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99 Whale watching. Jackie sails into the Mediterranean in search of marine life
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98 The Grand Prix. Montreal, Monte Carlo, Melbourne - Formula 1 racing can now be seen all around the world
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97 On top of the world. 60 years ago this week 2 men stood on Mount Everest for the very first time
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96 Say 'cheese'! Jackie discovers that making cheese from scratch comes with some surprises
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95 The people's pope? The Catholic church says goodbye Benedict, hello Francis
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94 Under the weather. Richard's not feeling very well. Oh dear, what's the matter?
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93 Lucky 2013 or not? A podcast about 'magic dates' and why they're disappearing
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92 O Christmas tree! Why is the 'queen of the forest' part of the Christmas decorations?
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91 Good boy! Guide dogs help blind people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
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90 The octogenerian. How does Robert feel about being 80 years old?
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89 Students abroad. Scott offers advice to ESL/EFL students at UK universities
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88 The Paralympics. Some interesting facts about the other half of London 2012
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87 The Fab Four. Fifty years later you can still hear The Beatles' songs being played on the radio - why is that?
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86 Mad or what? A British skydiver has jumped from a helicopter without a parachute - and survived!
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85 The winner takes it all. The lottery part 2: is life always better after winning a lot of money?
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A UK couple talk about spending £2 on a ticket and winning £101 million:



84 Money money money. The lottery part 1: it seems everyone's dreaming of winning the jackpot
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83 Creature comforts. Which comforts from home is Helen missing while she's living abroad?
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82 2011 The headlines. Natural disasters, revolutions and a new country: 2011 had it all!
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81 Scott of the Antarctic. 100 years ago the race to the South Pole was won, but not by Captain Robert Scott
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80 Poppy Day. How a simple wildflower can have so much meaning
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79 Let's bake! Bread, pies and tarts; there's more to baking than making a cake!
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78 Come camping! Join the pie team in their tent, and never mind the rain!
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77 How to serve. Top tennis tips for the summer months ahead
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76 Let's twist again... like we did 50 years ago! The pie team celebrate the ever popular dance
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75 Planking. Jackie is completely confused by the latest Internet craze
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74 Wedding bells. Debbie describes her slightly unusual wedding day
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Whoops - is this the worse thing that can happen at a wedding?!



73 Buzz buzz!! The pie team have a new, and perhaps dangerous, hobby!
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72 A tale of two islands. The pie team talk about their island homes
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71 Ten to eleven. 3 friends look back on 2010 and look forward to what's coming
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70 Raindrops keep falling. Idioms... rain. The pie team talk about getting wet, wet, wet!
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69 And the kids came too. Sue talks about family holidays with her not so little children
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68 In focus. Cameras have come a long way since Robert started his hobby
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120 film being loaded into a box camera. Gosh - how much simpler digital cameras are!



67 University - full! Here's one solution for the many students who can't get into university this year
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66 Paris in summer. Sarah thinks the French capital is the most romantic place to be in the sun
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65 Blue for boys... and pink for girls. Why aren't brothers and sisters treated the same?
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64 Kick-off! The World Cup has come a long way since 1930 as the pie team are keen to tell
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63 The volcano. Living with an active volcano is tough for the Icelandic people
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The Eyjafjallajokull volcano and its ash cloud:



62 The battle for number 10. Who will be the next British prime minister?
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Would you vote for this man and his party?



61 British icons: fish n chips. Find Richard in the chippy for his favourite fast food
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And this is how the chips should be - big and fat!



60 Scary sports. Ski jumping, skeleton and slalom - does the winter Olympics have the most dangerous sports?
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Dangerous maybe, fun certainly!



59 The 6 nations. Tries, conversions and oval balls - Richard talks about rugby!
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58 Is Fairtrade fair trade? Are the people who make our daily cuppa getting a good deal? Watch the video and find out
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57 The PC. Where would we all be without our personal computers?!
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56 Stressed out? Scott reveals his special way of dealing with stress
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55 Beauty or the beast? Opposing views on the use of wind turbines
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Bonus! Can Richard answer these questions about turbines? Can you?!
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54 La isla bonita. Delia lives in Mallorca - how lucky is that?
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53 One-to-one. Idioms... one. A Voice of America recording with a story about 'number one'
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52 The Kyoto Box. What's the Kyoto Box? Does it work? Watch the video and find out
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51 Geocaching. The pie team have become fans of the world's latest high-tech hobby
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50 Paper frog. Watch Lindsey show us how to make an origami frog
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49 Poor Pluto. The pie team get starry-eyed and talk about the planets for the Year of Astronomy
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Bonus! So what is a gas giant?!
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And we thought that the Earth was a pretty big place...



48 A good book. Richard reveals he's a Raymond Chandler fan
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47 Carob cottage. Maureen talks to Richard about her holiday home.
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46 Through the ages. How do you feel about your age? Do you mind growing older?
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45a Highlights of 2008. What were the best bits of last year for Richard?
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45b Highlights of 2008. And were they the same for Jackie?
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44 Facts about Cyprus. Watch and listen to the video the pie team made about Aphrodite's island
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43 Head over heels. Idioms... love. The pie team talk about that magic feeling
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42 Watching the box. The UN says that 21 November is World TV Day - but everyday is TV day, isn't it?
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This is Peter Piedog's favourite TV show.



41 Are you ready to order? There's more to eating out than just the food...
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What do you mean you don't have any tomatoes?



40 In the land of Nod. Idioms... sleep. The pie team hope nobody dozes off while listening to this podcast!
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A sleepy puppy - perhaps he's watching the US presidential debate...



39 The eye of the storm. Gustav, Hanna, Ike and Josephine - it's the height of the hurricane season
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Bonus! So do know where the name 'hurricane' comes from?
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Inside the eyewall of Katrina



38 In the doghouse. Tricia explains why she's not so keen on man's best friend
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A man is made to walk through a pack of dogs to overcome his fear of them.



37 Faster, higher, stronger. It's here at last - the 2008 Beijing Olympics!
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Bonus! Loads of medals for swimming - but only one for football!
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Tom Daley is Britain's hope for a gold medal in the 10 metre dive - and he's only 14 years old!



36 You say and I say : some differences between US and UK English
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35 Viva España. Boquerones, bulls and beautiful buildings - the pie team went to Spain
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34 Podcast 101. Dogs, George Orwell, Taipei and the police - what's their connection with the number 101?
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A man jumps off one of the world's tallest buildings.



33 A family tree. Natasha tells Richard about her multicultural family
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32 Ethical travel. Philip has some radical ideas on how to save the planet
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31 British icons: the postbox. The third podcast in our series of popular symbols of Britain
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30 Lights, camera, action! Richard chats to his mates about their favourite movies
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29 Ooh la la! The French president is in the news - but it's not because of his policies
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The president's glitzy lifestyle...



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28 The road to Damascus. Watch and listen to the video of our drive to the Syrian capital over Christmas
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27 Face to facebook. Lina tells us why she's a fan of Britain's most popular social networking site
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26 Arghhhh!! Creepy crawlies or the dark - what are afraid of?
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25 Shop less, live more. That's the Christmas message for this year's Buy Nothing Day - can you?
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 Have a look at the Buy Nothing Day site



24 Past and present. So how does Beryl feel about the changes in her village over the last 80 years?
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23 A taste of Spain. Marina returns with some mouthwatering Mediterranean meals
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22 London 2012. Designing and building the Olympic site is a huge project, we meet the man responsible for getting it done on time
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21 You are what you eat. Hamburger and chips? No thanks, says Nick
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20 Hola Espana. Fiestas, siestas and flamenco - Marina talks about Madrid
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19 A special treat. Jackie and Richard splash out on a meal by the river
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18 Giving and receiving. Holiday souvenirs, unusual gifts and presents for the teacher
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17 Going for gold. The pie team dig up some interesting facts about the world's most precious metal
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16 What's that you're reading? Fanny talks about what she and other Indonesians like to read
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15 An apple a day ...keeps the doctor away. Or does it? Dr Adam tells all
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14 Teachers in uniforms. Discover a place where teachers wear a different coloured uniform every day
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13 Ideal homes. What makes a house a home?
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12 Jersey. Take a trip to a small island with lots to discover.
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11 Love songs. The pie team compare two of the biggest selling love songs from British singers Elton John and James Blunt
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10 Making sense of Sudoku. Jackie reveals the secrets of the addictive number puzzle
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9 The level two quiz. Eight questions to test your knowledge of the pie level 2 podcasts. All the answers are given at the end in mixed up order, so it can be good note-taking practice for you as well
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8 The adventures of Grammarman. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's the world's first grammar superhero!
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7 Pirates! A Voice of America broadcast on pirates past and present
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6 The cat story. Donna tells us about a catnapping
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5 Geography quiz. Can you beat Richard in the Geography quiz?
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4 Beckham steps down. A tearful David Beckham addresses the press
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3 The night train. Jackie and Richard travel through the night in Thailand
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2 Travelling by train 2. An interview about travelling to Ko Samui
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1 Travelling by train 1. Richard tells a funny story about train travel in Vietnam
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