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.
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.
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.
Analysis | 1 June 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with economic historian Deirdre McCloskey on the role of ideas and attitudes in creating modern prosperity and where our priorities should lie today.
Analysis | 24 March 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Backgrounds the ideas of economist Hyman Minsky, who argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit. Considers what his ideas suggest about the response to the 2008 crisis and current policies. Asks whether mainstream economics has done enough to respond to its failure to predict the crisis and the challenge posed by Minsky’s ideas.
Analysis | 12 June 2016 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the identity and values of Silicon Valley – and what they mean for the rest of us. Talks to entrepreneurs, investors, academics and activists about how those values are permeating the world and what to do when they clash with other priorities down on the ground.
Analysis | 28 June 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast? Less than 50 years ago, sex between men was a criminal act. Now they can marry. It’s not just the law that has changed: we have. Surveys suggest that public opinion about homosexuality has undergone a dramatic shift over the same period. Explores what drives this kind of change in collective attitudes.
Analysis | 16 February 2015 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores the implications of downward social mobility. Politicians worry that insufficient people from less-privileged backgrounds get the opportunity to move up in life. But are we prepared to accept that others must necessarily lose out — and move in the opposite direction?