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What connects Adolf Hitler, John Humphrys, John Prescott, Jenny Murray and Genghis Khan ? You are about to find out.
Welcome to the chopped up, looped up, sped up world of Recycled Radio - a kind of archive hour on speed. Gerald Scarfe introduces this first episode. The subject is POWER, a subject close to his heart. Expect to hear Tony Blair talking with the devil Mephistopheles about the faustian pact; Sue Perkins on Just a Minute's Machiavellian chairman Nicholas Parsons; and Eddy Grundy from the Archers stumbling into a sliced and diced version of Animal Farm. All animals are equal, wrote George Orwell, but some are more equal than others. This programme is asking you why.
Structured around Bertrand Russell's 1948 Reith lecture on Authority and the Individual, this is a crazed reworking of his exploration of power, where it comes from, and why it works.
The producer is Miles Warde.