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18 May 2024

Episode 207

36 minutes

Author and political journalist, Terry Stiastny, joins Georgina Godwin to discuss the latest news from Israel, New Caledonia and the UK. Plus: the founder of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence, joins the show to talk about the launch of his new venture, The Conversation, a series of Monday evening talks in the heart of London that tackle important topics such as peace, democracy and climate action. Finally, author and law professor Rosemary Salomone joins to discuss her book, ‘The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language’.

18 May 2024

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The Conversation

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Ever-curious Hay Festival founder Peter Florence has now begun another venture: The Conversation. These Monday-evening talks tackle the biggest concerns facing the world, such as peace, democracy and climate action, with an array of thinkers and writers. Join Stephen Fry for the first in the series on Monday 20 May.

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The rise of English

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There are some 1.5 billion people worldwide who can speak English. It has become the lingua franca of finance, diplomacy, science and the arts. However, its dominance has complex implications and comes at the cost of other languages. Author and law professor Rosemary Salomone joins to discuss her new book ‘The Rise of English: Global Politics and the Power of Language’.

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