Blah
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Description: Travelling around the country is fun. And you can increase the fun by searching the airwaves to find local radio stations to listen to. The playlists, attitudes, and opinions have remained remarkably stable over the past 30 years. And that’s exactly what we all need more of in our lives. One such radio station is […]

16. Episode 35: Dolly Mixture
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Description: Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, and due to the fact I’ve been cloned it’s very similar to the wool you already have. Ah, I love a classic nursery rhyme. Get ready for this, as there’s a lot of skulking and flashbacks. Make a good 70’s cop duo wouldn’t […]

17. Episode 34: Uncivil Engineering
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Description: Nemesesises’s. We all have one. Whether it’s the newsreader who always seems to be giving all the bad news DIRECTLY TO YOU, or the man whose evil plans you keep thwarting. Or that guy who’s sleeping with your girl / boyfriend. Yep. Now you know. We’ve all known for ages. Stop whatever it is you’re […]

18. Episode 33: The Good, The Bad, and The Scientist
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Description: Which is best? Cowboys, ninjas, or pirates? The answer is cowboys. Well, it is right now. In this, the latest slice of drool-encouraging action science, we meet cowboys. And we don’t just mean the cast. Join Sheriff Brady and his assistant / sidekick / deputy, Parker, as they attempt to foil the machinations of that […]

19. Episode 32: Broom Raider
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Description: Bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah! Bah bah bah bah bah! You recognise it don’t you? Don’t you? Come on. No it’s not that one. The other one. The one with the guy in the hat. No I can’t just tell you in case the lawyers are reading. You’ll figure […]

20. Episode 31: Danse Danse Macabre
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Description: They can’t get rid of me, you know. Do you know why? Because I know where the bodies are buried. The sweet, valuable bodies. That’s right, AST is going all dark and deathy. The best way to listen to this episode is to turn off the lights and close your eyes. Unless you’re in a […]

21. Episode 30: Gravitational Push
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Description: How does one make oneself a success? Is it by finding something one enjoys and making that a profession? Or by pursuing a successful profession that already exists? Frankly, we don’t know or care. We have other things to worry about. I mean, there’s another royal baby for Queen’s sake. Come now to Cambridge, where a […]

22. Episode 29: Radio Times
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Description: “Satellite, satelliiiite, of looooove…” Lou Reed was, no doubt, thinking about the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, when he wrote those seminal words in 1972 (he may have written them before 1972 of course, we just can’t say right now, and it’s irrelevant to my point). Of course, not everyone was happy about the […]

23. Episode 28: DN-Hey!
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Description: If I told you to put some of your bodily fluids in a bag and send it to me, what would you say? You absolute animal. Nowadays you can do this, and some chap or chapette will tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about your fluid’s history. One man who wants to try […]

24. Episode 27: It's All Rover
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Description: Space exploration. When you think about it, it’s just like darts. Hurling projectiles into the dark depths hoping to get  a treble-twenty. You could get glory, or end up drinking in a pub on a Tuesday afternoon while everyone else is at work. Good place to meet NASA scientists. THEY’VE SENT A ROVER TO MARS! […]

25. Episode 26: Lark-eology
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Description: The desert. Unchanged for millions of years. Yet witness to a prophecy come true. That one day, people will dig and find stuff. And some of that stuff will be interesting. Get out your shovel, scratch your beard and let’s get digging. Have we found the missing link? Do we need to? Does everything need […]

26. Episode 25: Have Yourself A Crabby Little Christmas Island
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Description: What things remind you of Christmas? Holly? Mince pies? Mulled wine? Crabs? Prepare to enter a new era of Christmas where we huddle around the fire and eat crabs and cranberry sauce. Of course, what we’ve done here is played on the fact there is a place called Christmas Island and there are loads of […]

27. Episode 24: Ron-spiracy
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Description: Have you been talking about me? You have, haven’t you? Behind my back! To everyone! You’ve been talking about the noise I make when I eat kippers! Never trust anyone. That’s what my financial adviser used to say. Never. Trust. Anyone. It’s easy to see how conspiracy theories take hold. They suggest there is order […]

28. Episode 23: Much Ado About 4.2 Billion Km
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Description: Pluto! Pluto! Here, Pluto! Pluto is a long way away, and is a barren, featureless rock. No wait, that’s Australia (just kidding, kangaroo lovers!). Some people can’t make up their minds about things. Spaciticians can’t make up their minds whether something is a planet, or a speck on their telescope. So Pluto has always provided […]

29. Episode 22: Determined Sex
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Description: Sex. It’s everywhere. Whilst you’re reading this there will be several incidents of sex happening nearby. Does that make you feel dirty? Well, let us cleanse you. In an audio sense. Back in the early 1900s, we didn’t really understand what made men and women different. But now we do, and thank goodness. Eh? Come […]

30. Episode 21: A Mean Time with Greenwich
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Description: “Excuse me?” “Yes?” “Do you have the time?” “I do. I have it written on my hand. It’s 7.30am.” “Thanks, no, wait. How do you know that’s right?” “I checked it with the speaking clock.” “Ah, excellent. Thanks.” Time is a strange thing isn’t it? I mean, you’ve just spent some of it reading this […]

31. Episode 20: Inflated Ego
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Description: Pfffff. Pfffff. Pffffff. There we go. I’ve tied 37 balloons to this chair, that should be enough to get me to the moon. Here I go – and release! Oh. Why aren’t I going up? This is awkward. Now I look ridiculous. Oh well, while I untie all these balloons why don’t you settle in […]

32. Episode 19: Wrecklessly Subordinate
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Description: Dive! Dive! Dive! Whoah! Exciting huh? Your heart is pounding, adrenalin courses through your veins, and your left eye twitches uncontrollably. Well calm down buddy, you can’t listen to audio drama with all that going on. Have a cup of tea and settle in for this aquatic adventure. Will they find Nemo? Will they Moby Dick? […]

33. Episode 18: Christmas Crackerz
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Description: Well, I wish it could be Christmas every day. It would certainly help the retail industry. Talking of which, this one’s set in a shop. No ordinary shop though, one of those special Christmas shops that spring up everywhere and then disappear again like Shangri la. But better because you can buy tinsel. Join Michael […]

34. Episode 17: Death by Dewey
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Description: Libraries are a great place for a snooze. You can stash yourself away in a quiet section (say, computer programming languages, pre-1990) and get yourself a good 20 minutes kip without being disturbed. And you can keep that tip for free. But the life of a librarian isn’t all shushing people and cleaning up sleepy […]

35. Episode 16a: A Waste of Time
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Description: “We are pleased to present a guest episode of Action Science Theatre created especially for LabLit.com!” LabLit.com If you could travel back in time and bring anyone back to the modern day, who would it be? Our choice? We’d leave them where they were, but suggest more people wear hats. Very tall hats. A lot […]

36. Episode 16: The Man with the Golden Game
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Description: Na na na na na, na na na… WAIT! They have trigger-happy lawyers. Stop that. So this episode is about a spy. A spy who likes girls and drinking. But isn’t like any other spy character who likes those things. Oh no. It’s really a tribute to… No… No it isn’t a tribute to anything. […]

37. Episode 15: Green Man Cross Code LIVE!
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Description: Somewhere, in a field in Wales… Some Nobel-prize-winning scientists have arrived at a science conference to share their knowledge. But it isn’t a conference. It’s a festival. With dirty people and music. And what’s more, they’ve lost their Nobel prizes. Which goes to show anyone can disappoint you given a long enough timescale. Will they […]

38. Episode 14: Space Stationary
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Description: In space, no one can hear ice cream. But then no one can hear it on Earth either. Unless it’s being fed to a noisy child. So, I bet you were all wondering the same thing we were: what if Commander Hadfield had been, rather than a lovely man, a bit of a dick? Well, […]

39. Episode 13: Name Calling
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Description: Do you know what you are? Do you? Do you really? Do you want me to tell you? Right now? To your face? You… You… YOU… Are an AST listener! Well done. Wise choice. The Internabbly Pobbly of Zoomebumly Nomenclammy-wammy (or something, you’ll have to listen to someone competent saying it) sounds like a fun […]

40. Episode 12: Jimmy Calendrics
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Description: All together now… “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday AST, happy birthday to you!” Well done, excellent work. A particularly good range of tenors amongst you. AST is 1 year old! (Okay, not quite. Obviously we didn’t start with an episode zero though. Shut it maths people.) To celebrate we have […]

41. Episode 11: Ice, Ice Maybe
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Description: We know 3 facts about the Antarctic: It’s cold They have penguins Penguins tend to poop everywhere Into this icy, poop-covered wasteland comes Bill Chesham – a man seeking quiet isolation. Instead, he’s in for the adventure of a lifetime. Will Bill find out what the clanging sound is? Who solved the Rubik’s Cube? And […]

42. Episode 10a: War of the Cotswolds
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Description: Anyone who knows the AST crew personally may have noticed a cock-sure swagger that they seem to conduct themselves with these days. It’s the confidence that only comes from doing almost a year of audio drama podcasts. Recently we decided to harness this power and put it to work. So we entered a competition. This […]

43. Episode 10: Voyage of the Hammed
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Description: Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! There are no pirates in this episode. Let’s get that out of the way first up. What have pirates ever done for science? Other than contributions to cartography, and encouraging people to bury important things. It took ages to find Newton’s Principia I understand. Join the crew […]

44. Episode 9: The Weighting Game
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Description: How much does a kilogram of feathers weigh? Did you say 1 kilogram? If you didn’t, you may need some help using that electronic device you’re reading this on. Sneaky people are after it. Not the feathers, the kilogram. The original. Which is in a vault in France for safe keeping. And these are no […]

45. Episode 8: The Time Artist
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Description: What? What do you mean there’s no such thing as time travel? Sorry? No, you’re breaking up. Can’t hear a word. Join us, Actioneers, for another slice of adventure beyond the lens of the microscope. Steve and Patrick are friends that work in an office. Much like most of you are. But they’re about to […]

46. Episode 7: They do it with Magnets
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Description: How do you confuse Prof Brian Cox? Put him in the Large Hadron Collider and tell him to stand in the corner. Sal is a gumshoe. That means everyone wants to slap him. His old flame Mabel needs some help, there’s been a murder at the LHC. Will Sal solve the case? Will they find any […]

47. Episode 6: How Science Saved Christmas
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Description: Jingle bells, science smells, dum dum dum der der… Science and Christmas, natural enemies right? Wrong. There was a time when science saved Christmas. And this is that story. Join Wolf Bilkington and Kipp Faero as they journey across the North Pole, and have a very surprising encounter. Will Santa survive the ordeal? Will the […]

48. Episode 5: Solvay-nt Abuse
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Description: In 1911 a crack team of physicists from around the world assembled in the unheard-of town of Brussels in darkest Belgium. This was the first Solvay conference. Among these know-it-alls were little-known scienticians Albert Einstein and Marie Curie (aglow with her success). This much Wikipedia will tell you. But now Action Science Theatre presents the […]

49. Episode 4a: Science Shoot-off LIVE!
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Description: Some people seek truth, some seek justice, others seek the adulation of others to feed their egos. One such person has come to the globally recognised phenomenon of Science Showoff, with a presentation to wow the crowd. But two unknown gun-persons have other ideas. Will he survive? Will the cast remember to speak into the […]

50. Episode 4: Brain Training
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Description: Michael and Evan are doctors. Not good doctors, but doctors nonetheless. They’re on their way to Edinburgh on the Caledonian Sleeper for a conference, to talk about doctory things, when a mysterious illness breaks out. Will they make it to Edinburgh? Will they ever get to stop running? When will they call last orders at […]

51. Episode 3: Peril-osaurus
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Description: Greg Brown is a paleontologist, a paleontologist who specialises in bar chart colours and theories that upset small children. Join him and his friend Eloise Burke, and Detective Inspector Lynn Weyland-Smith as they try to stop Professor Zorbo and his pet Ninja from making Greg the next species to become extinct. Greg Brown – Dan […]

52. Episode 2: Blood Feud
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Description: Sir Charles Daly-Humbert, the British Empire’s greatest gentleman biologist, has just received a worrying letter from his brother Sir Duncan Daly-Humbert, the British Empire’s greatest gentleman explorer. What’s going on? How are swans involved? Will the accents sustain? Listen and find out! Sir Charles Daly-Humbert – Brian Macken Edna Egerton – Ciara Kelly Tobius / Hotel […]

53. Episode 1: Jane Grey, Action Mathematician
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Description: Join Jane Grey, and her erstwhile sidekick, Jasper, as they try to ensure Jane submits her PhD whilst being pursued by murderous cultists! “With its roots in the kind of caper films and/or radio plays popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Jane Grey: Action Mathematician proves diverting entertainment, even if the plot is a tad far-fetched.” Radio Drama Reviews Online Jane […]