The Why Factor

BBC World Service

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The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions

24:25 | Aug 21st, 2017

News has a powerful pull. We spend so much of our time checking it, absorbing it and talking about it. And some of us even claim to be addicted to it. But why, asks David Baker, do we need news in the...Show More

23:06 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Why Do humans Kiss? You might think it is a universal trait, something that we all do. But when European explorers travelled the world, they met tribes that didn’t kiss. So is it a learnt respons...Show More
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23:23 | Mar 27th, 2017

Why do men crave these six bumps on their stomach? Why are they willing to risk their lives for this look? We take a journey to ancient Greece to discover the origins of the chiselled abdominals, lear...Show More

23:07 | Feb 3rd

Whether it is the growth in co-working spaces around the world full of 20 and 30-somethings starting their own thing, to TV shows on entrepreneurship, all the way to the big successes out of Californi...Show More

24:17 | Jan 27th

We can now curate who we talk to in a way that wasn’t thinkable when a bulky landline phone sat in a corner of a house and rang with anonymous urgency. The screens on our devices allow us to communi...Show More
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