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A Point of View

Is patriotism the last refuge of the scoundrel?

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Republican or royalist, we all need something or someone in which to invest our loyalty. Will Self reflects on what really lies behind our sense of patriotism. Show more

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Presenter:
Will Self

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A Point of View

The Changing Nature of Utopias

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Will Self reflects on what the changing nature of utopias says about us, from Thomas More's 16th-century Utopia to the recent TV series of the same name. Show more

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Presenter:
Will Self

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A Point of View

Why Orwell Is the Supreme Mediocrity

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

A weekly reflection on a topical issue. Will Self takes on one of the nation's best-loved figures, George Orwell, and braces himself for the backlash! Show more

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Presenter:
Will Self

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A Point of View

The Football Fallacy

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Adam Gopnik explains why the English are better at watching football than playing it and why the Americans are better at talking about democracy than practising it. Show more

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Presenter:
Adam Gopnik
Producer:
Sheila Cook

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A Point of View

Capitalism and the Myth of Social Evolution

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

John Gray reflects on why the advance of capitalism is not, as is widely believed, inevitable. He argues that the 'seemingly unstoppable advance of market forces' is often random. Show more

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Presenter:
John Gray

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A Point of View

Ethical Science

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Lisa Jardine draws lessons about the relationship between science and human values from the career of the Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard, who helped to develop the atom bomb. Show more

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Presenter:
Lisa Jardine
Producer:
Sheila Cook

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A Point of View

Lisa Jardine: Reflections on IVF

Duration: 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Lisa Jardine reflects on the sensitive questions surrounding IVF, as she comes to the end of her term as chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Show more

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Presenter:
Lisa Jardine
Producer:
Sheila Cook

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