This episode is in support of our Ragged Reading Group’s imminent exploration of J.B. Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls, which was first performed in 1945 at a time of great change - both World Wars were fresh in the minds of the people, women had become more prominent in the workplace and believe it or not people of the 21st Century, it was possible to be class mobile.
The play is set in 1912 - this means that the characters have no knowledge of these world events. Priestley uses this to make important points about society and responsibility.
Your hosts are Jill Harrison and Billy Dasein and we have the great good fortune to be joined by our friend Nick Shepley who has his own insightful and informative podcast, the Explaining History Podcast - find it at explaininghistory.org - whose tagline is Modern history podcasts for students and enthusiasts - do go and have a listen, it's a brilliant podcast!
NB: The not-remembered book is A new kind of bleak by Owen Hatherley
Intro and interval music: Egmont, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1787 (the signature music for the Explaining History podcast)
Outro music: 'Jerusalem' by Paul Robeson (1939); Lyrics, William Blake (1804); Composed, Hubert Parry (1916); Contributor, Internet Archive.
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