Hacking Happiness by Leo Johnson

Tune in to BBC Radio 4 Monday 16th - Friday 20th July at 13.45

 

King Kong – The Township Jazz Musical

On Radio 4 Pick of the Week, Sunday 26th February 2017

 

E.F.Schumacher: Is Small the Next Big?

 

No Destination Wins!

Sandford St Martin Trust Radio Award for 2015

 

Dr. Scillia Elworthy on Satish Kumar

 

‘No Destination’ An Archive on 4, BBC World Service

Saturday 12 July, 0900-1000 BST & Sunday 13 July, 2000-2100 BST

Hacking Happiness chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’

Presenter and broadcaster Adrian Chiles' hosts Pick of the Week.

Hacking Happiness the Reel Soul Movies new 5 x 14 mins series written & presented by Leo Johnson has been chosen by Adrian Chiles for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’ on Sunday 22nd July 2018.

Listen to the Pick of the Week episode on BBC iPlayer below:

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Hacking Happiness

5 x 14 mins series for BBC Radio 4

Written & presented by Leo Johnson

Listen to all the episodes on BBC iPlayer now:

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Are we pursuing happiness, or is the happiness industry pursuing us? Leo Johnson goes on a year-long journey to explore radical philosophies of happiness.

Carl Cederstrom & Andre Spicer perform idleness

Episode 1: The Perfect Life

(Monday 16th July at 13.45)

Is hedonism getting hacked? And if it is, how do we hack our happiness back?

Poet Clare Shaw

Episode 2: Self-Harm Nation

(Tuesday 17th July at 13.45)

Exploring radical alternatives to hedonism. What if happiness isn’t about pleasure at all?

Ruqsana Begum

Episode 3: Fight Club of the Soul

(Wednesday 18th July at 13.45)

Forget the moral chatter of the Stoics, is what matters denting the universe, unleashing the biggest you?

Plumb Village

Episode 4: Existential Cool – Buddhism and the art of acceptance

(Thursday 19th July at 13.45)

Does true happiness come not from self-actualisation but from the opposite, dissolving the self?

HOOT Creative Arts

Episode 5: Beyond Happiness

(Friday 20th July at 13.45)

What if happiness isn’t about the self at all?

Read more about the series plus additional photos

Previous Productions

King Kong – The Township Jazz Musical
chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’

The Radio 3 Sunday feature has been chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’ on Sunday 26th February 2017.

King Kong – The Township Jazz Musical

Tune in to BBC Radio 3’s, Sunday Feature slot on Sunday 19th February at 18.45 to hear award-winning alto saxophonist, Soweto Kinch, uncover the story of ‘King Kong – The African Jazz Musical’

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Is Small the Next Big?
Chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’

Chosen for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’ on Sunday 15th May 2016.

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E.F.Schumacher: Is Small the Next Big?

BBC Radio 4, Monday May 9th at 20.00 & Wednesday May 11th at 11.00.
Leo Johnson explores the radical vision of E.F.Schumacher, cult author of the 1970s classic “Small is Beautiful”.

No Destination wins Sandford St Martin Trust Radio Award 2015

No Destination triumphed in the radio category. The programme made for Radio 4 by Reel Soul Movies told the story of Satish Kumar in his own words. In an hour-long broadcast, he relived the experience of walking 8,000 miles to deliver packets of ‘peace tea’ to the leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers.
Listen to the slightly shorter, BBC World Service version on iPlayer :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0227g94

No Destination in the Press

The story is as fascinating as it is unlikely... Kumar remains cheerful, hopeful and benign.

Financial Times - Pick of the Weekend - TV & Radio 4 stars

Haunting, shocking & inspiring

Daily Telegraph - Pick of the Week

At the height of the Cold War, Satish Kumar walked 8,000-miles for world peace. The poet Lemn Sissay reads extracts from Kumar’s autobiography

The Independent - Radio Highlights

Best of the Rest - 3 stars

Daily Mail

Interview: Scilla Elworthy



Dr. Scilla Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group (ORG) in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics.

Book

Her new book, Pioneering the Possible
 : Awakened leadership for a world that works was published on the 7th October in the US by North Atlantic Books and will be available in the UK on the 7th November.

This is what people say about the book:

“Let this book wake you up to your own inner power – the capacity now required to help resolve global problems and build a world that works for all.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“This book is certainly a powerful catalyst towards the new world of consciousness, founded in listening and empathy that the world needs to embrace.”
Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the worldwide Virgin Group