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Progroms and prejudice

last wednesday morning (8th july), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 3 

pogroms and prejudice (a new generation thinkers 2020 programme in the the essay series) (presented by brendan mcgeever, pears institute for the study of antisemitism)

“New Generation Thinker Brendan McGeever traces the links between anti-semitism now and pogroms in the former Soviet Union, and discusses the language used to describe this form of racism.”

(see also https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00050d2)

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HH: Looted art

this morning (tuesday 7th), 12.49-12.59am (repeated from 3.49pm saturday), on bbc world service radio 

the history hour (presented by max pearson) concludes with …

“The unveiling of looted Nazi art works.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter alex last 

• art expert meike hoffmann 

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The Periodic Table 3

yesterday afternoon (sunday 5th), 3.00-4.00pm, on bbc radio 4 

gold cerium sulphur (3rd of 6 episodes of primo levi’s the periodic table) (starring akbar kurtha, henry goodman, and ben crowe)

Gold: The Nazis invade Italy and Primo’s friends are forced to scatter. Primo and Vanda head into the mountains in order to join the partisans.

Cerium: Primo’s training as a chemist helps him to survive the terrible conditions of Auschwitz.

Sulphur: A boilerman saves Primo’s factory from disaster.”

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BBC bias: Miriam and Youssef

PRINCIPAL OBJECTIONS:

1. Two Jewish massacres are described in detail:  the 1946 massacre of 91 (mostly) British by bomb at the King David Hotel, and the 1948 massacre of 107 Palestinian Arabs at Deir Yassin.

The 1920 1921 and 1929 massacres by Palestinian Arabs in the Arab Riots in various cities (the worst of which was of 67 Jews in Hebron in 1929) were not mentioned at all (there were no similar ‘Jewish riots’ and killings).

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Miriam and Youssef 10

tomorrow morning (sunday 5th), 8.06-8.33am (repeated from 4.32am 9.06am 3.06pm and 10.06pm wednesday), on bbc world service radio 

birth of a nation (10th of 10 episodes of miriam and youssef) (written by steve waters)

“10. 1948. With the UN voting to establish a Jewish state, Israel is born – but the new state comes under attack from its Arab neighbours.”

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Lien de Jong

this afternoon (wednesday 1st), 12.06-12.43pm (repeated 6.06pm and 3.06am), on bbc world service radio 

outlook (presented by jo fidgen) leads with interviews with …

lien de jong 

bart van es 

Lien de Jong was a young girl living in The Hague in the Netherlands when the Second World War broke out. The country was occupied, and her parents took a desperate decision to protect their child, sending her to live with the Van Es family, passionate anti-Nazis who raised Lien as their own.

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Flood tablet

this afternoon (monday 29th), 1.45-2.00pm (repeated from february 2010), on bbc radio 4 

flood tablet (presented by neil mcgregor

A small tablet was found in modern Iraq and brought back to the British Museum. When it was translated, back in 1872, it turned out to be an account of a great flood that significantly pre-dated the famous Biblical tale of Noah. This discovery caused a storm around the world and led to a passionate debate about the truth of the Bible – about story telling and the universality of legend.“

including contribution from …

• former chief rabbi jonathan sacks 

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The Periodic Table 2

this afternoon (sunday 28th), 3.00-4.00pm (repeated from july 2016), on bbc radio 4 

iron (2nd of 6 episodes of primo levi’s the periodic table) (starring akbar kurtha and henry goodman

Iron: The story of Primo Levi’s early life as a chemist in Mussolini’s Italy, from his student days, his early crushes and his first experiences as a professional chemist, at a time when it was increasingly hard for Jewish Italians to find work.”

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The Periodic Table 1

last sunday afternoon (21st june), 3.00-4.00pm, on bbc radio 4 

vanadium, argon, lead (1st of 6 episodes of primo levi’s the periodic table) (starring akbar kurtha and henry goodman

Vanadium: In the course of his work as a chemist in a paint factory in the 1960s, Primo Levi receives a letter from one of the factory’s German clients, signed by a Doktor Muller. Could this be the Doktor Muller who had overseen Levi’s work as a prisoner in the lab at Auschwitz?

Argon: Primo imagines a fantasy meeting with his Piedmontese ancestors, who share a number of characteristics with the noble, rare and inert gases, such as Argon.

Lead: In the ancient world, a prospector travels from northern to southern Europe in search of the valuable, but toxic, lead rock. Read by Paul Copley.”

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Miriam and Youssef 9

tomorrow morning (sunday 28th), 8.06-8.33am (repeated from 4.32am 9.06am 3.06pm and 10.06pm wednesday), on bbc world service radio 

death of a village (9th of 10 episodes of miriam and youssef) (written by steve waters)

“9. 1948. Miriam and Youssef try to hold on to their ideals of peace as violence erupts following the UN vote for the partition of Palestine, and Deir Yassin comes under attack.”

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