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What do mothers eat after giving birth? Does it depend on which country you are from?
Neil and Beth discuss a project in the Netherlands for helping lonely people.
Should we be worried about our jobs disappearing? Or is the future positive?
Could french menu terms be going out of fashion?
How has sugar become such an important part of our diets? Neil and Georgie discuss.
Why do we keep, and love, pets? Neil and Georgie discuss this and teach new vocabulary.
Female farmers in many countries face sexism. Some are finding ways to be fairly treated.
Summer 2023 saw two missions to the Moon. Why are scientists so keen to get there?
Is it time to start living without plastic? Beth and Neil discuss this.
Invasive species are causing problems for nature around the world, so why not eat them?
How did Italian food become famous throughout the world? Find out with Neil and Georgie
What are the risks of social media to teenage health and what can be done about them?
What exactly did navy pilots see in 2004? The US investigates these UFOs now, in 2023.
What happens when an elephant wants to eat your crops? How can you stop it?
Is it OK to eat animals that can feel emotion? Learn vocabulary on this topic.
More and more people are living to 100, but what is the secret of a long life?
Should climate change make us think where to invest our money? Learn useful vocabulary.
Today the medicinal mushroom industry is big business. But are there actually benefits?
Some Australian languages have been saved from extinction. We discuss Barngala's revival.
Some sounds cause some people huge distress. Learn about 'misophonia' here.
Fandom is more than simply being a fan, and now it is developing its own language.
Do men find it harder than women to make close friendships? Neil and Beth discuss.
What can names tell us about our culture and history?
How can jobs change so that workers are happier?
A growing number around the world are experiencing something called 'eco-anxiety'.
Is there any way we can stop natural disasters being so damaging?
Neil and Beth talk about different ways of apologising.
We hear about a new foraging project and the health benefits of eating wild food.
We talk about whether plants can clean up our mess.
We talk about chatbots and teach you some useful vocabulary along the way.
Can sound make your food taste better? Neil and Beth discuss.
Hear how subtitles can help bring TV and movies to life.
Is a style of tourism that respects animals and local communities working well?
Mosquito-borne diseases kill 750,000 annually. Could climate change make it worse?
Listen to an expert on the global food system and learn some vocabulary.
Sam and Neil talk about an essential element for life to thrive.
We discuss some of the reasons why women make up only 26% of the world's politicians.
Beth and Neil discuss the controversial role of museums in the 21st century.
Could your culture influence sadness? We talk about sadness and teach you vocabulary.
Hear experts talking about jealousy and envy, and learn related vocabulary.