Polly Toynbee: My Family and Other Radicals
While for generations Polly Toynbee‘s ancestors have been committed left-wing rabble-rousers railing against injustice, they could never claim to be working class, settling instead for the prosperous life of academia or journalism enjoyed by their own forebears. So where does that leave their ideals of class equality?
Travellers Through Time: A Gypsy History
Romany Gypsies have been variously portrayed as exotic strangers or as crude, violent delinquents; Jeremy Harte vividly portrays the hardships of the travelling life, the skills of woodland crafts, the colourful artistic traditions, the mysteries of a lost language and the flamboyant displays of weddings and funerals, which are all still present in this secretive culture.
V: A Celebration of the Vulva and Vagina
If the vulva is taboo, how can you fight for its rights? If you don't know how extraordinary the vulva and vagina are, you'll never realise the power they have. Florence Schechter, of the Vagina Museum, will take you on a journey towards understanding and celebrating the vagina and vulva.
The Humanist Movement in Modern Britain
Humanists have been a major force in British life since the turn of the 20th century. David Nash examines how humanist organisations brought ethical reform and rationalism to the nation as it faced the moral issues of the modern world.
Art and Artificial Intelligence
Could AI art really replace human artists? Using machine intelligence apps to generate art is quicker and more affordable than commissioning work from human artists. But does the AI use original work to create these images? We explore this creative uncanny valley with Arthur I. Miller and Reema Selhi.
Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History
Statues are one of the most visible forms of historical storytelling. The stories we tell about history are vital to how we, as societies, understand our past and create our future. Bestselling author Alex von Tunzelmann looks at twelve statues in modern history; why they were put up and how they came down.
Bitch: Sex, Evolution & the Female Animal
A revolution has been brewing in zoology and evolutionary biology. Zoologist, author and broadcaster, Lucy Cooke, introduces us to a riotous cast of animals, and the scientists studying them, that are redefining the female of the species.
How Great Novels Help Us Change
What can Alice in Wonderland teach us about childhood? Does Esther Greenwood’s glittering success and subsequent collapse in The Bell Jar help us understand ambition? And what can we learn about death from Virginia Woolf? Josh Cohen explores how, through the experiences of its characters, literature can show us ways to be wiser, more open and more self-aware.
Other Loves: Asexuality & Bisexuality
Life is never truly binary, love maybe even more so. Join us for a conversation on other ways of other ways to live and love with asexual activist Yasmin Benoit and Dr Julia Shaw, author of Bi: The Hidden Culture, History and Science of Bisexuality.