TV and Radio Guide w/c 6 May 2013

Sorry it’s so late. The bank holiday weekend has caught me by surprise, and it’s  joint effort in collating next week’s TV and Radio for you (Sarah started, but is now in a field somewhere doing DoE with Y11).

Some really good programmes this week, ranging from cats and dogs, to the journey of sound waves, via the story of NASAs first trip to the moon, finding out if there’s life on Mars, with a grand finish: a repeat of The Challenger followed by a documentary about Richard Feynman on Sunday night. My pick of the week is a daily set of essays on Radio 3, which this week is looking at the inhabitants of Antarctica to mark the centenary of Roald Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. I’ll be setting my podcast player to download these.

There are a couple more daily programmes this week: Life in the Undergrowth, Attenborough’s series on Invertebrates and Cosmic Quest (a 30 part Radio series by Heather Couper on the history of astronomy).

The most amazing video this week was A Boy and His Atom. This is officially the world’s smallest movie and was made by IBM researchers moving individual carbon monoxide molecules. The RI Channel has more information including a video about how the animated movie was made.

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-6-may-13.xlsxand a printable pdf version here: tv-guide-6-may-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 people The Why Factor (Radio) Find out why we live with cats and dogs! Mon 6 May, 8:32am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/ZpUgAC
Any enthusiastic Physicists Behind the Scenes at the Universe Peter Higgs came up with an idea that changed the way we view the universe. Mon 6 May, 1:32pm, BBC Radio Scotland (on on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16aoUBP
Any enthusiastic Physicists Cosmic Quest (Radio) Heather Couper looks at the development of astronomy including ancient views on the sky. Mon 6 – Fri 10 May, 2:15pm, Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/126h3Rz
Any enthusiastic Biologists Planet Earth Live (TV) The story of five families of wild animals, told over the month of May. Mon 6 May, 4pm, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17C5vHS
A level Psychologists Digital Human (Radio) Could we all do with a detox from our digital devices? Mon 6 May, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/105VZfF
A level Psychologists Discovery (Radio) Find out about the uniquely human trait of crying. Mon 6 May, 6:32pm BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/121Hvfa
A Level Scientists Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper finds out whether the EU ban on pesticides will protect Europe’s bee population. Mon 6 May 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11rGnA5
A Level Scientists The Essay, The Antarcticans (Radio) A series about the scientists and explorers that live and work in Antarctica. Mon 6 – Fri 10 May, 10:45pm, Radio 3 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/18og56H
A level Biologists The Life Scientific (Radio) Jim Al-Khalili speaks to neuroscientist Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell. Tues 7 May, 9am or 9:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/1363LFV
A level Biologists Costing the Earth (Radio) Are modern pesticides behind the collapse of bee colonies? Tues 7 May, 3:30pm or Wed 8 May, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/100LqJd
Any enthusiastic people Life in the Undergrowth (TV) David Attenborough reveals the fascinating life of invertebrates. Tues 7 – Fri 10 May, 4pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10ac1jT
Any enthusiastic Physicists Science Café (Radio) Find out about Wales’ contribution to the space race. Tues 7 May, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/100LBnT
KS3 and 4 Biologists Nature’s Weirdest Events (TV) Explore some of nature’s oddities. Tues 7 – Thurs 9 May, 7pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/113eUcN
Any enthusiastic Physicists NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (TV) The story of Armstrong and Aldrin’s trip to the moon. Tues 7 May, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/100L3OR
KS3 and 4 Biologists Deadly 60 on a Mission (TV) The team visit South America to find lethal creatures. Wed 8 May, 10am, BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/18od3Q6
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Gareth Mitchell discusses the science in this week’s news. Thurs 9 May, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/129GmkF
A level scientists Science in Action (Radio) Science in the news. Thurs 9 May, 6:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/118RByb
Any enthusiastic Physicists The Sky at Night (TV) This month’s astronomical viewing. A storm is raging on Saturn. Thurs 9 May, 7:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11Mmx2o
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects. Fri 10 May, 6:32pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17Gvb6v
GCSE Biologists Nature’s Microworlds (TV) The animals that live in the Namib Desert have to cope with 60° and little rainfall. Friday 10 May, 8pm (6:30pm Scotland), BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/13b0bdK
GCSE Biologists South Pacific – Fragile Paradise (TV) What is being done to conserve the wildlife and seas that make up the South Pacific. Sat 11 May, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bit.ly/120HIN5
GCSE Physicists Mars – A Horizon Guide Why we travel over 50 million miles to Mars in the search for life. Sun 12 May, 1:35am, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15iLXLk
GCSE and A Level Physicists Adventures in Science (Radio) An acoustic wave travelling from a violin to your brain. Sun 12 May, 1:15pm, Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10dV1hm
Any enthusiastic people The Challenger (TV) A drama about Richard Feynman’s involvement in the investigation into the Challenger disaster. Sun 12 May, 8:00pm BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bit.ly/16Q89um
A Level Physicists The Fantastic Mr Feynman (TV) A celebration of the inimitable Richard Feynman. Sun 12 May, 9:30pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/16akI58
A level Physicists The Genius of Marie Curie (TV) Revealing the challenges faced by Marie Curie in her personal and professional life. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/120EFnR
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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