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Pick of the Podcasts: Women of Science and Music, The Bugle and The Home Section Podcast

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Women of Science And Music (Electric Voice Theatre) 

Electric Voice Theatre is an acclaimed company that is involved in a number of innovative projects for the arts.

For its latest venture, it is producing a 30-part podcast series called Women Of Science And Music, which examines the lives and stories of British female scientists and their composer equivalents, and any links between them.

The series has grown out of Minerva Scientifica, set up in 2013 to look at the links existing between women scientists in history and the present day, and finding ways of increasing public engagement with not just the science, but the issues encountered by the female scientists, through a parallel exposure to women composers.

As part of the many initiatives of Minerva Scientifica, there has been a UK tour and an Edinburgh Fringe show.

The latest development is the podcast series. In each episode, experts uncover a story from the past, often bringing it into the modern day.

The first episode looks at Shena Fraser, a composer from Stirling. Through two of Shena’s songs, the podcast connects to the lives and work of marine biologist Nora Miller, and astronomers Mary Somerville, Caroline Herschel and Williamina Fleming.

The third episode focuses on two doctors, 100 years apart. Adeline Campbell, born in Kirkcaldy at the end of the 19th Century, was an early volunteer with the Scottish Women’s Hospital in the First World War, whose courage and dedication eased the path for those women who followed in her footsteps, like critical care doctor Thalia Monro-Somerville of St John’s Hospital in Livingston and Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary, who has been on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

The series promises many interesting episodes to come.

The Bugle (Avalon)

Three hundred episodes in, the transglobal satiricast continues to break down the news, with host Andy Zaltzman taking a sideways look at world events with an international line-up of comedians such as Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, John Oliver and Nish Kumar. Let’s face it, there is no shortage of talking points these days, so we can see The Bugle going for at least another 300 episodes, such is its popularity.

The Home Section Podcast (Avalon) 

Seen most recently in Peter Crouch’s Saturday night BBC TV show, Alex Horne and his band are joined in the basement by a very special guest for some musical mayhem and plenty of laughs.

They were due to finish their most recent series, their fourth, in March, but decided to extend it to provide some light relief as we endured the early weeks of lockdown. Tune in to hear the likes of Robbie Williams reworking some of his songs.