• What lies below MP3

    “Is it supposed to look like this?” Anxiety and misinformation surround male and female genitalia. Two new books seek to redress this: a cultural history of the penis and a book of photographs called 101 Vagina.  Plus, one man’s vasectomy – we join him for the surgery.  

    14.04.2013

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  • The Sick Man in Medical Cosmology MP3

    In 1976 the British sociologist Nicholas Jewson published a paper called The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology. As well as having a fabulous title, it describes the historical shifts in the way a patient is treated: from being a whole person to a set of organs to a collection of cells. The medical historian James Bradley reviews the significance of this thesis about bodies, disease and power.

    31.03.2013

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    31.03.2013

  • Plastic Face MP3

    The first recorded facial surgery—a nose job—was in India around 600 BCE. It’s only over the past 50 years, though, that plastic surgery has taken off as an anti-ageing treatment. These days a facelift, eyelid surgery, brow lift or nose job is at your fingertips! Are aesthetic plastic surgeons simply responding to demand—or are they creating the demand?

    24.03.2013

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  • Body Architecture MP3

    Imagine wearing clothes that convey your mood by glowing and blushing? Or perspiring a fragrance through your skin? Lucy McRae has a background in dance and design and she's come up with a unique job title: Body Architect. Plus, a look at the extravagant architecture of the hair that was in vogue in the 18th century, when fashionable women wore towering edifices of decorated hair.

    17.03.2013

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  • Sex and the Citadel MP3

    As popular uprisings have been seen in Egypt and other parts of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been trying to understand the upheavals not through politics but through sex. To what extent, she asks, might the ‘Arab spring’ bring the freedom to control your own body and what you do with it? Or, will matters of sex and sexuality become more tightly controlled? A look at intimate life in a changing Ara...

    10.03.2013

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  • The Art of Gesture MP3

    How much of communication is in what you say? It’s actually less than half. The Romans knew this; they had a whole language of gesture for public speaking. Renaissance and Baroque theatre also used a complex system of body language. How is non-verbal communication being taught today? And why do footballers and tennis players gesticulate much more than they used to?

    03.03.2013

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  • A Question of Colour MP3

    What do these people have in common: Nero, Napoleon, Vivaldi, Van Gogh, Prince Harry, Julia Gillard? They're all redheads of course. Redheads comprise around 1% of the world's population. So, globally, it's the rarest of human hair colours. It's also the most stereotyped and maligned. Is making fun of redheads one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination?

    03.02.2013

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  • The Heart is an Organ of Fire MP3

    Why do we have two hearts? Medically speaking, there's the heart that pumps blood and oxygen around your body. Culturally, there's the heart as a symbol of love and emotion. Are these two different notions of the heart linked? In this historical, medical and emotional journey through the human heart, you'll meet a man whose heart stopped for ten minutes, the woman who loves him - and a medical historian.

    27.01.2013

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  • Body Hair: Follicular Follies MP3

    Why do humans have much less body hair than other primates? Then again, if we really were naked apes, the body hair removal industry wouldn’t be booming and no-one would bother getting more and more parts or their bodies shaved, plucked, waxed and lasered.

    20.01.2013

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  • Air & Earth: Ballet & Tango MP3

    A woman walks into a bar. A lone couple is on the dance floor.To the sound of drastic accordion music in a minor key, they cling to each other, their arms twitching as if drowning...I didn't know it yet, but the reason this looked like the main event of their lives was because it was. This is tango.As tango is sexy and earthy, ballet is ethereal and uplifting. Ballet is about elevating the body to transcendence - an ...

    13.01.2013

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  • Perfect Worlds: Medical & Makeover Tourism MP3

    Fancy a change? What about a holiday? These days you can have both.What could be better: a holiday in five-star luxury and the cosmetic surgery you’ve always dreamed of.

    30.09.2012

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  • Anatomical MP3

    Anatomical models beautifully crafted in wax were made from the 17th century. Later models were made from papier mache and plaster. They render parts of the human body in all its complexity. They were used as teaching aides in medical schools, but they are also strange and wonderful works of art.

    23.09.2012

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  • Moving Bodies and Boundaries MP3

    Garth McLean has the toned body of a yoga teacher. He also has multiple sclerosis. He teaches others with MS  and manages his symptoms with yoga - and without drugs.  Cate Sayers started up a little dance class 3 years ago for her daughter and a few other children with Down syndrome. The demand has been overwhelming and the results enlivening. 

    16.09.2012

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  • Giving a Hand MP3

    Meet a young doctor who's spent time in some the most dangerous and difficult places in the world with Medecins Sans Frontieres, trying to help the sick and the damaged. And find out about a project where you can make a prosthetic hand for a landmine victim and do some corporate team bonding at the same time.

    09.09.2012

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  • Tango Nuevo & New Circus MP3

    What can bodies express that words can't? Tango was famously described by the Argentine poet Enrique Discepolo as 'a sad thought that can be danced'.As tango is essentially melancholy, circus is traditionally uplifting. In the hands and bodies of the new circus practitioners though, circus skills are being pulled apart and put back together in savage, sophisticated and sensual ways.

    02.09.2012

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  • Different Ways of Running MP3

    Running is the simplest and most basic of sports, yet there are all sorts of variations on the theme - not all of them straight-forward.Scott Jurek is a ultra-marathoner who runs vast distances on a vegan diet. Tim Matthews is a Paralympic sprint gold medallist and now coach. Lachlan Ryan and Jarrod Theodore have just made their first feature film ‘Reverse Runner’. Who knew you could compete running back...

    26.08.2012

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  • Pong! How You Smell MP3

    Coming to you in odorama - a cultural history of personal hygiene. Why have we come to dislike and want to cover up our natural body odours? A daily shower using a variety of sweet-smelling products isn't universal or age-old. How and why do attitudes to bathing and washing change? Studies are now showing that certain body odours are linked to attractiveness. And that if you choose the right perfume, it will interact...

    19.08.2012

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  • Touch: Massage Therapy MP3

    What does 'having a massage' mean to you? Being pampered in a luxury day spa? A quick neck rub at your shopping centre? Relief for a sore back or exercise injury? Massage therapy is all these things, but it's also now just started to be introduced into hospitals, for cancer and palliative care patients. It's a long way from when a 'massage parlour' was a euphemism for a brothel - to a hospital setting. But how is mas...

    12.08.2012

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  • The Sporty Ones, part 2: The Runners MP3

    Sport may appear to be rule-bound and regimented, but ask any champion runner and they'll tell you that running is about freedom. Great Australian sprinters and middle-distance runners from Marjorie Jackson and Herb Elliott to Raelene Boyle and Catherine Freeman discuss the urge to run, the urge to win - and what happens when you don't win.

    05.08.2012

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  • The Sporty Ones, part 1: The Swimmers MP3

    Olympic swimming champions reflect on the years they've spent being wet. From the youngest age, Shane Gould loved the water. Whereas Kieren Perkins didn't like getting his face wet. And Nicole Livingstone chose the backstroke because she could talk and swim at the same time.

    29.07.2012

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