The Cosmic Shed is our podcast that explores the ways science and storytelling collide to create strange new worlds, explain the mysteries of the cosmos, and reveal surprising truths about ourselves.
We about films, books, music, theatre, TV, and anything else that catches our curiosity, from rigorously accurate science fact to ridiculously speculative science fiction.
Here’s a video inside the shed with Laura, Ben and myself which gives you a good idea of what it’s all about.
We don’t want to nitpick, but to celebrate the ways science and art can complement and enrich each other. Mostly we just want to talk about nerdy things that make us happy. We’ve decided to do all of this from a crumbling garden shed, somewhere in Bristol.
The shed has been enhanced with some homemade weather-proofing, a lick of celestial black paint, three otherworldly armchairs, and a Japanese DIY star projector. Oh, and fitted with microphones to record our babble.
We don’t have the budget for a device to control the weather, so any atmospheric sounds you hear are from the garden just beyond the shed’s thin wooden walls.
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When discussing the film, book or show that’s the main focus of our episode, we will usually talk about the whole of the narrative. If you’re worried about being spoiled, we would advise watching, reading or listening to whatever we’re talking about before listening to the episode. We’ll try not to give spoilers for any other films/books etc. we happen to mention. Except Man of Steel (see episode 1).
Slow Brew Club
The Cosmic Shed is supported by The Lab, who provide us with delicious free coffee for our recording sessions courtesy of their Slow Brew Club subscription service.
Listening to Podcasts
We love podcasts, and try to listen to them as often as possible. On the bus, in the shower, while walking around, cooking or doing the washing up – there are very few situations which podcasts can’t enhance.If you’re new to podcasts, the sheer number of shows, and options for playing them can be a little overwhelming, so we thought it would be handy to offer a few pointers.
Many podcast fans use iTunes to automatically download the latest episodes of their favourite shows, and sync them to their iDevice of choice.To get started (on a Mac or a PC), visit the iTunes store and find the Podcasts section. Choose a show that looks interesting and hit the subscribe button to download episodes. Then visit My Podcasts to play episodes on your computer, and to manage your subscriptions. Episodes will then automatically sync to your iPhone, iPod or iPad, for you to listen to at your leisure. Or at work, of course.
Other desktop programmes:
If you have a PC you can use Microsoft’s Zune software to subscribe, listen to and sync your podcasts. Other free programmes for managing podcasts include gPodder, Miro and Juice, which are also available for Mac OS and Linux. To subscribe to The Cosmic Shed in any of these programmes, all you’ll need is our RSS feed, which is: http://thecosmicshed.podbean.com/feed/
Android, iOS and Windows Phone:
There are many excellent apps for downloading and streaming podcasts to your Android, Apple or Windows phone or tablet. These mostly work in a similar way to iTunes, allowing you to subscribe to shows that you find interesting, and receive automatic updates.
Here are some apps that we would recommend…
Android – Stitcher, Player FM, Podcast Addict and DoggCatcher
iOS – Stitcher, Overcast, and Apple’s Podcasts app
Windows Phone – the built-in Podcast app or Zune
If you need more information on podcasts, have a look at this handy guide.
Other podcasts we make:
Andrew also makes a podcast called Dessert Lionel Discs, which features scientists talking about their favourite music in a camper van called Lionel.
Ben runs a website called Love Aloud, where he posts audio and video stories of love, sexuality and relationships of all kinds.