OU on the BBC: The Material World

Updated Tuesday 6th September 2005

BBC Radio 4's science weekly joins OU scientists as they research in the field.

First broadcast: Thursday 8 Sep 2005 on BBC Radio 4

The Material World in more depth:

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

People, Politics & Law 

World in transition: Migration and Trade

What does it mean to be poor, or an immigrant? What form should Aid take? This album begins to explore the complex issues of international development in a globalised world, starting with a look at schemes which attempt to alleviate poverty. Small business owners are empowered by micro-financing in Glasgow, while in Argentina a disastrous economic collapse has led to people taking matters into their own hands by creating an alternative social exchange currency. Migrant communities, such as Greek Cypriots and Ethiopians in London, and Sierra Leonians in Liverpool, have a chance to reveal the issues they’ve faced; while we also hear from experts who are working to expand the contribution that African migrants abroad can make to Africa’s development. Finally, a Chinese “beer pioneer” and China trade experts discuss issues surrounding China’s membership of the World Trade Organisation.In the bonus material Dr Helen Yanacopulos, Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Development at The Open University, provides insight into the educational value of the audio-visual material and explains the course structure. This material is taken from The Open University Course U213 International Development: Challenges for a World in Transition.

Audio
1 hr 45 mins

What's On 

OU on the BBC: The Material World - Listen again to the OU programmes

Hear the BBC/OU programmes from The Material World - at your convenience

Article

What's On 

Thinking Allowed - neo-liberalism and middle class schools

The Hazards of Neo-Liberalism and white, middle class children in urban schools are the subjects explored in this week's Thinking Allowed

Article

What's On 

Thinking Allowed - Empty labour

This week's Thinking Allowed looks at research into employees who spend time on private activities during work hours 

Article

What's On 

Shared Planet – The Problem of Population

The first in a new series asks if there's room for wildlife in a world with an increasing human population.

Article

What's On 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Epochs and climate change perceptions

This week, BBC Inside Science explores epochs and climate change, 

Article

What's On 

OU on the BBC: Word4Word - Programme Summaries

Discover more about BBC Radio 4's series on the development of language

Article

What's On 

OU on the BBC: Saving Species: Series 3, Episode 5

Saving Species takes an otter's eye view of the issues facing our rivers and freshwater systems, including contamination and our crowded countryside

Article

What's On 

The Bottom Line - The saviour returns

Four bosses tell Evan Davis why they returned and took charge of companies they previously founded and left. 

Article