The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
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?
Watches have been an indicator of status since their invention. Mike Williams asks why
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?