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Published: Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:24:01 GMT2018-04-26T12:24:01Z

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The science behind why we fight – Science Weekly podcast

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:54:22 GMT2018-04-20T16:54:22Z

This week, Ian Sample asks: why do humans fight? Can science tell us anything about what drives us to violence?

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Experts have been fighting about fighting throughout the ages. While theories have emerged to explain why we fight, there isn’t a consensus in the research. In general, theories of war miss the mark for some. So why do we fight? And what can science tell us?

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Alternative medicine and its sceptics – Science Weekly podcast

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:01:05 GMT2018-04-13T12:01:05Z

This week, Hannah Devlin asks: what are sceptics of alternative medicine saying about its rise? And what can their thoughts tell us about how the scientific sceptic movement is approaching the conversation?

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People seek out healers in the face of illness. In the 17th century, physicians to Charles II tried to treat his seizures through bloodletting. And once upon a time, mercury was used as an elixir for life. Modern medicine eventually swept out many of the most dangerous and eccentric practices that were not firmly grounded in evidence.

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A Neuroscientist Explains: how we read words - podcast

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 05:00:52 GMT2018-04-09T05:00:52Z

For our final episode of this series, Daniel Glaser (with a little misguided help from his producer Max) attempts to unpick what the brain does – and doesn’t do – when we read

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A Neuroscientist Explains is back for its second season. In each episode, Daniel Glaser and series’ producer Max revisit a column from Daniel’s hugely successful weekly column in the Observer Magazine and explore the neuroscience within it. One subject, one interview and many, many interesting questions.

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What our teeth tell us about our evolutionary past – Science Weekly podcast

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:12:08 GMT2018-04-06T10:12:08Z

This week, Nicola Davis asks: what clues do our teeth hold about our species? And what can they tell us about our past?

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Scientists have been digging up clues about the origins of humans for centuries, and remains of human species continue to come to light. But while fossilised skulls and bones are exciting, one of the greatest clues is right under our noses.

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EU citizens' rights and the shadow of Windrush – Brexit Means ... podcast

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:02:18 GMT2018-04-25T11:02:18Z

Will EU nationals find themselves treated in similar fashion to the Windrush generation? Jon Henley and the team discuss

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As much as it is about big concepts such as trade and the economy and Britain’s place in the world, Brexit is about real people, whose lives it will affect and is already affecting. This week we discuss the rights of the 3 million EU citizens living in the UK.

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Sun, sand and thousands of refugees: the Lesbos volunteer – podcast

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:00:42 GMT2018-04-25T05:00:42Z

Shocked by the humanitarian crisis she saw unfolding in Greece, Ayesha Keller got on a plane to see if she could help save lives

Ayesha Keller was horrified by the treatment of refugees in Europe and wanted to try to make a difference. She left her job and headed for the Greek island of Lesbos, where she found the beaches strewn with discarded lifejackets, and the formal refugee settlement overflowing. Thousands of people unable to get into the camp were huddled in freezing fields, with no facilities, food or shelter. Keller banded together with other volunteers who had gone to Greece in response to the tragedy. During her year-long stay, she helped crowdfund, establish and run a transit camp in a local farmer’s olive groves

Sounds from Lesbos were recorded by Cambria Bailey-Jones

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The unhealthy truth about doctors - books podcast

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:16 GMT2018-04-24T09:00:16Z

In her furious new book, Also Human, psychologist Caroline Elton exposes the crisis among doctors in the UK, who spend their lives caring for others without receiving any support themselves. She explains why she felt she had to go public about her counselling work with overstressed pillars of the medical profession.

Plus, Claire, Richard and Sian examine the literature of consulting room and operating theatre, discuss the vogue for medical memoirs and place bets on the winner of this year’s Wellcome prize for fiction and nonfiction on a medical theme.

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Wenger finally out and managers surviving nuclear fallout – Football Weekly

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:40:15 GMT2018-04-23T15:40:15Z

Arsène Wenger’s departure, goalkeeper protection, Mohamed Salah’s 50/50 win, anarchy in Naples and managers surviving nuclear fallout

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Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Lars Sivertsen to look back over the last few days of football, starting with the announcement that Arsène Wenger is to stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season. We’ve got Andrew Mangan of Arseblog on the line to give us his take on the potential routes forward for both man and club.

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Google vs the right to be forgotten: Chips with Everything podcast

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:53:00 GMT2018-04-20T12:53:00Z

In April 2018, Google lost a landmark case against a businessman who used his ‘right to be forgotten’ to have links to a previous conviction taken down from the search engine. Jordan Erica Webber discusses the importance of this case and looks ahead at the coming era of General Data Protection Regulation

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We’ve all done things we regret. Perhaps you’re one of those people who lies awake at night fretting about something hurtful you said 10 years ago. Or maybe you committed a crime in your youth, served your time, reformed and are dedicated to a new life as a law-abiding citizen.

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The murder that shook Iceland – podcast

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:00:20 GMT2018-04-20T11:00:20Z

In a country with one of the lowest murder rates in the world, the killing of a 20-year-old woman upended the nation’s sense of itself

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The Windrush generation and a hostile Home Office – Politics Weekly podcast

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:50:21 GMT2018-04-19T14:50:21Z

Pippa Crerar is joined by Amelia Gentleman, Sonia Sodha, Colin Yeo and Sarah Teather to discuss the government’s chaotic response to reports of Caribbean people who came to the UK as children in the 1950s and 60s being denied their rights. Plus Libby Brooks reports from Holyrood on how the Scottish parliament is dealing with sexual harassment

A generation of Commonwealth citizens were invited to rebuild postwar Britain. Now they are being told to produce their paperwork or risk deportation. Some have been denied re-entry to Britain after holidays, and others even refused medical treatment. How could this happen? How can it be fixed? And at what political cost to the government?

Joining Pippa Crerar this week are the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman, the Observer’s Sonia Sodha, the immigration lawyer Colin Yeo and the former Liberal Democrat minister Sarah Teather.

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Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers – Football Weekly Extra

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:37:53 GMT2018-04-19T14:37:53Z

Max and the gang look back at the week in football including Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers, World Cup morale boosters, half-time VAR, Instagram tie-ins and journalists passing colds on to players

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Max Rushden is joined by Philippe Auclair, Jonathan Wilson and Simon Burnton to look back at the last few days in football.

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Can Brexit be reversed? Brexit means ... podcast

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:37:11 GMT2018-04-18T10:37:11Z

Jon Henley and the team look back at the past few weeks of Brexit and ask: can it be reversed?

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As technical talks on the withdrawal agreement roll on – looking at tricky stuff like public procurement, Euratom and governance – negotiators will sit down this week for their very first talks about what trade ties between Britain and the European Union will look like after Brexit.

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