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Conspiracy Documentaries
Conspiracy Documentaries was set up in 2009 to provide a 1-stop source for the best conspiracy documentaries on the net. All films are free to watch and are sorted into categories such as assassinations, banking, Big Brother/police state, 9/11, 7/7, environment, energy & fuels, health/drugs, media, mind control, political, religions, secret societies, space, technology, UFOs & extraterrestrials, war, war on terror, new world order, lost/ancient civilisations. The website does not itself host any videos, but only provides links to videos already available on the Internet.

Createasphere is a global community where entertainment technology and creative vision converge. The aim is to make it easy to explore where the content creation industry is heading, learn from world class professionals, connect with your peers and quickly access resources and expertise. The Education/Training section of the Createasphere website provides an on-demand video library of webcasts relating to different aspects of the management of digital content, as well as a number of short video vignettes about trends in the field and information on how to make the most of the newest equipment and processes.

The Industry Trust
The Industry Trust works with its member companies (from film studios to retailers) to spread the word about the positive role of copyright. The Trust’s website contains a Q&A on the Digital Economy Act, links to the best and most trusted legal download sites and , as well as a copyright clinic, a summary of the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act in relation to DVD and film piracy, and advice on copyright theft.

Jim al-Khalili Scipods
Two series of ten-minute podcasts in which Professor Jim al-Khalili of Surrey University talks about a range of different topics in science. The first five podcasts are mostly connected with his interests in medieval Arabic science and the second series covers topics ranging from the Dirac Equation & Olber’s Paradox to whether we have free will or can travel in time.

A New Theater of Sound
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, in collaboration with Yorinks Theater Group, has launched ‘A New Theater of Sound’ with the aim to achieve a live, online and on air conversation driven by great theatrical work with sound at its core. RSC productions are planned for the near future but at present one can listen to plays and discussions from such noted audio practitioners as Norman Corwin and Tom Stoppard as well as works by the likes of WH Auden, HG Wells and Garson Kanin.

Noir of the Week
Blog dedicated to movie exponents of ‘film noir’, an influential Hollywood movement / genre of the 1940s and 50s. Each week a new film is added, providing a detailed analysis, stills, posters and embedded clips derived from pre-existing online resources such as YouTube. The site includes a master list as well as a useful guide to titles available on DVD, though being a US-based resource the focus is primarily on NTSC region 1 releases. Active since 2005, nearly 400 films have been included and there still appears to be no end in sight.

Radioplayer, backed by the BBC and commercial radio stations, is an online audio aggregator that gives access to live, on demand and podcast radio from over two hundred stations across the UK. It is hoped that all 400 Ofcom-licensed UK radio stations will join the platform within a year. Currently, Radioplayer is optimised for desktop computers, laptops etc, but versions for mobiles, tablets and televisions are being considered. Programmes are searchable by station, location, title, presenter and interest.

Reith Lectures
The BBC has created a Reith Lectures microsite. At present 194 broadcasts are available, with the earliest recording being Frank Fraser Darling’s broadcasts from 1969. The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation’s first director-general. The very first Reith lecturer was the philosopher, Bertrand Russell who spoke on ‘Authority and the Individual’. Among his successors were Arnold Toynbee (The World and the West, 1952), Robert Oppenheimer (Science and the Common Understanding, 1953) and J.K. Galbraith (The New Industrial State, 1966). More recently, the Reith lectures have been delivered by the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks (The Persistence of Faith, 1990), Jean Aitchison (The Language Web, 1996), Patricia J. Williams (Race and Race Relations, 1997), John Keegan (War and Our World, 1998) Anthony Giddens (Runaway World, 1999) and Onora O’Neill (A Question of Trust, 2002).

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