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04 Apr 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Dr. Shamsul Haque, a scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia. Dr. Haque outlined the brilliant work of Bangladeshi scientists in rice research in CSIRO that is not only advancing the science of genetic engineering and biotechnology, it is also making a significant contribution in meeting Bangladesh's demand for food. It played songs by Abbas Uddin Ahmed and Paban Das Baul. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

27 Jun 2005 Listen MP3

This week's programme (mostly in English) presented an interview with Dr. Howard Rawson, an agronomist, who visited Bangladesh several times in the last two years on a FAO project aimed at increasing wheat production in Bangladesh. One way in which production could be increased is by growing a crop of wheat in the period between two crops of rice but this needs some changes to the way wheat is cultivated in Bangladesh. Dr. Rawson talked about his interactions with the local farmers who were testing new methods of cultivation and the possible reasons for the success of the project. The program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

26 Sep 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program featured selected news from Bangladesh, international news, technology highlights and description of some places in Canberra where people can take their children during current school holidays. The songs played in the program are: 'ei bashante' and 'amar shonar moina pakhi' by Samina Chowdhury, 'duti mon ar nei dujonar' by Chitra Singh, and 'ei mon tomake dilam' by Sabina Yasmin - the three distinguished singers from Bangladesh. This week's program was produced and presented by Avijeet Sarker.

24 Oct 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented two features: first, 'fasting in the eye of medical science' - exploring the common question: is fasting good for our health? and the second on 'Zakat' - some simple points muslims should know to accomplish it. In addition to these two features selected in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, it played a recitation of a famous Jibanananda Das poem - 'Shahaj' - by Shoumitra Chattapdhaya and some songs by Soni Nigam, Indrani Sen and Srikanta Acharya - all celebrity artists from India. This week's program was produced and presented by Shireen Ahmad.

12 Dec 2005 Listen MP3

This week's program presented the story of - Australian 'Daal' (lentils) - covered by an interview with senior Bangladeshi agricultural scientist Dr. Syed Mosharraf Ali. Now based in Adelaide, Dr Ali has significant contribution in the Australian peas research that resulted in eleven peas and three lentil varieties to his credit, that are exported across the globe, especially to the subcontinent. His patented lentils 'Shakti' and 'Mukta' has been very popular in Asia, including Bangladesh, and has been a major foreign currency earner for the desperate Australian farmers. Now retired from the Department of Agriculture, South Australia, Dr Ali also told the inside story of the 'Bangladesh vetch scandal' that unscrupulous traders were involved in in imp orting toxic stock-feed as Australian lentils. The two beautiful songs played in the program were sung by prominent Bangladeshi singers Kalim Sharafi and Shabnam Mustari. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

06 Feb 2006 Listen MP3

Commemorating the language month of February, this week's program theme was - use of 'Bangla' language in song and science!! The discussion led to an investigation of human body and mind, how it shapes human personality and causes multiple personality disorder!! It presented an interesting interview with Dr. Masiuddin Khan. Three beautiful songs played on the theme are: 'ke tumi boshe nodi kule ekela' by renowned Indian singer Shuchitra Mitra, 'ketechhe ekela birohero bela' by Bangladeshi popular singers Kaderi Kibria and Rezwana Chowdhury Bonya, and 'moder garab moder asha a-mori bangla bhasha' by an unknown Bangladeshi singer. This week's program was produced by Sadequr Rahman and presented by Sakiba Rahman.

02 Oct 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program presented an insight into the sensory worlds of ‘taste’ and ‘smell’, the science behind these senses – the molecules, receptor cells in our nose and tongue and the link to our brain – that develop our mentality, and even have links to our memories! The current muslim holy month of Ramadan teaches to control these senses. The beautiful songs played in the program are ‘borne, gondhe, choonde, gitite’ by Indian legendary singer Sachin Dev Burman, ‘ami rojoni gondha phooler moto gondho biliye jai’ by Bangladeshi singer Sabina Yasmin, ‘bheshe ashe shuduro sriti-ro shurovi’ by Indian singer Anup Ghoshal and ‘shuno, shuno ya ilahi amaro monajat’ by Bangladeshi singer Nilufar Yasmin. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Dec 2006 Listen MP3

This week's program provided an insight into the amazing world of Nanotechnology and the possibility of its application in some real world problem. Does this technology have the answer to the acute arsenic problem in Bangladesh that is now affecting millions of people? This week's well documented program, with information compiled from the 'Science' magazine and the website of Bangladesh Environment Network, highlighted the issues of application of Nanotechnology and traditional filter technology in removing arsenic from groundwater in rural Bangladesh. The three beautiful songs depicting the story of 'Sakhina' played in the program was sung by popular Bangladeshi singer Fakir Alamgir. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 May 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews surrounding - 'rice' - in the Indian sub-continent: (1) the past - retired Prof. Gideon Polya of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, talked about the famines in the 40's during British rule of India. He is the author of the famous book 'Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History', and (2) the future - agricultural economist Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Head, Social Sciences Division, IRRI, in Manila, Philippines, spoke on the challenges of future rice cultivation in Bangladesh. The song played in the program 'kono ek gayer bodhur kotha tomae shonai shono' was composed by Salil Chowdhury in 1949 describing the famines of that time. It was sung by famous Indian singer Hemanta Mukhapadhay. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

04 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) mysteries of our universe - two interesting theories in astronomical science - the collision of the universes and the destiny of our galaxy Milky Way in five billion years, and (2) the story of a Canberra girl and her dream album. The three beautiful songs played in this week's program are: 'tomar bhaz kholo anondo dekhao' by new generation Bangladeshi singer Bachelor, 'amar bolar kichhu chhilona' by Indian singer Hoimonti Shukla and 'khelichho ei bishwa loey' by Indian singer Anup Jalota. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

11 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented (1) a very informative interview with Dr. Phil Cummins, an earthquake and tsunami expert with the Geoscience Australia, talking about tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region and the consequences for Bangladesh, and (2) second letter from Spain, written by Ziauddin Ahmed, describing the lifestyle and food of the people of Galicia, a surprisingly green and beautiful part of northern Spain. The song 'amar shokol niye boshe achhi shorbonasher ashae' played in the program was sung by celebrity Indian singer Indrani Sen. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

25 Jun 2007 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented scientific explanations of gaining body-weight: how hormones and bacteria inside our body determine our shape and weight; how brain, body and mind control our appetite for food; and, finally described one recent research that found that, beside diet and exercise, body-weight can also be controlled by using friendly bacteria! The beautiful songs presented in this week's program are: 'madhobi phutechhe oi' by Indian singers Lata Mungeshkar and Rahul Dev Burman, 'nodir jemon jhorna achhe' by Indian singer Aroti Mukhapadhay, and 'ei shundar prithibi theke' by Bangladeshi singer Tapan Mahmud. This week’s program was presented by Sakiba Rahman and produced by Sadequr Rahman.

24 Dec 2007 Listen MP3

This week's program presented Christmas celebration in Canberra by the expatriate Bangladeshis of both Christian and non-Christian faith. The brilliantly compiled program reflecting - heaven, love, friendship and peace - included: (1) the experience of Christmas celebration in Bangladesh and Australia, (2) social celebrations in Canberra with friends from different communities, and (3) recollections of traditional celebration back home. Commemorating the celebration, this week's program presented beautiful songs on Christmas theme in Bangla 'proshanto shei ratri' and 'shono shorgo dutera', Schubert Ave Maria and Christmas carols. This week's program was produced and presented by Bina D'Costa.

21 Jan 2008 Listen MP3

This week’s program presented two interviews on the physics and economics of global warming: (1) CSIRO scientist Dr. Roger Gifford, Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Chairman, National Committee for Earth Systems Science, described the evidence of global warming and its consequences including the risks for the Indian subcontinent, and (2) Canberra economist Dr. Helal Ahmed explained the concept of - 'carbon trading' - in controlling the climate change. The beautiful song 'keu jokhon aar nei pashe' played in the program was sung by Punam in her Bangladeshi band group Prayer Hall album 'bujchho?!'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

21 Apr 2008 Listen MP3

This week's program presented: (1) interview with Dr. Mohammed Mainuddin Milon, water resources expert with the CSIRO in Canberra, and (2) information on Association's recent function 'surjodoy' and upcoming festival 'banshory' to celebrate the Bangla new year on 26 April 2008. Bangladeshi expatriate now residing in Canberra, Dr. Milon is currently involved with the CSIRO Water for Healthy Country project. He talked about the Bangladesh's water issues - both surface and ground water, irrigation system and the effect of climate on water resources in the future. The beautiful remixed song 'poddar dhaew-re, mor shunno ridoy poddo, ja niye-ja' was sung by Bangladeshi popular singer Kanak Chapa. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

23 Nov 2009 Listen MP3

This week’s program discussed recent progress in producing rice lines that could help to increase rice production in Bangladesh in the next few years. The program started with an interview with Dr. M. A. Salam (Director General of Research in BRRI) that provided a broad perspective on the environmental constraints on rice cultivation in Bangladesh and the work done by BRRI to overcome these problems. This was followed by comments by Drs. Abdelbagi Ismail and David McKill of IRRI, who are leading scientists in the discovery and deployment of the submergence tolerance gene, sub-1. The program concluded with interviews with three Bangladeshi rice scientists who attended a recent rice genetics conference in Manila: Dr. Helaluddin Ahmed, Mr. Partha Sarathi Biswas and Dr. Masuduzzaman. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

03 May 2010 Listen MP3

This week's program presented in the first section an interesting discussion between a young Arara Kar and Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya (from the University of California, Riverside) who was in Australia recently to launch a gamma ray telescope from Alice Springs. The discussion covered supernova, the launch of the gamma ray telescope, the solar system and the night sky, and the effects of climate change. Dr. Bhattacharya, a prominent member of Bangladesh Environmental Network (BEN), also talked about his current activities in Bangladesh. The second section covered the impacts of environmental pollution, particularly on fresh water availability in Bangladesh, and approaches to mitigate these effects. The songs 'amay bhashailirey' and 'manush manusher jonney' played this week were sung by Indian singers Manna Dey and Bhupen Hazarika. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

23 Aug 2010 Listen MP3

This week’s program highlighted the recent Bangladeshi scientists' success in decoding the genome sequence of jute that opened up new opportunities in the development of the country's golden fibre. It presented (1) interview with Dr. Abed Chaudhury, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics residing in Canberra, about 'swapnojaatra' (www.jutegenome.org), the jute genome sequencing project in Bangladesh and his contribution towards it, and (2) recordings of Dr. Maksudul Alam, expatriate Bangladeshi scientist of genomics and Chief Investigator of the jute genome sequencing project describing his experience and the future of the project. The beautiful song 'dhono dhan-ney pushpe bhora' played in the program was sung by Bangladeshi singer Manoshi Sadhu. This week’s program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

17 Jan 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program presented findings of new research on 'happiness'. The previously dominant 'Set-point theory' was described and how new research by economists based on long-term studies in Germany and the US indicate that overall happiness is better analysed as the sum of happiness for most people in health, family relationships and money. Set-point theory appears to apply only to money. Happiness is further enhanced by having a sense of contributing something to others. The songs played in this weeks program were sung by Sakiba Rahman Mitul, Shah Abdul Karim, Zinga Goshthi and Haider Hossain. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

02 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced - Anushandhitsu Chakro - a pioneering science club propagating knowledge of various aspects of science among the people of all classes in Bangladesh. It included an exclusive interview with members of the club which has 18 branches and more than 500 members across the country. The two beautiful songs played in the program are: ‘o babu mosai’ sung by Indian singers Sujata and Diana Das, and ‘amra nehayet gorib’ sung by a group of singers of Kolkata Youth Care. This week's program was produced and presented by Ajoy Kar.

16 May 2011 Listen MP3

This week’s program featured an interview with the eminent Bangladesh botanist, Dijen Sharma. Mr. Sharma, who is about to turn 82, is widely known for his knowledge and love of trees and for his many books on this topic. In the interview recorded in Dhaka, Dijen Sharma described exploring forests in his childhood and expressed his concerns over the current destruction of forests and its probable consequences. This week’s program was produced and presented by Obaidul Haque from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Social networks helping you connect and share with the people in your life
28 Jan 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the social media, especially Facebook that has gained popularity not just in our personal lives but also in businesses and government. It presented: (1) an interview with Ms. Lubna Alam, Lecturer and social media expert at the University of Canberra, sharing her view on some of the interesting impacts of Facebook in our lives, and (2) a CNN report by Elizabeth Cohen that discussed a study of Facebook users, which found some are envious of their friends. The beautiful flute composition 'See you again' used in the program was composed and played by Bangladeshi artist Gazi Abdul Hakim. This week's program was produced and presented by Raquibul Sheikh.

Mice - the most common animal model for human disease research [Photo: news.bbc.co.uk]
18 Mar 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program focused on the interaction of mice and humans through history and how mice have become the most common animal model for human disease research since the last century. This over-reliance on mice is hindering progress in some cases and the importance of diversity in animal models as well as in our national life was underlined. The songs in this week's program were sung by Indian singer Lopamudra Mitra and Bangladeshi singer Himangshu Goswami.. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Eid Mubarak! - sweets at a Eid reception in north Canberra [Photo: Bangla Radio Canberra]
12 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program lived the spirit of Eid ul Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, celebrated in Canberra last week. It presented some interesting medical research findings on fasting during the month of Ramadan, the effects of this fasting on our health and some observations of Eid celebration in the past and present. The songs played in the program were sung by Bangladeshi singers Nakul Kumar, Mustafa Jamal Abbasi and various choirs of the theme song 'romjaner oi rojar sheshe elo khushir eid'. This week's program was produced and presented by Dalia Nilufar.

Some of the diverse types of potatoes available in South America [Photo: International Potato Centre, Peru]
26 Aug 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program recounted the history of the potato and of the great famine in Ireland that was caused by the failure of the potato crop and governance in 1845-1846. The identity of the specific strain of microbe that caused the famine has very recently been uncovered by modern DNA technologies and compared to its modern relatives. The songs played in this week's program were sung by the Bangladeshi singer Ashik and taken from his compilation called 'Baula'. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

A comparison of the appearance of the human X and Y chromosomes [Photo: Whitehead Institute, MIT]
02 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week’s programme dealt with the difference in DNA between males and females and raised the question whether this genetic difference could partly explain the relative failure of men in modern societies. The ability of females to shut down one of the X chromosomes and the benefits of applying this ability in medical treatments were also touched on. The songs in this week’s program are all by Kazi Nazrul Islam and sung by Sharmin Sathi Islam. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Cancer: History, Explanation, Treatment and Measures [Photo: health-news.com]
30 Sep 2013 Listen MP3

This week's program covered - 'Cancer' - a devastating disease that claim millions of lives each year. It presented a very informative discussion on Cancer with its history, epidemiological data, biological explanation behind the deadly disease and current available treatments. It also presented an interview of a cancer researcher Ms. Lubna Hussain, who is currently working on an anticancer drug, on genetic and environmental causes that can predispose someone to cancer and the preventive measures people can take. The songs played in the program were sung by Tahsan and Shahana Bajpaye respectively. This week's program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

The nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, often used in studies of aging [Credit: commons.wikimedia.org]
06 Jan 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program discussed from a scientific perspective how the effects of age can be delayed in humans. The effects of aging are ultimately traceable to irreparable damage to irreplaceable individual cells. Insights into reducing such damage were described based on laboratory experiments and analysis of accelerated aging. The lifestyles in places where many inhabitants retain their physical abilities into advanced years were also described. The lyrics in this week's program were written and set to music by the late Shah Abdul Karim and the songs were sung by Azmir Babu. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

The European honey bee (Apis melliferra) [Photo: wikimedia.org]
17 Mar 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program was concerned with bees. Bees play a crucial role in human agriculture and in the reproduction of plants generally. One species of honey bee, Apis melliferra, was taken to both America and Australia when the Europeans first colonised those lands and is important for the success of agriculture that uses introduced plants. Recently Apis melliferra has undergone a sharp drop in population due to Colony Collapse Disorder. The causes of Colony Collapse Disorder are not clear but the consequences could be severe and are discussed. The songs in this week's program were sung by Bangladeshi scientist and singer Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Depression' - Advice and Help - Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo
01 Dec 2014 Listen MP3

This week's program focussed on - 'depression' - a disorder of mood leading to serious mental illness. It presented an interview with Dr Mohammed Khan Mintoo, senior mental health specialist in Canberra, discussing the nature and levels of the illness, and the need for its appropriate clinical and social management. The interview was produced by Shahadat Manik for Canberra web channel 'Priyovision' and was hosted by Dr Shampa Barua. The songs played in the program were sung by Indian singers Sraboni Sen and Sudeshna Chattopaddhaya. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Bioethics and the future society: scepticism and excitement [Image: Internet]
18 May 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program covered some novel scientific discoveries and notions, and the future implications these can have on the society. It showcased the scepticism and excitement of the scientific society regarding some future issues like designer baby, cloning, robots, organ transplantation and xenotransplantation. The songs played in the program were sung by Sahana Bajpaie and Palbasha Siddique respectively. This week’s program was produced and presented by Samiya Shajedin.

Science: Smell ability and the risk of death - recent scientific analyses [Image: Internet]
27 Jul 2015 Listen MP3

This week’s program discussed the link between the ability to detect odours and general health. It highlighted the scientific work published in recent years that indicates that the inability to detect and correctly identify odours among the elderly (and perhaps the not-so-elderly) is linked to a three-fold increased risk of death over a five year span. It is possible that the observation is linked to the ability of the stem cells of an individual to replenish exhausted odour-detecting cells. The folk songs played in this week’s program were sung by Bangladeshi singer Chandana Majumder. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Snail infected by Leucochloridium parasite [Image: still from video by Gilles San Martin via Wikimedia]
12 Oct 2015 Listen MP3

This week's program discussed the issue of 'mind-control' by parasites. Three examples were presented. Two of them were the control of snail behaviour by a parasite that lives part of its life in the snail and the control of ant behaviour by another parasite. The third example was that of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that makes mice lose their fear of cats and may influence human behaviour. The songs played in the program were sung by Antara Chowdhury. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

The Aedes mosquito that spread Dengue and Zika [Image: www.cdc.gov]
07 Mar 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program concerns mosquitoes. Many of us growing up in Bangladesh have memories of our constant struggles with them. The program briefly discussed the two main groups of mosquitoes causing health problems all around the world -Anophelene mosquitoes that spread malaria and the Culex group of mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti, that spread Dengue and Zika. The program concluded by discussing proposed biological measures to eradicate Aedes. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

Amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists (Part 1) [Image: Tasneem Rahman]
20 Jun 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program introduced a new series on the amazing musical and artistic mind of famous scientists. The first episode covered: Albert Einstein, Hedy Lamarr and Leonardo da Vinci. Despite having the innovative thoughts famous scientists also had a great influence of music and arts in their life. The songs played in the program are 'Einstein' by Kelly Clarkson, 'Just a moment more' from the Hedy Lamarr’s movie ‘My Favourite Spy' (1951), 'Hedy Lamarr' by Findlay Napier, 'She blinded me with science' by Thomas Dolby and 'The Atom song' written by Mike Ouffutt. The sitar piece used in the program was played by Pandit Ravi Shankar. This week's program was produced and presented by Tasneem Rahman.

'Manush Elo Kotha Theke?' (Part 1) [Image: nature.com]
08 Aug 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program traces the evolutionary history of man. Scientific evidence indicates that life on the planet started about 3.5 billion years ago in the oceans. Life moved to land about 400 million years ago and the primate branch of mammals first evolved about 50 million years ago. Humans and chimpanzees are believed to have followed separate evolutionary paths from about 5 million years ago. The final evolutionary steps to modern man are still debated and will be covered in a later program. The songs played in this week's program were sung by Apala Farhat Naved. This week's program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.

'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness [Image: gcner.org]
26 Sep 2016 Listen MP3

From Bangla Radio archive: This week's program replayed a feature explaining 'Genetic Engineering' - its application, usefulness and harmfulness in plain language for Bangla Radio listeners. It was prepared by Bangladeshi expatriate scientists working at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra in 2000. The scientists were: Dr. Shamsul Haque, Dr. Shahjahan Ali and Dr. Abed Chaudhury. It was presented by Fahmida Ehsan, and compiled and produced by Dr. Sadequr Rahman. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

Interview - Rice research in Bangladesh - Dr Abed Chaudhury, developer of new varieties that lower blood sugar level [Image: oryza.com]
14 Nov 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program featured an interview with Canberra resident Dr Abed Chaudhury. Dr Chaudhury is an eminent plant scientist. For many years he has been involved in rice breeding in Bangladesh in his personal initiative. In recent years, he has been successful in developing some short duration rice varieties for different agro-climatic conditions of Bangladesh. Some of his rice varieties have low Glycemic Index (GI), which can help to lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. The song played in the program was taken from album 'jagoroner gaan' and the music recital was by Shiv Kumar Sharma. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Interview - Dr. Abed Chaudhury: Characteristics of blood sugar level lowering rice 'Shonali Chaal' and how to procure it
12 Dec 2016 Listen MP3

This week's program is a follow-up of an interview broadcast in Bangla Radio Canberra on 14 Nov 2016 with Dr Abed Chaudhury, eminent geneticist and plant scientist. In that program Dr. Chaudhury described the new rice varieties that he has successfully developed that have low Glycemic Index (GI) and can help lower blood sugar level in humans as tested and certified by the Bangladesh Diabetic Association. In response to numerous queries from Bangla Radio Canberra listeners, in this week's program Dr. Abed Chaudhury discussed the special characteristics of one of his new variety rice 'Shonali Dhan' and how it can be procured in Bangladesh now and outside Bangladesh in the near future. 'Shonali Chaal' is produced and marketed by HKG Agro in Bangladesh. The song played in the program was sung by Gita Dutta. This week's program was produced and presented by Ehsan Ullah.

A painting showing Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) taking possession of New South Wales, Australia [Souce: bbc.com/Getty Images]
05 Jun 2017 Listen MP3

This week's program narrated stories of two discovery: (1) the discovery of Australia by Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) on behalf of the British crown in 1770, following more than 160 years of mapping and exploration, mainly by the Dutch, and (2) the discovery by Canberra astrophysicist Prof Brian Paul Schmidt that the expansion of the universe is accelerating that won him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess. The songs played in the program were sung by Australian country singer Terry Morris and Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu. This week's program was produced and presented by Tanvir Hossain.

Human Evolution [Image: Wikipedia.com]
16 Oct 2017 Listen MP3

This week’s program continued the fascinating story of human evolution from a scientific perspective. Modern humans evolved in Africa. There appear to have been at several waves of migrations of human-like species out of Africa, the last leading to the spread of modern humans across the globe. Earlier migrations led to the Neanderthals and Denisovans, who may have intermingled with modern humans as traces of their DNA can be found in ours. The first program in this series was broadcast on the 8th of August, 2016. This week’s program was produced and presented by Sadequr Rahman.