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    Anger is an Energy

    Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten spoke with Sean about family, the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, education and his new autobiography.


    Mind Change

    Neuroscientist and author Susan Greenfield spoke to Sean her new book and how digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains.

    Published by Faber.


    Valerie Cox meets with Padraig Nally

    Farmer Padraig Nally told the Central Criminal Court sitting in Castlebar that he didn't deny that he shot traveller John Ward, he was afraid Ward was going to kill him. Valerie Cox, has been to Mayo to meet with Padraig Nally and Crona Esler, whose book about Padraig Nally 'Unless By Invitation' was published this week, join Sean in studio.




    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

    Naomi Klein made headlines fourteen years ago with the publication of her first book No Logo, which as it subtitle declared took ‘aim at the brand bullies’ of our globalised world. In 2007 she followed this with The Shock Doctrine which had in its crosshairs the neoliberal free market proselytisers who were remaking the world in their own image. And now she’s back with This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus The Climate, a book which was described as a book about climate change for people who don’t read books about climate change.


    Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts

    Between 1997 and 2007 Jonathan Powell was the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland. Rather controversially he has gone public with the idea that Britain and her allies should talk to the Taliban, to Hamas and even to al-Qaeda… For while it may be distasteful, when it comes to terrorists and the chance to save lives, he maintains - like JFK - that ‘it’s never too early to try and never too late to talk’

    Jonathan Powell's latest book sets out his thesis on talking to terrorists. And appropriately enough it’s full title is Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts.


    Book Selections

    For our monthly round-up of what’s new in the world of books Sean was joined by Edel Coffey and Bert Wright, Events Curator of the Mountains To Sea festival were here with their recommendations for this month.

    Don’t Mention the Wars – A Journey Through European Stereotypes

    By Tony Connolly (New Island) 

    In the last five years the eurozone has undergone profound change and Europeans, increasingly in defence mode, have re-discovered the knack of insulting each other. So do any of the old stereotypes still ring true or has the euro crisis taken the fun out of them?

    Sean spoke with Tony Connolly, Europe Editor for RTE News and Current Affairs and author of Don’t Mention the Wars – A Journey Through European Stereotypes.

    The Long Ride Home

    By Rupert Isaacson

    Autism affects one in 100 people in Ireland and there is no known cure.

    In 2004, Rupert Isaacson’s 2 year old son Rowan was diagnosed with Autism. Rupert and his wife Kristin tried all sorts of treatments and therapies, but it wasn’t until Rowan threw himself under the hooves of an old horse called Betsey that Rupert thought about the idea of ‘horse therapy’.

    He spoke to Sean this morning.

    Book Club

    Our book club is under way and this month’s choice is Joseph O’Connor’s new novel, The Thrill Of It All.

    We’ll be reviewing the book on the show in July so there’s plenty of time for you to get reading.

    If you are in a book club or just reading the book along with us, we want to hear from you...

    Get in touch by emailing and please put the phrase BOOK CLUB in the title of your email.

    OR you can call us on 01 208 21 98.

    You can find more information and updates, along with tips for starting your own book club on our website.

    The Thrill of it All is published by Harvill Secker and is on sale now at €20.

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