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.
"Just superb.....all of science without any jargon"
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'"
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"
The November/December 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs.
"HBO Gives 'Game of Thrones' an End Date" is from the July 31, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by John Koblin and narrated by Kristi Burns.
Of the remarkable things we have learned this election year, the most significant is that the current Republican Party is unfit to lead the country.
"Where Did the First Farmers Live? Looking for Answers in DNA" is from the October 17, 2016 Science section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Corey M. Snow.
This master class in criticism was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.
"How We Got Here: DNA Points to a Single Migration from Africa" is from the September 22, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Carl Zimmer and narrated by Caroline Miller.
In this issue: "That's What He Said" by Margaret Talbot; "The Nineteenth Hole" by Jason Kersten; "A Shot to the Heart" by Stephanie Clifford; "A Song of Ice" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Second World" by Emily Nussbaum; and "Women's Work" by Anthony Lane.
"Britain's Economy Was Resilient After 'Brexit.' Its Leaders Learned the Wrong Lesson" is from the October 10, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Neil Irwin and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
In this issue: "Millennialism" by Jelani Cobb; "Frozen" by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Trumptown" by Larissa MacFarquhar; "Cashing Out" by Nathan Heller; "Ghost Story" by Vinson Cunningham; and "A Girl Like I" by Hilton Als.
"Envisioning Bitcoin's Technology at the Heart of Global Finance" is from the August 12, 2016 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Nathaniel Popper and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"How China Took Center Stage in Bitcoin's Civil War" is from the July 02, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Nathaniel Popper and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
The September/October 2016 issue of Foreign Affairs.
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.
More than 13 years after 9/11, the Afghan war is far from over, even if Washington insists that the U.S. role in it will soon come to an end. Three recent books help explain why, and what Washington needs to do next to protect the gains that have been made.
The aim of this audiobook is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with prices attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...From the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the best and the worst, the most amusing and amazing words are here.