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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

    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
    A Word of Advice

    A Word of Advice

    "There is a piece of advice that my white British friends seem never to receive but which I have had the good fortune to be given on many occasions - 'If you don't like it here, you can always leave'".
    Zia Haider Rahman reflects on what lies behind the comment.

    Producer: Adele Armstrong

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Sooch49 ,

Moving forward

Thanks, Tom Shakespeare, for swatting this fly of a phrase, which irks me almost as much as “move on,” as in “accept you’ve been f’d over and move on.”

dettifoss ,

Provocative

Each week a commentator - author, historian, economist, thinker - tackles a subject of their choosing and explains what thier opinion is and why. The subject is usually an aspect of modern life, and the opinions range in tone from moralistic to historical, satirical, mournful or even humorous.
The podcast is superbly produced, as are all podcasts from the BBC.

kwyjibo3376 ,

Excellent Podcast..Interesting, Compelling, and Inspiring

Sir David Attenborough's Point of View is among my favorite podcasts and after only hearing three episodes. Ten minutes well worth spent and an invaluable experience that not only nourishes one's intellect but stimulates curiosity to learn more and share. Sir David's Point of View on the natural world is just as intriguing and captivating to listen to viewing his documentaries or books. I highly recommend this podcast not just for the Attenborough enthusiast but for all those interested in natural history topics. Excellently articulated and interesting throughout.

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