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The Essay Episode guide

  1. InterRail Postcards

    Series in which writers discuss how new technology has changed student travel forever

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  2. It Talks

    Series exploring key developments in the history of money

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  3. The Mystical Turn

    Jane Shaw on a renewed interest in mysticism from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

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  4. The Feast of Language

    Thomas Lynch, a poet, essayist and funeral director, discusses his favourite poets

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  5. The Essay: The Father Instinct

    Writer Lou Stein explores the connections between being a father and artistic creativity

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  6. New Mystery Plays

    Series of new dramas updating stories from the Old Testament to contemporary settings

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  7. Under the Influence

    People working in the arts discuss important influences on their careers

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  8. Requiem for Networks

    Ken Hollings discusses the history, power and revolutionary change of information networks

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  9. The Book that Changed Me

    Writers, academics and journalists discuss the books that inspired them in their careers

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  10. The Age of Creativity

    Series in which writers, composers and poets explore how ageing affects creative artists

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  11. The Life Cycle of a Fictional Character - An Alternative History of the Novel

    Critic James Wood explores aspects of novelistic technique through a fictional character

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  12. The Team Photo

    Writers discuss a team photo from their past and consider when one is captured in a group.

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  13. Meanings of Mountains

    Series about relationships that different peoples of the world have with their mountains

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  14. Wild Things

    Poet and writer Ruth Padel explores our reactions to five British wild animals

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  15. Listener, They Wore It

    Writers explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art

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  16. Montaigne

    Series of essays on the life and work of French philosopher and writer Michel de Montaigne

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  17. Visions of Mary

    Series in which academics discuss the Virgin Mary within and outside of Christianity

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  18. Checkmate

    Series exploring the history and importance of chess around the world

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  19. Tolstoy

    Series in which people explain their passion for Tolstoy's works and the Russia he evokes.

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  20. Free Thinking 2010

    Series recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival 2010

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  21. Architecture: The Fourth R

    Architect Sunand Prasad discusses the importance to us of buildings

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  22. Before 'Silent Spring'

    Writers, scientists and environmental campaigners trace the roots of the green movement

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  23. The Stewarts

    Writers and historians discuss different aspects of the Stewart dynasty and their rule

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  24. A Letter to My Body

    Thinkers, artists and writers ask themselves how they relate to their own bodies

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  25. British Cinema of the 40s

    Simon Heffer considers 1940s British films in terms of their social and political message.

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  26. Home Rule for the Soul

    Series in which Sunil Khilnani discusses Gandhi's first major work, Hind Swaraj

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  27. Reflections on Caravaggio

    John Gash reflects on the innovative style and tempestuous life of the Milanese painter

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  28. Couples

    Frederic Raphael explores the theme of couples throughout culture and society

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  29. Half Shame, Half Glory - Postcards from the Acting Profession

    Five actors give their thoughts on what it means to be a member of their profession

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  30. Rewiring the Mind

    David Hendy examines the ways in which the electronic media have shaped the modern mind

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