201 Sunday Feature - Stirring Up A Revolution2013-06-09 19:15:00
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202 Sunday Feature - Wagner: Making a National Hero2013-05-19 19:27:00
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203 Jan Morris, Travels Round My House2013-05-13 10:00:00
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204 Sunday Feature - Piano's Music Boxes2013-05-07 15:43:00
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205 Sunday Feature - The Idea of Sin (3 of 3)2013-03-11 13:30:00
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206 Sunday Feature - The Idea of Sin (1 of 3)2013-03-11 11:40:00
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207 Sunday Feature - The Idea of Sin (2 of 3)2013-03-07 18:40:00
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208 Margaret are you Grieving? A Cultural History of Weeping2013-02-04 12:42:00
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Margaret are you Grieving? A Cultural History of Weeping

Throughout our cultural history, tears have been intimately connected with the arts, whether as inspiration or response. Thomas Dixon is director of the UK's first Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University London. In this programme he explores the history of weeping as an aesthetic response to works of art: paintings, writing, music, theatre and film. What it is about works of art and religious symbols that induce weeping and why do we shed tears over performances by actors and singers, fictional characters, abstract symbols, poems, music, metaphysical ideas - in other words things that are not real? Margery Kempe, Gluck, Mark Rothko and Sophocles' Electra may provide some of the answers. Thomas Dixon talks to Fiona Shaw, Miri Rubin, Pete de Bolla, Virginia Eatough, Giles Fraser, Ian Bostridge, Matthew Sweet and Simon Goldhill…read more

209 Modernism Redux2013-02-04 12:07:00
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210 A Brief History of Being Cold2013-01-29 17:48:00
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211 Tolstoy and Napoleon. 1 - On Napoleon2012-12-05 17:32:00
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212 The Essay: Anglo-Saxon Portraits 1: Vortigern2012-10-15 22:00:00
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213 Sunday Feature: After the Gold Rush - The Poetry of California2012-10-04 14:13:00
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214 Piano Tales - A Social History of the Piano2012-09-25 17:05:00
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215 Jacquetta Hawkes and The Personal Past2012-09-13 16:13:00
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216 Dr Adam Smith on Britain in the American Civil War2012-07-27 21:46:00
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217 Dr Adam Smith on the dividing lines of the American Civil War2012-07-26 20:46:00
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218 Dr Adam Smith on the War of the North in America2012-07-25 21:00:00
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219 Dr Adam Smith on the War of the South in America2012-07-25 16:21:00
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220 Historian Tristram Hunt on anti-imperialism.2012-07-20 21:50:00
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