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24/05/2009

Duration:
53 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 May 2009

THE FORUM, the ideas programme presented by BRIDGET KENDALL.

Indian political economist DEEPAK LAL on the origins of capitalism.

Scottish writer and stand-up comedian AL KENNEDY on the paramount importance of words.

Historian and Tatar poet RAVIL BUKHARAEV on the unsung power of minority nations.

  • IN STUDIO

    IN STUDIO

    From left to right: Deepak Lal, Ravil Bukharaev, AL Kennedy and Bridget Kendall

  • RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

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  • MEET THE GUESTS

    Indian political economist DEEPAK LAL explores how the foundations of modern capitalism were laid by the Roman Catholic church as far back as the 6th century AD and believes that, though capitalism has benefitted the Western world long term, there are hidden prices to pay.

    Scottish writer and stand-up comedian AL KENNEDY urges us to liberate our inner voices and recognise the power of the spoken word, fearing that lack of communication and falling standards in literacy may lay societies open to greater political manipulation.

    Historian and Tatar poet RAVIL BUKHARAEV reflects on how minority nations existing within larger nations, such as his native Tartarstan in Russia, can survive against the odds and even go on to wield considerable influence across the rest of the world.

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    AL KENNEDY suggests that we give gifts to strangers by surreptitiously slipping very small presents, such as a children’s toy, into their pockets for them to find and enjoy later. She feels that nowadays we tend to go through our lives half asleep, barely aware of each other, and by playing what she calls the Random Game the giver has to 'notice' an individual in the crowd and the recipient will be pleased to have been noticed and perhaps themselves begin to pay more attention to passing strangers.

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  • THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    Speaking out in a Tatar tongue about the hidden hand of the popes behind capitalism. By Emily Kasriel

  • IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME

    Harvard sociologist WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON raises the challenges posed by being poor and black in American cities.

    German installation artist CLEMENS VON WEDEMEYER explores that mysterious gap between the cast and the audience.

  • COMMENTS ON THE 60 SECOND IDEA

    Re AL Kennedy's idea of random gifts: as young people we would play a game of paying for people behind us in line for something. For example, the toll roads & bridges in the US, at the movies or in line for ice cream..then we would quickly disappear...we also planted sunflower seeds in vacant lots and next to trees in the city. Fun things, never knew who would see them. Anyway this reminded me of those moments in Boston, Massachussetts, USA!
    Maria, Rotterdam, Holland

    I initiated an idea to harness the power of the social networking engine Facebook 'to improve the world'. I founded a group called 'Bridges Not Walls' with the intent to uplift Facebook's typical friendly dribble and patter for a more cohesive and enlightened purpose. I have asked friends to invite friends to join, but even without joining a group, to make June 1st 'Bridges Not Walls Day' - to post one idea to help bridge differences between peoples of the world. Perhaps you're interested?
    Susan, Maastricht, the Netherlands

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