The wonderful World Service of the BBC has a great discussion programme, called The Forum. It's a rather less celebrity, but more leisurely and more upmarket, version of Radio 4's Start the Week -- featuring three guests, normally chaired by Bridget Kendall. The chat is about the guests' recent books or projects, and to break things up a bit half way through one of them presents a "Sixty Second Idea". This is supposed to be a slightly off-beat, zany idea for changing the world for the better, explained (as the title suggests) in just 60 seconds.
I was pleased to be one of the guests on the programme recorded last week (it'll soon be available on the website). The others were Carl Djerassi, the inventor of the pill (pictured right) and Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate in Physiology.
I was down to do the Sixty Second Idea -- for which I proposed that prison be abolished for all but violent criminals, those who posed a real danger to their fellow human beings. But the main discussion was on reproductive technologies (Djerassi), open access, digital scientific libraries (Varmus) and Roman laughter (me).
So how did this discussion between me and the two science barons go?