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19/07/2009: Part 1

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 July 2009

THE FORUM, the ideas programme with BRIDGET KENDALL.

Sociologist LORD ANTHONY GIDDENS on how to fight climate change.

Nigerian novelist and poet BEN OKRI on breaking free.

American anthropologist SARAH HRDY on sharing parenting.

  • IN STUDIO

    IN STUDIO

    From left to right: Sarah Hrdy, Ben Okri, Anthony Giddens and Bridget Kendall

  • RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    RECORDING THIS WEEK'S FORUM

    Photos by Tim Jokl

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  • MEET THE GUESTS

    Sociologist LORD ANTHONY GIDDENS warns us it’s time for a rethink when it comes to climate change. Despite all the media attention, most people don’t see it as an over-riding concern. He says we must devise a new deal to persuade everyone to change the way they live.

    Award winning Nigerian novelist and poet BEN OKRI overturns the rules of conventional writing to explore the tensions between belonging and breaking free. He has invented a new literary form, the stoku, which is an amalgam of the Japanese Haiku and the short story.

    American anthropologist SARAH HRDY offers a new take on the evolution of human behaviour. She says it has been honed not through competition and warfare, but through a primeval ability to share. She believes alloparenting - the way ape ancestors shared the care of their children - has been crucial for the evolution of humankind.

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World SARAH HRDY suggests that all women wear ear plugs straight after giving birth. At birth, a woman's threshold for responding to a baby's signals is set a little lower than a man's so the baby becomes accustomed to being comforted by her, and becomes more attached to her. If a new mum wears ear plugs after giving birth, dad will be quicker to respond and over time will find himself increasingly delighted to gain baby’s affection and trust. Earplugs will ensure that fathers will be seduced into investing more of themselves in their offspring.

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  • THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    THIS WEEK'S ILLUSTRATION

    Collective parenting or seeking freedom all to tackle climate. By Emily Kasriel

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