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OpenLearn Live: 2nd March 2016

Updated Wednesday 2nd March 2016

The honey super is what makes honey super. Then more free learning through the day.

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About last night...: Super Tuesday considered

A panel of experts deliver a snap judgement following the victories of Trump and Clinton in the States last night:

Perhaps most telling is the fact that conservative billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Charles and David Koch (who were prolific donors in 2012) have thus far failed to indicate any interest in this year’s contest, despite saying in January 2015 that they were prepared to spend US$900 million to elect a Republican president.

If this was any other year, the Republican Party would be rallying around their presumptive nominee, and preparing for a general election contest. Instead, could we see the first brokered convention since 1952? Or will 2016 resemble 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt led a major third-party bid to deny fellow Republican William Howard Taft reelection? Is this what Adelson and the Kochs are waiting for?

Read the full article What Now Wednesday


BBC Four, tonight, 9pm: The Prosecutors

As, erm, seen on Gogglebox last week, this is the second episode in our series giving an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Crown Prosecution Service.

See more about tonight's episode of The Prosecutors

Catch up with last week's episode on iPlayer


BBC Radio 4, then iPlayer: Thinking Allowed

In a few minutes (if you're reading this as we put the entry live) there's a new episode of Thinking Aloud about to go out on Radio 4 any moment now. (This means we're typing with a very looming deadline, but comfort ourselves that the episode will appear on iPlayer shortly after five, so there's always another chance.) 

This week's programme explores the people who call round when your payday loan heads south, or your HP runs out. Debt collection is a big business, and one of those which seldom brings joy into people's lives. Also this week, what happens when one partner in a relationship loses their job?

Listen online via the Radio 4 website

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Tony Warren: Goodnight, chuck

The death has been announced of Tony Warren. He's the creator of Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television drama.

When the show reached its 50th anniversary back in 2010, the OU's Mark Banks celebrated a slice of social history:

Coronation Street was produced by Granada Television, the independent television company initially charged with serving the North (and later North-West) of England. With great fanfare Granada had been launched by the Bernstein brothers (Sidney and Cecil) in 1955, as an extension of their extensive entertainment business interests (they ran a number of London theatres and cinemas). Legend has it that they applied for the Northern franchise based on a close analysis of population and rainfall charts – they figured if commercial television was to work it would do so where there were big audiences and bad weather. The Bernsteins were savvy operators and saw the new commercial television stations of ITV as a great opportunity to make money, even if they had to move their operations to the uncharted territories of the North.

Read the full article: The birth of Coronation Street


Superweek: Honey supers

This week, we're starting up every day with something super. Yesterday, it was Super Tuesday. Today, we're taking the lid off the beehive and discovering honey supers.

Honey super Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Polly Dot

The honey super is a key part of a beehive - it's the box inside the hive upon which frames are hung; on these frames, the bees add the honey to the honeycombs. Generally, these supers and frames come in three heights. The most common frame is known as an Illinois, which is about six and five eighth inches (17 centimetres) and can hold about 50 pounds (23 kilos) of honey when full. The largest size is nine and five eights inches (25 centimetres) and can take 70 pounds (32 kilos). There's obviously an implication in how easy those frames are to lift out of a hive.

Before the honey can be accessed, the bees have to be moved on - the way to do this is no more subtle than picking up the frame and shaking the bees off it.

Someone who has a unique perspective on bees is Rebecca Chesney - she spent some time as an artist in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2010, observing the bees and other wildlife and the interplay of the estate and its smaller residents.

Rebecca Chesney took part in a seminar exploring her work, which you can watch on the Open Arts Archive site

If you're keen to help bees, but don't want to take up beekeeping, you can create habitats for solitary bees and make your outdoor space more bee-friendly. The OU's David Robinson explains how.

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