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A Time for Empathy

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First broadcast:
Friday 17 December 2010

Joan Bakewell contrasts our empathy for fictional characters on the stage and on screen with a reported growing lack of sympathy for real people in need. When the prevailing culture is one of self-regard and narcissism the quiet work of charities deserves all the more applause.
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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