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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 1,021 works in 1,342 publications in 1 language and 8,793 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Internet videos  Educational films  Case studies  Documentary films  Nonfiction television programs  Longitudinal studies  Nonfiction films  History  Short films 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 363.73874
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Publications about BBC Active (Firm)
Publications by BBC Active (Firm)
Most widely held works by BBC Active (Firm)
Flesh and blood sibling rivalry ( visu )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 237 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? ( visu )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 183 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
Food Factory - Supersized : Just Add Water ( visu )
6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Stefan Gates questions why some pizzas have fake cheese and how horrible does dog food actually taste? Stefan Gates then challenges television reporters Lucy Seigle and Mike Dilger to make their own version of ready-made custard, but whose will be closest to the real product?
Defeating the Superbugs ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
Across the world we are seeing the emergence of bacteria that have gone rogue. These are the superbugs, dangerous bacteria that are becoming resistant to our only defense: antibiotics. Horizon meets scientists who are tracking the spread of these potential killers around the globe, and discovers new techniques researchers are developing to help defeat these superbugs
Touched by genius: a neurological look at creativity ( visu )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Nick van Bloss is an astonishing musical talent, he is also afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome. As this program illustrates, the two are often linked, leading those born with the disorder to view it as both a curse and a gift. Day to day realities of Tourette's, Parkinson's, autism, schizophrenia, and other disorders are discussed
Neanderthal ( visu )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 142 libraries worldwide
Combining computer imaging, knowledge from excavated skeletal pieces, and a meticulous sculptural process, the program showcases an astonishing physical reconstruction that embodies almost everything cumulatively known about Neanderthals--their musculature, the way they moved, even the tone and volume of their voices
Meltdown global warming journey ( visu )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 139 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
Battle of the brains ( visu )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 133 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
Time ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 127 libraries worldwide
This video helps to answer the question: Where does our sense of time come from? Host Michio Kaku interviews the scientist who first detected the neurological stopwatch that gives us our awareness of time, meets a father and daughter whose body clocks are speeded up, and visits a gorilla in captivity who has a rudimentary sense of time
How does your memory work? ( visu )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
"This film takes a remarkable journey through our minds - from how memories form to why they unravel in old age. We think of ourselves as inhabiting our bodies, but are our most precious recollections little more than an arrangement of cells in our brains? As scientists understand more about how memories are formed, could difficult memories be adapted and changed so they are less painful? This program is a key resource for the study of memory, including features of long and short term memory, memory decline and problems that arise when one's memory is impaired."--Container
The immortal emperor ( visu )
2 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 119 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
How China fooled the world ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
Robert Peston travels to China to investigate how this mighty economic giant could actually be in serious trouble. Peston reveals what has actually happened inside China since the economic collapse in the west in 2008. It is a story of spending and investment on a scale never seen before in human history - 30 new airports, 26,000 miles of motorways and a new skyscraper every five days have been built in China in the last five years. But, in a situation eerily reminiscent of what has happened in the west, the vast majority of it has been built on credit. This has now left the Chinese economy with huge debts and questions over whether much of the money can ever be paid back
Is your brain male or female? ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
This program investigates the latest neuroimaging techniques and behavioural studies to determine whether men and women are wired differently. If they are, could this research be harnessed to improve the lives of both men and women?
Divide of the sexes gender roles in childhood ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 108 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
The assassination of Martin Luther King ( visu )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
After the mass protests in Birmingham, Alabama, and his "I have a dream" speech, Martin Luther King took on the causes of American withdrawal from South Vietnam and the plight of the poor in America's South. On April 4, 1968, he was shot dead by a mysterious white assassin, who escaped in a white Mustang car. James Earl Ray was imprisoned for life for the killing, but was he guilty?
The assassination of John F. Kennedy ( visu )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 90 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
Right and wrong moral development in children ( visu )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 89 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 assassination of Michael Collins ( visu )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 89 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
The story of God ( visu )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 87 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 ( visu )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 84 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
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