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Brief Encounter, James Naughtie: “I c*nt recall my most embarrassing on-air moment, but apparently Jeremy Hunt can”

He's changed his mind about Wagner's operas—in a positive way

Illustration: Nick Taylor

What is the first news event you can recall?

As a very young boy in 1956, I remember my mother collecting pots and pans for Hungarian refugees after the Soviet invasion, and wondering what it was all about. But I’m afraid I must have blinked during the Suez crisis.

What is your most embarrassing on-air moment?

I c*nt recall, but apparently Jeremy Hunt can.

If you could spend a day in one city or place at one moment in history,…

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