iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Wine tasting; US philanthropy

Listen now 28 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Wine tasting; US philanthropy

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 23 May 2012

Philanthropy is most often associated with the fight against poverty and disease. But a new book claims that the philanthropic foundations established by the major American industrialists - Rockefeller, Carnegie and Ford - have also promoted American values across the world. From Chile to Indonesia, they've invested in the creation of intellectual elites with a neo liberal agenda. And, it's claimed, they've had a significant role on the international stage, transforming America from a parochial nation into a global leader. Professor Inderjeet Parmar explores the power of US philanthropy with Laurie Taylor. Also, what does the language of wine tell us about civilisation? Professor Steven Shapin charts the cultural and chemical evolution of wine tasting.

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Steven Shapin

    Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

    Talk: “The Tastes of Wine: A Cultural and Social History”
    Free event on Tuesday 29 May 2012 at 17:15 - 19:00
    Venue: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
    Alison Richard Building
    7 West Road
    Cambridge CB3 9DT

    Tel: +44 (0)1223 766886

    Find out more about Steven Shapin
  • Inderjeet Parmar

    Professor of Government at Manchester University

    Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power
    Publisher: Columbia University Press
    ISBN-10: 0231146280
    ISBN-13: 978-0231146289

    Find out more about Inderjeet Parmar


Free download

  1. Image for Thinking Allowed

    Thinking Allowed

    Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss