Listening, learning and teaching activities at upper intermediate level

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Level 3

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145 Tutor YouTube. Is the popular website as good a learning resource as school or university? (13 Sep 2018)
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Bonus for members! Can Jackie improve her maths on YouTube too?
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144 Feeling hot, hot, hot! Jackie and Richard compare this year's sweltering heatwave to that of 1976 (26 Jul 2018)
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Britons remember the 1976 heatwave:

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143 British icons: Stonehenge. Why are a circle of prehistoric stones the place to be for the summer solstice? (21 Jun 2018)
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Stonehenge was given to the nation 100 years ago:

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142 No smoking. It's over a decade since the no smoking ban; has it made a difference? (03 May 2018)
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Bonus for members! Has no smoking killed off the pubs?
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But you knew this already, didn't you?

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141 British icons: Stephen Hawking. Jackie and Richard celebrate the life of the Master of the Universe (29 Mar 2018)
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This podcast goes with this pie video:

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140 On the piste. Jackie and Richard go on a ski trip for the first time in many years (15 Feb 2018)
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This podcast goes with this pie video:

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139 Ask me another. It's the 2017 quiz! How much can you remember, and can you beat Richard? (04 Jan 2018)
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Bonus for members! Listen to Richard's answers:
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Bonus for members! Now listen to the correct answers:
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138 A podcast about poo. Jackie and Richard talk about the smallest room in the house for World Toilet Day (16 Nov 17)
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Where does our poo go?:

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137 Plastic fantastic? The omnipresent material we can't live with or without (5 Oct 17)
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This South Pacific Ocean island is believed to be one of the world’s worst polluted places:

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136 My left hand. Pam talks about living in a right-handers' world for International Left Handers Day (03 Aug 2017)
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Bonus for members! More every day things 'ĺefties' can have problems with:
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This is the day to have a go at writing with your left hand:

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135 The firefighters. We salute the men and women who do one of the world's toughest jobs (29 Jun 2017)
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Bonus for members! Are there enough people who want this dangerous job?
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Firefighters worked day and night in Portugal:

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134 The light fandango. Are LED bulbs the bright future, or a dull headache? (25 May 17)
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133 Looking is seeing. Jackie and Richard talk about wearing glasses and visiting the optician's (20 Apr 17)
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Our favourite Specsavers advert:

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132 Stand and sing. Jackie and Richard talk about national anthems; how much do you like yours? (2 Mar 17)
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131 Culture shock. Jackie and Richard share their experiences of being in a different culture (26 Jan 17)
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A personal experience of culture shock in Australia:

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130 Forza Italia. Linda talks about holidaying in Italy, listen and find out what she likes so much (8 Dec 16)
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129 Parkrun, what's that? Listen to Jemma talk about an event that's becoming more popular by the week (3 Nov 16)
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128 Fear of flying. Listen to Sue talk about her experience on a long haul flight to South Africa (29 Sep 16)
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Look at the angle this plane has to take when landing because of crosswinds. Would you have been afraid?

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127 The streets of Kolkata. Join Richard among the hustle and bustle, taste and sounds of this amazing city (28 Jul 16)
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126 Chocolate, yay! We celebrate World Chocolate Day with a podcast about the world's favourite flavour (7 Jul 16)
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How to tell good quality chocolate from bad:

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125 The dancing queen. Listen to Nora talk about her unusual life as a professional dancer. (19 May 16)
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Watch Nora performing one of her dance routines:

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124 British icons: Yorkshire. Join Pam and Jackie in one of the nicest parts of the UK (18 Apr 16)
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You can see how wonderful Yorkshire is when the Tour de France started there:

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123 No news is good news. Why is our daily dose of news always dominated by gloomy headlines? (18 Feb 16)
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122 Shaken not stirred. British icons: James Bond, the world's favourite spy (14 Jan 16)
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121 Ashes to ashes. Everybody goes to a funeral, even if it's only their own! (12 Nov 15)
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Bonus for members! Richard talks about his mother's funeral.
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A moving scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral:

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120 The refugees. Thousands are travelling but where are they from and where do they want to go? (1 Oct 15)
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A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this tragic one second a day video:

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119 The ballot box. We look at the pros and cons of three different voting systems (20 Aug 15)
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There was an attempt to change the voting system for MPs in the UK:

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118 Rain stopped play. Richard explains how to play one of the UK's most popular sports - cricket, of course! (2 Jul 15)
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Bonus for members! Just what are the Ashes?!
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117 The Hatton Garden heist. Over the Easter weekend in London nine thieves made a daring raid and stole millions (28 May 15)
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Bonus for members! What is the latest on the thieves?
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How easy is it to get through that hole in the wall?

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116 Below the line. Do you comment online? Do you use your real name? Why not?! (16 Apr 15)
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115 A place in the sun. The pie team talk about their experience of being on a TV show (5 Mar 15)
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Watch, or listen to, the show where Jackie and Richard appear:
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114 You are what you eat. Do you want to lose weight? We talk about diets and dieting (29 Jan 15)
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Here are five top tips to "spring clean" your diet from CNN:

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113 Blowin' in the wind. Where is the windiest place in the world? Watch a BBC video and find out.
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This podcast goes with the BBC video. Join Richard Hammond in very high winds and very low temperatures:

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112 Knit 1, purl 1. Get out your needles and yarn, Jackie and Helen are talking about knitting!
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It's not just for women, men knit too!

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111 Cool blue. The blue LED won the Nobel Prize for Physics. What's so special about that?
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LED - the next big generation of lighting technology:

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110 Jo's motors. Jo talks about cars and driving; buckle up and enjoy the ride!
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109 The picnic. When the sun shines there's nothing better than eating outside!
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Plan the perfect picnic:

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108 No more umpires! With modern technology there's no need to have umpires or referees anymore, is there?
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Bonus for members! What does Jackie think about the challenge system?
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107 Dial 999. Join Sue in her kitchen and find out why she called the fire brigade
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Perhaps Sue should have seen this video first:



106 No connection. How did Jackie and Richard survive when the Internet went down?
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105 That sinking feeling. What could be worse than the Earth opening up and swallowing you?
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104 Don't look down ...and hold on tight as Nicky talks about her new hobby
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103 The Winter Olympics.You don't need to come from a snowy country but you're unlikely to win a medal
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India's Shiva Keshavan in training:

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The BBC's unusual advert for the Winter Olympics:

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102 That was the year 2013. We look back at last year with a quiz, how many questions can you answer?
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Now listen to both the questions and Richard's answers:

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101 Poetry. Powerful or pointless? The pie team wonder if there's a place for poetry these days
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Listen to and read one of Wildfred Owen's war poems:

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100 Citizenship. Why Gareth decided he wanted to be French as well as British
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99 Pick a pocket or two... How to survive your holiday from the increasing number of pickpockets in town
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Milan train station - just look how many pickpockets there are!

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98 The yellow jersey. Pelotons, polka-dots and Paris - it's the Tour de France. Allons-y!
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Nobody does a sprint finish like Mark Cavendish:

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97 Boy George. Rob talks about the challenges of being a father with a young son
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Is a sock the best hat for a baby?

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96 Yummy umami. Helen and Jackie get their tongues around a new taste sensation
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95 Trial by jury. Is having 12 strangers decide if someone is innocent or guilty the best way to resolve a criminal case? (28 Feb 13)
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94 Samba sensation. Put your dancing shoes on and join us at the world's biggest carnival!
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A fantastic view from inside Rio's Sambadrome:
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93 The tube. Happy anniversary: The London Underground is 150 years old this week
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92 Coffee break. Richard has several ways of getting his caffeine fix in the morning...
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Here's something to practise at home!:
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Bonus for members! What do the pie team think of the modern coffee machines?:
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91 On yer bike! Helen and Jackie share past and present memories of getting on their bikes
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90 Harvest moon. Autumn's full moons are cause for celebration in both the East and West
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89 The Eagle has landed. We recall the amazing Apollo 11 mission to commemorate the death of Neil Armstrong
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Rocket Man by Elton John, 1972:
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Plus highlights of the Apollo 11 mission:
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88 London Olympics. It's here at last, but not everyone's greeting the Games with flag-flying enthusiasm
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Bonus for members! There are some interesting restrictions for visitors too:
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87 20/20 vision. Jemma can see clearly now - but that hasn't always been the case
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Bonus for members! Jemma gives her opinion on laser treatment:
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86 Douze points. The UK wants Baku to vote for 'The Hump' at the Eurovision Song Contest
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So what do you think of the UK's entry? Have a listen:

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85 The long-distance runner. Jemma talks about how wonderful it feels running a marathon
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Many enter the Lisbon Half Marathon just for a chance to run across the famous bridge:
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Bonus for members! Jemma explains how she started running and why she loves it so much:
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84 Sisters are doin' it for themselves. Or are they? We talk about International Women's Day
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What does James Bond, the 'ladies man' think of it all?
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83 A garden bench. Richard needs his saw, drill and lots of patience for this woodworking project
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82 British icons: the panto Actor David talks about one of Britain's winter highlights
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A taste of the pantomime, Aladdin with his 'mother':
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Bonus for members! David talks about his personal experience of acting in pantos:
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81 Lord of the lip. How has Adam been fundraising for the Movember campaign?
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80 Fire! Fire! Peter describes his narrow escape from a forest fire
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Bonus for members! What essentials did Peter decide to pack? What would you take?
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79 The big mac. Are Apple computers the best designed in the world?
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A young Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh in 1984.

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Jump forward to 2010 and the iPad to see how amazingly things have changed!

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78 Going Dutch. Meet Hendrik, who doesn't come from Holland!
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Sing along to Tulips from Amsterdam (an old Dutch folk song):

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77 Ironman! He's fit and he's tough; James tells us what he does to become an Ironman!
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76 Festival fun. Will the pie team be joining the festival crowds this summer?
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Fancy going to Glastonbury? Wellies and waterproofs essential for 2011, have a look here. And here's the 2009 Official Registration Film:

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More level 3 podcasts: Numbers 1-75. Members only