Jarvis: 31 December 2008 - Today (radio)


  • Date: 31 December 2008
  • Station: BBC Radio 4
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Jarvis' role: Guest editor

The Today programme is BBC Radio 4's breakfast time current affairs programme. In recent years, people in the public eye have been invited to guest edit the programme during the week after Christmas. Jarvis was invited to do this on New Year's Eve 2008.

Jarvis' contribution to the programme included:

  • He presented a feature investigating links between the current economic crisis and climate change. City traders, scientists and politicians were asked whether increased government economic intervention would lead the way to more government action on the environment.
  • He spoke to rugby star Jonny Wilkinson about his interest in quantum physics.
  • After hearing about the flamboyant personal life of economist John Maynard Keynes, which was kept quiet during Keynes' lifetime, Jarvis asked the programme to investigate whether the fact that the private lives of people in the public eye are inevitably uncovered is having an effect on the type of people who go into politics.
  • He spoke to Icelandic artist collective Kling og Bang about the Reykjavik bar that they have painstakingly reconstructed around the world after their favourite drinking hole was bought by developers.
  • Alternative Thought for the Day: An archive recording from the philosopher and interpreter of Zen Buddhism Alan Watts.


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