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171 Orange tea. The names of a fruit and a drink have a fascinating history! (16 Sep 2021)
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The best of both worlds:



170 Cheap, expensive, more expensive. How much money do you need to be an Olympian? (12 Aug 2021)
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A 13 year old and one of the new, exciting sports at the Olympics:



169 What is Britishness? How do the people of England, Scotland and Wales identify themselves? (30 Jun 2021)
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Do you agree with these people about Britishness?!



168 Hard cash. So is Richard a penny-pincher or a big spender?! (6 May 2021)
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Top tips on how to save money:



167 How did they survive? Two situations you wouldn't want to experience (25 Mar 2021)
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Sean survives being swept off a waterfall:



166 Animals, humans and diseases. Some interesting reasons why we fall sick (25 Feb 2021)
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Ways to prevent getting sick:



165 Before the Internet: buying records. There was a time when people left their homes and went to the shops to buy their music (14 Jan 2021)
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The Diskery is one of the oldest record shops in the world:



164 Before the Internet: travelling. Jackie and Richard recall how they organised their travels in the past (10 Dec 2020)
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163 The big five. Meet Europe's five most impressive wild mammals (29 Oct 2020)
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Brown bears and wolves back in the UK, but not in the wild!



162 The collectors. It's not just people who like to find and keep things (17 Sep 2020)
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A fine collection of blue bottle tops and straws!



161 Hobbies at home. Interesting things to do when you're indoors all day (30 Jul 2020)
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Some people enjoy making things like this:



160 Once upon a time. There are some very unpleasant people in fairy tales! (18 Jun 2020)
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Maleficent, the witch in Sleeping Beauty, is truly evil:



159 Facebook fun. Jackie and Richard recommend a couple of sites to raise a smile (7 May 2020)
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Wildlife in the garden:



158 The long arm of the law. Jackie and Richard talk about their experience with the police... (26 Mar 2020)
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So many police shows on British TV! The Bill was a big favourite:



157 The big top. Acrobats, trapeze artists and animals: we are at the circus! (13 Feb 2020)
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Today's modern circus:



156 Happy hols? Jackie and Richard had the perfect Christmas, or maybe not... (9 Jan 2020)
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Not everyone has a perfect Christmas:



155 TV or not TV? Is television still the most popular home entertainment? (21 Nov 19)
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The ending of a popular 1960s children's programme:



154 What's cooking? Richard talks about the things he can make in the kitchen. (3 Oct 19)
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Perhaps Richard should be on Masterchef!



153 Life in the UK. Jackie and Richard take the UK citizen test, but do they pass?! (22 Aug 19)
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Of course ex Prime Minister David Cameron knows all about British history...



152 Then and now. Jackie returned to the UK after 10 years, what changes did she see? (18 Jul 19)
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Fly over London and see the changes:



151 TT week. Join Richard on the Isle of Man for the ride of your life! (30 May 19)
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Bonus for members! Richard talks about Mad Sunday:
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Wow, hold on tight:



150 Big machines. See why our village has turned into a building site (7 Apr 19)
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149 Green is the fashion. How can you be stylish and save the planet at the same time? (28 Feb 19)
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How bamboo is made into material:



148 The 2018 quiz. Which stories made the headlines last year? And can Richard remember them?! (03 Jan 19)
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Bonus for members! Listen to Richard's answers and check yours too:
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147 Filming the wild. We look at the amazing technology that makes wildlife programmes so great.
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So that's how to film a walrus sitting on ice:



146 Life v films. We look at some of the differences between our lives and those we watch at the cinema.
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Of course anyone could survive this:



145 The golden section. The wonder of a mathematical formula found in nature
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Bonus for members! The golden section in design:
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144 The land of the red dragon. We talk about Wales, one of the smallest countries that makes up the UK.
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Geraint Thomas and the red dragon flag:



143 Milestones. Which are the events that Jackie and Richard see as special in their lives?
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142 A clash of continents. So will there be any surprises at the World Cup this time?
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World Cup 2018, every team's best player:



141 Being crafty. Jackie talks about two craft courses she went on recently
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140 The shooting. Another tragic event in the US, we talk about what happened and the case for gun control
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Bonus for members! How different is it to buy a gun in the UK?
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139 Where's our package?! Jackie and Richard start the new year by complaining about couriers
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138 Mind games. Experiments show there's more to making up our minds than we think
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Bonus for members! Richard takes part in a mini experiment.
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137 Pick up the pieces. Jackie and Richard have discovered a new way to spend time: doing jigsaws!
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136 That's funny. Jackie and Richard talk about what makes them laugh, hee hee!
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British people think this is very funny:



135 Bugbears. Jackie and Richard have a moan about those everyday things that annoy them.
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134 Four-legged friends. 40% of households in the UK have pets. Listen to Jackie and Richard talking about their pets, past and present.
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133 May Day. Join Jackie and Richard as they talk about the May 1st celebrations.
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Morris dancers doing their stuff in Oxford:



132 The Taj Mahal. Travel to India and join Richard at a truly magical place.
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131 Hair today, gone tomorrow! Jackie and Richard talk about their hair and which products they use.
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130 Buster the boxer. A fun end to the year: watch the most popular Christmas advert in the UK.
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Don't watch the video before doing the worksheet!



129 The Trump card. Love him or loathe him, Trump's speeches have always made the headlines.
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This podcast goes with this video from the Guardian newspaper



128 Knife, fork and spoon. Or perhaps something else? How do you eat your food?
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One way to eat a fish with bones:



127 Collecting things. Butterflies, beads or buttons, people collect many different things. So what does Richard collect?
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What do you think of this man's collection?



126 Not just a phone. Karin talks to Jackie about her favourite apps on her mobile.
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125 The Euros. Four weeks of fun and football to look forward to with the UEFA European Championship!
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The official anthem of the 2016 Euros:
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124 All around the world. Helen tells Richard about the different places she has lived, and which is her favourite.
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123 Call the midwife. Meet Naomi who is training to become the most important person on the maternity ward!
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Call the Midwife is on BBC1:



122 No idea! the 2015 quiz. How much does Jackie know about 2015 and can you do any better?
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Now listen to both the questions and Jackie's answers:
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121 The calendar. Attractive as well as useful, calendars also have an interesting history!
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Chickens being photographed for an 'egg-citing' new calendar:



120 Cowboy country. Join Jackie and Richard with the cowboys, horses and shoot-outs
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119 Fly the flag. New Zealand is thinking about changing their flag - so why is that?
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Some great tips for when you're designing a flag:



118 Once in a blue moon. This month we see a blue moon, but what is that exactly?!
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117 Jaws. Why the "teeth of the sea" is still one of Hollywood's most frightening films
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There is a creature alive today...



116 The old grey matter. Get your thinking hats on for this podcast which is all about the brain!
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115 Baking soda. There's something quite amazing on the shelf in the kitchen!
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114 The 5:2 diet. What success, if any, have the pie team had with their dieting?
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Some top tips if you're considering the 5:2 diet:



113 Whose turn is it? There are lots of reasons why you should sit down with family and friends and play a board game this holiday!
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112 Real Madrid. Join Richard with Real Madrid supporter Al before a Champions' League match
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Real Madrid v Liverpool in the Champions' League:



111 Useful or useless? That's the question we ask about some household gadgets
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110 Dennis the Menace. Jackie and Richard talk about comics and their favourite comic characters
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109 Drive, drove, driven. A podcast about driving and learning to drive. Beep! Beep!
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108 The Great War. Listen to some facts about the First World War which started a hundred years ago
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107 The World Cup. Facts and fun about one of the most coveted trophies in sport
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The World Cup trophy was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga over 40 years ago:



106 Holy Week. For the Easter festival the pie team tell the story of Jesus' last days
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This podcast goes with this pie video:



105 The tramp. The pie team celebrate 100 years of Charlie Chaplin and his famous tramp
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Classic Charlie Chaplin:



104 A mouse in the house. Jo talks about some uninvited guests that are making themselves feel at home
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103 Giddy up! Jackie and Richard share their riding experiences to celebrate the Year of the Horse
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How to go faster on a horse:



102 British icons: The Doctor. The pie team celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who
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Bonus for members! Can you recognise these sounds from Doctor Who?
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Trailer for The Day of The Doctor:



101 Mushrooms. Delicious and deadly, the pie team take care when picking their favourite free food
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How to choose the best Puffballs, and how to eat them mmmmm!



100 Catching up. Jackie hasn't see Sue for a while, what's the news from her and the family?
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