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The Internet at 40

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The Internet at 40 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 11 Feb 2010
2009 is the 40th anniversary of the first computer network - the precursor of the internet - and the 20th anniversary of the brilliant idea that...

Darwin in context

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Darwin in context Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 04 Nov 2009
Just how controversial was Charles Darwin? Was he a reluctant revolutionary? And how did he reconcile his religious convictions with his scientific...

Global responses to Darwin's ideas

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Global responses to Darwin's ideas Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Nov 2009
How was Darwin initially received in Europe, and beyond? Why was he eagerly accepted in some countries and bitterly rejected in others? And how can...

Black British Jazz

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Black British Jazz Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
What is Black British Jazz? This short film explores the research carried out by The Open University research team led by Dr Jason Toynbee who has...

The hidden history of learning disability

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The hidden history of learning disability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
How important is oral history in understanding the life of people with learning disabilities? This audio, recorded in July 2009 at the Social...

Building on History: The Church in London

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Building on History: The Church in London Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Oct 2009
How will the church maintain its identity in the face of religious decline in the modern world? This is addressed in Building On History, a...

Spectacular Flirtations

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Spectacular Flirtations Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Mar 2009
Open University Art History professor, Gill Perry takes us through The National Portrait Gallery and explores the relationship between 18th Century...

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Exploring Greek vases

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Exploring Greek vases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Feb 2012
What can you learn about an archaic community from the art they created? Can the way in which their artefacts are displayed enhance the experience...

9/11: Attack on the Wires

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9/11: Attack on the Wires Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Sep 2011
What happens when one of the worst terrorist attacks in history strikes the densest cluster of networks on the planet? How did the largest...

Shakespeare: A critical analysis

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Shakespeare: A critical analysis Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Advanced level Duration 1 hour Updated 19 Apr 2011
Is Shakespeare still relevant today? How does his work influence pop culture today? Do the themes of his plays continue to resonate with modern...

Scattering and tunnelling

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Scattering and tunnelling Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Mar 2011
Scattering is fundamental to almost everything we know about the world, such as why the sky is blue. Tunnelling is entirely quantum-mechanical and...

Myth at the heart of the Roman Empire

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Myth at the heart of the Roman Empire Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 55 mins Updated 17 Aug 2010
How and why did ancient Romans use myth to validate their power? Emperor Augustus legitimised his rule by entwining his own ancestry with the...

Science Communication and Public Engagement

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Science Communication and Public Engagement Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Masters level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 19 Apr 2010
The adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of The Worlds’ in 1938 showed the power of radio to capture listeners’ imagination through science...

Mental Health: Lennox Castle

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Mental Health: Lennox Castle Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 15 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
What was it like living and working in the largest mental deficiency hospital in Britain? And what changes led to its relatively recent closure?...

Island Arc Magmatism: Santorini

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Island Arc Magmatism: Santorini Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Today tourists flock to the spectacular Greek island of Santorini. But how many realise that its stunning scenery was birthed by one of the largest...

Starting with Maths

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Starting with Maths Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
How many times have you used mathematics today? Starting with Maths takes a detailed look into the history behind numbers and how mathematics has...

The dot.com bubble

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The dot.com bubble Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Intermediate level Duration 45 mins Updated 29 Mar 2010
Sir Isaac Newton observed that he could track the movement of the stars but not the madness of men. This fast paced album looks at the history and...