A Point of View

A Point of View

Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors including historian Lisa Jardine, novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Alain de Botton.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Tom Shakespeare: The Price of Independence: 27 March 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Tom Shakespeare says that disabled people's right to independent living is under threat as a result of the imminent winding up of the Independent Living Fund. "I hope that whichever parties are in government after May will have a rethink about social care. The ILF may...have been an anomaly, but one of the glories of living in Britain is that we have a high tolerance of historical anomalies." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Tom Shakespeare: Trial By Select Committee: 20 March 15

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Tom Shakespeare thinks our reformed Select Committees have revitalised Parliament but he warns against the temptation to play to the gallery and to cross examine unfairly. "Their main business is the worthy task of holding the government and the civil service to account, even if it's more fun holding unpopular public figures' feet to the fire." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Tom Shakespeare: Cognitive Decline: 13 March 15

    Fri, 13 Mar 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Tom Shakespeare says increasing wisdom in middle age is at least some compensation for declining cognitive powers. "Wisdom is not the amount you know, it's how you see and how you interpret what you see." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Will Self: The Nature of Time: 06 March 15

    Fri, 6 Mar 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Will Self reflects on the unsettling nature of time. "What gives our human cultures any sense of cohesion at all is an almost relentless effort to shore up our collective memory of the past against the remorseless depredations of time." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Post-Image - 27 Feb 2015

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Will Self declares himself to be "post-image" in a world obsessed with pictures and now challenges the information which any image appears to be conveying.

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  • Will Self: The Power of Fiction: 20 Feb 15

    Fri, 20 Feb 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Will Self reflects on the power of our relationship with fictional characters. "People need people whose lives can be seen to follow a dramatic arc, so that no matter what trials they encounter, the people who survey them can be reassured that when the light begins to fade, these people - to whose frail psyches we've had privileged access - will at least feel it's all meant something." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Will Self: The Purpose of Satire 13 Feb 15

    Fri, 13 Feb 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Will Self finds himself driven to reconsider the nature and purpose of satire in the wake of the murders at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. "The paradox is this: if satire aims at the moral reform of a given society it can only be effective within that particular society; and furthermore only if there's a commonly accepted ethical hierarchy to begin with. A satire that demands of the entire world that it observe the same secularist values as the French state is a form of imperialism like any other." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Will Self: Having Children 06 Feb 15

    Fri, 6 Feb 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Will Self reflects on the growing and vexed divide between people with and without children. "The real indication that we don't know what value parenting currently has is that to either valorise or demonise this state of being seems as ridiculous (if not offensive) as doing the same in respect of childlessness". Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Will Self: Losing Touch: 30 Jan 15

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Will Self regrets our growing lack of physical contact with one another and with the natural world as a result of the rise of technology. "What the touch screen, the automatic door, online shopping and even the Bagladeshi sweatshop piece-worker who made our trousers are depriving us of is the exercise of our very sense of touch itself, and in particular they are relieving us of the need to touch other people." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • The Power of Art - 23 Jan 2015

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    AL Kennedy reflects on the importance of the beauty and creativity of art to sustain the human spirit.

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