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S3, Ep4 How we see colour

S3, Ep4 How we see colour

June 1, 2021

How do we see? And how do we see colour? Does the world look the same through another person's eyes? In this podcast discover how the human eye works and how it sees colour.

You may be surprised to learn that not everyone sees colour in the same way: a few are colour blind; others are tetrachromats which means they have an extra type of cone cell in their eye, and can see as many as 100 million different colours. 

While dogs' eyes are quite similar to our own, insects have completely different eyes from people, and can see colours of light not visible to the human eye, such as ultra violet and infrared.

And, believe it or not, there are even more colours in the rainbow than you might ever have realised ūüĆą

This podcast is read by Camilla Akers-Douglas, with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Nicola Klińćkov√° and Tom√°Ň° Klińćka, and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking.¬†Our theme music is by James Burrell

To contact us, email camilla@wonderaudio.co.uk or henrietta@wonderaudio.co.uk 

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S3, Ep3 Wise words about why we worry

S3, Ep3 Wise words about why we worry

May 25, 2021
Why do we worry? And what can we do about it? This episode explains to children that day-to-day worries are a normal part of life. In fact, sometimes worry is a positive, rather than negative, thing.
 
When faced with predators, a sense of fear protected our ancient ancestors and, even today, it can push us out of our comfort zone. And when it all gets a bit too much, there are things we can do to relieve some of our worries, as we explain.     
 
This podcast is written, and read to you, by Henrietta McMicking, with special thanks to child and adolescent therapist Ruth Burnett. It was produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas, with sound editing by Max Watson. Our theme music is by James Burrell

To contact us, email camilla@wonderaudio.co.uk or henrietta@wonderaudio.co.uk 

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S3, Ep2 Poo: the inside story

S3, Ep2 Poo: the inside story

May 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered why poo is funny? It‚Äôs stinky. It‚Äôs perfectly revolting, but if you say the word poo a few times, children ‚Äď and some adults ‚Äď start to smile, even laugh.

And it can, of course, be surprisingly useful ‚Äď as a food source, a fertiliser and for marking animal territory.¬†But adult humans don‚Äôt tend to like talking about poo so we thought we'd do just that instead.

This podcast is written, and read to you, by Camilla Akers-Douglas, with sound editing by Max Watson. It was produced by Henrietta McMicking. Our theme music is by James Burrell

To contact us, email camilla@wonderaudio.co.uk or henrietta@wonderaudio.co.uk 

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S3, Ep1 Secret messages and cracking codes

S3, Ep1 Secret messages and cracking codes

May 11, 2021

Have you ever sent a secret message to a friend? Or tried to use a clever code to protect a secret? Have you ever tried to crack a code? There are many ingenious ways to conceal, and reveal, a secret message.

Keeping secrets, and code breaking, can be a matter of life and death, as Mary, Queen of Scots found out to her cost. Alan Turing's work as a code breaker during WW11 may have shortened the war by two years and saved 14 million lives. Today super-fast computers give us new ways to encrypt messages but, as ever, there is a constant race between those who create new methods of encryption and those who want to break it. 

This podcast is read by Luke Irwin, with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Nicola Klińćkov√° and Tom√°Ň° Klińćka, and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking.¬†Our theme music is by James Burrell

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S2, Ep8 Christmas: a time of hope ‚ú®ūüĆüūüíę

S2, Ep8 Christmas: a time of hope ‚ú®ūüĆüūüíę

December 21, 2020

All around the world during the darkest months of winter people light candles and look forward to a time of new hope. Why do Christians celebrate Christmas at this time of year? Why do Jewish people, Hindus, Jains, Sihks and some Buddhists celebrate with festivals of light at this darkest time? And how does Christmas vary from country to country? No matter how hard Oliver Cromwell, the Grinch and Covid-19 try, it really is impossible to cancel Christmas.

This podcast is read by Henrietta McMicking with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Henrietta McMicking and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas. Our theme music is by James Burrell

To contact us, email camilla@wonderaudio.co.uk or henrietta@wonderaudio.co.uk 

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S2, Ep7 The Vikings: did they really go berserk?

S2, Ep7 The Vikings: did they really go berserk?

December 8, 2020

Wherever they sailed, they plundered, pillaged and stole, so the story goes. But were the Vikings really the fierce invaders of the history books who ransacked our monasteries and captured human slaves? Or where they simply peaceful traders with an interest in travel?

The clue is in the names: the word Viking did not originally mean a single group of people. It meant a pirate or raider. And with names like Thorfinn Skullsplitter, Eric Bloody Axe and Hairy Breeches, could they really have just been traders? 

In this podcast we look at the clues left behind by history and ask, just how berserk did the Vikings go?

This podcast is read by Oliver Akers-Douglas with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Camilla Akers-Douglas and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking. Our theme music is by James Burrell

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S2, Ep6 Thanksgiving: from Plymouth to Pumpkin Pie

S2, Ep6 Thanksgiving: from Plymouth to Pumpkin Pie

December 1, 2020
It is exactly 400 years since a ship called the Mayflower arrived on the east coast of America, bringing 102 English settlers to the New World. Today some 35 million people all over the USA claim to have had an ancestor on the Mayflower.
 
As they built their colony on the Massachusetts coast, the so-called Pilgrims encountered the Wampanoag people who were unsure about the threat the new arrivals posed. The settlement became known as Plymouth, or Patuxet to the local tribes.  
 

This podcast is read by Pandora Colin with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Henrietta McMicking, and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking. Our theme music is by James Burrell

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S2, Ep5 Chocolate: a truly delicious story

S2, Ep5 Chocolate: a truly delicious story

November 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered why chocolate tastes so good, why it is so completely and utterly scrumdiddlyumptious?
In fact the raw cocoa bean tastes horrible, and it takes a lot to turn this tropical rainforest nut into chocolate. 
Humans have loved it for longer than you might think, and the Aztecs drank it before going into battle. But only about 120 years ago, after a young Swiss company called Nestlé started adding milk and sugar to chocolate, did we really fall in love with it.
Besides eating it, and drinking it, we have also used it as currency, to disguise a bomb and as a prop in early horror films.

This podcast is read by Thomasina Miers with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Camilla Akers-Douglas and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking. Our theme music is by James Burrell

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S2, Ep4 The Magic of Numbers

S2, Ep4 The Magic of Numbers

November 17, 2020

Have you wondered if zero is actually a number? 
Or if infinity is a number or a concept? 
What is an imaginary number? 
And how do numbers explain the shape of the ancient pyramids?
Why is the number 60 so interesting?
Just how large is the number Googol, the number that gives a certain search engine its name?
And how does maths make our world more beautiful?
Listen, and discover.

This podcast is read by Luke Irwin with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Tom√°Ň° Klińćka and Nicola Klińćkov√°, and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas and Henrietta McMicking.¬†Our theme music is by James Burrell

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S2, Ep3 Christine Granville: an extraordinary female spy

S2, Ep3 Christine Granville: an extraordinary female spy

November 10, 2020

Her real name was Krystyna Skarbek. 
She was Polish but spied for the British during WW11.
She was brilliant and daring in a male-dominated field. 
And a law unto her self. 
She took risks few others would have done. 
And saved lives with her rare ingenuity. 
Codenames and pseudonyms, she had many: Madame Marchand, Jacqueline Armande or just plain Pauline. And, of course, Christine Granville. 
She was a real-life female James Bond.
And, it is said that she was Ian Fleming’s inspiration for Vespar Lynd, the female double agent in his first-ever James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

This podcast is read by Lucasta Cummings with sound editing by Max Watson. The script was written by Henrietta McMicking and produced by Camilla Akers-Douglas. Our theme music is by the amazing James Burrell

To contact us, email camilla@wonderaudio.co.uk or henrietta@wonderaudio.co.uk 

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