Fire, just as much as flood, could threaten our future on this planet warns ecologist David Bowman who has spent his life tracking the wildfires of Australia, the planet’s most combustible continent.
The human decision to swap hunting for farmed food was profoundly unnatural, claims British writer Tom Standage, and is a choice which paved the way for today’s jostling urban sprawls. He reveals how food has shaped human history.
Picture courtesy of Eduard Keller.
The only way to counter today's problems, according to Romanian American poet Andrei Codrescu, is to throw out all rational arguments and revive the subversive craziness of Dadaism – an art form perfectly attuned to what he calls our 'posthuman' era.
60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In our 60 Second Idea To Change The World, TOM STANDAGE wants everyone over the age of 45 to play a video game for around an hour. He believes embracing this new technology will show people video games aren’t all violent and that, on the contrary, they help players juggle several tasks, evaluate risks and make quick decisions - an ideal preparation for the workplace of the 21st century.Listen to this idea...
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
Radical changes for Chinese women with writer and director Sun Shuyun;
an insight into the minds of dolphins with trailblazing cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss and an explosive alchemy of graphic novels, manga and more with comics historian and curator Paul Gravett.