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What if you could glimpse into LGBT+ life from decades ago? Since 1974 volunteers at Switchboard, the LGBT+ helpline, have written notes in the charity's log books. Hosts Tash Walker and Adam Smith are re-opening these pages today, to explore untold stories from Britain’s queer history. Each episode explores a different theme from LGBT+ life through log book entries, dozens of voices sharing their own memories, and conversations about being queer today. https://www.thelogbooks.org Support th ...
 
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This week, Dr Suzi Gage takes us on a deep dive into the misconceptions, myths, and misinformation surrounding drugs. Plus, we find out about jealous Buddhists, Suhail exposing hypocritical government officials, and re-wiring the brain. (Just a quick note: this episode was recorded in March and contains some references to ketamine) You can get Suzi…
 
Season 2 of The Log Books is coming soon... Our unique exploration of the UK’s queer history through the pages of Switchboard’s log books will be strong, reflective and antiviral! If you’d like to support our work in bringing season 2 to life, you can contribute financially at supporter.acast.com/thelogbooks. In this preview episode, Tash, Adam and…
 
This is the final episode in our mini-series exploring health conditions Oz sat down with Shaheen to find out about her expierences with her mum's rare form of dememntia and the journey to diagnosis. We chat about stigma, care responsibilities and gender roles in the Bangladeshi community, and what it's like to be isolated as a carer. He also hears…
 
We're on the third episode of our mini-series looking at health conditions. This week, we're chatting to Roma Agrawal (engineer/author/build-er of The Shard) about her experience with infertility and her journey through IVF. We hear about engineering a baby, overbearing aunties, and her very real fear of embryo mix-ups. You can find Roma on Twitter…
 
This strange moment in history is bringing feelings of isolation and loneliness to so many of us. The coronavirus lockdown has even slowed the production of season 2 of The Log Books, as Tash and Adam are stuck at home. So let’s talk about it. We’ve based this special lockdown episode on untold stories from calls to Switchboard from the 70s and 80s…
 
The second episode in our new series where we explore various aspects of health! This episode, we're joined by Tyla Grant - an autism advocate behind the YouTube channel "Adulting Autistic." She talks us through what it's like being a Black woman diagnosed at 17, mental health, and why people need to stop talking about "curing" autism. Also there's…
 
We're embarking on a new series where we explore various aspects of health! To wave goodbye to its awareness month in March, we're looking into endometriosis, a chronic condition affecting 1 in 10 women in the UK. Suhail had a chance to sit down with journalist Anita Jones (@AnitaNnekaJones) to find out more about her journey with endometriosis - d…
 
This week, Suhail chats to George Anderson about his life. The 2008 Financial Crisis left George homeless and wandering the streets of London. No longer having his job working within the NHS, he began selling the Big Issue magazine outside of the BBC building in the centre of the city. With a background in psychiatry, he talks to Suhail about how m…
 
We’ve taken The Log Books out of the archive for LGBT History Month! We recorded this special episode in front of an audience at an event in London on February 5th 2020. You’ll hear fresh voices and familiar ones, including Tash and Adam. As ever, we are led by the handwritten notes made by volunteers in Switchboard’s log books from 1974 to 1982. T…
 
We're joined in the studio by journalist Shivani Dave to discuss the current Coronavirus outbreak that has spread internationally from Wuhan, China. We break down the science of the virus (termed 2019-nCoV or 2019 novel coronavirus) and find out what steps the World Health Organisation has taken to limit the spread of it across the globe. And in a …
 
This week, we're talking about the male contraceptive injection. RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) has passed clinical trials and is being touted as the first consumer available male contraceptive (capable of being effective up to 13 years). From the pill to the coil, we look at the history of contraception and discuss what this…
 
Hello listeners, thank you for joining us through the laughter and tears of queer life in Britain from 1974 to 1982. In this final episode of our first season, Adam and Tash reflect on the stories we’ve all heard. We love hearing your reactions to the stories we’re telling too. Please keep them coming! The handwritten notes in Switchboard’s log boo…
 
For the last episode of 2019, we're talking about TI taking his daughter for an annual "virginity check", the sociology of sex, and how white feminism has put people around the world at risk Follow us on social media and send us your questions! Follow us on twitter/instagram: @whynotadoc Email: whynotadoc@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
 
The early log books open up a world before HIV, showing what it was like for LGBTQ+ people needing healthcare between discos in the 70s. A doctor and a patient are among those who tell Tash and Adam what it was like. Some of the same infections are on the rise again today, as explained by Dr Tristan Barber, a consultant in HIV and sexual health. Co…
 
People often make a phone call because they are lonely and isolated, as the log books at Switchboard show. Exploring this issue, Tash and Adam hear from Tony Whitehead and others who took such calls in the dead of night. Chryssy Hunter explains about the issue of loneliness among our LGBTQ+ elders today. Content warning: stories about racism, inclu…
 
In the 70s, there was no such thing as an “LGBTQ+ community”. The log books reveal how identities, labels and definitions have always been in flux among those with minority sexual and gender identities. Former Switchboard volunteer Diana James is among the contributors who explains all this to Tash and Adam. Transgender and non-binary activists Owl…
 
The 70s was a hotbed of activism, from lesbians fighting for child custody to gay men demanding equal laws for the age of sexual consent. Tracking the movement through the log books, Tash and Adam hear from activists on the frontline, including Lisa Power and Ted Brown. Meanwhile, young activists in a resurgent Gay Liberation Front discuss the acti…
 
The log books are full of stories about raids on parties and arrests made in public toilets, as the police sought to stop men having sex with men in the 70s and 80s. Tash and Adam hear from the people who suffered through unfair laws and police persecution, a lawyer who defended them, and a retired police officer with regrets. Contributors include …
 
This week, we're back in the studio to discuss all things political. Now that the UK is gearing up to a General Election, we've got voting on the mind. Mark Zuckerberg recently said that Facebook wouldn't be rejecting political adverts that were deemed to contain false information, with Twitter deciding to ban political adverts altogether. However,…
 
A quick glimpse into Switchboard’s log books from the late 70s might make you think that every caller wanted to know about sex. Tash and Adam hear from former volunteers such as Femi Otitoju on advising callers about how to do it, where to cruise, and importing sex toys. Contemporary poems from Michelle Mangal, Annie Hayter and Richard Scott put se…
 
Pubs and clubs have brought LGBTQ+ people together for many years—to chat, plot, dance, and hook-up. Tash and Adam listen to stories from nights out in the 70s/80s, from the log books and new interviews. They hear how Elaine and Lyn’s lives changed forever in a pub more than three decades ago, and from the queer babes behind Aphrodyki, one of Londo…
 
We're back in the studio for a flying visit and talking about the amount of cocaine found in London and how it's affecting the local animals. You can hear Oz on BBC Asian Network Network talking about Dating Disasters with Mobeen Azhar ------------------------------------------------- Music by Grapes & Evan Schaeffer -------------------------------…
 
This week, we're joined in the studio by Elijah Lawal to discuss his new book - "The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes" From sex and sports to crime and drugs, Black people encounter stereotypes everyday. In his book, Elijah gives out the tools he thinks that people need to shut down racism - bringing together humour, research,…
 
This week, we talk rent. In the UK, the minimum cost of living by yourself is anything from £18,000 - £27,000 per year. It's of little surprise that 2 out of 3 single twenty-somethings live with their parents. With multi-generational homes being common in countries around the globe - why do so many British people see it as a bad thing? We find out …
 
This week, Oz is joined by Cerys Bradley from The Coming Out Tapes to talk about the history of bad science involving the LGBTQ+ community. We talk about the obsession with the "gay gene", the treatment of Caster Semenya, and how Britain's colonial history is linked to protests in Birmingham today. Plus we head to UK Black Pride - Europe's largest …
 
This week, we've got Roma Agrawal in the studio to talk about her life in engineering and how she ended up spending 6 years of her life building the Shard - one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. We talk about beef with the Burj Khalifa, creating something new in the centre of a huge city, and Oz's history on a teleshopping channel (plus Alex…
 
In a 2018 interview, Akon stated that Black people don't need to be vaccinated in order to go to Africa. This week, we discuss the role of culture in medical misinformation. Plus, we chat to Dr Furaha Asani as to why certain communities might be less likely to accept vaccinations and why labeling them "anti-vax" ignores their legitimate concerns - …
 
This week, we're live at the Royal Institution with journalist and author Angela Saini to discuss her new book Superior: The Return of Race Science. We discuss the origins of scientific racism and how, through covert adaptation, the idea that there are superior and inferior races has survived up to now. Plus with a famous scientist lending credibil…
 
This week, we discuss our journeys with mental health and what it means to seek help when your culture doesn't acknowledge mental health issues. We learn about Alex's struggles with connecting to therapists, Suhail's journals, and how coming to the UK changed Oz's views on openly talking about mental health. This is an updated and remastered versio…
 
We're still at Afrotech Fest! We speak to one of the youngest people teaching people how to code globally and chat about using machine learning to help people who communicate with sign language. Plus we chat to Chama Kay about what it's like being a non-techie at a tech festival, working on community projects, and his plan for the perfect drink saf…
 
This week, we're at Afrotech Fest and chatting about Fyre Festival, what it's like to be a single parent, and how designing a product is a lot harder when nobody cares about the users. Plus - do we really need an app for everything? You can contact Lydia on her site and on twitter at @lydiaonlife ------------------------------------------------- Mu…
 
This week, we're diving into the world of dating as we discuss how websites and apps have changed the dating landscape. With social media platforms being pushed to have a legal duty of care to protect the most vulnerable, we ask if apps like Tinder, Hinge and Bumble need to safeguard their users. Oz talks race fetishes, Suhail talks bikinis, and Al…
 
This week, we've got Alex Fefegha in the studio to chat about how he uses emerging technology to make society better. We chat human-digital interactions, AI, and why he thinks that the internet is a "Repository of Evil". With the rise of programs like the Met Gangs Matrix and other international initiatives, we discuss what algorithms mean for the …
 
This week, we chat to Dr Furaha Asani about medical misinformation, drug trials, and how we can prevent people with HIV from getting other infections. Plus, we talk mental health (while black), how to avoid people touching your hair, and what it's like to be a Nigerian who needs a visa to go (back) to Nigeria. --------------------------------------…
 
We're returning to Migration Trail - the immersive web experience using maps, data and audio to chronicle the journey of migrants across Europe and beyond. We chat to Alison Killing, the creator of Migration Trail, to find out more about the project and how they've used data visualisation to create engaging narratives. Everything from prototyping w…
 
This week, we're discussing how James Watson, winner of the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, caught heat for making comments about race, genetics, and intelligence. For our book discussion, we're diving into Inferior by Angela Saini and looking at how science and society can feed into one another when it comes to bias. Plus, we loo…
 
This week, we're joined by Dr Kwasi Kwakwa to talk about microscopes, physics, and why Hana thinks scientists should stop trying to ruin films. Suhail finds out that he's not the only one who watches Sharknado and we discuss how correlation doesn't mean causation. ------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media and send …
 
This week, we look into the world of so-called "smart drugs" - from caffeine to modafinil. Alex makes Oz and Suhail trial cognitive enhancing supplements and we find out how online pharmacies use legal loopholes to sell prescription drugs. ------------------------------------------------- Follow us on social media and send us your questions! Facebo…
 
This week, Alex and Suhail travel to the University of Southampton to meet with Nikhil and Charlie - two researchers at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR). We chat about 360 audio, soundscapes, cutting-edge car stereos, and how we can use vibrations in medicine, architecture, and more. Plus, we sit down with our experts and answer…
 
This week, Alex goes to see Robot Wars (and drags along Simon and Dan). Back in the studio we talk about real robot wars - the use of robotics in warfare. From drone strikes to Boston Dynamics, we discuss contemporary robotics and what the future of warfare could look like. You can find Simon on his YouTube channel and his podcast, The Wikicast. Yo…
 
This is our live show in Bristol from our tour last month. In the run up to our episodes on genetic testing, we discuss ancestry tests and Alex comes up with the most unethical way to show Hana and Suhail where they're supposedly from. SORRY FOR THE AUDIO QUALITY. This is from our backup recorder as the ones provided by the venue didn't properly re…
 
Migration Trail is a project that uses maps, data and audio to chronicle the journey of migrants across Europe and beyond. Although the characters (David and Sarah) are fictional, their story is derived from real-world experiences of migrants coming to Europe. We explore the immersive interactive web experience and join the characters on their jour…
 
We talk to Jozef Youssef - Chef and founder of Kitchen Theory - about the psychology behind food, the importance of our senses and what the future of food might look like. Alex contemplates eating jellyfish, Suhail describes his perfect lab grown burger and Oz struggles with eating insects. And with the news that Ötzi (a 5000 year old mummy found i…
 
This week, Alex breaks down the Gangs Matrix. Launched in London by the Metropolitan Police in 2012, this database of suspected Gang members has come under fire recently for racial profiling. In a city where 40% of people are Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority, this database is more than three quarters black (78%) with people as young as 12 are being …
 
This week, we get sad that Oz is leaving us to go to Portland for a while. To commemorate this, we break down the science and tech involved in travelling by plane - from purchasing tickets to baggage reclaim. What will the future of flying look like? Why do we have to turn our phones off during take-off and landing? Why do Suhail's bags always get …
 
This week, we review Carlo Rovelli's book - The Order of Time. Join us as we delve into the philosophy of time, quantum physics and the limitations of Benedict Cumberbatch's voice. You can find The Order of Time on Amazon Merch You can get our stickers here - these are limited run so once they're gone, they're gone (at this price). Follow us on soc…
 
This week, we talk about the latest news in science and tech. We go into how ethnic minority people have to wear sunscreen (and how the guys never do). Suhail talks about the news that ancient humans might have expressed autistic traits and how that might have led to the world's first prehistoric art. Plus, Oz and Alex get neurotic about being dark…
 
We're joined by Dr Rohin Francis - a cardiologist and PhD student looking at hearts. We talk about the coolest tech in cardiology, how hearts differ across the animal kingdom and how treatment of heart disease might change in the future. Plus we find out how being dead might invalidate your right to having privacy on your phone and Oz plans a murde…
 
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