The Infinite Monkey Cage

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Award winning science/comedy chat with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests. Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. New Series starting on BBC Radio 4, Monday July 7th at 4.30pm (repeated on Tuesday evenings at 11pm) for 6 weeks.

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  • Irrationality 11 Aug 14

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedians Josie Long and Paul Foot, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Stuart Ritchie to ask "is irrationality genetic?"

    Download 21MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Before the Big Bang 04 Aug 14

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport to the Edinburgh Fringe. They are joined by cosmologists Carlos Frenk and Fay Dowker and actor and comedian Ben Miller and comedian and fellow physics PhD alumnus Richard Vranch

    Download 19MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Can Science Save Us? 28 July 14

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by Stephen Fry, Eric Idle, Professor Tony Ryan and Dr Lucie Green to ask "Can Science Save Us?"

    Download 25MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Does Science Need War? 21 July 14

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    40 mins

    Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests, Katy Brand, Dr Kevin Fong and Philip Ball ask whether science needs war to drive it?

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  • Are Humans Uniquely Unique? 14 July 14

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Ross Noble and evolutionary psychologists Keith Jensen and Katie Slocombe to discuss whether humans are uniquely unique?

    Download 22MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Numbers Numbers Everywhere 07 July 14

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Dave Gorman, and maths author Alex Bellos, and number theorist Vicky Neale to discuss the joy of numbers and why we are all closet mathematicians at heart.

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  • Brian and Robin's Infinite Inbox

    Mon, 10 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Infinite Monkeys Brian Cox and Robin Ince attempt to answer some questions from listeners.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Science and Spin 23 Dec 13

    Mon, 23 Dec 13

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Writer and broadcaster, James Burke joins the Infinite Monkey Cage to explore the world of science communication.

    Download 18MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Should we Pander to Pandas? 16 Dec 13

    Mon, 16 Dec 13

    Duration:
    36 mins

    The Infinite Monkey Cage takes a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the science of biodiversity, conservation and ugly animals, with guests Sandy Knapp, Simon Watt and Sara Pascoe.

    Download 17MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • To Infinity and Beyond 09 Dec 13

    Mon, 9 Dec 13

    Duration:
    35 mins

    The Infinite Monkey Cage takes an irreverent and rational look at numbers, logic and mathematics.

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  • Science Rocks! 02 Dec 13

    Mon, 2 Dec 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    A witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world of fossils and geology

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  • Perception 25 Nov 13

    Mon, 25 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    A witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the science of perception

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  • Risk 18 Nov 13

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    38 mins

    The Infinite Monkey Cage takes a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the science of risk. With Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests Graeme Garden David Spiegelhalter and Sue Ion.

    Download 18MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Science Museum 29 Jul 13

    Mon, 29 Jul 13

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince transport the monkey cage to London's Science Museum to discuss the wonder of science with guests Neil Degrasse Tyson, Josie Long, Richard Holmes and Ian Blatchford

    Download 21MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Alfred Russel Wallace 22 Jul 13

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by biologists Steve Jones and Aoife McLysaght and comedian Tony Law, to discuss the life and works of Alfred Russel Wallace.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • What Makes Science a Science 15 Jul 13

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    38 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by "Bad Science" author Ben Goldacre, neuroscientist Sophie Scott and broadcaster Evan Davis to ask what makes a science, a science.

    Download 18MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Space Tourism 08 Jul 13

    Mon, 8 Jul 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss space tourism with actor Brian Blessed, Dr Kevin Fong and Virgin Galactic's Steven Attenborough

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  • Glastonbury Special 01 Jul 13

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Brian and Robin take to the stage at Glastonbury to discuss quantum cosmology with Marcus Brigstocke, KT Tunstall, Prof Jeff Forshaw and Prof Fay Dowker.

    Download 20MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • What is Death? 24 Jun 13

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss the scientific nature of death, with comedian Katy Brand, Professor Nick Lane and Professor Sue Black.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Christmas Special 24 Dec 12

    Mon, 24 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince get into the Christmas spirit as they look at the science of christmas behaviour.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Creating Life 17 Dec 12

    Mon, 17 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Ed Byrne and science writers Adam Rutherford and Philip Ball to talk about science's quest to create life.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Brain Science 10 Dec 12

    Mon, 10 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Jo Brand and neuroscientist's Sophie Scott and Brian Butterworth to ask whether science will ever be able to really understand the human mind.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Secret Science: 03 Dec 12

    Mon, 3 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by Simon Singh, Sue Black and comedian Dave Gorman to talk codes and secret science as they discuss the extraordinary achievements of Bletchley Park.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Improbable Science: 26 Nov 12

    Mon, 26 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined on stage by comedian Katy Brand, biologist Matthew Cobb and science editor and ignobel prize giver Marc Abrams to discuss improbable research and whether some areas of scientific research are just pointless.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 19 Nov 12: Space Exploration

    Mon, 19 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince talk space exploration with Sir Patrick Stewart, Ben Miller and Professor Monica Grady.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 23 July 12: Art v Science

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince pitch Science against Art at the Latitude Festival. With guests Al Murray, comedian and actor Sara Pascoe, Cosmologist Andrew Pontzen and particle physicist Jon Butterworth.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 16 July 12: Parallel Universes

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox, Robin Ince are joined by Professor Sir Martin Rees, Dr Lucie Green and QI creator John Lloyd to discuss the possibility of parallel universes.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 09 Jul 12: Symmetry

    Sun, 8 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, biologist and broadcaster Adam Rutherford and graphic novelist Alan Moore to discuss all things symmetrical.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 02 Jul 12: Does Size Matter?

    Mon, 2 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Andy Hamilton, materials scientist Mark Miodownik and engineer Eleanor stride to discuss whether size really matters?

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 25 Jun 12: Science Mavericks

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at this year's Cheltenham Science Festival to discuss science mavericks, with guests Marcus Brigstocke, Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, medic and science broadcaster Kevin Fong, and evolutionary biologist Aoife McLysaght

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 18 Jun 12: Oceans

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince get the urge to submerge as they are joined by guests Dave Gorman, Lloyd Peck and Bramley Murton and ask whether its true we really know more about the surface of the moon than our own oceans.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 26 Dec 11 Science of Christmas

    Mon, 26 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince celebrate the science of Christmas with Professor Richard Dawkins, actor and writer Mark Gatiss and science journalist Roger Highfield.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 19 Dec 11: Physics V Chemistry

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    It's the ultimate battle of the Sciences as Physics goes head to head with Chemistry. Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain take to the ring to defend Physics and Tony Ryan and Andrea Sella make the case for Chemistry, with Robin Ince as ringside referee.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 12 Dec 11: Science of Sound

    Mon, 12 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and former acoustics student Tom Wrigglesworth, Professor of Acoustics Trevor Cox and Professor Chris Plack to discuss the science of sound. Recorded at the home of the BBC Philharmonic in Salford.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 5 Dec 11: Origin of Life

    Mon, 5 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian and musician Tim Minchin, Dr Nick Lane and Adam Rutherford to discuss the origin of life

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 28 Nov 11: A Balanced Programme on Balance

    Mon, 28 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Katy Brand, Simon Mayo, Sir Paul Nurse and Professor Steve Jones for a look at how science is portrayed in the media and the issue of scientific balance.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 21 Nov 11: What's The North Ever Done For Us?

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox head north to the Manchester Science Festival to discuss the great city's contribution to scientific discovery. With impressionist Jon Culshaw, physicist Jeff Foreshaw and Biologist Matthew Cobb

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 04 July 11: Science and the supernatural

    Tue, 5 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox pit science against the supernatural, as they explore ghosts and other paranormal phenomena with the help of actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 27 June 11 - Glastonbury Special

    Mon, 27 Jun 11

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox prove science is the new rock and roll as they take to the stage at Glastonbury, with guests Billy Bragg, Graham Coxon, Shappi Khorsandi and Professor Tony Ryan.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 20 June 11 - Is Cosmology really a science?

    Mon, 20 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox transport The Infinite Monkey Cage to the Cheltenham Science Festival with guests Alan Moore, Dallas Campbell and Professor Ed Copeland. They talk about ideas that are pushing the frontiers of Cosmology and ask whether some of these theories are based more in science fiction than science fact.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 13 June 11 - So you want to be an astronaut?

    Mon, 13 Jun 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    So you want to be an astronaut? Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by space experts Chris Riley, Dr Kevin Fong and comedian Helen Keen to discuss the future of human space flight.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 6 June 11 Six Degrees of Separation?

    Mon, 6 Jun 11

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by Stephen Fry, Simon Singh and Aleks Krotoski to discuss the maths behind 6 degrees of separation and whether there is something special about Kevin Bacon that seems to make him so well connected?

    Download 15MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 30 May 11 What Don't We Know?

    Mon, 30 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Paul Foot, Science writer Marcus Chown and geneticist Steve Jones, to ask "What Don't We Know?"

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 06 Dec 10 Is Philosophy Dead?

    Mon, 6 Dec 10

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Alexei Sayle, Philosopher Julian Baggini and Professor Raymond Tallis, to ask "Is Philosophy Dead?"

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Randomness, Probability and Chance

    Mon, 29 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Tim Minchin and mathematician Alex Bellos to talk randomness, probability and chance.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 22 Nov 10 Modern World

    Mon, 22 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Paul Foot, technology writer Aleks Krotoski and chemist Professor Tony Ryan, to discuss whether the modern world is a force for good or evil?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • Mon 15 Nov 10 Apocalypse

    Mon, 15 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by writer and comedian Andy Hamilton, science broadcaster Adam Rutherford and solar scientist Lucie Green to discuss whether the end is indeed nigh, and whether science can save us.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 5 July 2010 - Things Can Only Get Better?

    Mon, 5 Jul 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince look at the notion of perfection and whether the latest advances in the biomedical sciences could ever lead us to the perfect body.

    Download 14MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 28 June 2010 - Science Fiction, Science Fact

    Mon, 28 Jun 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests discuss multiple dimensions, alternate universes and look at whether science fact is far more outrageous than anything Hollywood or science fiction authors could ever come up with.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 21 June 2010 - Trust me, I'm a Scientist

    Mon, 21 Jun 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian and Robin are joined by special guests Ben Goldacre and comedian Dave Gorman to discuss the notion of trust in science.

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 14 June 2010 - Popular Science

    Mon, 14 Jun 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by guests Ben Miller and Robert Winston to explore the choppy waters of science and fame. Are we are entering a golden age of science popularity?

    Download 13MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 21 Dec 2009 - Science and Religion

    Mon, 21 Dec 09

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Robin and Brian are joined by Victor Stock, Dean of Guildford Cathedral, and science journalist Adam Rutherford for a special Christmas edition of the programme.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 14 Dec 2009 - Quantum Physics

    Mon, 14 Dec 09

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Physicist turned comedian Ben Miller joins Brian and Robin to discuss quantum physics, and if astrology really shares its roots with more scientific pursuits.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 07 Dec 2009 - Extraterrestrial Life

    Mon, 7 Dec 09

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Robin and Brian are joined by alien abduction expert Jon Ronson and Seth Shostack from the SETI Institute in California to discuss science conspiracies, UFOs and the search for ET.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

  • 30 Nov 2009 - Science and Comedians

    Mon, 30 Nov 09

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Former cosmologist Dara O'Briain and Dr Alice Roberts join physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince for a witty, irreverant and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.

    Download 12MB (right click & "save target as / link as")

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