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Archive for September, 2014

Karen Armstrong on War and Religion

tomorrow morning (monday 29th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (shortened repeat at 9.30 in the  evening)
karen armstrong on war and religion (in the start the week series) (jewish or israeli content unknown)

Karen Armstrong argues against the notion that religion is the major cause of war. The former nun tells Tom Sutcliffe that faith is as likely to produce pacifists and peace-builders as medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists.
But Justin Marozzi charts the violent history of Baghdad and asks what role religion had to play there.
The philosopher Christopher Coker (author of The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror) explores how warfare dominates our history, and argues that war, like religion, is central to the human condition.”

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Witness: Danzig, 1939

this morning (sunday 28th), 10.39-10.43am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130), repeated 4.39pm this afternon
witness includes …

“Photojournalist Douglas Slocombe (now 101), who photographed the beginnings of the Second World War in Danzig, including the destruction of the Great Synagogue

illustrated by his own cine film (more…)

Memory

sunday night (28th september), 11.30pm-12.00, on bbc radio 4
may his memory be a blessing (in the something understood series)

Within the Jewish tradition, it’s common to use the honorific ‘may his memory be a blessing’ when writing of the dead.
The composer Michael Zev Gordon uses this phrase to reflect on the idea that so much of what we are is locked in memory, but that we only grasp this fully when it starts to slip away.
He draws on writings by Proust and W.G.Sebald, poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Marjorie Agosin, and musical excerpts from JS Bach, Thomas Ades, Robert Schumann, his own piano piece entitled ‘On Memory‘ and the music hall song that was one of his father’s last triggers to memory and identity, ‘Daisy Bell‘.”

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David Bomberg

sunday evening (28th september), 9.00-10.00pm, on bbc 4 tv (freeview channel 9 or 106)
david bomberg: prophet in no man’s land (3rd of 3 episodes of britain at war: bomberg, sickert and nash) presented by andrew graham-dixon

In the years preceding 1914, David Bomberg, Walter Sickert and Paul Nash set out to paint a new world, but, as the century unfolded, found themselves working in the rubble.
David Bomberg is now recognised as the most startlingly original British painter of his generation, but died in obscurity more than half a century ago.
A Jewish immigrant from London’s east end, his early modernist works pushed art to its limits.
Fighting at the Somme, David Bomberg watched the world splinter and fall apart just like the works of art he had created. Bomberg spent the rest of his life searching for order in an increasingly disordered world, and his wanderings took him as far as Palestine, before he settled at the end of his life in Ronda, Spain.
When he died in 1957, embattled and in poverty, he seemed to be no more than a footnote in the history of British art. However, the works that survive David Bomberg tell their own story. Combative and iconoclastic, he remains the most elusively original British painter of the 20th century.”

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Free thinking: Howard Jacobson

tomorrow evening (wednesday 24th), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
howard jacobson, francis fukuyama (in the free thinking series) (more…)

Free thinking: language

tomorrow evening (tuesday 23rd), 10.00-10.45pm, on bbc radio 3
language with steven pinker and will self (in the free thinking series) (more…)

Poland’s Jewish renaissance

tomorrow afternoon (monday 22nd), 3.30-4.00pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710) (repeated from january)
generation unexpected: poland’s jewish renaissance (in the heart and soul series) (more…)

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