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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    Loving the Body Fat-tastic

    Loving the Body Fat-tastic

    Bernardine Evaristo discusses body image and the fashion industry. Why, she asks, do fashionable clothes still need to be marketed by "long-limbed, boy-hipped young women whose silhouettes have no womanly curves and whose body parts have no jiggle-factor?"

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min
    Experience Trumps Facts

    Experience Trumps Facts

    In the week where his appointment to the Equality and Human Rights Commission has come in for criticism, David Goodhart defends objective facts over personal experience.

    "Our knowledge of the world is usually some sort of balance between personal experience and abstract ideas," he writes. "But the focus on the primacy of subjective experience....can go too far."


    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Perpetual Lockdown

    Perpetual Lockdown

    Sara Wheeler reflects on lockdown for her brother - profoundly learning disabled - and others like him.
    Books, she writes, "teach us that my brother's isolation and society's inability to embrace him as he deserves to be embraced have always been with us."
    But she wonders if, in these times, books can also teach us to be kind.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Don't Mention the War

    Don't Mention the War

    Howard Jacobson with his personal reaction to a monumental week in US politics.

    In an attempt to define what's at stake, Howard turns his attention to Basil Fawlty, the Garden of Eden and Jonathan Swift's Big and Little-Endians.

    And he has a brush with concussion along the way!

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Pets Aren't People!

    Pets Aren't People!

    Zoe Strimpel examines why so many people have become passionately obsessed with dogs. "We have moved," she writes, "beyond affection, beyond dog-is-person's-best-friend love, into a passionate confusion whereby we now seem to think and feel that there is literally no difference between pets and people."

    She examines the roots of our attachment to dogs and argues that we need to re-discover a more "pet-appropriate variety" of love in relation to our pooches.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Brief Encounters

    Brief Encounters

    "My mother tended to do it in shops and on public transport - my father favoured pubs..."
    Taking a leaf out of his parents' book, Will Self advocates a novel "practice" for our times.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min

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