Published on 6th May 2017 by

This episode of “Reinventing the World – 500 years of the Reformation” explores changing concepts of power and responsibility in the 20th century and today.

Progress in the 20th century was inexorable. Wars became increasingly deadly. The invention of film and the discovery of the unconscious prompted a reappraisal of the self, while values such as freedom and human dignity were tested by the great wars. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, technological progress raised new questions about what it means to be human.

The episode shows scenes from the life of the writer and Nobel Prize winner Bertha von Suttner, physicist Albert Einstein and the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud.

Our present-day protagonists include Alexander Blässle from the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen. Blässle hopes his research on cell differentiation might one day help find a cure for cancer; but he is preoccupied by issues such as the point at which life begins. Iranian-German rapper Fayzen, meanwhile, wonders what creates community and how it’s challenged by war and disaster.

Part 1 – The Leap to Freedom:
Part 2 – The Quest for Truth:
Part 3 – The Road to Equality:
Part 4 – The Dream of Justice:
Part 5 – Power and Responsibility:
Part 6 – Faith in the Future:

Find out more about 500 years of the Reformation here:

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