A special edition of The Why Factor marking the centenary of the First World War
Why do people give their lives for a nation? For a cause?
It’s something that will come to all of us. So why is it so hard to talk about death?
They hold our secrets, and preserve our memories, but why do we need diaries?
Mike Williams asks why do we leave the comfort of our homes to go travel?
Why is a home so important and how does it shape us?
What is encryption and why do we do it?
Why do we lose the ability to do routine tasks under pressure?
How would you define yours and how much does it matter?
We have all used cash but what exactly is it and do we still need it?
Why do some people expose themselves to risks and why are we so bad at assessing them?
The origins and history of chillies and why we eat a food that burns
What makes us draw, how do we get good at it and what do we reveal through our drawings?
How did beards evolve and what is their purpose?
Why do blue jeans have such global appeal?
How the Y chromosome transforms a female embryo to a male one
Why does television have such a powerful influence on our lives?
What does collecting of inanimate objects bring to our lives?
Why do we use jargon?
Why do people try and project human qualities onto animals?
How did modern circuses develop? And why do they appeal to adults and children worldwide?
Does everyone’s mind wander? And why do we do it?
Every year, across the world, around a million people take their own lives. But why?
At the mercy of people smugglers, how do refugees make their often perilous journeys?
Why more than 50 countries around the world still execute certain criminals
Why do we lose our memories, and why are there are some things we can not forget?
Why do we love stories about criminals and the people who bring them to justice?
Mike Williams asks why we build tall buildings
Why do the rich want to get richer? What drives the wealthy to want more?
Why do some people give the vast majority of their money away?