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OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Survival

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Survival Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history, starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS Copyright free image Credit: By Underwood & Underwood. (US War Dept.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed looks at notions of male bravery and the relation to post traumatic stress, as well as bed issues within the NHS.

Wartime Farm - Episode 1

Wartime Farm - Episode 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Lion TV / BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
After the outbreak of hostilities, our heroes of the Home Front get stuck in to keeping the nation fed.

The Open University and The International Year of Light

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2015
The Open University  is a “Gold Associate Sponsor” for the International Year of Light & Light Based Technology 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Roman Milert | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
In this episode of BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor announces the Ethnography award winner 2015. 

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Deptford High Street

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Deptford High Street Creative commons image Credit: Mike Quinn under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Apr 2015
How did the "Oxford Street of South London" come to be one of the poorest shopping streets in modern London? 

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Daniel.Stark under CC-BY-NC-SA licence Updated content
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 begins in the evening April 15th and ends on the evening of April 16th. Find out more about one of the...

What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Erving Goffman's Performed Self

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Erving Goffman's Performed Self Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles based on the situation? Stephen Fry explains Erving Goffman's theory of the Performed Self...

The British hitman: A brief introduction

The British hitman: A brief introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Piero Cruciatti | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
David Wilson explains why the reality of killers for hire doesn't match the image suggested by the media.

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? Creative commons image Credit: Rodhullandemu under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Sartre and the individual

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Sartre and the individual Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Writer Al Kennedy looks at existentialist ideas about the individual created by Jean Paul Sartre.  

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - John Locke and personal memory

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - John Locke and personal memory Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we're the same person as we were yesterday and looks at John Locke's ideas on this. 

OU on The BBC: A History of Ideas - What does it mean to be me?

OU on The BBC: A History of Ideas - What does it mean to be me? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This week on A History of Ideas, Melvyn Bragg's' philosophical question is: "What does it mean to be me?"

Could the business of football take you to Wembley?

Could the business of football take you to Wembley? Creative commons image Credit: Rob under CC-BY licence
Updated 10 Apr 2015
The OU is offering tickets to the play-offs in a great competition - and courses in the business of football.

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed hosts a special programme dedicated to academic research in ethnography.

The purpose of war

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions

Wastemen: Big Problems, Big Solutions Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 07 Apr 2015
In the last of our visits to the men who cope with Newcastle's waste, we look to the future...

Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure

Wastemen: One Man's Rubbish, One Man's Treasure Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 07 Apr 2015
The value of waste has never been higher - but it's not just financial value; the Wastemen are aware of the emotional value of some of the items...

Wastemen: The Home Front

Wastemen: The Home Front Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 07 Apr 2015
In the first of the series, Christmas is coming. And the most magical time of the year brings with it enormous strains for the Newscastle teams...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.