The Reith Lectures 2002 - 3 - Called to Account
Onora O'NeillHave the instruments for control, regulation, monitoring and enforcement worked?
The Reith Lectures 2002 - 5 - Licence to Deceive
Onora O'NeillHow can we decide when to trust those who inform us about the wider world, and in particular media reporters?
The Reith Lectures 2004 - 1 - The Changing Mask of Fear
Wole SoyinkaIn his first lecture Wole Soyinka considers from his viewpoint as a poet and drawing on his personal experience as a political activist the changes since the Cold War in the nature of fear and its impact on individuals and society
The Reith Lectures 2004 - 2 - Power and Freedom
Wole SoyinkaThis 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
The Reith Lectures 2004 - 3 - Rhetoric that Binds and Blinds
Wole SoyinkaBetween God and Nation, and Sieg Heil, a complex set of social impulses and goals are reduced to mere sound, but a potent tool that moves to vibrate a collective chord and displace reason. A willed hypnosis substitutes for individual volition and, the ecstasy of losing oneself in a sound-cloned crowd drives the most ordinary being to jettison all moral code and undertake hitherto unthinkable acts. Its religious versions prove even more deadly. Is the language of Political Correctness aiding and abetting its proliferation?
The Reith Lectures 2004 - 4 - A Quest for Dignity
Wole SoyinkaEven in defeat, negotiating terms of surrender, a defeated nation pleads - 'Leave us something of our dignity'. Denied this little consideration, a doomed struggle is promptly resumed. So what exactly is this 'dignity' that even nations enshrine in their constitutions and Bills of Human Rights? A basic core of volition? A sense of freedom? Obviously human dignity involves both, and encompasses more. No matter the mask that is worn to hide the reality of fear, dignity remains incompatible with the entry of fear into the human psyche
The Reith Lectures 2004 - 5 - I Am Right; You Are Dead
Wole SoyinkaWhen Osama bin Laden declares that the world is divided between believers and non-believers, it is easy to identify the menace of the fanatic mind but, in what other company can we place George Bush when we hear him declare that 'you are either with us or you are on the side of the terrorists'? We fail at our peril to recognize a twin strain of the same fanatic spore that threatens to consume the world in its messianic fires. What could be the role of the 'invisible' religions and world views in tempering the forces that seek to dichotomise the world?
The Reith Lectures 2005 - 04 Risk and Responsibility
Lord BroersAlmost exactly 93 years ago tonight, on 15 April 1912, over two thousand terrified and bewildered people found themselves with little warning drifting or drowning in the ice-cold North Atlantic. Only 712 of them survived that night. They were, of course, the passengers, officers, and crew of the White Star steamship Titanic, and they were in a sense victims of 'failures' of technology…
The Reith Lectures 2005 - 05 Technology will Determine the Future of the Human Race
Lord BroersFour thousand years ago, just 5 miles north of present day Thetford, our Neolithic ancestors began what may have been the largest early industrial process in these islands. This is the site that the Anglo-Saxons called 'Grimes Graves' and it contains nearly four hundred mine-shafts, built to extract high-quality flints, which could be chipped to produce sharp cutting edges. Using nothing but tools of bone and wood and presumably the flints themselves, these ancient people excavated to a depth of up to twelve metres, to reach the buried flints. It has been calculated that the miners needed to remove 1000 tonnes of waste to produce eight tonnes of flint. The site covers nearly 40 hectares and the whole project is astonishing...
The Reith Lectures 2007 - 1 - Bursting at the Seams
Prof. Jeffrey SachsThe 21st century will be marked by severe natural resource limits, the rise of new economic powers and the threats of failed states. These are tectonic changes with the potential to unleash global-scale upheavals. Global cooperation of an unprecedented depth and scale will be needed but we are not yet prepared for such cooperation
The Reith Lectures 2007 - 2 - Survival in the Anthropocene
Prof. Jeffrey SachsThe biggest challenges that we face - climate change, alleviation of hunger, water stress, energy - are translated in the shadow of ignorance into "us versus them" problems, with only the weakest links to underlying scientific principles and technological options
The Reith Lectures 2007 - 3 - The Great Convergence
Prof. Jeffrey SachsPower and America have seemed synonymous for the last fifty years. No longer. Power in the 21st Century is shifting to the East: to India and above all to China. Facing up to the end of centuries of North Atlantic dominance - first Europe then the U.S. - will pose huge challenges
The Reith Lectures 2007 - 4 - Economic Solidarity for a Crowded Planet
Prof. Jeffrey SachsThis lecture considers the challenges of extreme poverty and the extreme worry of the rest of the world which fears for its own prosperity. It spells out the limits of the free market to solve these problems and proposes a plan of action which presents choices to those listening
The Reith Lectures 2007 - 5 - Global Politics in a Complex Age
Prof. Jeffrey SachsThe key political novelty of our age is mass political awareness and mobilization. Mass mobilization has brought the Age of Empire to an end, and accounts for the failures in Iraq. No society any longer tolerates being ruled by another. Social mobilization can be a dramatic force for positive change
The Reith Lectures 2008 - 2 - English Lessons
Johnathon SpenceSpence examines China's relations with the United Kingdom through three centuries.
The Reith Lectures 2008 - 3 - American Dreams
Johnathon SpenceSpence explores the relationship between China and the US over two centuries.
The Reith Lectures 2009 - 1 - Markets and Morals
Prof. Michael SandelA New Citizenship: Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good.In the first lecture he considers the expansion and moral limits of markets.
The Reith Lectures 2009 - 2 - Morality in Politics
Prof. Michael SandelMichael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics.
The Reith Lectures 2009 - 4 - A New Politics of the Common Good
Prof. Michael SandelProfessor Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics.
The Reith Lectures 2010 - 1 - The Scientific Citizen
Martin ReesScientific Horizons: Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society, Master of Trinity College and Astronomer Royal, delivers four lectures exploring the challenges facing science in the 21st century.In the first lecture he asks who we should trust to explain the risks we face.
The Reith Lectures 2010 - 4 - The Runaway World
Martin ReesProf Rees calls for the UK to stay at the forefront of scientific research and discovery.
The Reith Lectures 2011 - 1 - Liberty
Ang San Suu KyiBurmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former Director-General of MI5 Baroness Manningham-Buller deliver the 2011 BBC Reith Lectures. Aung San Suu Kyi explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lectures.
The Reith Lectures 2011 - 2- Dissent
Ang San Suu KyiThe pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, examines what drives people to dissent in the second of the 2011 Reith Lecture series. 'Securing Freedom'.
The Reith Lectures 2011 - 3 - Terror
Eliza Manningham-BullerThe former Director-General of the Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller gives the first of her BBC Reith Lectures 2011 called " Terror."
The Reith Lectures 2011 - 4 - Security
BBCThe 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.
The Reith Lectures 2011 - 5 - Freedom
In this third and final Reith lecture the former Director General of the 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".
Idiot Nation (Pocket Penguin)
Michael Moore, 2005Multimillion-selling author, award-winning film-maker, performer, activist and scourge of political hypocrites everywhere, Michael Moore is nothing less than a global phenomenon. "Stupid White Men" - the book they tried to ban in the US - was published in the UK in 2002 and has since sold well over 1.5 million copies. These hilarious and scorching extracts show exactly why Moore is the man that everyone has an opinion on.
Reading the News
Pete Sharma, 2007Reading the News contains a collection of high-interest articles taken from the International Herald Tribune. Authentic news and feature stories,essays and editorials on contemporary issues are accompanied by exercises and activities that develop and sharpen learners' reading skills and vocabulary.