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How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives Copyrighted image Credit: Chris Ware / stringer
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
Alan Shipman discusses how Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' campaign became the poster-child of political advertising.

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved Copyrighted image Credit: Presiyan Panayotov | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Mar 2015
In the lead up to the General Election, Alan Shipman discusses how the economic problems of 1979 were swept under the carpet, but they are not off...

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution Copyrighted image Credit: Bram Janssens | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
The 1979 Scottish Devolution Referendum set in motion political shifts that are still playing-out today, argues Gerry Mooney.

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
This major four-part series from inside the House Of Commons gives viewers unparalleled access to places where cameras are normally forbidden. 

The Great Fall: Germany's current political landscape

The Great Fall: Germany's current political landscape Copyrighted image Credit: Mark Waters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2014
Have important roles in German politics been taken over by East Germans since the fall of the Berlin wall?

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert Creative commons image Credit: Allan Warren under CC BY-SA 3.0) license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the Berlin 'Freedom' concert come about after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and what significance has music played in Germany's past?  

A taxing question

A taxing question Creative commons image Credit: Tree Santos under CC-BY-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2014
Scotland's bid for independence is posing many questions, one of the most important questions concerns funding. So, what effect will devolution...

Why does music matter?

Why does music matter? Creative commons image Credit: Mic Wernej under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 11 Mar 2014
Nearly everyone likes music - but is it important? And have cultural theoriticians been turning it down when they should be pumping up the volume?...

Participation Now: Patterns, possibilities, politics

Participation Now: Patterns, possibilities, politics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Jan 2014
Reviewing key milestones in the development and progress of Participation Now.

What makes a great speech?

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What makes a great speech? Copyrighted image Credit: © Bambi L. Dingman | Dreamstime.com
Updated 28 Aug 2013
Connecting with an audience is one of the most critical aspects of great speech-making. See how Barack Obama mastered it by using flattery and...