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Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Lightning before death

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins investigates reports that people with severe dementia, or who haven't spoken for years, can sit up and have lucid conversations just before they die. Can it be true? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

A Sense of Direction

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Many animals can navigate by sensing the earth's magnetic field. Not humans though. But might we have evolved the sense but forgotten how to access it? Jolyon Jenkins investigates Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Aliens are the size of polar bears (probably)

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

We haven't found any aliens yet, but just using statistical techniques, we can make some pretty good guesses about what they'll be like if we do. The answers may surprise you. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 8

How to memorise anything

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

"Memory athletes" compete to see who can remember the most random numbers. Everyone thought we were at the limits of the possible - until some teenage North Korean girls turned up Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 7

Have we already found aliens?

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Increasingly, astronomers are finding things that they can't explain. Should they risk their careers and suggest that aliens could be the answer? Jolyon Jenkins investigates Show more

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Out of the Ordinary

Series 2

Episode 3: The Power of Prayer

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins meets those who think the sick can be cured through the power of prayer. Could there possibly be anything in it? And what of those who are trying to raise the dead? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 1

Episode 3

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Who do you want to read your old emails when you die? Are the dead entitled to privacy? Jolyon Jenkins reports on the increasingly contentious issue of our digital legacy. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 3

Episode 2: Esperanto

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins explores Esperanto, the language designed to bring world peace and harmony, and finds that, despite a century of misfortune, the idealism behind it still survives. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 8

The buy button

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Advertisers would love to find a "buy button" in our brains, which when pressed would make us buy their stuff. A new breed of "neuromarketers" are offering just that. Does it work? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 4

Episode 2: Mindfulness and Madness

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins investigates whether meditation could do you more harm than good. Mindfulness is promoted as a kind of mental detox, but some people have had disturbing experiences. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins reports on people who believe that the dead can speak to us through our radios thanks to 'electronic voice projection'. Are there really ghosts in the machines? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 6

Hole in the Head

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins meets the people who think that drilling a hole in their head can restore the lost energy of youth and help prevent dementia. Could there be anything in it? Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 3

Episode 3: Brain Hacking

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins meets the people zapping their brains with DIY electrical devices, lasers and electromagnets. They want to learn faster, dream better and have spiritual experiences. Show more

Out of the Ordinary

Series 4

Episode 1: The Red Pill

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Jolyon Jenkins reports on the men fighting a liberation war against what they see as female tyranny, and the separatist 'men going their own way', who have given up on women. Show more