Thought-provoking

LifestyleSocial IssuesThought-provoking

Learning to disagree without being disagreeable in five steps … or rather in five fingers

(9 minute read)
Italian author and broadcaster Bruno Mastroianni offers a humorous but thoughtful guide to respectful dialogue using an unusual prop – the fingers of his hand.

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HistoryThought-provoking

Reading a building colonially

(8 minute read)
They’re pulling down statues, but what about houses? Adam Brocklehurst looks behind the bricks and mortar to discover challenging truths about the culture that crafted some of England’s most iconic buildings.

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Art & CultureHistoryThought-provoking

A guide for restless hearts: in conversation with a classic of world literature

(4 minute read)
It’s time to explore your own mystery, says Luca La Monica, guided by one of history’s greatest thinkers.

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HistoryThought-provoking

For the valleys I sing

(2 minute read)
Leonard Franchi writes a hymn to the life of valley villages, from the Vale of Leven to the Valle del Comino.

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Social IssuesThought-provoking

Climate change: re-assessing current approaches

(6 minute read)
Margareth Sembiring goes behind the headlines and slogans to identify causes and cures for our current climate woes.

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Thought-provoking

Why video didn’t kill the radio star in the Bel Paese

(6 minute read)
Luca La Monica switches on the radio to chronicle changes in Italy’s relationship with the sacred and the profane.

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COVID-19Thought-provoking

Easter hope in a time of pandemic

(5 minute read)
In his latest reflection on self-isolation, Richard Bauckham argues that we must dig deeper to discover the true nature of hope in the midst of this pandemic.

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COVID-19Thought-provoking

The Colours of COVID

(4 minute read)
Sasha Perugini takes a deep breath, and reflects on how we will remember this period of lockdown, and what lessons we might learn from it.

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Art & CultureHistoryThought-provoking

The Leningrad Symphony – Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony and how the Russians survived a siege

(4 minute read)
The Russian composer Shostakovich began writing his symphony while the city was besieged by German forces. Kenson Li believes we can draw lessons for our current crisis.

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Social IssuesThought-provoking

Asking the wrong question: how we are putting the Amazon and the world at risk

(11 minute read)
The future of the Amazon raises fundamental ethical and spiritual questions which we should all consider, even – perhaps especially – in the West, Joseph Evans argues.

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