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BBC Active (Firm)

Works: 986 works in 1,299 publications in 1 language and 7,768 library holdings
Genres: Internet videos  Educational films  Case studies  Longitudinal studies  History  Documentary television programs  Educational television programs  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Distributor
Classifications: PN1997, 305.8
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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 227 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-rather than those between parent and offspring-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. Among the lively subjects are James and his older sister Bernie, whose relationship is tested by their unstable living situation; twins Alice and Charles and their intrusive younger brother William; and Het Shah, an only child whose parents fear they have spoiled her. A BBC/Open University Co-production. Original broadcast title: Flesh and Blood. Part of the series Child of Our Time 2006. (60 minutes)
Africa, who is to blame? ( visu )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 186 libraries worldwide
Former President of Ghana Jerry Rawlings and Kenyan law student June Arunga travel through Tanzania and Rwanda, witnessing the economic and social situations of the people they meet and considering what measures would improve life for the people of Africa generally
Defeating the Superbugs ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 143 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 139 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
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
Meltdown global warming journey ( visu )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 130 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? ( visu )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 125 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 118 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
Time ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 117 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
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. 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)
The assassination of Martin Luther King ( visu )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 89 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 88 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 88 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 87 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 86 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 racial hygiene theories with racial warfare in Tasmania, Victorian apathy in famine-wracked India, and horrific German colonization tactics in Namibia. Commentary by David Dabydeen, Dr. Maria Misra, and Professor Catherine Hall
The colour of money ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 84 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
Killing creativity are schools or parents to blame? ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 83 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
Recipe for success how children learn ( visu )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
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
Neanderthal ( visu )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 76 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
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