All Things Considered

BBC  |  Podcast , ±28 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  | 
Award-winning series exploring religious, spiritual and moral issues. All Things Considered adopts a variety of formats, from documentary to interview and discussion, but is always revealing. The programme is broadcast weekly on BBC Radio Wales on Sundays 0831 - 0859 and Wednesdays 1832 - 1900.

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Holocaust Survivor Part 1

Holocaust Memorial Day later this month falls on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Six million Jews, and many others, were killed in the camps, but despite innumerable international declarations, and legislation intended to outlaw racism of any kind, anti-Semitism has never disappeared completely, and many fear it’s on the increase.

The stories of the dwindling numbers of survivors remain invaluable to understanding the holocaust.

Ellen Davis, from Swansea, was a child in Nazi Germany when she was put on a train and forced to leave behind both her parents and the brothers and sisters she had cared for all her life. The trauma of that parting was immense. She recounted her experiences in the book Kerry’s Children and at 91 she continues to speak out.

To mark this anniversary, Roy Jenkins has delved into the All Things Considered archive for a two-part programme, first broadcast in 2005, in which Ellen Davis speaks to Peter Baker.

Review of the Year – People 2019

As a new year stretches out before us, Roy Jenkins takes the opportunity to remind us of just a few of the people who featured in All Things Considered during the past twelve months.

They have ranged from men and women living on the streets to writers and performers with audiences across the world; from leaders of national campaigns to individuals who’ve given their lives to the communities they’ve grown up in. Many are people of faith, some have faced great tragedies, and all have stories well worth hearing again.

Among the contributors are: Archbishop Rowan Williams, Sarah Jones the Church in Wales’ first transgender priest and poet and theologian Padraig O’Tuama who has recently completed a five-year term as leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation.
And we mark the death of Jean Vanier the inspirational founder of the L’Arche communities, where people with learning disabilities, and those without, live and work together.

Review of the Year – Events 2019

Roy Jenkins looks back at some of the events and issues which have featured in All Things Considered over the past twelve months. We have explored monarchy and mental health, space travel and social media, poverty and protest and much more, seeking always to reflect in the light of religious faith.

It has been a year of deep divisions and high political drama. As the initial Brexit deadline loomed, we discussed the role of prayer at such a time. We explored the grim facts of slavery in today’s Wales; we marked the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales. And on one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar, Mary Stallard visited North Wales’s oldest mosque, in Bangor where the celebration was in full swing.

Annual Book Review 2019

Roy Jenkins and guests gather for the annual All Things Considered book review programme and introduce us to some astonishing people. There is the Welsh surgeon who’s risked his life in combat zones from Afghanistan to Congo, from Syria to Darfur, mending broken bodies and inspiring younger medics.

Also political reformers, one of the greatest novelists in the English language, and some of the most influential thinkers in the story of the Christian church. They’re not exactly in the studio with Roy, but - the next best thing - they feature in our annual pre-Christmas book review programme.

Joining Roy Jenkins are Dr Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids; George Craig, former civil servant and a regular voice with Weekend Word on Radio Wales Breakfast and historian Dr Elin Jones who among other things is Life President of the mental health charity Hafal.

The books discussed:
War Doctor: Surgery on the front line, by David Nott
A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
Luminaries: Twenty lives that illuminate the Christian way by Rowan Williams

Our guests’ choices:
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan,
Mary and Early Christian Women: Hidden Leadership by Ally Kateusz
The River Arth’s Magic by Philip Huckin, Cyril Jones, David Austin

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