Ideas from the world's biggest thinkers. Hear philosophers, scientists, politicians, novelists, historians and artists challenge each other. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.
Sat, 7 Dec 13
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Is Rwanda a model for achieving food security? With a staggering one billion people undernourished, and a growing world population, how do we manage these essential resources for life to make sure there’s enough to go round? Bridget Kendall is joined at the European Development Days in Brussels by Rwanda’s top agriculture official Ernest Ruzindaza, whose ministry has been credited with turning a food deficit into a surfeit in just 5 years. Also on the panel, EuropeAid’s Jean-Pierre Halkin, African Soil Atlas collaborator Luca Montanarella and WaterAid’s Girish Menon.
Sat, 30 Nov 13
19 days remaining
Why do we co-operate with total strangers every day? We explore the theory that organised religion is the reason why humans can co-operate in groups larger than 30. We also mine Gandhi’s early life and career to discover how and why his ideas for mass non-cooperation developed, and we ask why poets find it harder than most people to conform. Co-operating with Bridget Kendall this week are award winning Indian historian Ramachandra Guha, distinguished British poet Elaine Feinstein, and Lebanese-Canadian social psychologist Ara Norenzayan.
Sat, 23 Nov 13
12 days remaining
Has the Asian concept of Fortune been the key to Hong Kong's economic success but also a limitation on its creativity? In a special programme recorded at the Hong Kong Literary Festival, Bridget Kendall asks if this dynamic yet conservative city could in future measure up creatively to its neighbour China and other countries in the region. Perspectives from banker-turned-novelist Phillip Kim, neo-Victorian specialist Liz Ho, screenwriter Ivy Ho and designer Danielle Huthart.
Sat, 16 Nov 13
5 days remaining
Could this tiny, crowded enclave of free capitalism become a model for cities on the Chinese mainland? That’s one the issues debated in this week’s Forum from the City University as part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Bridget Kendall talks to four prominent local residents: writer Xu Xi, photographer Palani Mohan, Americanist Peter Swirski and Hong Kong Arts Festival director Tisa Ho.
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