TV and Radio Guide w/c 29th April 2013

I’ve been enjoying a family get together this weekend so the guide has been posted a little later than normal. Sarah has collated this week’s links for you and her picks are Bang Goes the Theory on Air Pollution on Monday which might be useful for GCSE scientists as they do their revision and The Genius of Marie Curie for general scientific interest. My picks relate to the scientific endeavour starting with Kevin Fong’s tour of Mars in the search for water on Radio 4 on Monday and The Common Sense of Science on Radio 4 Extra on Sunday.

I found a great video on bigthink.com, an interview with Michio Kaku, the theoretical physicist. The first 2 minutes of this video are worth watching by themselves as they offer a great insight into why scientists do science. I also am going to use this video by Michio during my GCSE lessons on Nuclear Fusion.  

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-29-april-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version here:  tv-guide-29-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 chemists The Why Factor: Gold (Radio) Find out why we are so attracted to this rare, inert metal. Mon 29 April, 8:32am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11rHhwu
A level Psychologists Digital Human (Radio) Are our connected modern lives making us lonlier than ever? Mon 29 April, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZAg51h
Any enthusiastic Physicists Discovery: A Trip Around Mars (Radio) Kevin Fong takes us on a grand tour of Mars in search of water. Mon 29 April, 6:32pm, Sat 4 May, 9:32am, BBC World Service, (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/181Y2TO
GCSE Biologists and Chemists Bang Goes The Theory (TV) The BGTT team investigate air pollution. Mon 29 April, 7:30pm, BBC 1 (and Tues 30 April, 6:30pm, BBC 2 Wales) (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11IAK1G
A Level Scientists Material World (Radio) Leading scientists meet with policy makers to discuss the latest in the battle against bovine TB. Mon 29 April, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11rGnA5
Any enthusiastic Biologists Ocean Giants (TV) Exploring the largest animals to live in our oceans. Tues 30 April, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZAjcWX 
Any enthusiastic Biologists Costing the Earth (Radio) What is being done to save the 40% of amphibian species currently facing extinction. Tues 30 April, 3:30pm or Wed 1 May, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15MLPDj
Any enthusiastic Biologists Science Café (Radio) Adam Walton discusses antibiotics and the growing problem of resistance with Welsh scientists. Tues 30 April, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/182vK8L
A Level Scientists Scientific Doubt (Radio) Baroness Susan Greenfield, a scientist who specialises in the physiology of the brain, argues that doubt among scientists should be ‘as natural as breathing’. Tues 30 April, 10:45pm, BBC Radio 3 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17n9at7
Any enthusiastic Astronomers Cosmic Quest (Radio) Astronomer Heather Couper charts the history of our growing understanding of the universe and the progress of astronomy. Wed 1 – Fri 3 May, 2:15pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14lzAgS
GCSE Historians Pagans of Roman Britain (TV) Archaeologist Julian Richards returns to some of his most important digs to discover how science, conservation and new finds have changed our understanding of entire eras of ancient history. Wed 1 May, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1827uGR
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper discusses the science in this week’s news. Thurs 2 May, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/ZRADMZ
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects. Fri 3 May, 6:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZpUgAC
A level Physicists The Genius of Marie Curie (TV) Revealing the challenges faced by Marie Curie in her personal and professional life. Fri 3 May, 9pm (England and Scotland), Sat 4 May, 9:30pm (Wales), 10:15pm (NI) (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/120EFnR
Future Marine Biologists South Pacific (TV) What is being done to preserve the fragile South Pacific wildlife? Sat 4 May, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/120HIN5
A Level Scientists The Common Sense of Science (Radio) In 1948, mathematician Dr Jacob Bronowski considered science’s future role. Sun 5 May, 10:30am and 9:30pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/Y9Zt0H
GCSE Biologists Adventures in Science, Flu (Radio) Fighting the flu virus on the human battlefield. Sun 5 May, 1:15pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15XTvCs
Any enthusiastic people Naked Scientists (Radio) Answering everyday science questions. Sun 5 May, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZpVEmS
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. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/16SAXBr
A level Psychologists Mind Changers: Abraham Maslow and the Hierachy of Needs (Radio) Claudia Hammond explores Maslow’s theories of motivation. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/171ba8m
Future Marine Biologists South Pacific (TV) How do sharks and whales survive in the South Pacific? On iPlayer http://bbc.in/123MlJq
GCSE Physicists Supermassive Blackholes (Radio) Ben Silburn explores the centre of the galaxy. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/115wd8R
Any enthusiastic Biologists Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero (TV) Bill Bailey meets orangutans and flying frogs in his journey through Borneo. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/ZRCiCh
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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