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Writer Helen Macdonald confesses to an obsession with the recent Star Wars movie.
Fri 29 Jan 2016
Tom Shakespeare reflects that personal experience is the most powerful form of expertise.
Fri 22 Jan 2016
Tom Shakespeare is concerned by what the rise of cosmetic surgery says about society.
Fri 15 Jan 2016
Tom Shakespeare argues that the country needs a new national anthem.
Fri 8 Jan 2016
Tom Shakespeare suggests ways to shrink and completely reform the House of Lords.
New Year's Day 2016
Howard Jacobson does not feel complimented when someone describes him as 'wise'.
Christmas Day 2015
Howard Jacobson would sooner see Radio 4's Thought for the Day more, not less, religious.
Fri 18 Dec 2015
Howard Jacobson recalls a mongrel mix of traditions in his family's Christmas festivities.
Fri 4 Dec 2015
Sarah Dunant reflects on the links between protest, terrorism, climate change and Paris.
Fri 27 Nov 2015
Sarah Dunant welcomes Canada's plans to fully legalise marijuana.
Fri 20 Nov 2015
Sarah Dunant sees a new crisis in the Catholic Church as a result of unchanged policy.
Fri 6 Nov 2015
Roger Scruton deplores the tyranny of banal and ubiquitous pop music.
Fri 30 Oct 2015
Roger Scruton argues for the freedom to make jokes that others may find offensive.
Fri 23 Oct 2015
Roger Scruton argues that the law on freedom of speech ought to protect heretical views.
Fri 16 Oct 2015
Will Self reflects on our relationship with gardens and gardening.
Fri 9 Oct 2015
Will Self says people cannot pretend that looks do not matter.
Fri 2 Oct 2015
Will Self reflects on the significance of names, including his own.
Fri 25 Sep 2015
Will Self sees a love of habit as a shield against the unexpected in life.
Fri 18 Sep 2015
Will Self reflects on the various reasons for his inability to sleep soundly any more.
Fri 11 Sep 2015
PJ O'Rourke sizes up the candidates aspiring to be President of the United States.
Fri 4 Sep 2015
John Gray warns about the dangers of science that promises to enhance human abilities.
Fri 28 Aug 2015
John Gray discusses why it's time to rethink today's narrow view of atheism.
Fri 21 Aug 2015
John Gray frecalls the work of Eric Ambler and finds unsettling contemporary echoes.
Fri 14 Aug 2015
John Gray sees the euro as a misconceived project with Greece's economy as a casualty.
Fri 7 Aug 2015
Adam Gopnik reflects on the reason for our obsession with long-form television series.
Fri 31 Jul 2015
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
Fri 24 Jul 2015
Peter Aspden reflects on the emotional power of the cultural influence of Greece.
Fri 17 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik reflects on the need to protect private communications in the internet age.
Fri 10 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik wonders why religious people are feeling 'persecuted' by same-sex marriage.
Fri 3 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik's ten-year family reunion brings into focus the passage of time.
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