Jennie Gow asks why there are no women competing at the highest level in Formula One. Includes interviews with McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, Sir Stirling Moss and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. Jennie also speaks to Claire Williams, newly appointed deputy team principal at Williams and Susie Wolff, development driver for Team Williams.
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A History of the World in Maps - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Throughout history, maps have always been as much about their creators and their worldviews as about reproducing an accurate replica of the world. Early maps were also about the unknown and how to display the borders of the known world. Monsters in illustration were often used to represent what lay beyond the edge of the world, and cartographers competed to create the best and scariest monsters on their creations.
Professor and BBC documentary presenter Jeremy Brotton has produced a study of the cultural values embodied in maps and collected them in a book called A History of the World in Twelve Maps.
Tom Coates and Anna Rascouët-Paz join Mike and Leah to discuss diversity in the tech industry. It’s a fucking good episode, people!
If you’ve ever felt overawed, or even irritated, by someone’s endless knowledge of wine then this night of mythbusting will help get your own back.
There’s no mistaking someone who loves to show off their wine knowledge. The vintage, the terroir, the way the winemaker parts their hair.
These ‘wine wankers’ will snuffle and snort and pontificate their way through social occasions and explain at cellar doors how the wine could have been made differently.
Miss Pearls knows only too well. She used to sell wine at cellar doors and come face to face with these ‘experts’.
Bar manager Miss Pearls and sommelier Dan Sims turn those pretensions on their head with a hugely successful dissertation and imbibing session called ‘How Not to Drink Wine Like a Wanker’ which has enjoyed a sold-out season on top of a building during the 20th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Participants, most of them women, learn how to taste and appreciate wine without boring others and get the chance to sample a range of reds, whites and champagne.
It all ends with Miss Pearls taking to a bottle of champers with a bayonet, in a glorious moment of French excess called sabrage!
On the way Dan and Miss Pearls debunk some old expectations of the vino, and explain there’s no stupid question when asking about what you’d like to drink.
Very special guest Rian Johnson, writer-director of the hit movie Looper, joins Adam Lisagor and John Gruber for an in-depth discussion of the film and the art of filmmaking.
In this BBC Radio 4 interview with Jim Al-Khalili, Professor Dawkins discusses his enthusiasm for the science that inspired the book and how he popularised the idea of the immortal gene.
Jim asks what he hoped to achieve by writing the book and finds out why he would rather be known for his science than his atheism.
Only the clever need apply. This week, stories of people acting on a technicality in the face of some of life’s toughest regulators: financial regulators, parents and God.
One night, in seventh grade, I stayed late into the night waiting to record “Another Brick In The Wall” onto a cassette. That year, it was all the rage and I wanted to be able to play it at will. Over and over. As the deejay droned on and Pink Floyd never seemed to some play, I began to randomly tape the songs I liked.
Thirty-four years later, I’m still connecting the musical dots. Enjoy.
Kirsty Young’s castaway is writer Brian Aldiss.
Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is the author Brian Aldiss. He is best known for pioneering, alongside JG Ballard, a new wave of British science fiction writing in the 1960s. He says science fiction is not so much a prediction of the future as a metaphor for the human condition; and for him, at least, writing it offered an escape route and a filter through which to view his own extraordinary upbringing. He grew up in a small Norfolk village in a very devout and austere home. While his father was distant, his mother was still suffering from the grief after her first child, a daughter, was still-born. He was the second child and even when he was very small, remembers feeling a strong sense of his mother’s disappointment in him.
The army finally offered a way out for him and it was on his return to England that he started writing seriously while also working in a bookshop. One of his early works was a short story describing the sadness felt by a boy who was never able to please his parents, which was turned into a film by Stanley Kubrick. While he remains best known for his science fiction writing - and has won every major award in the field - he has also written novels, poetry and biographies and short stories. Now, he says, he aims not for high sales but to become a better and better writer.
Physicist and TV presenter Prof Brian Cox chooses the eight tracks, book and luxury item he would take if cast away on a desert island. Presented by Kirsty Young.
Kirsty Young’s castaway is the scientist Professor Brian Cox.
In the press he’s been called ‘the pin-up professor’ and his enormously popular TV series have been credited with creating the ‘Brian Cox effect’ - a surge in the number of would-be scientists applying to university. As a teenager he decided he wanted to be a rock star; he toured the world as a member of the band Dare and performed on Top of the Pops with his second group D:Ream.
He says:"I hope, we’re beginning to treat ideas almost like we treated rock and roll - I hope so, it would be wonderful, wouldn’t it, if ideas were the new rock and roll?"
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