Elbowgate, The Trump effect, Inattentional deafness, Gore Vidal
What the prime minister did this week was supremely dumb, but so is the reaction - Michael's essay: "We can agree that the PM committed an almost wilful act of stupidity. Why can't we agree that his numerous apologies were appropriate and satisfactory?"
Around the globe, mainstream conservatism is having a nervous breakdown: Demagoguery, protectionism and anti-immigrant sentiment, coupled with anger directed at centre-right parties, is spreading throughout Europe. Freddy Gray, Deputy Editor of the conservative British weekly, The Spectator, explains.
Yes, It's a Thing - Inattentional Deafness: There's a fine line between not listening and not hearing. A recent study shows the existence of a phenomenon called "inattentional deafness". For example, it's what happens when people are so engrossed by what they're reading on their cell phones, that they fall deaf to the real, live human being in the same room. Dr. Maria Chait teaches auditory cognitive neuroscience at the Ear Institute of University College London.
Every Time a Friend Succeeds, Something Inside Me Dies: The late Gore Vidal was a centrepiece of American cultural life for 50 years. His fame as a trenchant social critic was universal, and he loved nothing more than a good fight. His biographer, the poet and novelist Jay Parini, describes the brilliant mind and cantankerous personality he came to know over 30 years of friendship. Parini's book is called Empire of Self.
Comfort and warmth for people suffering from dementia: Meet a group of dedicated volunteers who create what are known as "therapeutic hand muffs." In each muff, comfort, warmth and simple stimulation have been literally knitted in, to help people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Music this week by: The Mike Murley Trio, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Anne Lindsay, The Stretch Orchestra, The Bernardo Padron Group, Mel Tormé, Cecilia Bartoli and the Ahmad Jamal Trio.