All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
Dr. Geoff Bunn presents a journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe: the brain, in this major ten-part BBC Radio 4 series.Human beings have long been fascinated by the brain and how it fulfils its many functions. This groundbreaking cultural history explores the development of our ideas about the mind from Neolithic times to the present day.
Today we travel from the storage rooms of the Smithsonian to the sandy beaches of Guadeloupe.
Michael Gelb explains what neuroplasticity means, and provides some low cost ways (including optimism!) to improve our brain power and resilience, and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. He describes the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, and other brain-enhancing activities, including meditation, wine in moderation, and naps!
Presented together for the first time, here are all-time favorite Car Talk calls that run happily off road, veering into the amazing world of science, where Tom and Ray actually wield some authority. MIT may want its diplomas back, but the world's most knowledgeable garage scientists are undeterred in seeking greater knowledge - and laughter.
With pristine beaches and the seductive surf, Hawaii is as close to paradise as America gets. Almost one and a half million people live in Hawaii, and every year, millions of tourists visit the state. The tourists come to enjoy the hundreds of miles of Hawaiian coastline, pristine beaches, and beautiful clear water. But this water is also a curse. Because it could one day bring unthinkable destruction to these shores in the form of a deadly tsunami.
This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.
"Stellar history of *Western* medicine"
"The Benevolence of Black Holes": The matter-eating beast at the center of the Milky Way may actually account for Earth’s existence and habitability. "The Joyful Mind": A new understanding of how the brain generates pleasure could lead to better treatment of addiction and depression - and even to a new science of happiness. "New Life for Ancient DNA": Biotechnology has revealed how the woolly mammoth survived the cold and other mysteries of extinct creatures.
After rolling across the Atlantic Ocean and cutting a deadly path through four Caribbean nations, Hurricane Georges heads directly for the tiny two-mile-by-four mile island of Key West.
The first Category 5 hurricane in 30 years to hit the U.S. devoured South Florida in 1992. Taking a hurricane for granted will never happen again to the survivors, who tell their tales of living through one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
"Hurricane Andrew's Devastation"
Listen in as Susan Powter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Ralph Nader, Dale Chihuly, Charmian Carr, Deepak Chopra, Mablean Ephriam, Michio Kaku, and John Zogby talk to Tara about the subjects of their books, work, memoirs, and adventures.
The first Category-5 hurricane in 30 years to hit the U.S. devoured southern Florida in 1992. Taking a hurricane for granted will never happen again to the survivors, who tell their tales of living through, at that time, the costliest hurricane in US history.
Sunday, June 23, 2002: In Barnard, South Dakota, storm chaser Roger Hill amazingly videotapes several tornadoes, one of which gets a little too close for comfort. New homeowners Troy and Karla Engelhart are faced with a terrifying ordeal: an F-4 tornado heading straight for their brand-new house.
In June of 1916, Albert Einstein published his ambitious paper proposing the existence of gravitational waves. In 2016, Einstein's 100-year-old theory was proven correct when scientists detected ripples in the fabric of space. Einstein and Relativity: A Conversation by Paul Rudd and Brian Greene celebrates this achievement, with Greene and Rudd sitting down to talk about string theory, relativity, and the discovery of gravitational waves.
Madoff speaks. Investigating the world's largest con with the team behind Audible's PonziSupernova. Radiolab Presents: Ponzi Supernova.
In the early years of the 20th century, Carl Jung (at one time Sigmund Freud's favorite pupil) developed his own system of depth psychology. He was particularly interested in dream analysis and the light they threw upon what was happening in the subconscious levels of his patients' minds. Jung invented the phrase 'archetype of the collective unconscious' to describe his findings, and saw parallels between his work on the psyche and alchemy. In this program, we explore his fascinating discoveries.
Transhumanism is a global intellectual movement supporting the use of science and technology in order to improve human health, well-being, and mental capacities. Many in the Transhumanism movement believe that disability, disease, and even aging are all aspects of the human condition that we shall be able to overcome in the future. Using the very latest technologies, including biotechnology, advocates claim that every ailment and frailty will one day be a thing of the past.
"the worst crap ever"
Sizzling beaches, tropical waters, and a sexy nightlife: everything about Miami is hot, hot, hot! Every year, 10 million visitors flock to this city, home of the largest cruise-ship port in the world, to savor its diverse and star-studded culture. But one day soon, the non-stop party in this paradise may come to an end - because Miami's picturesque setting also makes it a prime target...for killer hurricanes.
In this issue: "Good Habits, Bad Habits": Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. "Germ Catcher": Machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus. "Summon the Rain": Governments and farmers worldwide spend millions every year trying to control the weather. New science suggests they might be on to something. "Seeds of a Cure": Researchers are running clinical trials with traditional herbal medicines—and generating promising leads.
August 29, 2005. Hurricane Katrina is approaching the Gulf Coast. A Slidell, Louisiana, man, Kennard Jackley, makes the decision to ride out powerful Hurricane Katrina in his house. Although his home is raised 14 feet above the ground, the rising storm surge from Katrina could flood the house.