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Is Faster Better?

Andrew Marr discusses the pace of life with Robert Colvile, Carl Honore, Sarah Dunant and Steve Jones.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr looks at the pace of life with the writer Robert Colvile who celebrates today's accelerating flow of change and argues that we are hard-wired to crave novelty, speed and convenience. But Carl Honoré challenges this cult of speed in his praise of slowness. The scientist Steve Jones looks back at another period of history where the pace of change was revolutionary impacting scientifically, socially and politically - the French Revolution. And the writer Sarah Dunant focuses on 16th century Italy at a time when ideas in politics, religion and art were gathering pace.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Robert Colvile

Robert Colvile is a writer and journalist.

The Great Acceleration is published by Bloomsbury.

Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré is a journalist, author and speaker.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London.

No Need For Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine is published by Little, Brown.

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is a writer, broadcaster and critic.

In the Age of Giorgione is on at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until 5 June.

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Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Robert Colvile
Interviewed Guest Carl Honore
Interviewed Guest Sarah Dunant
Interviewed Guest Steve Jones
Producer Katy Hickman

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