Does caffeine really help us to stay alert and what are the alternatives? In this program some surprising ways to boost our brains are put to the test. Also medical journalist Michael Mosley examines the growing trend for electronic cigarettes and asks if they are safe.
Chris van Tulleken investigates if household chores can count as exercise. Saleyha Ahsan gives first-aid tips on how to treat someone suffering from hypothermia and surgeon Gabriel Weston sees life-saving surgery that involves removing all the blood from a patient's body.
Peter FitzSimons journeys from 1952 to the present as Australians riot their way to becoming one of the most successful multicultural nations on Earth. In the "Lucky Country" race riots help work out who gets a fair share of the luck. As the 1950s dawns, Australia booms. Our grand nation building schemes need people to construct them. Enter some Continental Europeans, lured with an assisted passage and the promise of work. Peter FitzSimons tucks into a classically Anglo-Australian dinner as he discovers what incited 1000 Italians to riot in our largest migrant camp called, Bonegilla, in country Victoria, in 1952.
This detailed, independent look at Bob Dylan's early years features rare archival footage and in-depth discussion of a creative force that captured the imagination of the world, exploring the history of a truly great artist.
A colony of emperor penguins arrive in Atka Bay, after three months at sea, to raise their chicks through the coming winter.
Join us on an extraordinary journey, that will explore the technological and scientific struggle for the survival of Venice, a survival that has been in doubt from its very construction. The sea level in Venice has increased drastically in the last century or so, threatening the very existence of the city. Global warming and the harmful effects of tourism have amplified the phenomenon of acqua alta (sudden rise in sea level), rendering the traditional responses of inhabitants obsolete. It is urgent to act today. Projects conceived in laboratories across the globe are joining forces to save the city. These include RAMSES, a 3D modelisation of the lagoon produced using lasers, which analyses rises in water level; and MOSE, a series of movable dams costing over 4 billion euros, intended to block the sea in case of acqua alta.
There exists a wild and unsung Paris that we do not suspect. Let's take a walk on the city's wild side, and set off in search of its secret tales.
What's really going on inside your stomach? In this program, Dr Michael Mosley offers up his own guts to find out. Using the latest in medical imagery and a tiny state of the art camera that he swallows at the start of the film, Michael takes viewers on a remarkable journey through his own internal system. At each stage he talks to medical experts and explains the amazing functions that happen without our conscious effort - and reveals a complexity and intelligence in the gut that science is only just beginning to uncover.
From exorcisms in Ethiopia and the discovery of human sacrifice in ancient Mayan, to a woman convinced she has seen heaven during a near death experience, Morgan Freeman explores the way people around the world incorporate heaven and hell into their lives.
An exploration of the methods and tactics of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, who controlled Spain with absolute power for four decades and whose victims are still being exhumed to this day. Alternative title: The Dictator's Playbook.
Almost every faith has a figure believed to be chosen by God. Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today.
Why do some people 'sound gay' but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Following a break up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe sets out on a quest to unravel a linguistic mystery. All his life, like many gay men, Thorpe has felt self-conscious about his stereotypically un-macho voice. But what are its origins? And why is there such a stigma attached to 'sounding gay'? As Thorpe consults with everyone from speech therapists to public figures to complete strangers, he unpacks complex cultural questions with wit, verve and intelligence.
Dr Barbara Block has been studying the white sharks off of California for more than 27 years and she's giving viewers a portrait of a formerly unseen domain.
On this episode, Neil gets his first glimpse ever of a live volcano with its lunar landscape, steaming vents and bubbling mud pools and discovers the sombre story behind the failed attempts of sulphur mining. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter discovers a tale of tragedy, treasure and treachery down on Mahia Peninsula. Geologist Hamish Campbell digs for new science and examines why the East Cape is the hotspot to study a great unknown - how to predict earthquakes and tsunamis. Marine Biologist Jacky Geurts hunts down apostles from Gisborne's Age of Aquarius. Riria Hotere steps out of her comfort zone and into the wonderful world of bees to find out the difference between a five-dollar pot of honey and a $150 pot of honey. And Neil reflects on the sublime joys of the wild and wonderful in the clear waters of Tatapouri Bay, by partaking in a thrilling stingray feeding routine.
In just a few years, crowdfunding has empowered a whole new generation of artists to create things in a way that's never been seen before. Over a period of three years, the film is following the endeavours of poker card designer Jackson Robinson, hippie Zach Crain, and video game veteran Brain Fargo, all of whom reach out to the crowd in order to change their lives forever.
Dr Helen Czerski examines extraordinary archive, eyewitness footage and the latest scientific research to discover the secrets of two of Earth's hottest natural phenomena - lightning and volcanoes.
On January 27, 1951, a plane flew through the dawn darkness above Nevada's desolate Frenchman Flat. On board was a 1000lb atomic bomb, named Able. At dawn, the crew released Able toward the desert floor. The age of nuclear weapons testing in the continental US had begun. Through eyewitness reports, classified documents, photos and film, this is a fascinating, sobering, look at the largest nuclear testing program in history.
The Civil War, one of the most defining moments in American history, tore a nation apart, pitting North against South - brother against brother. Over the course of four years, more than 750,000 military and civilian lives were sacrificed to make the United States a more perfect union, where the human rights of every person are guaranteed. With unprecedented access to government and private archives and using state-of-the-art technology, over 500 rare and compelling black and white photographs have been painstakingly colourised to illustrate the story of the Civil War in breathtaking detail. This episode examines the cultural and political tensions that ultimately explode into the most storied and bloodied war ever to be fought on US soil.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has built an impressive legal legacy as a pioneer in gender equality. This film explores the inspiring journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the US's highest court.