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The Bottom Line - Flash sales

The Bottom Line - Flash sales Creative commons image Credit: Tim Parkinson under CC-BY-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
The rapid growth of online flash sale companies is discussed by Evan Davis and three entrepeneurs from this sector. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Space weather centre and Ada Lovelace day

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Space weather centre and Ada Lovelace day Creative commons image Credit: Wikimedia New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Oct 2014
The Met Office's space weather centre, Ada Lovelace day, diversity in snails and Ebola are discussed on BBC Inside Science this week. 

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc

The Bottom Line - TripAdvisor etc Creative commons image Credit: Amy Wardlaw under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss online review companies, how posts are monitored and the genuineness of the ratings. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Nobel prizes and fungi

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Nobel prizes and fungi Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
This year's Nobel prizes and fungi are the focus of BBC Inside Science this week.

The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans

The Bottom Line - Celebrities and fans Creative commons image Credit: Rosaura Ochoa under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Evan Davis hears how companies use celebrities and vloggers to raise awareness for their brands on social media. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Women in science and open access journals

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Women in science and open access journals Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Sep 2014
Do women have to contend with gender bias in the world of science awards? This is discussed and more in this week's BBC Inside Science. 

The Bottom Line - The saviour returns

The Bottom Line - The saviour returns Creative commons image Credit: Shannon Fagan (Xixinxing) | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Sep 2014
Four bosses tell Evan Davis why they returned and took charge of companies they previously founded and left. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Gravitational dust and the anatomical Venus

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Gravitational dust and  the anatomical Venus Copyright free image Credit: Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2014
This week's focus includes a discussion of why one of the biggest scientific claims of 2014 has received another set-back. The use of wax models...

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Ripper DNA and future of Scottish science

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Ripper DNA and future of Scottish science Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Sep 2014
This week's episode explores the alleged discovery of DNA evidence on the shawl of a Jack the Ripper victim 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Mapping minecraft and morphine from yeast

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Mapping minecraft and morphine from yeast Creative commons image Credit: Mike Prosser under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Aug 2014
The new series of BBC Inside Science sparks to life with a look at how an engineer is using yeast to make morphine 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Past episodes

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Past episodes Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 Aug 2014
Go back in time by exploring past episodes of BBC Inside Science, the radio series that lluminates the mysteries and controversies behind...

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Aug 2014
Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

OU on the BBC: The Educators

OU on the BBC: The Educators
Updated 27 Aug 2014
Join us for the series that examines the way we teach and learn, and explores the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to...

The Bottom Line - Recalls

The Bottom Line - Recalls Creative commons image Credit: Gene Huntlicensedfor reuse under CC BY 2.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss the process for recalling defective items

Thinking Allowed: Rio, protests and the World Cup & dying in prison

Thinking Allowed: Rio, protests and the World Cup & dying in prison Copyrighted image Credit: Razzdazzdesign | Dreamstime.com
Updated 15 Jul 2014
What is the impact of such sporting 'mega-events' on the people who live in the host cities? And why is there an increasing number of older men who...

The Bottom Line - Location, disruption, location

The Bottom Line - Location, disruption, location Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jul 2014
Three guests tell Evan Davis how they led businesses through periods of unexpected and extended turmoil

Thinking Allowed: Tennis history & talking therapies

Thinking Allowed: Tennis history & talking therapies Copyright free image Credit: Library Of Congress
Updated 09 Jul 2014
What does the history of tennis tell us about social change - and why are working-class people less likely to try talking therapies?

The Bottom Line - Second-hand trade

The Bottom Line - Second-hand trade Copyrighted image Credit: Lucidwaters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jul 2014
Making money from old phones, engines and plastic bottles is the topic for Evan Davis and guests. 

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality Copyrighted image Credit: Photawa | Dreamstime.com
Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
An emergent thread of Anglicanism is adopting a literal Biblical approach to sexuality in opposition to more liberal evangelicals. Andrew McKinnon...

What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

What happens when you try to put a value on everything? Copyrighted image Credit: King Ho Yim | Dreamstime.com
Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on how we do politics?

Thinking Allowed: Flip-flops and Russia's upper classes

Thinking Allowed: Flip-flops and Russia's upper classes Creative commons image Credit: epi.Longo under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 01 Jul 2014
A throwaway shoe leaving footprints across the world, and why Russian oligarchs are less likely to show off their money.

The Bottom Line - Depression, bipolar and business

The Bottom Line - Depression, bipolar and business Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiterimages
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2014
This week, The Bottom Line focuses on coping with depression and business success at the same time

Thinking Allowed: Surfing and coffee shops in Baghdad

Thinking Allowed: Surfing and coffee shops in Baghdad Creative commons image Credit: Darwin Bell under CC-BY-NC licence
Updated 25 Jun 2014
Laurie Taylor and guests unravel the darker side of surf culture, and the joys of idleness in Baghdad coffee shops.