Like Jane Goodall studying chimpanzees in their natural environment, a reporter from the BBC recently visited the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (a math research institute in Cambridge, England which a number of OU profs have visited to do research). The result is a very nice radio essay about mathematicians as a culture, what it’s like to do math research, etc. They do a good job of showing that, contrary to what most people think, there is a tremendous amount of exciting math research going on.
It’s only available online for a few days, so you should definitely check it out ASAP! To hear the story go here.
P.S. And if you think mathematicians and chimpanzees are unrelated: