Listen: An Earth Made for Life – 2

November 24, 2006

Series 2: An Earth Made for Life

from BBC Radio 4


“In the second series of An Earth Made for Life Gabrielle Walker continues her quest to understand why complex life is found on our planet, but not on any of our celestial neighbours. From the outback of Australia to the walls of the Grand Canyon Gabrielle unearths evidence of the dramatic changes that took place on our planet billions of years ago which may have triggered the rise of animals.”

Listen to all the programs from series 2.


Listen: An Earth Made for Life

November 23, 2006

Series 1: Earth Made For Life

from BBC Radio 4

This series of programmes looks at the oldest surviving remnants of the Earth – a strip of ancient seafloor now exposed near the Greenland icecap, the oldest piece of continent, now to be found in Western Australia, even a single grain of rock that appears to have survived from 4.4 billion years ago, holding evidence that oceans existed even then. The series includes the oldest evidence of life on Earth, the oldest fossils, even the traces of ancient raindrops that have survived over the eons.”

Listen to all three programs of the series 1 here.


Listen: A Brief History of The End of Everything

November 21, 2006

A Brief History of The End of Everything
from BBC Radio 4 Science

Radio 4 introduction:
“A series exploring how our ideas about the end of the universe have been shaped by religion, belief, and the contemporary state of scientific thinking and observation.”

“The series is presented by Vatican Astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno. He is a Jesuit astro-physicist who came to religion via science and his wonder at the universe. At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, he compares cutting edge cosmology with Chinese, Ancient Greek, Buddhist, Medieval and Victorian ideas about the end of everything.”

The five topics covered in each program are:

  • It’s OK, the universe is eternal
  • The universe will crash – we’re all doomed
  • Lets go round again
  • The universe is expanding – we’re all doomed
  • Oops, I’ve dropped an exotic particle

Listen to all 5 episodes of the series.


Listen: Me and My Memory – Pt. 5 of 5

November 18, 2006

Part 5: Mild Cognitive Impairment
from BBC Radio 4

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

MCI or mild cognitive impairement is a fairly new term used by memory researchers and doctors. MCI isn’t a specific medical condition or disease. It’s a form of memory loss which can be tested and measured but doesn’t mean the person has dementia. In this programme, we meet Roy and Dorothy.”


Listen to MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT here.


Listen: Me and My Memory – Part 4 of 5

November 17, 2006

Part 4: The Confabulist
from BBC 4 Radio

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

This feature visits a man who, following an injury, makes up wild and wonderful stories, and believes them to be true – until disabused by his wife.”

Listen to THE CONFABULIST here.


Listen: Me and My Memory – Pt. 3 of 5

November 17, 2006

Part 3: The Memory Champion
from BBC 4 Radio

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

Briton James Kemp is 26 and hoping to be the next World Memory Champion. Ranked inside the world’s top 200 memory masters he’s in training for the championships which this year are being held in London over the summer. How did he get interested in memory, does he has some special psychological gift or can anyone train their mind to become a champ?”

Listen to THE MEMORY CHAMPION here

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Listen: Me and My Memory – Pt. 2 or 5

November 16, 2006

Part 2: Developmental Amnesia
from BBC 4 Radio

“Most of us take our memories for granted. In this series you’ll meet six people who don’t have that luxury.

John has developmental amnesia. He can’t remember day to day events like what he had for lunch, or where he was sitting just a few moments earlier yet but he can tell you who the entire England football team is or discuss stories around the day’s news events.”

Listen to DEVELOPMENTAL AMNESIA here.