Open Mike ~ Mike Thomson BBC Foreign Affairs correspondent reveals a little of what it means to tell the world about itself by means of finding souls brave enough to do the talking.
Follow these links to look deeper into areas touched upon in the programme:
Escape from Sinai – documentary on kidnapping and people trafficking in Sudan & North Sinai
Life Inside ‘Islamic State – Animated audio which led to The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State
Link to the book The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State’
Radio documentaries Syria’s Secret Library and Last Call from Aleppo or, through through Amazon, soon-to-be-published Syria’s Secret Library
In Search of Zawadi – On the interview with Zawadi Mongane in DR Congo
Animus of a Satirist ~ Charles Peattie – satirical cartoonist responsible for Alex in the Telegraph and Celeb in Private Eye draws together the lines illustrating the entelechy of his creations.
Huguenots rising ~ Caroline Vienot – member of the French Church in London as well as supporter of the Huguenot Hospital † Museum at Rochester and Paul Baker who organises Huguenot tours around Spitalfields. Together they walk us across the diametre of all that is pertinent
Food of Love ~ Sarah Llewellyn – the composer wonders on the nourishing nature of music
Seeing the Light ~ Jonathan Beamish – describes how he captures on film the ideas which form in his head.
What in Earth? ~ Patrick Holden and Nick Jones – discuss the visceral importance of allowing nature to do what it does best.
Sweet chariot ~ Tony Jordan – reveals how he morphed from market trader to script-writing producer with the help of a garden fence and a neighbour.
Theard Side of the Coin
The function of Friendship
Sandy Mitchell, founder and director of RedBook Agency
The nature of Dialogue
Olivia Gadd, communications director, Grant Thornton LLP &
Victoria Thornton OBE, founder of Open-City
The comfort of Intimacy
Alex Laird, founding director of Living Medicine &
Theodore Zeldin, writer, thinker, conversationist, creator of The Oxford Muse
The mellowness of Vision
Tony Palmer, director, writer, musicologist
The music of Numbers
Chuck Bassie, musician
The unity of Words
Mark Staples of Hatchards &
Bern Roche Farrelly of New Word Centre
What is there left to believe?
Ben Virgo of Christian Heritage London
Burns’ Night and Day
James Fairbairn, past President of the Burns Club of London
Homelessness – the domino of catastrophe
Val Sullivan of The Pavement and
Nat O’Brien of All People All Places (@APAP_Shelter)
Neil Laughton of The Penny Farthing Club
Smoke & Mirrors
John Amiry, a life-long pipe smoker and City Analyst
Lord Judd of Portsea, Cumbrian resident who spoke in the debate
& Muir Lachlan, a chartered surveyor who helped build Sellafield
Series iii – Iconoclasts
Katharine Whitehorn, writer & presenter & national trove
Stephen Bayley, writer, critic, opinion former