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Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Anne McElvoy listens out for echoes of Beethoven in Hegel
From paintings and folk tales to Brian Cox on the stars and Susan Greaney on Stonehenge.
Tracing the sensual and radical Marlene Dietrich, from Europe to Hollywood.
Matthew Sweet and guests discuss James M Cain's classic novel and its film adaptation.
Rana Mitter reads from a new biography of Dostoevsky, 200 years after his birth.
John Gallagher's guests decode changes in Behn's loyalties from her plays and dedications.
Autism, Film and Patterns
From Rain Man to Atypical. Matthew Sweet looks at autism on screen and in everyday life.
Women and Slavery
New research into female slave owners in Britain to women on Caribbean plantations.
Witchcraft, Werewolves and Writing the Devil
New novels from Jenni Fagan and Salena Godden depict Mrs Death and the devil's daughter.
Harlots and 18th-century working women
Hallie Rubenhold, Moira Buffini and Laura Lammasniemi discuss the TV series Harlots.
James Baldwin and Race in the USA
Rana Mitter and guests re-read James Baldwin as a new US president is inaugurated.
John Rawls's A Theory of Justice
Anne McElvoy and guests re-read this 1971 work of political philosophy about inequality.
Food, the Environment and Richard Flanagan
Bush fires in novelist Richard Flanagan's new book, and Anne McElvoy looks at veganism.
Yiddish and Rotwelsch Languages, Nazi France
Michael Rosen and Martin Puchner talk to Matthew Sweet about languages, codes and secrecy.
What Makes a Good Lecture?
Ted talks, zoom and lectures :Mary Beard, Homi Bhabha and Seán Williams join Shahidha Bari
Who are the best writers past and present who give us an insight into the natural world?
Patricia Lockwood and André Aciman
Two American authors talk to Laurence Scott about their sense of time, place and self.
Class and Social Mobility
Selina Todd, David Goodhart, Timandra Harkness and Sadie Ryan talk with Matthew Sweet.
Fashion Stories in Museums
Claire Wilcox, fashion curator of the V&A, talks to Shahidha Bari and other researchers.
Darwin's The Descent of Man (1871)
Matthew Sweet and guests assess Darwin's arguments about the human species, sex and race.
Coins, going cashless and the magic money tree
In February 1971, the UK went decimal. Anne McElvoy and guests look at money old and new.
Pakistan Politics, Water Supplies
Samira Shackle, Ejaz Haider and Majed Akhter talk about Karachi, power, crime and energy.
Turkey: Adnan Menderes, populism, and history
Having survived a plane crash, the Turkish prime minister 1950-60 died in an execution.
Adoption, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Renée Vivien and Violette Leduc
Fiona Sampson, Peggy Reynolds and Anne McElvoy talk poetry and writing personal stories
Saint John Henry Newman
Kate Kennedy, Tim Stanley, Catherine Pepinster and Dafydd Mills Daniel on Newman's thought
Humans, Animals, Ecologies
Matthew Sweet talks to Joanna Bourke and Anna Tsing about the human and the non human.
Foucault: The History of Sexuality 4
Shahidha Bari reads a new English translation by Robert Hurley.
Shahidha Bari looks at research into girls in film and fiction to Malawi health projects.
Breakdown: Horatio Clare, Stevie Smith
Horatio Clare talks to Laurence Scott about mania and healing. Plus Stevie Smith.
Speech, Voice, Accents and AI
Sadie Ryan, Lynda Clark and Allison Koenecke talk about their research with Matthew Sweet.