Forum - A World of Ideas

Forum - A World of Ideas

The world's most remarkable minds tackle a big idea. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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  • Aliens 27 Sep 2014

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    Why do some people believe in extra-terrestrials, and not others? And what lies behind stories of alien abduction and invasion - can alien species or outsiders sometimes be a force for good? Bridget Kendall asks ecologist Chris Thomas, science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor, and psychologist Richard McNally to pool thoughts about what aliens mean to us.

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  • Forum:Rewilding 20th Sep 2014

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Available:
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    From the release of captive or extinct species to their natural habitats, to restoring ecosystems in rural and urban areas, to “re-wilding the child” and the benefits of re-acquainting human beings with the wilderness, Tim Marlow explores different ideas about rewilding. With environmentalist and writer George Monbiot; Frans Schepers Managing Director of Re-Wilding Europe and Joan Nassauer Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan.

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  • Nanoscience 13 Sep 2014

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    40 mins

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    Transforming biosciences with particles just a few billionths of a metre across. Bridget Kendall talks to leading nanoscientists gathered by the Royal Society of Chemistry at the University of California San Diego: biochemist Shana Kelley who makes medical diagnostic tools using tiny quantities of metals, biologist Yamuna Krishnan who creates nanomachines from synthetic DNA, design theorist Benjamin Bratton who wants to link up nanoinks with cloud computing, and journalist Josh Fischman who helps us separate nanofact from nanofiction.

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  • Rivers 06 Sept 2014

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    The world’s rivers have always played a powerful role in human history. But in today’s world with air travel, super highways and the internet – do rivers matter less? Bridget Kendall asks Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson, geologist Mathew Wells and actor Olwen Fouéré to probe the watery depths.

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