Susan Calman Is Convicted

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0104 LASTNationality2013030520170827 (BBC7)

What does it mean to be Scottish? In the 1960s, television's 'The White Heather Club' was the ultimate representation of Scottishness. But it wasn't how Susan thought of herself, and to be honest she wasn't that bothered about it. But then she watched Austin Powers, and realised that the character 'Fat Bastard' was what people thought the Scots were - deep fried mars bar eating, drunken, daft jocks.

So she started to really evaluate what it has meant to be Scottish throughout history, and now believes that national identity is crucial, but that you have to take control of it to be proud of it.

But is nationalism still a dirty word, or have events like the Olympics allowed us to reclaim who we are without shame? Is national identity simply an excuse to be parochial and defensive? What's the difference between patriotism, nationalism and national identity and has the latter been tainted with the former two?

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

Susan didn't think cultural identity was important but then realised her roots defined her

What does it mean to be Scottish? In the 1960s, television's 'The White Heather Club' was the ultimate representation of Scottishness. But it wasn't how Susan thought of herself, and to be honest she wasn't that bothered about it. But then she watched Austin Powers, and realised that the character 'Fat Bastard' was what people thought the Scots were - deep fried mars bar eating, drunken, daft jocks.

So she started to really evaluate what it has meant to be Scottish throughout history, and now believes that national identity is crucial, but that you have to take control of it to be proud of it.
But is nationalism still a dirty word, or have events like the Olympics allowed us to reclaim who we are without shame? Is national identity simply an excuse to be parochial and defensive? What's the difference between patriotism, nationalism and national identity and has the latter been tainted with the former two?

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

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20160204 (BBC7)

In a new series for Radio 4, Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she explains that she has never been interested in having children, and why they frighten her.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

Susan Calman explains that she has never been interested in having children.

0203Intellectual Snobbery2014041620140423 (BBC7)

Susan explains why she's an evangelist for embracing a broad spectrum of cultural pursuits

Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week, she explains why she is an evangelist for embracing the broadest possible spectrum of cultural pursuits, and why intellectual snobbery is the one thing that makes her angry enough to HULK SMASH in public.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.

0204 LASTWhat Makes Humans Human?2014042320140430 (BBC7)

Susan asks if you can really describe a person by simply stating their genetic code.

Susan Calman explores issues on which she has strong opinions. This week: What makes humans human?

In the 1990's Susan worked at the United Nations in Geneva on the Human Genome project. It was a project which looked at the increasing genetic databases that were being set up all over the world. It got her thinking - can you really encapsulate people in one scientific code?

Susan thinks that the answer is no. Science is making great advances in coding human beings, but that's not what we are. Siblings share a genetic code but can be incredibly different. Everyone is made up of people we meet, books we read and experiences we have. Science is wonderful but we should also consider the human soul.

Produced by Lyndsay Fenner.