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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  • David Cannadine: Leaders Old and Young 01 May 15

    Fri, 1 May 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    David Cannadine reflects on the merits of youth and age in our political leaders and finds the current set taking their parties into next week's election strikingly young.

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  • David Cannadine: Commemorative Style 24 Apr 15

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    Duration:
    11 mins

    David Cannadine compares the enthusiasm for national commemorations in Britain with the more understated syle in the United States.

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  • Howard Jacobsen - Ideology Versus Art 17 Apr 15

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Howard Jacobson explains why he prefers art to ideology, especially at election time, and always has. "I consider myself fortunate enough to have been brought up in a state of dogma-free grace."

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  • Howard Jacobson: Life's A Selfie: 10 April 15

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Howard Jacobson explains why he dislikes the narcissism of the selfie. "It's always possible that there's some Rembrandt of the selfie out there, using his 'phone to investigate the ravages of age, the incursions of melancholy, and even the psychology of self-obession itself, but commonly the selfie performs a less self-critical function, putting the self at the centre of everything we see, marking the landscape with our faces, as though the only possible interest of the outside world is that we're in it." Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • Howard Jacobson: 03 April 15

    Fri, 3 Apr 15

    Duration:
    10 mins

    Howard Jacobson thinks the current curious male fashion focus on the ankle region or "mankle" shows men are suffering from a self-image crisis. Producer: Sheila Cook

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  • 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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