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Reith 2007


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The Presenter: Sue Lawley

Sue Lawley Sue Lawley is one of Britain's best known broadcasters and journalists. Her programme portfolio has always been varied - from current affairs to chat shows. Nationwide and Tonight were the first national television programmes she presented for the BBC - then came general elections, the Six and Nine o'Clock News, Question Time, Wogan and her own interview show on television.

Sue presented Radio 4's Desert Island Discs for seventeen years and has chaired the BBC's Reith Lectures for the past five. She is a director of the English National Opera.

Sue was born in the West Midlands and studied languages at Bristol University. She began her career as a journalist at The Western Mail & Echo in Cardiff and as a sub-editor and reporter with BBC Plymouth.

The mother of two grown children, Sue lives with her husband, a media executive, in London and in Devon.

Audio Help


Lecture audio and transcripts will be available after each broadcast. Each lecture will be available as an MP3 download for 7 days after the first broadcast.

Lecture 1: Wednesday 11 April 2007, 9am
  • Bursting at the Seams

  • Lecture 2: Wednesday 18 April, 8pm
  • Survival in the Anthropocene

  • Lecture 3: Wednesday 25 April, 8pm
  • The Great Convergence

  • Lecture 4: Wednesday 2 May, 8pm
  • Economic Solidarity for a Crowded Planet

  • Lecture 5: Wednesday 9 May, 8pm
  • Global Politics in a Complex Age.


    You can use the following links to find out more about issues raised by the lectures:
  • Jeffrey Sachs
  • Climate change
  • UN and International Relations
  • Globalization
  • Poverty

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