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The Essay

All My Presidents

Episode 3: The Lucky and the Luckless - Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Michael Goldfarb tells the story of two American presidents: the luckless President Jimmy Carter and his successor, Ronald Reagan, a man blessed with abundant good fortune. Show more

The Essay

All My Presidents

Episode 4: Talkin' 'bout My Generation - Bill Clinton and George W Bush

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Michael Goldfarb discusses Presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush, who share the same cultural influences - and flaws - as other born in the years immediately after World War II. Show more

The Essay

Letters to Writers

Episode 1: Dear Geoffrey Chaucer...

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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In his series of imaginary correspondences with some of literary history's most celebrated figures, novelist Ian Sansom is writing to a certain Geoffrey Chaucer. Show more

The Essay

Cornerstones

Episode 1: Northern Lights - Cornerstones: Scandinavia's Samiland

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Poet John Burnside explores his fascination with the Sami landscapes of Finnmark in northern Norway, reflecting on how they are shaped by ice as much as rock. Show more

The Essay

Cornerstones

Episode 2: Cornerstones - The Canadian Arctic

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Travel writer Sara Wheeler recalls her time visiting Canada's Arctic region, staying in a tent with a group of geologists. Show more

The Essay

Cornerstones

Episode 3: Cornerstones: Greenland Caves

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Geologist and climatologist Gina Moseley describes leading a team of cavers into an unknown system of limestone caverns in northern Greenland. Show more

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Cornerstones

Episode 4: Cornerstones: Siberia

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Daniel Kalder conjures the vast landscapes east of the Urals, where taiga becomes tundra. He describes how Siberia's endless forests give way to ceaseless realms of permafrost. Show more

The Essay

Cornerstones

Episode 5: Northern Lights - Cornerstones: Alaska

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Jason Mark visits Alaska's remote northern rim, and reflects on the impact of our lust for hydrocarbons. Whilst the ice melts, we search for oil in these northern parts. Show more

The Essay

Art in a Cold Climate

Episode 2: Art in a Cold Climate: Hallgrimur Helgason on Fish Processing in Eyjafjord by Kristin Jonsdottir

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Artist and writer Hallgrimur Helgason asks what Kristin Jonsdottir's Fish Processing in Eyjafjord can say when Icelandic culture is primarily verbal. Show more

The Essay

Art in a Cold Climate

Episode 3: Art in a Cold Climate: Mette Moestrup on Pia Arke's Camera Obscura

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Mette Moestrup praises the way Pia Arke's Camera Obscura explores the post-colonial relationship between Denmark and Greenland. Show more

The Essay

Art in a Cold Climate

Episode 4: Art in a Cold Climate: Ray Hudson on Touching Fire by Carolyn Reed

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Ray Hudson on how Carolyn Reed's Touching Fire shows Alaskans caught between the fire and the sea, between the state's beauty and the race to exploit its material wealth. Show more

The Essay

Art in a Cold Climate

Episode 5: Art in a Cold Climate: Thomas Hylland Eriksen on the Holmenkollen Ski-Jumping Hill

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Anthropologist and novelist Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen argues that Oslo's now-demolished Holmenkollen ski-jumping hill was the most important art work in Norway. Show more

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Religion in the North

Episode 5: A Swedish Christmas: Andrew Brown

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Andrew Brown, who spent part of his childhood in Sweden and married a Swedish woman, recalls his mother-in-law's dedication to keeping the Swedish Christmas traditions alive. Show more