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Parental Alienation

Sonia Sodha explores the use of “parental alienation” in the family courts

Look who's talking - the rise of ‘voice cloning’

As voice cloning technology advances how might it affect society and politics?

Who Defends Europe?

After Afghanistan and France's defence row with the US, who will ensure Europe's security?

Reimagining the Nation

What happens to a nation when its media fragments?

Cancelling Colston

The statue of Bristol slaver Edward Colston has gone – but his legacy persists in the city

Science in the Time of Cancel Culture

What impact are social justice movements having on scientific research and development?

Stalemate: Israel and the Palestinians after Gaza

What prospects are there for a two state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

A Hundred Glorious Years?

What view of its history does China's Communist Party present, what does it omit and why?

A New Unionism?

Chris Bowlby assesses the future of Unionism in Northern Ireland

Funny Money

Where does money's value come from in this increasingly online world? Ben Chu investigates

Marvellous Medicine

Has the pandemic enabled us to accelerate the pace of drug development?

The Zoomshock Metropolis

How remote working and online shopping could reshape our towns and cities.

What the Foucault?

Why are some British politicians afraid of a dead French philosopher?

Global Britain: is there substance behind the slogan?

Post-Brexit, the UK is re-branding itself as "Global Britain", but what does that mean?

Science in the Time of Covid-19

What has the pandemic revealed about science and our relationship with it?

The Fine Art of Decision Making

Margaret Heffernan explores the fine art of decision making in times of uncertainty.

Levelling Up Wakefield

Anand Menon returns to his home city to road test plans to level up the UK economy.

Magic Weapons

What is political warfare and what should we do about it?

Boiled Rabbits of the Left?

Ex-Labour voters say the party is insufficiently patriotic. So what should it do about it?

Flying Blind

Michael Blastland examines how our collective ignorance affects policy and debate.

Rogue Cops

How can we identify rogue cops?

Personality Politics

Are we predisposed by our personality to be drawn to certain policies or ideologies?

Chasing Unicorns

What does the future hold for Silicon Valley's tech start ups in a post-pandemic world?

Who Runs that Place?

Who takes China's big decisions, how are they reached and what power struggles lie ahead?

This Fractured Isle

Edward Stourton asks whether Covid-19 could hasten the breakup of the United Kingdom.

The Future of Welfare

Should Britain’s social insurance system be more German?

The Rise and Fall of the Bond Market Traders

Governments are borrowing more than ever, but does it matter?

Trouble on the backbenches? Tory Leaders and their MPs

Rosie Campbell assesses the relationship between Tory leaders and their MPs.

Planning for the Worst

How ready are we for the next pandemic, cyber attack, volcanic eruption, or solar storm?

Is the Internet Broken?

Is the infrastructure of the internet up to scratch?

Behavioural Science and the Pandemic

Behavioural fatigue: what is it, where did it come from, and what’s the link with Nudge?

Humans vs the Planet

What the ‘we are the virus’ meme tells us about green politics.

Thinking for the Long Term

How critical is the ability to think and plan for the long term?

The Post-Pandemic State

What should government priorities be now that it has such a dominant role in the economy?

Radical Self-Care

What do we get wrong about self-care?

Modern Parenting

More time and money is being spent on children than ever before. Why?

The Smack of Firm Leadership

Which leaders will emerge stronger from the global pandemic - authoritarians or democrats?

The Return of Reality?

What might the pandemic do for our sense of shared reality?

Identity Wars: lessons from the Dreyfus Affair and Brexit Britain

Can divided societies heal? Lessons from the Dreyfus Affair, which split France in two.

Command and Control?

What would be different if 10 Downing Street rather than the Treasury ran economic policy?

The Roots of 'Woke' Culture

Journalist Helen Lewis uncovers the roots of 'woke' culture.

Unequal England

Paul Johnson explores what the world of work tells us about inequality in England.

China's Captured "Princess"

How the furore over a single arrest demonstrates China's rising power.

It's Not Easy Being Green

Why aren't The Greens more popular?

Do voters need therapy?

James Tilley asks to what extent our politics is now steeped in cognitive distortion?

The Early Years Miracle?

The government spends billions on early years education - but what good is it doing?

The NHS, AI and Our Data

Will a combination of data and artificial intelligence transform the future of the NHS?

Get woke or go broke?

Are businesses serious about getting woke or is it old capitalism with new lipstick on?

NATO at 70

NATO won the first Cold War, but could it lose the second?

The uses and misuses of history in politics

How well do our politicians understand British history?

Can I Change Your Mind?

Margaret Heffernan challenges a view that polarisation means we do not change our minds.

State Aid: Brexit, Bailouts and Corporate Bonanzas

Do the EU's state aid rules hold the UK back from having a more active industrial policy?

The New Censorship

How censorship works in our information age.

A question of artefacts

How should museums deal with contentious legacies?

The Problem with Boys

The reverse gender gap: why boys are failing at school and what can be done about it.


Do white people need to think more about their race?

A shorter working week

What happened to the dream of working less? Sonia Sodha investigates the four-day week.

Going the way of the dodo? The decline of Britain's two main parties.

Are Britain's two main political parties now in terminal decline?

The Forgotten Half

Why is the further education of young people who don't go to university so neglected?

Understanding the risks of terrorism

How should the authorities, MI5 and the public perceive and respond to the threat?

Can computer profiles cut crime?

Can computer algorithms predict and even prevent future crime?

Green technology and early adoption

Simon Jack investigates whether the UK should be an early adopter of green technology.

The Real Gender Pay Gap

Women are paid less than men and do more unpaid work. What's going on and can we fix it?


Why better maintenance is one of the most urgent and creative challenges we face.

Love Island, dating apps and the politics of desire

Shahidha Bari explores the changing landscape of modern love.

Will China and America go to war?

Will competition between China and the United States inevitably lead to military conflict?

Are we heading for a mass extinction?

Will human actions result in the demise of huge numbers of other species?

Will humans survive the century?

What is the chance of the human race surviving the 21st century?

Deliberative Democracy

Could assemblies of ordinary citizens help heal our political divides?

Irish Questions

Have British politics been more shaped by Irish history than most MPs are ready to admit?

Fair Exchange?

Does a falling currency help or harm the economy?

Conspiracy Politics

Are we living in a golden age of political conspiracy theories?

Do children of married parents do better?

Does being born to non-married parents affect a child's prospects in life?

The War for Normal

How influencers are trying - and succeeding - in changing our world views

America's Friends

Jim Naughtie examines what the Trump presidency means for America's old European allies.

The Trumped Republicans

Republican insider Ron Christie on how Donald Trump's presidency has changed his party.

The Next Crash

What could cause a future financial crash? Ian Goldin investigates.

The Replication Crisis

Many key findings of psychological research are under question. What's going on?

How to kill a democracy

How many democracies around the world are gradually being dismantled

Do Assassinations Work?

Poison, exploding cigars and shooting down planes: tales of espionage and statesmanship.

The Pupil Premium

Has extra funding through the pupil premium helped poorer children succeed at school?

Northern Ireland - Where Next?

Northern Ireland could soon face a huge decision - whether to leave the UK.

Operation Tory Black Vote

Can the Conservatives ever win over non-white support?

Power Shift

How power moved from west to east after the 2008 financial crisis

The Truth About Britain's Beggars

Former homeless drug-addict Mark Johnson explores our relationship with street beggars

What's Fair?

Why do we struggle with very different notions of fairness when it comes to social care?

Trump and Trade

As a US trade war looms, how far will President Trump go to put 'America First'?

British Politics: A Russian View

Is political technology causing society to fragment?

The Middle East Conundrum

Is there any chance of a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Can Technology Be Stopped?

Is it time to disrupt the disrupters and rein in big tech?

Death Is a Bore

Can science offer us a realistic prospect of immortality and would it be desirable?

Disconnected Britain

Will new infrastructure spending help all of Britain prosper, or widen its divides?

Algorithm Overlords

Are we giving machines too much power over our lives?

#metoo, moi non plus

Do French women really think differently about sexual harassment?

Too Young to Veil?

An investigation into the growing number of very young girls wearing the hijab in the UK.

The End of Arms Control?

Existing arms control treaties are under threat - just as new weapons emerge.

Screens and Teens

Are smartphones harming our kids? David Baker looks for solutions.

What Are Universities For?

Sonia Sodha considers if it is time to rethink the fundamental purpose of university.

Town v Gown: New Tribes in Brexit Britain

Edward Stourton investigates the impact of the education gap on voting and politics.

The Dictator's Survival Guide

Professor James Tilley discovers the strategies dictators use to survive in office.

Political Electricity

Electricity is crucial to modern life - but will we all get the power we need?

A Very British Battle

Caroline Wyatt explores the big questions facing the UK's armed forces.

The Illiberal Democrats

How big of a challenge to the EU are Poland and Hungary's new 'illiberal' paths?

Why Are Even Women Biased Against Women?

Women are sexist too, often unconsciously. Where does this implicit bias come from?

The Invisible Hand of Donald Trump

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times examines the economic impact of President Donald Trump

Offence, Power and Progress

Taking offence on social media: over-sensitivity or a force for progress?


Professor Rosie Campbell asks how we can make judgements about politicians' authenticity.

Primate Politics

Professor James Tilley discovers how chimpanzee power struggles mirror human politics.

Courting Trouble

A clumsy pass or harassment? Jo Fidgen asks: what are the new rules of relationships.

Europe Unbound

How will the European Union change after Britain leaves?

Parliament - A Building Catastrophe?

What does the dangerous state of the Houses of Parliament tell us about our politics?

Can We Teach Robots Ethics?

What happens when a machine faces a moral dilemma? David Edmonds investigates.

What would war with North Korea look like?

What could spark a conflict, and how devastating would it be?

The Fintech Revolution

Will technology radically reshape the highly profitable world of finance?

Reducing re-offending

The teams are given just one day to find ways to stop criminals re-offending

The Fix: Childhood Obesity

The teams have just one day to find solutions to the problem of childhood obesity

The Fix: Setting Up Home

Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.

Understanding Prevent

David Anderson examines the government's controversial counter-terrorism strategy Prevent

Minimum Wage: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Paul Johnson asks if the policy's success has led to politicians stretching it too far.

Yascha Mounk on democracy at risk

The political theorist who argues that liberal democracy is in grave danger.

Is work too easy?

Michael Blastland asks if desk-bound work is making us obese.

Constitutions at Work

Constitutions control the people who run countries - but how well do they work?

Who Speaks for the Workers?

Union membership is in decline. So who will represent the workers of the gig economy?

Brexit: A Tale of Two Cities

A year on from the Brexit referendum we compare Wakefield to Oxford, Leave vs Remain

What went wrong with Brazil?

How did Brazil's boom years turn to dust? David Baker investigates.

Germany - Anxious Giant

As angst over European security grows, why is Germany such a reluctant military power?

Implicit Bias

David Edmonds asks if we are unconsciously harbouring racist and sexist attitudes.

Aid: Something to Boast About?

Why is the UK such a generous global aid donor, and should it be? Jo Coburn investigates.

Adventures in Social Mobility

What are the unwritten rules you must learn to get a top job?

Detoxifying France's National Front

Has Marine Le Pen succeeded in detoxifying the party founded by her father 40 years ago?

Holland's Challenge to Tolerance

Why is liberal, tolerant Netherlands home to a major anti-immigration, anti-Islamic party?

How do the SNP sell a second referendum?

Could a second referendum on Scottish independence yield a different result?

How Voters Decide: Part Two

What makes us change our mind when it comes to elections?

How Voters Decide: Part One

Rosie Campbell examines the bias that voters bring to the ballot box.

Analysis Extra: The Pull of Putin

Tim Whewell asks why populist Western politicians want warmer relations with Russia.

Is Talent a Thing?

Why it could be counter-productive to hire by talent, and what to look for instead.

How Not to Do It

Jacqui Smith reveals why one of New Labour's most cherished sentencing reforms failed.

Atom Man

The journey of an American 'cold warrior' from nuclear deterrence to nuclear disarmament.

Hospital Trust?

Is public affection for the NHS preventing it from becoming fit for the future?

Brexit: What Europe Wants

How political forces in other countries will shape any future UK-EU deal.

How Did We Save the Ozone Layer?

The story, and lessons, of the international effort to end ozone-destroying chemicals.

Trusting Inmates

Should we place more trust in prisoners to help them change their lives?

The Myth of Mobs

David Edmonds asks social psychologists about the psychology of crowds.

Brexit and Northern Ireland

Edward Stourton asks if the island of Ireland is where Brexit will matter most.


David Baker asks if too much gentrification is a bad thing?

Breaking Promises

Paul Johnson asks if the government should break pledges made to pensioners.

Tearing Up the Politics Textbook

Is it time for British politics professors to bin their old lecture notes and start again?

How Low Can Rates Go?

Martin Wolf examines how the search to revive growth is testing the norms of economics.

A Subversive History of School Reform

Professor Alison Wolf on the surprising story of postwar school reform in England.

Money for Nothing

Should the state pay everyone a universal basic income? Sonia Sodha investigates.

Obama's World

What has governed President Obama's foreign policy?

The Charitable Impulse

What are the pros and cons of charities becoming more like businesses in raising money?

Marxism Today

Robin Aitken explores the continuing appeal of the ideas of Karl Marx.

The New Young Fogeys

Jason Cowley asks why young people today are - weirdly - so well-behaved.

Silicon Valley Values

Are the values of Silicon Valley's tech visionaries now affecting all of us?

Protectionism in the USA

Edward Stourton on the history and recent renaissance of American opposition to free trade

Beyond Binary

Linda Pressly explores the challenge to conventional ideas from 'gender-neutral' people.

Free Speech 1 - Oxygen of Freedom

An introduction to freedom of speech and why it is important by Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech 2 - I'm Offended

Speakers deemed 'offensive' are being banned from universities. What about free speech?

Free Speech 3 - Respect Me, Respect My Religion

Is religion a special case where freedom of speech should be curtailed?

Free Speech 4 - Media We Need

Timothy Garton Ash asks whether we really have a free press

Free Speech 5 - Big Brother is Watching

Timothy Garton Ash examines how threats to privacy affect freedom of speech

The Deobandis: Part 2

Owen Bennett Jones reveals a secret history of Jihadist propagation in Britain

The Deobandis: Part 1

One Islamic network runs over 40% of UK mosques. Who are they and what do they believe?

The Philby Tape

Notorious Soviet spy Kim Philby as he’s never been heard before

Corporate Amnesia

Phil Tinline finds out what happens when institutions lose their memory.

The End of Free

Will ad-blocking software kill off most free news on the internet?

Power to the People?

Will devolution deliver the power promised to England's cities and regions?

Labour and the Bomb

Why has Britain's nuclear deterrent been such a difficult issue for the Labour Party?

Multiculturalism: Newham v Leicester

Sonia Sodha explores how two of the UK's most multicultural places are managing diversity.


Jo Fidgen asks why inheritance arouses such powerful emotions.

Brexit: The Irish Question

Edward Stourton asks what happens on the island of Ireland if the UK leaves the EU.

Space Wars, Space Peace

Chris Bowlby explores the past and future of cooperation and conflict in outer space.

Tomas Sedlacek: The Economics of Good and Evil

Radical ideas on debt, growth and sin from a disruptive thinker.

Correspondents' Look Ahead: 2016

Top BBC correspondents predict what will shape our world in 2016

Will They Always Hate Us?

Can psychology help opposing groups overcome conflict situations? David Edmonds finds out.

Currencies and Countries

John Redwood asks how viable currency unions can be without political unions behind them.

Killing Cows

Jo Fidgen asks if killing cows for food can be morally justified.

Will George Be King?

Edward Stourton examines the long-term prospects for the British monarchy.

Scotland's Radical Land Reform

Euan McIllwraith explores why Scotland's land ownership is up for grabs and why now.

The Iran-Iraq War's Legacy

How far is the Middle East today defined by the legacy of the Iran-Iraq war?

Can We Learn to Live with Nuclear Power?

Fukushima made many people oppose nuclear power. What it would take to change their minds?

What's Housing Benefit For?

Britain spends £25 billion on Housing Benefit. Why so much? And what good does it do?

Free Movement: Britain's Burning EU debate

Sonia Sodha discovers why freedom of movement is such a key issue in Britain's EU debate.


Who are 'the people' - and what do they really want? Eliane Glaser explores populism.

Why do American police kill so many black men?

Helena Merriman explores the recent wave of shootings of unarmed black men in the USA.

Samuel Scheffler on the Afterlife

Philosopher Samuel Scheffler, with Woody Allen's help, reveals our hidden motivating force

Is it Time for the Internet to Grow Up?

The world wide web is 25 years old. What do we want from its next 25 years?

How Gay Became OK

Why have British attitudes towards homosexuality changed so far and so fast?

Making Invisibles Visible

Linda Yueh asks why, when services dominate the UK economy, we seem uninterested in them.

Is the Pope a Communist?

Is Pope Francis a communist, as some of his critics claim? Edward Stourton investigates.

Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic (Part 2)

David Aaronovitch traces society's shift from wrongful denial to excessive credulity.

Ritual Sexual Abuse: The Anatomy of a Panic (Part 1)

David Aaronovitch traces the journey from wrongful denial to excessive credulity.

The Edge

Is the West losing its military edge?

Company vs Country

Michael Robinson asks what lies behind the boom in companies suing governments.

Two-Nation Britain

Is Britain's real political divide between the cosmopolitans and the rest?

Caring in the New Old Age

Is it time to rethink how older people are cared for to enable fulfilling lives?

The End of Development

Anthropologist Henrietta Moore argues that development is an outmoded concept.

When Robots Steal Our Jobs

Technology has decimated manual labour. Now it has its sights on white-collar work.

Artificial Intelligence

As top scientists warn of the risks of AI, should we fear super-intelligent machines?

Downward Social Mobility

Social mobility is good for those on the up, but what about those who go down?

You Can't Say That

Is there a right to cause offence? Edward Stourton explores the limits of free expression.

Referendum Conundrums

After the drama of the Scottish vote, what would an in-out EU referendum be like?

Maskirovka: Deception Russian-Style

Lucy Ash explores maskirovka, the Russia strategy of military deception.

Correspondents Look Ahead

Mark Mardell forecasts how the world could change in 2015, aided by top BBC journalists.

Precedents or Principles?

How far are we influenced by precedent in reaching decisions and how much by principles?

Conservative Muslims, Liberal Britain

David Goodhart on liberal Britain's relationship with socially conservative Muslims.

Just Culture

Margaret Heffernan explores why big organisations so often make big mistakes.

Inside Welfare Reform

How well has the government implemented its controversial welfare reforms?

The Idea of the Caliphate

How has the concept of an Islamic caliphate evolved and been expressed through history?

Meet the Family

Politicians love talking about families. But do they understand modern family life?

Peston and the House of Debt

Robert Peston asks if skyrocketing household debt or the banks caused the 2007-8 crash.

Michael Pollan on Food

What should we eat? An interview with author Michael Pollan about what food is and is not.

Thrifty Debtors

Has the downturn has made us thriftier, or are we stuck with high personal debt?

The End of the Pay Rise?

British wages have fallen since 2008. Paul Johnson asks if they will ever pick up.

Tories: Nasty or Nice?

Robin Aitken explores why the Tories have struggled with the label of 'the nasty party'.

Varieties of Capitalism

Can a country switch from one form of capitalism to another? Jeremy Cliffe investigates.

What Does Putin Want?

Edward Stourton investigates the Russian leader's geostrategic vision.

Time to Rethink Asylum?

Tim Finch explores ideas for a radical rethink about the way we deal with asylum seekers.

Deirdre McCloskey

Economic historian Deirdre McCloskey on why poverty matters more than inequality.

Why Minsky Matters

Do the theories of Hyman Minsky provide a radical challenge to mainstream economics?

Eldar Shafir: Scarcity

An interview with psychologist Eldar Shafir about the concept of scarcity.

The Jihadi Spring

Is al-Qaeda the real beneficiary of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions?

Scotland and the Union: Can Britain be Rebooted?

As Scotland votes on independence, Douglas Fraser asks if there's a vision for Britain.

Life by Lottery

Jo Fidgen asks if we should use chance to solve difficult political dilemmas.

A Is for Anonymous

Frances Stonor Saunders asks why people want anonymity while venerating individuality too.

What is Wahhabism?

Is the Saudi-style ultra-conservative branch of Islam the ideological engine of extremism?

The Philosophy of Russell Brand

Jeremy Cliffe encounters the ideas and personalities behind a new 'anarcho-populism'.

Last Rites for the Church of England?

Andrew Brown asks if the Church of England has become fatally disconnected from society.

Roberto Unger

Roberto Unger explains why he thinks fellow left-of-centre progressives lack imagination.

France: Sinking Slowly?

Can France afford its attachment to the big state? Emma Jane Kirby presents.

Importing the Metropolitan Revolution

Matthew Taylor looks at the grassroots economic revolution being led by big cities.

Syria: Inside the Opposition

Edward Stourton investigates the alternatives to President Assad.

Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction?

Could QE lead to another economic crisis? Liam Halligan argues that it could.

What Are Charities For?

Have big charities lost their philanthropic purpose? Fran Abrams investigates.

Edward Snowden: Leaker, Saviour, Traitor, Spy?

Are state secrets doomed by an emerging alliance of the anti-state right and liberal left?

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Why Did They Fail?

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood won at the polls but failed to keep power. What went wrong?

The Rule of Law v the Rule of Man

Jamie Whyte asks if it is OK to punish tax avoiders who have obeyed the letter of the law.

Scottish Nationalism: From Protest to Power

Scottish nationalism - breaking free or playing safe? Douglas Fraser investigates.

They're Coming for Your Money

Paul Johnson argues that taxes look set to rise and finds out which ones and who will pay.

Syria and the New Lines in the Sand

Does the Middle East any longer recognise the 'lines in the sand' imposed by the West?

Pornography: What Do We Know?

What does the best evidence tell us about the effects of pornography? Jo Fidgen presents.


Predistribution is Labour's new idea. The US thinker who invented it explains what it is.

The Quantified Self: Can Life Be Measured?

Life-logging and other obsessions of the nascent 'quantified self' movement explored.

Is Regional Policy a Waste of Time?

As the gap grows between English north and south, is regional policy a waste of time?

Labour's New New Jerusalem

Leading Labour figures urge a radical policy - dismantling the top-down welfare state.

Nudge Theory in Practice

How well have politicians' attempts to 'nudge' us into doing what they want worked?

Who Decides if I'm a Woman?

Jo Fidgen explores the ideas causing tension between feminists and transgender people.

Three Score Years and Twenty

Is Britain a good country to grow old in? Chris Bowlby investigates.

Islamists International

The impact of the Arab Spring on the global reach of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Roberto Unger & Vulgar Keynesianism

Tim Finch asks if current left-of-centre thinking on the economy needs to be more radical.

Making the Best of a Bad Job

David Goodhart asks whether too much stress on social mobility has demeaned ordinary jobs.

Creative Destruction

Should we be celebrating that some of Britain's big high street brands have gone bust?

The Alawis

Owen Bennett Jones looks at Syria's Alawis, the sect to which President Assad belongs.

A Scottish Pound?

Chris Bowlby explores the cash question facing an independent Scotland.

The Rise of Executive Power

Why have workers appeared so weak as bosses tip the balance of power in their favour?

Green Shoots from the Arab Spring

How the Arab Spring has affected the mindset of ordinary people in the Middle East.

Left Turn to Catholic Social Teaching?

Matthew Taylor examines Labour's interest in Catholic social teaching.

Labour, the Left and Europe

Edward Stourton asks if Labour should re-evaluate its attitude to the EU.

The School of Hard Facts

Fran Abrams examines the radical ideas of ED Hirsch set to reshape English education.

Manuel Castells: Alternative Economic Cultures

Prof Manuel Castells on the rise of new economic cultures since the financial crisis.

Keeping the Free Market Faith

Jamie Whyte defends free market ideas in apparently troubled times for capitalism.

Obama: Peacemaker or Vigilante?

Mukul Devichand asks what President Obama has actually achieved on the world stage.

Social Epidemiology

Exploring the academic discipline which tries to work out why the health gap exists.

Political Prejudice

Michael Blastland on why your approach to politics might not be as rational as you think.

The Philosopher's Arms: Law and Morality

Why obey the law? Does the law have any moral force?

The Philosopher's Arms: Sorites' Heap

Fuzzy logic and baldness: what's the connection?

The Philosopher’s Arms: The Fake Van Gogh

Imagine a perfect art fake,indistinguishable from the original. Is it then of equal value?

The Philosopher’s Arms: Theseus’ Ship

Personal Identity is a topic that’s long intrigued philosophers. What makes you you?

The EU Debate

Should Britain stay in the European Union?

China's Battle of Ideas

As China changes leadership, Mukul Devichand probes Beijing's hidden battle of ideas.

The Gold Standard

Simon Jack asks: Would the financial system be more stable if money was backed by gold?

Eurogeddon II

Where is the eurozone heading? Disintegration or super-state? Chris Bowlby investigates.

Cameron's Swede Dreams

Why are Tories and the left obsessed with the 'Swedish model'? Jo Fidgen investigates.

Wasted Youth

Paul Johnson asks why young school leavers face such difficulty finding stable jobs.

Steve Keen: Why Economics is Bunk

Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason interviews the controversial economist Steve Keen.

Middle East: Too Soon for Democracy?

Edward Stourton explores the prospects for post-revolution government in the Arab world.

What Is Money?

Frances Stonor Saunders asks a fundamental question - what is money?

War Gaming Iran

Could a hot war with Iran be about to start? Analysis probes the West's options.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Downing Street Guru

Examining the ideas of Downing Street's favourite intellectual, Nassim Nicolas Taleb.

Neue Labour

Why Germany is providing the inspiration for a Labour rethink. Matthew Taylor presents.

America: The Right Way

Justin Webb explores what the primaries tell us about the state of the right in the US.

Profits Before Pay

Why has pay not risen in line with profits? TUC economist Duncan Weldon investigates.

Preparing for Eurogeddon

Europe thinks the unthinkable - what happens if the eurozone splits.

Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi

Profile of Rachid Ghannouchi, one of the world's most influential Islamist thinkers.

Do Schools Make a Difference?

Are good schools anything more than schools with a good intake? Fran Abrams investigates.

Capitalists Against the Super Rich

Edward Stourton meets the defenders of capitalism turning against the undeserving rich.

Dead Cert

Certainty: is the lust for it a sin? And if so, should politics fear for its soul?

A Price Worth Paying?

Banks are underwritten by the government in Britain. Should the taxpayer bail out banks?

Robert H. Frank: The Darwin Economy

Robert H. Frank explains why he believes Darwin was a better economist than Adam Smith.

Do Leaders Make a Difference?

Michael Blastland explores how far individuals really change what happens in the world.

A New Black Politics?

How the ideologies of British black politics in Britain have changed since the 1980s.

Cultural diplomacy

How effective is cultural diplomacy as a weapon of soft power?

Euroscepticism Uncovered

Edward Stourton asks if the political class is catching up with public opinion on the EU.


Owen Bennett-Jones asks, what exactly is the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah?

Aid or Immigration?

Could a more relaxed policy on immigration help the developing world more than state aid?

Libya's Islamic Capitalists

Hugh Miles finds out more about Libya's new Islamic capitalism.

Non-Riotous Behaviour

Ask not why people riot, but why they obey the law. Jamie Whyte examines civil obedience.

Unsure about Sure Start

Fran Abrams asks if Sure Start is worth saving and what it has done for children.

The SNP and Scotland

Anne McElvoy assesses the SNP plan to defy austerity Britain and keep Scotland different.