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1823 Podcast

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1823 Podcast is a place where you can hear interesting conversations about a wide range of issues, debated by some of the interesting people at, or connected to, Liverpool John Moores University.

You can listen to each of our episodes below and subscribe to the podcast via a number of platforms.

The ‘new normal’ mini-series

Part five – the politics of the pandemic


In the final part of our #1823Podcast series on ‘the new normal’ Dr Samantha Cooke discusses the politics of the pandemic. She talks about leadership, global relations and the political implications of the decisions made during the crisis.

Part four – the impact of COVID-19 on business


Dominique Aspey from LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship discusses the impact of COVID-19 on business and how firms can adapt to the ‘new normal’.

Part three – lockdown and the environment


Dr Ariel Edesess, from the Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory, talks about the impact of lockdown on carbon emissions and our environment and whether these changes are sustainable.

Part two – returning to the NHS frontline


Along with a number of colleagues from LJMU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, Dr Colin Jones returned to work in the NHS during the pandemic. In this episode, Colin tells us about his experience on the frontline and discusses whether the crisis may change how we value key workers in the UK.

Part one – the psychology of adapting


This mini-series from 1823 Podcast explores a world living with COVID-19 and takes a look at ‘the new normal’.

In this first episode, Dr Mark Forshaw, subject leader in Psychology at LJMU, discusses the mental challenge of adapting to our new ways of living.

Season 2 Episode 5: The rise of facial recognition technology


As the Metropolitan Police starts using live facial recognition software on the streets of London, we discuss whether we should fear the creep of surveillance or welcome it as a tool to keep us safe. Our first guest is Karen Cummings from the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing.

We then ask whether humans are as effective as machines when it comes to recognising faces. Dr Sarah Shrimpton and Dr Jessica Liu from LJMU’s Face Lab talk us through the fascinating world of facial identification, recognition and age progression software.


Case study: Aric Austin age progression images

Case study: Jaycee Dugard age progression images

Season 2 Episode 4: High crimes and misdemeanours


As the Senate trial gets under way, we discuss the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Dr Matthew Hill, Programme Leader of International Relations and Politics at LJMU, talks us through the impeachment process and what impact it may have on the 2020 presidential election.

We ask if impeachment is shaping Trump’s decision-making and take a look at his approach to the current tensions with Iran.

We also reflect on previous impeachments and the White House controversies of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

Season 2 Episode 3: Towards a green future


LJMU was proud to host the Liverpool City Region’s first ever Environmental Summit.

As part of the Year of the Environment 2019, ‘Towards a Green Future’ brought together 300 representatives from organisations across the city region.

The 1823 Podcast team went along and chatted to:


Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment 2019

Season 2 Episode 2: Black History Month


In this episode, we’re celebrating Black History Month.

Our guests are:

Season 2 Episode 1: Faking It


In this opening episode of our second season, we discuss the rise of deep fake videos, the history of fake news and the impact of propaganda on world events.

Our guests on this episode are:

  • Dr Dave Ellis, Senior Lecturer at LJMU’s Media Technology Group
  • Dr James Crossland, a reader in International History at LJMU
  • Paul French, PhD researcher at LJMU


Deep fake video – Bill Hader channels Tom Cruise
‘The quickness of the hand?’ by Dr Dave Ellis
‘Trump's Britain First retweets challenge us to fight his fake news habit’ by Paul French

Season 2 trailer

A sneak preview of what’s coming up in season 2 of 1823 Podcast.

Season 1 Episode 7: Mind games


With just a few tense weeks remaining in the Premier League title race, in this episode we’re talking mind games and the importance of psychology in sport.

Our guests in this episode are:

  • Dr Rob Morris, Senior Lecturer in Sport Social Science at LJMU
  • Alice Stratford, PhD researcher at LJMU
  • Jansen Moreno, Senior Analyst at Huddersfield Town Football Club and LJMU alumnus
Season 1 Episode 6: Wellbeing Week


As it’s Wellbeing Week at LJMU, we’re talking about striving for positive mental and physical health wherever we live, work or study.

In this episode, we'll hear about different approaches to staying healthy and happy.

Our guests in this episode are:

  • Angela Samata, LJMU Honorary Fellow
  • Rosie Steele, President of LJMU Student Minds
  • Andy Keegan LJMU Rewards, Recognition and Engagement Manager

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Season 1 Episode 5: A new deal for nature


“If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.” Sir David Attenborough.

In this episode, we discuss the need for a new deal for nature. We explore how we are tackling environmental challenges at global, regional and local levels.

Our guests on this episode are:

  • Dr Celine Germond-Duret, senior lecturer in Human Geography at LJMU (@CGermondDuret)
  • Zia Chaudhry, director of the Foundation for Citizenship at LJMU (@JustYAMuslim)
  • Rachael Harrison, LJMU student and volunteer at LJMU’s Forest School (@ljmu_FSRangers)
  • Pupils from Liverpool College
Season 1 Episode 4: Earthrise – the most important photograph ever taken?


The photograph of ‘Earthrise’, taken from Apollo 8, is one of the most iconic images of the last century. It has been credited with changing our perception of our own planet and our attitude towards the environment. Exactly 50 years since it was taken, we explore the significance of the photograph, its impact on the environmental movement and discuss other influential photographs.

Season 1 Episode 3: Meditation, Manson and Martin Luther; the 'White Album' at 50


As The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ turns 50 years old, we discuss its musical and cultural significance, explore the origins and Liverpool links of one its most enduring songs and find out more about The Beatles’ interest in meditation.

Season 1 Episode 2: The Forgotten People of the War


Do we do enough as a nation to remember everybody affected by the First World War? We commemorated the fallen on Armistice Day, exactly 100 years since the end of WW1. Our guests on this episode argue that more should be done to remember others, such as war widows and conscientious objectors.

Season 1 Episode 1: The Lonely Generation


A number of recent studies show that loneliness is increasingly felt most strongly by young people, particularly 16-24 year olds. In this episode, we talk about the feelings associated with loneliness and how we can overcome them. We ask how young people can feel lonely in the social media age and explore some of the life events that can trigger loneliness.

The 1823 Podcast team

Writer and presenter: Stuart Arrowsmith (@StuArrows)
Producer: Michael Humphreys (@MykalMouse)
Editor: Ben Jones (@benjamin_jjones)
Artwork: Ryan James (@ryanjleeuk)
With thanks to: Kimberly Larkin
You can contact the team with feedback or ideas for future episodes by emailing 1823Podcast@ljmu.ac.uk.