Tagged: christmas

Episode 49: Rights and Wrongs

Things haven’t always been fair at Christmas. In the old days, before the Snapchat, some people didn’t get everything they wanted.

Women. They haven’t always had it easy. But there are some who fight for their rights! And there’s no better time to do it than when the nights draw in and those shops open that only sell pointless gadgets.

Grab yourself a mince pie, loosen your clothing, punch a reindeer, and listen to this eggy slice of audio fluff. Merry Christmas!

Science Christmas around the world

Christmas isn’t just for ordinary people, scienticians like to celebrate it too. Of course, different countries have different traditions with regards to how the celebrate the day of presenty goodness. Let’s take a look at how sciencefolk mark the day of turkey munching in different countries of the world.

Episode 25: Have Yourself A Crabby Little Christmas Island

What things remind you of Christmas? Holly? Mince pies? Mulled wine? Crabs?

Prepare to enter a new era of Christmas where we huddle around the fire and eat crabs and cranberry sauce. Of course, what we’ve done here is played on the fact there is a place called Christmas Island and there are loads of crabs there. Concepts so good they have to be explained.

Come and find out what adventure lies before you this holiday season! Will Christine and Burton solve the mystery of the crabs? Do they need to? Is it that time of year already? Did you keep the receipt so I can take it back and exchange it for gift vouchers, which I’ll then sell for slightly less cash so I can blow the money on fun times? This way Christmassy creatures…

Playing with a very tiny fire

cannonCracker

Ah, Christmas. That time of year where we exchange presents, eat too much, watch television programmes that we would never watch under any other circumstances, politely listen to relatives we avoid during the rest of the year, and have a nice time playing with gunpowder.

Wait, what?

Episode 18: Christmas Crackerz

Well, I wish it could be Christmas every day.

It would certainly help the retail industry.

Talking of which, this one’s set in a shop. No ordinary shop though, one of those special Christmas shops that spring up everywhere and then disappear again like Shangri la. But better because you can buy tinsel.

Join Michael and Leon, the dynamic management team, as they use brains and brawn to help their team out of a snowy predicament. Will they turn the muzak off? Will they get out alive? And will they explain how to make explosives out of household items? Let’s get to it, ho, ho, ho…

Epigengle all the way...

Santa on a horse

It’s Santa on a… I’m going to guess horse?

Most people these days are familiar with the idea of DNA – our genetic code. The big list inside us that enumerates – to a greater or lesser extent – everything about us. Eye colour. Height. Diseases or conditions we might fall foul of. How many limbs we have. Where our organs go. Naughty or nice. It’s what separates us from bananas, or monkeys, or trees. We pass this DNA down the generations, and this list is not something we can do anything about. The slow march of evolution takes hundreds of generations to make a change. I am stuck with my DNA, and so are you.

Except, what if we could just… ignore parts of this list? Just turn off this bit of DNA, or that bit? And then pass it on to our kids, a change in one generation…

Well, turns out that we can.

Episode 6: How Science Saved Christmas

Jingle bells, science smells, dum dum dum der der… Science and Christmas, natural enemies right? Wrong. There was a time when science saved Christmas. And this is that story. Join Wolf Bilkington and Kipp Faero as they journey across the North Pole, and have a very surprising encounter. Will Santa survive the ordeal? Will the reindeer? Will any of us? You know what to do…

Wolf Bilkington – Brian Macken
Kipp Faero – Sreya Rao
Pecknose – Mary Horan
Santa – Jack Brougham
Scratchfoot – Wendy Bradley