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A Point of View

Machiavelli's Summer in Tuscany

Duration: 10 minutes

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

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Sarah Dunant on why Niccolo Machiavelli, diplomat and adviser, wrote his seminal work 'The Prince' 500 years ago this summer at his family's country estate in Tuscany. Show more

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Sarah Dunant

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Isis: A modern revolutionary force?

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Available for over a year

John Gray argues that the Sunni extremist group Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is actually a revolutionary force, not a reactionary one. Show more

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John Gray
Interviewed Guest:
Arlene Gregorius

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Duration: 10 minutes

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

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Philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on original art that is sincere and truthful, but hard to achieve, as opposed to the easier but fake art that appeals to many critics today. Show more

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Duration: 10 minutes

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

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Tom Shakespeare argues the House of Lords should be completely reformed and cut to 300 members (instead of over 800): 100 politicians, 100 experts and 100 members of the public. Show more

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Sing a New Song

Duration: 10 minutes

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

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Tom Shakespeare argues that the country needs a new national anthem, one that reflects the diversity and values of the whole of the United Kingdom and is in tune with the times. Show more

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Is patriotism the last refuge of the scoundrel?

Duration: 10 minutes

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

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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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Will Self

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The Changing Nature of Utopias

Duration: 10 minutes

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

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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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Will Self

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Roger Scruton: Of the People, By the People 1/4

Duration: 10 minutes

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

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Roger Scruton argues that democracy alone is not enough for political freedom. Democracy, freedom and human rights do not necessarily coincide. Show more

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