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Can I just recommend to you all the podcast of The Life Scientific with Turi King?

She is a specialist in genetic archaeology, and - as well as her life in science - talks here to physicist Jim Al-Khalili about the discovery of Richard III's skeleton in Leicester and the research needed to prove that the remains were indeed his.

What a fascinating programme, I'm sure many people will find her research into DNA very interesting as it links with family history.  She says here that the most searched terms on the internet - after sex  ;) - concern family history!

I've recommended R4 podcasts before, and this is one of the ones I always download and listen to.  Makes routine tasks much easier to do when you've something really interesting to listen to.

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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 10 July 19 09:41 BST (UK) »
I've just listened to the podcast. 

Apart from family history and having just got my own DNA results, I was on a dig about 10 days ago and recovered a bit of cremated Romano-British rib bone and I'm doing an osteoarchaeology course next month.  Thank you for the recommendation - it was interesting on so many levels.  :)
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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 10 July 19 11:13 BST (UK) »
For those interested in Richard lll and how he was found and identified, I have just done a free course.

Future Learn is part on the OU. and they run free short courses.

England In The Time Of Richard lll next airing is 19th August, it's a weekly course, all the info here

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/england-of-richard-third

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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 11 July 19 16:41 BST (UK) »
I heard most of the broadcast, and greatly enjoyed it. "The life scientific" is generally well worth listening to.
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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #4 on: Friday 12 July 19 00:28 BST (UK) »
I've heard some fascinating people on "The Life Scientific".
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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #5 on: Friday 12 July 19 11:02 BST (UK) »
I've heard some fascinating people on "The Life Scientific".

Very interesting programme.  And I find always inspiring with regard to people who start off in one direction, and then move to another and become very successful in it. 

It sits amongst my other BBC R4 podcasts (Inside Science, The Science Hour - that's World service actually - Inside Health, The Digital Human, The Film Programme, More or Less, Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry) and of course the master of them all, Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time. 

I think all of them are fantastic, and - if you like films - then you should just try Kermode and Mayo's Film Review on BBC R5Live, which has been known to reduce me to tears of laughter in quite embarrassing public situations.

Sorry, bit off (my own) topic, but I do love podcasts  ;D
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Re: BBC R4 The Life Scientific - Turi King of Leicester University/Jim Al-Khalili
« Reply #6 on: Friday 12 July 19 23:20 BST (UK) »
  That list pretty much covers the reason why I listen to Radio4, (except the Film Programme). What I don't listen to are The Archers (sorry) and the Listening Project. And I seem to have got too old for Woman's Hour. ::)
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