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Suicide; black British actors; Roma; audio games

Jennifer Michael Hecht talks to Matthew Sweet about the way society talks about suicide. Plus sound designer Nick Ryan on his approach to creating audio-only video games.

Coronation Street is running a storyline about assisted suicide. Is there a growing suicidal nihilism that leads certain sections of society to see suicide as a valid response to life? Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of 'Stay - A history of suicide and the philosophies against it,' is in discussion with Matthew Sweet.
Audio only video games are on the increase. Sound designer Nick Ryan explains his approach to creating them and gamer and novelist Naomi Alderman reflects on the sound world they create.
Writers Adam Gopnik and Louise Doughty discuss attitudes to Romani people in France and the UK.
As Culture Minister Ed Vaizey prepares to meet some of Britain's leading black actors to discuss what is preventing them being given more tv and stage roles we hear the views of actress Adjoa Andoh.

Producer: Natalie Steed.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Suicide

    Jennifer Michael Hecht and Allan Kellehear discuss modern attitudes to suicide.

    Duration: 15:20

  • Black British actors

    Adjoa Andoh discusses the opportunities for Britain's black actors in the UK.

    Duration: 06:34

  • Audio Games

    Sound designer Nick Ryan and Naomi Alderman on audio only video games.

    Duration: 11:31

  • Romani people in France and the UK

    Adam Gopnik and Louise Doughty discuss attitudes to Romani people in France and the UK.

    Duration: 10:39

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hecht is available now published by Yale University Press. 


And in the discussion Jennifer was talking to Dr Allan Kellehear

Samaritans

Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone on 08457 90 90 90 or find the details for a local branch on their website


Audio Games

Zombies, Run!  is published by Six to Start. 

The NightJar and Papa Sangre and Papa Sangre II and are published by Somethin’ Else.



Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Hecht
Interviewed Guest Nick Ryan
Interviewed Guest Naomi Alderman
Interviewed Guest Adam Gopnik
Interviewed Guest Louise Doughty
Interviewed Guest Adjoa Andoh
Producer Natalie Steed

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