David Baddiel Tries To Understand

Episodes

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0201Nuts20160706
0201Nuts20160706

In the first of a new series, David Baddiel tries to understand why nuts have hard shells.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

0202The Cloud20160713
0202The Cloud20160713

David Baddiel tries to make sense of the computing service called the cloud.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

0203Pi20160720
0203Pi20160720

David Baddiel tries to get to grips with pi - and infinity.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

0204The IMF20160727
0204The IMF20160727

David Baddiel tries to understand what the International Monetary Fund actually does.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

0205The US Electoral System20160803

David Baddiel tries to get to grips with the US electoral system.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

0206Rugby20160810

David Baddiel sets out to understand the rules of rugby union.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03Bitcoin20170920

David Baddiel investigates Bitcoin. What is it, and how does it work?

Bitcoin is often in the news, but David has always been confused about what, exactly, it is. And with the help of two experts in the field David sets out to find out. He starts by speaking to Nathaniel Popper, whose best-selling book Digital Gold tells the history of how Bitcoin was invented. Invigorated by his new-found knowledge, his second interview heads in a more practical direction.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of Bitcoin. What is it, and how does it work?

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03Fracking20170913

David Baddiel tries to understand fracking.

David asks how it differs from traditional drilling, what kind of gas it produces, and if it is bad for the environment. Speaking to two experts: Francis Egan of fracking company Cuadrilla, and Hannah Martin of Greenpeace, David gets to the bottom of these and other issues.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to understand the technology of fracking.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03Hacking20170927

David Baddiel tries to understand computer hacking.

Is hacking just about people being careless with their passwords, or do hackers sit in darkened rooms, furiously tapping away at keys like in the movies? David wants to understand what hacking actually is, and how it works, and he speaks to two experts to help him.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to understand computer hacking.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03The Constitution20171004

David Baddiel tries to understand the United Kingdom's constitution.

What does a constitution do? Does not having a written constitution mean we don't really have a constitution at all? Should we? And where does the Royal Family fit in? David speaks to Lord Lisvane, a former Clerk of the House of Commons, and to Lord Turnbull, once the country's top civil servant, to understand these and other puzzling questions about the constitution.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to understand the United Kingdom's constitution.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03The Kardashians20170906

In the first episode of a new series, David Baddiel tries to understand the Kardashians.

David starts by unpicking the Kardashian family tree, explores how they became ubiquitous, and asks what it is about Kim Kardashian in particular which inspires such devoted support. But can he explain what he has learned to John from Northern Ireland, who started him on this investigation?

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to understand the Kardashians.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

03TV Broadcasting20171011

David Baddiel tries to understand TV broadcasting.

In the last episode of the current series, David helps broadcaster Danny Baker understand TV broadcasting. Both of them have spent decades in and around TV, but neither quite understands how it works. Danny wonders if there is a 'magic room' where all the programmes get lined up and broadcast out, and David sets off to find it.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

David Baddiel tries to understand TV broadcasting.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

04Crying20181107

David Baddiel tries to understand crying: why does water come out of our eyes?

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

04Fashion20181031

David Baddiel tries to understand how the fashion industry works: what makes things fashionable?

David is challenged by a listener from Wigan to explain why, when he needed to attend a family party a few years ago, the only trousers available to buy then were pleated. This sets David off on an unlikely quest to Paris Fashion Week to find the answer. When he arrives, he finds himself on the front row of a fashion show, bumps into fashion designers in the street, and is taken under the wing of one of fashion's most influential bloggers. But what is the answer, and can he explain it?

Producer: Giles Edwards

David Baddiel tries to understand how the fashion industry works.

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

04Global Trade20181114

David Baddiel tries to understand global trade.

With trade in the headlines - from both Brexit and President Trump - David is keen to understand how world trade works (or doesn't), and where the World Trade Organisation fits in. With help from Dr. Meredith Crowley, an expert in international trade and trade policy at Cambridge University, and Chris Southworth, Director General at the International Chamber of Commerce, can David get to grips with it all in just 14 minutes?

Producer: Giles Edwards

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.

04Wifi20181024

David Baddiel tries to understand how wifi works.

Wifi is everywhere around us. It facilitates large parts of the modern economy, but how does it work? In this first episode of a new series of David Baddiel Tries to Understand, David tries to find out. At a wifi installation in London, he hears some basics, and begins to grasp what can stop wifi working. But will his second expert, a professor of wireless communication, be able to get through to David?

Producer: Giles Edwards

David Baddiel tries to make sense of some apparently puzzling topics.