1. First up, taken from the TED Radio Hour's Getting Organised programme, is this talk from the O'Neill sisters, on how they dealt with a disaster striking their community. It's incredible stuff. If the same thing happened to you what role do you think you would play? I've stepped up to lead before and recognise their description of it, although I'm glad I've not been in such a situation!
2. Next there's a brilliant How Stuff Works episode on How Zero Population Growth Works. It's all good, but the bit about John B Calhoun's 1972 experiment building a mouse utopia (called Universe 25), is fascinating, and if you've got a sci-fi novel in you, it will totally inspire you. It's inspired many before. That bit is at around 20m to go).
3. Third is a collection of TED talks all linked by Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs. This is all good, but special mention must go to Russell Foster, talking about sleep. I am a big fan of sleep. You can see Russell's whole TED talk on the topic here:
4. This episode of Woman's Hour is typical of it's random marvellousness. Women and chess, family and the holocaust, and, brilliantly Robin Rinaldi on her reaction to her husband's unilateral decision to have a vasectomy. It would make an awesome book.
5. I think this is my first suggestion for a podcast from 99% Invisible, and this episode is fascinating, and it features the voice of Roman Mars (which is just the most amazingly macho name I can think of, plus he has an amazing voice, although Google him - he doesn't look macho or amazing!), talking about a military unit which served to hoodwink the Germans to believing that the Allies had more going on than they actually did in WWII. Really good stuff on so many levels, and you'll find it here.
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