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The Mosaic Science Podcast - audio documentaries and audio versions of our weekly longread. Mosaic is a digital magazine that publishes compelling stories exploring the science of life. Produced by the Wellcome Trust. More at mosaicscience.com.
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Sep 7, 2015

How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to? 

Written by Jenni Diski

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Last Chance Saloon, one man's musical quest to understand his own mental health.


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Aug 31, 2015

Doctor and author Dr Atul Gawande talks to Mosaic's Chrissie Giles about end-of-life care, the death of his father and how his book 'Being Mortal' offers new perspectives on how we can create dignity for all of us throughout our whole lives – including as we age and at the end of life.

Interviewer: Chrissie Giles

Producer: Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking Bad News, by Chrissie Giles, also available on our podcast.

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Aug 24, 2015

Surgery to remove the fallopian tubes but spare the ovaries of women predisposed to cancer may prevent early menopause, but is it irresponsible? Charlotte Huff explores the costs of buying time.

 

Written by Charlotte Huff

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Breaking Bad News by Chrissie Giles, also available as an audiobook on our podcast.

 

 

 

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Aug 17, 2015

Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so.

Written by Jo Marchant

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Secrets of the strong-minded, by Emma Young.

 

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Aug 10, 2015

Brace yourself for the unbelievable next big thing in healthcare: faecal transplants. Bryn Nelson investigates.

Written by Bryn Nelson

Read by Segun Akingbola

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend This is what happens after you die by Moheb Costandi.


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Aug 3, 2015

Do our thoughts and feelings distort the way we understand animal minds? Peter Aldhous argues that to grasp what intelligence is, we need to think differently.

Written by Peter Aldous

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The smartest animal you've never heard of, also by Peter Aldous, In conversation with Jane Goodall by Henry Nicholls, and Porklife: building a better pig by Sujata Gupta.

 

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Jul 27, 2015

What is life like when having your period puts your health at risk and means you are shunned by society? Rose George reports from Nepal and Bangladesh on menstrual taboos.


Written by Rose George

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Why can’t we stop cholera in Haiti? also by Rose George.

 

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Jul 20, 2015

Are the fitness benefits of riding your bike worth the risk of an accident? Lesley Evans Ogden takes a tour of seven cities on two wheels to find out.

Written by Lesley Evans Ogden

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Made for a marathon? by Hayley Birch.

 

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Jul 13, 2015

Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.

Written and read by Geoff Watts

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Killer Dust by Nic Fleming. 

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Jun 29, 2015

What does it mean to be HIV positive in the UK today? Patrick Strudwick meets four people living with the virus to find out.

 

Written by Patrick Strudwick

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

Read the full text original published on Mosaic. This story won the Science Explained category at the 2015 Medical Journalists' Association Winter Awards.

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The woman who discovered HIV, also by Patrick Strudwick.

 

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Jun 22, 2015

What does it mean to be homesick in 2015, and does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.

 

Written and read by John Osborne

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Secrets of the strong-minded, by Emma Young.

 

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Jun 15, 2015

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock.

 

Written by Emily Anthes

Produced by The Guardian

This narration appears courtesy of The Guardian Long Read

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Porklife: building a better pig, by Sujata Gupta.

 

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Jun 8, 2015

Ellie Lobel was ready to die. Then she was attacked by bees. Christie Wilcox hears how venom can be a saviour.

 

Written by Christie Wilcox

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?, by Emily Anthes.

 

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Jun 1, 2015

Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives. 

 

Written by Carrie Arnold

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Blocking the high: one man’s quixotic quest to cure addiction, by Sujata Gupta.

 

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May 25, 2015

Common in the US, rare in Europe and now championed in Africa, male circumcision is hotly debated. Jessica Wapner explores whether the gains are worth the loss.

 

Written by Jessica Wapner

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend The future of Sex, by Emily Anthes, also available on our podcast.

 

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May 18, 2015

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. Moheb Costandi met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells.

Written by Moheb Costandi
Read and produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend How the zebra got its stripes, with Alan Turing by Kat Arney.

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May 11, 2015

Once derided as being like a plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom is being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. 

Written by Emily Anthes
Read by Pip Mayo
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Sex, lives and disability by Katharine Quarmby, and The troubled history of the foreskin by Jessica Wapner. 

May 4, 2015

More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?

Written by Carl Zimmer

Read by Segun Akingbola

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, you might enjoy Why do we have allergies? also by Carl Zimmer. 

Apr 27, 2015

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. 

Written by Virginia Hughes
Read by Pip Mayo
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can meditation really slow aging? by Jo Marchant, and Until: who wants to live forever? our award-winning short film. 

Apr 20, 2015

Phantom pain, experienced in missing limbs, tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. Cycle round Cambodia with a man who treats it with mirrors.

Written by Srinath Perur
Read by Segun Akingbola
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Sex, lives and disability by Katharine Quarmby, or How malaria defeats our drugs, by Ed Yong. 

Apr 13, 2015

What can disabled bodies teach us about sex, and why should we listen? 

Written by Katharine Quarmby
Read by Kirsten Irving
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend The Fetish Scene - Katharine Quarmby investigates why some people are turned on by disability. And 10 Myths About Sex and Disability, exploded by broadcaster Mik Scarlet in one short video. 

Apr 6, 2015

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

Written and read by Michael Regnier

Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend Last Chance Saloon, one man's musical journey to understand his own brain and mental health. An award-winning documentary mini-series, watch the whole box set for free on Mosaic.

Mar 30, 2015

How do you tell someone that they’re seriously ill, or even dying? Chrissie Giles explores how doctors learn and how they deal with the stress and trauma, for both their patients and themselves.

 

Written and read by Chrissie Giles

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Atul Gawande in conversation. Chrissie Giles interviews the best-selling author and surgeon about end-of-life care, writing and how doctors can be better communicators. Watch the 10min video or downloadable extended audio interview.

Mar 23, 2015

When Kim Goodsell discovered that she had two extremely rare genetic diseases, she taught herself genetics to help find out why.

Written by Ed Yong
Read by Segun Akingbola
Produced by Barry J Gibb

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If you liked this story, we recommend How malaria defeats our drugs, Ed Yong's report from the Thai-Myanmar border, one of the last bastions in the fight agains malaria drug resistance. 

Mar 16, 2015

Healthcare in Australia’s Aboriginal communities is hindered by a long history of racial discord between very different cultures. Georgina Kenyon discovers the story of one young woman who died in the 1980s, and asks whether anything has changed since.

 

Written by Georgina Kenyon

Read by Pip Mayo

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Georgina Kenyon's short accompanying article about the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Blood Speaks, Rose George's tale of menstrual taboo in Nepal and Bangladesh. 

 

 

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