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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  • 11 Jul 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: "Isis: a modern revolutionary force"? 11 July 14

    Philosopher and author John Gray argues that the Sunni extremist group Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 04 Jul 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: To See Ourselves: 04 July 14

    AL Kennedy argues that the British have much to gain from - in the words of Robert Burns - "seeing ourselves as others

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 27 Jun 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: Battling the Botnets: 27 June 14

    It's a tale of "shadowy white-hatted hackers, more shadowy black-hatted hackers and the possibility that the pricey

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Jun 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: If You Haven't Got Anything Nice to Say ... :20 June 14

    AL Kennedy argues that our obsession with gossip is affecting our public discourse, and corrupting its content. She

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jun 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: No Burning Required: 13 June 14

    "Humanity's past thoughts are my inheritance" writes AL Kennedy. "I need them in order to learn how to prosper in the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Bring Back the Heptarchy! 06 June 14

    Scotland could become independent. So, asks Tom Shakespeare, should England consider returning to an earlier order – a

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 May 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Disability 30 May 2014

    Many people assume that disabled people must be unhappy. But the empirical evidence doesn't back this up. In A Point of

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 23 May 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Religious but not spiritual: 23 May 14

    A growing number of people are describing themselves as spiritual but not religious. This is not a trend of which Tom

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 16 May 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Testing Times: 16 May 14

    As hundreds of thousands of young people get ready to sit exams, Mary Beard reflects on exam season – past and

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 09 May 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: The Paradox of Growing Old: 09 May 14

    Mary Beard argues that in years to come, our treatment of old people will be as much of a blot on our culture as Bedlam

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 May 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Digging Digitally: 02 May 14

    "The archaeological wonders of today" writes Mary Beard "don't come from heroic subterranean exploration, still less

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Apr 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Mile Milestone: 25 April 14

    Mary Beard looks forward to the 60th anniversary of the first "four minute mile". But in the midst of the celebrations,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Apr 5MB

    PoV: William Dalrymple: Travel writing giants: 18 April 14

    William Dalrymple celebrates the writing of Peter Matthiessen who died this month, comparing him with another of his

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 11 Apr 5MB

    PoV: William Dalrymple: A Tale of Two Elections 11 April 2014

    William Dalrymple reflects on the current pivotal elections in India and Afghanistan where religion, identity and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Apr 5MB

    PoV: William Dalrymple: A Lenten Reflection 04 April 14

    William Dalrymple contrasts the Christian view of Lent – with all its self-discipline and self-deprivation – with

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 28 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: A Disease Called Fame: 28 March 14

    Sarah Dunant reflects on fame and the cult of celebrity following the recent success of the film "20 feet from

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 21 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Heavy Weather 21 Mar 14

    Sarah Dunant compares our reaction today to climate change with responses in the seventeenth century to extreme weather.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 14 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: The Time Warp: 14 March 14

    Sarah Dunant reflects that today's harsher judgement of some of the sexual behaviour prevalent in the 1970s springs in

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Free the Schools: 07 March 14

    Roger Scruton believes the way to improve our schools is through tapping into the time and talents of middle class

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Our Love for Animals: 28 Feb 14

    Roger Scruton thinks we get our priorities wrong when we favour pets at the expense of wild animals. "We must recognise

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: United We Fall: 21 Feb 14

    Roger Scruton argues for a voice for the English in the debate over Scottish independence. "As an Englishman I naturally

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Money Matters: 14 Feb 14

    Adam Gopnik explains why he thinks the pictures on our banknotes matter. "The iconography of money is more than just

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Twitter Free: 07 Feb 14

    Adam Gopnik explains his indifference to Twitter and social media."After the introduction of a new device, or social

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 31 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Why Sportsmanship Matters: 31 Jan 2014

    Adam Gopnik reflects on the nature of sportsmanship ahead of the American Super Bowl following controversy over a

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Self Drive Manhood: 24 Jan 14

    Adam Gopnik hails the development of the self-drive car as the way to rescue his male identity after years as a non

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 17 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Sex and the French: 17 Jan 14

    Adam Gopnik reflects on the attitude of the French to the sex lives of their statesmen and gives his opinion that the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Jan 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Unknown Knowns: 10 Jan 14

    John Gray reflects on "unknown knowns" - what we know but prefer not to think about, whether it's the truth about the

    Duration: 9 mins

  • 03 Jan 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Perils of Belief: 03 Jan 14

    John Gray reflects on the damage that can be caused by evangelical belief in a religion or in a political idea. "Whether

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Dec 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Two Cheers for Human Rights: 27 Dec 13

    John Gray gives only two cheers for human rights. We are in danger, he argues, of turning them into a "comforting dogma

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Dec 5MB

    PoV: William Dalrymple: Islamo-Christian Heritage: 20 Dec 13

    In the week when Prince Charles speaks out against violence against Christians in the Middle East, William Dalrymple

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Dec 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Why Dickens Endures: 13 Dec 13

    John Gray gives his own theory for the cultural longevity of Charles Dickens, celebrating his view of life as a theatre

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: It's Always the Others Who Die 06 Dec 2013

    Will Self reflects that our modern, secular society has silenced the voices of the dead. As a result, he thinks we fail

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Political Trojan Horses: 29 Nov 13

    Will Self warns against politicians' superficially attractive policies which turn out to be Trojan horses. "It all comes

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Rebuilding After 9/11: 22

    Will Self reflects from the top of the new One World Trade Center in New York on the challenge of rebuilding after the

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 15 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Self Confident Culture: 15 Nov 13

    Will Self argues for greater British cultural self confidence in the debate over the wearing of the veil. Producer:

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 08 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: JFK Fifty Years On 08 Nov 13

    Will Self reflects on America's view of the assassination of JF Kennedy, fifty years on. After years of talk of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 01 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Pity the Young 01 Nov 13

    Will Self reflects on the malign influence of the older generation on the young as the population of Britain ages. "In

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Reflections on IVF 25 Oct 13

    Lisa Jardine reflects on the sensitive questions surrounding IVF as she comes to the end of her term as Chair of the

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 18 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Machine Intelligence 18 Oct 13

    Lisa Jardine compares the contributions of Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing a century later to computer science and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Cross Border Science: 11 Oct 13

    Lisa Jardine reflects on the internationalism that underpins the progress of science in a week when individual nations

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Ethical Science 04 Oct 2013

    Lisa Jardine draws lessons about the relationship between science and human values from the career of the Hungarian

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Sep 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: The Horror of Love 27 Sep 13

    Stephen King says "Love creates horror." AL Kennedy agrees. "I don't personally welcome love's ability to make me fear,"

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 20 Sep 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: Someone to Watch Over Me 20 Sep 13

    AL Kennedy reflects on our tendency to behave badly when we think no-one's watching or when we follow the wrong crowd.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Sep 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: Great Pretenders 13 SEP 13

    AL Kennedy reflects on the stuggle to establish truth in what she regards as an age of lies. Lies, she says, are

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 06 Sep 5MB

    PoV: AL Kennedy: Real Change 06 SEP 13

    Writer and performer A.L. Kennedy doesn't like change - but she thinks she should change her atittude.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 30 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Of the People, By the People 4 30 AUG 2013

    Roger Scruton concludes his series of talks on the nature and limits of democracy. "We in Europe are moving not towards

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 23 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Of the People, By the People 3 23 AUG 2013

    Roger Scruton argues that nations should be defined by language and territory rather than by party or faith. Looking at

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 16 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Of the People, By the People 2 16 AUG 13

    Philosopher Roger Scruton argues that democracy works only if we are prepared to be ruled by our opponents, however much

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 09 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Roger Scruton: Of the People, By the People 1 09 AUG 13

    Philosopher Roger Scruton argues that democracy alone is not enough for political freedom as democracy, freedom and

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 02 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Machiavelli's Summer in Tuscany 02 AUG 13

    It’s exactly 500 years this summer since Niccolo Machiavelli wrote his famous book 'The Prince', on how to gain and

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 26 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: The Pope's Twitter Feed 26 JUL 13

    Sarah Dunant reflects on the Catholic church and suggests what Pope Francis should tell his Twitter followers about

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 19 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: A Big Day for Bert and Ernie? 19 JUL 13

    The recent New Yorker cartoon showing Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie as a gay couple prompts Sarah Dunant to reflect on

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 12 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: A Sporting Catharsis 12 JUL 13

    As Britain basks in post-Wimbledon glory, amid the Ashes, Sarah Dunant reflects on how sport has - throughout history -

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Gender Matters 05 JUL 13

    Sarah Dunant reflects on feminism and the ousting of Australia's Prime Minister.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Anyone for Art? 28 JUN 13

    Tom Shakespeare asks is it time to democratise art? Furtmore, should we, the public, be allowed to borrow works of art

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: A Midsummer Daydream 21 JUN 13

    In Britain many of our holidays and festivals are rather dull - bank holidays for example. Tom Shakespeare, presenting

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Fly, Fish, Mouse & Worm 14 JUN 13

    Sociologist Tom Shakespeare says his favourite childhood book was 'Bear, Mouse and Water Beetle' - which inspires his

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Tom Shakespeare: Can Compassion Be Taught? 07 JUN 13

    Sociologist Tom Shakespeare explores recent scandals in the health service, which revealed appalling cases of abuse and

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 31 May 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Gatsby - The Perfect Fake 31 MAY 13

    Political philosopher John Gray finds new resonance for our own age in the story of The Great Gatsby.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 May 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Doors of Perception 24 MAY 13

    Philosopher John Gray argues for another way of perceiving the world inspired by the fantasy fiction writer Arthur

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 May 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Meaning of Evil 17 MAY 13

    John Gray finds useful material for pondering the question of evil in the thriller writer Patricia Highsmith’s

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 May 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Myth of Modernity 10 MAY 13

    John Gray draws on the novels of Mervyn Peake to argue it's a mistake to imagine that modernity marks a fundamental

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 May 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Limits of Materialism 03 MAY 13

    A story by Walter de la Mare inspires philosopher John Gray to argue that the prevailing creed of scientific materialism

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 26 Apr 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Bitcoin’s Cyber Freedom 26 APR 13

    Philosopher John Gray wonders what the rise of the cyber currency Bitcoin tells us about our human need for freedom and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Apr 5MB

    PoV Adam Gopnik: Children Leaving Home 19 APR 13

    Adam Gopnik reflects on the terrible day when children finally leave home.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Apr 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Science, Magic & Madness 12 APR 13

    What is the difference between magic and science? What is the difference between Galileo and his contemporary, the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 05 Apr 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: The Irrationality of Nations 05 APR 13

    Every nation has a core irrationality - a belief about itself which no amount of contrary evidence can shift, says Adam

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: The Secret of a Happy Marriage 29 MAR 13

    Lust, laughter and loyalty is the prformula for a happy marriage, says writer Adam Gopnik.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Turkish Notions 22 MAR 13

    As the world's top chess players battle it out in London, Adam Gopnik reflects on why we overrate masters and underrate

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Celestial Bodies 15 MAR 13

    Historian Lisa Jardine reflects on comets and the lessons we can learn from early astronomers.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 08 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Dame Mary Cartwright 08 MAR 13

    Lisa Jardine celebrates the achievements of the mathematician Dame Mary Cartwright, whose work helped war-time radar

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 01 Mar 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Modern Medicis: 01 Mar 2013

    Lisa Jardine celebrates the influence of art connoisseur Sir Denis Mahon and reflects on the impact of wealthy art

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 22 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: The Winter Queen: 22 Feb 13

    Lisa Jardine celebrates Elizabeth of Bohemia, the "Winter Queen", and sees her relegation to the margins of history as

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 15 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: In Praise of Birmingham: 15 Feb 13

    David Cannadine defends his home city of Birmingham against a slur in "Pride and Prejudice" by celebrating its past and

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 08 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Grand Central celebration: 08 Feb 13

    David Cannadine celebrates the saving of New York's now century old Grand Central Terminal and regrets the destruction

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 01 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: The Appeal of Teddy Bears: 01 Feb 13

    David Cannadine reflects on the enduring appeal of the teddy bear in contemporary culture since they were first named

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Jan 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Presidential Inaugurations: 25 Jan 13

    David Cannadine reflects on the history of presidential inaugurations and how American presidents since Abraham Lincoln

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Urban Designs 18 JAN 13

    Will Self laments what he sees as an absence of rational urban planning in our big cities and a fashion for dramatic sky

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 11 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Terminal Thoughts 11 JAN 13

    Will Self says he would rather commit suicide than die a slow, painful death and would like society to find his choice

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: American Ambivalence 06 JAN 13

    Will self reflects on Britain's confused relationship with the U.S. Taking the Tom Stoppard plays his American mother

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 28 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: The British Vomitorium 28 DEC 12

    Will Self takes a historic foodie tour and explores how we've gone from being a culinary backwater to being "the most

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: The New Economics Priesthood 21 DEC 12

    Will Self warns against the false prophets of the new priesthood of economics.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 14 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Digital Past 14 DEC 12

    Will Self reflects on the effect of technology throughout his six decades and how it has affected his perception of the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Onora O'Neill: Trustworthiness Before Trust 07 Dec 2012

    Onora O'Neill reflects anew on the theme of trust, which was the subject of her Reith lectures.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 30 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Marks Out of Ten, Please 30 Nov 2012

    Mary Beard on why "customer satisfaction" surveys have no place in universities and pines for the days when students

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: On Pompeii 23 Nov 2012

    Mary Beard ponders questions of privacy, archaeology and restoration as she wanders through the rooms of a new

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Age of Consent 16 Nov 2012

    Mary Beard reflects on the age of consent and argues that accidents of history often determine how we choose to

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Rich man, poor man 09 Nov 2012

    Mary Beard on the long history of the rich looking down their noses - sometimes with a hearty Roman snort - at the poor.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 02 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Martin Jacques: Understanding contemporary China 4/4 02 Nov 2012

    Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 26 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Martin Jacques: Understanding contemporary China 3/4 26 Oct 2012

    Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 19 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Martin Jacques: Understanding contemporary China 2/4 19 Oct 2012

    Martin Jacques presents his personal view on how best to understand contemporary China, its development and its possible

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 12 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Martin Jacques: Understanding Contemporary China 1/4 12 Oct 2012

    Martin Jacques presents a personal view on how best to understand the unique characteristics and apparent mysteries of

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 05 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Presenting the Past 05 Oct 2012

    Sarah Dunant reflects on the role of history in society - and how it changes over time. She also asks what history can

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 28 Sep 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Mouthing Off 28 Sept 2012

    Why is America so obsessed with dental perfection? While American comedians often mock the British for their bad teeth,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Sep 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: Sweet Charity 21 Sept 2012

    As Sarah Dunant rummages for bargains in her local charity shop, she reflects on the history of charity shops and their

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Sep 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: In Search of Prizes 14 Sept 2012

    As the Man Booker shortlist is published, author Sarah Dunant examines the merits of literary prizes and explores how

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Sep 5MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: "Policing Sex" 07 Sept 2012

    Sarah Dunant looks at attitudes to sexual behaviour in the aftermath of recent remarks on rape from an American would-be

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 31 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The alchemy of memory 31 Aug 2012

    John Gray explores the role of memory in giving meaning to our lives. He reflects on how we struggle to preserve our

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The trouble with stories of freedom 24 Aug 2012

    John Gray looks at the relationship between freedom and democracy. He argues that whenever tyranny is overthrown, the

    Duration: 9 mins

  • 17 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Sherlock Holmes and the Romance of Reason 17 Aug 2012

    John Gray reflects on the enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes at a time when we've lost confidence in the power of reason

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 10 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Climate for Culture 10 Aug 2012

    John Gray reflects on the climate needed for culture to thrive, identifying totalitarian regimes as the worst enemies of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Price of a Postage Stamp 03 Aug 2012

    The philosopher John Gray wonders what bulk buying of stamps ahead of the price rise tells us about economic gloom.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Jul 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Paradox of Immortality 27 July 2012

    John Gray reflects on the paradox of immortality as captured by the writer Theodore Powys, "The longest life may fade

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Jul 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Keynes Insights 20 July 2012

    John Gray takes a fresh look at the thinking of John Maynard Keynes and wonders what he would have really thought about

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jul 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Visions of Violence 13 July 2012

    John Gray reflects on the nature of violence which he sees as an inevitable part of the human condition, doubting the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 06 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: The Curse of a Ridiculous Name 06 July 2012

    Adam Gopnik muses on what it means in life if - like him - you've been lumbered with a funny name.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 29 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Nazis - Gopnik's Amendment 29 June 2012

    Adam Gopnik reflects on our continuing obsession with the Nazis.

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 22 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: What to do about a bad review 22 June 2012

    Adam Gopnik ruminates on how to handle a bad review. An amusing guide on how to get your own back on your critics.

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 15 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Beatle Time 15 June 2012

    As the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first concert approaches, Adam Gopnik ponders what it is that makes the fab

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 08 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: Embarrassing Parents 08 June 2012

    Adam Gopnik reflects on a universal truth of parenting: why, at exactly age 13, your child will discover that you are

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 01 Jun 5MB

    PoV: Adam Gopnik: On Bees and Being 01 June 2012

    Adam Gopnik muses on why Shakespeare didn't seem to know that the top bee is a girl bee! He takes us - via a bunch of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 May 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: A Right Loyal Toast 25 May 2012

    Will Self reflects on the historical tradition of the Loyal Toast. A week before the Jubilee celebrations get underway,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 May 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Europe & My Quadriga-Spotting Tour 18 May 2012

    Will Self ponders the future of Europe as he stands by Berlin's Brandenburg gate and asks whether we should consider an

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 May 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Military Matters 11 May 2012

    Will Self calls for a return of National Service in the UK and asks why political leaders are so fond aligning

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 May 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Lords, Lordlings and Crumpets 04 May 2012

    Will Self savages the continuing role of hereditary peers in parliament and denounces the narrowing of the range of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Apr 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: The Rights of Humans... and Animals 27 Apr 2012

    Will Self asks whether "human rights" really exist - when they can so easily be taken away?

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 20 Apr 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Challenging Intellect 20 Apr 2012

    Will Self says we should embrace the intellectual challenge of 'difficult' books and art, and value works which are more

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Apr 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Jubilee Celebrations 13 Apr 2012

    Historian David Cannadine looks ahead to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, reflecting on the history of royal jubilees

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 06 Apr 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Cathedral Heritage 06 April 12

    Historian David Cannadine reflects at Easter time on the architectural glories of cathedrals and the part these

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 30 Mar 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Fat Policemen 30 Mar 2012

    Historian David Cannadine reflects on the changing images of the typical British Bobby, in light of a recent report that

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Mar 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: The Fashion for Westerns 23 Mar 2012

    Historian David Cannadine recalls the heyday of cinema and television Westerns and wonders if a forthcoming adaptation

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 16 Mar 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Power of the Press 16 Mar 2012

    Historian David Cannadine reflects on the power of the press, past and present, recalling how early twentieth century

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 09 Mar 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Churchill's American Speeches 09 Mar 2012

    Historian David Cannadine reflects on the enduring resonance of the important speeches which Winston Churchilll

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Mar 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Why Wear a Tie? 02 Mar 2012

    Historian David Cannadine compares the traditions of tie wearing on both sides of the Atlantic. He reflects on the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 24 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: A History of Monetary Unions 24 Feb 2012

    Historian David Cannadine reflects on the legacy of monetary unions and what causes success or failure. Ancient Greece

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 17 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Bankers in America 17 Feb 2012

    Historian David Cannadine reflects on current and historic attitudes towards bankers in America. He sees today's

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 10 Feb 5MB

    PoV: David Cannadine: Anniversary Cornucopia 10 Feb 2012

    Historian David Cannadine surveys the current crop of anniversaries and finds a cornucopia of dates to prompt

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 03 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Email Etiquette 03 Feb 2012

    Historian Lisa Jardine reflects on the perils of over-hasty emails compared with the time allowed for reflection by old

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 27 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: The Thatcher Story 27 Jan 2012

    Historian Lisa Jardine reflects on the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the film The Iron Lady, and considers the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Volume Control 20 Jan 2012

    Historian Lisa Jardine reflects on her aversion to today's new sources of noise and traces the history of some attempts

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 13 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: The Nature of Gardening 13 Jan 2012

    Historian Lisa Jardine recalls the seventeenth century Lord Chancellor, and keen gardener, Sir Francis Bacon as she

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 06 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Information Overload 6 Jan 2012

    Historian Lisa Jardine proposes that information overload is not a new problem, explaining that by the seventeenth

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 30 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Glamour in Austerity 30 Dec 2011

    Historian Lisa Jardine remembers 2011 for the spectacle of the Royal Wedding, reflecting on the historic power of regal

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 29 Dec 7MB

    PoV: Simon Schama: The Memory Business 29 Dec 2011

    Historian Simon Schama reflects on how the world, ten years on, remembered the events of 9/11 and ponders why it is

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 28 Dec 7MB

    PoV: Will Self: Media Malpractice 28 Dec 2011

    Will Self reflects on the depth of the malpractices revealed by the Leveson inquiry into the media. He says it has drawn

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 27 Dec 7MB

    PoV: Sarah Dunant: The Meaning of Debt 27 Dec 2011

    Author Sarah Dunant looks back on 2011 and reflects on the meaning of the word 'debt'. While deploring what she calls

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 26 Dec 7MB

    PoV: John Gray: The End, Yet Again? 26 Dec 2011

    Political philosopher Prof John Gray reflects on the merits of living for the present. He argues that looking to the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 23 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Carols at Christmas 23 Dec 2011

    Historian Lisa Jardine reflects on the power of music to move, especially at Christmas, when the singing of carols

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 16 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Climate Change Belief 16 Dec 2011

    Historian Lisa Jardine thinks selective hearing skews the debate over climate change and urges climate scientists to

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 09 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Beware the Experts 09 Dec 2011

    Historian Lisa Jardine recalls the English physicist and novelist C.P. Snow, who served in several important positions

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 02 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Lisa Jardine: Finding Family History 02 Dec 2011

    The historian Lisa Jardine finds herself converted to the value of family history after the discovery of a tape

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 25 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: The Oxbridge Interview 25 Nov 2011

    Cambridge university classicist Prof Mary Beard reflects on the purpose of the much-maligned Oxbridge interview and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 18 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Reflections on Monetary Union 18 Nov 2011

    With the euro in turmoil, classicist Prof Mary Beard reflects on the very first monetary union, two and a half thousand

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Age and Beauty 11 Nov 2011

    Classicist Prof Mary Beard takes a peek at Miss World 2011 and ponders why - unlike her days as a radical feminist

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 04 Nov 5MB

    PoV: Mary Beard: Tyrants 04 Nov 2011

    From the ingeniously ghastly ways they killed their opponents to their weird forms of dress, classicist Prof Mary Beard

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 28 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: The Arms Trade 28 Oct 2011

    Will Self deplores the arms trade and Britain's role in it, including the sale of weapons to authoritarian regimes which

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 21 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Class, Race and Social Mobility 21 Oct 2011

    Will Self reflects that racism is rarely a sole cause of social injustice but alongside other problems, such as poverty,

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: In Praise of Wind Farms 14 Oct 2011

    Will Self praises the beauty of wind turbines and says protests against them spring from a misconceived idyllic view of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Oct 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Why Prisons Fail 07 Oct 2011

    Will Self sees an urgent need to reform the prison system and deplores what he sees as a lack of political will to

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 30 Sep 5MB

    PoV: Will Self: Political Party Membership 30 Sept 2011

    Will Self attacks the people who join political parties as "donkeys led by donkeys". He criticises the spectacle of

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 23 Sep 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Churchill, Chance and the Black Dog 23 Sept 2011

    Political philosopher Prof John Gray argues that Winston Churchill's appointment as wartime Prime Minister came about

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 16 Sep 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Believing in Belief 16 Sept 2011

    Political philosopher John Gray argues that the scientific and rationalist attack on religion is misguided. Atheist

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 09 Sep 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Cats, Birds and Humans 09 Sept 2011

    Political philosopher John Gray considers why the human animal needs contact with something other than itself - and

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 02 Sep 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: The Revolution of Capitalism 02 Sept 2011

    Political philosopher John Gray argues that one side-effect of the financial crisis is an increasing number of people

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 26 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Kim Philby 26 Aug 2011

    As recently discovered letters from Kim Philby are published, political philosopher Prof John Gray argues that the spy's

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 19 Aug 5MB

    PoV: John Gray: Greece and the Meaning of Folly 19 Aug 2011

    Political philosopher Prof John Gray reflects on the meaning of folly. Taking the myth of the Trojan horse as his

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 12 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: The Advantages of Pessimism 12 Aug 2011

    Alain de Botton reflects on why pessimism is the key to happiness. He argues that the best way to find contentment is to

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 05 Aug 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: Modern Parenting 05 Aug 2011

    Alain de Botton takes a witty look at modern parenting. He explains why today's parent simply can't avoid baking

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 29 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: Social Climbing 29 Jul 2011

    Alain de Botton reflects on social climbing and argues that the activity should be seen, at times, as evidence of a

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 22 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: What's in a Marriage? 22 Jul 2011

    Alain de Botton reflects on our high expectations for modern marriage. He argues that expecting one person to be a good

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 15 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: The Art of Conversation 15 Jul 2011

    Alain de Botton on why preparing conversation is as important as preparing a good salad for a summer picnic. He

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 08 Jul 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: In Praise of the Zoo 08 Jul 2011

    Alain de Botton muses on the value of exotic animals in helping to give us perspective on our own lives. He explains why

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 11 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: On Marriage 11 Feb 2011

    Alain de Botton muses on why a bookish life is a poor preparation for marriage. He says Western literature's obsession

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 04 Feb 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: In Praise of the Nanny State 04 Feb 2011

    Alain de Botton asks why the idea of a nanny state is so unappealing. He says complete freedom - left totally to our own

    Duration: 11 mins

  • 28 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: Are Museums Our New Churches? 28 Jan 2011

    Alain de Botton explores the notion that museums are our new churches. But museums - he says - have a lot to learn from

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 21 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: Man and Nature 21 Jan 2011

    Alain de Botton gives a philosopher's take on our ecological dilemmas. He argues that fear of environmental destruction

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 14 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: News and Concentration 14 Jan 2011

    Alain de Botton argues that in our mad desire to keep up with what's new, we have lost our ability to concentrate. We

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 07 Jan 5MB

    PoV: Alain de Botton: What Humanities Should Teach 07 Jan 2011

    Alain de Botton argues that teachers of humanities in universities have only themselves to blame for many of the

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 31 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Joan Bakewell: Dear Diary 31 Dec 2010

    Joan Bakewell celebrates the art of diary writing by public figures and private individuals whose accounts of everyday

    Duration: 10 mins

  • 17 Dec 5MB

    PoV: Joan Bakewell: Sympathy 17 Dec 2010

    Joan Bakewell contrasts our empathy for fictional characters on stage and screen with a reported increased lack of

    Duration: 10 mins