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Privilege, Inequality and Education: Britain’s Private School Problem - Prof. Francis Green

Privilege, Inequality and Education: Britain’s Private School Problem - Prof. Francis Green

October 13, 2021

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Francis Green is a Professor of Work and Education Economics in University College London Institute of Education. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast Francis discusses the huge problems with the private schooling system in Britain. He draws on his book Engines of Privilege, which he co-authored with David Kynaston. Listen to hear the way Francis articulately unpacks the ways private education is set up to benefit the society in which we live, and ways that we can push to reform this educational apartheid that exists. He clearly explains the way private schools are linked to the top universities and careers, and why it is so important we tackle this historical and entrenched system that persists. He shows why money should not be able to buy education, and highlights the inequality this bestows on society. 

 

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Discussing Orientalism, Colonialism and Israeli Culture - Prof. Yaron Peleg

Discussing Orientalism, Colonialism and Israeli Culture - Prof. Yaron Peleg

October 7, 2021

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In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Prof. Yaron Peleg talks to Hussain about his work that focuses on modern Hebrew literary history, Israeli cinema and Israeli culture more generally. Prof. Yaron Peleg is a Kennedy Leigh Professor in Modern Hebrew Studies at the University of Cambridge. Listen to hear him critically engage in discussions around Zionism and orientalism, colonialism, and Israeli culture. He draws on his research that focuses on various cultural constructs in Israeli cinema, among them gender formation, ethnic identities (Ashkenazi/Mizrahi) and religious identities.

 

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Understanding the Role of RNA-binding Proteins in Virus Infection - Dr. Alfredo Castello

Understanding the Role of RNA-binding Proteins in Virus Infection - Dr. Alfredo Castello

October 4, 2021

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Dr. Alfredo Castello is a Senior Lecturer at MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. He is also a Visiting Academic at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford. Alfredo is the principal investigator of the Castello Lab, and in this episode of The Know Show Podcast, he discusses their work which aims to identify which cellular RNA-binding proteins are involved in infection and how. He talks about the way he applies his methods to different viral models, and the potential RNA-binding proteins have in fighting outbreaks and pandemics to come. Listen for a rare insight into the processes involved in the discovery and the creation of new antivirals.  

 

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Models-based Practice, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy - Dr. Ash Casey

Models-based Practice, Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy - Dr. Ash Casey

September 23, 2021

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Dr. Ash Casey is a Senior Lecturer in Pedagogy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Ash talks about his background in PE teaching, and how this led him back into academia. He discusses pivotal moments within his career, and how these experiences framed his research interests in Models-based Practice, teacher professional development and learning, and the use of technology and social media in teacher development and student learning. 

 

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What Role Do and Should Universities Play in Democracy? - Prof. William Tierney

What Role Do and Should Universities Play in Democracy? - Prof. William Tierney

September 9, 2021

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Prof. William Tierney University Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast he discusses the role that higher education plays in democracy, telling us how they are inextricably linked. Listen to hear him unpack the ways that universities can play a vital role in advancing democracy, and his worries that individuals are too often on the side lines of this, consumed by their internal concerns. He discusses the way universities get funding, the way narratives are controlled, and all things freedom of speech. He draws on his newest book, Higher Education for Democracy, which includes research from India, Hong Kong and the United States. 

 

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Why Equality is Better for Everyone - Prof. Richard Wilkinson

Why Equality is Better for Everyone - Prof. Richard Wilkinson

September 8, 2021

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Prof. Richard Wilkinson is a Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He also co-founded The Equality Trust, which works to reduce economic and social inequality through analysing and disseminating the latest research, promoting robust evidence-based arguments and supporting a dynamic network of campaign groups across the country. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Prof. Richard Wilkinson discusses his career that spans over 40 years, chatting about his two seminal books written in collaboration with Kate Pickett; The Spirit Level and The Inner Level. He talks to Hussain about his incredible body of work both inside and outside of academia. Richard uses his insight and knowledge to discuss climate change and the pandemic, showing how both expose the vast inequality that persists in society, and the clear lack of government action to tackle this. Watch to see Richard unpacking his core argument that remains, and which requires more than ever, campaigning towards—the fact that equality is better for us all.

 

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Understanding the Social and Cultural Significance of Vermin in Society - Prof. Lisa Sarasohn

Understanding the Social and Cultural Significance of Vermin in Society - Prof. Lisa Sarasohn

September 8, 2021

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Prof. Lisa Sarasohn is an Emeritus Professor at Oregon State University. She specialises in Early Modern Intellectual History, and the History of Science. She has published work on Galileo Galilei, Thomas Hobbes, and Margaret Cavendish, which has led her towards her more recent studies that look to the cultural history of vermin. In this fascinating episode of The Know Show Podcast, Lisa discusses her new book ‘Getting Under Our Skin: The Cultural and Social History of Vermin’. She discusses the way vermin have been conceptualised and understood, and what this can tell us about the society we live in. More specifically, Lisa explores how vermin have entered our lexicon, and changed the ways in which we view and talk about class and race. Tune in to listen to Lisa critically analyse the way vermin are utilised in both historical and contemporary discourses, tracing how this has changed over time and what this tells us.

  

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Anthropology, Development and Preparedness - Dr. Chika Watanabe

Anthropology, Development and Preparedness - Dr. Chika Watanabe

August 26, 2021

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In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, Hussain is joined by Dr. Chika Watanabe, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Listen to Chika eloquently discuss her fascinating research, which is more salient than ever in today’s climate. Chika critically analyses development aid, and questions what it means to ‘do good’. She also expands on her most recent research that looks to understand how we learn to prepare for disasters and what this tells us about society. She explains the way we need to be attentive to the taken-for-granted categories within these pedagogies, especially as disasters are becoming increasingly frequent, widespread and varied.

 

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Artificial Neural Networks and How They are Being Used in the World of Football - Donald Barron

Artificial Neural Networks and How They are Being Used in the World of Football - Donald Barron

August 26, 2021

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Donald Barron is the Applied Performance Analysis Lead in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. In the episode of The Know Show Podcast, he discusses his wealth of experience that he brings to the field, having worked in professional football for over ten years. He discusses his research, for example, talking about the process of scouting, scouting teams, and the potential technology has in making this fairer and more efficient. Watch for an exclusive insight into the world of football, academia, and technology in one sitting.

 

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Digital Inequalities: The Role of Digital Media in the Everyday Life of Disadvantaged Social Groups and Vulnerable Individuals - Prof. Ellen Helsper

Digital Inequalities: The Role of Digital Media in the Everyday Life of Disadvantaged Social Groups and Vulnerable Individuals - Prof. Ellen Helsper

August 25, 2021

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Prof. Ellen Helsper is a Professor of Digital Inequalities in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Politics. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, we discuss the digital divide, the impact of COVID-19 on this, and what can be done to combat the inequalities that exist in this space. Watch for an exclusive insight into Prof. Ellen Helsper’s research, where she draws on her current interests that revolve around the links between social and digital inequalities, mediated interpersonal communication, participatory immersive digital spaces (VR, ER), and quantitative and qualitative methodological developments in media and communications research.

 

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