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The subect of this year's lecture series is the Climate of Fear.

Latest Lecture: Lecture 5: I am Right; You are Dead
Wole Soyinka Lecturer: Wole Soyinka

This year's Reith lecturer is Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright, Wole Soyinka, who was imprisoned in Nigeria for his opposition to dictatorship.
Climate of Fear Lectures: Climate of Fear

What are we afraid of? Could fear itself be the greatest danger - damaging both the human psyche and the fabric of society?

The Schedule The Schedule

Climate of Fear lectures will be broadcast on Wednesdays and Saturdays in April and May.
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Lecture audio and transcripts will be available after each broadcast.

  • Lecture 1:
    The Changing Mask of Fear
  • Lecture 2:
    Power and Freedom
  • Lecture 3:
    Rhetoric that Binds and Blinds
  • Lecture 4:
    A Quest for Dignity
  • Lecture 5:
    I am Right; You are Dead

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