One of South Africa’s best known novelists, talks about his “discovery” of language at the age of six and how that made him into a writer. He also charts the rollercoaster fortunes of his native tongue – Afrikaans, both the language of the underdog and the tool of apartheid oppressors.
Eugene Kaplan and students
American biologist, Professor Eugene Kaplan, on human bodies as hotels for parasites. He has spent half a century dissecting and probing the guts, stomachs and other internal organs of living creatures, all in pursuit of the uninvited guests who live there.
Iranian-born political scientist Vali Nasr explores the untold story of the rise of the middle classes across the Muslim world and why this should be encouraged.
60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In our 60 Second Idea to Change the World Vali Nasr suggests that everyone should be compelled to greet ‘properly’ at least half a dozen strangers every day. This would make our journeys longer but would add immensely to our quality of life, counteract the serious loss of civility which we see all around us.
In Next Week’s Programme
Power of innovation - in nanoscience, holy cows, and through the eyes of a 21st century Marxist. With George M Whitesides, Radhika Jha and David Harvey.