Category: Episodes


  • Why can we sing?

    Lloyd wants to know why Lily is a better than singing than him, so this episode’s question is: “Why can we sing?” With help from Nathan Welham from the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery, Lily explains how human beings are able to use their bodies as instruments, and why some of us are just […]

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  • Why does water have to be so weird?

    In this episode, a question from listener Freddie – “What’s heavier, cold water or hot water?” – leads Lily and Lloyd into a discussion about why water is so important for life on Earth. With help from Elle Bethune from the UK Centre for Astrobiology, Lily explains how water’s weirdness helped life to form on […]

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  • Why are identical twins different?

    Explaining Science to my Dad is back for a new series! In this episode, Lily answers a puzzling question from listener Shirley about why identical twins are often different. With help from Max, Sergio, and Colette from the Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London, Lily introduces Lloyd to the field of […]

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  • What is quantum entanglement, and why does it make my brain hurt?

    Our fifth episode deals with Big Heavy Stuff which is actually Really Very Small Stuff, as Lily tries to unpick Lloyd’s confused anxiety about quantum entanglement – the concept that Albert Einstein called ‘spooky action at a distance’. Lily takes us on a crash course in quantum mechanics with the help of Virginia Ciriano, a […]

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  • Whatever happened to Doggerland?

    Our fourth episode starts with Lily and Lloyd standing on a sandbank in the North Sea, having sailed out in an old whelk boat. This sparks a new question from Lloyd – what exactly happened to Doggerland? As usual, the truth is more complicated – and more interesting – than he expected, as Lily explains […]

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  • Is it possible to bring back an extinct animal?

    Having watched Jurassic Park too many times, Lloyd wonders if it’s possible to bring back extinct animals using only their DNA. The truth, as it turns out, is far more complicated, and far more interesting, as Lily explains with the help of Ben Novak, lead scientist at Revive and Restore and head of that organisation’s […]

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  • What’s up with muons?

    Something is up with muons. They are not behaving in the way we would expect. Does this mean our model of the universe is wrong? Lily explains to her Dad what is going on, why the Standard Model is always evolving, and just what on earth the Standard Model is anyway. She is helped by […]

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  • What’s the big deal with graphene?

    Lily explains to her Dad why graphene is, actually, a big deal, with the help of Clara Skuse, a PhD student from the University of Manchester. Credits: Podcast theme written exclusively for us by Ben Vize (@benvizemusic on Instagram); incidental music from https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music. Listen on Anchor Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on […]

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