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Home of the best science programmes from BBC Radio 4 introduced by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

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    • 4.7 • 46 Ratings

Home of the best science programmes from BBC Radio 4 introduced by Dr. Alex Lathbridge.

    28ish Days Later - Day One: Power

    28ish Days Later - Day One: Power

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    What do you really know about the menstrual cycle? India Rakusen explores the whole bloody story, discovering facts that could change your life. Periods are just the beginning.

    India Rakusen journeys into the womb with Dr. Dornu Lebari, and Dr. Jackie Maybin. We peel back the layers and meet the fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix and the endometrium.

    India is also joined by Dr. Elinor Cleghorn to discuss the ancient theories of wandering wombs, evil uterus’ and the myths that surround the womb in history.

    Credits:
    Presented by: India Rakusen.
    Assistant Producer: Jorja McAndrew.
    Producer: Ellie Sans.
    Executive producer: Suzy Grant.
    Original music composed and performed by Rebekah Reid.
    Sound Design by Olga Reed.

    Special thanks to all contributors and audio diarists.

    A Listen Production for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 15 min
    Political Animals: Sex-Switching Fish and Non-Binary Brains - 3/3

    Political Animals: Sex-Switching Fish and Non-Binary Brains - 3/3

    Zoologist Lucy Cooke is on a mission: to break down the 'sexist stereotype' she believes has permeated our understanding of the natural world.

    In Political Animals, she sets out to prove that females of the species can be just as fiesty, ardent, manipulative, aggressive, strategic, varied and political as males - questioning some of the theories laid out by the 'father of evolution', Charles Darwin, and hearing from pioneering scientists moving evolutionary biology beyond a male-centric narrative.

    In the final episode of the series, Lucy considers the latest research into sex, sexuality and sexed behaviour in animals, and what that can tell us about purported differences between male and female brains.

    On a twilight trip into the jungle, Brian Kubicki of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center explains why some male frogs could arguably be nature's best dads; Lindsay Young from Pacific Rim Conservation shows Lucy round an albatross colony at Kaena Point in Hawaii, where she discovered a trend of female-female life-long partnerships; and Justin Rhodes from the University of Illinois takes us on a remote tour of his lab, where he studies the sex-changing anemone fish.

    Lucy also speaks to scientists Lauren O’Connell, Malin Ah-King and Rebecca Kilner; and considers how everyone engaged in evolutionary biology, from researchers to educators, can help build a better understanding of female experiences - and indeed all experiences - in the natural world.

    Featuring excerpts from ‘The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex’ by Charles Darwin, read by Derek Frood.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Lucy Taylor.

    First broadcast on Friday 4 March 2022.

    • 28 min
    Political Animals: Mole-Rat Queens and Genital Power - 2/3

    Political Animals: Mole-Rat Queens and Genital Power - 2/3

    Zoologist Lucy Cooke is on a mission: to break down the 'sexist stereotype' she believes has permeated our understanding of the natural world.

    In Political Animals, she sets out to prove that females of the species can be just as fiesty, ardent, manipulative, aggressive, strategic, varied and political as males - questioning some of the theories laid out by the 'father of evolution', Charles Darwin, and hearing from pioneering scientists moving evolutionary biology beyond a male-centric narrative.

    In this second instalment, Lucy explores ways in which female animals wield authority; with examples ranging from repressive mole-rat queens to ducks with deceptive vaginas, all proving that power can be about more than physical strength.

    This involves a visit to the UK's only colony of naked mole-rats, overseen by Chris Faulkes at the University of London’s Queen Mary College; an introduction to the world of labyrinthine animal vaginas and their evolutionary benefits with Patricia Brennan from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts; and assisting with feeding time at Twycross Zoo's bonobo enclosure, as Amanda Addison and Becca Biddle explain the power of the ape sisterhood... Meanwhile Joe Cain from University College London sheds more light on Darwin’s attitude towards females.

    Featuring excerpts from ‘The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex’ and personal notes written by Charles Darwin, read by Derek Frood.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Lucy Taylor.

    First broadcast on Friday 25 February 2022.

    • 29 min
    Political Animals: Sex, Monkeys and the 'Coy Female' Myth - 1/3

    Political Animals: Sex, Monkeys and the 'Coy Female' Myth - 1/3

    Zoologist Lucy Cooke is on a mission: to break down the 'sexist stereotype' she believes has permeated our understanding of the natural world...

    In Political Animals, she sets out to prove that females of the species can be just as fiesty, ardent, manipulative, aggressive, varied, strategic and political as males - questioning some of the theories laid out by the 'father of evolution', Charles Darwin, and hearing from pioneering scientists moving evolutionary biology beyond a male-centric narrative.

    For the opening episode, Lucy focuses on sex: uncovering stories of the female animals defying Darwin’s “coy” label, and using sexual strategies to further their own evolutionary influence.

    This takes her on a journey from soliciting capuchin monkeys in the forests of Costa Rica, to studies of promiscuous fruit flies, to the northern jacana bird in Nicaragua, which relies on a harem of males to raise her chicks. Lucy also hears from scientists and specialists including Megan Mah, Joe Cain, Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, Patricia Gowaty, Robert Trivers and Salvador Mirales.

    Featuring excerpts from ‘The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex’ by Charles Darwin, read by Derek Frood.

    Produced for BBC Audio in Bristol by Lucy Taylor.

    First broadcast on Friday 18 February 2022.

    • 28 min
    Wild Inside: The Ocean Sunfish

    Wild Inside: The Ocean Sunfish

    Ben Garrod and Jess French get under the skin of Mola mola the world's largest bony fish to unravel this bizarrely shaped predator's ability to swim to a huge range of depths.

    Produced by Adrian Washbourne. First broadcast on Tuesday 21 December 2021.

    • 29 min
    Wild Inside:The Burmese Python

    Wild Inside:The Burmese Python

    Ben Garrod and Jess French delve deep inside the predatory Burmese python to examine its extraordinary body plan that enables it to catch, constrict and consume huge prey whole.

    Presented by Prof Ben Garrod and Dr Jess French and produced by Adrian Washbourne.

    First broadcast on Tuesday 14 December 2021.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

thestoredt ,

Immersive experience. Great

After listening to a couple of shows I reached the sunfish dissection and the enthusiasm, articulation and production kept me gripped and felt like I was in the room in my scrubs. Really informative and facts actually stuck in my memory which is unusual for me. Great show and highly recommend a listen

ktwill1 ,

Amazing

To convey a dissection with audio only is no mean feat. I felt like I was there in the room. Vey knowledgeable team, articulate and brilliantly informative. Thankyou this is, for me, what @bbcr4 is about

????&£@ ,

Interesting listen

Well worth a listen.

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