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Rothschild’s Violin

last thursday evening (2nd april), 7.45-8.00pm (repeated from 28th january 2010), on bbc radio 4 

rothschild’s violin (in the 15 minute drama series) (by anton chekhov, dramatised by martyn wade, and starring michael pennington as chekhov)

A story of regret about a coffin maker whose wife of 50 years is taken seriously ill.”


Polina Bayvel

this morning (tuesday 11th), 9.00-9.30am, on bbc radio 4 

optical communications pioneer polina bayvel (in the the life scientific series) (interviewed by jim al khalili)

Polina Bayvel has been at the forefront of creating the optical fibre networks that are capable of transporting vast quantities of data from one place to another: linking continents via cables laid under oceans or enabling computer systems in data centres to share information. Without these high speed networks, ultra-fast high-capacity broadband will remain a dream.

Polina tells Jim Al Khalili how she moved to the UK from the Soviet Union when she was 12 and worked in industry for many years, before deciding that she wanted to set up a lab to find out what optical fibres were capable of: just how much data could they transport, and how fast?”


Today: Mateusz Morawiecki

this morning (thursday 23rd), 6.13-6.16am, 7.04-7.06am, 7.36-7.40am, and 8.06-8.07am, on bbc radio 4 (partly repeated 9.41pm on newshour on bbc world service radio)

today (presented by justin webb and mishal husain) includes…

World leaders are gathering in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, where more than a million people, mostly Jews, were murdered by the Nazis. The Russian and French presidents are attending, as well as the Prince of Wales, making his first visit to the Holy Land. But the ceremony has been overshadowed by the decision of Poland’s president not to attend.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter tom bateman

• bbc reporter jonny dymond

• polish prime minister mateusz morawiecki

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this afternoon (wednesday 5th), 1.45-2.00pm, on bbc radio 4 

pogroms – anti-semitism, revolution and civil war (presented by allan little) (3rd of 5 episodes in the a history of hate series)

Allan Little examines a wave of anti-Semitic violence that erupted a century ago. During the Russian civil war, after the revolution of 1917, tens of thousands of Jews were murdered in a series of horrific pogroms.

We hear how warring factions were united by their hatred for the Jewish people, fuelled by the mistaken belief that they by attacking the Jews they were “punching up” at a dangerous and powerful elite.”

including contributions from …

• historian deborah lipstadt

brendan mcgeever, sociologist, pears institute for the study of antisemitism


Witness: Lisa Cooper

last tuesday morning (13th november), 8.50-9.00am, on bbc world service radio
jewish in imperial russia: lisa cooper (interviewed by dina newman) (in the witness series)

Pearl Unikow was a young woman who grew up in a segregated Jewish community in Russia before WW1. Her stories, recorded in Yiddish in the 1970s, provide a rare account of traditional Jewish life. Her granddaughter Lisa Cooper wrote a book based on those recordings: A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale.”


Newshour: Syria receives S-300

this afternoon (monday 24th), 2.36-2.45pm, on bbc world service radio
newshour (presented by razia iqbal) includes …

Russia will within weeks supply Syria with a new anti-aircraft missile system to boost its air defences, just a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian military plane.“

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter sarah rainsford
• former brig gen assaf orion, institute for national security studies, tel aviv

B100d/Newshour: Putin defends Israel

yesterday evening (tuesday 18th), 7.31-7.36pm on bbc news tv, and 9.36-9.44pm on bbc world service radio
beyond 100 days (presented by katty kay) and newshour (presented by julian marshall) include …

President Putin has been quick to defuse a potential crisis over the shooting down of a Russian plane over Syria with the loss of 15 lives.”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter sarah rainsford
• analyst ibrahim hamidi

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