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23 June 2008
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This week Andrew Marr is joined by Kenan Malik, Sir Ian Kershaw, Eva Figes and Philip Ball.
The writer and broadcaster KENAN MALIK explores race from a cultural and biological angle and argues that both sides of the debate are wrong. He suggests that although race has no basis in nature, it is useful for medical research and should not be discarded, and also that multiculturalism is only reaffirming racialised thinking. Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate is published by Oneworld.

A founding historian of the social history of the Third Reich, SIR IAN KERSHAW has spent the last 30 years researching the causes and consequences of Nazi policy. His latest work draws together the most important of his essays and presents a complex picture both of the destructive dynamic of the Nazi leadership and the attitudes and behaviour of ordinary Germans towards the Final Solution. Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution is published by Yale University Press.

In the spring of 1939, six-year-old EVA FIGES and her family escaped Nazi Germany for London, leaving behind friends, relatives and their penniless housemaid, Edith. Eight years later, Edith wrote from Palestine asking for her old job back and on her arrival in London haltingly told Eva her story. In her new book, part memoir, part polemic, Journey to Nowhere, Eva Figes recounts the story of how Edith survived in wartime Berlin and her bitter disappointment with Palestine. Journey to Nowhere: One Woman Looks for the Promised Land is published by Granta Books.

What makes an experiment beautiful? Is it elegant design, conceptual simplicity or an imaginative approach that transcends common views? PHILIP BALL argues that all such factors play a part in truly beautiful experiments and that chemistry boasts its own special kind of beauty. Philip Ball will be giving a lecture called ‘Elegant Solutions’ at the Royal Institution on 10 July.

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