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The Weekend Conversation

The British May bank holiday of 2017 looks like seeing much of the country bathed in sunshine. Yet a cloud looms over the UK this weekend. The events that shook Manchester remain firmly in the minds of most as they relax at home with families or head off for short breaks.
The Conversation continues to cover the suicide bombing in detail, bringing you expert analysis and comment on the many aspects of this shocking incident and the issues it has raised.
Next week will see the general election campaign return following its suspension in the aftermath of the attack. We paused our weekly election podcast but it, and our full coverage, will return in the days ahead.
We have, as ever, commissioned on a broad range of subjects over the past week, with leading thinkers pondering matters from the future of humanity to the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band.
Another anniversary being marked is that of the birth of John F Kennedy. Here we assess the legacy of his image, and look at how he created the template for the modern presidency.
I’d also suggest you check out our reads on the legendary Hillary Step on Mt Everest and the science behind fidgeting, as a craze for “fidget spinners” sweeps classrooms. And to get things off to a literary as well as a scientific start this Saturday, have a look at this discussion between two big thinkers from different disciplines on the subject of time travel.
Have a safe and enjoyable bank holiday weekend.
Stephen Khan

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