From maths to games

Plus: battles in the American West

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In Space

Episode: "Susan D'Agostino" | Podcast: My Favourite Theorem | 25m11s

Mathematical interview podcast where each guest nominates their favourite theorem and explains why it is so special to them. In this episode, science writer Susan D'Agostio choose the Jordan curve theorem, which is "a statement about simple closed curves in a 2D space". She does an admirable job of explaining this in easy terms using only audio — it seems like something that really needs diagrams — and then explains why, to her, it is linked to Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" (25m11s)

First Person

Episode: "The Sun Never Sets On AbTec Island" | Podcast: The Imposter | 12m34s

Lovely feed full of well made documentaries about artistic strangenesses. This one is a fascinating interview with the creator of a virtual reality game called Project H.E.A.R.T., which looks at the psychological and emotional aspects of warfare. The game uses biological sensors to detect the player's emotions, and then uses that feedback to power a holographic pop star who must sing for soldiers in combat to keep their depression at bay so they will keep fighting. The antidote to senseless shooters like Halo or Call of Duty (12m34s)

Go West

Episode: "The Battle" | Podcast: Bundyville: The Remnant | 43m25s

Five part introduction to anti government movements in the American West, focusing on one family: the Bundys. This first episode narrates the events leading up to a 2014 standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and law enforcement officers over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. Bundy called upon fellow "patriots" to come to Nevada and free his cattle from what he saw as unlawful imprisonment. The context for this includes the fallout from the US Civil War, the original Mormon settlement of the region, and the displacement of indigenous people (43m25s)

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