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18 October 2015

Episode 328

54 minutes


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Tom Edwards and Daniel Giacopelli are joined by war-reporter Matthew Green. They also meet Ruth Ball, the trained chemist who turned her scientific expertise to that essential brain tonic – booze. Plus: the team talks to Christopher Green, the performer, writer and artist who’s turning his mesmerising gaze to hypnotism.

18 October 2015

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Tom Edwards, Daniel Giacopelli and Henry Rees-Sheridan talk about the past week and look ahead to the stories that may or may not define the next seven days.

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Matthew Green

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War-reporter Matthew Green has covered conflicts ranging from the Iraq war to being embedded with US troops in Afghanistan. His latest book: ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’, tells the stories of the military personnel who return home to find their changed mental state is another battle to be fought.

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Ruth Ball

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Ruth Ball’s degree in chemistry from Imperial College London hasn’t sent her to the laboratory but into the city’s thriving bar scene. The creator of Alchemist Dreams – a bespoke liqueur service – Ball has now written a loose history of her favourite tipples: ‘Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain’. Chin chin.

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Christopher Green

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Writer, performer, songwriter and comedian Christopher Green’s talents have taken him to The Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. But new book ‘Overpowered! The Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis’ tells the tales of other performers – supposed professors of Mesmerism, pseudo-scientists and showmen over the years, who have put countless audiences under their hypnotic spell.

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