The Essay

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Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise.

Squanto Sept. 15, 2020

Five essays reflect on the impact of the Puritan Pilgrims setting sail on the ship the Mayflower 400 years ago, from Plymouth in England heading west to “the New World”. Writers look at what the anniversary means to Americans in 2020, and create portraits of some of the key players: two of the passengers, and two of the Native Americans who met them. The tale of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' became part of the foundation myth of the United States. On the 400th anniversary of their setting sail, Nick Bryant (BBC New York correspondent) gives an overview of what the anniversary …

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400 400 years on Sept. 14, 2020
Nick Bryant reflectis on what the Mayflower 400th anniversary means to Americans in 2020.
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Episode 4 Sept. 3, 2020
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Episode 3 Sept. 2, 2020
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Episode 2 Sept. 1, 2020
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Conduit Aug. 18, 2020
A soprano discovers the colour of her voice in a basement in Birmingham.
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