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Talk by Alexander Halpern
Alexander Halpern was General Secretary of the Provisional Government of Russia up to October 1917. The occasion of this talk is the publication last year of the book on Law and Social Change in the U.S.S.R. by Professor John Hazard of Columbia University, New York.


Talk By: Alexander Halpern
Unknown: Professor John Hazard


Edith Vogel (piano)
BBC Northern Orchestra
(Leader, Reginald Stead )
Conductor, John Hopkins


Piano: Edith Vogel
Leader: Reginald Stead
Conductor: John Hopkins


The Great Tidal Surge of January 31-February 1. 1953
Talk by J. R. Rossiter of the Liverpool Observatory and Tidal Institute
Tides cannot be predicted theoretically. Tide tables are constructed from the analyses of past observations, but at any time the expected tides may be altered by the weather. In this talk J. R. Rossiter describes the tidal surge that caused the disastrous floods in East Anglia and Holland in February 1953.


Talk By: J. R. Rossiter


or ' The Consequences of Filial Piety
A moral legend by Jules Laforgue
Translated and adapted for radio by Henry Reed
Produced by Douglas Cleverdon
' It faut agir ...'
Henry Reed writes: 'In the morainés légendaires of Jules Laforgue certain ancient histories are pursued to conclusions not quite contemplated in earlier treatments. In Hamlet, which is probably the best knowh of them, the young artist-hero does not emerge wholly unscathed by Laforgue's affectionate satire. This may offend strict Hamlet-olatry a little; but English audiences have always liked their Hamlets doctored, improved, disguised, embellished, toned up, toned down, and what not; and it seems a pity to deny them Laforgue's version, which at least has the virtues of logic, humour, and unabashed subjectivity.'


Produced By: Douglas Cleverdon
Jules Laforgue: Hugh Burden
Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark: Robert Eddison
The leading man: Norman Shelley
The leading lady: Margaretta Scott
Jeune fllle: Patricia Field
The second grave digger: Carleton Hobbs
Laerttes: Allan McClelland
A footman, a halberdier, a wedding guest, the first grave digger, an attendant lord, Yorick's skull, a theatrical director, an equerry, the King of Denmark, and a tree: Deryck Guyler


Gareth Morris (flute)
Thurston Dart (harpsichord)
Alan Harverson (organ)
The Geraint Jones
Singers and Orchestra
(Leader, Winifred Roberts ) Conductor, Geraint Jones
Motet: Komm. Jesu, komm
Suiite No. 2, in B minor, for flute and strings
Motet: Der Geist hilft unsrer
Schwachheit auf
This is the first of four programmes that will include Bach's six motets and four orchestral suites.


Flute: Gareth Morris
Harpsichord: Thurston Dart
Harpsichord: Alan Harverson
Singers: Geraint Jones
Leader: Winifred Roberts
Conductor: Geraint Jones


A talk by L. L. Whyte on the development of the idea of the unconscious before Freud


Talk By: L. L. Whyte


8-Morley's Consort Lessons
Eilidh McNab (soprano)
Stanley Taylor (recorder) Harry Danks (treble viol)
Henry Revell (bass viol)
Julian Bream (lute)
Desmond Dupre (cittern)
Freddie Phillips (bass guitar)
A series of nine programmes arranged by Thurston Dart and David Lumsden


Soprano: Eilidh McNab
Soprano: Stanley Taylor
Unknown: Harry Danks
Bass: Henry Revell
Unknown: Julian Bream
Unknown: Desmond Dupre
Bass: Freddie Phillips
Arranged By: Thurston Dart
Arranged By: David Lumsden


Talk by Maurice Freedmaa
Lecturer in Anthropology in the London School of Economics and Political Science
Mr. Freedman describes the wedding in Singapore of his Chinese friend Li-bin which, in spite of Li-bin's attempt to be modern, showed the sturdy survival of many traditional customs. The speaker has spent some time in Singapore studying family and marriage among Overseas Chinese.


Talk By: Maurice Freedmaa


Quartet No. 2. in D played by the Hollywood String Quartet on gramophone records

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