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    Mementoes and Mayhem

    Mementoes and Mayhem

    This week, Lucy Dallas and Alex Clark are joined by TLS classics editor Mary Beard to find out what the Romans brought back from their holidays, and novelist Edward Docx is roused to righteous fury over the parlous state of the House of Commons.
    ‘Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman empire’s souvenirs’ by Kimberly Cassibry
    ’Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome’ by Maggie L. Popkin
    ‘Held in Contempt: What’s wrong with the House of Commons?’ by Hannah White
    Produced by Sophia Franklin

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    • 52 min
    Free-thinking Dinners in the Age of Revolutions

    Free-thinking Dinners in the Age of Revolutions

    This week, Lucy Dallas is joined by Kathryn Sutherland to tuck into the three o'clock dinners of Joseph Johnson, publisher and friend of Mary Wollstonecraft, Joseph Priestley, Henry Fuseli, Williams Blake and Wordsworth, and many more great minds of that era. And Boyd Tonkin explains that Napoleon's conqueror, the "Iron Duke" of Wellington, had a great and unexpected gift for friendship - with women.
    'Dinner with Joseph Johnson' by Daisy Hay
    'Wellington, women and friendship' at Apsley House, London, until October 30
    Produced by Sophia Franklin

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    • 50 min
    The Shape Of Things To Come

    The Shape Of Things To Come

    This week, Lucy Dallas and Alex Clark are joined by Joe Moran to explore the strange world of precognition, and Elizabeth Lowry is bowled over by the iconoclastic work of South African multimedia artist William Kentridge. Plus great news for Terry Pratchett fans, as an all-star cast records his much-loved Discworld series.
    'The Premonitions Bureau’ by Sam Knight
    ‘SYBIL’ by William Kentridge
    Produced by Sophia Franklin


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    The Birds and the Bees, and Books Made of Cheese

    The Birds and the Bees, and Books Made of Cheese

    This week, Lucy Dallas and Alex Clark are joined by Carol Tavris to discuss two wide-ranging works of biology that cast fascinating light on our understanding of sexual behaviour and gender identity throughout the animal and human world. And James Waddell explores a “bibliobiography” by a Shakespeare scholar that digs deep into centuries of books and their readers - from “shelfies” to book burning to the historical precedent for Jilly Cooper’s Riders.
    'Different: Gender through the eyes of a primatologist’ by Frans de Waal
    ‘B***h: A revolutionary guide to sex, evolution and the female animal’ by Lucy Cooke
    ‘Portable Magic: A history of books and their readers’ by Emma Smith
    Produced by Sophia Franklin

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    Lives, Interrupted

    Lives, Interrupted

    This week, Lucy Dallas and Alex Clark are joined by Nat Segnit to discuss the long reach of the gambling industry and the music of chance, and Kevin Brazil brings to life a dystopian novel from 1977.
    ‘Jackpot: How Gambling Conquered Britain’ by Rob Davies
    ‘Might Bite: The Secret Life of a Gambling Addict’ by Patrick Foster, with Will Macpherson
    ‘Big Snake Little Snake: An Inquiry into Risk’ by DBC Pierre
    ’They’ by Kay Dick
    Produced by Sophia Franklin

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    • 58 min
    Life Lessons and Making Sporting History

    Life Lessons and Making Sporting History

    This week, Lucy Dallas and Alex Clark are joined by Dinah Birch to discuss Elizabeth Finch, the new novel by Julian Barnes, and find themselves in a world of charismatic teachers and forgotten Roman emperors. Also, the sports historian David Goldblatt explores a global survey of sport through the ages from the ancient Chinese game of cuju to the glories of Bristol Rovers.
    ‘Elizabeth Finch’ by Julian Barnes
    ‘Games People Played: A Global History of Sport’ by Wray Vamplew
    Produced by Sophia Franklin

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