Windex Pete is a New Orleans local who plays a washboard percussion instrument. We met in the Tremé neighbourhood on the street where he appears in the Cee Lo Green video for ‘Music to My Soul’. Pete tells stories about some of the many famous people he’s met including the Jacksons and Mick Jagger. He explains zydeco music and plays other songs including the soundtrack to his first slow-drag dance with a girl. We also share personal experiences of quitting smoking and the deaths of our fathers.
Alice Schwarze is a physicist with the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and a member of Pembroke College. Alice is a Clarendon Scholar specialising in systems approaches to biomedical science. She currently works on modelling protein-interaction networks for pharmaceutical applications. Alice got interested in physics as a young teen attending Mensa summer camps. We discuss her career development including what it’s like working in a male-dominated field. Alice shares advice for young women thinking of becoming scientists.
August de Loor has been a drugs policy advisor and social worker in Amsterdam for 50 years. Here he explains the social benefits of separating soft and hard drugs through the communal use of cannabis in the coffeeshop system in Amsterdam. August discusses developments in drug culture and recalls his community initiatives including working closely with heroin users and starting a needle exchange as well as running a drug-testing project for many years. August advocates for a “Third Way” of dealing with drugs which comes from society rather than the criminalisation of drug use or the medicalisation of drug rehabilitation.
Jojo Rahamim is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at Oxford University where he is working on quantum computing. Jojo also has experience with particle physics and rocket science and you’ll hear about how nanofibers are made and how rocket thrusters work. We discuss nuclear power, ethics in science, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and even time travel. Jojo shares stories of travelling across India in a rickshaw rally, attending the Burning Man festival, and performing in a children’s entertainment troupe. He also explains the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.