Archive | July, 2009

28. The Life of a Roman Town

How easy is it to get an insight into the life of the ancient Romans from a visit to the remains of Pompeii today? How much of what we see is even Roman, and how much is recent reconstruction? What did the Romans really think about sex? And what did they believe in a world […]

Continue Reading · 17 July 2009 · food and drink, history and politics, podcasts, religion and belief

27. Alice on the Indus

On Monday night Alice Albinia won the Dolman Travel Book Prize for her book, Empires of the Indus, in which she traces her remarkable journey from the river delta near Karachi to its source in Tibet. Just after the winner was announced, I spoke to Alice about her book. Click above to find out why […]

Continue Reading · 7 July 2009 · history and politics, podcasts, travel

Burma – Failed state: Le Monde diplomatique podcast

Burma’s military regime, the State Peace and Development Council, has if anything become more repressive since the scenes of confrontation which the world witnessed on its television screens during the saffron revolution of 2007. In this month’s podcast, George Miller talks to journalist Rajeshree Sisodia about her article on contemporary Burma in the July edition […]

Continue Reading · 7 July 2009 · history and politics, podcasts

26. Who owns your body?

“This is what I think is really surprising to most people: you don’t actually own your body, in the sense that tissue taken from it and used afterwards is yours to use as you see fit. “The law traditionally took the view that tissue, once it had left the body, was what was called ‘no […]

Continue Reading · 3 July 2009 · medicine, podcasts, science and philosophy, technology and communication