The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
Sad music has become more popular according to a recent study. Why do people listen to it?
From identity symbols to signalling tools, why human societies are fascinated by flags
Mike Williams asks why are we loyal, and who are we really loyal to?
Why do we want to capture human faces?
Why has the moon fascinated humans from every culture and for all time?
People have fought for it and died for it. Why is this notion so powerful?
Why do we use perfume and what does it say about us?
Why do we share? And, what happens inside our brains when we do?
Why does the naked human form provoke such strong reactions?
Why do we cook food rather than just eat it raw?
The disappearing art of the hand-written letter and three stories of love
Why do we read, or write poetry, as opposed to prose?
How we remember the dead, and why does it matter?
How do we remember the dead and why does it matter?
How has the 1500-year-old game mirrored politics and changes in society?
What is embarrassment, why do we feel it and is it a good thing? Mike Williams finds out
Is Karma fatalism or guidance on how to improve your life?
Why do we place so much trust in brands? And who benefits from them?
Why is it so hard to pin down what we mean by charisma?
History’s greatest rivals, and the creative and destructive sides of rivalry
Would you risk your life for a stranger?
What brings people out into the streets to take direct action against the powerful?
Celebrating the 100th edition of The Why Factor
Why do people have gardens and do gardening?
Why do we like to gossip – and is it good for us?
Why do so many people claim to see ghosts?
Associated with morality, modesty, politics and religion why is chastity so complicated?
Why do we go on pilgrimages?
Why do we go on long walks? Mike Williams finds out