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Radio Recordings

The Reith Lectures 2004 - 2 - Power and Freedom

Wole Soyinka
This lecture examines how difficult it can be to tell friend from foe in a climate of fear. Organisations that are set up to overthrow dictatorships can themselves turn into tyrannical regimes. Liberation movements may be forced to seek help from dangerous quarters. And these days it is not just countries that control and direct the lives of their citizens. When the rule of law breaks down, shadowy forces set themselves up as "quasi-states" - and these, more than anything else, have produced today's climate of fear
Radio-Recordings%%%Politics & Public Policy

Voices from the Old Bailey. Episode 3: Children

Amanda Vickery
Professor Amanda Vickery presents dramatised extracts from gripping Old Bailey court cases from the 18th century and discusses with fellow historians what they reveal about the period. In episode 3, Amanda Vickery listens to the voices of young children who found themselves in court.

Special Interest

The Great Artists - Degas

John Gaisford , Marshall Cavendish Partworks Ltd , 1985
Edgar Degas abandoned his law studies at the age of 18 to take up his career as an artist. He is best known for his charmingly evocative pictures of the ballet dancers at the Paris Opera. This book explores the life and works of this influential Parisian artist
Special Interest%%%Art & Design

TV Documentaries

Grand Designs - Gloucester: The Farmhouse

Kevin McCloud 4
When lawyers Jeremy and Louise Brown walked into Upthorpe Farm in Gloucester, they couldn't believe their eyes. It was like stepping back in time. Apart from a few minor alterations, the Grade II listed 16th-century farmhouse had barely been touched for over 400 years and was completely unmodernised with lots of original features. Now that they've purchased the property their ambitious design plan is to bring the farmhouse into the 21st century
TV-Recordings%%%Built Environment & Architecture

Horizon - Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy?

Recent research has analysed the link between the harmful effects of drugs relative to their current classification by law with some startling conclusions. Perhaps most startling of all is that alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) are rated more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs). If the current ABC system is retained, alcohol would be rated a class A drug and tobacco class B. Drug policies have remained unchanged over the last 40 years so should they be reformed in the light of new research?
TV-Recordings%%%Politics & Public Policy%%%Medical Sciences

Human Universe - 02: Why Are We Here?

Brian Cox
Brian Cox reveals how the wonderful complexity of nature and human life is simply the consequence of chance events constrained by the laws of physics that govern our universe. But this leads him to a deeper question - why does our universe seem to have been set up with just the right rules to create us?

Inside the Nazi State - A Vision for Germany

Lawrence Rees
In 1932, the Nazi party obtained more votes than any other, with forty percent of all Germans choosing to vote for Hitler as their leader. Germany was crippled by losing the First World War and as Lawrence Rees' interviews reveal, economic chaos led many to seek a strong and extreme solution to their problems

Into the Abyss

Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog's feature-length documentary exploring a triple killing in the United States focuses on the fates of the two men convicted of the murders: Michael Perry and Jason Burkett.

Justice - Freedom vs Fit

The seventh of Harvard professor Michael Sandel's famous lectures on the philosophy of justice looks at the issue of individual rights and the freedom to choose. If our place in society is determined by where we best fit, doesn't that eliminate personal choice? What if I am best suited to do one kind of work, but I want to do another?

Justice - The Case for Cannibalism

In the second in a series of lectures drawn from Harvard professor Michael Sandel's famous undergraduate course on justice, he introduces the British utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, with reference to an infamous 19th century legal case from Victorian England - the shipwreck of the Mignonette.

Justice - The Moral Side of Murder

Professor Michael Sandel presents the first in a series of lectures from his Harvard undergraduate course in Political Philosophy. He explores the morality of murder and asks whether there can ever be a case for killing.

Meet the Immigrants

Narrated by David Morrissey, this programme shows all sides of the real experiences of migrants in 21st century Britain and the challenges they face in arriving and surviving here. Meet the Immigrants also reflects the ongoing national debate on Immigration and explores the common themes - industrious newcomers performing unskilled jobs that Britons won’t do or opportunists in search of an easy life, attracted by the UK’s flexible laws and systems
TV-Recordings%%%Politics & Public Policy

Natural World - Radio Gibbon

In deepest Borneo, a remarkable young Frenchman called Chanee is combining his love of music and his passion for gibbons. These magical singing apes of the rainforest are in danger of extinction and to help save them, Chanee has set up a rescue centre, and become the world expert at matchmaking gibbons. Only when a pair has successfully bonded can they be released back into the wild. To increase awareness of the gibbons\' plight, Chanee has created his own radio station, Radio Kalaweit, named after the local word for gibbon. Its music and message has now made it the most successful radio station in Borneo.

Panorama - I'll Die When I Choose

Margo MacDonald, the firebrand, independent politician, is one of Scotland's most popular public figures. But she also has Parkinson's Disease and, earlier this year, she spoke openly of her desire to choose the moment of her death. Now, in this deeply personal film, she uncovers the truth about assisted dying, meeting those with illnesses like hers who are desperate to die, and exploring how British law could be changed to allow them to choose when they can.
TV-Recordings%%%Humanities%%%Medical Sciences