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Radio Recordings

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".
Politics & Public Policy


Idiot Nation (Pocket Penguin)

Michael Moore , Penguin , 2005
Multimillion-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.
Politics & Public Policy

Reading Strategies

Reading the News

Pete Sharma , Thomson ELT , 2007
Reading 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.
Politics & Public Policy

The Media

Beth Edginton & Martin Montgomery , The British Council , 1996
The Book contains five units on: the media and their audiences;representation in the media;advertising;news;and politics and the media.
Politics & Public Policy

Special Interest

TV Documentaries

9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers

Channel 4
Featuring newly-uncovered audio recordings, previously unseen home movies and powerful testimony from the victims' families, 9/11: Phone Calls from the Towers tells the stories of some of the people trapped in the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
Politics & Public Policy

9/11: State of Emergency

Channel 4
This feature-length drama-documentary tells the story of 9/11 in the words of key political and military leaders as well as ordinary people who suddenly found themselves on the frontlines of a new kind of war.
Politics & Public Policy

Abdication: A Very British Coup

Documentary which sheds new light on the greatest crisis to rock the British monarchy in centuries - the abdication of King Edward VIII. Usually, it has been presented as the only possible solution to his dilemma of having to choose between the throne and the woman he loved.
Politics & Public Policy

Bin Laden: Shoot to Kill

Channel 4
A stellar cast of White House insiders speak on camera about the operation to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, including the first - and extraordinary - documentary interview with President Barack Obama on the subject.
Politics & Public Policy