Forum - A World of Ideas

Forum - A World of Ideas

The world's most remarkable minds tackle a big idea. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.

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  • Education in the Rainbow Nation 26 Jul 2014

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    41 mins

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    The future of education in South Africa, twenty years after the end of apartheid, is still a burning issue. Although 94% of children now go to school, only half will finish their basic education. And South Africa comes near the bottom of international league tables, particularly for maths and science. Is fixing education about getting the basics right – such as delivering textbooks to classrooms - or is an alternative school system, not run by the state, now the only practical way forward? And how can the arts help? The Forum debates these issues at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, with education activist and historian Dr Nomalanga Mkhize; the man in charge of Witwatersrand University, Professor Adam Habib; Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival Ismail Mahomed and a vocal festival audience.

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  • What is 'normal'? 19 Jul 2014

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

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    41 mins

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    Time to rethink where is the dividing line between ‘being a bit different’ and having a mental illness that needs treatment and professional help? Bridget Kendall is joined by novelist Jerry Pinto, who has turned personal experiences of growing up with a bipolar relative into an award-winning book, Professor of Disability and Human Development Lennard Davis, and autism research pioneer Professor Uta Frith.

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  • Forum in Norway: Outcasts 12 Jul 2014

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

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    41 mins

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    When is it better to remain an outsider? And what makes outsiders unwelcome? Recorded at the Risor Festival in Norway, presenter Bridget Kendall hears from four distinguished Scandinavians and an attentive festival audience on the topic of the uninvited. With film director Margreth Olin, bioethicist Bjorn Hofmann, Icelandic writer Sjon and violinist Henning Kraggerud.

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  • Invisibility 05 Jul 2014

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

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    41 mins

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    Is invisibility good or bad? Is it a matter of optics or something deeper that pre-dates science? Samira Ahmed discusses these issues with science writer Philip Ball, author of Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen; Kenan Malik, writer and broadcaster, who says we need to look for the broader, philosophical framework to science which is often invisible; and Susan Blackmore, a psychologist who explores a different aspect of invisibility: what goes on in our minds.

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