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16/05/2010

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 16 May 2010

Connections and Rupture

Harvard physician and social scientist, Professor Nicholas Christakis explains how our behaviour, health and even basic beliefs can be shaped by people we’ve never met. Israeli film director Amos Gitai gives his poignant memories of frontline military services, and how this affected his vision as a film maker.
Pakistani novelist Daniyal Mueenuddin draws us into his fictional world of age- old connections built on a feudal society. He argues that the poorer and more desperate you are, the less likely you are to take risks and change your life.

Below the surface, networks and connections between soldiers, servants and traders by Emily Kasriel

Chapters

4 items
  • Nicholas Christakis

    Nicholas Christakis

    How our behaviour can be shaped by people we’ve never met.

  • Amos Gitai

    Amos Gitai

    Memories of frontline military services, and how this affected his vision as a film maker.

  • Daniyal Mueenuddin

    Daniyal Mueenuddin

    Exposing the fault lines in the social fabric of rural Pakistan.

  • 60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    60 SECOND IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD

    In our Sixty Second Idea to Save the World, Daniyal Mueenuddin suggests that armies should be organized so that, the higher a serviceman’s rank, the closer he is posted to the front line. If the top officers served at the front, they would be the first victims of their own blunders, paying for their mistakes with their lives.

  • In Next Week’s Programme

    In Next Week’s Programme - Professor Joseph Nye, one of the United States’ most distinguished political scientists and inventor of the terms ‘soft power’ and ‘smart power’, and to weigh up the role of religion and democracy in today’s globalized world, British-Dutch academic Ian Buruma and from Nigeria, prize winning writer Helon Habila who says that telling stories in a non-linear way is in some ways similar to the way the human brain works.

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