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Being Deaf: The Experience of Deafness

George Taylor & Juliet Bishop (eds.)
This book brings together the experiences of deaf people and in the process raises many complex issues, illustrating that being deaf is more than a straightforward case of classification by hearing loss. Many of the accounts in this book deal with questions of identity and community, isolation and rejection, and overt discrimination.
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BP: $30 Billion Blowout

BBC
The Money Programme team presents an inside account of the BP oil spill. Features a host of interviews with key industry insiders, including world exclusives with Bob Dudley, the new Head of BP and Tony Hayward, his predecessor.
Economics & Finance

Britain's Banks: Too Big to Save?

BBC
t's more than two years since the giant banks were bailed out with billions of pounds of tax-payers' money, yet little has been done to reform or regulate these vast institutions.
Economics & Finance

British Sign Language

Dorothy Miles
An introduction to British Sign Language aimed at both hearing and deaf people. As well as explaining how BSL works, the author gives a fascinating account of the history of signing, and a chapter by Paddy Ladd describes how Britain's deaf community and its language have survived a century of attack and are at last today attracting respect and acceptability.
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Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (Sign Zone)

David Attenborough
David Attenborough asks three key questions: how and why did Darwin come up with his theory of evolution? Why do we think he was right? And why is it more important now than ever before? (Shown as part of Sign Zone)
Biology

Frozen Planet - Spring (signed)

BBC
Spring arrives in the polar regions, and the sun appears after an absence of five months; warmth and life return to these magical ice worlds - the greatest seasonal transformation on our planet is underway.
Natural World






Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes (Signed)

BBC 4
Eminent classical historian Robin Lane Fox embarks on a journey in search of the origins of the Greek myths. He firmly believes that these fantastical stories lie at the root of western culture, and yet little is known about where the myths of the Greek gods came from, and how they grew.
Classical World



Horizon - Miracle Cure? A Decade of the Human Genome (signed)

BBC 2
A decade ago, scientists announced that they had produced the first draft of the human genome, the 3.6 billion letters of our genetic code.It was seen as one of the greatest scientific achievements of our age, a breakthrough that would usher in a new age of medicine. A decade later, Horizon finds out how close we are to developing the life-changing treatments that were hoped for.
Genetics


Horizon - Where's My Robot? (Signed)

BBC
Danny Wallace really wants a robot. He wants it to walk like him and talk like him. It's what scientists have been promising us for generations but it's a promise so far unfulfilled. Danny circumnavigates the globe searching for robot nirvana and trying to uncover how far away his dream is.
Engineering

Horizon - Who Do You Want Your Child to Be? (signed)

BBC
David Baddiel, father of two, sets out to answer one of the greatest questions a parent can ask: how best to educate your child. Taking in the latest scientific research, David uncovers some unconventional approaches: from the parent hot-hosing his child to record-breaking feats of maths, to a school that pays hard cash for good grades.
Humanities


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Human Planet - Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle

BBC
A look at the one environment that's been made by us for us - the city. Over half of the world's population now lives in the urban jungle. The city is built to keep untamed nature out - but nature can't be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night to rats in our restaurants, many animals have adapted to a life with us.
Natural World


Human Planet - Grasslands - Roots of Power

BBC
Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, we humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and domesticate the creatures that live there. Our success has propelled our population to almost seven billion people.
Natural World

Human Planet - Jungles - People of the Trees

BBC
The rainforest is home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on the planet. But for humans, life there is not as easy as it looks. Life in the trees requires great skill, ingenuity and sheer bravery.
Natural World

Human Planet - Mountains - Life in Thin Air

BBC
From lush cloud forests to bare summits that take your breath away, the higher you climb the tougher life gets on a mountain. Human Planet explores the extraordinary ways in which people survive at extreme altitudes where nature becomes utterly unforgiving.
Natural World

Human Planet - Oceans - Into the Blue

BBC
As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches. From a 'shark-whisperer' in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue reveals astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery.
Natural World

Iran and the West. Episode 2. The Pariah State

Dai Richards
Second episode in the documentary series marking the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Inside stories are told by two ex-presidents of Iran, Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, by two founders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and by leading westerners including Secretaries of State George Shultz, Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright.
Politics & Public Policy

Justice - Freedom Vs Fit (Signed)

BBC
The seventh of Harvard professor Michael Sandel's famous lectures on the philosophy of justice looks at the issue of individual rights and the freedom to choose. If our place in society is determined by where we best fit, doesn't that eliminate personal choice? What if I am best suited to do one kind of work, but I want to do another?
Law
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