Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science. The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4's most popular science-based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia, and entertainment.
"Fabulously witty yet intelligent."
Reporter Steve Fishman finally reaches Bernie Madoff in North Carolina, where the famous Ponzi schemer is serving a 150 year prison sentence. In never before heard jailhouse interviews, Fishman asks Bernie the big questions: how did he do it? And why? The answers lead further and deeper than we ever imagined.
It celebrates the American achievement and evokes the sound and colour of daily life; it also explores the paradoxes of American history. through three themes - empire, liberty and faith - that together this vivid saga. PART ONE - from the beginnings to the start of the Civil War in 1861 The series is written and presented by David Reynolds - a prize-winning Cambridge historian whose previous work for the BBC includes the 2008 TV series Summits.
"Key to understanding U.S."
James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey. Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery and starring James Purefoy, this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.
The complete second BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, featuring all 20 episodes about some of the strangest insects and creatures from around the world. One of the nation's most popular presenters examines 20 marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. How did Sir David track down a giant earthworm? Why does he respect rats? What was the first bribe in nature? Why do well known foods often have two names?
"The best by miles"
Bernie Madoff, the man behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, confessed. He was never caught. In this episode, reporter Steve Fishman sets out to discover how a ragtag team, with 30 year-old technology, managed to fool private auditors and the United States government for decades.
In this episode, the most familiar faces of Madoff's collapse - the victims - in a new light. Reporter Steve Fishman goes behind the scenes of a surprisingly effective and complicated recovery effort that blurs the lines between fair and cruel, guilty and innocent.
The Infinite Monkeys, Robin Ince and Brian Cox, return for a new series of irreverent science chatter with a host of guests. The six episodes are: 'What's the North Ever Done for Us?', 'A Balanced Programme on Balance', 'The Origins of Life', 'The Science of Sound', 'I'm a Chemist, Get Me Out of Here', and 'The Science of Christmas'.
In the series finale, reporter Steve Fishman finally reaches the core of Madoff's collapsed star: the forces that pulled $65 billion down a dark hole. With Bernie as our guide, we learn about unseen financial forces that continue to tug on us all, and why they might be impossible to control.
When Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed, we saw a portrait of a high-tech Wall Street genius duping the financial world. In this episode, what we didn't see. Reporter Steve Fishman introduces us to the unlikely, almost unbelievable perpetrators of history's biggest fraud.
The BBC's Nick Robinson continues his fascinating and absorbing Radio 4 series featuring eight famous British Prime Ministers. This series explores how Prime Ministers have used their power and responded to the great challenges of their time. William Pitt the Younger, who became Prime Minister aged only 24 and held the post for almost 19 years in total. Earl Grey, who passed the Great Reform Act and abolished slavery in the British Empire.
Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for the fourth series of the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show in which they take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.
"more from the monkeys"
The Bride Of Frankenstein will be held up forever as the greatest of the Universal Horror movies, but its success will be bittersweet. In order to win the much-coveted director's seat for Universal's lavish production of Show Boat, James Whale must agree to direct a sequel to Frankenstein. The Laemmles' gamble on Show Boat would forever change the face of Universal Studios, as well as alter irrevocably the career of James Whale....
A meeting at Oxford University during World War II signalled the beginning of a lifelong friendship between two outstanding contributors to 20th century English literature: Philip Larkin, poet, and Kingsley Amis, the prolific novelist. Selected from correspondence written between 1943 and 1985, these letters offer an entertaining and illuminating insight into the prejudices, exasperations and in-jokes of two literary greats. A linking commentary complements the writers' own words.
"Petulant listener wants more"
The events of 1950-1999 are described by the people who saw them happen, from the Festival of Britain in 1951 through to the dawn of a new millennium at the end of 1999. In between are the eras of the Angry Young Men, the Teddy Boys and the Punk Rockers; the arrival of rock and roll and the permissive society; the advent of industrial strife in England and sectarian unrest in Northern Ireland; the rise to power of Margaret Thatcher; the miners' strike, three-day week and Winter of Discontent; the Queen's Silver Jubilee....
Published to tie-in with the new series of In Our Time on BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg guides us through the most dramatic moments in our history. Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time series regularly entertains and fascinates substantial audiences on Radio 4. He orchestrates the ideas of leading academics in each field, and leads a dynamic and lively discussion.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince present all six of episodes of this seventh series. 1/6. Space Exploration. Brian and Robin are joined by Patrick Stewart, Ben Miller and Monica Grady. 2/6. Improbable Science. Katy Brand joins Brian and Robin to discuss some unusual avenues of scientific research. 3/6. Secret Science. Simon Singh and Dave Gorman join Brian and Robin to discuss Bletchley Park. 4/6. Brain Science. Jo Brand joins Brian Cox and Robin Ince for witty, irreverent science chat.
This compilation of Mark Tully's acclaimed reports from India includes his specially recorded observations. Sir Mark Tully was the BBC's Foreign Correspondent in India from 1972 to 1994. He has become familiar to listeners around the world for his incisive and thought-provoking reports. On this special recording, he looks back at his career, which coincided with a remarkable period in Indian history.
"Politics in India"
David Attenborough's books and broadcasts have opened the incredible world of natural history to millions of viewers and listeners. Zoo Quest for a Dragon takes us back to one of his earliest projects, when the BBC and London Zoo joined forces on several animal-collecting expeditions.
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May/June 2012. In Honest Doubt: The History Of An Epic Struggle, Richard Holloway considers some of the universal questions about our existence and the meaning of life, and how some of humanity's best thinkers and most creative writers have approached these 'literally life and death questions'.