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6 Minute English Podcast

English, Training, 1 season, 220 episodes, 23 hours, 7 minutes
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Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
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How bubble tea got its bubbles

How did bubble tea get its bubbles? How was this drink invented? Neil and Beth chat about this. TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240523FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️ Learning English for Work ✔️ Learning English from the News ✔️ Learning English StoriesThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
5/23/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Can you keep a secret?

Are secrets always negative? Or can they be positive too? Neil and Beth discuss this and teach you some useful vocabulary. For more great language tips and programmes visit bbclearningenglish.com [Image: Getty Images]TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240516 FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: [ ✔️ Learning English for work ✔️ Learning English from the News ✔️ Learning English Stories They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
5/16/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bitter food, better health?

Could bitter foods be better for your health?(Image: Getty Images)Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240509FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️ Office English ✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We Speak They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
5/9/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Talking at the table

A lot can happen at the dinner table, and not just eating! Beth and Neil discuss chatting at meal times and teach you some useful vocabulary. (Image: Getty)TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240502FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including:✔️ Office English ✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We SpeakThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
5/2/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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Eating for two

Mums-to-be often feel guilty about the food they crave in pregnancy. Georgie and Phil discuss this and teach you some useful vocabulary. (Image: Getty)TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240425FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️ Office English ✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We Speak They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
4/25/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dancing for the brain

Not a dancer? You might change your mind once you hear the benefits! Beth and Neil discuss this and teach you some useful vocabulary. (Image: Getty)TRANSCRIPT 
Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english_2023/ep-240418   FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: 
Visit our website 
✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish  
Follow us  
✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus     LIKE PODCASTS? 
Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️Learning English for work
✔️ News Review 
✔️ The English We Speak  They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
4/18/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Nudges: The secrets of persuasion

Are nudges good or bad? Beth and Neil discuss this and teach you useful vocabulary.TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240411.FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️ News Review ✔️ Office English ✔️ The English We Speak They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
4/11/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why sitting is bad for health

TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240404FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including:✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We SpeakThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
4/4/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Why everyone loves the underdog

TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240328 FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including:✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We Speak They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
3/28/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Disability in music and theatre

The UK's Equality Act of 2010 guaranteed the rights of disabled people to equal access to education, employment, and services, including music, theatre and the arts. Despite this, it's still difficult for disabled musicians and music fans to perform and see live music. Neil and Georgie introduce you to some ways people are trying to change this, while teaching you some useful vocabulary. (Image: Getty)TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240321 FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish Follow us ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followus LIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️ Office English ✔️ News Review ✔️ The English We Speak They're all available by searching in your podcast app.
3/21/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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What makes a great library?

What makes a library a library? Neil and Beth discuss this and teach you some useful vocabulary.TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240314. FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglishFollow us ✔️https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including: ✔️Learning English for Work ✔️News Review ✔️The English We SpeakThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
3/14/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sewing to fight period poverty

TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240307FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglishFollow us ✔️https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including:✔️6 Minute English ✔️News Review ✔️The English We SpeakThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
3/7/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Plastic waste eaten by enzymes

Plastics can be difficult to recycle, could a recently discovered enzyme help? Neil and Beth discuss this and teach you some useful vocabulary.TRANSCRIPT Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you with your English at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2024/ep-240229FIND BBC LEARNING ENGLISH HERE: Visit our website ✔️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglishFollow us ✔️https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/followusLIKE PODCASTS? Try some of our other popular podcasts including:✔️6 Minute English ✔️News Review ✔️The English We SpeakThey're all available by searching in your podcast app.
2/29/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Feed your brain

Find a full transcript for this episode and more programmes to help you learn English at bbclearningenglish.com
2/22/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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Food for new mums

What do mothers eat after giving birth? Does it depend on which country you are from?
2/15/20246 minutes, 22 seconds
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Fighting loneliness with soup

Neil and Beth discuss a project in the Netherlands for helping lonely people.
2/8/20246 minutes, 37 seconds
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What is the future of work?

Should we be worried about our jobs disappearing? Or is the future positive?
2/1/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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How the language of menus matters

Could french menu terms be going out of fashion?
1/25/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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The psychology of greed

Is it ever OK to be greedy?
1/18/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Addicted to sugar

How has sugar become such an important part of our diets? Neil and Georgie discuss.
1/11/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Our love of pets

Why do we keep, and love, pets? Neil and Georgie discuss this and teach new vocabulary.
1/4/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sexism: Female farmers fighting back

Female farmers in many countries face sexism. Some are finding ways to be fairly treated.
12/28/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Learning lessons from the Moon

Summer 2023 saw two missions to the Moon. Why are scientists so keen to get there?
12/21/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Could we live without plastic?

Is it time to start living without plastic? Beth and Neil discuss this.
12/14/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Invasive species: Why don't we eat them?

Invasive species are causing problems for nature around the world, so why not eat them?
12/7/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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What and where is Little Italy?

How did Italian food become famous throughout the world? Find out with Neil and Georgie
11/30/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Social media and teenage health

What are the risks of social media to teenage health and what can be done about them?
11/23/20236 minutes, 9 seconds
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Mystery flying objects

What exactly did navy pilots see in 2004? The US investigates these UFOs now, in 2023.
11/16/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Elephant-proof farming

What happens when an elephant wants to eat your crops? How can you stop it?
11/14/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Should we farm octopus?

Is it OK to eat animals that can feel emotion? Learn vocabulary on this topic.
11/2/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ways to live for 100 years

More and more people are living to 100, but what is the secret of a long life?
10/26/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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How green is your money?

Should climate change make us think where to invest our money? Learn useful vocabulary.
10/19/20236 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mushrooms: Medicine or myth?

Today the medicinal mushroom industry is big business. But are there actually benefits?
10/12/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Saving dead languages

Some Australian languages have been saved from extinction. We discuss Barngala's revival.
10/5/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Sounds that make you want to scream

Some sounds cause some people huge distress. Learn about 'misophonia' here.
9/28/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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How fans talk about their passions

Fandom is more than simply being a fan, and now it is developing its own language.
9/21/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Making male friends

Do men find it harder than women to make close friendships? Neil and Beth discuss.
9/14/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Space-saving solar hacks

How can we find space for new solar panels?
9/7/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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The stories behind our names

What can names tell us about our culture and history?
8/31/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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Heatwaves - can we adapt?

Heatwaves - can we adapt? 6 Minute English
8/24/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Are you unhappy at work?

How can jobs change so that workers are happier?
8/17/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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Do you have eco-anxiety?

A growing number around the world are experiencing something called 'eco-anxiety'.
8/10/20236 minutes, 10 seconds
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Can we stop natural disasters?

Is there any way we can stop natural disasters being so damaging?
8/4/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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The right way to say sorry

Neil and Beth talk about different ways of apologising.
7/27/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Could you live on wild food?

We hear about a new foraging project and the health benefits of eating wild food.
7/20/20236 minutes, 22 seconds
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Plants fighting pollution

We talk about whether plants can clean up our mess.
7/13/20236 minutes, 13 seconds
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Should we fear chatbots?

We talk about chatbots and teach you some useful vocabulary along the way.
7/6/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Is it wrong to eat plants?

We are kind to animals. What about plants?
6/29/20236 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sonic seasoning

Can sound make your food taste better? Neil and Beth discuss.
6/22/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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The benefits of doing nothing

Would being lazy have a purpose in life?
6/15/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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The art of subtitling

Hear how subtitles can help bring TV and movies to life.
6/8/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ecotourism: good or bad?

Is a style of tourism that respects animals and local communities working well?
6/1/20236 minutes, 29 seconds
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Can climate change cause more disease?

Mosquito-borne diseases kill 750,000 annually. Could climate change make it worse?
5/25/20236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Food shortages

Listen to an expert on the global food system and learn some vocabulary.
5/18/20236 minutes, 31 seconds
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Addicted to war

A war correspondent tells his story.
5/11/20236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ice and the origins of life on Earth

Sam and Neil talk about an essential element for life to thrive.
5/4/20236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Women in politics

We discuss some of the reasons why women make up only 26% of the world's politicians.
4/27/20236 minutes, 18 seconds
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What's the point of museums?

Beth and Neil discuss the controversial role of museums in the 21st century.
4/20/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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How culture affects sadness

Could your culture influence sadness? We talk about sadness and teach you vocabulary.
4/13/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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Would you eat a Kalette?

Learn about the world of novelty vegetables.
4/6/20236 minutes, 35 seconds
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Do you get jealous easily?

Hear experts talking about jealousy and envy, and learn related vocabulary.
3/30/20236 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are you lonely in a crowd?

We discuss the role of crowds in modern life
3/23/20236 minutes, 20 seconds
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Food and mood

We look at the link between what you eat and how you feel.
3/16/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to talk to a climate denier

The dos and don'ts of trying to discuss science with someone who doesn't believe in it.
3/9/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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Losing your mother tongue

Hear the story of a woman who replaced her native Czech for English.
3/2/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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The health benefits of apples

Could there be some truth in the proverb 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'?
2/23/20236 minutes, 21 seconds
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Why do we procrastinate?

Do you leave your work until the last minute? If so, this programme is for you!
2/16/20236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Doomscrolling: Why do we do it?

We discuss if there is an evolutionary reason why we're attracted to bad news.
2/9/20236 minutes, 16 seconds
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Exercise for The Lazy

What's the least amount of exercise you should do to stay healthy?
2/2/20236 minutes, 19 seconds
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Can AI have a mind of its own?

Hear about the software engineer who became 'friends' with his computer.
1/26/20236 minutes, 20 seconds
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Climate change: Are there too many people?

Does the size of your carbon footprint depend on where in the world you were born?
1/19/20236 minutes, 17 seconds
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The hidden life of buffets

We discuss buffet meals and the history behind them and teach related vocabulary.
1/12/20236 minutes
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Songwriting

We discuss the art of songwriting – combining lyrics and music to make a hit song.
1/5/20236 minutes, 16 seconds
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United against food waste

According to the UN, one third of the food we grow is thrown away. How can we stop this?
12/29/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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3D printers

We look at the role of 3D printers in medicine, and teach you some related vocabulary.
12/22/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Are opinion polls accurate?

What can opinion polls really tell us?
12/15/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Deep-sea mining: Good or bad for the planet?

Could some ideas to deal with climate change actually damage the environment?
12/8/20226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Can music mend a broken heart?

Meet a singer-songwriter who used music to express her feelings of falling in love.
12/1/20226 minutes, 16 seconds
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The art of conversation

We discuss whether the art of conversation is being lost in the era of social media
11/24/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Qatar's World Cup workers

Hear about the workers who built the World Cup stadiums
11/17/20226 minutes, 11 seconds
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Controlling the weather

We discuss two different types of weather manipulation.
11/10/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Meet the flavourists

Is designing a food flavour a dark art? We talk about the people who make flavours.
11/3/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are Halloween costumes too scary?

Some parents are complaining that some Halloween costumes are too scary.
10/27/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Does climate change make you anxious?

We discuss how extreme weather events are affecting our mental health.
10/20/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Translating recipes

How to adapt dishes from other countries? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
10/13/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are artistic brains different?

We talk about Mozart, Jimi Hendrix and teach you vocabulary.
10/6/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why are prices going up?

We discuss inflation and economics and teach related vocabulary.
9/29/20226 minutes, 21 seconds
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English for dating online

We discuss language that gets used for dating online and new language that is emerging.
9/22/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Man vs beast: Who is more efficient?

We discuss the advantages of the design of the human body, and teach you vocabulary too.
9/15/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are you following your dreams?

Hear about two people who dared to follow their dreams and are happy to have done so.
9/8/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do emojis make language better?

Are emojis turning us into lazy writers?
9/1/20226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Being a beauty influencer

Hear about women who are using social media to change attitudes to beauty
8/25/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Women in the workplace

Hear about the career-killing tasks that are holding women back in the workplace
8/18/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Connecting remote communities

How do you connect the unconnected?
8/11/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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How pandemics end

Covid-19, The Black Death ... We discuss what happens when deadly diseases go global.
8/4/20226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Confused by modern idioms?

We talk about some new expressions that have been introduced to English through the media
7/28/20226 minutes, 26 seconds
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Which are more dangerous: Sharks or humans?

From monster killers of the sea to endangered species - we talk sharks and vocabulary.
7/21/20226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Climate change and evolution

We discuss the impact of climate change on today's wildlife.
7/14/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Preserving traditional recipes

We discuss the tastes of our childhood and teach new vocabulary.
7/7/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Restoring trust in science

Modern scientists are under pressure from critics motivated by political views.
6/30/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Manhattan Project

Learn about the invention of the atomic bomb
6/23/20226 minutes, 21 seconds
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Island life: Is it paradise?

Rob and Sam discuss some of the problems Pacific islanders face and teach vocabulary.
6/16/20226 minutes, 20 seconds
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The technology of translation

What is the relationship between translation, technology and the human brain?
6/9/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is the Platinum Jubilee?

We talk about a very British tradition involving Queen Elizabeth II
6/1/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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People who can taste words

Can you imagine being able to ‘taste’ every word that you hear?
5/26/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Finding your way in space

What’s up and what’s down for astronauts who are floating in zero gravity?
5/20/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Can VR treat fears and phobias?

VR is helping people overcome phobias and even tackling more serious problems.
5/12/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Life in the modern office

Great or awful? How do people rate office working? We talk about it and teach vocabulary.
5/5/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Remembering Desmond Tutu

Deep convictions and a sense of humour - we talk about a man who helped end apartheid.
4/28/20226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Discoveries of the Deep Sea

We talk about an extreme environment, and teach you vocabulary along the way.
4/21/20226 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rhetoric: How persuasive are you?

We talk about an art that started with ancient Greek philosophers
4/14/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Britain's love affair with coffee

It's not all about tea - Britons like coffee too. Learn vocabulary to talk about it.
4/7/20226 minutes, 26 seconds
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Optimists vs Pessimists

Which one you are may be linked more to your birthplace and age than attitude.
3/31/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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The world of Agatha Christie

We discuss one of her most famous characters and teach you related vocabulary.
3/25/20226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mars: Mysteries of the Red Planet

Neil and Sam discuss our fascination with the 'Red Planet' and teach you related vocab.
3/17/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why laughter is the best medicine

Shouldn't we take laughter more seriously? We discuss and teach related vocabulary.
3/10/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is being kind good for you?

Neil and Sam discuss the benefits of kindness and teach you related vocabulary.
3/3/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Eating bugs

Neil and Sam discuss eating insects and teach you related vocabulary.
2/24/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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The benefits of boredom

We talk about the positive side of boredom and teach you related vocabulary.
2/17/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sleepy in South Korea

Life in a place where people work longer hours and get less sleep than anywhere else.
2/9/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sleepy in South Korea

Life in a place where people work longer hours and get less sleep than anywhere else.
2/3/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics

Artificial snow, coronavirus and controversy surround the Beijing Games starting soon.
1/27/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Are personalised diets the best way to be healthy?

We discuss how microbes matter when it comes to food, and teach some related vocabulary.
1/20/20226 minutes, 17 seconds
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Inventing languages

Learn about how languages get invented
1/13/20226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Welcome to the 'metaverse'

We discuss how things like the metaverse and AI might influence how we live.
1/6/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do trees have memories?

We discuss whether plants can 'remember' stressful situations, such as droughts or pests.
12/30/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Algorithms

We talk about the maths formulas that are increasingly part of our lives.
12/23/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Changing the Earth's climate

Could diamonds help to prevent a climate catastrophe? That's what we discuss.
12/16/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Body language online

How can we make video conferences feel more natural? That's what Sam and Neil talk about.
12/9/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Human Library: Life as an open book

Would you like to borrow a person for a half-hour candid conversation?
12/2/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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How green is nuclear energy?

How safe is a nuclear plant in a world of climate extremes? Listen to Neil and Sam.
11/25/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why we forget the things we learn

Georgina and Rob talk about memory and teach you vocabulary along the way.
11/18/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why is Super Mario so popular?

We talk about a famous video game character from the 80s.
11/11/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Should fast food sponsor sport?

Is it right for companies selling unhealthy products to sponsor sporting events?
11/4/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Grime: Music from architecture

We talk about the music of Wiley and Stormy, and teach you related vocabulary.
10/28/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Where do your tips go?

We talk about tipping: the act of giving extra money to someone that has served you well.
10/21/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Angela Merkel

Sam and Neil talk about the influential German leader and teach you related vocabulary.
10/14/20216 minutes, 10 seconds
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Smart tech and climate change

Could AI be used to help fight against climate change?
10/7/20216 minutes, 12 seconds
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Going through the menopause

Why don't people talk more about this aspect of women's lives?
9/30/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Bitcoin's energy cost

Bitcoin: is it an investment option for ordinary people?
9/27/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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I love my language!

Neil and Sam talk about a woman's effort to keep her language alive.
9/23/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why are people collecting NFTs?

What are 'non-fungible tokens'? That's what Neil and Sam talk about in this programme.
9/20/20216 minutes, 20 seconds
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Robot Artists

Will Robots ever be able to think or dream? Could they fall in love or create art?
9/16/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bats: Friend or foe?

Learn more about these furry flying mammals with Neil and Sam.
9/13/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is the planet warming up faster?

Some extreme weather events are puzzling scientists.
9/9/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Is technology harmful to youngsters?

Can spending hours online affect the new generation's mental health?
9/6/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Is chimp politics like ours?

Just like humans, chimps live in social groups, have leaders and a desire for power.
9/2/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Making sense of the census

What's behind counting people in a country? Neil and Sam talk about the census.
8/26/20216 minutes, 44 seconds
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The fear of numbers

Are you afraid of maths? Neil and Sam talk about numbers and teach you vocabulary.
8/23/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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A future without doctors?

We discuss if artificial intelligence could replace human doctors and nurses.
8/19/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Lights! Camera! Kiss! - Intimacy on screen

How actors are made to feel more comfortable when filming intimate scenes.
8/16/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Head injury in sport

Contact sports can be dangerous. The truth about the effects on players is coming out.
8/12/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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Inside the head of Jeff Bezos

How does the founder of the web giant Amazon think? Listen to the programme to find out.
8/9/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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The history of swimming

We talk about the history of swimming and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
8/5/20216 minutes, 47 seconds
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Are humans a messy species?

Learn the language of going to the toilet.
7/29/20216 minutes, 43 seconds
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The loneliest man in history

We talk about Michael Collins, who orbited the Moon in the command module Columbia.
7/26/20216 minutes, 16 seconds
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How colour affects us

Neil and Georgina add some colour to your life by discussing how colour can make you feel
7/19/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Flexible working

Is there a stigma attached to not wanting to work the 9-to-5 shift?
7/15/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hypnotism

Hypnotism has always fascinated us, but can anyone be hypnotised?
7/8/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Saving the white rhinos

Conservationists are working on an artificial breeding programme to preserve the species.
7/1/20216 minutes, 16 seconds
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Making old things last longer

Shouldn't we stop throwing things away and start fixing them?
6/24/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Building rapport with others

We discuss four styles of communication and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
6/17/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Food superstitions

We talk about food superstitions and teach you vocabulary along the way.
6/10/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Rosetta Stone

How the famous piece of rock became the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphs.
6/3/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Compassion fatigue

Has the pandemic made people tired of feeling sorry for others and themselves?
5/27/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hermits

Why do people decide to be alone for long periods of time?
5/20/20216 minutes, 16 seconds
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When males are not needed

We talk about different animals which can reproduce without having sex.
5/14/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Mermaids

We talk about different variations on the concept of mermaids.
5/6/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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A quieter world

Neil and Georgina discuss noise and whether it is bad for our health.
4/29/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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US and China vs climate change

Can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together?
4/22/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Naked in nature

Hear about why being naked in nature might be good for you.
4/15/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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The language of biscuits

Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack.
4/8/20216 minutes, 13 seconds
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Is English really English?

Neil and Georgina discuss where the English language we use today really comes from.
4/1/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Astronauts on strike?

Hear all about the Skylab astronauts’ disagreement with mission control.
3/25/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Digital help for blind people

Hear about digital technology which helps blind people improve their lives.
3/18/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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What’s the key to happiness?

Hear about what small things you can do to feel happier about life.
3/11/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Looking for utopia

Rob and Georgina talk about how to create a happy place.
3/4/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Covid: One year on

Over a year on since the first outbreak, what have we learnt? We talk about the pandemic.
2/25/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Singing in tune

Neil and Georgina discuss singing and teach you related vocabulary along the way.
2/18/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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Working for yourself

Rob and Georgina talk about the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing.
2/11/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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How much heat do you lose from your head?

Rob and Georgina talk about percentages and teach you some English vocabulary.
2/4/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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The woman whose cells never die

Rob and Georgina discuss medical research and teach you related vocabulary.
1/28/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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What makes a good story?

Hear about storytelling and how it helps us to connect and communicate.
1/21/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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For the love of foreign languages

Is learning languages good for head, heart and soul?
1/14/20216 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why can't we resist comfort food?

Neil and Rob talk about comfort food and what actually makes us eat it.
1/7/20216 minutes, 19 seconds
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What is fat-shaming?

We discuss where the attitudes behind fat-shaming come from.
12/31/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Coronavirus vs other pandemics

Hear about coronavirus and how it isn’t that bad compared to historical pandemics
12/24/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Are trees intelligent?

We talk about trees and how they can communicate and help each other.
12/17/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Can jellyfish help us solve our problems?

We discuss how these sea creatures could help us solve the problem of plastic pollution.
12/10/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why do we choose to text instead of talk?

Communicating by text has become more and more popular. Neil and Georgina talk about it.
12/3/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Loneliness

Neil and Rob talk about loneliness and how some people prefer their own company.
11/26/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Is punctuality important?

We discuss people's attitude to being on time and why some people are always late.
11/19/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Could you be a victim of online fraud?

We talk about online fraud and teach you some useful vocabulary along the way.
11/12/20206 minutes, 19 seconds
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Melting ice sheet: Is it too late?

Many scientists are wondering whether it’s now too late to stop global warming.
11/5/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Walkman: the music player revolution

Neil and Georgina take a nostalgic look back at the 1980s and the birth of the Walkman.
10/29/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Could humans live in underwater cities?

Hear about projects to create liveable underwater habitats and learn new vocabulary.
10/22/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hacking help for US elections

Rob and Sam discuss plans in the US to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks on election day.
10/15/20206 minutes, 22 seconds
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Do chimps have the same emotions as us?

Hear Jane Goodall talk about the deep connections between humans and the great apes.
10/8/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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How can we make the web a better place?

Neil and Sam talk about the subject and teach you vocabulary along the way.
10/1/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Coronavirus: Dealing with mass unemployment post-pandemic

Neil and Sam discuss the post-Covid job landscape and teach you vocabulary along the way.
9/24/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Grandma therapy in Zimbabwe

Grandmothers are being trained to provide therapy to people in their community.
9/17/20206 minutes, 24 seconds
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Is there a future without bees?

The number of bees is declining at an alarming rate, with serious consequences for us.
9/10/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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How to talk about conspiracy theories

We discuss what to do when you are confronted with someone who spreads falsehoods.
9/3/20206 minutes, 23 seconds
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What’s the point of blood types?

In this programme, we’ll be finding out all about blood and teaching you some vocabulary.
8/27/20206 minutes, 23 seconds
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Will Covid-19 change cities?

Rob and Neil discuss the future of our cities and teach you useful vocabulary.
8/20/20206 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is this the era of distrust?

In an era of fake news, could it be that we are living through a crisis in trust?
8/13/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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No more bosses

Can companies operate better without managers? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
8/6/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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The medicine of coronavirus

Neil and Georgina talk about Covid-19 and teach you related vocabulary.
7/30/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Food made in space

Find out how growing plants in space might help develop better crops.
7/23/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sport against poverty

Neil and Sam discuss how sport is giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives.
7/16/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Covid-19: The office after lockdown

Companies are rushing to install technology to make offices safer. Neil and Sam discuss.
7/9/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Should we wear a face mask?

Can wearing masks in public help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Rob and Sam discuss.
7/2/20206 minutes, 20 seconds
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Millennials and business

Rob and Sam discuss the new generation's desire to make the world a better place.
6/25/20206 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is being thrifty a virtue?

Neil and Sam talk about being a saver in a consumer culture and teach you vocabulary.
6/18/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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The food delivery revolution

Takeaway apps are changing food culture. We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
6/11/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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What difference has #MeToo made?

Sam and Georgina talk about the movement and teach you related vocabulary.
6/4/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Is the recycling system broken?

We talk about the over-reliance on recycling rather than reducing the use of plastics
5/28/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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The soothing power of books

How can books help us relax and feel more alive during troubled times?
5/21/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Shocking facts about electricity

Neil and Georgina talk about how electrical systems differ from country to country.
5/14/20206 minutes, 17 seconds
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Internet - good or bad?

Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
4/26/20186 minutes, 19 seconds