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The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions


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Title: Why aren’t more women in computer science?

Fear - Episode 1

December 1st, 2012

In the first of two programmes on fear, we ask what actually fear is and discover it's a surprisingly difficult question to answer. What does fear mean… Go to Episode

The Tap

November 23rd, 2012

This is the story of what happens when running water comes to town. In a rural backwater in southern Ghana the instillation of a network of standpipes… Go to Episode


November 16th, 2012

In the physical, material sense, it's quite rare in nature... But, at the same time, it surrounds us. Babies can't detect it. The Himba tribe of Namibia… Go to Episode

Coming of Age

November 9th, 2012

Why do different cultures have different coming of ages? For some the advent of adulthood is celebrated by lavish parties, for others, by endurance tests… Go to Episode