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Wednesday 17 March 2010

The latest British Crime Survey statistics show 744,000 domestic burglaries in England and Wales. This may seem a lot, and though it is no consolation to anyone who had their house ransacked last year, it actually represents a drop of more than a million since 1995. So why is burglary less appealing to criminals? Are they turning to a life without crime or are they simply taking up something else? Laurie Taylor hears from James Treadwell, whose ongoing research seems to present the answer, and it is part of a story involving the plummeting cost of a DVD player and the rising popularity of the iPod.

Also on the programme: milk and modernity. What part has the wonderful white nectar had in the development of cities, the separation of urban and rural and our notions of what is pure and natural? It is a surprising story in which ideas of what is natural are constantly being inverted. Laurie speaks to Peter Atkins and Harry West.

  • James Treadwell

    James Treadwell, Lecturer in Criminology at Leicester University

    Find out more about James Treadwell
  • Peter Atkins

    Peter Atkins, Professor of Geography at Durham University

    Liquid Materialities: A History of Milk, Science and the Law
    (The first volume of a 4 part series on the history of milk in Britain)
    Imprint: Ashgate
    ISBN: 978-0-7546-7921-9

    Find out more about Peter Atkins
  • Harry West

    Harry West, Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at The School of Oriental and African Studies in London

    Food Fears and Raw-Milk Cheese
    Appetite, 51 (1). pp. 25-29
    West, Harry G. (2008)

    Find out more about Harry West



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