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SONGS OF CHANGE Music to anger, unsettle, and inspire social change.

SONGS OF CHANGE

Music to anger, unsettle, and inspire social change.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT SPEECH? Mary Beard examines public speaking from Demosthenes to Obama.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT SPEECH?

Mary Beard examines public speaking from Demosthenes to Obama.

POWER OF THE PROTEST "A riot is the language of the unheard."

POWER OF THE PROTEST

"A riot is the language of the unheard."

WHY YOU THINK YOU'RE RIGHT - EVEN IF YOU'RE WRONG

WHY YOU THINK YOU'RE RIGHT - EVEN IF YOU'RE WRONG

THE LANGUAGE OF PROPAGANDA A look at the 10 best UK election posters

THE LANGUAGE OF PROPAGANDA

A look at the 10 best UK election posters

HATE SPEAK IS ALL THE RAGE Caitlin Moran on a new language that’s online and turbo-charged with hate and rage.

HATE SPEAK IS ALL THE RAGE

Caitlin Moran on a new language that’s online and turbo-charged with hate and rage.


Charles Lindbergh

'AMERICA FIRST' BEFORE TRUMP The theme of President Trump’s administration is "America First," a notion that some say echoes ominously from the past.

'AMERICA FIRST' BEFORE TRUMP

The theme of President Trump’s administration is "America First," a notion that some say echoes ominously from the past.

READ 'WHO ARE THE WAR AGITATORS?' Charles Lindbergh's keynote speech at an America First rally at the Des Moines Coliseum.

READ 'WHO ARE THE WAR AGITATORS?'

Charles Lindbergh's keynote speech at an America First rally at the Des Moines Coliseum.

REACTIONS TO CHARLES LINDBERGH'S SPEECH with the Almeida Young Leaders.

REACTIONS TO CHARLES LINDBERGH'S SPEECH

with the Almeida Young Leaders.


Harold Macmillan

FROM EMPIRE TO EUROPE Macmillan's speech marked the moment a liberal Britain decided to pivot away from empire. 

FROM EMPIRE TO EUROPE

Macmillan's speech marked the moment a liberal Britain decided to pivot away from empire. 

IN RESPONSE TO CHANGE South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd's response to Macmillan's speech. 

IN RESPONSE TO CHANGE

South Africa Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd's response to Macmillan's speech. 

READ 'THE WINDS OF CHANGE' The speech given by Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa on 3 February 1960.

READ 'THE WINDS OF CHANGE'

The speech given by Harold Macmillan to the Parliament of South Africa on 3 February 1960.

REACTIONS TO HAROLD MACMILLAN'S SPEECH with John Heffernan and the Almeida Young Company.

REACTIONS TO HAROLD MACMILLAN'S SPEECH

with John Heffernan and the Almeida Young Company.


Margaret Sanger

EMPOWERMENT IN CONTRACEPTION Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill, is on a mission to use her husband’s $89 billion to get birth control to millions of women.

EMPOWERMENT IN CONTRACEPTION

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill, is on a mission to use her husband’s $89 billion to get birth control to millions of women.

READ 'THE MORALITY OF BIRTH CONTROL' Margaret Sanger's speech from the first American Birth Control conference.

READ 'THE MORALITY OF BIRTH CONTROL'

Margaret Sanger's speech from the first American Birth Control conference.

REACTIONS TO MARGARET SANGER'S SPEECH with Noma Dumezweni and members of Women Inspiring New Generations.

REACTIONS TO MARGARET SANGER'S SPEECH

with Noma Dumezweni and members of Women Inspiring New Generations.


Socrates

A MAN FOR OUR TIME He was condemned to death for telling the ancient Greeks things they didn't want to hear, but Socrates' views on trial by media are just as relevant today.  

A MAN FOR OUR TIME

He was condemned to death for telling the ancient Greeks things they didn't want to hear, but Socrates' views on trial by media are just as relevant today.

 

LIFE THAT DOESN'T END WITH DEATH Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at other cultures approach to death.

LIFE THAT DOESN'T END WITH DEATH

Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at other cultures approach to death.

READ 'I GO TO DIE' The final speech given by Socrates before his death.

READ 'I GO TO DIE'

The final speech given by Socrates before his death.

REACTIONS TO SOCRATES' SPEECH with Derek Jacobi and members of the Finsbury Park Death Cafe and Gentle Dusk community.

REACTIONS TO SOCRATES' SPEECH

with Derek Jacobi and members of the Finsbury Park Death Cafe and Gentle Dusk community.


MALCOLM X

THE AGE OF RAGE We live in a global ‘age of rage’ – and it’s entering a new phase

THE AGE OF RAGE

We live in a global ‘age of rage’ – and it’s entering a new phase

READ 'THE LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE' One of the final speeches given by Malcolm X, speech at the Ford Auditorium in Detroit.

READ 'THE LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE'

One of the final speeches given by Malcolm X, speech at the Ford Auditorium in Detroit.

REACTIONS TO MALCOLM X'S SPEECH Members of Freedom from Torture discuss Malcolm X's The Language of Violence with Cush Jumbo.

REACTIONS TO MALCOLM X'S SPEECH

Members of Freedom from Torture discuss Malcolm X's The Language of Violence with Cush Jumbo.


HARVEY MILK

HARVEY MILK'S LEGACY Can the election of a single person matter?

HARVEY MILK'S LEGACY

Can the election of a single person matter?

READ 'THE HOPE SPEECH' Harvey Milk's speech on celebrating differences and offering hope.

READ 'THE HOPE SPEECH'

Harvey Milk's speech on celebrating differences and offering hope.

REACTIONS TO MILK'S SPEECH Members of North London's LGBT+ community discuss The Hope Speech with Ian McKellen.

REACTIONS TO MILK'S SPEECH

Members of North London's LGBT+ community discuss The Hope Speech with Ian McKellen.


VIRGINIA WOOLF

"IF I WAS A MAN, WOULD THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME?" While Woolf was asking these questions in 1929, they feed into questions women ask themselves frequently today.

"IF I WAS A MAN, WOULD THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME?"

While Woolf was asking these questions in 1929, they feed into questions women ask themselves frequently today.

READ 'SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER' Part of Virginia Woolf's essay A Room of One's Own.

READ 'SHAKESPEARE'S SISTER'

Part of Virginia Woolf's essay A Room of One's Own.

WORDS FAIL ME The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf

WORDS FAIL ME

The only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf

REACTIONS TO WOOLF'S SPEECH A group of women writers at Clean Break -  a theatre company working with women in the criminal justice system - discuss 'Shakespeare's Sister' with Fiona Shaw.

REACTIONS TO WOOLF'S SPEECH

A group of women writers at Clean Break -  a theatre company working with women in the criminal justice system - discuss 'Shakespeare's Sister' with Fiona Shaw.


NELSON MANDELA

SELF-SACRIFICE What does it take to die for an ideal?

SELF-SACRIFICE

What does it take to die for an ideal?

A HEAVYWEIGHT WITH A LIGHT TOUCH Mandela's greatest legacy may be his profound commitment to democracy.

A HEAVYWEIGHT WITH A LIGHT TOUCH

Mandela's greatest legacy may be his profound commitment to democracy.

READ 'I AM PREPARED TO DIE' Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock of the defendant at the Rivonia Trial.

READ 'I AM PREPARED TO DIE'

Nelson Mandela's speech from the dock of the defendant at the Rivonia Trial.

REACTIONS TO MANDELA'S SPEECH Students at City and Islington College discuss 'I Am Prepared to Die' with Lucian Msamati.

REACTIONS TO MANDELA'S SPEECH

Students at City and Islington College discuss 'I Am Prepared to Die' with Lucian Msamati.

 

ELIZABETH GLASER

WHAT IS 'CARE'? Untangling the many definitions of 'care'. 

WHAT IS 'CARE'?

Untangling the many definitions of 'care'. 

APATHY PLUS HIV KILLS In the 1980s, the stigma associated with HIV was crushing. 

APATHY PLUS HIV KILLS

In the 1980s, the stigma associated with HIV was crushing. 

READ 'AMERICA, WAKE UP' Elizabeth Glaser's landmark speech on the AIDS epidemic.

READ 'AMERICA, WAKE UP'

Elizabeth Glaser's landmark speech on the AIDS epidemic.

REACTIONS TO GLASER'S SPEECH Members of a local mother and daughter community project discuss 'America, Wake Up' with Nicola Walker.

REACTIONS TO GLASER'S SPEECH

Members of a local mother and daughter community project discuss 'America, Wake Up' with Nicola Walker.


NEIL KINNOCK

A THOUSAND GENERATIONS Kinnock spoke for everyone who desperately wanted their children to have the opportunities so systematically denied to them.

A THOUSAND GENERATIONS

Kinnock spoke for everyone who desperately wanted their children to have the opportunities so systematically denied to them.

READ 'COLLECTIVE STRENGTH' Neil Kinnock's speech as Labour leader when he attempted to rebuild the Labour Party.

READ 'COLLECTIVE STRENGTH'

Neil Kinnock's speech as Labour leader when he attempted to rebuild the Labour Party.

REACTIONS TO KINNOCK'S SPEECH Students from St Mary Magdalene Academy discuss 'Collective Strength' with Ashley Walters.

REACTIONS TO KINNOCK'S SPEECH

Students from St Mary Magdalene Academy discuss 'Collective Strength' with Ashley Walters.