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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    Recline-gate

    Recline-gate

    To recline....or not to recline your aeroplane seat?

    Adam Gopnik ponders the question of “recline-gate” in the aftermath of the recent American Airlines incident that went viral.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min
    Inhaling History

    Inhaling History

    "I am holding history in my hands," writes Sarah Dunant. "The date on the letter is February 1490...the place, the city of Mantua in Italy".

    As she delves through the Mantuan State Archive, Sarah reflects on the task of understanding and writing history.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    An Epidemic of History

    An Epidemic of History

    "We have been here before, many times" writes Sarah Dunant as she charts some key moments in history when the world has been gripped by fear over the spread of disease.

    From Columbus and the outbreak of syphilis in 1495, to cholera at Mecca in the 1860s ....and Wuhan today.

    She ponders what insights this present crisis might bring.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Sodcasting

    Sodcasting

    From the “pernicious fife-footlers polluting the sooty Victorian cities” to the “fiendish electronic cacophony” of today, Will Self bemoans the ever-increasing difficulty of finding a bit of peace and quiet.

    He wonders why we tolerate this growing noise pollution, even though we know that high levels of ambient noise cause stress, insomnia and even, if persistent, poor mental health.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min
    Saving the planet - on hands and knees

    Saving the planet - on hands and knees

    "Of all the men I never wanted to grow old into", writes Howard Jacobson, "this is the man I wanted to grow into least: the prepared-for-all-eventualities shopper".

    Howard describes his hours of neatly folding plastic bags on his hands and knees on his living room floor...in order to let him shop responsibly.

    Gone is his old profligacy. "The wild", he says, "have become the watchful".

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min
    Anti-Semitism and the Neo Medievalists

    Anti-Semitism and the Neo Medievalists

    "All racism is a species not only of unreason... but of unreason enthusiastically embraced", writes Howard Jacobson.

    Howard discusses why anti-Semitism should trouble us all, regardless of our background.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 10 min

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