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Adam Gopnik's casts light on the mysterious relationship between words and music.
Fri 19 Jun 2015
Adam Gopnik concludes there are no indispensable people in any family or organisation.
Fri 12 Jun 2015
AL Kennedy on the drive to make money out of education.
Fri 5 Jun 2015
AL Kennedy reflects on how age changes our view of the past and the future.
Fri 29 May 2015
AL Kennedy explores the merits of courtesy, but she points out that it can be complicated.
Fri 22 May 2015
AL Kennedy says the election results in Scotland reflect a surge in political engagement.
Fri 15 May 2015
David Cannadine says Barack Obama is not the first American president to act like a king.
Fri 8 May 2015
A American writer PJ O'Rourke gives his view of the UK election.
Fri 1 May 2015
David Cannadine reflects on the merits of youth and age in political leaders.
Fri 24 Apr 2015
David Cannadine compares the style of national commemorations in the US and in Britain.
Fri 17 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson explains why he prefers art to ideology, especially at election time.
Fri 10 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson explains why he dislikes the narcissism of the selfie.
Fri 3 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson thinks skimpy suits show men are suffering from a self-image crisis.
Fri 27 Mar 2015
Tom Shakespeare says that disabled people's right to independent living is under threat.
Fri 20 Mar 2015
Tom Shakespeare thinks that reformed select committees have revitalised Parliament.
Fri 13 Mar 2015
Tom Shakespeare says wisdom in middle age is some compensation for cognitive decline.
Fri 6 Mar 2015
Will Self reflects on the unsettling nature of time.
Fri 27 Feb 2015
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
Fri 20 Feb 2015
Will Self reflects on the power of our relationship with fictional characters.
Fri 13 Feb 2015
Will Self finds himself driven to reconsider the nature and purpose of satire.
Fri 6 Feb 2015
Will Self reflects on the growing divide between people with and without children.
Fri 30 Jan 2015
Will Self laments diminishing personal contact as a result of the rise of technology.
Fri 23 Jan 2015
AL Kennedy reflects on the power of art to sustain the human spirit.
Fri 16 Jan 2015
AL Kennedy reflects on the importance of learning languages and listening to one another.
Fri 9 Jan 2015
Adam Gopnick reflects on the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Fri 2 Jan 2015
AL Kennedy reflects on what it means to pursue happiness.
Boxing Day 2014
David Cannadine reflects on the history of the Queen's Christmas message.
Fri 19 Dec 2014
What constitutes real art, as opposed to kitsch or that based on fake emotions and cliche?
Fri 12 Dec 2014
Why the fear of producing kitsch art has led to a new kind of pre-emptive kitsch.
Fri 5 Dec 2014
Roger Scruton muses on the difference between genuine art and that based on fake emotion.
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