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  1. Reith Lectures: “The Persistence of Faith” — The Environment of Faith

    In 1990, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks delivered six Reith Lectures on the BBC. Listen to all six lectures as Lord Sacks examines religion and ethics in a secular society. He explores how objective standards influence people’s ethics, discusses the religious institution of marriage in society, examines the language of religion and community, assesses the mix of religious revival and nationalism, and explains why faith survives.

    http://onbeing.org/program/dignity-difference/feature/reith-lectures-persistence-faith/1946

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  2. Marina Warner: Monstrous Mothers

    This year’s Reith lecturer is the Booker prize-nominated author Marina Warner. A writer of fiction, criticism and history, her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols, and fairytales. Her series of Reith Lectures, entitled ‘Managing Monsters’, explores how myths express and shape our attitudes.

    In the first of six lectures, Marina Warner examines the role of the bad mother in myth. From Medea to Jurassic Park, she looks at how the ‘she-monster’ has been depicted in fiction and the effect of those myths on society today.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00gxpbh

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  3. Grayson Perry: Beating the Bounds

    The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. Across four programmes he discusses what makes him an artist, the limits of contemporary art, how to gauge the quality of new artworks and the future of the avant-garde.

    Grayson Perry questions the often-heard assertion that anything can be art, in a lecture recorded at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith

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  4. Grayson Perry: Nice Rebellion, Welcome In!

    The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. Across four programmes he discusses what makes him an artist, the limits of contemporary art, how to gauge the quality of new artworks and the future of the avant-garde.

    Can art still shock us or have we seen it all before? Speaking to an audience at The Guildhall in Londonderry, the artist Grayson Perry asks if revolution is a defining idea in art, or has it met its end?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith

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