Monday, January 24, 2011

The Glasgow Effect


On BBC Radio 4 this morning, Iain Macwhirter has been exploring why life expectancy in Glasgow has remained stubbornly low, in contrast to many similarly deprived cities in Eastern Europe whose rates have dramatically improved. Phrases such as 'emotional disfigurement' and 'internalised stress responses' make for uncomfortable listening, but the half-hour programme is thought-provoking for anyone interested in the quality of urban life. You can catch it on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.