The Empire Strikes Black
1 x 28 mins, Cast Iron Radio for BBC Radio 4.
Written & presented by Hugh Muir, produced by Shelley Williams of Reel Soul Movies and featuring Sir Simon Woolley CBE, director of Operation Black Vote.
Listen to the show on BBC Sounds below:
The Empire Strikes Black chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’
The Empire Strikes Black written & presented by journalist Hugh Muir has been chosen by Katie Puckrik for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Week’ on Sunday 4th August 2019.
Go to the Pick of the Week episode on BBC Sounds below:
The Nature of Creativity
A 44 mins Sunday Feature for BBC Radio 3
Written & presented by Mary Colwell
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In The Nature of Creativity, writer, producer & top environmentalist Mary Colwell explores the relationship between nature and creativity, and asks, as we lose the abundance of the natural world, are we also losing our ability to express ourselves?
The programme will be available to listen to after transmission on the BBC iPlayer:
Hacking Happiness chosen for Radio 4’s ‘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:
5 x 14 mins series for BBC Radio 4
Written & presented by Leo Johnson
Listen to all the episodes on BBC iPlayer now:
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Episode 5: Beyond Happiness
(Friday 20th July at 13.45)
What if happiness isn’t about the self at all?
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chosen for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Year’
This Radio 3 Sunday Feature has been chosen by Clarke Peters for Radio 4’s ‘Pick of the Year’ and will broadcast 25th December 2017.
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 :
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 & inspiringDaily 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 autobiographyThe Independent - Radio Highlights
Best of the Rest - 3 starsDaily 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.
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