On the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth's birth Jenny Uglow presents a programme which looks at the poet's response to the Industrial Revolution and contrasts his view with that of Adam Smith, the great Enlightenment moral philosopher and 'father of modern economics'.
The two men's world views - of what constitutes a good society, of how to take care of the poor, the place of morality in commerce - actually inform debates which are relevant now. And counter-intuitively these views were not as polarised as they first might seem.
The backdrop is Wordsworth's Grasmere, where Dove Cottage and the attached museum and archive are enjoying a major upgrade, and Panmure House in Edinburgh - Adam Smith's final home - which has been restored as a centre to honour his legacy.
Produced by Susan Marling
On Wordsworth's 250th, Jenny Uglow sets the poet in contrast to the economist Adam Smith.
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