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Updated February 2020
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This week on Fortunately, Fi and Jane are joined by the comedian Phil Wang.Phil and Fi share their love of Portugal and the three of them then dive into the best way to store girders, what its like to be on a panel show, the importance of optimism, the merits of Las Vegas and much more. There's a test of Jane's incredible time guessing psychic abil…
 
Helen Lewis discusses her new book ‘Difficult Women: a history of feminism in 11 fights’ and why she believes that today’s feminists could gain from being more generous to the feminists of previous generations.A new Care Quality Commission report says that in a three month period in 2018, 899 sexual incidents or incidents of alleged sexual abuse we…
 
2020 has been quite a year, we're only two months in but have already faced an impending war between the US and Iran, deadly bushfires in Australia, and now coronavirus is spreading across the world.So, in light of that, we thought it was time to return to an earlier episode to make us all feel better. It’s about self-care and making time for some …
 
Almost a month after the UK formally left the European Union, the government has published a document outlining what it would like its future trading relationship with the EU to look like. Negotiations start next week. Caz Graham talks to a spokesman from the International Chamber of Commerce, who explains the detail of the document and gives his v…
 
Two cold callers feature in this episode. Jennifer Langston from Ontario in Canada sent this message to curiouscases@bbc.co.uk:"My husband has just taken up cold water swimming and he'll swim in temperatures as low as 6 degrees Celsius. I worry that it's too cold for him, but he claims that 'swimming in cold water is good for you', which drives me …
 
What would you do with a day out of time? The leap day, 29th February, is the result of an unsolved 3000 year-old problem. Conceived by the Egyptians, passed on to the Romans and reformed by Pope Gregory, it’s all too often a day that passes by without another thought. This year, the artist Monster Chetwynd won’t let that happen. Known for her exub…
 
French director Céline Sciamma on her BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated film Portrait of a Lady on Fire, about an 18th Century artist who falls in love with the woman she is painting. Critics have hailed it as a manifesto for the female gaze.André J. Thomas, composer and conductor of gospel music and spirituals, discusses the African-American musica…
 
The government's Environment Bill is making its way through the House of Commons, with its second reading taking place this week. The bill includes plans for the introduction of a new Office for Environmental Protection, which will take over the environmental watchdog role formerly performed by bodies at the European Union. Caz Graham talks to the …
 
For years there were allegations that Harvey Weinstein had assaulted women. This week he was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault, including rape, and faces up to 29 years in prison. So, how did the Hollywood titan create his downfall? The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta has been covering Weinstein since 2002, and tells us how Weinstein became one…
 
Composters - we need you! Or rather materials scientists at UCL, Mark Miodownik and Danielle Purkiss, need you to take part in their Big Compost Experiment. Launched back in November, the team asked members of the public to fill in an online questionnaire about their composting and recycling habits. With special reference to plastic packaging label…
 
Clare Balding walks with Sikh-turned-Methodist, Inderjit Bhogal, along part of the Wilberforce Way in East Yorkshire. Inderjit created this long distance walking route to honour Wilberforce who led the campaign against the slave trade. They start at Pocklington School, where Wilberforce studied, and ramble canal-side to Melbourne Ings. Inderjit Bho…
 
Stories from China, Iraq, Pakistan and Russia and the cost of breaking bones in America. Healthcare is a very hot issue in the US race for the Democratic presidential nominee. Bernie Sanders is promising to roll out government-run health insurance for everyone. When Laura Trevelyan broke her wrist, she found navigating the US insurance system both …
 
Ballerina Viviana Durante discusses her evening of dance celebrating Isadora Duncan, whose radical barefoot dancing shocked and enthralled European audiences in the early 1900s, before she was killed in a freak accident when her scarf got caught in the wheels of a car.Life is beginning to imitate art for a British film crew in northern Italy. Direc…
 
Facial recognition technology is increasingly widespread. You might use it to unlock your phone or computer. It’s used in airports around the world and some shops are using the software to catch or deter shoplifters. Now it’s being used by the police in two parts of the UK. The Metropolitan Police is using live facial recognition cameras on London …
 
Nish Kumar discusses the top stories from the week's news with comedians Desiree Burch, Sindhu Vee, Neil Delamere and journalist for The Times Danny Finkelstein.In this week's extended edition, the panel talk about the government's new immigration proposals, the floods hitting the UK, Michael Bloomberg entering the Democratic race, the resignation …
 
David Hockney loves to paint his friends, people he works with, celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. But there is one woman he has sketched and painted over and over again, Celia Birtwell. She is a textile and fashion designer, famous for her pre-Raphaelite hair and brightly coloured dresses. Two exhibitions of Hockney's portraits have just …
 
Astrology concepts such as retrogrades and returns are no longer niche, they’re meme-worthy, and horoscopes have evolved from a bit of fun into revered life guidance. This isn’t the first time astrology has been part of the Zeitgeist, but it’s definitely enjoying a mainstream moment.So as Mercury the planet that rules technology, travel and communi…
 
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