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A series of podcasts originally broadcast as radio programmes on the BBC

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"Scars of Evolution" - with Sir David Attenborough

A two-part exploration of the 'Aquatic Ape' hypothesis first proposed over 50 years ago.

Presented by Sir David Attenborough, this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Programme one: considers Raymond Dart's Taung Child discovery and the ensuing savannah theory of human origins, as popularised by Robert Ardrey and Desmond Morris.

 

Programme two: looks at evidence accumulated in the last 10-15 years driving the anthropological herd inexorably down to the water's edge. It includes reports on brain evolution, highlighting the essential fatty acids and nutrients that can only be sourced in the marine food chain; the global coastal migrations of early hominids, including major water crossings 1 million years ago.

Producer: Richard Collins & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Sir David Attenborough

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Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" - with Sir Mark Tully

A three-part exploration of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel 'Kim'.

Presented by Sir Mark Tully, this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The story unfolds against the backdrop of the Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel popularized the phrase and idea of the Great Game

Producer: David Corser & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Sir Mark Tully

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"Conscientious Objectors"

An archive programme of Birmingham's conscientious objectors.

Presented by Georgina Boyes, this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The audio archives come from Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery archives.

Producer: David Corser & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Georgina Boyes

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"Music For A Tenner"

An exploration some some of the cheapest made musical instruments; at least made for less than 10 quid!.

Presented by Richard Collins, this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Producer: Richard Collins & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Richard Collins

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"Leading From The Front"

Telling the stories of what its like to be an orchestral conductor.

Presented by Tommy Pearson, this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Producer: David Corser & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Tommy Pearson

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"Ghosts in the Machine"

Stories of spirits hanging around old industrial sites.

Presented by Richard Collins this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Producer: Richard Collins & Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Richard Collins

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"Torres Straits Expedition - 1895"

The story of one of the first audio recordings - made on expedition to the Torres Straits, between Australia and the Melanesian island of New Guinea, in 1895.

Presented by Janet Topp-Fargion of the British Library this programme was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The audio archives come from The British Library.

Producer: Peter Nash
Executive Producer: David Corser
Presenter: Janet Topp-Fargion