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Energy Creation

This week, will George Berridge be convinced by the film adaptation of Alasdair Gray's Poor Things? And Peter Geoghegan explores how the climate emergency is being treated in Westminster.


'Mission zero: The independent net zero review', by Chris Skidmore

'Climate capitalism: Winning the global race to zero emissions', by Akshat Rathi

'The price is wrong: Why capitalism won’t save the planet', by Brett

Christophers

'Poor things', directed by Yorgos Lanthimos


Produced by Charlotte Pardy


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    50:04
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  • Unjust Deserts

    45:49
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  • Time Past and Time Future

    56:14
    This week, environmentalist Bill McKibben joins us to talk about the latest in the fight to avert climate catastrophe; and a conversation with the brilliant novelist Hisham Matar about his new novel.'The Exhausted Earth: Politics in a Burning World', by Ajay Singh Chaudhary'My Friends', by Hisham MatarProduced by Charlotte Pardy
  • Illustrated Men

    53:04
    This week, Suzi Feay sizes up the public intellectuals, deadbeat aristocrats, hedonistic oligarchs and hardened street soldiers of Andrew O'Hagan's panoramic new novel; and Michael Caines on the prolific and endlessly imaginative world of Ray Bradbury.'Caledonian Road', by Andrew O'Hagan'Remembrance: Selected Correspondence of Ray Bradbury', edited by Jonathan R. EllerProduced by Charlotte Pardy
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    46:56
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    47:20
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    50:00
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    48:42
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    55:17
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