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Signs Taken for Wonders
Signs Taken for Wonders
December 20 2013

Science writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry explores the meeting point between classic fiction and science proper (or un-proper).The dialogues and debates that occur in both the emerging sciences and the literary fiction of the period of the novel are fascinating (the creative and indeed psychological power of electricity in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, for example).

Overwhelming China
Overwhelming China
October 31 2013

Philip Dodd explores China's continued haunting of British intellectual and cultural life, tracing current anxieties about global economic takeover back through the political sinophobia that ran through the Cold War period to earlier, pulp fantasies of Yellow Peril, Limehouse Chinatown and the 'discovery' of the enemy within.

The Iraq War Episode 1 of 3
The Iraq War Episode 1 of 3
September 17 2013

Distinguished documentary maker Norma Percy presents the inside story of the invasion of Iraq and the ensuing decade of conflict, as told from the point of view of the senior decision-makers who were involved.

The Secret History of Bossa Nova
The Secret History of Bossa Nova
September 03 2013

Forget its low key supper club reputation: bossa nova was tied to political revolution and driven by a sharp and very modern aesthetic. It was born in Rio in the late 1950s as a new music to mark the dawn of a new Brazil: of an urban, modernising society leaving behind its colonial past, open to the future and looking out at the world.

TS Eliot's India: Many Gods, Many Voices
TS Eliot's India: Many Gods, Many Voices
July 31 2013

Poet Daljit Nagra explores the often overlooked Indian element to T.S Eliot's poetry. T.S Eliot once wrote that the great philosophers of India "make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys". And although he's more often remembered as an establishment figure, somewhat conservative and deeply Christian, Eliot also wrote about and studied Indian philosophy, language and culture; he incorporated it into his most famous poems, and even considered becoming a Buddhist.

 Black is a Country
Black is a Country
May 14 2013

Singer and songwriter Erykah Badu presents a two part series exploring the underground music generated by the Black Power movement of the late Sixties and early Seventies: radical, beautiful and rare.

Destination Freedom
Destination Freedom
March 14 2013

It's often assumed that the drive for black emancipation in America began with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. This feature challenges that perception, taking us back years earlier to the arts broadcasting of Chicago radio's 'Destination Freedom'.

Making News
Making News
March 14 2013

Journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards presents a new, three part series examining the News: from bulletins to rolling news and ‘citizen’ journalism; what News was, what it is now and what it will become.

Justice Between the Covers
Justice Between the Covers
November 05 2012

From labyrinthine and interminable cases through the court of Chancery to the black arts of lawyerly intervention in marriage, stolen inheritance, identity fraud, blackmail and open theft - classic fiction is a treasure trove of legal storytelling and legal history.

Composing LA
Composing LA
September 10 2012

Young British Composer Tarik O' Regan tells the story of how the tradition of Western classical music, its composers and maestros, underpinned the golden age of the Hollywood film score.