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The Anatomy of Melancholy on BBC’s In Our Time

The most recent episode of BBC Radio 4′s In Our Time is on Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, or The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures of it. In Three Maine Partitions with their several Sections, Members, and Subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically, Opened and Cut Up. The program is described on its website as follows:

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Robert Burton’s masterpiece The Anatomy of Melancholy.

In 1621 the priest and scholar Robert Burton published a book quite unlike any other. The Anatomy of Melancholy brings together almost two thousand years of scholarship, from Ancient Greek philosophy to seventeenth-century medicine. Melancholy, a condition believed to be caused by an imbalance of the body’s four humours, was characterised by despondency, depression and inactivity. Burton himself suffered from it, and resolved to compile an authoritative work of scholarship on the malady, drawing on all relevant sources.

Despite its subject matter the Anatomy is an entertaining work, described by Samuel Johnson as the only book ‘that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise.’ It also offers a fascinating insight into seventeenth-century medical theory, and influenced many generations of playwrights and poets.

With:

Julie Sanders
Professor of English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham

Mary Ann Lund
Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester

Erin Sullivan
Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham.

The episode can be heard online here.

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Mahler and Freud on BBC Radio 3

For the next seven days, BBC Radio 3 has made freely available this week’s Sunday Feature, Walking with Freud. The program documents a famous walk around Leiden taken by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud in 1910. As described on the BBC Radio 3 website,

100 years on, composer David Matthews and psychoanalyst Anthony Cantle retrace the walk that Mahler and Freud famously took around the Dutch town of Leiden.

On 26th August 1910, Gustav Mahler took a four hour walk with Sigmund Freud. Mahler’s marriage to Alma was in tatters and, on the edge of a breakdown, he’d telegraphed Freud asking for an urgent consultation. Freud was on holiday with his family in Leiden, Holland and asked Mahler to make the journey from Vienna to Leiden, which he duly did.

These two great Viennese Jews met for the only documented time in their lives in Leiden. They walked around the city for 4 hours and in that time, Mahler poured his heart out to Freud….

In this programme, David Matthews and Anthony Cantle visit Leiden 100 years on, to walk and talk together about this tantalising episode which is close to both of their hearts. Not only do they retell the story of the meeting and give it a context, but as a composer and psychoanalyst, they also bring their own professional and personal insights to the story.

The full hour long program can be heard here.

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The History of the World in 100 Objects

The British Museum and BBC Radio 4 have teamed up to present A History of the World in 100 Objects. As described on the program’s website,

At the heart of the project is the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 objects. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection. The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made. Each week will be tied to a particular theme, such as ‘after the ice age’ or ‘the beginning of science and literature’, and the programmes will broadcast in three blocks, in January, May and September.

Thus far, 15 of the 100 objects have been revealed in BBC Radio 4 podcasts. Among the online accompaniments to the project are a blog, as well as an interactive interface where users can explore the objects selected by the British Museum and the BBC.

Additionally, users can contribute to a digital museum on the project’s site by uploading an image of an object of their own. Once the image has been uploaded, users are asked to “Describe the object and its history – where the object came from, when it was made, its colour and size. You can also add links to other sites”. What items of relevance to the history of psychology would you like to see added to the BBC’s history of the world site?

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A History of the World in 100 Objects

The British Museum and BBC Radio 4 have teamed up to present A History of the World in 100 Objects. As described on the program’s website,

At the heart of the project is the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 objects. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museum’s collection. The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made. Each week will be tied to a particular theme, such as ‘after the ice age’ or ‘the beginning of science and literature’, and the programmes will broadcast in three blocks, in January, May and September.

Thus far, 15 of the 100 objects have been revealed in BBC Radio 4 podcasts. Among the online accompaniments to the project are a blog, as well as an interactive interface where users can explore the objects selected by the British Museum and the BBC can be explore.

Additionally, users can contribute to a digital museum on the project’s site by uploading an image of an object of their own. Once the image has been uploaded, users are asked to “Describe the object and its history – where the object came from, when it was made, its colour and size. You can also add links to other sites”. What items of relevance to the history of psychology would you like to see added to the BBC’s history of the world site?

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BBC Replicates Milgram

Stanley MilgramThe BBC presented a(nother) successful replication of Stanley Milgram’s famous obedience experiment back in May, 2009. It is written up (with video excerpts) in The Situationist. Not surprisingly, 9 of the 12 participants gave electric shocks all the way to the highest level. This follows a successful replication conducted by psychologist Jerry Berger (UC Santa Clara) that was presented on ABC last year (see AHP’s post about the American Psychologist writeup here).

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