Rebuilding The Ark

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20041208

Jeremy Harding introduces three and a half hours of live discussion, documentary, new poetry and the wildest sounds on earth celebrating and exploring our continuing cultural entanglement with wild animals even as we seem set on destroying their habitat and ours.
With guests lemur biologist Alison Jolly, writer and explorer Redmond O'Hanlon, conservationist Nigel Collar and nature writer Richard Mabey. Throughout the evening, sound recordist Jean-Claude Roché introduces some of the best sounds of the planet.
7.30pm
Twitching
A new sequence of bird poems by Andrew Motion, poet laureate.
7.45pm
EO Wilson - an extended interview with the ant biologist and conservationist and the man described as the greatest follower of Charles Darwin.
8.30pm
Noye, Noye
The Ark rebuilt by poet Peter Reading.
8.40pm
Wolves and Wolfishness
Jeremy Harding explores the most iconic of animals, the first to be domesticated and still prompting strong reactions for and
against around the world.
9.30pm
A Peeled Wand
Poet James Lasdun watches a beaver do its thing.
9.45pm
Rosamund Purcell - photographer of mounted and preserved dead animals goes in search of a whale vertebra in a disused missile silo near Cambridge, Massachusetts.
10.05pm
The Big Hum
Paul Farley's poem eavesdrops on the sounds of the wild.
10.15pm
John Gray - an interview with the author of Straw Dogs, the radical thinker who is challenging our philosophical and actual separation from the animal world.
10.55pm
We will have none of them
A poem about unicorns by Lavinia Greenlaw