The Human Risk Podcast

The Human Risk podcast explores the idea of human decision-making as a risk and what we can do to mitigate it.

I speak to people with personal experience of it, those who work to mitigate it and those who research it.

Join me for hour-long episodes in which I look for insights that can help us to learn more about the largest risk facing us all.

Recent Episodes

Nov. 27, 2023

Dr Jake Mazulewicz on Human Reliability

What do you think of when you hear the word 'error'? It's highly likely you'll think of it negatively as a defect. The obvious way to manage defects, particularly in safety-critical industries, is to have detailed procedures, strict compliance, and...

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Nov. 20, 2023

Dr Freddie Mason on the Future of Museums

What are museums, and what purpose do they serve? As a regular museum-goer — both when I’m travelling and also at home when I need distraction or creative inspiration — I’m always intrigued, both by what they show and how …

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Nov. 12, 2023

Katja Hoyer on Beyond The Wall

What is it like to grow up in a country that no longer exists? That's the challenge faced by my guest Katja Hoyer. She grew up in the GDR, the German Democratic Republic. Or as most of us think of …

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Oct. 31, 2023

David Mansfield on The Monday Revolution

What is the Monday Revolution, and why do we need it? On this episode, I'm speaking to someone who used to run a company that grabbed a lot of my attention during my teenage and younger years. That company was …

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Oct. 21, 2023

Robert Kerbeck on making a career out of lying

How can lying earn you millions? If you’re an actor and good at impersonating people, then the answer is that you become a corporate spy. That’s the unexpected career path followed by my guest Robert Kerbeck, whose memoir ‘Ruse: Lying …

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Oct. 13, 2023

Dr Constance Dierickx on Meta Leadership

Why can senior leaders — usually in post as a result of experience and expertise — often make mistakes? The answer might seem counterintuitive; it’s precisely because of their experience and expertise that this can happen. How that happens and …

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Oct. 7, 2023

Sebastian Lees on Humanizing Technology

Why is some software a real pain to use? How does it happen, and what can we do to make it not happen? On this episode, I’m speaking with Sebastian Lees, an experienced software developer with a keen interest in …

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Oct. 1, 2023

James MacPherson and Elisa Lynch on Trickle Down Safety

What is trickle-down safety? On this episode, I’m finding out with two safety specialists who help me to explroe what it means and why it’s relevant to other fields. By safety, I mean the kind that saves people’s lives on …

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Sept. 24, 2023

David Wales on Risk Communication & Customer Service

What we can learn about customer service and being more human from the fire service? On this episode, I’m speaking with David Wales, who used to work in the fire and rescue service and has now switched to focus on …

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Sept. 13, 2023

Ros Atkins on The Art of Explaining

How can we be better at explaining things? On the 250th episode of the podcast, I’m joined by a very special guest who has made explaining an art form and has just published a book called ‘The Art of Explanation’. …

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