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Blithe Spirit, Strong Leadership and Military Intervention, Brain Surgery

Samira Ahmed presents a live edition from a pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre and reviews the first night of Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury.

Samira Ahmed presents a live edition from the pop-up studio at London's Southbank Centre where Radio 3 is broadcasting live all day every day for the last two weeks of March.

Angela Lansbury has returned to the London stage to star in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Free Thinking has a first night review from theatre critic Susannah Clapp and novelist Nicola Upson.

As the international community debates the ongoing situation in Ukraine and Syria, kremlinologist and historian, Archie Brown, and military expert and author, Frank Ledwidge discuss whether strong leaders undermine rather than enhance the possibility of good leadership.

Finally to the operating theatre when the neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks about the distance between the doctor's oath to do harm and the realities of brain operations where decisions have to be taken fast and often under conditions of great uncertainty

If you're in the area, visit the Radio 3 studio and performance space in the Royal Festival Hall Riverside Café to listen to Radio 3, ask questions and enjoy the special events.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Strong Leadership and Military Intervention

    A discussion on whether strong leaders undermine the possibility of good leadership

    Duration: 20:55

  • Brain Surgery

    Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh on making life-or-death decisions in the operating theatre

    Duration: 09:05

  • Blithe Spirit

    Susannah Clapp and Nicola Upson review Blithe Spirit, starring Angela Lansbury

    Duration: 14:23

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit is at the Gielgud Theatre in London, currently booking until 7 June 2014


Image above: Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit. Photo Johan Persson.

Do No Harm

Do No Harm
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh is available in hardback and e-book now.

The Myth of the Strong Leader

The Myth of the Strong Leader

The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, by Archie Brown, is published on 10 April 2014.

 

Photo credit: Rebecca Phillipson

Investment in Blood

Investment in Blood

Investment in Blood: The True Cost of Britain's Afghan War, by Frank Ledwidge, is available now in hardback and e-book. 

 

Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, by Frank Ledwidge, is available now in paperback and e-book.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest Nicola Upson
Interviewed Guest Archie Brown
Interviewed Guest Frank Ledwidge
Producer Jacqueline Smith

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