Posts tagged #faces

8/4 - I Am A Gazelle

"I’d love to know why you keep winning. If I can work that out, I’ll share it with you."

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

What does it take to be an Olympic champion?

Performance Scientist Dr Steve Ingham knows: he’s supported over 1000 athletes, including Steve Redgrave, Matthew Pinsent and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Steve Ingham and Olly Mann at the Cheltenham Science Festival, 2018

Steve Ingham and Olly Mann at the Cheltenham Science Festival, 2018

In this insightful interview with Olly, he reveals how the tiniest details of an athlete’s training programme, the words and music used to motivate them, and even the occasional exposure to injury and failure can combine to create a world-class performance.


Steve also hosts a podcast, Supporting Champions, which you can download here.

Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart considers the phenomenal growth of ‘robocalls’ in the USA - and wonders whether this trend will soon infiltrate the UK too.

In this week’s Foxhole, Alix Fox advises a listener who wants to bring sensory deprivation into the bedroom. How should one go about introducing cuffs, blindfolds, and pinwheels to a less enthusiastic partner?

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Elsewhere, for this week’s Lifehack, Amanda Keetley from offers up her Top 3 tips on how to eliminate single-use plastic from your life.

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Finally, our record of the week is ‘Wrestling’ by Self Esteem, available to stream now:

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Posted on July 17, 2018 and filed under Season Eight.

5/5 - Subliminal Criminal

Does the mind of a murderer look any different to yours?


Can brain-scanning technology help explain criminal activity? And if could - should that evidence be admitted into court?

Dr Lisa Claydon, Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University, has spent decades considering these questions. In this fascinating interview with Olly, recorded at Cheltenham Science Festival, she explains the issues around neuroscience in the courtroom, from the problems of malingering and false memory syndrome to the sometimes dubious defence of ‘automatism’ used by murdering sleep-walkers...


Elsewhere this week, Ollie Peart explains why he’s getting emotional about a giant pig, how to get your favourite film back on the big screen, and the latest way to bring your Pornhub experience to life. And, in his quest to become a true trends insider, he attempts to enrol on to an elite dating app, and hitch a ride on a ‘parliamentary ghost-train’ with some real experts.

Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox reveals why an exfoliating sponge could become your bedroom essential, and answers a listener question about polyamory, with plenty of pointers for those seeking plenty of partners. Along the way, she translates much seemingly inpenetrable poly-lingo, explaining away ‘cowgirl’, ‘mono’, ‘frubbly feelings’, ‘metamores’ and ‘NRE’.

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Finally our song of the week is Albin Lee Meldau’s track ‘Persistence’, off his debut EP ‘Bloodshot’, released on the 21st July:

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Posted on July 4, 2017 and filed under Season Five.

2/9 - How to Win at Shopping

The men who make you buy stuff. 

What makes you buy a product? The look? The smell? The layout of the shop? In today's cut-throat business world, none of that is left to coincidence: behavioural science is influencing the design of high street stores, supermarkets and online emporiums alike. 

In this episode, Olly meets consumer psychologists Reece Akhtar and Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos from University College, London to uncover how we consumers are manipulated into buying stuff we don't want or need via retailers cleverly appealing to our fear of scarcity, desire to belong or our basest instincts. So, next time you go shopping, you'll know what to look out for - you'll never walk the floor tiles in Tesco the same way again!


Elsewhere, Ollie Peart considers 'ice cream van wars' and KFC-flavoured nail polish in The Zeitgeist, and Alix Fox discusses animal role-play and sex toy cleaning regimes in The Foxhole

Music is provided by The Anchoress and their track 'Doesn't Kill You', out now on Kscope Records:

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Posted on May 31, 2016 and filed under Season Two.