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.”
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.”
every morning this week (monday 18th to friday 22nd), 9.45-10.00am, on bbc radio 4 (7 more episodes this weekend)
primo levi’s the periodic table (more…)