The Silesian town of Bedzin lies 25 miles from Auschwitz. The principal civilian administrator there, Udo Klausa, was a happily married, family man. He was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – inhumane processes that were the precursors of genocide. He later claimed, like so many other Germans after the war, that he had ‘known nothing about it’. Klausa’s case is so important because it is in many ways so typical.
The producers of the cult noir film thriller are joined by photographer David Wilson to talk about the silent character in the hit TV show: the landscapes of Ceredigion. Wilson has captured these landscapes for the new book Hinterland Landscapes and the panel will reflect on what the settings have brought to the show, and the impact the show has had on this quiet part of Wales. Chaired by Jon Gower.
It's taken 18 months for a TV reality star to go from laughing-stock to leader of the free world. The BBC’s North America Editor has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as ‘a beauty’ by none other than Donald Trump. Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.
Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.
The Nobel Prize-winning Mario Vargas Llosa has a conversation with the writer JJ Armas Marcelo about his latest published novel, El héroe discreto (Alfaguara). Two literary leading lights deal with the analysis of this melodrama, full of extortion and revenge in a humorous tone.
Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.
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In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Winnie The Witch gets involved in a prehistoric adventure with a rather surprised Triceratops, brought to life with Korky Paul’s high-energy live drawing.
In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.
Photo: Ula Soltys
The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to marvellous creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. This captivating history of the world’s most famous islands charts their evolution from deserted wilderness to profoundly important scientific resource and now global tourist destination. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.