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.
"A Great 'Read'"
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
How the rich get richer as the poor catch up.
We track these cosmic phenomena through their births, lives, and fiery deaths. The first article tells us about the appearance of the very first stars in the universe. Then, we will learn about the early days in the life of a star, as we track it's progression from dust to giant flaming ball of gas. Also, contrary to conventional wisdom, scientists have discovered that stars can, and often do, collide with each other.
"Medicine's Moonlighters: Doctoring After Dark" is from the Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Daniela J. Lamas, M.D. and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
"When Good Medicine Mixes With Bad" is from the Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Abigail Zuger and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"'Winds of Winter' Won't Be Done before 'Game of Thrones' Season 6" was published on January 4, 2015 on CNET.com. It was written by Anthony Domanico and narrated by Rex Anderson.
As U.S. President Barack Obama concluded his trip to Kenya, at the top of his agenda was the country's ongoing fight against the Somali-based jihadist militia, al Shabab. The group remains a threat, but it has evolved, and the United States should help ensure that the Kenyan government's response follows suit.
Scholars have long known that Martin Heidegger was a Nazi, but many doubted that his philosophy had anything to do with Hitler's ideology. Now Peter Trawny, drawing on Heidegger's hidden notebooks, argues that the philosopher's anti-Semitism was deeply entwined with his ideas.
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).
"An eight hour rant"
"'Serial' Season 2 Focuses on Bergdahl's Story" is from the Culture (Arts) section of The New York Times. It was written by Richard A. Oppel Jr. and John Koblin and narrated by Fleet Cooper.
"Hanging On" by Philip Gourevitch; "Subprime Homesick Blues" by James Surowiecki; "What's Normal?" by Jerome Groopman; "The Knowledge" by Henry Alford; "Cooked Books" by Adam Gopnik; "Blood on the Borders" by Clive James; "Dorian Purple" by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Designated Mourner" by John Lahr; and "In Disguise" by Anthony Lane.
"'Serial' Podcast Subject, Serving Life Sentence, Is Granted New Hearing" is from the November 7, 2015 U.S. section of the New York Times. It was written by Ashley Southall and narrated by Caroline Miller.
"It's Okay If You Care More about the Paris Attacks than the Beirut Bombings" is from the November 18, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Maxim Mayer-Cesiano and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The May/June 2016 Issue of Foreign Affairs.
Chemists are struggling to develop new drugs these days - and biologists may have just the pill for that.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words.
"Uplifting and motivating"
Most economists agree that the global economy is stagnating and that governments need to stimulate growth, but lowering interest rates still further could spur a damaging cycle of booms and busts. Instead, central banks should hand consumers cash directly.