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  1. Temperament

    The personalities we are born with: what is fixed and what is shaped by experience?

    First broadcast: 01 Dec 2014

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  2. Mutations in Nature

    How do organisms change and evolve to adapt to their environment?

    First broadcast: 24 Nov 2014

  3. Lines

    How a spark of inspiration is transformed into a line on canvas or a line of verse.

    First broadcast: 17 Nov 2014

  4. Big Data and Us

    Who can we trust in the world of Big Data and how is it changing our lives?

    First broadcast: 10 Nov 2014

  5. Uniformity

    When is regularity good and when does it become boring, or even oppressive?

    First broadcast: 03 Nov 2014

  6. Robots with a Heart

    Do we want robots to be more social? The Forum at World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York

    First broadcast: 25 Oct 2014

  7. Natural Navigation

    Spatial processing in the brain, bird migration and natural navigational clues.

    First broadcast: 18 Oct 2014

  8. Uncertainty

    How to approach uncertainty in the modern world

    First broadcast: 11 Oct 2014

  9. Self Assembly

    How simple cells, molecules and even robots can work together to achieve complexity

    First broadcast: 04 Oct 2014

  10. Aliens

    Why do some people believe in aliens and extra-terrestrials, and not others?

    First broadcast: 27 Sep 2014

  11. Rewilding

    The impact of leaving the land to its own devices

    First broadcast: 20 Sep 2014

  12. Challenges of Nanoscience

    Transforming biosciences with particles just a few billionths of a metre across

    First broadcast: 13 Sep 2014

  13. Rivers

    Why they are essential to our planet and how they can even shape our psyche

    First broadcast: 06 Sep 2014

  14. Multilingualism

    The advantages and disadvantages of speaking more than one language

    First broadcast: 30 Aug 2014

  15. Blood

    The life-giving fluid in science and in our culture

    First broadcast: 23 Aug 2014

  16. Grass

    Grass provides 60% of human calorie intake and covers a quarter of the planet

    First broadcast: 16 Aug 2014

  17. Bubbles

    The curious properties of bubbles in the oceans, in our bodies and in art.

    First broadcast: 09 Aug 2014

  18. Democracy and the Arts in South Africa

    The Forum at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

    First broadcast: 02 Aug 2014

  19. South Africa: Education

    What’s the future of education in South Africa?

    First broadcast: 26 Jul 2014

  20. Time to Rethink What is 'Normal'?

    Where is the dividing line between what is normal and what is a mental disorder?

    First broadcast: 19 Jul 2014

  21. Risor Festival: Outcasts

    When is it better to remain an outsider? And what makes outcasts unwelcome?

    First broadcast: 12 Jul 2014

  22. Invisibility

    Is invisibility good or bad? Is it a matter of optics, morality or magic?

    First broadcast: 05 Jul 2014

  23. Indirect Experience

    What can we learn by observing others?

    First broadcast: 28 Jun 2014

  24. Forgiveness

    Can you have forgiveness without remorse?

    First broadcast: 21 Jun 2014

  25. Challenging Assumptions

    What does it really mean to challenge received wisdom?

    First broadcast: 14 Jun 2014

  26. Social Intelligence

    Some people seem to get on with anyone and everyone: is it down to talent or practice?

    First broadcast: 07 Jun 2014

  27. Gold

    What makes gold so valuable?

    First broadcast: 31 May 2014

  28. How we Perceive Art

    Why do we like some art works but not others and what role does cultural background play?

    First broadcast: 24 May 2014

  29. Extrapolation

    The dangers and advantages of using what we know to explain what we don’t know

    First broadcast: 17 May 2014

  30. Future Cities

    Smart and eco-cities are design buzz-words – but how realistic are such plans globally?

    First broadcast: 10 May 2014

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