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20100102

20100102

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

2010010220100103 (WS)

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

2010010220100103 (WS)

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100109

2010010920100110 (WS)

Can the advent of electronic books replace the passion for the printed page?

20100109

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine welcomes the advent of electronic books but retains her passion for the printed page and for sharing traditional books with others.

2010010920100110 (WS)

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine welcomes the advent of electronic books but retains her passion for the printed page and for sharing traditional books with others.

Can the advent of electronic books replace the passion for the printed page?

20100116

20100116

How does the right level of public supplies get determined - for everything from salt to cope with ice to vaccines for influenza? Lisa Jardine investigates how this challenge is met.

2010011620100117 (WS)

How does the right level of public supplies get determined? Lisa Jardine investigates.

2010011620100117 (WS)

How does the right level of public supplies get determined? Lisa Jardine investigates.

How does the right level of public supplies get determined - for everything from salt to cope with ice to vaccines for influenza? Lisa Jardine investigates how this challenge is met.

20100123

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A look at the importance of science education for national prosperity.

20100123

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine reflects on the importance of science education for national prosperity and she looks back at a failed attempt in the late nineteenth century to make British culture more pro science.

2010012320100124 (WS)

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine reflects on the importance of science education for national prosperity and she looks back at a failed attempt in the late nineteenth century to make British culture more pro science.

A look at the importance of science education for national prosperity.

20100130

20100130

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine reflects on the contrasting reputation of American presidents when in office and judged by posterity.

2010013020100131 (WS)

The contrasting reputation of American presidents when in office and judged by posterity.

2010013020100131 (WS)

The contrasting reputation of American presidents when in office and judged by posterity.

In her letter this week, Lisa Jardine reflects on the contrasting reputation of American presidents when in office and judged by posterity.

20100206
20100213
20100220
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Lisa Jardine reflects on the importance for history of the recording of personal memories.

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20100411

Simon Schama celebrates the history and culture of New Zealand.

20100418

In his letter this week, Simon Schama reflects on food and eating habits in America.

20100425

Simon Schama looks at the drama of national elections in Britain since the 1830s.

20100502

Mark Tully explores how Indians and others cope with Delhi's dreaded summer heat.

20100502

Temperatures have been rising sharply in the sub-continent. In this letter from Delhi, Mark Tully explores how Indians and others cope with the dreaded summer heat.

20100502

Temperatures have been rising sharply in the sub-continent. In this letter from Delhi, Mark Tully explores how Indians and others cope with the dreaded summer heat.

Mark Tully explores how Indians and others cope with Delhi's dreaded summer heat.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100509

Simon Schama reflects on the power and symbolism of the oak tree in British history.

20100516

Simon Schama reflects on the political dramas following the general election in Britain.

20100523

A look at the forgotten history of Britain's long tradition of coalition government.

20100530

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100606

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100613

David Cannadine reflects on the distinctive style of American graduation ceremonies.

20100620

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100704

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100711

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100725

How is the 'end of empire' celebrated?

In the 50th anniversary year of independence for Somalia, David Cannadine looks back at the ceremonies which marked the end of Britain's empire and sees the midnight lowering and raising of flags and the accompanying celebrations as often merely masking deep rooted tensions and resentments.

How is the 'end of empire' celebrated?

20100801

The changing styles of architecture and the boldest and best in every age.

Lisa Jardine reflects on the changing styles of architecture and commends the boldest and best in every age.

The changing styles of architecture and the boldest and best in every age.

20100808

Mark Tully examines India's plans to combat malnutrition.

In Letter From Delhi this month, veteran India analyst Mark Tully explores the problems the country’s government will face in implementing a new scheme to combat malnutrition.

Mark Tully examines India's plans to combat malnutrition.

20100815

The history of fireworks and especially the role they have played in France.

Lisa Jardine reflects on the history of fireworks and especially the role they have played in France.

The history of fireworks and especially the role they have played in France.

20100822

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100829

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100905

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100912

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100919

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100919

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20100919

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101003

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101010

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101017

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101017

20101024

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101031

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101107

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101114

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101121

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101128

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101205

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101212

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101219

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20101225

Joan Bakewell reflects on the ageing process and the efforts by scientists to reverse it. She weighs up the pros and cons of adding many more years to the human span.

Joan Bakewell reflects on the ageing process and the efforts by scientists to reverse it

20110109

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110123

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110206

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110213

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110220

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110227

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110306

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110313

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20110320

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

01/08/200920090802

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

02/01/201020100103

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

03/10/200920091004

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

04/07/200920090705

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

05/09/200920090906

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

05/12/200920091206

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

06/02/201020100207

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

06/03/201020100307

Simon Schama presents the first of a series of personal reflections.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

06/06/200920090607

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

07/11/200920091108

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

08/08/200920090809

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

09/01/201020100110

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

09/05/200920090510

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

10/10/200920091011

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

11/04/200920090412
11/07/200920090712

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

12/09/200920090913

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

12/12/200920091213

Clive James reflects on the need to hear all voices on the global warming debate.

13/02/201020100214

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

A look at the power of music and the importance of providing musical education for all.

13/03/201020100314

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

13/06/200920090614

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

14/11/200920091115

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

15/08/200920090816

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

16/01/201020100117

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

16/05/200920090517

Clive James, he reflects on the furore over British MPs’ expenses.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

17/10/200920091018

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

18/04/200920090419

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

18/07/200920090719

Sir David Attenborough recalls filming the ostentatious Vogelkoptf Bower Bird.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

19/09/200920090920

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

19/12/200920091220

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

20/02/201020100221

The dangers of writing secret missives - from love letters to illicit text messages.

20/03/201020100321

Simon Schama looks forward to spring with personal reflections on the changing seasons.

20/06/200920090621

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

21/11/200920091122

Clive James on the revelation of the true identity of blogging call Girl Belle De Jour.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

22/08/200920090823

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

23/01/201020100124

A look at the importance of science education for national prosperity.

23/05/200920090524

Clive James on why democracy is the best hope for achieving justice for women.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

24/10/200920091025

Clive James reflects on the importance of scepticism in every walk of life.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

25/04/200920090426

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

25/07/200920090726

David Attenborough on discovering the Komodo Dragon.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

25/12/201020101226

Joan Bakewell reflects on the ageing process and the efforts by scientists to reverse it

26/09/200920090927

How tourism in Antartica could inadvertently risk one of wildlife’s greatest spectacles.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

26/12/200920091227

Clive James reflects on the human condition and the need for liberal democracy.

27/02/201020100228

Lisa Jardine reflects on the importance for history of the recording of personal memories.

27/03/201020100328

Simon Schama reflects on the politics surrounding President Obama's healthcare reforms.

27/06/200920090628

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

28/11/200920091129

Clive James on how his enjoyment of sport depends upon the spirit in which it is played.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

29/08/200920090830

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

30/01/201020100131

The contrasting reputation of American presidents when in office and judged by posterity.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

30/05/200920090531

This week, A Letter from Delhi. Mark Tully takes stock of the new political landscape.

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

31/10/200920091101

A topical audio essay by a leading commentator from around the world

Cakes and coupons

Cakes and coupons20100926

Lisa Jardine reveals her inner conflict between two passions inherited from her mother, who recently passed away. On the one hand is a carefulness about money which leads Lisa to a perpetual search for a bargain. On the other is a wild extravagance in baking, creating rich, multi-layered cakes, stacked high with lashings of butter icing.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Lisa Jardine reveals her inner conflict between two passions inherited from her mother

Lisa Jardine reveals her inner conflict between two passions inherited from her mother

Clive James20090509
Clive James20090510

Clive James wonders about British attitudes to the poetry establishment.

Clive James - 12/11/200920091114
Clive James - 12/11/200920091115

Battle of Britain commander Sir Keith Park is honoured with a public monument.

Clive James - 31/10/200920091031
Clive James - 31/10/200920091101

Clive James reflects on the postal workers' current dispute.

David Attenborough20090606
David Attenborough20090607

Sir David Attenborough explains what he would like to be if he returned as an animal.

David Attenborough - 04/07/200920090704
David Attenborough - 04/07/200920090705

Sir David talks about his experience with a giant egg and the investigation that followed.

David Attenborough - 08/08/200920090808
David Attenborough - 08/08/200920090809

Sir David Attenborough looks at the missing link between reptiles and birds.

David Attenborough - 10/10/200920091010
David Attenborough - 10/10/200920091011

Sir David recounts how while in the Amazonian rainforest he found himself in need of help.

David Attenborough - 11/07/200920090711
David Attenborough - 11/07/200920090712

Sir David looks at why animals sing and draws on experiences from the UK, Africa and Asia.

David Attenborough - 20/06/200920090620
David Attenborough - 20/06/200920090621

Sir David Attenborough continues his series of letters with the Platypus.

David Attenborough - 29/08/200920090829
David Attenborough - 29/08/200920090830

Sir David Attenborough takes us into the alien world of the underground.

Dear Diary20110102

Joan Bakewell celebrates the art of diary writing

Joan Bakewell celebrates the art of diary writing by public figures and private individuals whose accounts of everyday life help shape our view of the past.

Joan Bakewell celebrates the art of diary writing

Delhi - 07/11/200920091107
Delhi - 07/11/200920091108

Mark Tully on why the Indian government is taking on Maoist rebels.

India20100404

How the president of the Congress party pushed through a controversial act.

Letter From Nature: Canopy20110220

David Attenborough relives the moment when he was first encouraged to ascend into the treetops of the jungle.

The jungle canopy is one of the most inaccessible places to reach in the entire natural world. David was one of the first to film high in the treetops.

If you walk into a rainforest you are immediately met by quite literally a forest of trees. And all the tree trunks look like cathedral pillars, smooth and wet from the rain.

Not a single branch emerges from the trunk for tens of metres - and when they do, you see a breath-taking interlocking jungle of branches and leaves, ferns and flowers and all number of creatures great and small.

The canopy is a bonanza of tropical forest life, in the bright light and gentle breeze - a far cry from the dark and humid underworld of the forest floor. Not surprising then that David Attenborough knew this would be a perfect place to film wildlife.

David Attenborough recalls his first ascent into the treetops of the jungle

David Attenborough recalls his first ascent into the treetops of the jungle

Letter From Nature: Kiwi20110227

David Attenborough muses over the peculiar Kiwi, a bird more mammal-like in its habits.

The Kiwi is the last-remaining flightless bird still in existence in New Zealand. It’s a most peculiar bird, Attenborough tells us, but why?

David Attenborough tells us New Zealand had several species of flightless bird living across the islands, all of which are now extinct, bar one.

The Kiwi has become one of those species iconic of the country, like the Koala to Australia, the Giraffe to Africa and the Alpaca to South America.

Historically, New Zealand didn’t have ground predators such as wild cats and stoats – and allowed birds to exploit living on the ground.

Being flightless in New Zealand was a good way to be a bird. David Attenborough has filmed Kiwis, and in this programme he muses on the niche the Kiwi occupies on the ground.

He argues the Kiwi behaves more like a mammal than a bird, but what mammal do you think, in Attenborough’s view, the Kiwi most resembles?

David Attenborough muses over the peculiar Kiwi, a bird more mammal-like in its habits

David Attenborough muses over the peculiar Kiwi, a bird more mammal-like in its habits

Letter from... Delhi20090502
Letter from... Delhi20090503

Mark Tully looks at the forces at play during the current election process in India.

Letter From: Faking fossils20090912
Letter From: Faking fossils20090913

Finding fossils in Leicestershire and Morocco's Atlas mountains

On marriage20110213

Alain de Botton muses on why a bookish life is a poor preparation for marriage! He says Western literature's obsession with unrequited love means the average love story is of help only to the lovelorn.

And he argues that the blandness of the word marriage hides a "welter of intensity and depth that put to shame the most passionate works of literature".

Alain de Botton muses on why a bookish life is a poor preparation for marriage

Alain de Botton muses on why a bookish life is a poor preparation for marriage

The Coelacanth20090919
The Coelacanth20090920

How a fish caused an international incident.

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