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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
16 November 2005
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THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Diane Negra, Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University 's Department of Modern Culture and Media in Providence. 

Diane was in the US as the story of the runaway bride, Jennifer Wilbanks, unfolded earlier this year. Diane analyses the subsequent media attacks on Wilbanks when it was revealed that she had not been abducted but had fled her hometown wedding of her own volition and also discusses why the notion of 'hometown' has become such a potent fantasy in the US.

REMEBERING LENNON
This year marks the 25 th anniversary of the death of John Lennon and Radio 4 will be celebrating his life with a series of programmes. Laurie Taylor launches the 'Remembering Lennon' season with a discussion on how The Beatles kick-started the trend for fans to identify with particular band members.

Laurie Taylor is joined by Hunter Davies, biographer of The Beatles, Caspar Melville, former music journalist and academic and editor of the New Humanist, and Lynne Segal, professor of Psychology and Gender Studies to discuss how cultural role models have developed since then.  Do we all need role-models at some time in our lives; and are some celebrities more suited to the job than others? 
Additional information:

Dr Diane Negra, Senior Lecturer and Director of the PhD Program, School of Film & Television Studies, University of East Anglia and Visiting Associate Professor at Brown University 's Department of Modern Culture and Media, Providence, Rhode Island 

Postfeminism Lost and Found: Tracking the "Runaway Bride" 
Diane Negra

More information about Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride 

Hunter Davies, Journalist and official biographer of The Beatles

The 'Beatles' - the classic newly revised
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd
ISBN: 0393315711 

Caspar Melville, Editor of the New Humanist, former music journalist and academic whose research focused on the history of London dance music 

Professor Lynne Segal, Professor of psychology and Gender Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London 

Lennon Remembered  
From 8th December, the BBC celebrates the life and work of John Winston Lennon
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