TV and Radio Guide w/c 25th February 2013

This week we’ve got meteors, bears and viruses, more of Attenborough’s Living Planet and a genius whose pre-eminent sewer development helped rid London of cholera. Yes it’s another Science TV and Radio guide, collated this week by @a_weatherall. Straight to the picks of the week – loads of great TV, but both Sarah and I have chosen radio : mine is the documentary about the life of Buckminster Fuller, and Sarah’s pick is Science Cafe on the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. The pdf and spreadsheet copies of the guide are at the bottom of this post.
This week’s online video collection is literally out of this world. This week has been a fantastic opportunity to view the ISS from the UK with some very bright passes. Chris Hadfield is one of NASA’s astronauts in the ISS and this week he took part in a Google+ Hangout to answer questions from the people of Earth :). The good stuff starts 30 minutes in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs. The amazing thing for me is that video communication technology has finally got to a point where we can have these conversations. @Cmdr_Hadfield also posts pictures of earth taken from the observation module on twitter, some of which are absolutely beautiful:

And he has posted some great videos about life on the ISS: 

Here’s the playlist from this current expedition from the Canadian space Agency: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUaartJaon3LV-ZQ4J3bNQj4VNVG2ByIG and also

Sunita Williams was a previous commander who left the space station in November and she posted a wonderful tour of the space station on the day she left: it’s fascinating how the orientation changes are so natural to them, but disorienting when watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doN4t5NKW-k.

Do leave a comment if anything piques your interest. We’d love to know if you or your students have any feedback about the science programmes (especially the radio ones or podcasts).

You can download the xlsx guide here:  tv-guide-25-feb-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-25-feb-13.pdf
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Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
Any enthusiastic people Living Planet (TV) Episodes 5 – 8 of Sir David Attenborough’s fantastic documentary about the planet’s habitats. Mon 25 Feb – Thurs 28 Feb, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists The Why Factor (Radio) Are memories shared and if so why? Mon 25 Feb, 11:30am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists Discovery (Radio) Explorations in the world of science. Mon 25 Feb, 7:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Why do viruses infect us and make us ill so quickly? Mon 25 Feb, 9pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast
GCSE physicists Costing the Earth (Radio) Can Africa be powered by geothermal energy? Tues 26 Feb, 3:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE Biologists Science Café (Radio) The 60th aniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix. Tues 26 Feb, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer)
A level physicists The Life Scientific (Radio) Jim talks to Dame Sue Ion who is an expert in nuclear fuels. Tues 26 Feb, 9:30pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast
GCSE and A level physicists Horizon: The Core (TV) How do we know so much about the core of the earth when we can never directly visit it? Tues 26 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists My New Hand (TV) A documentary following the first hand transplant to take place in Britain. Tues 26 Feb, 10:35pm (Eng, Scot) (11:35pm – NI, Wales), BBC 1 or BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) This week Dick and Dom are looking at Sir Joseph Bazalgette who developed the London sewer system. Wed 27 Feb, 6:15pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Nature’s Microworlds (TV) The Australian outback is home to some amazing creatures. Wed 27 Feb, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Jonny Kingdom and the Bears of Alaska (TV) The brown bears of Kodiak Island in a spot of salmon fishing. Wed 27 Feb / Thurs 28 Feb, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE physicists Costing the Earth (Radio) Tom Heap investigates whether usable energy can be sourced from our household waste. Wed 27 Feb, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Discussing the week’s science news. Thurs 28 Feb, 4:30pm, Radio 4, or available as a podcast
Any enthusiastic physicists Voyager: To the final frontier (TV) Voyager I and II are leaving the solar system. A look at the developments that got them there. Thurs 28 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people An Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (Radio) An in depth look at the life of Richard Buckminster Fuller who was a strong proponent of sustainable living as well as a polymath and inventor (his name is given to the buckyball carbon allotrope due to his geodesic dome designs). Fri 1 March, 11am, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Wild Arabia (TV) The Dhofar mountains are the Jewel of Arabia. Fri 1 March, 9pm (Sat 2 March 8:30pm Wales), BBC 2 or BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World (TV) The natural history of Essex – the antidote to TOWIE. Sat 2 Mar, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Natural World (TV) The Queen of Tigers – the world’s most famous tiger. Sat 2 Mar, 8:30pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people The Scots who made the modern world (TV) Blood: Developments of 3 centuries worth of medical science in Scotland. Sat 2 Mar, 8:30pm, BBC 2 (Scot only) (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) The Naked Scientists tackle questions from the everyday to the totally odd! Sun 3 Mar, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Deadly 60 on a Mission (TV) Australia and New Zealand: the saltwater crocodile gets a visit from Steve Backshall. Sun 3 Mar, 6:05pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
Astronomers Horizon special: The Truth about meteors (TV) Iain Stewart explains the difference between a meteorite and an asteroid and looks at the dangers they pose. Sun 3 Mar, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Astronomers The Sky at Night (TV) A look at events in the night’s sky. Sun 3 Mar, 23:55pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer)
KS 2 and 3 scientists Deadly Mission Madagascar (TV) A biology documentary for younger students, looking at the unique island of Madagascar. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people In Our Time (Radio) Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ice ages, periods when the temperature of the Earth has dropped to low levels. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic biologists Living Planet (TV) One of Attenborough’s superb documentaries. On iPlayer
A level scientists Science in Action (Radio) A discussion of recent advances in science. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Genius of Invention (TV) A great new series about the inventions that have shaped our lifestyles. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic people Wonders of Life (TV) If you haven’t caught the first few episodes of this series it is well worth the time. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic biologists Africa (TV) Attenborough’s most recent BBC documentary. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science Weekly with Alok Jha A whole range of science & technology is explored in this podcast from the Guardian. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science in Action New developments in science from around the world from the BBC. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans The Naked Scientists A podcast from the live Naked Scientists radio show – laying science bare, answering questions and interviewing top scientists via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
GCSE & A level scientists How Stuff Works – Stuff You Should Know A podcast (which isn’t always science but is very good anyway) packed with stuff you should know about. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. http://www.littleatoms.com/
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