Sharing things

2.1 Max and Melissa - out now

In this episode, guests Max Sanderson and Melissa Terras talk about sexy science, flea market mysteries, early internet nostalgia and more.

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About our guests

Cover of 'The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat' by Oliver Sacks and a wooden trinket box with a vintage postcard inside.
Max's copy of Oliver Sacks' book of case histories, Melissa's trinket box and vintage postcard.

Max Sanderson

Chosen object: 'The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat' by Oliver Sacks

Max is the lead audio producer for the Guardian where he produces the ‘Science Weekly’ podcast, among other standalone projects and podcast series. His media work has also featured on the Guardian Music Blog, BBC World Service Radio, BBC Radio 4 and live at the TEDMED Conference in the US.

He is most proud of his work on ‘Beyond the Blade’, an award-winning multimedia series exploring knife crime in Britain. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a BSc in Neuroscience and holds an MSc in Science Media Production from Imperial College London.

If sat beside Max at a dinner party, you would most likely hear him waxing lyrically about how he really loves science (with the tattoos to prove it) or boasting proudly about his allotment (no tattoos…yet).

See all contributions by Max on the Guardian

Beyond the Blade

Melissa, Amalie and Max sitting around the recording studio table.
Melissa, Amalie and Max taking a break from recording.

Melissa Terras

Chosen object: Trinket box and vintage postcard

Melissa is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage here at the University of Edinburgh. As well as leading digital aspects of research within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, she heads up the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society and directs research at Edinburgh Futures Institute.

She explores how we can use data to understand the past, and works with a variety of libraries, archives, and museums on how best to deploy digitisation technologies.

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in Classical Art History and English Literature (MA) and again in Computing Science (MSc), Melissa received her doctorate in Engineering from the University of Oxford, where she investigated the use of information engineering technologies to process and read Roman texts.

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Host: Amalie Sortland

Theme music: Nathan Webb

Audio recording: Scott Willis and Colin Morris

All episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).