TV and Radio Guide w/c 10 June 2013

Another busy weekend infused with sunshine meant that both Sarah and I felt disinclined to spend precious time glued to our respective laptops to collate the TV Guide. However Sarah has done one half and I’ve done the other, so through willpower and teamwork we have another helping of Science based TV and Radio to share with you…

Sarah’s picks of the week are The Life Scientific with Ewan Birney on Junk DNA and the programme on measurement and precision. Mine have to be the repeat of The Seven Ages of Starlight (excellent) and the Science of DIY explaining how screwdrivers are levers.

Here are three recent videos by Henry Reich. His work is an excellent example of using video to clearly explain scientific concepts. Perfect for a foray into the flipped lesson.

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-10-June-13.xlsx and a printable pdf version here: tv-guide-10-June-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 @ScienceTVRadio twitter account.

Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on? Link to the programme
A level Physicists Cosmic Quest (Radio) In the last three episodes of the series, find out about distant planets and consider whether life could exist elsewhere in the universe. Mon 10 – Wed 12 June 2:15pm, Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/126h3Rz
A level Biologists Discovery (Radio) Jim Al Khalili talks to Alan Watson about his quest to discover the source of cosmic rays. Mon 10 June, 6:32pm, Tues 11 June, 8:32am, Sat 15 June, 9:32am (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11AZLwS
Any enthusiastic Biologists Springwatch (TV) Springwatch chronicles the UK’s wildlife in this late spring. Mon 10 -Thurs 13 June 8pm (7:15pm Wed 12) BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10ZFTjs
Any enthusiastic Biologists Food Unwrapped (TV) Science behind the food we eat. This week, the doner kebab undergoes a DNA test. Norovirus in oysters, and what exactly is in gin? Mon 10 June, 8:30pm, Channel 4 (or on 4OD) http://bit.ly/18YzHxD
A level Scientists Material World (Radio) Highlights of the Cheltenham Science Festival Mon 10 June, 9pm, Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/11xxfYC
A level Scientists and Mathematicians Precision: Time and Measure of All Things (TV) Professor Marcus du Sautoy tells the story of the metre and the second. Mon 10 June, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/111tRK3
A level Biologists The Life Scientific (Radio) Ewan Birney discuses the human genome and the demise (or not) of ‘junk’ DNA. Tues 11 June 9am and 9:30pm, Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/118XDcq
GCSE and A level Biologists Shared Planet, the Problem of Population (Radio) Is there room for wildlife in a world with an increasing human population? Tues 11 June, 11am, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15Nh0Lo
A level Scientists Science Café (Radio) Find out about the cutting edge science and technology being developed in Wales. Tues 11 June, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1blyUGv
GCSE and A Level Geophysicists and Geographers Horizon: Why Can’t We Predict Earthquakes? (TV) The Horizon team explore a potentially deadly question that science hasn’t yet answered. Tues 11 June, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11sStrQ
GCSE and A level Physicists Seven Ages of Starlight (TV) This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe. Tues 11 June, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1bkUB9I
A level Biologists Frontiers: Build me a Brain (Radio) Can scientists build brains from scratch in the lab? Wed 12 June, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/18Y9lvG
Any interested scientists Material World (Radio) This week’s discussion of science in the news. Thurs 13 June, 4:30pm, Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/12d7J10
Any interested scientists Science in Action (Radio) The week’s science news. Thurs 13 June, 6:32, BBC World Service (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/15NVt5l
Any interested people Horizon: The Secret Life of the Cat (TV) Groundbreaking science: what do cats get up to when they leave the home? Thurs 13 June 9pm (11:30pm in Scotland), BBC2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11pphRw
GCSE and A level Biologists Attenborough and the Giant Egg (TV) Sir David Attenborough on a quest in Madagascar to find out more about the extinct Elephant Bird. Thurs 13 June, 11:45pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/19dVTGO
Any enthusiastic Biologists Nature’s Microworld (TV) The habitats of the Scottish Highlands, from moors to forests. Fri 14 June, 8pm, BBC2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1617GnU
Any interested people Horizon: Little Cat Diaries (TV) Some of the cats from the Secret Life share their lives in more detail 🙂 Fri 14 June, 10pm (11:05pm in NI) BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14qzUst
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) Discover the extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions Fri 14 June, 6:32pm, Sat 15 June, 10:32pm, Sun 16 June, 11:32am, BBC World Service http://bbc.in/12zWO2H
Any enthusiastic Biologists Nature’s Great Events (TV) The Great Flood of the Okavango in the Kalihari desert transforms the inhospitable plains into life supporting wetlands Sat 15 June, 11:30am, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/13qGY5N
Any enthusiastic Biologists The Natural World (TV) Tiger Island: could a millionaire’s mission to save the Sumatran tigers from extinction work? Sat 15 June, 4:15pm, BBC2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11BhCDR
Future Marine Biologists Oceans (TV) The unexplored Red Sea contains some of the warmest waters. How does that affect the wildlife that lives there? Sat 15 June, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17AAZBh
GCSE and A Level Physicists The Science of DIY (Radio) Why screwdrivers are actually levers. Sun 16 June, 7:15am and 1:15pm, BBC Radio 4 Extra (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/15NWyKB
Any enthusiastic people The Science Hour (Radio) An hour of science news and highlights of the week. Sun 16 June, 2:06pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1038RnM
Any enthusiastic people Earthflight (TV) This superb series from last year is being repeated. It contains some fantastic images shot by birds during their natural migrations. Sun 16 June, 5:35pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/18kn1UW
Any enthusiastic people  Naked Scientists (Radio) Answering listeners’ questions on any field of science. Sun 16 June, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11PmAIT
Any enthusiastic people Operation Snow Tiger (TV) Continuing the expedition to track and research Siberian Tigers in far eastern Russia. Sun 16 Jun, 8pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14qCcIf
GCSE scientists, Geologists and Geographers Rise of the Continents (TV) This week Professor Iain Stewart is looking at the geological history of the southern continent of Australia. Sun 16 Jun, 9pm BBC2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14MO0Ry
GCSE and A level Physicists Radium Days (Radio) Glasgow’s scientific history with the element radium. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/18JW3p5
A level Physicists In Our Time (Radio) Melvin Bragg discusses Relativity with Martin Rees et al. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/1aSjQjf
GCSE Biologists Food Unwrapped (TV) Is mouldy bread safe to eat? How can English apples be sold in the middle of winter? Chicken Kiev anyone? On 4OD http://bit.ly/11xDKKL
GCSE Chemists and Geologists Rise of The Continents (TV) Professor Iain Stewart reveals the clues that show that Africa was formed from the wreckage of a super-continent. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/16BFOKM
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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2 Responses to TV and Radio Guide w/c 10 June 2013

  1. Andy Bailey says:

    Absolutely brilliant resource this, just started off a Twitter feed so we can disseminate to students! Most appreciated!

    • Thanks for the feedback Andy. I’m planning on setting up a reminder feed and google calendar that people can subscribe to over the summer. Please let me know if this will be useful.

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