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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 969 works in 1,243 publications in 1 language and 6,606 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Longitudinal studies  History  Conversation and phrase books  Television programs 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 305.8
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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 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flyers in their field - a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader. Each is put through a series of tests to discover who is the most intelligent? The principle way that we measure intelligence, the IQ test, remains popular and convenient. Yet most psychologists agree that it only tells half the story. This program advocates a different approach, creating an array of unusual challenges to assess brainpower and positing an argument for the interplay of multiple intelligences. Assisted by the insights of Harvard's Howard Gardner and experts using brain scanning technology at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, the program brings together a group of obviously bright and talented people and presents them with trials of all shapes and sizes. The results establish the validity of measuring not just what people know but also the equally important ways in which they exercise their practical, creative, emotional, and kinesthetic IQs
Flesh and blood sibling rivalry( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 130 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
Africa, who is to blame?( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Corporate greed and vestigial colonialism are Africa's worst enemies -- or is homegrown leadership responsible for the continent's troubles? This program explores that dichotomous question from the vantage point of former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga, who undertake a voyage of discovery through Ghana, Tanzania, and Rwanda. Visiting a struggling fishing village, a tribal hunting ground, an AIDS treatment center, an African-owned gold mine, and an eerily preserved site of genocidal slaughter, the program eloquently documents Rawlings' and Arunga's interaction with the socioeconomic dilemmas and everyday realities of African life"--Website
Meltdown global warming journey( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 128 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
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 thte 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
The immortal emperor( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 123 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
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. Nathan's parents have gone all out to make sure he grows up without stereotypes-but real life isn't that simple. Rhianna's mother is the breadwinner and childcare provider in the family, while her father spends most of his time drinking. Meanwhile, tomboy Megan has taken an interest in the opposite sex, Helena has embraced her femininity, and Tyrese is displaying male aggression. A BBC/Open University Co-production. Original broadcast title: Divide of the Sexes. Part of the series Child of Our Time 2008. (60 minutes)
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"--Container
The story of God( Visual )

5 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?
The colour of money( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 84 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
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 art of persuasion( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ventures back to the creation of Stonehenge and the reign of Alexander the Great to reveal how imagery became an indispensable weapon in every leader's political armoury
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
The assassination of John F. Kennedy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By November 22, 1963, the date of his assassination, President Kennedy had made many enemies. He had declared war on the Mafia, racial prejudice and the industrial/military interests in Vietnam. He had humiliated Krushchev and Castro, who both wanted revenge over the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even to this day, conjecture surrounds the ballistics evidence and whether two assassins were involved. Includes recently released film material from Washington
The assassination of Michael Collins( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Collins was a charismatic leader in Ireland's struggle for independence from British rule and came to realize that compromise was the key to peace. Most of his former colleagues disagreed and on August 22, 1922, he was gunned down in an ambush. It is not known who was ultimately behind the attack that ended his life
Recipe for success how children learn( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How and why do humans learn new things? Why are we stronger in some skills than others? At what age do we learn most quickly, and how can we improve our learning capacity? This program studies the knowledge-building process that typically occurs in childhood by observing 25 six-year-olds as they adapt to the challenges of their surroundings. Focusing on seven key areas in which learning takes place, musical ability, logic, emotional understanding, creativity, narrative skill, spatial reasoning, and physical dexterity, the program studies the varied strengths of several children as well as the learning difficulties many struggle to overcome. Environmental and parental influences, as well as the role of self-motivation, are evaluated
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 )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 70 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
Talk Arabic by Jonathan Featherstone( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fitting in or standing out? conformity in childhood( Visual )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 67 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
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