Friday, April 8, 2011

Listening ideas for 8 April 2011

Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams
When a young African chief fell in love with a white English girl in post-war London they both expected their families to object. But soon he had to give up his throne for his wife.
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In Our Time
Octavia Hill
From the 1850s until her death in 1912, Octavia Hill was an energetic campaigner who did much to improve the lot of impoverished city dwellers. She was a pioneer of social housing who believed there were better and more humane ways of arranging accommodation for the poor than through the state. Aided at first by her friend John Ruskin, the essayist and art critic, she bought houses and let them to the urban dispossessed. Octavia Hill provided an early model of social work, did much to preserve urban open spaces. She was also one of the founders of the National Trust. Yet her vision of social reform, involving volunteers and private enterprise rather than central government, was often at odds with that of her contemporaries.
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Thinking Allowed
Street Politics and Tahrir Square
Street Politics: protests, policing, revolution and just getting about - Leif Jerram and John Clarke discuss how the geography of cities have contributed to the development of society. Laurie also talks to Jeffrey Alenxander about 'perfoming' the revolution in Tahrir Square.
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Times Talks
Cole Porter’s Classic: “Anything Goes”
Tony winners Sutton Foster and Joel Grey and director Kathleen Marshall discuss the new production of “Anything Goes” with Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times
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