Were the 1980s the golden age of hip hop? Find out from the people who were at the heart of New York rap scene: [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Forum - Downloads - BBC World Service

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It’s easy to recognise hip hop when you hear or see it but where did it come from? We explore the musical and social roots of early rap and breakdancing in this week’s programme [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Birth of Hip Hop, The Forum - BBC World Service

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How a poor kid who stood outside New York clubs listening to the music seeping out turned into a star DJ: the story of hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Caz [ Bbc.in Link ]

Hip hop star Grandmaster Caz: how I became a DJ, The Birth of Hip Hop,...

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Like 'the streak of kingfisher's eye': a poet waxing lyrical? Actually, it's a definition of a particular shade of blue from an influential 18th- century colour manual. You can find out what it was used for in our latest podcast. [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Forum - Downloads - BBC World Service

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Does yellow make you feel mellow? If you want to experience the full effect of this hue look at winter landscapes through yellow glass, suggests the great polymath JW Goethe [ Bbc.in Link ]

Goethe: the Story of Colour, The Forum - BBC World Service

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Love Van Gogh' colours? Find out why the vibrancy of his paintings owes a debt to short bits of coloured wool. [ Bbc.in Link ]

The surprising source of Van Gogh’s vibrant colours: muddy tapestries,...

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Can you imagine life without your radio, TV or mobile phone? The world would be a much quieter place without silicon chips. [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Silicon Chip: A Tech Revolution, The Forum - BBC World Service

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The silicon chip has unleashed change which has been compared to the Industrial Revolution, allowing the creation of the modern computer and making the digital age possible. Find out in our latest podcast: [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Forum - Downloads - BBC World Service

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Transistors have revolutionised the world of technology, but did you know they were originally made by blue-collar workers on factory production lines? [ Bbc.in Link ]

Hand-Cut Chips!, The Silicon Chip: A Tech Revolution, The Forum - BBC...

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Franklin D Roosevelt or John F Kennedy: who was the first great American President of the modern era? [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Powers of the American President, The Forum - BBC World Service

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What does it take to do one of the most powerful jobs in the world? With Donald Trump soon to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, find out in the latest Forum podcast: [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Forum - Downloads - BBC World Service

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How much power does the American President now have and is this what the US Founding Fathers intended? [ Bbc.in Link ]

How powerful is the US President?, The Forum - BBC World Service

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Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti was a political rebel who challenged authority. But with his band it was a different story… [ Bbc.in Link ]

Don’t get a note wrong!, Fela Kuti: King of Afrobeat, The Forum - BBC...

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Looking back at the extraordinary life and legacy of Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti - maverick performer, musical pioneer, and continuing inspiration across the world. [ Bbc.in Link ]

Fela Kuti: King of Afrobeat, The Forum - BBC World Service

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Why aspiring entrepreneurs still flock to Silicon Valley even though there is more capital and expertise available elsewhere: it’s to do with the myth of California as a place where utopian dreams come true. Where is your Utopia? [ Bbc.in Link ]

Cali-topia: a new vision of Thomas More's Utopia?, The Forum - BBC World...

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Is Silicon Valley a template for our utopian future? Using advanced technology to solve humanity’s biggest challenges is California’s mantra but is this the right approach? The Forum hosts a discussion at Singularity University in the heart of the Valley. [ Bbc.in Link ]

Cali-topia: a new vision of Thomas More's Utopia?, The Forum - BBC World...

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Is Thomas More's vision of Utopia, an ideal society dreamt up 500 years ago, becoming reality in modern-day California? Find out in our latest podcast: [ Bbc.in Link ]

The Forum - Downloads - BBC World Service

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Spanish explorers were first lured to California by the promise of a place paved with gold and ruled by Amazon warriors who rode on griffins. Five centuries on, not much has changed says Singularity and Stanford universities professor Paul Saffo. [ Bbc.in Link ]

Gold, Girls and Griffins: the myth of California, Cali-topia: a new...

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Utopian marriages? Thomas More’s imagination was nothing if not original. Listen to his quirky ideas about choosing a spouse on the fictitious island of Utopia: [ Bbc.in Link ]

How to choose a spouse: advice from 500 years ago, Utopia: Mr More's...

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‘Though no man has anything, yet they are all rich’: that’s how Thomas More organised his Utopian island society. Could you imagine giving up all possessions for the common good? [ Bbc.in Link ]

Thomas More's Utopia, The Forum - BBC World Service

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