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    Fighting infection with imagination

    Fighting infection with imagination

    "As our physical reality is reduced down to a few rooms or a view from a window," writes Sarah Dunant, "our ability to conjure up things we're not able to experience is going to be vital to feed our imaginations."

    Sarah argues that - given social distancing - imagination is going to be an exceedingly powerful inner muscle when it comes to our mental survival.
    She offers us a few of her stand out images to get us started.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Cause for Hope

    Cause for Hope

    "I have come to think of the virus as that monster from the ancient Norse legend of Beowulf, Grendel," writes Michael Morpurgo. "He's out there now, threatening my home, my village, my family and friends".

    Michael talks about what it feels like to be hunkered down in his little cottage in Devon - waiting for coronavirus to pass.

    Recorded by Hamish Marshall from Radio Devon.

    Produced by Adele Armstrong.

    • 10 min
    Empty-nesters and gangsters

    Empty-nesters and gangsters

    "There is nothing some of us enjoy more," writes Adam Gopnik, "than finding analogies to our own paltry and predictable lives in scenes from famous gangster movies."

    As his children move away from home and he becomes an "empty nester", Adam finds himself, too, doing just that.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    What to do?

    What to do?

    "There are some things that one just has to put up with," writes Tom Shakespeare. "Sometimes over-thinking is the worst response."

    Tom reflects on how we can best respond to difficult situations.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Recline-gate

    Recline-gate

    To recline....or not to recline your aeroplane seat?

    Adam Gopnik ponders the question of “recline-gate” in the aftermath of the recent American Airlines incident that went viral.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min
    Inhaling History

    Inhaling History

    "I am holding history in my hands," writes Sarah Dunant. "The date on the letter is February 1490...the place, the city of Mantua in Italy".

    As she delves through the Mantuan State Archive, Sarah reflects on the task of understanding and writing history.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min

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