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  1. SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME

    Friday 30 November 2012, 11:21

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    HOW THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, HAMAS AND THE ISRAELI RIGHT BECAME CO-DEPENDENTS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

    Last week there was yet another cycle of horrific violence in the Gaza strip. This week there are demonstrations in Cairo driven by fears that the revolution is being hi-jacked by the Islamists...

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  2. WHILE THE BAND PLAYED ON

    Wednesday 14 November 2012, 15:22

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    I have always been fascinated by the way music can completely change the way you watch film - and how you feel as you watch the images.

    For the last year or so I have been collecting all sorts of footage of people dancing that I found in the BBC archives. In all I gathered over two thousand shots...

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  3. HE'S BEHIND YOU

    Sunday 21 October 2012, 14:32

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    HOW COLONEL GADDAFI AND THE WESTERN ESTABLISHMENT
    TOGETHER CREATED A PANTOMIME WORLD

    Things come and go in the news cycle like waves of fever. A year ago Colonel Gaddafi was killed and an avalanche of camera phone footage of his last minutes was played again and again on the news channels. Then it stopped...

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  4. MENTAL CHANNEL NUMBER ONE - THE MAN FROM MARS

    Monday 6 August 2012, 18:22

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    To celebrate today's successful landing on Mars I thought I would show a film of a man who claimed to have got to Mars a long time ago. He did this back in the late 1950s by communicating telepathically with the beings who inhabited the Red Planet. He also claimed that his mother went there on a UFO...

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  5. HOW TO KILL A RATIONAL PEASANT

    Saturday 16 June 2012, 15:46

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    AMERICA'S DANGEROUS LOVE AFFAIR WITH COUNTERINSURGENCY

    At the beginning of this year one of the weirdest characters ever to become involved in the present Afghan war died. He was called Jack Idema and he was a brilliant con-man. For a moment, during the early part of the war, Idema persuaded all the...

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  6. IF YOU TAKE MY ADVICE - I'D REPRESS THEM

    Friday 11 May 2012, 14:02

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    Bahrain, along with Syria, has become a symbol of the failure of the Arab Spring to deliver real democracy and freedom across the Arab world. The media in Britain portray a rigid, oppressive almost feudal elite who are stubbornly holding out against the inevitable wave of modern freedoms and political...

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  7. WHITE NEGRO FOR MAYOR

    Tuesday 1 May 2012, 14:11

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    This Thursday Londoners will vote to elect a new city mayor, and I thought it would be a good moment to put up a great documentary about how Norman Mailer stood for Mayor of New York in 1969.

    It is a lovely film - directed by a brilliant documentary maker called Dick Fontaine, and beautifully shot in...

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  8. RUPERT MURDOCH - A PORTRAIT OF SATAN

    Wednesday 25 April 2012, 12:06

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    Today the Rupert Murdoch story has finally reached the issue that has been lurking in the shadows of this whole saga - and what has always made people most uneasy about him. It is the true nature of his relationship to politics and power in Britain and how he may have used that to create his vast empire...

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  9. BODYBUILDING AND NATION-BUILDING

    Tuesday 27 March 2012, 19:27

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    At first sight the search for peace and stability in Iraq, and the search for physical and mental fitness in the extreme contortions of modern Yoga seem to have absolutely nothing in common.

    But curiously they do.

    Both the terrible structural problems and distortions that underly Iraqi society today...

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  10. WHO WOULD GOD VOTE FOR?

    Tuesday 6 March 2012, 15:45

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    When you bring God into politics very strange things happen. You can see this now in both America and Iran - in their elections and also in the growing confrontation between them. But it wasn't always like this - in fact for most of the 20th century fundamentalist religion in both America and Iran had...

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  11. A MILE OR TWO OFF YARMOUTH

    Friday 24 February 2012, 15:58

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    Both individuals and societies tell themselves stories to simplify and make sense of the messy chaos of reality. It is naive to think that it is possible to live without the protective bubbles these stories create. But sometimes the stories can become terribly limiting and trap us, and prevent both individuals...

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  12. WE'RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT - AREN'T WE?

    Tuesday 31 January 2012, 15:43

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    At every moment there are hundreds of thousands of Americans and Europeans floating around the world on "Funships" - superliners like the Costa Concordia that crashed and capsized off the coast of Italy.

    These ships are extraordinary creations, millions of ordinary people pay not very much to spend weeks...

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  13. THE YEARS OF STAGNATION AND THE POODLES OF POWER

    Wednesday 18 January 2012, 14:59

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    Everybody is always remarking about how stuck our society feels these days. The music doesn't change, the political parties are all exactly the same, and films and TV dramas are almost always set in the past.

    We are also stuck with an economic system that is not delivering the paradise that it once promised...

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  14. THE GHOSTS IN THE LIVING ROOM

    Thursday 22 December 2011, 11:33

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    Here is a ghost story for Christmas - it is a brief history of the appearance of ghosts and poltergeists and other spirits on television. Not fictional ghosts - but real ones, or the reports of their appearances, that you find in various news and documentary programmes.

    But as so often when one looks...

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  15. THE BITCH, THE STUD AND THE PRAWN

    Thursday 8 December 2011, 14:16

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    THE RISE OF GEEZER CAPITALISM IN MODERN BRITAIN

    It is very difficult to properly see the times you are living through, but it is made more difficult today by the insistence of politicians and commentators that there is no alternative to the present economic system. This almost hysterical mantra closes...

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  16. THE GHOST OF THE COLONELS

    Thursday 3 November 2011, 18:00

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    In the present crisis over Greece there is a furious argument about whether the Greek people should be allowed to vote on the proposed solution. Many of the voices against this come from the world of finance and economics. They say that the crisis is too dangerous to leave to the will of the people.

    ...

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  17. DREAM ON

    Sunday 30 October 2011, 17:23

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    HOW THE LEFT GOT TRAPPED INSIDE THEIR OWN HEADS - AND HOW FAIRIES CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO THE FUTURE

    The protest movement that began with Occupy Wall Street is very clear about what it is against - an international capitalism that is cruel, unfair and untenable. But the movement refuses to say what it...

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  18. THE CURSE OF TINA PART TWO

    Tuesday 4 October 2011, 18:31

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    LEARNING TO HUG

    Everywhere on television today people hug and burst into tears. It happens in drama a lot - but it has completely taken over factual programmes too. It usually comes at the end when the characters finally realise that they should express their true feelings. And they do this by crying...

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  19. THE PERPLEXING POLITICIAN

    Monday 19 September 2011, 13:21

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    I've found a great party game from the 1920's which I thought might help pass the time at the political party conferences.

    It is called The Perplexing Politician - A Game Which Has Nothing To Do With Politics.

    Everyone at the party is given a card on which is printed a list of questions. The answer...

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  20. THE CURSE OF TINA

    Tuesday 13 September 2011, 14:06

    Adam Curtis Adam Curtis

    The guiding idea at the heart of today's political system is freedom of choice. The belief that if you apply the ideals of the free market to all sorts of areas in society, people will be liberated from the dead hand of government. The wants and desires of individuals then become the primary motor of...

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