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Archive for March, 2014

A Box of Wittgensteins

last sunday evening (23rd march), 7.45-8.00pm, and the next three sundays, on bbc radio 4extra (freeview channel 708) (repeated from december 2008 and january 2010)
a box of wittgensteins (4 episodes) (more…)

Music and the Jews

the last three sunday evenings (9th 16th and 23rd march), 6.45-7.30pm, on bbc radio 3
music and the jews:
1. i’ve heard there was a secret chord
2. there’s a place for us (women)
3. it ain’t necessarily so (more…)


tomorrow evening (saturday 29th), 7.00-7.30pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated sunday 5.40pm)
noah with mark coles (in the profile series) (more…)

Women of the Wall

yesterday evening (thursday 27th), 11.32-11.42pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
women of the wall (in the outlook series)

“Israeli activist Anat Hoffman has fought for Jewish women to be permitted to pray aloud at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
Interviewed by Camilla Schick.”


Countdown: Maureen Lipman

last friday to this thursday afternoon (21st to 27th march), 2.40-3.30pm, on channel 4 tv
countdown with maureen lipman
(if you miss it, available at

Hyman Minsky

tomorrow evening (monday 24th), 8.30-9.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 9.30pm next sunday)
why minsky matters (in the analysis series)

“American economist Hyman Minsky died in 1996, but his theories offer one of the most compelling explanations of the 2008 financial crisis.
His key idea is simple enough to be a t-shirt slogan: “Stability is destabilising“.
But TUC senior economist Duncan Weldon argues it’s a radical challenge to mainstream economic theory. While the mainstream view has been that markets tend towards equilibrium and the role of banks and finance can largely be ignored, Minsky argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, this might seem obvious – so why did Minsky die an outsider? What do his ideas say about the response to the 2008 crisis and current policies like Help to Buy? And has mainstream economics done enough to respond to its own failure to predict the crisis and the challenge posed by Minsky’s ideas?”

(if you missed it, available at
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The last Jews of Kolkata

this evening (sunday 23rd), 7.30-8.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
the last jews of kolkata (in the outlook series)

“For over two hundred years the Indian city of Kolkata had a thriving Jewish community. The Jews founded schools and printed newspapers, but now their numbers are dwindling.
The BBC’s Rahul Tandon interviewed Flower Silliman, 83.”

(if you miss it, available from 0:24:00 to 0:26:00 at
see also……. and,7340,L-4426932,00.html

Shechita: Countryfile

last sunday morning (16th march), 8.30-9.30am, on bbc 2 (repeated from bbc 1 on 9th march, 7.00-8.00pm)
countryfile includes tom heap investigating kosher and halal slaughter, including a visit to a halal slaughterhouse that uses electric pre-stunning, interviews with john blackwell of the BVA starting with what appears to be a complete lie, that there is no scientific evidence that shechita is painless (where do the BVA get these people from? ) … (more…)

Shechita: House of Lords 16/1/2014

friday 17th january 2014, 1.05-6.00am, on bbc parliament tv (freeview channel 81)
question for short debate:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ethical, legal and religious factors that influence the way in which some animals are slaughtered in the United Kingdom.”
full transcript available at… (more…)

More Old Jews Telling Jokes (1 of 2)

tomorrow night (early tuesday morning 18th), 1.50-2.20am, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9):
more old jews telling jokes (1st of 2 episodes, repeated from nov 2012): (more…)

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