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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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"
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.
With sex now the biggest and most lucrative theme in cinema, an opponent steps up to challenge the most powerful industry in the world.
This 30-part Radio 4 series explores how our interactions with sound have shaped us over 100,000 years. These specially extended episodes, recorded on location around the world and in collaboration with curators of the British Library Sound Archive, take us from prehistory to the present, encompassing the shamanistic music of our cave-dwelling ancestors, the massacre of noisy cats in pre-revolutionary Paris, the nerve-destroying din of trench warfare, right through to the cacophony of the modern metropolis.
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'.
Following his expedition to Indonesia, as told in Zoo Quest For A Dragon, David Attenborough's next animal collecting and filming trip was to New Guinea, home of the exotic Birds of Paradise. The quest demanded hazardous treks across treachorous terrain in the Jimi Valley and on the edges of uncharted territory but the arduous adventures were finally rewarded when, as the camera turned, a Count Raggi's Bird of Paradise enthralled him with its frenzied dance.
Ten episodes from David Reynolds' award-winning radio series, which trace the history of the American Civil War. This narrative tells the story of the American Civil War through the voices of those who lived it. Written and presented by acclaimed historian David Reynolds, these extracts come from the series 'America: Empire of Liberty', which won the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme and was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.
"A bitter story in USA history very well told"
There is a sinister group that controls the world. They hide behind a system they have created, that they control from within other organizations that have a global reach. They are not presidents and politicians; they are the ones who manipulate such people like puppet masters. Are you prepared for the truth? Then join us on our journey into the heart of the Illuminati.
One of the oldest tools for revealing the territory of the unconscious, the Tarot has been used for centuries to tap deep levels of self-knowledge. Here, Arrien, a native Basque and anthropologist, speaks of universal archetypes in the Tarot, and how these archetypes can be used for self-understanding. The power of symbols and how they impact our life so much of the time is also covered by Arrien in this expressive dialogue.
"Really excellent introduction to the key concepts"
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."
The Star Trek TV and movie series imagine a bright future for humans in space, one in which we explore alien worlds with the aid of advanced technology. Because the writers tried to include as much realistic science as possible within the fictional framework, the stories have been an inspiration for students, scientists, inventors, and anyone interested in pondering our destiny on Earth and beyond.
Carl Laemmle went from a store manager, to one of Hollywood's most powerful executives, creating the world's first movie star, and having a bitter battle with Thomas Edison himself....
An engrossing BBC Radio 4 series spanning the history of the home and domestic relationships over the past 500 years, presented by Amanda Vickery. Professor Vickery is one of the most charismatic historians in Britain today. In 'A History of Private Life' she reveals the intimate secrets of life at home, from the Tudor mansion to the modern bedsit.Through letters, diaries and other first-person accounts, we hear the voices of men and women from very different backgrounds telling their stories.