The E&T podcast

The E&T podcast

E&T magazine presents a rolling series of audio podcasts to accompany each issue of the magazine. Engineering and technology developments, news and interviews will be covered throughout the series. 

You can download individual episodes from this page or subscribe to the entire series either via Apple's iTunes software service or via RSS on any Android device. All episodes are available free of charge.

E&T cover image 1210 Episode 22

In this episode, we meet artist and computer historian Dr David Link, the winner of the Tony Sale Award for Computer Conservation; hear about social enterprise collaboration from Felicity Wohltman, Vice President, Solutions, Mindjet Inc; catch up with the Eccentric Engineer, as Justin Pollard discusses his new compendium of unexpected engineering tales; talk to Robert Evans, CEO of Cenex, about electric vehicle battery costs and future technology; and finally reimagine Ian Fleming's James Bond as the engineering and technology savvy super-spy Ian Tee. [NB: the music that accompanies the Ian Tee reading is by The Surf Champlers, from the album Champloo A Go Go, performed by Kenji Yano]

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E&T cover image 1209 Episode 21

In this special edition of the E&T podcast, we take a different approach as features editor Vitali Vitaliev chairs a round-table discussion between author Anthony Peake and science writer Piers Bizony on the nature of life and death.

E&T cover image 1208 Episode 20

In this edition of the E&T podcast, we talk to Rob Sobers from Varonis about what people need to be aware of in the cloud era; to Richard Hirons, clinical specialist prosthetist at Össur UK Ltd about Oscar Pistorius’ running blades; to documentary filmmaker Chris Paine about his new film ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’ and to Ed Parsons of Google about geospatial engineering.

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E&T cover image 1207 Episode 19

In this edition of the E&T podcast, we talk to LOCOG chief executive about the main press centre in the Olympic Park; to Bullfinch Gas, about the design and manufacture of the burner used in the torch; to Professor Steven Yearley about genetically modified athletes; to Dermot Turing and Google’s Peter Baron about the London Science Museum’s new exhibition, Alan Turing's Life & Legacy'; to Dan Lewis about the likelihood of establishing a UK spaceport; and to Jonathon Rossiter and  Peter Walters at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory about their soft robotics projects.

E&T cover image 1206 Episode 18

In this edition of the E&T podcast, we look at smart farming with Peter Mennake from DeLavel; sports engineering with Dr David James from Sheffield Hallam University; ethical hacking with Mohammed Naseer, Penetration Tester at Tranchulas Ltd; 100 years of the Strowger telephone exchange system at the Avoncroft Museum, home of the National Telephone Kiosk Collection; at the service tunnel for EuroTunnel with the French; and at wind farm power transmission with Norman MacLeod from Alstom Grid.

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E&T cover image 1205 Episode 17

In this edition of the E&T podcast, we catch up with the latest service robots at Hannover Messe; hear about 50 years of innovation at Cambridge; about Nissan's first all-electric car, the Leaf; lend an ear to the Victorian piano music being archived by the Bodleian library at Oxford; find out how advertisers are using gamification technology to better engage consumers and learn what BP expects from students entering its Ultimate Field Trip engineering competition.

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E&T cover image 1204 Episode 16

In this edition of the E&T podcast, Jim Al-Khalili on the question of geoengineering; storm chasing with Joshua Wurman; reflections on Titanic from descendents of passenger and crew, and the latest developments for traffic and road safety from the Intertraffic Exhibition.

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  E&T cover image 1203 Episode 15

In this edition of the E&T podcast, Dickon Ross attends the iF design awards; Vitali Vitaliev goes to the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris to find out how e-health initiatives are keeping our Gallic friends healthy; Dominic Lenton interrogates the axis of engineering and comedy to find out how well the two combine; Jonathan Wilson enters the House of Commons to join EAL in celebrating 20 years of bringing apprentices and industry together; and taking his inspiration from our cover feature about Titanic's legacy, Vitali Vitaliev braves the high seas to take a trip across the English Channel aboard the latest high-tech P&O ferry.


E&T cover image 1202 Episode 14

In the latest long-form E&T podcast, James Hayes attends the NEXT25 reception at the Science Museum in London to hear about the progress of the Making Modern Communications gallery; Dominic Lenton attends the RI High Fivers recruitment advertising awards and talks to the winners; Abi Grogan talks to Gino De Gol from Robocoaster, who pioneered the innovative use of robotic arms in theme park rides; director general of the CBI John Cridland waxes lyrical on the need for the government to back UK business abroad; Vitali Vitaliev talks to Willi Fuchs, executive director of the Association of German Engineers; Jason Goodyer catches up on the latest in rescue technology and Sofia Mitra-Thakur talks to ESRI UK about using geographic information mapping software to battle the pirates on the high seas.

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E&T cover image 1201 Episode 13

In the fourth long-form E&T podcast, Abi Grogan interviews Jon Timmis, Professor of Natural Computation at the University of York to talk about the field of swarm robotics; Jonathan Wilson talks to Hassan Miah, the CEO of UrFilez, the digital music streaming company, as it prepares to launch its mobile music app in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar; Joe Rukin, campaign coordinator for Stop HS2, opens this issue's Can of Worms to lay out the objections to the government’s proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham; Vitali Vitaliev attends the Cartes and Identification event in Paris and meets Sesame security award-winners Gemalto, which unveiled its cloud-based Just4YourEyes e-mail encryption software solution; and Rachael Fergusson reports from the BETT show at London’s Olympia, the annual showcase of UK and international educational technology products, to hear what new technologies will be entering classrooms soon.

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E&T cover image 1112 Episode 12

In our third long-form podcast, Rachael Fergusson interviews Professor Frank James about the final edition of Michael Faraday’s letters, published by the IET; Jonathan Wilson hears from electronic music pioneer Thomas Dolby about his latest work and his reflections on technology past, present and future; Dominic Lenton talks to Dr Julian Allwood from the University of Cambridge about the album and book Both Eyes Open, which considers the place of metals in the world today and the people that work with them; Stephane Arditi phones in to state his position on the recasting of the EU WEEE directive; Vitali Vitaliev travels to Estonia to see a hotel room from the 1950s that was used exclusively by visiting foreign dignitaries during the Cold War era, with their activity covertly monitored all the while by KGB agents next door; and Nick Smith asks explorer Charley Boorman about his preference for travelling by motorbike and the technology that keeps him in touch when he’s out on the road.

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Episode 11 

In our second long-form podcast, Nick Smith interviews world-renowned record producer John Leckie; Jonathan Wilson talks to Abbey Road’s Simon Gibson and Universal Mastering Studio’s Peter Doell to find out how mastering engineers put the finishing touches on records today; Kris Sangani talks to William Rogers, CEO of UKRD, to hear about the proposed switch from analogue FM to DAB radio; Martin Brampton, campaign coordinator for, offers his personal take on the superiority of FM over DAB radio from an avid listener’s perspective; Abi Grogan visits Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum in London, to talk about how some of the earliest electronic music technology has influenced the equipment we use today; and Rachael Fergusson visits antivirus software company Avast's headquarters in Prague.

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Episode 10

In our brand-new long-form podcast, Chris Edwards discusses the innovative legacy of Steve Jobs; James Hayes and Aasha Bodani review Google's unusual year; Dominic Lenton interviews Doug Edwards, Google's former head of consumer marketing and brand management; Erika Burrows meets robot author Kevin Warwick, Kris Sangani reports from IFA, Germany's giant consumer electronics show, and Vitali Vitaliev and James Hayes visit the Orwell Festival to investigate the Big Brother nature of CCTV technology.

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Episode 10.5

Vitali Vitaliev and James Hayes visit the Orwell Festival to investigate the Big Brother nature of CCTV technology. This is an extended version of the final segment featured in the full Episode 10 podcast (see above).

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Episode 9

Vitali Vitaliev visits Macia Batle, an old but high-tech winery in Mallorca.

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Episode 8

Vitali Vitaliev rides on the footplate of the Isle of Man's steam railway engines, travelling back in time as he moves ever forward.

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Episode 7.5

Dominic Lenton talks to Alexander Hayward, keeper of Science and Technology at the Museum of Scotland, about its collection of engineering artefacts, now on display in its newly refurbished Edinburgh space.

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Episode 7

Vitali travels to Majorca to visit Hotel Bon Sol, championed as the greenest hotel on the island, to find out how it offsets the carbon footprint of its many visitors.

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Episode 6

In his latest podcast, Vitali visits the Isle of Man to watch the Zero Emission TT Races, interviewing. some of the people behind the scenes to capture the magic of the TT, including Nick Schoeps, mechanical engineer for the 2011 winning team, US-based Motoczysz.

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Episode 5

Vitali visits the British Library’s new Conservation Centre and finds out how great antiquarian books are preserved for posterity.

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Episode 4

Vitali meets Mr Koji Omi, Japan’s former Minister for Science & Technology Policy and the country’s former Minister of Finance, to talk exclusively about Japan’s recent disaster.

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Episode 3

Vitali talks to space expert Piers Bizony about Yuri Gagarin and the legacy of the early space missions.

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Episode 2

Vitali travels to CERN's facility in Switzerland for a guided tour of the Large Hadron Collider.

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Episode 1

Vitali talks to the E&T production team about the new magazine and website.

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