A young woman traveling to Poland with her employer meets a count, and they fall in love as World War II begins. Later on I came for the music. Now I come to sit. In.
Before the war, scientists in Germany had discovered the potential of nuclear fission and scientists in Britain soon argued that this could be used to make an atom bomb, against which there could be no defence other than to own one. The fear among the Allies was that, with its head start, Germany might develop the bomb first and, unmatched, use it on its enemies.
The USA took up the challenge in a huge engineering project led by General Groves and Robert Oppenheimer and, once the first bomb had been exploded at Los Alamos in Julyit appeared inevitable that the next ones would be used against Japan with devastating. The image above is of Robert Oppenheimer and General Groves examining the remains of one the bases of the steel test tower, at the atomic bomb Trinity Test site, in September Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Anne Bronte's second novel, published inwhich is now celebrated alongside those of her sisters but which Charlotte Bronte tried to suppress as a 'mistake'.
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It examines the life of Helen, who has escaped her abusive husband Arthur Huntingdon with their son to live at Wildfell Hall as a widow under the alias 'Mrs Graham', and it exposes the men in her husband's circle who gave her no choice but to flee.
Early critics attacked the novel as coarse, as misrepresenting male behaviour, and as something no woman or girl should ever read; soon after Anne's death, Charlotte suggested the publisher should lose it for good. In recent decades, though, its reputation has climbed and it now sits with Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights as one of the great novels by the Bronte sisters.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Greek writer known as the father of histories, dubbed by his detractors as the father of lies. Herodotus c to BC or later was raised in Halicarnassus in modern Turkey when it was part of the Persian empire and, in the years after the Persian Wars, set about an inquiry into the deep background to those wars.
He also aimed to preserve what he called the great and marvellous deeds of Greeks and non-Greeks, seeking out the best evidence for past events and presenting the range of evidence for readers to assess. Plutarch was to criticise Herodotus for using this to promote the least flattering s of his fellow Greeks, hence the 'father of lies', but the depth and breadth of his Histories have secured his reputation from his lifetime down to the present day.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the remarkable diversity of the animals that dominated life on land in the Triassic, before the rise of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic, and whose descendants are often described wrongly as 'living fossils'. For tens of millions of years, the ancestors of alligators and Nile crocodiles included some as large as a bus, some running on two legs like a T Rex and some that lived like whales.
They survived and rebounded from a series of extinction events but, while the range of habitats of the dinosaur descendants such as birds covers much of the globe, those of the crocodiles have contracted, even if the animals themselves continue to evolve today as quickly as they ever have. Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Samuel Beckett -who lived in Paris and wrote his plays and novels in French, not because his French was better than his English, but because it was worse.
In works such as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Molloy and Malone Dies, he wanted to show the limitations of language, what words could not do, together with the absurdity and humour of the human condition. Yet, while some of Shakespeare's other poems and many of his plays were often reprinted in his lifetime, the Sonnets were not a publishing success.
Most are addressed to a man, something often overlooked and occasionally concealed; one early and notorious edition even changed some of the pronouns.
This is the podcast by which i rate any others, and they are usually founding wanting. Experts in the given field, a wide range of subjects, and brilliant hosting. The subjects treated in these podcasts are compact, yet comprehensive.
They cover the subject material in relative depth for the time allotted, and that is no small part to the brilliant hosting of Mr Bragg as he le the scholars selected to participate in the program in discussion.
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Even on subjects where one may find undertones of disagreement from the presenters, there is never a feeling that nothing short of their own research is being presented. In the world of podcasts where rhetoric often overshadows facts, this podcast series is a breath of fresh air. Apple Podcasts Preview. Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas. SEP 23, Herodotus Herodotus Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Greek writer known as the father of histories, dubbed by his detractors as the father of lies.
SEP 16, The Evolution of Crocodiles The Evolution of Crocodiles Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the remarkable diversity of the animals that dominated life on land in the Triassic, before the rise of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic, and whose descendants are often described wrongly as 'living fossils'.
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