Reith Lectures

Reith Lectures

In the 2014 Reith Lectures series, entitled The Future of Medicine, Dr Atul Gawande examines the nature of progress and failure in medicine. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday 25 November.

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  • Atul Gawande: The Idea of Wellbeing 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Speaking to an audience at the India International Centre in Delhi, Atul Gawande, describes the story of medicine over the last century through the prism of his own family. From a grandmother who died in rural India from malaria - a preventable disease - to the high-tech medicine of today. He argues that despite its scientific advances, medicine has failed to exploit its knowledge successfully. The Reith Lectures are introduced and chaired by Sue Lawley and produced by Jim Frank.

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  • Atul Gawande: The Problem of Hubris 09 Dec 14

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    In this episode Atul Gawande calls for a new approach to the two great unfixable problems in life and healthcare - ageing and death. He tells the story of how his daughter's piano teacher faced up to terminal cancer and the crucial choices she made about how to spend her final days. Dr. Gawande argues that the common reluctance of society and medical institutions to recognise the limits of what professionals can do can end up increasing the suffering of patients towards the end of life. He proposes that both doctors and individuals ask a series of simple but penetrating questions to decide what kind of treatment is appropriate - or whether treatment is appropriate at all. The programme was recorded at The Royal Society in Edinburgh in front of an audience.

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  • Atul Gawande: The Century of the System 02 Dec 14

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande argues that better systems can transform global healthcare by radically reducing the chance of mistakes and increasing the chance of successful outcomes. e programme was recorded at The Wellcome Collection in London before an audience. The Reith Lectures are chaired and introduced by Sue Lawley and produced by Jim Frank.

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  • Atul Gawande: Why Do Doctors Fail? 25 Nov 14

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    In the first of four BBC 2104 Reith Lectures, surgeon and writer, Dr Atul Gawande, explores the nature of fallibility and suggests that preventing avoidable mistakes is a key challenge for the future of medicine: Why Do Doctors Fail?

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  • Grayson Perry: I Found Myself In The Art World 5 Nov 2013

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    4/4. Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world and assesses the role of the artist in society.

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  • Grayson Perry: Nice Rebellion, Welcome In! 29 Oct 2013

    Tue, 29 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Can art still shock us or have we seen it all before? Speaking to an audience at The Guildhall in Londonderry, the artist Grayson Perry asks if revolution is a defining idea in art, or has it met its end?

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  • Grayson Perry: Beating the Bounds 22 Oct 2013

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Can anything be considered as art? Grayson Perry questions the often-heard assertion in his second Reith Lecture, recorded at St. George's Hall in Liverpool.

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  • Grayson Perry: Democracy Has Bad Taste 15 Oct 2013

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    In his first Reith Lecture the British artist Grayson Perry explains the process of assessing quality in contemporary art. Recorded in front of an audience at Tate Modern in London, Perry argues that there is no empirical way to judge quality in art. Instead the validation of quality rests in the hands of a tightknit group of people at the heart of the art world including curators, dealers, collectors and critics who decide in the end what ends up in galleries and museums. Often the last to have a say is the general public.

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  • Reith Lectures 2013: Welcome

    Tue, 8 Oct 13

    Duration:
    1 min

    The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

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