Rhianna Dhillon is a freelance film critic, radio presenter, and podcast creator. She was a film critic for both BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Sky News, Sky News Sunrise, and Channel 5 News. She currently hosts the BAFT Guru Podcast and hosts the BBC Radio program Seriously.
Today there's a booming wellness industry, including luxury spas and hotels as well as personal trainers and supplements, claimed to be worth over $4 trillion a year. Online at least, self-care seems to revolve around buying stuff – luxury oils, face creams, scented candles, face rollers, bath bombs, silk pillows, cleansing soaps and stress-relieving teas. Or we can cherish ourselves by paying someone else for a service, from a yoga session to a delivery of artisan chocolates. With the help of the archives Claudia Hammond explores where the idea of wellness came from. She discovers its roots in the WHO's definition of health and in the counter culture of California in the 1960s, when the residents of Marin County took to hot tubs and peacock feathers. Claudia looks at the thorny relationship between wellness and medicine and those who look after or study our health. There's a Wellness Newsletter that has been produced in Berkeley since 1984 that weighs up the scientific evidence for and against new treatments, and many doctors offer complementary therapies alongside conventional medicine. Yet there is no published research to support the benefits associated with some wellness products.
Walking fish, knights fighting snails, murderous rabbits, mischievous monkeys, The images in the margins of many medieval manuscripts, both holy and secular, can be saintly and beautiful - but also playful, crude, demonic and downright bizarre. What are the beliefs, inventions and ideas which led the illuminators to produce such strange images in the margins of their books? Dr Alixe Bovey explores the world of medieval marginalia. Producer Jo Wheeler A Freewheel production for BBC Radio 4
Being 'butch' has always meant being invisible, for good or ill. To be a 'masculine' presenting lesbian has often been a way of evading the male gaze, but it has also meant being off the radar of a culture that's drawn to what shines. Now poet and theatre maker Joelle Taylor celebrates ‘being butch’ in an age of increasingly complex gender identities. She writes: 'Not funny enough to be your best friend love/ the closet is full of clothes we refuse to wear/ not camp enough for your TV show bruv / a woman without makeup is a woman without a face / who knew/ when we cleansed/ we were erasing our whole existence?’. We follow Joelle as she prepares for her new show, and discovers what reactions 'butch' provokes in 2020. Why do some see the identity as retrograde, whilst others see presenting as butch as more radical than ever? Joelle explores the 'courageous’ distinctiveness of butch culture and community – and what it has meant to her: ‘we are ferocious women/ climbing out of our skins/ and leaving them draped/ like soiled wedding dresses behind us/ as we fall into each other’s mouths. This is love. Furious love.’
The coronavirus outbreak revealed an international shortage of ventilators. Across the world, govenrments scrambled to acquire new ones, not just from traditional manufacturers, but from anyone who though they could design a simple yet functional device. As a result, hundreds of teams and individuals have risen to the challenge, including university students and hobbyists. Jolyon Jenkins set out to design and build a ventilator himself, drawing on the wealth of shared informationi and designs that have emerged in the last few weeks. He soon discovers that it's harder than it looks. Much publicity has gone to organisations that have produced ventilators that are not up to standard. And as knowledge of the disease has progressed, it's become clear that coronavirus patients need very careful and specialised forms of ventilation if it's not to do more harm than good. So are non-specialists capable of producing machines that will actually benefit patients? Presenter/producer: Jolyon Jenkins
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