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Fun

9/22/2018
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What is fun? Is organised fun actually fun? Can fun be manufactured? Image: Heather Cowper via Flickr

Duration:00:22:57

Media Balance

9/14/2018
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What is balance in media? Why is it important? How do we find it? Should we give air time to climate change deniers? Image: Gridge via Wikipedia

Duration:00:26:13

Digital Dementia

9/7/2018
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Do you suffer from digital alzheimer's? Are young folk wired differently? Does instant communications on many platforms impact productivity? Image: The People Speak! via Flickr

Duration:00:27:56

Gentlemen's Disagreements

8/31/2018
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What are 'Gentlemen's agreements'? How binding are they? What happens if they are broken? Why do the hold sometimes, but not others? Image: MachoCarionca via Wikipedia

Duration:00:26:50

Flat Earthism

8/24/2018
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Flat Earthism, what is that all about? Why do people with strange beliefs bother us so much? Do they really mean it or are they joking? Image: Orlando Ferguson via Wikipedia

Duration:00:31:46

Cults

8/17/2018
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What makes a cult? What makes a cult different from a religion? Are they damaging or dangerous? Image: Scientology Media via Wikipedia

Duration:00:24:04

Nostalgia

8/10/2018
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Are the British stuck in the past? Why do we keep going on about old victories and defeats? Do we look back more than other nations? Image: National Media Museum via WIkipedia

Duration:00:25:23

Political Capital

8/3/2018
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What is political capital? Can you touch it, measure it? How does it work? Image: Number 10 via Wikipedia

Duration:00:25:54

Dated Films

8/1/2018
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Why do some films age better than others? Image: https://www.starwars.com/news/the-5-most-grueling-star-wars-visual-effects

Duration:00:24:51

Language of immigration

6/8/2018
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How does use of language affect our attitude to immigration? Image: cytis via pixabay

Duration:00:24:51

Democracies versus dictatorships

6/1/2018
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In light of the recent summit between North and South Korea, and the on-off bromance between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, we ask the question whether democracies or dictatorships offer more certainty. Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen via Wikipedia

Duration:00:21:31

Phew!

5/25/2018
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Future dread and hindsight relief. Why do we experience dread and relief for some events?

Duration:00:23:04

What's in a name?

5/19/2018
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Men who change their surname when they get married are still unusual. Why is it important to some?

Duration:00:25:41

Off-pitch referees

5/11/2018
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What's wrong with off-pitch referees? Do they make the game less beautiful? Do off-pitch refs make better or worse decisions? What effects does devolving decision-making have? Image: KeithJJ via Pixabay

Duration:00:25:26

Seagulls

5/4/2018
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Why do we get so worked up about our territory? Where does the sense of what is ours come from? What is ownership anyway? Image: irenne56 via Pixnio

Duration:00:22:46

Driving Licences

4/28/2018
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Are older drivers less safe than younger drivers? Does just having a licence indicate you are more able to drive? What is the point of certification? Image: ArtsyBee via Pixabay

Duration:00:23:34

Optimized Fruit

4/20/2018
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What does tastiness tell us about fruit choice? Could we engineer the perfect fruit? Or are we just comparing apples and oranges? Image: Malte Sörensen via Flickr

Duration:00:23:19

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be

4/13/2018
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In a world were everything is available on demand, will we miss out on the pleasure of nostalgia? What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/science/what-is-nostalgia-good-for-quite-a-bit-research-shows.html?pagewanted=all Why the Past Always Seems Happier Than the Present https://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-markman-phd/past-less-intense-than-present_b_987726.html Image: Pixabay via Pexels

Duration:00:25:46

National Identity

4/6/2018
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What are the giveaways that tell you you're in another country? What is national identity? Image: Jorge Royan via Wikipedia

Duration:00:22:39

Gun control and ideological tribalism

3/30/2018
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What does the gun control debate tell us about ideology? Do peoples believes cluster into similar groups? If I tell you I'm pro-life, what can you predict about me? Evolution Explains Why Politics Is So Tribal - https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evolution-explains-why-politics-tribal/ Image: Randall Goya via Flickr

Duration:00:30:15