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The Essay Episode guide

  1. 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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  2. The Team Photo

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

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  3. Meanings of Mountains

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

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  4. Wild Things

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

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  5. Listener, They Wore It

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

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  6. Montaigne

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

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  7. Visions of Mary

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

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  8. Checkmate

    Series exploring the history and importance of chess around the world

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  9. Tolstoy

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

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  10. Free Thinking 2010

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

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  11. Architecture: The Fourth R

    Architect Sunand Prasad discusses the importance to us of buildings

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  12. Before 'Silent Spring'

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

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  13. The Stewarts

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

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  14. A Letter to My Body

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

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  15. British Cinema of the 40s

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

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  16. Home Rule for the Soul

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

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  17. Reflections on Caravaggio

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

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  18. Couples

    Frederic Raphael explores the theme of couples throughout culture and society

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  19. 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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  20. Rewiring the Mind

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

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  21. A Robert Schumann Album

    Series revealing different aspects of Robert Schumann's life and work

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  22. A Passion for Opera

    Series in which people linked with the world of opera describe their relationship to it

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  23. The King Returned

    Jonathan Sawday paints a picture of Restoration Britain, exploring politics and science

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  24. Five Easy Pieces

    Series in which Christopher Ricks explores short poems he considers are worth remembering

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  25. Postcards from Istanbul

    Five writers and intellectuals give their views on Istanbul, Turkey's largest city

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  26. Running the World

    Geographer Hayden Lorimer discusses his obsession with running

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  27. Mentors

    Writers reflect on the role of inspirational mentor figures in their artistic development.

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  28. Karachi Postcards

    London-based novelist Kamila Shamsie decides to explore Karachi, her city of birth

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  29. Land and Sea and Sky

    Artists living on the UK coast on the personal and cultural importance of being there

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  30. Chopin

    Pianist Piers Lane explores aspects of Fryderyk Chopin's life and work

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