June 9th, 2015
Episode 39 of 113 episodes
Eight hundred years ago England’s King John and the country’s warring barons agreed on a peace treaty that would resolve future disputes and curb the king's power. It was called the Magna Carta – and is enshrined today as a democratic principle. On its anniversary the BBC World Service has commissioned a drama, The Great Charter, which updates the story behind the Magna Carta and "charts the fight for rights and freedoms in the 21st Century’s supra-state: the Internet". The Great Charter imagines a scary future where civilisation as we know it is collapsing because the networks have failed. Only one man – an engineer - can bring the world back from the abyss. But there is a heavy price to pay. The Great Charter explores a range of contemporary issues such as information security and cyber-terrorism. To reflect on some of its themes Click assembles a panel of experts including Matthew Solon who wrote the play, the computer scientist, Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Mahima Kaul who heads the Cyber and Media Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation in India. (Image caption: Behind the scenes of The Great Charter, from left to right are Nicolas Jackson (director), Harry Ditson (Jed Baron), Amira Ghazalla (Mahvash Sassani) and Steve Bond (sound designer) - used with kind permission of Goldhawk Productions)
Have you trembled ‘round the campfire as the ghost stories are told? Do tales of horrors wrought by nature and beyond strike fear in your soul? Is it best when you are afraid to turn out the light? Thrill to stories that strike at your deepest fears, as host Stephen Kilpatrick brings the best of horror fiction to your ears and your mind, read to you by the most chilling narrators that podcasting has to offer. <br /> <br /> Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, Tales to Terrify is where the depths of horror reveal the truths of good, evil, and the human spirit in the District of Wonders podcast network. Like all shows in the District of Wonders, Tales to Terrify is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe today, and begin your journey through the spine-tingling depths of storytelling.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a story in the District of Wonders. Come and find yours.