China’s Rocket Man

The Documentary | 27 October 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the life of Qian Xuesen, who played an important part in the early development of US rocketry, before returning to China in the face of anti-communist persecution, where he is widely celebrated as the father of China’s rocket programme and exploration of space.

Marvellous Medicine

The Documentary | 27 June 2021 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
During the pandemic, the world witnessed how fast medicine can advance with an abundance of cash and collaboration. Is progress at this speed and cost sustainable? Explores whether drug development should still take decades, or whether we have learned how to permanently accelerate the process.

Gagarin and the Lost Moon

The Documentary | 22 May 2021 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
On 12 April 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became an explorer like none other before him, going faster and further than any human in history, into what had always been the impenetrable and infinite unknown. Raised in poverty during World War Two, the one-time foundry worker and a citizen of the Soviet Union became the first human to fly above the Earth. Tells the story of how 27-year-old Yuri Gagarin came to launch a new chapter in the history of exploration and follows the cosmonaut’s one hour flight around the Earth.

The Gospel of Wealth

The Documentary | 16 October 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
The world’s greatest philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, said billionaires should give all their wealth away. In his guidebook to philanthropy, The Gospel of Wealth, he challenged people who acquired great wealth to give it back to the community. He believed the most important cause to support was education. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown asks why today’s billionaire philanthropists aren’t giving away more money and why education is no longer the top priority.

America’s Child Brides

The Documentary | 29 September 2019 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
48 out of 50 American states allow a child to marry, usually with parental consent or a judge’s discretion. In 17 states there is no minimum age, meaning in theory, a two-year-old could marry. Backgrounds the campaign to change the law and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without exceptions across all American states.

World War Two: The Economic Battle

The Documentary | 22 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Duncan Weldon on the importance of economic factors in the Second World War. Interesting perspectives throughout. For example, the contrast between Britain having more manpower available due to importing food versus Germany deploying more manpower to food production than its armed forces.