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Sir Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 06 Jul 2014

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health

Professor Sir Michael Marmot is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. He's an epidemiologist who has spent his career studying what the key factors are in leading a long and healthy life and how your income and post code can affect your longevity.

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, Sir Michael specialises in what are known as the social determinants of health: how where we are in the wealth and status pecking order directly influences our chances of illness, disease and lifespan. Why is it, for example, that in 2014 in the same British city the average life expectancy for a man in one post code will be 82 but just a few miles away it's 54?
His work has influenced politicians around the globe.

His pioneering research is often at odds with wider societal concerns over what are known these days as lifestyle choices - like smoking, not taking any exercise or eating junk ... he says simply "what I contribute to the policy debate is that I bring evidence - I don't do the skulduggery of politics.".

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Giacomo Puccini

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Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di vedremo (from Madam Butterfly)

Performers: Mirella Freni, Vienna Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan

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Jean Sibelius

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Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto Op.47 in D Minor - Allegro

Performers: Maxim Vengerov, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim

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Rosalind Harris

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Rosalind Harris

Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof

Performers: Michele Marsh and Neva Small

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Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten

Oh, hang at open doors

Performers: Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden and Sir Colin Davis

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Deh, vieni,non tardar (from the Marriage of Figaro)

Performers: Barbara Hendricks, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Neville Marriner

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Johann Sebastian Bach

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Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite No.2 in D Minor - Allemande

Performer: Pablo Casals

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Afriquoi

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Afriquoi

Kudaushe

Book

Oxford English Dictionary (all 13 volumes and supplements) by

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