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  1. 29/11/2014

    The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions

    First broadcast: 29 Nov 2014

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  2. Letters

    The disappearing art of the hand-written letter and three stories of love

    First broadcast: 22 Nov 2014

  3. Poetry

    Why do we read, or write poetry, as opposed to prose?

    First broadcast: 15 Nov 2014

  4. Memorialisation

    How we remember the dead, and why does it matter?

    First broadcast: 08 Nov 2014

  5. Memorialisation

    How we remember the dead, and why does it matter?

    First broadcast: 06 Nov 2014

  6. Chess

    How has the 1500-year-old game mirrored politics and changes in society?

    First broadcast: 01 Nov 2014

  7. Embarrassment

    What is embarrassment, why do we feel it and is it a good thing? Mike Williams finds out

    First broadcast: 24 Oct 2014

  8. Karma

    Is Karma fatalism or guidance on how to improve your life?

    First broadcast: 17 Oct 2014

  9. Brands

    Why do we place so much trust in brands? And who benefits from them?

    First broadcast: 10 Oct 2014

  10. Charisma

    Why is it so hard to pin down what we mean by charisma?

    First broadcast: 03 Oct 2014

  11. The Rivals

    History’s greatest rivals, and the creative and destructive sides of rivalry

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2014

  12. Risking Life For Strangers

    Would you risk your life for a stranger?

    First broadcast: 19 Sep 2014

  13. Protest

    What brings people out into the streets to take direct action against the powerful?

    First broadcast: 12 Sep 2014

  14. The 100th Programme: The Life of Why

    Celebrating the 100th edition of The Why Factor

    First broadcast: 05 Sep 2014

  15. Gardens

    Why do people have gardens and do gardening?

    First broadcast: 29 Aug 2014

  16. Gossip

    Why do we like to gossip – and is it good for us?

    First broadcast: 22 Aug 2014

  17. Ghosts

    Why do so many people claim to see ghosts?

    First broadcast: 15 Aug 2014

  18. Chastity

    Associated with morality, modesty, politics and religion why is chastity so complicated?

    First broadcast: 09 Aug 2014

  19. The Pilgrimage

    Why do we go on pilgrimages?

    First broadcast: 01 Aug 2014

  20. The Walk

    Why do we go on long walks? Mike Williams finds out

    First broadcast: 25 Jul 2014

  21. The Moon

    Why has the moon fascinated humans from every culture and for all time?

    First broadcast: 18 Jul 2014

  22. The Apology

    Why do we say sorry – and what do we really mean by it?

    First broadcast: 11 Jul 2014

  23. Coincidence

    What is coincidence and why do we attach meaning to it?

    First broadcast: 04 Jul 2014

  24. World War One: National Pride

    Why are we so drawn to symbols of statehood, and how can leaders use that loyalty?

    First broadcast: 28 Jun 2014

  25. World War One: Patriotism

    The power of patriotism from WW1 to today and truths and myths of the modern nation state

    First broadcast: 27 Jun 2014

  26. Accents

    What do our accents say about us? Why do they matter?

    First broadcast: 20 Jun 2014

  27. Eye Contact

    Why is making eye contact so important?

    First broadcast: 13 Jun 2014

  28. The Fool

    Mike Williams asks why the fool or jester has been an important figure in many cultures

    First broadcast: 06 Jun 2014

  29. Diplomacy

    How to get ahead in diplomacy, from negotiations to polite language and secret code words

    First broadcast: 30 May 2014

  30. Competition

    Why are we competitive? Is it a natural instinct?

    First broadcast: 23 May 2014

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