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The advantages and disadvantages of speaking more than one language.
Challenges of Nanoscience
Transforming biosciences with particles just a few billionths of a metre across.
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss alien plants and animals, alien beings and alien dreams
Spatial processing in the brain, bird migration and natural navigational clues for all.
How a spark of inspiration is transformed into a line on canvas or a line of verse.
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how cells, molecules and robots achieve complexity.
Adventures in 2D: Graphene and Beyond
What is the future of graphene and other two-dimensional materials?
The joys and perils of porcelain, kaolin and volcanic soils.
Should we bring the woolly mammoth back to life, and should ancient languages be revived?
Shape-shifting in everyday objects, our brains and plastic waste.
The marvellous ability to create almost anything we want in our minds.
What shells can tell us about our past, present and future.
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss subversion and inversion in a topsy-turvy world.
Is deja vu a brain glitch or misplaced 'real' memory? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
Worlds in Miniature
Bridget Kendall and guests explore why tiny things appeal to us.
Design and Beauty
How important is beauty in design? Bridget Kendall and guests discuss.
Core: A Journey to the Centre of the Things
A journey to the very centre of the earth, the universe and ourselves.
Bridget Kendall travels to Canada to find out how weather affects a nation's character.
The Power of Wind
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the impact of the wind on Earth, in space and in art.
The Hidden Power of Noise
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss why we should pay more attention to background noise.
Machine Translation: The End of the Human Translator?
Will new technology mean the end of the human translator?
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the technology and art of wheeled transport.
Living at the Edge: Life in Extreme Environments
Extreme life and synthetic biology in the sea, on land and in space.
What lies behind our desire to improve and perfect nature?
Grass Roots: The Impact and Influence of 'People's' Movements
Bridget Kendall and guests explores how 'people's' movements are changing.
The Element of Surprise
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the unexpected in art, science and everyday life.
How can we save or 'reawaken' dying languages?
Balloons and How They Changed the World
The extraordinary impact of balloons on human society.
The New Curators: Who Decides What's Culturally Important?
How the idea of curation has radically changed.
Fire: How Climate Change Is Altering Our Attitudes to Wildfires
Bridget Kendall and guests explore ideas about how wildfires should be dealt with.
Mata Hari: Dancer, Lover, Spy
What is the truth behind the legendary WWI spy-seductress?
Amelia Earhart - Trailblazer in the Skies
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the trailblazing life of the aviator Amelia Earhart.
The Bittersweet Tale of Cocoa
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the origins of chocolate.
Indian Princely States
Rajan Datar explores a lost world of culture and romance.
Marie Curie - A Pioneering Life
The extraordinary life of the Polish scientist who changed the course of physics.
The Magic of Bronze
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the history and importance of bronze.
Machiavelli - Master of Power
The life and reputation of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince.
Up Close with the Tango
The dance that seduced the world
The One Thousand and One Nights
Rajan Datar and guests explore the power of storytelling.
Picasso: Artist of Reinvention
How an artist changed our way of seeing.
Making Scents: The Story of Perfume
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how fine fragrance became what it is today.
Nikola Tesla's Electric Dreams
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the life and inventions of engineer Nikola Tesla.
Stanislavsky: Founder of Modern Acting
Bridget Kendall presents the ideas discussion show.
From Straw Poll to Opinion Poll
Exploring the past, present and future of opinion polling
Cotton: Yarn with a Twist
Bridget Kendall and guests explore the chequered history of the original global fabric.
Magellan: First Man Round the Globe?
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss Ferdinand Magellan's efforts to sail round the world.
Boudica - Warrior Queen
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss Boudica's rebellion against the Romans in Britain.
Material World: Making the Modern Factory
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the development of the factory and its global rise.
Yves Saint Laurent: Fashion Revolutionary
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the impact of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Machu Picchu: The Secrets of a Forgotten City
Bridget Kendall and guests discuss the enigma of the Inca mountain retreat.
Sankara: Africa's Revolutionary President
The life and legacy of Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary first president of Burkina Faso.
Christina of Sweden: Queen of Surprises
The rebellious monarch who scandalised 17th-century Europe.
The Tales of Timbuktu
Bridget Kendall and guests explore how a remote desert town in Mali became world famous
The Little Prince: Lessons from an Aviator’s Life
The life and works of Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Who Was the Real Cleopatra?
Bridget Kendall and guests unpick fact from fiction in the life of the last Queen of Egypt
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Revealing the Gulag
The Russian writer who exposed the grim, nightmarish world of Soviet forced labour camps
Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire
Builders and sculptors of Southeast Asia's awe-inspiring monuments.