Economic Growth – Can We Ever Have Enough?

Analysis | 7 November 2022 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Edward Stourton talks to economists and thinkers from around the world to appraise whether there’s still a central role for growth in the 21st century. Considers whether economic growth offers a route out of economic malaise, whether its benefits have reached a ceiling in developed countries, whether further growth can be environmentally justified, whether to halt – or even reverse – growth to limit the effects of climate change, and whether so-called “degrowth” is even possible.

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Inheritance

Analysis | 21 February 2016 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why does inheritance arouse such powerful emotions? Family, death and money make for gripping stories – just ask Tolstoy, Austen or Dickens – but our attitudes also reflect the way we feel about society, the state, and even ourselves. Discussions tend to dissolve into rows about levels of tax but this programme explores the values and intuitions that underpin our strength of feeling.

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Green Technology and Early Adoption

Analysis | 17 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the advantages and dangers of accelerating the adoption of green energy technology to curb the UK’s contribution to global carbon emissions.

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Why Are Even Women Biased Against Women?

Analysis | 29 January 2018 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Women are sexist too. Even avowed feminists are found to be unconsciously biased against women when they take ‘implicit association’ tests. Explores where these discriminatory attitudes come from and what we can do about them.

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Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.

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The School of Hard Facts

Analysis | 28 October 2012 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with E.D. Hirsch who advocates a school curriculum strongly grounded in facts and knowledge. He believes that there are specific ideas, works of literature and scientific concepts which everyone should know so that they can be active participants in society. Discusses with the former English schools minister, Nick Gibb, the reasons for embracing Hirsch’s ideas and how they could counteract what he describes as a prevailing left-wing ideology among teachers.

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Beyond Binary

Analysis | 29 May 2016 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
In communities around the globe, genderqueer, gender-variant and gender-fluid people are rejecting the categories of male and female and attempting to re-define gender identity. Asks if being non-binary breaks the last identity taboo, and explores the challenges it creates for the law, society and conventional concepts about the very nature of gender.

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