Archive | March, 2008

10. Fleeing Hitler – the story of the Paris exodus

On 14 June 1940 German tanks swept into Paris. That the city would fall to the Nazis was by then a foregone conclusion; it had been declared an ‘open city’ the day before. In other words, it would put up no resistance against the invaders. The government had already packed up and left. By 14 […]

Continue Reading · 27 March 2008 · history and politics, podcasts

9. Talking about animals

‘As soon as humans make images, they make them about humans and they make them about animals and the relationship between them.’ My guest on this week’s programme is Martin Kemp, Professor of the History of Art at Oxford, whose latest book, The Human Animal is a rich and thought-provoking study of the relationship between […]

Continue Reading · 20 March 2008 · art and music, history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy

8. A Philosopher in Everytown

Philosophy can seem the most cerebral and abstract of disciplines. So what would happen if a philosopher stepped out of his study and ’embedded’ himself in an ordinary (but unfamiliar) community in his own country and tried to work out whether the English people have anything which could reasonably be called a philosophy? That’s exactly […]

Continue Reading · 14 March 2008 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy