Chris Morris

Chris Morris is considered to be one of the greatest satirists ever and has been responsible for some of the most controversial, and let’s face it funny, programmes on television. In the UK, comedy writers and performers ranked him number 11 out of the 50 greatest comedy acts ever, above people including Bill Hicks, Peter Sellars and Eddie Izzard.

Apart from being a comedy great, he’s an incredibly interesting guy. He’s performed with Peter Cook, Stereolab used his sketches as lyrics on one of their albums, he won a BAFTA for his first short film and, for ‘Brass Eye’, he tricked a British politician into asking questions in Parliament about a made-up drug called ‘cake’ (which still remains in the public record).

Oh, and he’s also really into science.

Brian and Chris have been friends for several years now. When they get together, conversation tends to start on politics (Brian’s favoured topic of conversation) and move swiftly onto what’s being done at CERN (Chris’s favoured topic of conversation). Brian decided to invite Chris out to Geneva in order to see it all for himself.

Along with Brian, Chris also spoke to other CERN physicists Thorsten Wengler and Albert De Roeck. This podcast takes us to both ATLAS and CMS. We normally go to ATLAS, this is the first time CERN Podcast has recorded at CMS. If you’ve never seen CMS before, make sure you have a look.

Then listen:
[audio:http://www.yada-yada.co.uk/podcasts/LHC/audio/ChrisMorris.mp3%5D
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You may also be interested in our podcasts with Kevin Eldon and Simon Munnery.

Chris Morris at CERN

Chris Morris

Bad Astronomy

Who better to invite to CERN, than the internet’s most popular astronomy blogger, Dr. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer?

Phil and Brian originally met in 2005 when Brian interviewed Phil for a BBC programme about the Deep Impact mission. Since then, they’ve stayed in touch regularly. Phil was even interviewed about science in science fiction for ‘Sunshine’, the film on which Brian worked as the science consultant.

Phil has written loads about his trip to CERN already (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4) and made a video

All we have is this:

[audio:http://www.yada-yada.co.uk/podcasts/LHC/audio/PhilPlait.mp3%5D
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The Bad Astronomer

Phil Plait, satirist Chris Morris and physicist Albert De Roeck at ATLAS

The Bad Astronomer

Phil talking to Brian at ATLAS

The Bad Astronomer

Phil podcasting away at CMS

The Bad Astronomer

Back off, man, I’m a scientist.

Bad Astronomy

Science and Religion

Recently, Dr. Brian Cox was invited to take part in a discussion entitled ‘Is Physics The New Religion?’ at Guildford Cathedral. During the discussion, he and the Dean of Guildford Cathedral, The Very Reverend Victor Stock, found they shared a lot of common ground.

As Victor had invited Brian along to his place of work, Brian decided to return the invitation and take Victor on a tour of CERN. The result is one of the most interesting and enlightening podcasts we’ve done so far.

[audio:http://www.yada-yada.co.uk/podcasts/LHC/audio/DEAN.mp3%5D
(direct link here)

Victor Stock

The Very Reverend Victor Stock

Brian Cox and Victor Stock

Brian Cox and Victor Stock

Victor Stock and Brian Cox

Victor Stock and Brian Cox

Science and Religion

Quentin Wilson


Quentin Wilson is one of Britain’s best-known motoring experts. He presented the BBC’s Top Gear for over a decade before leaving for Channel Five’s rival motoring programme, Fifth Gear.

We invited Quentin to come to CERN because of his interest in engineering, he left with a deeper understanding of the Universe and humanity’s place in it.

[audio:http://www.yada-yada.co.uk/podcasts/LHC/audio/QuentinWillson.mp3%5D
(direct link here)

Quentin Wilson