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Big Impact

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rob Holt (Ryder Cup 2010) and Dan Epstein (London 2012) discuss their environmental policies and legacy with Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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Green Media?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Helen Fraser (Penguin), Jo Confino (Guardian) and Ben Stimson (Sky) talk to film-maker Sasha Norris about being whiter than white and greener than green.

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The Future of Eden

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco superhero Tim Smit dreams the potential of his Eden Project with Rosie Boycott.

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Katherine Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Welsh diva discusses her autobiography Time To Say Hello.

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The Schools Crisis and After

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Golden Valley in Herefordshire has just survived an attempt to ‘rationalise’ its schools network. Can village life survive at all in the C21st? How vital is education to its future? Headmaster Chris Barker hosts a debate to launch a new magazine: How Gold is Our Valley. All welcome.

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John Parker

Lords of Creation

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden Director and Professor of Plant Cytogenetics brushes against near- immortality, the truth of sustainability, and the awe-inspiring aesthetic of trees.

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Benna Waites

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author discusses her landmark History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present Day with the Powys Mental Health chief.

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Country Living Magazine Food and Farming Discussion

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do you know where your bara brith from your cullen skink? Why regional specialties are important to the British Isles and why we need to protect them. BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon hosts this debate with food writer Elisabeth Luard, Graham Cassie of Waitrose, Irene Bocchetta of Food From Britain, and Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, to support the Made in Britain Campaign.

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Toby Faber

Fabergé’s Eggs

Hay Festival 2008, 
The extraordinary story of the masterpieces that outlived the Tsars and an empire.

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Jamie Oliver talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
The chef and gastro-revolutionary talks produce, prep and passion.

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Timbuktu and Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catch up with the twinning projects involving local teachers, doctors and artisans. Films, stories and chat. Chaired by Paul Blezard and introduced by the Mayor of Hay.

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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart

Fixing Failed States

Hay Festival 2008, 
A billion people live in sixty-odd states where terrorism, ethnic conflict, disease, poverty and trafficking thrive. What do we do now? Dr Ghani was Afghan Finance Minister 2002–04.

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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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Anna Beer

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
The biographer celebrates the 400th anniversary of the author of Paradise Lost, probably the most politically and religiously engaged poet in the English language. Chaired by author and SBC Literature & Spoken Word director Rachel Holmes.

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Cherie Booth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Matrix Chambers QC specialising in Employment and Human Rights lectures on Women’s Equality: Making your way in a man’s world. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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Joanna Trollope talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of female friendship in Friday Nights.

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John Barrow

Cosmic Imagery: The History of Science Through Pictures

Hay Festival 2008, 
The iconic images that embody our understanding of the natural world and the universe from Robert Hooke’s microscope to Hubble, and from human anatomy to Hiroshima.

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
In the first of a series of conversations with the audience, the captivating author of Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice discusses a global or environmental topic arising from the day’s news.

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Roy Strong

A Little History of the English Country Church

Hay Festival 2008, 
An elegant synthesis of architecture, faith and parish community that points to a possible realigned future.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Stephen Poliakoff talks to Ariane Koek

Hay Festival 2008, 
The screenwriter discusses his two latest films Joe’s Palace and Capturing Mary with the Arvon Foundation director.

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Joseph Stiglitz & Linda Bilmes

The $3 Trillion War

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Nobel Economist and his co-author audit The True Cost of the War in Iraq. Chaired by Nik Gowing.