Populist Pim Fortuyn cannibalised the 2002 Dutch general election with flamboyant campaigning and hostility to Islamic immigration. Nine days before the election, he was assassinated by a left-wing animal rights activist. In a country with a political culture as gentle as the Netherlands, Fortuyn…
Christopher Hitchens was an Anglo-American writer, journalist, literary critic and essayist. Not a thinker who one can characterise easily, the one thing linking all Hitchens’ writing and his utterances- he was a formidable debater- was his opposition to totalitarian thought. This often sparked c…
Albania is suddenly a popular tourist destination, but at the same time, Albanian migrants in the UK are derided, and have been the focus of tougher immigration policies. With best-selling Albanian/British author and academic Lea Ypi
Class 2, The Genesis of Nations. Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.
Ukraine must have existed as a society and polity on 23 February 2022, else Ukrainians would not have collectively resisted Russian invasion the next day. What does it mean for a nation to exist? Is this a matter of structures, actions, or both? Why has the existence of Ukraine occasioned such controversy? In what ways are Polish, Russian, and Jewish self-understanding dependent upon experiences in Ukraine? Just how and when did a modern Ukrainian nation emerge? For that matter, how does any modern nation emerge? Why some and not others? Can nations be chosen, and can choices be decisive? If so, whose, and how? Ukraine was the country most touched by Soviet and Nazi terror: what can we learn about those systems, then, from Ukraine? Is the post-colonial, multilingual Ukrainian nation a holdover from the past, or does it hold some promise for the future?
Course reading list: https://snyder.substack.com/p/syllabus-of-my-ukraine-lecture-class
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Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has something to prove with her latest album, Found Light. After divorce ended her 20-years-long collaborative relationship with her producer husband, Laura not only needed to prove she could create a new album independently, but she needed to be sure of who she was in
In this final special episode, we hear from adopted young people themselves. It's a Takeover! Mimi,
Jon is Contributing Editor of PC Pro magazine and contributes to the weekly PC Pro podcast. He runs a product test and evaluation lab to an extremely high standard of competence. In this talk he presents a brief history of the internet, poses questions about trust and identity, and shows us the degree to which people are being tracked and modelled for advertising and other purposes.
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Jeremy Corbyn and Elon Musk might seem strange bedfellows, but both advocate for a negotiated peace to the war in Ukraine. Are they right? Or must Putin’s invasion be repelled at any cost?
Support for the policy of arming Ukraine remains hugely popular. Zelensky is a hero to millions and has become an icon, while many of us in the UK wear the Ukrainian flag with pride. But dissenting voices from across the political spectrum question whether a Ukrainian victory is truly possible, or whether a compromise with Putin is the only way to end the multiple global crises, from surging inflation to the energy emergency, and to bring back the world from the brink of nuclear war.
Are they right to seek an end to the conflict? Or is the very idea a betrayal of the ideals of liberal democracy – a weakening of resolve that will serve the interests of dictators and tyrants, signalling a retreat of Western power with serious consequences from the Baltics to Taiwan?
Proposition: Peter Hitchens, 71, is a journalist and broadcaster who currently writes a weekly column for the London Mail on Sunday. He has worked in Fleet Street for 45 years, as a specialist in politics, labour affairs, defence and diplomacy and education, as a foreign reporter and as a commentator. He was a resident correspondent in Moscow (1990-9…
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Pianist/composer David Tolley joins Mark to discuss being in the Tonight Show audience when he was randomly chosen by Johnny to play piano, the phone ringing off the hook with offers, and the show tracking him down to make a second appearance.
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Simon Sebag Montefiore (c), Mark Galeotti, Mikhail Zygar and Jonathan Haslam discuss Russia’s brutal imperialist war
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