TV and Radio Guide w/c 15th April 2013

Firstly, a quick note about last week’s Science TV and Radio. There were some really good programmes last week which we’ve added to the guide in the on demand section, but I want to just highlight my pick from last week: POP! The Science of Bubbles. This was a brilliant programme, full of science that students won’t find in their normal school curriculum yet with explanations that were very accessible. Helen Czerski was an excellent and enthusiastic presenter, and I do recommend this to everyone. I also want to apologise for missing out Isaac Newton: The Last Magician. This is a historical documentary of the life of Newton seen through his writing and that of his contemporaries, definitely worth letting your students know about this. Also worth a watch is Horizon: Tomorrow’s World about the new science and technology that is going to shape our future.

Sarah’s pick of the week is the programme on memory: Maureen Lipman: If Memory Serves Me Right on Thursday and mine is Bang Goes the Theory on Monday. They’re looking at how we go about improving our aging infrastructure.

The video of the week is actually a collection of videos. It is the final half term before the exams for our GCSE students and if you teach the AQA syllabus, this is an invaluable set of revision videos by teacher Kishore Vyas aka @mygcsescience.He has produced nearly 200 videos over the course of the last year covering Core and Additional Science as well as the start of Separate Science (Unit 3). They are well put together using SMARTBoard software and I’ve watched every one as he’s posted them. They are a fantastic resource and you can either refer your students to the youtube playlists or to my-gcsescience.com.

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.
You can download the xlsx guide here: tv-guide-15-april-13.xlsx  and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-15-april-13.pdf
I’ve collated all the links from this week’s guide in this bit.ly bundle:
You can also subscribe to the following RSS feed in your favourite newsreader and never miss a post: feeds.feedburner.com/ScienceTVandRadioGuide RSS and follow the new @ScienceTVRadio twitter account.
Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on? Link to the programme
Any enthusiastic Biologists Life of Mammals (TV) Sir David Attenborough explores mammalian life. Mon 15, Tues 16  April, 4:10pm, Wed 17 April, 3:15 and 4:15pm (4 & 5pm Scotland), Thurs 18 April, 3:10 and 4:10pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/GXfxDp
A level Psychologists Discovery: Noel Sharkey (Radio) Noel Sharkey in conversation with Jim Al-Khalili. Mon 15 April, 6:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10yYnHV
Any enthusiastic people Bang Goes The Theory (TV) Find out what scientists and engineers are doing to combat our aging infrastructure. Mon 15 April, 7:30pm, BBC 1 (and Tues 16 April, 6:30pm, BBC 2 Wales) (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12A40Y3
Future science researchers Material World (Radio) Find out about the world of academic publishing, plus the effect of climate change on air travel and increasing rates of evolution. Mon 15 April, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10uXRvY
Any enthusiastic people Costing the Earth (Radio) Hear from the team drilling through the bed of the deepest lake in the world. Tues 16 April, 3:30pm, Wed 17 April, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZQOESf
GCSE Chemists Science Café (Radio) Adam Walton talks to Welsh scientists who are developing revolutionary new materials. Tues 16 April, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16SzP0I
Any enthusiastic Biologists Ocean Giants (TV) Exploring the largest animals to live in our oceans. Tues 16 April, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/nITMEc
Future Marine Biologists The Secret Life of Rock Pools (TV) Professor Richard Fortey embarks on a quest to discover the extraordinary lives of rock pool creatures. Tues 16 April, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17uAJSm
GCSE Geographers 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tsunamis (TV) A fascinating exploration of the most powerful giant waves in history. Wed 17 April, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12SlUJy
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper discusses the science in this week’s news. Thurs 18 April, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/ZRADMZ
A level Psychologists Maureen Lipman: If Memory Serves Me Right (TV) Documentary following actor and writer Maureen Lipman on a personal journey as she explores through her own recollections how memory works. Thurs 18 April, 9pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16SAXBr
GCSE Geographers Could We Survive a Mega-Tsunami (TV) Hollywood-style graphics and real-life archive brings home an imagined near-future scenario, all based on cutting-edge science. Thurs 18 April, 9pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZRAYzj
A level Psychologists Mind Changers: Abraham Maslow and the Hierachy of Needs (Radio) Claudia Hammond explores Maslow’s theories of motivation. Fri 19 April, 11am, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/171ba8m
Any enthusiastic people Nature’s Microworlds (TV) Find out about the top predators in the Canadian costal forests. Fri 19 April, 8pm, BBC 2 (Sat 20 April, 8pm, Scotland) (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/XwWflm
Future Marine Biologists South Pacific (TV) How do sharks and whales survive in the South Pacific? Sat 20 April, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/123MlJq
KS2 and 3 Scientists Deadly Mission Madagascar (TV) Could artificial reefs help the reef around Madagascar? Sun 21 April, 12:05pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16SCck1
GCSE Physicists Supermassive Blackholes (Radio) Ben Silburn explores the centre of the galaxy. Sun 21 April, 1:15pm, Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/115wd8R
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) Answering listeners’ science questions on a huge variety of topics. Sun 21 April, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZRC26g
GCSE and A level Chemists A Century of Stainless Steel (Radio) Has the 20th Century been the stainless steel age? Poet Simon Armitage explores the impact of the 1913 discovery. Sun 21 April, 7:45pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/111gQ0s
Any enthusiastic Biologists Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero (TV) Bill Bailey meets orangutans and flying frogs in his journey through Borneo. Sun 21 April, 8pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZRCiCh
Any enthusiastic people POP! The Science of Bubbles (TV) Exploring the bubbles that push the boundaries of sciecne. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/Y6RzQg
Any enthusiastic people Tomorrow’s World: A Horizon Special (TV) Liz Bonnin delves in to the world of invention, revealing the people and technologies set to transform all our lives. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/14XTs9i
GCSE and A level scientists Adventures in Science (Radio) Following the rollercoaster of alcohol as it travels through a body – can science cure a hangover? On iPlayer http://bbc.in/17ltnR0
GCSE Scientists Bang Goes the Theory (TV) The team explore different popular science ideas On iPlayer http://bbc.in/Zf0UHS
GCSE and A level Physicists Isaac Newton: The Last Magician (TV) Isaac Newton seen through his and his contemporarys’ writing. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/15bh76z
Any enthusiastic people Various Attenborough documentaries (TV) Repeats of Attenborough’s astonishing documentaries, including Blue Planet and Africa. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/10vCJG2
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) http://bit.ly/YjZzfz
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) http://bbc.in/VUMQ7E
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) http://bit.ly/WdpFnZ
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) http://bit.ly/Zsz6AW
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. http://www.littleatoms.com/ http://bit.ly/ZAnbPa

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