22 episodes

Greg James and Bella Mackie learn a fascinating and fun lesson from one of Britain's most inspiring teachers.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Greg James and Bella Mackie learn a fascinating and fun lesson from one of Britain's most inspiring teachers.

    How Can We Mend A Broken Heart?

    How Can We Mend A Broken Heart?

    Greg and Bella return for 2022 with a special lesson from primary school teacher Miss Osueke all about the heart.

    Award-winning Miss Osueke will take us on a guided tour of the cardiovascular system, and challenge Greg and Bella to come up with new ways of remembering parts of the heart.

    Join Greg and Bella in the task to find your resting heart rate and the 'in-lesson' exercise to increase it. Learn about the surprisingly valuable contents of our blood, including a precious metal which can be found in your mobile phone!

    We'll also find out about the ways in which emotional heartbreak can have real medical implications, as Greg and Bella share their stories of young heartbreak.

    Hear about the work of early heart surgery pioneer, Daniel Hale Williams, plus Miss Osueke's shock lupus diagnosis and the open heart surgery that saved her life.

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 50 min
    Are You More Squeamish Than A Shakespearean?

    Are You More Squeamish Than A Shakespearean?

    English teacher Mrs Steele gives Greg and Bella a lesson about just how gross life was in Shakespeare's day.

    Greg and Bella will work out if they could survive a day in Elizabethan London; hear about the crazy ideas that informed early medicine and their unlikely cures; find out how women's health was treated differently and see how all these ideas played out in the theatre of the day.

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your funny school stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 46 min
    Can We See Music?

    Can We See Music?

    Greg James and Bella Mackie head back to the art room for a lesson from Miss Green about how art and music collide.

    They'll hear about how the great painters like Picasso and Van Gogh were inspired by music, share their own memories of how music has shaped their lives, find out about synaesthesia and how it shapes the work of artists like Kandinsky and musicians like Billie Eilish.

    They'll discover the ways in which art and music have intertwined over the past 100 years, resulting in movements like Psychedelia, Pop Art and Punk.

    Plus, hear about how the K-Pop group BTS are supporting contemporary art and find out which musicians have the most impressive art collections in the world.

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your funny school stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 37 min
    How To Be The Real You

    How To Be The Real You

    With the help of drama teacher Mr Yale, Greg and Bella find out how to escape stereotyping to become their true selves.

    They'll look at the birth of stereotypes in drama and find out why soaps and reality TV still love using them today. They'll talk about their own experiences of conforming to and escaping stereotypes, and hear about the ways other people have defeated typecasting.

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your funny school stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 47 min
    CSI Geography: Can we solve a 2,000-year-old crime with GCSE Geography?

    CSI Geography: Can we solve a 2,000-year-old crime with GCSE Geography?

    In a Geography lesson like no other, DI Greg James and DCI Bella Mackie investigate how human bodies can be preserved for thousands of years, with the help of Superintendent McCulloch.

    Together, they will look at some of the famous cases of naturally preserved human bodies from history - including the Tollund Man, King Tut and the plaster casts of Pompeii - to find out how they died and why their bodies were so well-preserved for so many years. They'll look at how decomposition works and the factors that can speed it up or slow it down; and along the way they'll discuss the carbon cycle, how fossil fuels are formed, and find out what it's like to be caught in a volcano's pyroclastic flow...

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your funny school stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 41 min
    Are We Manipulating Images Or Are Images Manipulating Us?

    Are We Manipulating Images Or Are Images Manipulating Us?

    Greg and Bella are back with a another slightly terrifying Computing lesson from Mrs Cunningham-Smith, this time looking at how much we can trust our own eyes.

    They'll share their own favourite photos of each other; open the history books for a glimpse at one of the earliest examples of catfishing and find out which incredibly famous photo of a US President is actually a fake; they'll talk about the modern dangers of deepfakes, and find out how filters and retouching can lead to dysmorphia; and they'll discuss the lengths they go to for the perfect selfie.

    Bad students of all ages are welcome. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework.

    Get in touch with your funny school stories - email us at teachme@bbc.co.uk

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Courttty83 ,

New Favorite Podcast

This podcast is truly fantastic. Bella and Greg are fun to listen too and the topics are interesting.

haitiangibbons ,

EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE A LISTEN!

As someone who feels I could have been quite smart but didn’t really care as a teenager, I’m loving this! I’m hoping to use my new skills with rhetoric in outsmarting my children in arguments as well as my husband! This podcast is so relatable with Greg and Bella together. I’ve had a giggle all whilst learning something new. Love it!

Susan McAllister ,

Bella + Greg = Magic

Sorry for that sappy headline - but it’s true! This podcast has it all: laughing, learning new things, honoring the teaching profession, plus the frisson of incipient marital disputes! Love Greg and Bella and this podcast ❤️❤️❤️ (Podcastards 4 ever)

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