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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    The Samsara of Salmon

    The Samsara of Salmon

    John Connell goes fishing in northern Spain, home to one of the oldest populations of Atlantic salmon in the world.

    But he discovers a world on an ecological edge - with water at dangerously low levels, distraught fishermen and virtually no fish.

    'What is a fish without a river?' he asks. 'Indeed what is a river without a fish?'

    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Neil Churchill
    Production Coordinator: Iona Hammond
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 9 min
    No Final Frontier

    No Final Frontier

    Sara Wheeler has just been appointed the authorised biographer of the travel writer, Jan Morris. But she faces a dilemma. She's concerned that she is 'effectively appropriating the story of a woman who appropriated hundreds of other stories'.

    How, she wonders, can she navigate this tricky territory.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Peter Bosher
    Production coordinator: Iona Hammond
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 10 min
    Dance Cocky

    Dance Cocky

    From boyhood, through young adulthood, to the present day, Howard Jacobson ponders his relationship with dancing.

    As summer festivals get underway across the UK, Howard tries to understand the attraction.

    'I didn’t dance to Paul McCartney in the 60s, and I’m not going to start now... dancing isn’t what I do,' he says.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Peter Bosher
    Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 11 min
    Climate Change and the Fall of Icarus

    Climate Change and the Fall of Icarus

    Tom Shakespeare decided several years ago he was no longer going to fly for pleasure. But his father's cousin - who lives in the US - has just turned 90 and he'd love to see her again. He describes his fraught decision - as he grapples with his environmental conscience.

    Reading from WH Auden's poem, 'Musée des Beaux Arts'.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Peter Bosher
    Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 10 min
    Chance and Opportunity

    Chance and Opportunity

    As the Tory leadership election highlights questions of social mobility, David Goodhart looks at why some people seem to have more luck than others. To what extent can we create our own opportunities, regardless of background? What role does personality play? And is it really possible to engineer and cultivate our own luck by being open to chance encounters?

    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Peter Bosher
    Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 10 min
    The Meanings of Conservatism

    The Meanings of Conservatism

    'We're witnessing a major change in British politics,' writes John Gray. 'But to what?' With Boris Johnson on the way out, many Conservatives, he says, believe the party needs a new 'big idea'. But that is a fundamental error, he believes. 'What the party needs is not another new philosophy but a healthy dose of pragmatism...new thinking, but not some grand new theory'.


    Producer: Adele Armstrong
    Sound: Peter Bosher
    Production coordinator: Gemma Ashman
    Editor: Penny Murphy

    • 10 min

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