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  1. My Perfect Country - Japan: Gun Control

    Gun control is a policy that fiercely divides nations – on the one hand there are the countries that enshrine the use of guns - while a host of others seek to eliminate them from society.

    One country that has dramatically reduced gun violence is Japan. It has one of the world’s lowest homicide rates to the extent that shooting deaths per year are in the single digits.

    These are the results of a rigorous gun control policy. Citizens cannot even hold guns in their hands without meeting strict protocols. These include all day classes, written exams, shooting range tests and military style background checks to ensure they have no affiliation with extremist groups. But the biggest factor of all is the decision for all police forces to abandon guns. Instead – they rely heavily on martial arts to combat criminals. However, Japan’s achievements may be under threat. A key element to the success of this policy is the pacifist culture that has shaped the country since World War Two. Now current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to increase militarisation to counter-terrorism.

    Fi Glover, professor Henrietta Moore and Martha Lane Fox – together with Iain Overton, the Executive Director of Action on Armed Violence – question whether these laws could work in countries across the world and whether increasing militarisation across the world poses a threat to gun laws.

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  2. Hardtalk - Brian Eno

    Stephen Sackur talks to Brian Eno, the hugely influential contemporary music maker once styled the ‘brainiest guy in pop’ – except the word ‘pop’ does not really fit. Briefly a member of Roxy Music in the early ’70s, he then went his own way, creating ambient music, developing audio-visual installations and collaborating with a host of big names including Bowie, U2 and Coldplay. His output has been prolific and varied, but what is he? A musician, a composer, or an artist impossible to label?

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  3. The Orwell Lecture 2016 - Ian Hislop: The Right to Dissent (and the Left too)

    The Orwell Lecture was established by Professor Sir Bernard Crick – founder of the Orwell Prize – and has been held annually since 1989. Originally held at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sheffield, the Lecture is now held at UCL each autumn.

    Ian Hislop is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He was educated at Ardingly College and Magdalen College, Oxford. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986. He is probably best known for his role as a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You.

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  4. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Sovereignty

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the idea of Sovereignty, the authority of a state to govern itself and the relationship between the sovereign and the people. These ideas of external and internal sovereignty were imagined in various ways in ancient Greece and Rome, and given a name in 16th Century France by the philosopher and jurist Jean Bodin in his Six Books of the Commonwealth, where he said (in an early English translation) ‘Maiestie or Soveraigntie is the most high, absolute, and perpetuall power over the citisens and subiects in a Commonweale: which the Latins cal Maiestatem, the Greeks akra exousia, kurion arche, and kurion politeuma; the Italians Segnoria, and the Hebrewes tomech shévet, that is to say, The greatest power to command.’ Shakespeare also explored the concept through Richard II and the king’s two bodies, Hobbes developed it in the 17th Century, and the idea of popular sovereignty was tested in the Revolutionary era in America and France.

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  5. The Missing Hancocks: Director’s Commentary

    The Missing Hancocks are five episodes of Hancock’s Half Hour either missing or lost from the archive which BBC Radio 4 have remade to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary.

    In this "directors’ commentary" Andy Hamilton introduces the first episode of the series, The Matador. Andy stops the action as he talks to co-producer Neil Pearson and - the actor charged with playing the lad ‘imself - Kevin McNally about the challenges, and joys, of recreating a 1950s sitcom in 2014.

    The conversation takes in the casting, production and even the music of the show, as well as what got changed in these new recordings.

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  6. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Zeno’s Paradoxes

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Zeno of Elea, a pre-Socratic philosopher from c490-430 BC whose paradoxes were described by Bertrand Russell as "immeasurably subtle and profound." The best known argue against motion, such as that of an arrow in flight which is at a series of different points but moving at none of them, or that of Achilles who, despite being the faster runner, will never catch up with a tortoise with a head start. Aristotle and Aquinas engaged with these, as did Russell, yet it is still debatable whether Zeno’s Paradoxes have been resolved.

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    Marcus du Sautoy Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford

    Barbara Sattler Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews

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    James Warren Reader in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge

    Producer: Simon Tillotson.

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  7. The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast - Adam Buxton

    Podcast pioneer, arch-noodler, jingle-master and YouTube cosmonaut, Adam Buxton invented loads of your favourite stuff before it was famous. We talk about the creative urge; exploiting one’s family for material; and how to cope with criticism. We also explore the dynamic between Adam and long-term collaborator Joe Cornish. But which one is the best? It’s Adam.

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  8. BBC World Service - Heart and Soul, Benedict Spinoza - A Philosopher for Our Time

    We live in fearful times. All over the world renewed wars of religion are being fought. Politicians exploit our fears of one another in order to win power. 350 years ago, the philosopher Benedict Spinoza put his very, big brain to work on the problem of religion in politics. His theories led to the Enlightenment and its ideas of democracy and the separation of Church and State in the role of government. To do this he had to argue that God was not the God of the Bible. Spinoza’s reward: excommunication. But no threat could stop him imagining a new kind of liberty.

    Michael Goldfarb tells the story of Spinoza with the help of philosophers and musicians in a programme that will make listeners think and reflect on the big questions of life, the universe and our place in it.

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  9. BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Stoicism

    Melvyn Bragg explore Stoicism, the most influential philosophy in the Ancient World.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003k9fs

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  10. The Peoria Plague

    Hour-long zombie drama presented in the form of fictional news reports, from WUHN 106.9 Peoria IL, broadcast in the early 1970s.

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