Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The World's Worst Bigots

From dogs, cars and music to homophobes, xenophobes and practitioners of female circumcision... they're all here.

Bigots by The Robin Saikia Show

Monday, 31 October 2011

The World's Worst Dictators

Robin Saikia discusses the world's worst dictators with Dumle Kogbara and Harriet Muller. Download the free podcasts of today's live broadcast. What makes a dictator tick? What did it take to be accepted as a pupil in Gaddafi's notorious academy for dictators and terrorists, the World Revolutionary Centre? Are we sometimes captivated, against our better judgement, by the sheer charm, eccentricity and extravagance of some of the world's worst dictators? What about Britain's £22 billion annual profit from arms sales, often to regimes with atrocious human rights records? What about scrapping armies entirely and making every country like Costa Rica, which hasn't had an army since 1949? Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Taliban are aggressively proscriptive entities: are spiritual leaders, in reality, little better than dictators? Finally, the atrocities of the Holocaust are well documented and publicized, but is there a wholly disproportionate emphasis on the Third Reich that causes equally evil modern-day regimes to pass unrebuked into the footnotes of history? All these questions and more are addressed in today's podcast.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Mozart, cake, cats - and homophobia

Rikki Beadle-Blair
Available NOW as a free podcast. Rikki Beadle-Blair, leading playwright and director and one of Britain's most influential gay men, discusses his latest play Shalom Baby which opened this week at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and runs until 19th November. Jeff Cotton talks about his website Fictional Cities, a compendium of articles and reviews of the best fiction set in London, Venice, Florence and Berlin. Dumle Kogbara, film producer, theatre director and opera impresario, talks about his production company Humanitas Culture and their latest project, Lady Eros, an operatic evening at the Sketch Club in Chelsea on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November. Download the podcast now and hear a lively studio discussion touching on a wide range of topics from Mozart, cake and cats to homophobia, racism, the arts, humour, politics and much more.