Reith Lectures, The [world Service]

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20070421

2/5. Science for Survival by Jeffrey Sachs. The biggest obstacle to world co-operation is ignorance, not politics or cultural clashes.

20070422

2/5. Science for Survival by Jeffrey Sachs. The biggest obstacle to world co-operation is ignorance, not politics or cultural clashes.

20070428

3/5. Bursting at the Seams: The Dethronement of the North Atlantic by Jeffrey Sachs. Power in the 21st century is shifting to the East, to India and China.

20070429

3/5. Bursting at the Seams: The Dethronement of the North Atlantic by Jeffrey Sachs. Power in the 21st century is shifting to the East, to India and China.

20070505

4/5. Can the United Nations Unite? by Jeffrey Sachs. The UN has succeeded and failed in recent years, particularly in the Iraq War.

20070506

4/5. Can the United Nations Unite? by Jeffrey Sachs. The UN has succeeded and failed in recent years, particularly in the Iraq War.

20080607

1/4. Chinese Vistas: Confucian Ways with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From the British Library in London.

20080608

1/4. Chinese Vistas: Confucian Ways with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From the British Library in London.

20080614

2/4. Chinese Vistas: English Lessons with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From St George's Hall, Liverpool.

20080615

2/4. Chinese Vistas: English Lessons with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From St George's Hall, Liverpool.

20080621

3/4. Chinese Vistas: American Dreams with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From the Asia Society, New York.

20080622

3/4. Chinese Vistas: American Dreams with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From the Asia Society, New York.

20080628

4/4. Chinese Vistas: The Body Beautiful with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From Lord's Cricket Ground, London.

20080629

4/4. Chinese Vistas: The Body Beautiful with Jonathan Spence, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. From Lord's Cricket Ground, London.

20090627

In his third lecture, Professor Michael Sandel explores genetics and morals. How should we use our ever increasing scientific knowledge? New genetic technologies hold great promise for treating and curing disease, but how far we should go in using them to manipulate muscles, moods and gender? This lecture was recorded at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

Professor Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.

20090704

Barack Obama won the US presidency after campaigning for moral and civic renewal. But what should that look like?

In his final Reith Lecture, Professor Michael Sandel calls for a new politics of the common good and says that we need to think of ourselves as citizens, not just consumers.

This lecture was recorded in front of a live audience at George Washington University in Washington DC.

Professor Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics.

Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency after campaigning for moral and civic renewal. But.

08/11/2016 GMT20161108

08/11/2016 GMT20161108

08/11/2016 GMT20161108

Mistaken Identities: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah gives this year's BBC Reith Lectures, on Creed, Country, Colour & Culture.

08/11/2016 GMT20161108

Mistaken Identities: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah gives this year's BBC Reith Lectures, on Creed, Country, Colour & Culture.

08/11/2016 GMT2016110820161112 (WS)

Mistaken Identities: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah gives this year's BBC Reith Lectures, on Creed, Country, Colour & Culture.

08/11/2016 GMT2016110820161112 (WS)

Mistaken Identities: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah gives this year's BBC Reith Lectures, on Creed, Country, Colour & Culture.

13/06/200920090614

In his first lecture, in the wake of the financial crisis Professor Sandel asks: what a.

20/06/200920090621

Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics? Is it t.

27/06/200920090628

Professor Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 1: Liberty20110628

Aung San Suu Kyi explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lectures

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 1: Liberty20110629

Aung San Suu Kyi explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lectures

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 1: Liberty20110702

Aung San Suu Kyi explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lectures

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 2: Dissent20110705

The pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, examines what drives people to dissent in the second of the 2011 Reith Lecture series.

'Securing Freedom'.

Reflecting on the history of her own party, the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, examines the meaning of opposition and dissident.

She also explains her reasons for following the path of non-violence.

Aung San Suu Kyi examines what drives people to dissent in the second Reith Lecture 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 2: Dissent20110706

Aung San Suu Kyi examines what drives people to dissent in the second Reith Lecture 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 2: Dissent20110709

Aung San Suu Kyi examines what drives people to dissent in the second Reith Lecture 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi Lecture 2: Dissent20110710

Aung San Suu Kyi examines what drives people to dissent in the second Reith Lecture 2011

Black Holes: Not As Black As They Are Painted20160202

Professor Stephen Hawking examines scientific thinking about black holes and challenges the idea that all matter and information is destroyed irretrievably within them. He explains his own hypothesis that black holes may emit a form of radiation, now known as Hawking Radiation. He discusses about the search for mini black holes, noting that so far "no-one has found any, which is a pity because if they had, I would have got a Nobel Prize." And he advances a theory that information may remain stored within black holes in a scrambled form.

The programmes are recorded in front of an audience of BBC Radio listeners and some of the country's leading scientists at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London. Sue Lawley introduces the evening and chairs a Q&A session with professor Hawking. BBC Radio listeners submitted questions in their hundreds, of which a selection were invited to attend the event to put their questions in person to professor Hawking.

(Photo: Scientist Stephen Hawking of 'Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking' speaks via satellite during the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2010, in Pasadena, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Eliza Manningham-buller Lecture 2: Security20110913

The former director-general of the Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller gives the second of her BBC Reith Lectures 2011.

In this lecture called " Security" she argues that the security and intelligence services in a democracy have a good record of protecting and preserving freedom.

Assessing the role of security and intelligence services in a democracy.

Eliza Manningham-buller Lecture 3: Freedom20110920

In this third and final Reith lecture the former director-general of the British Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller, discusses policy priorities since 9/11.

She reflects on the Arab Spring, and argues that the West's support of authoritarian regimes did, to some extent, fuel the growth of al-Qaeda.

The lecture also considers when we should talk to "terrorists".

Former M15 director-general Eliza Manningham-Buller discusses foreign policy since 9/11.

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

Mistaken Identities: Colour2016110120161105 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses skin colour and its role in ideas of identity

Mistaken Identities: Colour2016110120161105 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses skin colour and its role in ideas of identity

Mistaken Identities: Colour2016110120161105 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses skin colour and its role in ideas of identity

Mistaken Identities: Colour2016110120161105 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses skin colour and its role in ideas of identity

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We have religious identities, national identities, gender identities and racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these. And you can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah looks at the story of Anton Wilhelm Amo Afer, who was brought from the Gold Coast to Germany in 1707 at the age of five and was educated at a royal court, becoming an eminent philosopher. Kwame argues against racial essentialism and says there is far more variation among people of the same skin colour than between the races.

(Photo: The Cape Coast in Ghana)

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We have religious identities, national identities, gender identities and racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these. And you can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah looks at the story of Anton Wilhelm Amo Afer, who was brought from the Gold Coast to Germany in 1707 at the age of five and was educated at a royal court, becoming an eminent philosopher. Kwame argues against racial essentialism and says there is far more variation among people of the same skin colour than between the races.

(Photo: The Cape Coast in Ghana)

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We have religious identities, national identities, gender identities and racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these. And you can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah looks at the story of Anton Wilhelm Amo Afer, who was brought from the Gold Coast to Germany in 1707 at the age of five and was educated at a royal court, becoming an eminent philosopher. Kwame argues against racial essentialism and says there is far more variation among people of the same skin colour than between the races.

(Photo: The Cape Coast in Ghana)

Mistaken Identities: Colour20161101

We live in a world where the language of identity pervades both our public and our private lives. We have religious identities, national identities, gender identities and racial identities. There is much contention about the boundaries of all of these. And you can claim to be of no religion or gender or race or nation.

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah looks at the story of Anton Wilhelm Amo Afer, who was brought from the Gold Coast to Germany in 1707 at the age of five and was educated at a royal court, becoming an eminent philosopher. Kwame argues against racial essentialism and says there is far more variation among people of the same skin colour than between the races.

(Photo: The Cape Coast in Ghana)

Mistaken Identities: Country20161025

Mistaken Identities: Country20161025

Mistaken Identities: Country2016102520161029 (WS)

In these lectures British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, explores confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds of identity - creed, country, colour and culture.

In the second lecture Appiah explores the idea of Country, that was born in the 19th Century, that suggests that there are peoples (eg the Austrians) who are entitled to their own state. He uses the life story of Italo Svevo to illustrate this. He argues that nations exist as a shared process rather than some sort of mythical and ancient group.

(Photo: Prof Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Mistaken Identities: Country2016102520161029 (WS)

In these lectures British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, explores confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds of identity - creed, country, colour and culture.

In the second lecture Appiah explores the idea of Country, that was born in the 19th Century, that suggests that there are peoples (eg the Austrians) who are entitled to their own state. He uses the life story of Italo Svevo to illustrate this. He argues that nations exist as a shared process rather than some sort of mythical and ancient group.

(Photo: Prof Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Mistaken Identities: Country2016102520161029 (WS)

In these lectures British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, explores confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds of identity - creed, country, colour and culture.

In the second lecture Appiah explores the idea of Country, that was born in the 19th Century, that suggests that there are peoples (eg the Austrians) who are entitled to their own state. He uses the life story of Italo Svevo to illustrate this. He argues that nations exist as a shared process rather than some sort of mythical and ancient group.

(Photo: Prof Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Mistaken Identities: Country2016102520161029 (WS)

In these lectures British-born, Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, explores confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds of identity - creed, country, colour and culture.

In the second lecture Appiah explores the idea of Country, that was born in the 19th Century, that suggests that there are peoples (eg the Austrians) who are entitled to their own state. He uses the life story of Italo Svevo to illustrate this. He argues that nations exist as a shared process rather than some sort of mythical and ancient group.

(Photo: Prof Kwame Anthony Appiah)

Mistaken Identities: Creed2016101820161022 (WS)

Philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues that when considering religion we overestimate the importance of scripture and underestimate the importance of practice.

He begins with the complexities of his own background, as the son of an English Anglican mother and a Ghanaian Methodist father. He turns to the idea that religious faith is based around unchanging and unchangeable holy scriptures. He argues that over the millennia religious practice has been quite as important as religious writings. He provides examples from Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Buddhist texts to show that they are often contradictory and have been interpreted in different ways at different times, for example on the position of women and men in Islam. He argues that fundamentalists are a particularly extreme example of this mistaken scriptural determinism.

The lecture is recorded in front of audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Future lectures will examine identity in the contexts of country, colour and culture.

Mistaken Identities: Culture20161108

Mistaken Identities: Culture20161108

Mistaken Identities: Culture20161108

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds - creed, country, color and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up.

Based around the story of Sir Edward Burnett Tylor, the father of modern social anthropology, Appiah argues that the idea of “Western civilization” or “Western culture” is a mistaken one and that we should abandon it.

(Photo: European Union and UK flags spraypainted on a tunnel wall next to a Brexit slogan)

Mistaken Identities: Culture20161108

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the confusions of identity through an examination of four central kinds - creed, country, color and culture. Through the lives of particular people in particular places and times, we see how the confusions play out, but also how they can be cleared up.

Based around the story of Sir Edward Burnett Tylor, the father of modern social anthropology, Appiah argues that the idea of “Western civilization” or “Western culture” is a mistaken one and that we should abandon it.

(Photo: European Union and UK flags spraypainted on a tunnel wall next to a Brexit slogan)

Mistaken Identities: Culture2016110820161112 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the idea of culture and 'western civilisation'

Mistaken Identities: Culture2016110820161112 (WS)

Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the idea of culture and 'western civilisation'

Securing Freedom20110906

Former head of the British Security Service Eliza Manningham-Buller offers a perspective on 9/11, its impact and repercussions.

Former head of the British Security Service Eliza Manningham-Buller offers a perspectiv.

Stephen Hawking: Do Black Holes Have No Hair?20160126

Stephen Hawking: Do Black Holes Have No Hair?20160126

Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the first of his two BBC Reith Lectures on black holes. These collapsed stars challenge the very nature of space and time, as they contain a singularity - a phenomenon where the normal rules of the universe break down. They have held an enduring fascination for Professor Hawking throughout his life.

Rather than see them as a scary, destructive and dark he says if properly understood, they could unlock the deepest secrets of the cosmos. Professor Hawking describes the history of scientific thinking about black holes, and explains how they have posed tough challenges to conventional understanding of the laws which govern the universe. The programmes are recorded in front of an audience of BBC Radio 4 listeners and some of the country's leading scientists at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.

Sue Lawley introduces the evening and chairs a question-and-answer session with professor Hawking. BBC Radio 4 listeners submitted questions in their hundreds, of which a selection were invited to attend the event to put their questions in person to professor Hawking.

The Reith Lectures20160206

The Reith Lectures20160206

Professor Stephen Hawking delivers his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.

The Reith Lectures2016020620160207 (WS)

Professor Stephen Hawking delivers his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.

01Scientific Horizons, : The Scientific Citizen20100605

In the first of this year’s Reith Lectures, Professor Martin Rees - President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal - explores the challenges facing science in the 21st Century.

We are increasingly turning to our governments and national media to explain the risks we face.

But in the wake of public confusion over global pandemics like swine flu and more recently Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud that spread across Europe, Professor Rees calls on scientists to come forward and play a greater role in helping us understand the science that affects us all.

Producer Kirsten Lass

Editor Sue Ellis

Contact the programme: thereithlectures@bbc.co.uk

Martin Rees explores the challenges facing science in the 21st Century.

01Scientific Horizons, : The Scientific Citizen20100606

Martin Rees explores the challenges facing science in the 21st Century.

01The Reith Lectures20090613

A New Citizenship, with philosopher Professor Michael Sandel, who looks at the prospect for a new politics of the common good.

A New Citizenship, with philosopher Professor Michael Sandel, who looks at the prospect.

In his first lecture, in the wake of the financial crisis Professor Sandel asks: what are the moral limits of markets?

In his first lecture, in the wake of the financial crisis Professor Sandel asks: what a.

01The Reith Lectures20090614

A New Citizenship, with philosopher Professor Michael Sandel, who looks at the prospect.

02Scientific Horizons, : Surviving The Century20100612

In the second of this year’s Reith Lectures, recorded for the first time in Wales in its capital city Cardiff, Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, continues to explore the challenges facing science in the 21st century.

Our planet is coming under increasing strain from climate change, population explosion and food shortages.

As we use up our natural resources ever more quickly, how can we use science to help us solve the crisis that we are moving rapidly towards?

We need international consensus, and global funding for clean and green technologies.

The challenge, for scientists, governments and people everywhere, is to confront the threats to our planet and find the solutions in science.

Producer: Kirsten Lass

Editor: Sue Ellis

Contact the programme: thereithlectures@bbc.co.uk

Martin Rees explores whether science can save our planet.

02Scientific Horizons, : Surviving The Century20100613

Martin Rees explores whether science can save our planet.

02The Reith Lectures20090620

In the second of his Reith lectures, Professor Michael Sandel considers the role of moral argument in politics.

He argues that it is not possible (or desirable) for government to be neutral on moral questions and calls for a more engaged civic debate about issues such as commercial surrogacy and same-sex marriage.

Professor Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics.

Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics? Is it time for a more morally engaged debate?

Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics? Is it t.

02The Reith Lectures20090621

Professor Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics.

03Scientific Horizons, : What We’ll Never Know20100619

In the third of this year's Reith Lectures, recorded at the Royal Society during its 350th anniversary year, its President Martin Rees continues to explore the challenges facing science in the 21st Century.

He stresses there are things that will always lie beyond our sphere of comprehension and we should accept these limits to our knowledge.

On the other hand, there are things we've never even dreamt of that will one day be ours to explore and understand.

The outcome of the quest for alien life will revolutionise our sense of self in the next two decades.

But some things - like travelling back in time - will never happen.

Producer: Kirsten Lass

Editor: Sue Ellis

Contact the programme: thereithlectures@bbc.co.uk

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees looks into the future and explores what we’ll never know.

03Scientific Horizons, : What We’ll Never Know20100620

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees looks into the future and explores what we’ll never know.

04 LASTScientific Horizons, : The Runaway World20100626

In the fourth and final Reith Lecture of 2010, Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, explores how fast our world is moving in the 21st Century.

Speaking at the Open University in Milton Keynes, the home of online learning, he acknowledges how the internet and other technologies have transformed our lives.

Now he calls on politicians and other powers that be to provide the funding that will keep the UK among the world’s front runners in scientific research and discovery.

Without money and without education to attract young people into science, the UK is in danger of falling behind China and India - countries that are investing heavily in their science and technology sectors.

Professor Rees ends his series of lectures evoking memories of the ‘glorious’ Ely Cathedral, near Cambridge in England, a monument built to last a thousand years.

If we, like the cathedral builders, redirect our energies and focus on the long-term, he believes together we can solve the problems that face our planet, and secure its future for billions of people worldwide and for generations to come.

Producer: Kirsten Lass

Editor: Sue Ellis

Contact the programme: thereithlectures@bbc.co.uk

In his final Reith lecture, Martin Rees urges the UK to stay at the forefront of science.

04 LASTScientific Horizons, : The Runaway World20100627

In his final Reith lecture, Martin Rees urges the UK to stay at the forefront of science.

200720070414

1/5.

Bursting at the Seams: Hanging Together or Hanging Separately by Jeffrey Sachs.

This century will be marked by severely limited resources, and the threat of failed states.

200701Bursting At The Seams20070415

Hanging Together or Hanging Separately by Jeffrey Sachs.

This century will be marked by severely limited resources, and the threat of failed states.