Walter Benjamin

The influence of the sun, moon and stars on reading the signs of the Kabbalah

The mystical appeal of Judaism

1 July 2017 9:00 am

This extraordinary book has two main characters: Gershom Scholem (1897–1982), an early Zionist and the founder of the modern study…

The Frankfurt School was a place of fearsome seriousness

1 October 2016 9:00 am

One day in April 1969 Theodor Adorno began teaching a new course entitled ‘An Introduction to Dialectical Thinking’. Feel free,…

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Can the beauty of Palmyra be reproduced by data-driven robots? Stephen Bayley on copies, fakes and forgeries

Conservator Johanna Puisto dusts the cast of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ post-conservation, November 2014

The reopened V&A Cast Courts are a fabulous spectacle of Victorian theft and reverence

22 November 2014 9:00 am

The great municipal museums are products of the 19th-century imagination, evidence of lofty ambitions and cringe-making limitations. They are exact…

What's happened to children's radio?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Much praise has been lavished on Radio 2’s 500 Words short-story competition, the winners to be announced on Friday’s Chris…