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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    The Ring of the Nibelung

    The Ring of the Nibelung

    Following the death of the philosopher, author and self-professed Wagner fan, Sir Roger Scruton, this is one of our favourite talks he did for the series.

    As Wagner’s Ring – that huge and controversial cycle of operas - went on tour around the UK, Roger talked about why The Ring is absolutely a story for our time.

    "I have loved The Ring and learned from it for over 50 years and for me, it is quite simply the truth about our world - but the truth expressed by means of music of unquestionable authority and supreme melodic and harmonic power".

    The talk was first broadcast in 2016.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10분
    On Hypocrisy

    On Hypocrisy

    Will Self explores what he sees as a growing sense of collective hypocrisy.

    He looks at why we're often so reluctant to use the word "hypocrisy" and argues that we accept hypocrisy in part because "civilisation as currently constituted would be quite impossible without a whole panoply of carefully evolved rituals designed to elide incompatible acts and beliefs".

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10분
    Getting Close to Nature

    Getting Close to Nature

    "After months of hearing about the climate emergency", writes Rebecca Stott, "I thought it would be a good thing to spend some time around a species that was doing really well".
    She decided to become a seal warden...but the job is rather different from what she was expecting.
    "This wild, old, slithery, stinking world of the sand dunes really isn't cute" she says. "But there are some things in nature, dare I say it, that are a lot more interesting than cute".

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9분
    The Consolations of Taxidermy

    The Consolations of Taxidermy

    "I've long been fascinated with taxidermy", writes Rebecca Stott, "but it disturbs me".
    She explains why - after many years - she's made her peace with taxidermy.
    "After all, can we really be all high-horse-ish about the way our ancestors shot, classified and stuffed everything in their path, given how much damage we've done to species and their habitats in the last fifty years alone?"

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9분
    The recurrent dream of an end-time

    The recurrent dream of an end-time

    “Whatever humans do, the world is not going to end”, writes John Gray. “Humankind cannot destroy the planet any more than it can save it”.

    John Gray ponders why the belief that the human world can be completely and suddenly transformed, never really goes away.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9분
    Expectations of Democracy

    Expectations of Democracy

    "I can no longer force myself", writes Will Self, "to make choices that appear quite meaningless to me".

    He outlines why he decided - for the first time in his life - not to cast a vote in the election.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9분

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