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Apollo Moon landing: The 13 minutes that defined a century

Apollo Moon landing: The 13 minutes that defined a century

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The BBC World Service has launched a special podcast series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Called 13 Minutes to the Moon, it details the final phase of the descent to the lunar surface - and the months and years that led up to those extraordinary moments when the world held its breath. Here, presenter Kevin Fong recalls meeting the unique cast of characters that contributed to the podcasts, including some of the last surviving Apollo astronauts. In the making of 13 Minutes to the Moon, we spent, all told, the best part of four weeks traipsing around the United States looking for the people who, one day in 1969, had somehow got a man safely to the surface of another...
How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas

How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas

Entertainment
Charles Dickens was a serious foodie and his literature introduced a festive menu that has barely changed since the Cratchits gathered round their table in A Christmas Carol. "The thing about Dickens," says food historian Pen Vogler as she takes a tray of caraway seed biscuits out of the oven, "is that he knew what it was like to be hungry."She's explored how cuisine shaped his writing in her recipe book, Dinner With Dickens. In it she recreates dishes that the literary giant wrote about, and shows how he used food to create character and comedy but also highlighted social issues.She's also whipped up a Christmas pudding but thankfully has avoided making gruel. "Dickens did not have food security as a child," continues Pen as she slips the steaming biscuits onto a wire rack to cool. "His n...