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Resting and Rushing
Claudia Hammond has solutions for our frazzled times and Matthew Smith looks at ritalin.
When TV & the information superhighway were new
Matthew Sweet and guests reflect on the experimental art of Nam June Paik and John Giorno
Feasting, fasting, hospitality and food security
From plenty to food banks - writer Priya Basil, curator Victoria Avery and Maia Elliot
The shadow of empire and colonialism
Historian William Dalrymple, Wasafiri editor Susheila Nasta and novelist Romesh Gunesekera
Shahidha Bari discusses pan-Africanism in plays, films, literature and politics.
The wealth gap, #MeToo and Edith Wharton
Laurence Scott and Alice Kelly re-read Wharton's 'gilded-age' novel The Age of Innocence.
Speaking the right language.
Matthew Sweet asks how did the English language grow & what are the key election phrases?
Extinction Rebellion and the End of the World
Rana Mitter looks at the ideologies surrounding climate disaster.
The culture wars and politics now
Philip Dodd with Douglas Murray, David Goodhart, Beatrix Campbell and Maya Goodfellow.
The Strange Case of the Huge Country Pile
Matthew Sweet and guests are upstairs and downstairs in the stately home.
Panpsychism - Is everything conscious?
Matthew Sweet lifts the lid on a radical movement in philosophy.
Could there be a private language?
Shahidha Bari investigates how Wittgenstein meets the challenge of scepticism.
Philosophy, imagination and film
Rana Mitter, Sally Potter and philosophers discuss thought experiments and cinema.
Why we read and the idea of the 'woman writer'
From Elizabethan poet Anne Dowriche and Anne Bronte to what women say they read now.
Simplify your life - ideas from 20th-century radicals
Laurence Scott looks at the rise of vegetarianism, a basic income, world peace and nudism.
Psychohistory: Isaac Asimov and guiding the future
Matthew Sweet asks if the fictional science of psychohistory changed the future of humans.
Pioneering women: academics and classics
Nikita Gill & Francesca Wade on classicist Jane Harrison, goddesses and LSE's Eileen Power
Poetry and Science
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Greg Tate, Sam Illingworth & Sunayana Bhargava join Anne McElvoy.
What is good listening?
Matthew Sweet with New York Times journalist Kate Murphy, Anne Karpf and David Toop.
Rana Mitter marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation and talks to author Anne Michaels
How we see pregnancy past and present
Anne McElvoy hears the story of a woman who gave birth to rabbits and the news from Davos.
Fungi: An Alien Encounter
Are fungi out to get us or here to help? A look at mushrooms in art, food, and psychology.
Mocking power past and present
The German joker Tyll Ulenspiegel. Anne McElvoy, Daniel Kehlmann and Karen Leeder discuss.
Samuel Beckett & the purpose of culture
If we want the arts to be a comfort blanket, where does Beckett fit in? Lisa Dwan responds
Matthew Sweet looks back at an early female film director and a British film pioneer.
The shadow of slavery
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough talks to a panel about slavery, sugar and the costs.
How we talk about sex and women's bodies
Fern Riddell, Kate Lister and Robin Mitchell discuss their research with Matthew Sweet.
How do we apply modern LGBT+ language and identities to historical figures?
The Surreal World of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Matthew Sweet talks to Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky and to critics.
Japan Now 2020
Hiromi Ito, Tomoko Sawada, Yukiko Motoya and Motoyuki Shibata
African Empire stories
Petina Gappah and Sarah LeFanu on Livingstone, Kipling and Mary Kingsley in Africa.