The Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa’ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space.
Are you intrepid enough to explore your own sense of reality? Dr Critchlow invites you to take a journey through your brain, using mind-boggling experiments to strip down the neuroscience myths making the headlines and explore how brain research is shaping our society.
Sophia was born to Maharajah Duleep Singh, heir to a huge territory that stretched from the Kashmir Valley to the Khyber Pass. The territory was plundered by the British and the Maharajah was exiled to Britain. Sophia was raised a society lady and goddaughter to Queen Victoria. However, after a secret trip to India she returned a revolutionary to fight for Indian independence, the welfare of Indian soldiers in World War I, and, above all, for the cause of female suffrage. Anita talks to Stephanie Merritt.
Never written a poem before? Now’s your chance. Poet Ian McMillan will show you how, and you will leave with a poem.
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The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.
Everyone loves a Zebra. But where do its stripes come from? A simple answer might be DNA; a more fanciful one that they’re painted on, like the leopard in Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. In this lecture, Professor Sella takes us beyond the superficial, through complex and spectacular chemical reactions, and into the very fabric of our universe, where pattern and structure emerge as if by magic. Chaired by Dan Davis.
Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this analysis is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.
This debut novel is a wicked satire of London society, a redemptive and captivating love story, and a journey into the darker corners of European history. Rothschild, who is also chair of the National Gallery, has created one of the most spectacular villains of recent times. ‘Every painting has a story – and if it could speak, what would it tell us?’
A workshop for creative kids who struggle with the whole reading and writing thing. Ali is a Dyslexia Action Ambassador.
Tom Sutcliffe presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, and will be joined on stage by a panel of guests for stimulating, entertaining and lively discussion.
Broadcast on Mondays at 9am and repeated at 9pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 25 May.
What’s the relationship between a writer and a lead actor? Screenwriter Sally Wainwright and her star Sarah Lancashire have collaborated on Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. They talk to the BBC’s Creative Director.
Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the most powerful and enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. One of the work’s finest interpreters, Bostridge, focuses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work that is possibly the greatest landmark in the history of Lieder. He unpicks the enigmas and subtle meaning of each of the twenty-four songs to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, bringing the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.
Through the 25 stories in Swift’s most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. He reads from the collection and discusses his work with Peter Florence.
You could say there are two kinds of virtues in the world: résumé virtues and eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you list on your CV, the skills that contribute to external success. The eulogy virtues are deeper. They’re what get talked about at your funeral and they are usually the virtues that exist at the core of your being – whether you are kind, brave, honest or faithful; what kind of relationships you formed over your lifetime. We live in a culture that encourages us to think about how to be wealthy and successful, but which leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the deepest inner life. Brooks connects us once again to an ancient moral tradition, a tradition that asks us to confront our own weaknesses and grow in response, rather than shallowly focus on our good points. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.