Prof David Hendy explores how the sounds of nature gave way to the industrial revolution.
The Conquering Engines
The Beat of a Heart, the Tramp of a Fly
Medicine's listening revolution in the 19th century with the discovery of the stethoscope.
The New Art of Listening
Professor David Hendy explores how the Victorians learned to listen all over again.
Life in the City
Professor David Hendy follows the writer Thomas Carlyle's grumpy attempts at soundproofing
How recording technology made it possible to catch the fugitive moment.
Soldiers in WW1 experienced a sonic onslaught. Prof Hendy considers life under bombardment
Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers.
Music While You Shop, Music While You Work
David Hendy considers how music has been used to soothe, cheer, and inspire us.
An Ever Noisier World
Prof Hendy travels to Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe it as a visceral shock.
The Search for Silence
Silence has become an ever more desirable state. But when we have it, is it what we want?
Valentina Tereshkova, cosmonaut
The Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to be sent into space
The Show of Presents and Matches Definitely Not Made in Heaven
Susan Morrison on 20th century wedding traditions and 19th century 'husbands from hell'.
1994 год. Чеченская война: хирург рискует своей жизнью, пытаясь спасать чужие.
The Moon Landing
In July 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the Moon.
Ed Dwight Jr: The first black astronaut who never flew
JFK's administration chose him to be the first black US astronaut. But it wasn't to be...