PAUL REVERE, according to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, rode alone from Boston to Concord, bringing news that British troops were arriving by sea. In fact, Revere did not ride alone, but — at least, according to Joe Queenan — Longfellow couldn’t think of any rhymes for the other riders’ names. Joe explains all in his wry American history series FROM THE MAYFLOWER TO THE
MOON (AND BACK AGAIN) (RADIO 4, 1.45PM).
WE HAVE become the watchers and the watched in this age of hidden cameras, surveillance tools and shared information. For this week’s THINKING ALLOWED (RADIO 4, 4PM), Laurie Taylor looks at how social media lets us follow what others are doing, and explores the technology that allows us to supervise our children and monitor our
homes. We expect to be able to do this while maintaining our own privacy; Laurie is joined by Professors Kirstie Ball and David Lyon to discuss this dichotomy.
GAIL PORTER (pictured) was horrified to discover her naked image had been projected on to the Houses of Parliament in a magazine
stunt. In GROUNDED WITH LOUIS THEROUX (RADIO
4, 8PM), she talks about being caught up in Nineties lad culture, and the alopecia that left her bald and led to her support for The Little Princess Trust, which supplies wigs for children who have lost their hair.