Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.
All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
Comedian and best-selling author Tony Hawks is embarking on his greatest adventure yet - moving from city life in London to deepest Devon in the West Country. You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him? Comedian and born-and-bred townie Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis one by one.
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The March/April 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs.
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Last year held plenty such surprises for investors, and they collectively helped make bitcoin the best-performing currency of 2016, analysts say. The currency's value more than doubled in 2016 to reach $1,029 on Tuesday, a three-year high, as data from CoinDesk, a bitcoin-tracking website, shows.
"Why Bitcoin Just Had an Amazing Year" is from the January 03, 2017 Business section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ana Swanson and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Enjoy the late Dave Cash and his silky smooth voice as he takes you on a trip down memory lane, where two fingers were raised to the establishment and history was made. Dave was part of the first real British Pirate Radio station, where he was treated like a pop star, dabbled with drugs and lived a life far richer in experience than most. Once onboard, Cash partnered with Kenny Everett for the Kenny & Cash Show, one of the most successful of all pirate radio programmes.
"More Than Just a Flesh Wound: On van Gogh's Ear and His Mental State" is from the July 12, 2016 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Nina Siegal and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': A Wizardly Journey in Time" is from the August 01, 2016 Arts section of The New York Times. It was written by Michiko Kakutani and narrated by Kristi Burns.
A decade ago, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton chronicled her quest, both deeply personal and, in the truest sense, public, to help make our society into the kind of "village" that enables children to become smart, able, resilient adults. For more than 35 years, Senator Clinton has made children her passion and her cause.
"The Islamic State Just Took a Page from the 'Battle of Stalingrad' " is from the June 29, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Delve into the past with Johnny Beerling as he shares stories of awe and wonder from his time with Britain's favourite radio station. Learn how he gained musical identity, staged the first ever British Rock and Pop Awards, and toured the country with the Radio 1 Roadshow, the biggest daily audience show that the BBC ever initiated. You'll quickly deplore the fact that things just ain't how they used to be.
With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history, a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate.
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.
You think you know about Islam. But, did you know that Islam teaches that Muslims must wage war to impose Islamic law on non-Muslim states, or that American Muslim groups are engaged in a huge cover-up of Islamic doctrine? These and other "politically incorrect" facts are revealed by Robert Spencer in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
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"Civil Rights Groups Call on Trump to Denounce Racism of Alt-Right" is from the November 21, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Alan Rappeport and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Studying how the mind and brain work sounds like it ought to be about as futile as trying to grab handfuls of air. Yet psychology, neuroscience and related fields have made amazing progress. This special issue of Scientific American reviews just a sliver of the discoveries that investigators from around the globe have made about the workings of our inner lives. The breadth of subjects tracks the vastness of thought.
This event was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.
In this issue: "Info Wars" by Steve Coll; "Belle" by Andrew Marantz; "Prodigy of Hate" by Jelani Cobb; "Fail Funnier" by Rivka Galchen; "Cold Heart" by Alexandra Schwartz; "Fresh Paint" by Peter Schjeldahl; "I Love Lucifer" by Emily Nussbaum; and "Shiny Things" by Anthony Lane.
"Brexit and Irish Unity" is from the July 11, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Gerry Adams and narrated by Caroline Miller.