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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 23 February 2014

Richard's first hour guest is Scottish playwright and artist, John Byrne. He wrote the hugely popular Tutti Frutti for television, in theatre, he's best known for the Slab Boys Trilogy and more recently, he designed and painted the mural for the ceiling of Edinburgh's Kings Theatre. Once described as "the first post-modernist from Paisley", we find out more about the man behind this ferocious and restless talent.

The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was part of a group of leading Scottish figures who were invited to visit Srebrenica, by the charity Remembering Srebrenica. She tells Richard why it was so important to meet people directly affected by the 1995 massacre that took place there, one of the worst atrocities on European soil since the 2nd world war.

Philosopher Roman Krznaric wants to launch an empathy revolution. He explains why empathy can change lives and inspire political action. His book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution is out now, published by Rider Books.

And barely a week goes by when we don't hear about some crisis in the banking sector, huge bonuses being paid to bank executives or unethical practises being uncovered. But over in Holland, Dutch bankers have started to swear an oath to promise to do their job with integrity. The oath is the first of its kind in Europe. Maud Van Gaal, finance reporter for Bloomberg News in Amsterdam; Eve Poole from Ashridge Business School, and philosopher Roman Krznaric, join Richard to discuss whether an ethical code backed by a solemn oath can help win back public confidence.

  • John Byrne

    Richard Holloway and John Byrne
    Richard Holloway and the Scottish playwright and artist John Byrne.
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    Richard Holloway and John Byrne
    John Byrne and Richard Holloway mid interview.


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