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Plutocratic London and dynastic wealth. Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, takes Laurie Taylor on a tour of plutocratic London, a city with more resident billionaires than New York, Hong Kong or Moscow. How have the fabulously rich re-made London in their own image and what is the cost to ordinary Londoner…
 
Drugs giant Pfizer will offer its products to low-income countries on a non-profit basis. The move is part of what the firm calls an Accord for a Healthier World, and we ask Tian Johnson, co-chair of the African Vaccine Delivery Alliance in Johannesburg, whether it marks a significant positive step for healthcare in Africa. Also in the programme, t…
 
US President Joe Biden has called for new controls on gun ownership after at least 19 children were shot dead at an elementary school in Texas. We hear about the aftermath from the town of Ulvalde where the shooting unfolded.Also on the programme: The governor of Luhansk tells us that Russian troops are throwing absolutely everything at the key cit…
 
It's the world's most famous flower show, and the medals have just been handed out. The Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show is on and open to the public in London... Queen Elizabeth, who hasn't been in the best of health recently, even managed to get along to the show, in her own version of the popemobile. Chelsea has been running for…
 
In 1966, a Russian painter and archaeologist, Igor Savitsky, created a museum in the remote desert of Uzbekistan, where he stored tens of thousands of works of art that he had saved from Stalin's censors. The Savitsky museum, in Nukus, is now recognised as one of the greatest collections of Russian avant-garde art in the world. In 2016, Louise Hida…
 
More than ever girls are bombarded by images that have been curated, filtered and touched up. How can we help girls decode those images and understand that ideals of beauty are constructed by society and change across time and place? Shelina Janmohamed is an author and advertising executive. Her latest book is designed to help girls aged eight and …
 
More than a dozen pupils have been killed in a shooting at a school in Texas. It happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The 18-year-old suspect is dead, believed to have been killed by police officers. US President Joe Biden has ordered the US flag to be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday 28th May following the mass shooting.Elsewhe…
 
The UK is facing another energy shock, people are becoming energy poor and soon the country will do what they did back in the 70s. Diesel prices are rising rapidly, will this effect supply chains. The economy is imploding, the people can see the playbook, the [CB] plan has failed. The [DS] is now left with one option, some type of scare event, this…
 
Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory have released research that utilises existing subsea telecommunications cables as environmental sensors, for example to detect earthquakes. These cables exist in many parts of the world already, so this finding has the potential to revolutionise seafloor earthquake monitoring. Research scientist Giusep…
 
Millions around the world are struggling with higher food and energy prices. In the UK inflation has reached a 40-year high of 9% in the 12 months to April, leaving many struggling to pay bills and shoulder normal living costs. When the weekly shop gets smaller and the flat gets colder, it’s our health that suffers. Madeleine Finlay speaks to healt…
 
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