BBC Radio Podcasts from A Point of View

A Point of View

Two Small Scandals

Adam Gopnik poses the question: Do you have a right to make my life into your art?

Not in My Movie

Sara Wheeler on why it's vital that research into neurodiversity is better understood.

Talking about Integration

David Goodhart ponders why we're reluctant to talk about integration.

In Praise of Mathematics

Zia Haider Rahman on why he's introducing his 5-year-old godson to mathematics.

Suffer the Children

Rebecca Stott asks if it's time to admit that some faith groups are not safe for children.

Little Amal

Michael Morpurgo tells the story of one child refugee, heading our way.

The Limits of Reason

John Gray reflects on doubt, faith and love... through the life of Arthur Balfour.

The Secret Life of Food

Sara Wheeler explores the emotional power of food.

The Creep of the On-Screen Narrative

Zoe Strimpel argues that it's time to wean ourselves off TV as a coping mechanism.

The Rhetoric of the Climate Crisis

Rebecca Stott reflects on the difficulty of communicating climate change.

A Study in Improbability

Adam Gopnik presents an extended anecdote about art, television and memory.

Rapping with a W

Howard Jacobson reflects on present wrapping

In the Dingle Peninsula

John Connell walks in the footsteps of the Irish monk, St Brendan.

Trolls Running Riot

Bernardine Evaristo argues that online trolls are poisoning human interaction.

Verrucas Optional

Sara Wheeler on why she has little time for the current fad of wild swimming.

Red Tape

Tom Shakespeare on our relationship with red tape, past and present.

The Boring Twenties

Niall Ferguson argues that predictions of a 'Roaring Twenties' may be misplaced.

The Culture War

Zoe Strimpel argues that the culture war is not a storm in a teacup.

Anti-Zionism and the Death of Tragedy

Howard Jacobson on Zionism and the disappointment of a dream.

The Arts in Our Hearts

Bernardine Evaristo on why the country's arts must be cherished.

The Past is Never Dead

Sara Wheeler rereads fifty years of diaries and ponders lessons learned.


Will Self muses on the joys of eavesdropping.

On Concrete

Rebecca Stott on why we need to rethink our love affair with concrete.

Absence of Exultation

Adam Gopnik ponders New Yorkers' response to the passing of the pandemic there.

Invisible Women

Zoe Strimpel questions some of the dominant gender narratives around the Me Too movement.

Living with Group Difference

David Goodhart reflects on group identities in the aftermath of the Sewell report.

The Age of Infantilism

Howard Jacobson reflects on the 'incorrigible unseriousness' of our age.

What are you doing here?

Michael Morpurgo on how a personal meeting shaped his views.

Reflections on my Mother's Kenwood Mixer

Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device....

The Florida Phone Call

Adam Gopnik reflects on why Tik-Tok will never be his thing.

Is that Miss or Mrs Wheeler?

Sara Wheeler argues that the Mrs-Miss distinction has no place in contemporary Britain.

The Year of Speaking Dangerously

Sarah Dunant ponders what effect this year will have on future conversation.

Sacred Cows and Sushi Rolls

John Connell reflects on how the pandemic is breaking the spell of cities.

What'll you have?

Tom Shakespeare on pubs in peril.

A Sense of an Opening

Susie Orbach on finding the right words to help get us through the pandemic.

Going Underground

Will Self on why he longs for the day he can travel again on the London underground.

A Sense of Fear

Zoe Strimpel tries to understand her sense of panic at news of Britain closing its borders

Sacking the Capitols

Sarah Dunant imagines how the storming of the US Capitol building might go down in history

The Power of Slow Storytelling

Rebecca Stott on why stories told over time seem so fitting for lockdown.

Whose Free Speech?

John Gray argues that social media bans on Donald Trump pose many risks.

A Turning Point for Democracy?

Adam Gopnik attempts to make sense of events in Washington this week.

New Year Letter from New York

Adam Gopnik on the bitter-sweet joys of cycling round Central Park.

Spiritual Pick and Mix

Bernardine Evaristo reflects on spirituality and syncretism.

Off the Map

Sara Wheeler on navigating unmapped territory.

Confessions of an Anti-Clasper

Howard Jacobson reflects on hugging, past and present.

Edible Architecture

Will Self on why he's decided to "eat" buildings

Loving the Body Fat-tastic

Bernardine Evaristo reflects on body image and the fashion industry.

Experience Trumps Facts

David Goodhart defends objective facts over personal experience.

Perpetual Lockdown

Sara Wheeler on lockdown for her brother, severely learning disabled, and others like him

Don't Mention the War

Howard Jacobson with his personal reaction to a monumental week in US politics.

Pets Aren't People!

Zoe Strimpel examines why we've become so passionately obsessed with dogs.

Brief Encounters

Will Self advocates a novel practice for our times.

The Great Conjunction

Adam Gopnik reflects on the appearance of Jupiter in the skies over Manhattan.

Reflections on My Mother's Kenwood Mixer

Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device.

The Pro-Mask Movement

Bernardine Evaristo on why wearing a mask these days is the least we can do.

What's the Magic Number?

Tom Shakespeare discusses our changing attitudes to risk.

Conspiracy Theories and a Good Hair Cut

Sarah Dunant on QAnon... and conversations with her hairdresser.

Having the 'Wrong' Politics

Zoe Strimpel discusses growing divides between our social groupings.

Thinking Otherwise

Michael Morpurgo questions whether we are educating our children or programming them.

A Fine Line

Adam Gopnik on why, during the pandemic, there's a fine line between clever... and stupid.

Tolerance: the Unfashionable Virtue

John Gray discusses why he believes liberals are turning their backs on tolerance.

The End of Progress?

Will Self reflects on how the pandemic could affect our perception of human progress.

Gender in the Blender

Bernardine Evaristo reflects on changing attitudes to gender.

The Big Benefits of Smallness

Linda Colley on why being a small nation can be an advantage.

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Rebecca Stott tells the story of 536 AD - the year the sun 'disappeared'.

Legacy Bottle Opener

Will Self discusses how the pandemic has affected our views of inheritance.

Coronavirus and Convention

Adam Gopnik discusses how the pandemic is bringing out our most conventional behaviours.

Why Black Lives Matter

Bernardine Evaristo discusses how we historicise the past

A Word of Advice

Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the comment "If you don't like it here you can always leave"

The end of university as we know it?

Mary Beard asks: Has the iconic university lecture had its day?

Inside Out

David Goodhart examines our changing attitudes to authority.

I Like It Here

Howard Jacobson takes a wry view of life under lockdown.


Rebecca Stott reflects on how it feels being out of kilter with time.

In Praise of Cleaning

Will Self on the Great British Wipe-Up.

My Mother

Howard Jacobson on his mother's life - and death.

On Risk

AL Kennedy on how we perceive risk.

Cultural success and the Aboriginals

Will Self ponders what lessons Aboriginal culture might have for the days of pandemic.

A Few Good Trade Offs

Zia Haider Rahman discusses the moral questions facing us in lifting the lockdown

On Not Finishing

Rebecca Stott reflects on unfinished projects.

Grandad We Love You

Tom Shakespeare on becoming a grandad for the first time.

Seven Degrees of Solitude

Adam Gopnik on life in lockdown in New York.

Fighting infection with imagination

Sarah Dunant on how imagination will be a vital tool to deal with social distancing.

Cause for Hope

Michael Morpurgo on hunkering down in his cottage... waiting for coronavirus to pass.

Empty-nesters and gangsters

Adam Gopnik on his children leaving home and becoming an "empty nester".

What to do?

Tom Shakespeare asks how best to confront difficult situations.


To recline - or not to recline - your seat on an aeroplane? Adam Gopnik on "recline-gate"

Inhaling History

Sarah Dunant on the romance of writing history.

An Epidemic of History

Sarah Dunant discusses the relationship between disease and the culture of history.


Will Self bemoans the ever-increasing difficulty of finding a bit of peace and quiet.

Saving the planet - on hands and knees

Howard Jacobson on why he’s taken to folding plastic bags.

Anti-Semitism and the Neo Medievalists

Howard Jacobson discusses why we all need to be concerned about anti-Semitism.

The Ring of the Nibelung

Following the death of Sir Roger Scruton, a chance to listen again to one of his talks.

On Hypocrisy

Will Self explores what he sees as a growing sense of collective hypocrisy.

Getting Close to Nature

Rebecca Stott on the joys of becoming a seal warden.

The Consolations of Taxidermy

Rebecca Stott on her fascination with taxidermy.

The recurrent dream of an end-time

John Gray ponders why the belief that an end to history is imminent, never goes away.

Expectations of Democracy

Will Self on why - for the first time in his life - he didn't vote.

Conversations of a cockroach and an alley cat

John Gray reflects on the lessons today of an unusual U.S. newspaper column

Clive James: Clams are Happy

Following the death of Clive James - one of his first talks for "A Point of View".

The Sex Recession

Adam Gopnik argues that there's no need to panic about the much-discussed US sex recession

On Spam

Adam Gopnik ponders why so much of our communication these days is bereft of human warmth.

A Woman at the Last Supper

Sarah Dunant on the rediscovery of undervalued women of art.

The Great Divide

David Goodhart argues it's time to look again at our tradition of residential universities

An evening at the Death Cafe

Sarah Dunant describes an evening talking with a group of strangers about death.

Down with political packages

David Goodhart on the rise of new 'tribes' in British political life.

The Myth of Inevitability

Margaret Heffernan argues that, in the world of technology, nothing is inevitable.

The happiest days of your life...

Michael Morpurgo on the damage being caused to increasing numbers of children by stress.

Keep right on

Michael Morpurgo reflects on growing old.

Who are you looking at?

Tom Shakespeare on what it feels like to be stared at.

A Change of Tack

Tom Shakespeare on why changing your mind shouldn't be seen as a weakness.

September Anxiety

Sarah Dunant on why this year's September malaise has a different feel to it.

On Ghost Cities

Rebecca Stott discusses her fascination with abandoned or ruined cities.

Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Rebecca Stott argues that we need to rethink our relationship with nature.

Against Theory

Will Self on why he has a problem with theory.

To the Bathroom!

Will Self ponders our infantilism regarding our toilet habits.

The Vultures of Culture

Will Self bemoans the growing commoditisation of culture in the public sector.

Leaving Florence

Sarah Dunant on why she's abandoned her beloved city of Florence.

British Populism and Brexit

John Gray asks if a no-deal Brexit is the only way out of current events.

The Language of Leaving

Howard Jacobson sets out to take back sovereignty... over words.

My People

Taking his lead from Duke Ellington, Amit Chaudhuri asks, what do we mean by 'my people'?

Distributing Status

David Goodhart argues that earlier eras have much to teach us about group solidarity.

A Knight in Shining Armour?

Linda Colley discusses the cult of charismatic leaders and why they never properly deliver

Refugee Tales

Monica Ali on the UK's use of immigration detention centres and indefinite detention.

Simply a Writer

Monica Ali explores the challenges faced by writers of colour.

Dangerous places, libraries

Val McDermid on why public libraries must be kept open.

Democracy is not in crisis

David Goodhart on why he believes democracy - far from being in crisis - is thriving.

Tackling homelessness

Val McDermid ponders how we can fix homelessness.

What Would Darwin Do?

Rebecca Stott imagines a conversation with Darwin about our environmental concerns

Get Mad, Then Get Over It!

Sarah Dunant proposes a National Anger Day – a catharsis to help us all be less… angry!

After the Fire

Joanna Robertson reflects from Paris on the days after the Notre Dame fire.

Automation...and a packet of frozen peas

AL Kennedy reflects on why automation needs to be governed by human needs and strengths.

On Holding Forth

Rebecca Stott on her pet hate – being talked AT!

Brexit: Failure to compromise

John Gray reflects on where British politics goes from here.

Where there's muck there's art

Sarah Dunant on the thorny relationship between culture and the money that supports it.

So Many Kinds of Britons: Who Knew?

Zia Haider Rahman on why Brexit has made him feel closer to Britain.

A Sense of Chaos

AL Kennedy on why we can’t afford to despair.

Calling a spade a spade

Tom Shakespeare on why we are in urgent need of a bit of plain speaking.

Cookery shows...and hungry people

AL Kennedy on TV's tendency to focus on disappearing parts of our national life.

Humour that's worth its name

AL Kennedy on how the British sense of humour is standing up to our political woes.

The Organ Recital

Will Self asks why our relationship with our bodies has become such a distant one.

The Sea Is Back

Stella Tillyard argues that the sea - long forgotten - is beginning to reassert itself.

The trouble with referendums

Val McDermid argues that referendums have had a devastating effect on our political system

Brexit and the English Revolution

Linda Colley asks if - eventually - Brexit could be the modernizing force the UK needs.

Have we reached Peak Stuff?

Stella Tillyard ponders whether we are freeing ourselves from the grip of 'things'.

The Online Password

Tom Shakespeare on the near impossible task of remembering online passwords.

To Parks

Howard Jacobson on the joys of city parks.

On Not Being Oneself

Howard Jacobson on the Cult of Self.

Money Sense

Will Self on why personal finance is an utterly alien concept.

What did you do during the environmental collapse, daddy?

Will Self ponders what we should say to our children about global warming.

The witch-hunt culture

Roger Scruton argues that political correctness is the ultimate source of our conflicts.

Speak, History!

Stella Tillyard on why history no longer seems an adequate guide to our present.

Cities of the Dead

Stella Tillyard reflects on how we bury and remember our dead.

Going into Storage

Howard Jacobson's very tricky dilemma... which of his possessions can he throw away?

Only Remembered

Michael Morpurgo ponders our future connection with the First World War.

Clothes and the Man

Howard Jacobson on the politics of clothes.

In Praise of Mooching

Howard Jacobson on the end of mooching as a way of life.

Not a good time to be a man

Howard Jacobson reflects on maleness in the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh story.

The Joy of Deferred Gratification

Val McDermid on why mass tourism is destroying the very thing we crave when we travel.

Fixing violence in London - Glasgow-style

Val McDermid on Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle knife crime.

Murder is not the point

Val McDermid argues that crime fiction is not really about murder at all.

Serena and the Umpire

Adam Gopnik examines the issues raised by the row between Serena Williams and an umpire.

On Prefixes

Adam Gopnik on why the prefixes we use speak volumes.

Parity of Esteem

Will Self tells the story of what happened to a friend in a psychiatric hospital.

Books do furnish a room

Tom Shakespeare is downsizing. But what to do with his books?

Bin the Bucket List

Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.

The Road to Peace

Michael Morpurgo discusses the importance of never taking peace for granted.

Think Again

Michael Morpurgo argues it's time to think again over Brexit.


Michael Morpurgo on a new initiative to help refugee children.

Brexit and Illiberal Europe

John Gray argues that staying in the European Union will not protect liberal values.

The Conundrum of Inheritance Tax

Sarah Dunant on her uneasy conundrum over inheritance tax.

Cliches and Commonplaces

Adam Gopnik sets out to determine the difference between cliche and universal truth.

The Past

Will Self on why we should stop 'looking down on the inferior inhabitants of the past'.

Mindless Replicants

Will Self on consciousness, humanity and artificial intelligence.

A New Anti-Semitism

Will Self on a new wave of anti-Semitism in Britain.


Sarah Dunant asks if robots can solve the crisis in care for the elderly.

Bobby Kennedy's Assassination - 50 years on

Alistair Cooke's incredible first-hand account of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

Summer in the Movies

Amit Chaudhuri reflects on why he believes modern movies lack "enchantment".

Ireland's Abortion Referendum - A Personal View

Sarah Dunant reflects on Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum.

The Brightening of History

Amit Chaudhuri on why restoration should not involve a fetishization of the new.

A Problem with Words

Stella Tillyard describes her struggle with dyslexia for the first time.

A Normal Need

Tom Shakespeare asks why disabled sexuality is still so often taboo.

The Museum of Deportation

Stella Tillyard tells the story of a small Italian museum - the Museum of Deportation.

The Mental Illness Metaphor

Tom Shakespeare on why we misuse the language of mental illness.

China and the Retreat of Liberal Values

John Gray argues that the future of the west depends on the continuing success of China.

Modern-day Empires

John Gray argues that the idea that empire has had its day is a delusion of our age.

The Rise and Rise of Up Lit

Kamila Shamsie on the limitations of the publishing trend 'Up Lit'.

The True Mark of Civilisation?

Kamila Shamsie explores the meaning of the word 'civilisation'.

Going Forward

Tom Shakespeare tells us why he detests the phrase 'going forward'.

Teffi: Silver Shoes and the Dream of Revolution

John Gray on why the work of Russian writer Teffi has become so relevant today.

The Dangers of a Higher Education

John Gray argues that throughout history intellectuals have often made the worst decisions

The Trolley Problem

AL Kennedy on how a thought experiment of the 1960s today risks being turned on its head.

Memento Mori

AL Kennedy argues why it's empowering to reflect on our mortality.

Too Much Winning

AL Kennedy argues that our 'winner-takes-all' mentality is suffocating democracy.

The Heart in Drama

AL Kennedy on why Hollywood has never been a nice place.

Daring to Marvel

Howard Jacobson on self-censoring and the language of appreciation.

On Misanthropy

Howard Jacobson ponders why misanthropy is out of fashion.

The Last Bohemia

Howard Jacobson on why we need to preserve Bohemia.

Dramatic Speech

Howard Jacobson muses on the 'frozen wastes of Emojiland'.

In Praise of the Feuilleton

Howard Jacobson on the art of the feuilleton and the joy of the ordinary.

The Novelist's Complicity

Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the demise of the literary novel.

The Assault on Reason

Zia Haider Rahman argues that reason itself is under assault in this 'post-truth' world.

A Folder Called 'Hope'

Zia Haider Rahman on the abysmal race record of some of Britain's foremost institutions.

Macbeth and the Insomnia Epidemic

Will Self reflects on the epidemic of sleeplessness.

Mass Myopia

Will Self on the drawbacks of perfect vision.

The miserable pantomime of contemporary British vegetarianism

Will Self on his conversion to vegetarianism.

Men Against Women

Will Self says we need creative solutions to end institutional misogyny and abuse.

Ode to Space

Will Self on why he loves space.

I hope this email finds you well...

Mary Beard ponders why email is governed by so few rules and conventions.

The Battle for Free Speech

Andrew Sullivan on the cultural Marxism he says is sweeping through US universities.

The Apocalypse Hasn't Happened Yet

Andrew Sullivan says Donald Trump is teaching a generation to bully, slander and cheat.

The Triumph of Tribalism

Andrew Sullivan on how America has become 'a truly tribal society'.

Talking of Empire

Monica Ali on why she thinks the history of the British Empire must be taught in schools.

On authenticity

Monica Ali reflects on the 'cult of authenticity'.

Tackling the moped menace

Monica Ali reflects on the recent surge in moped crime after her son was attacked.

The Religion of Rights

Sir Roger Scruton argues that Europe needs to rediscover its Christian roots.

The Meaning of Conservative

Roger Scruton asks: "What does the Tory Party really stand for?".

Pottering towards the new socialist state

Roger Scruton looks at the impact of Harry Potter on our world view.

Raising the Bar

Adam Gopnik on why bringing up children is an art - not a science.

On Musical Theatre

Adam Gopnik reflects on why musical theatre makes its makers miserable.

Napoleons and Normalcy

Adam Gopnik on how Donald Trump's presidency will affect our sense of what 'normal' is.

My Encounter with Shingles

Adam Gopnik on why he turned to marijuana during his recent bout of shingles.

What To Call Him?

Adam Gopnik reflects on the first six months of Donald Trump's presidency.

A Staircase in Sunlight

Adam Gopnik goes in search of a white staircase in Capri.

The Mark of a Man

Will Self reflects on what a truly gender-fluid society might look like.

After Grenfell

Will Self's personal view of high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Get Over It

Howard Jacobson on the political ironies that are emerging following the election.

A new politics?

John Gray reflects on how the election has changed politics.

Renouncing Middlemarch

Howard Jacobson on why he must renounce George Eliot's greatest novel, Middlemarch.

After Manchester

Howard Jacobson reflects on his home city's response to the Manchester attack.

The Fearsome Nature of Literary Festivals

Howard Jacobson on literary festivals and the violent nature of creativity.

In praise of the elite

Howard Jacobson speaks up in defence of the much-maligned metropolitan liberal elite.

On robots

Howard Jacobson argues that talk of the dangers of artificial intelligence is premature.

Trust in Voices

A L Kennedy commends paying attention to voices as a way to discern truth telling.

The Past in the Present

A.L. Kennedy reflects on the way our past shapes our present and our future.

The Power of Reading

AL Kennedy extols the virtues of reading and its power to encourage respect for others.

Bad News is Good Business

AL Kennedy says we should reject the media outlets that peddle only bad news.

Dementia Rights

Tom Shakespeare argues that dementia should be viewed as a disability.

The Power and Peril of Stories

Tom Shakespeare reflects on why the political populists are all master story tellers.

Sic transit

Tom Shakespeare on why we shouldn't wallow in the past.

The Screensaver of Life, or the Idling Brain

Stella Tillyard looks at the phenomenon of the "idling brain".

Flying Saucers and an Uncertain World

John Gray asks how we come to terms with a world that is frighteningly unpredictable.

The Spectre of Populism

John Gray discusses what has fuelled 'populism' today.

The Follies of Experts

John Gray on how we can prepare ourselves for an 'unknowable future'.

The fun of work - really?

Will Self on how the worlds of work and education have become seamlessly merged.

Protecting Our Way of Life

John Gray examines what lies behind our desire to protect our "way of life".

States of Confusion

Will Self on why we really should spend time worrying about why we are here.

Teaching to the test

Will Self says it's time to end "teaching to the test".

The Fourth Plinth

Will Self on the role of public art projects like the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Re-launching National Service

Will Self argues for the re-introduction of National Service.

The Shape Of Our Time

Adam Gopnik explores the differences between patriotism and nationalism.

Word of 2016: People

Howard Jacobson searches for his Word of the Year.

"Baby It's Cold Outside"

Adam Gopnik on the controversy surrounding the Christmas song Baby It's Cold Outside.

Holes in Clothes

Adam Gopnik reflects on the greater significance of designer holes in jeans!

Bob Dylan and the Bobolaters

Adam Gopnik reflects on Bob Dylan's predictable lack of gratitude towards his Nobel Prize.

A Liberal Credo

Adam Gopnik muses on liberals and liberalism.

The Week Gone By

Adam Gopnik asks how America can preserve a liberal, open society.

The Trump Card

Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory.

America Votes

Adam Gopnik reflects on why he believes a Trump victory would be a disaster for America.

In Praise of Prophets of Doom

Howard Jacobson argues that dissatisfaction with life is essential.

Shylock's Mock Appeal

Howard Jacobson applauds the granting of an appeal by Shylock in a mock trial in Venice.

In Praise of Difficulty

Howard Jacobson applauds Tom Stoppard's attack on the ignorance of the average audience.


Howard Jacobson deplores the fashion for 'whooping' as a mark of approval.

Against Safe Spaces

John Gray reflects on the controversial 'space spaces' policy in universities.

The Real Meaning of Trump

John Gray assesses what lies behind the Trump phenomenon.

Who Cares About Independence?

Wheelchair user, Tom Shakespeare, on what it feels like to be dependent on others.

My Idea of Heaven

John Gray muses on what his idea of heaven is - and why it shouldn't be a perfect world.

Every Dog Has His Day

Tom Shakespeare reflects on how dogs can teach us a capacity for contentment.

Finding Our Roots

Will Self reflects on the joys of genealogy.

What's wrong with modern art?

Will Self explores what is wrong with contemporary art.

Act Your Age

Will Self explains why he finds it hard to always act his age.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Tom Shakespeare gives a very personal view of prenatal screening.

Being English

The writer AL Kennedy reflects on Englishness.

Facts Not Opinions

AL Kennedy ponders the importance of facts, in a world dominated by opinion.

Brexit and our cultural identity

The historian Mary Beard reflects on whether Brexit will change our cultural identity.

Strategic Shift

Peter Hennessy sees the UK's vote to leave the EU as a profound strategic shift.

Democracy After Brexit

The philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on democracy after Brexit.

Britain, Europe and the World

The philosopher John Gray argues that Britain should look to Brexit as a new beginning.

Onora O'Neill

Onora O'Neill criticises the standard of public debate on both sides of the EU decision.


AL Kennedy reflects on how we can sustain each other through uncertainty.

On Brexit

John Gray argues that Brexit will have a greater impact on the EU than it will on the UK.

The power of language

AL Kennedy reflects on how being able to communicate clearly is the work of a lifetime.

A Petition Against Petitions

Roger Scruton says government by petition is out of step with representative democracy.

How Should We Build?

Roger Scruton says we should prioritise beauty when building in the countryside.

I Gave It All Away

Will Self argues we should give children their inheritance when they're most in need of it

Psy Wars

A reflection on a topical issue. Will Self ponders the role of the 'psy-professions'.

Spell-checking the Futr

Self-confessed digi-drunkard Will Self on predictive texting, spellchecking and algorithms

Florence Under Water

Sarah Dunant reflects on the legacy of one of the worst floods in Florence's history.

The Power of the Pen

Sarah Dunant reflects on the demise of handwriting.

Reading Renaissance Art

Sarah Dunant argues that our current obsession with celebrity utterly undermines art.

When Is Enough Enough?

Sarah Dunant takes an historical look at avarice, in the light of the Panama Papers.

The Meaning of Time

Will Self reflects on our sense of the meaning of time.

Virtual Violence

Will Self thinks people are as violent as ever, counting the virtual and online worlds.

Allergic to Food

Finding himself on a restricted diet, Will Self reflects on the rise of food allergies.


Adam Gopnik struggles with his new year's resolutions to meditate and listen to good music

Human Hybrids

Adam Gopnik deplores the fashion for attacking so-called 'cultural expropriation'.

Moral Futures

Adam Gopnik thinks future generations will judge us as harshly as we judge our ancestors.

Vanilla Happiness

Adam Gopnik says the secret of happiness lies in unexpected pleasures.

Star Wars Obsession

Writer Helen Macdonald confesses to an obsession with the recent Star Wars movie.

Expert by Experience

Tom Shakespeare reflects that personal experience is the most powerful form of expertise.

Face to Face

Tom Shakespeare is concerned by what the rise of cosmetic surgery says about society.