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Wechat No.167903 Animal Farm

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Animal Farm, which Eric Blair published under his pen name George Orwell in 1945. A biting critique of totalitarianism, particularly Stalinism, the essay sprung from Orwell s experiences fighting Fascists in Spain: he thought that all on the left were…

Wechat No.167858 9/11 Victims Bill Opens the Floodgates

Italian PM warns Brexit will be very difficult ; Britain s notorious Teddy Boys; Female Chilean president s campaign on abortion (Photo: Archive image of smoke pouring from the World Trade Center towers in New York after being hit by two planes on September 11,…

Wechat No.167785 Does punctuation matter?

Why is punctuation important? Neil and Alice discuss rhetoric, commas, and why using full stops when we’re texting can make us sound insincere Direct Link: Cdn Link: Recommended in Mainland China Original BBC Link: Expired in 30 days after published

Wechat No.167686 Trump’s Crime Claims

Donald Trump has claimed that there are some inner city areas in the US which are suffering from the worst crime rates ever. They are so dangerous, he says, that Afghanistan is safer. But could this be true and can you compare the two? A…

Wechat No.167594 Future in Review: The Importance of “Flow”

The big new buzzword at the annual futurist technology conference in Utah is “flow” – but what does it mean, and what are the practical implications for data and for our lives? In the first of two programmes from this year s FiRe shindig, presenter…

Wechat No.167526 The Mayak Nuclear Disaster

On September 29th 1957 there was a major accident at a secret nuclear facility in the Soviet Union. Dozens of workers died and a huge cloud of radioactivity spread across the surrounding countryside. But news of the disaster was only made public decades later. Dina…

Wechat No.167003 Going Hungry in Venezuela

Vladimir Hernandez returns home to oil-rich Venezuela, which is struggling to feed its own people in the midst of a spiralling economic crisis. Direct Link: Cdn Link: Recommended in Mainland China Original BBC Link: Expired in 30 days after published

Wechat No.166593 US Congress rejects Obama veto

US Congress foils president Obama s veto of bill allowing 9/11 Saudi lawsuits / South Asian summit in doubt after India pulls out / What is the best way to get some rest? Direct Link: Cdn Link: Recommended in Mainland China Original BBC Link: Expired…