Professor Laura Tunbridge will be appearing on BBC Radio 4’s long-running Start the Week programme this Monday 3 April at 09.00. You can find a link to the programme here.
This week’s programme delves into the world of transhumanism, a movement whose aim is to use technology to transform the human condition. Laura listens to the late works of Beethoven, Schumann and Mahler to ask whether intimations of mortality shape these pieces. Other guests include the writer Mark O’Connell, who has explored this world of cyborgs, utopians and the futurists looking to live forever; Raymond Tallis, who seeks to wrest the mysteries of time away from the scientists in his reflections on the nature of transience and mortality; and the mortician Carla Valentine, who uncovers what the dead reveal about their past life.