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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    Gender in the Blender

    Gender in the Blender

    "If we accept that gender is something imposed on us," writes Bernardine Evaristo, "as opposed to intrinsic to who we are as humans, then what does it matter if people want to switch genders?"

    Bernardine discusses the "gender revolution" and our attitudes to the disruption of traditional gender roles.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    The Big Benefits of Smallness

    The Big Benefits of Smallness

    "There's nothing wrong with ambition," writes Linda Colley, "but coming to terms with our inescapable geographical smallness would be helpful."
    She says historically there's been a tendency to kick against this awkward fact and an obsession with the idea of a global Britain.
    Linda argues that we should recognise the advantages of smallness - nourishing a nation's innovation and agility.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    A Hazy Shade of Winter

    A Hazy Shade of Winter

    "Once in a blue moon," writes Rebecca Stott, "new technologies become available that make it possible to open up ancient, long-shelved historical mysteries."
    Rebecca tells how modern science has explained the events of 536 AD when the sun 'disappeared' and a devastating pandemic followed.
    And she ponders what scientists - hundreds of years from now - will be able to tell about our current pandemic and our environmental crisis.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Legacy Bottle Opener

    Legacy Bottle Opener

    Will Self on why a novelty bottle opener - with little plastic seahorses floating in an acrylic handle - is his idea of a perfect inheritance.
    "The security that financial inheritance may convey is merely relative - and divisive," he writes.
    So, instead, Will suggests leaving behind something ordinary....and useful.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Coronavirus and Convention

    Coronavirus and Convention

    "In the absence of sports, sports radio thrives," writes Adam Gopnik, "and churns and heaves and roils on a diet of pure abstraction, stays awake all night on the caffeine of accelerated nothingness."

    Adam examines the American fascination with call-in shows about sport - and the paradox that although they have absolutely no sport to talk about right now, the shows have never been more argumentative or more alive.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Why Black Lives Matter

    Why Black Lives Matter

    "We need to challenge how we historicise the past and give it a thorough spring clean," writes Bernardine Evaristo.
    Bernardine discusses the UK's response to Black Lives Matter, "a necessary moment in our political history."

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min

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