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Living With Poverty

Following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent remarks about the problem of hunger in the UK, Mark Tully considers social and personal attitudes towards poverty.

Mark Tully considers social, religious and personal attitudes towards poverty.

The Archbishop of Canterbury recently said, “It’s a tragedy that hunger still exists in the United Kingdom in the 21st century. Yet, we continue to live with scandalous inequality”.

Living in Delhi, Mark Tully is also concerned by the poverty that he sees around him there. In this edition of Something Understood, he contemplates poverty and explores the social obligations to do something about it. He talks to Dr. John Kirkby about the practical solutions to the relief of poverty on an individual level. There are readings from poet Robert Sosa, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and philosopher Loren Eiseley - with music from Bessie Smith, Femi Kuti and J.S. Bach.

The readers are Polly Frame, Francis Cadder and Jasper Britton

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling
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28 minutes

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Sun 3 Nov 2019 06:05

Music Played

  • Femi Kuti

    The World Is Changing

    • No Place For My Dream.
    • Wrasse Records.
  • The Divine Comedy

    Eye Of The Needle

    • Regeneration.
    • Parlophone.
  • Bessie Smith

    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

    • Empty Bed Blues.
    • ASV.
  • Bing Crosby

    Brother Can You Spare A Dime

    • Out Of Nowhere.
    • London.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brich dem Hungarigen dein Brot

    Performer: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Bach Cantatas [SDG, 2000].
    • SDG.

Readings

Title: The Poor

Author: Roberto Sosa

Published by: Poerty Magazine


Title: Moral Man And Immoral Society

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr 

Published by: Continuum


Title: The Cocklewoman

Author: Menna Elfyn 

Published by: Bloodaxe


Title: The Star Thrower

Author: Loren Eiseley 

Published by: Mariner Books


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