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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 922 works in 1,156 publications in 1 language and 6,218 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies  Longitudinal studies  Conversation and phrase books  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Self-instruction  Television programs  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: N5300, 709
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Most widely held works by BBC Active (Firm)
Battle of the brains ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Asserts the validity of measuring the ways in which people exercise practical, creative, emotional, and kinesthetic IQs by presenting a group of bright and talented people with tests of all shapes and sizes
Meltdown a global warming journey ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This program studies divergent points of view contributing to the global warming debate, untangling a morass of political and scientific concerns and providing a wealth of historical background on the issue"--Container
The immortal emperor ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It's 221 B.C., and the veil of history is lifted to reveal life in the Qin Dynasty, under China's first emperor, Shihuangdi. Noted historians, archaeologists, and other experts extrapolate from discoveries made in the ruler's tomb, as they examine the political, intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and religious structure of Chinese society of the first dynasty
Flesh and blood sibling rivalry ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why are siblings often so different? Are "only" children lucky or disadvantaged? What are the long-term effects of birth order and sibling relationships? This program underscores recent theories that suggest relationships among a nuclear family's children are the most meaningful to an individual's growth. Monitoring a group of 25 six-year olds, the program follows experiments that highlight the significance of sibling rivalry and bonding
How does your memory work? ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the mechanisms of human memory, presenting new case studies and medical findings that reveal the complexity of the brain's memory center. Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Randy Buckner explains his research into memory functions and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Faraneh Vargha-Khadem of University College London discusses her work with a 30-year old man who, due to hippocampal damage, has almost no memory capacity. And Dr. Alain Brunet of McGill University explains recent trials of propanolol as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Africa, who is to blame? ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga travel through Tanzania and Rwanda, witnessing the economic and social situations of the people they meet and considering what measures would improve life for the people of Africa generally
Divide of the sexes ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. An episode of Child of Our Time, which focuses on a group of millennium babies and follows their physical and emotional development as they grow into adulthood
Right and wrong ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Do most people get their values from their parents or from society at large? At what age, and with what tools, do children begin to work out what is right and wrong? Can young children distinguish between actions that are morally deviant and those that simply violate a social convention? This program explores those questions by observing a group of 25 six-year-olds and the varying levels of honesty and compassion they display. Confronted with simple yet specific tests--gauging their willingness to lie, cheat, and even destroy a photograph they are told is sentimentally valuable--each child exhibits a unique sense of what is good and correct. Equally revealing are the program's comparisons between childhood and adult idealism
The story of God ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Embarks on a journey across continents, cultures and eras, examining one of the most extraordinary aspects of human behaviour. How has belief in god made us who we are? What place does god have in our lives today? How is god expresed in the modern world?
Fatal impacts ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"During the 19th century, racial categorization took on a pseudoscientific stance. This program shows how the academic racism of the period helped to spread imperialist policies across the globe. Sifting through the "science" of eugenics and its link to social Darwinism, the film juxtaposes the racial hygiene theories of Robert Knox, Francis Galton and Eugen Fischer with with racial warfare in Tasmania, Victorian apathy in famine-wracked India, and--prefacing the Holocaust--horrific German colonization tactics in Namibia. Expert commentary comes from David Dabydeen, Dr. Maria Misra of Oxford University, and Professor Catherine Hall of University College London"--Container
The colour of money ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Reaching back across the centuries, this program sheds light on historical attitudes toward human differences. It assesses the significance of Biblical narratives, including the "curse of Ham", in the evolution of European concepts of race, and goes on to examine the basis of institutionalized racism - entwined with fervent capitalism - on which the transatlantic slave trade operated. The destruction of America's indigenous civilizations and the dehumanization and exploitation of Africans are studied alongside the writings of Enlightenment philosophers and historians. Experts interviewed include Dr. Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, Dr. Barnor Hesse of Northwestern, and Professor James Walvin of the University of York"--Container
Killing creativity are schools or parents to blame ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"If we're all born with creative potential, why do many children lose their inventive tendencies as they grow? This program observes 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters"--Container
How to kill a human being ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo pushes his body to the brink of death in an investigation into the science of execution. As the American Supreme Court examines whether the lethal injection is causing prisoners to die in unnecessary pain Michael sets out to find a solution which is fundamentally humane. Is a humane and painless execution method possible, and if so, would death penalty proponents support its use? Or is pain the whole idea? Examining what many see as the cruelty of current procedures, this program searches for a viable alternative. Experts in the death business--retired executioners, toxicologists, biomechanics specialists, and others--explain disturbing flaws in the use of electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, and the gas chamber. Whether or not physicians should take part in executions is also discussed. The film presents a low-cost killing method that would induce euphoria--but this horrifies a prominent death penalty lobbyist because offenders wouldn't suffer
Talk German the ideal course for absolute beginners by Judith Matthews ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It provides a clear, simple and successful way of learning German and gives the best grounding in the basics of German. The course helps learners to start quickly understanding German and speaking it with confidence. 10 easy-to-follow units, with step-by-step presentation of the new language, and clear explanations of essential grammar and regular process checks make Talk the easy way to learn German
Fitting in or standing out? conformity in childhood ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As children grow, what happens to the values and behavior they have learned at home? Why do so many young people follow the crowd? And when does conformity become a bad thing? This program explores those questions, visiting a group of 25 seven-year olds who are learning to cope with peer situations
Most of our universe is missing ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What is everywhere, not made of atoms, and can't be seen?" Dark matter, says renowned astrophysicist David Spergel - but not everyone in the cosmological community is in agreement with him. This program presents the views of Spergel and other key figures in the debate, including Princeton University's P. James Peebles and Jeremiah Ostriker; Timothy Sumner, of Imperial College London; astrophysicist Mordechai Milgrom; and Saul Perlmutter, a member of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's physics division. Experiments in Europe's deepest mine looking for the elusive neutralino, the concept of variable gravity, and what may well become the new standard model of how the universe works are all scrutinized. Original BBCW broadcast title: Most of Our Universe Is Missing. - Container
Talk Arabic by Jonathan Featherstone ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Identity crisis ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the "nature vs. nurture" debate in the shaping of the identity of children. This program weighs in on that question by capturing the emotional and psychological development of 25 boys and girls at age five. Children reveal clear signals about their self-worth and their expectations for the future that bear strong connection to nationality, gender, skin color, economic class, and the presence or absence of either parent
If drugs were legal ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A fictionalized depiction of the future in which drug use is legal is interwoven with real world interviews discussing the pros and cons of legalized drug use
Simon Schama's Power of art by Simon Schama ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Althrough rendered in stone, the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini convey a sense of weightlessness perhaps unequalled in the history of Western art. This program illustrates Bernini's nearly miraculous ability to turn marble into a vessel of rapture, both spiritual and sexual. With The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa as his principal focus, presenter Simon Schama examines numerous works by the prodigious artist--David, Apollo and Daphne, The Rape of Proserpina, Bust of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, Bust of Constanza Bonarelli, and more. Schama also addresses the failure of Bernini's bell tower at St. Peter's Basilica and recounts the fierce rivalries and amourous misadventures that shaped the sculptor's life and career"--Container
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