Friday, March 9, 2018

Listen Up — The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry

Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
Here's another great show from the BBC. This half-hour podcast combines science with light-hearted presentation. Hannah Fry and Adam Rutherford are bona fide scientists but they bring a sense of fun and discovery to each question. Finding the answers can lead them into unexpected places but the questions themselves are often very simple.
  • Why do we dream?
  • Why do tunes get stuck in our heads?
  • How far up can a helium balloon go?
  • Can horses count?
  • Why don't children like vegetables?
And many, many more. I love the hosts' chemistry and banter and their willingness to investigate any question, even when they seem silly. 

These questions are often suitable for family listening, as their simplicity indicates, and the show is produced for the radio so it is fairly family friendly. However, it is produced for adult listeners so you may want to preview episodes before listening with the kids. For example, when they examine the question of hair growing to different lengths leads to discussion including  all the different places where hair grows.

1 comment:

  1. Just thank you. Thank you for the heads up on so many things, such as the Curious Cases. For the pictures worth a thousand words, for thoughts and blogs and all. It starts my day off so right when your email is delivered. And yes, I am do happy and grateful to be Catholic.