Matthew Cobb on BBC Radio 4—NOW

In about 14 minutes, that is 4:30 p.m. British time, our own Matthew Cobb will be on the BBC Radio 4, participating in the “Infinite Monkey Cage” with Marc Abraham and Brian Cox and WEIT reader Robin Ince. You can listen live at this site.  [EDIT: You can listen again here]


  1. Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Correction…it’ll start in about a minute or so…in the mean time, I’m stuck listening to something about fan fiction….


  2. Dominic
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    She did a theology degree??? Oh dear…

  3. Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Yes. Bacon are brilliant!



    • Dominic
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

      Have you ever noticed it sometimes has a sort of oily sheen to it?

      • Posted November 27, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

        Well, sure. But, to be fair, Bacon died in 1626 and it wasn’t until the 19th century that shampoo was introduced to the British Isles.



  4. Notagod
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    That was Fun!

    And short.

    Might we have another?

    • Matthew Cobb
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      You can download lots of the previous episodes from the Monkey Cage page on the BBC website (see link in post).

      • Dermot C
        Posted November 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

        Yes, it was good, Matthew, kept me amused for half an hour. Thanks. The BBC’s got a bit of a thing going with these light-hearted science progs, the Dara O’Briain telly show is similar, ain’t it?

        What is nice is that these scientists are being put on air in an atmosphere in which their ideas are respected and taken seriously, taken so seriously that you can have a good laugh about them; I get the distinct impression fron US TV and the American commenters on WEIT that it is much more of a struggle for them, science isn’t a joking matter. Terrible, really.

        • H.H.
          Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

          It’s similar to the kinds of things which appear on National Public Radio, which is the closest the U.S. has to government funded programming. But in general there is less science-specific programming.

  5. Dermot C
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Was Palin’s sneer at fruit-fly research in Paris a coded attack on JAC? Obviously there’s the Bushite ‘surrender-monkey’ anti-all-things-French nonsense, but was there more to it than that?

    • Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      I doubt it. Fruit-flies are fairly well-known outside scientific circles as something odd that scientists focus on, with no understanding on why they are so important or disproportionately studied. They’re like inter-knuckle hair in that regard. The difference between the Palins of this world and other non-scientists is that they don’t just not know, they don’t want to know.

    • Dominic
      Posted November 27, 2012 at 3:11 am | Permalink

      She will never have heard of any biologist – she may possibly know who Einstein is…

  6. Christopher
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to this show, my daughter and I had a good laugh over this article…

  7. Marella
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Ooooh, TIMC, my favourite radio program, and you get to meet Brian Cox!! I will download the podcast asap.

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