The podcast from the RSA investigating the political and cultural forces driving us further apart.
How Change Happens
Apr 20 • 37 min
Three of the world’s leading thinkers give their take on how big political and societal change happens. With Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cass Sunstein & Roberto Unger.
Capitalism and Conservatism, with Iain Dale and Jacob Field
Apr 5 • 54 min
Where does the politics of conservatism – and its relationship with capitalism – go next? With Iain Dale and Jacob Field.
Denialism, with Caroline Lucas MP & Keith Kahn-Harris
Mar 21 • 41 min
From climate change to vaccines, what drives people to reject reality and construct their own truth?
Is the centre ground dead?
Mar 12 • 34 min
Is the centre ground of British politics really dead, or could it make a comeback? And what does the ‘centre’ even mean these days? With political sociologist Paula Surridge.
Feb 24 • 33 min
Has the opening up of political parties been a vital force for change, or bad for democracy as a whole? With Yale professor Ian Shapiro, and two of the founders of Brand New Congress and the Justice Democrats, Isra Allison and Nasim Thompson.
Talking to the Enemy, with Michael Sandel & Maria Exner
Feb 13 • 38 min
If we want to understand the other side – to bridge divides, or even persuade people we disagree with to think differently – what’s the best way to do that?
Could a citizens’ jury help break the Brexit deadlock?
Jan 17 • 30 min
Matthew Taylor sets out the case for citizens’ juries. With James Fishkin and David Runciman.
Identity, with Francis Fukuyama
Dec 24, 2018 • 36 min
The author of ‘The End of History’ gives his take on the rise of identity politics.
The psychology of tribalism, with Jonathan Haidt
Dec 6, 2018 • 33 min
Is tribalism an indelible part of human nature? And if it is, can we overcome it?
Stories, Myths and Belonging
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
We review a turbulent week in UK politics, plus a new ‘theory of everything’.
Is democracy failing?
Nov 1, 2018 • 27 min
Is democracy under attack? How worried should we be? With Niheer Dasandi and Eliane Glaser.
Nervous States, with Will Davies
Oct 18, 2018 • 35 min
Have feelings taken over the world? With author of ‘Nervous States’, William Davies.
Anger, with Claire Fox
Aug 23, 2018 • 30 min
Anger is all the rage in our politics, but is anger itself the problem? With Claire Fox.
The Media and Echo Chambers
Jul 25, 2018 • 26 min
Is it really true that we all live in our own echo chambers? With Sílvia Majó-Vázquez.
Inequality and Generation Wealth, with Faiza Shaheen & Lauren Greenfield
Jun 27, 2018 • 36 min
Are economic divides to blame for everything else that’s broken in our society? With Faiza Shaheen and Lauren Greenfield.
How Internet Culture Poisoned Politics, with Whitney Phillips
Jun 20, 2018 • 28 min
Has the dark side of the internet hijacked the White House? With Whitney Phillips.
Silicon Valley’s Persuasion Machine
Jun 12, 2018 • 34 min
Can companies like Cambridge Analytica really swing elections and referendums? With Chris Sumner and Martin Moore.
Liberals and Authoritarians
May 17, 2018 • 30 min
Have we become a nation of two tribes – liberals vs authoritarians? With political sociologist Paula Surridge.
May 11, 2018 • 2 min
The RSA’s Matthew Taylor and the author of ‘Born Liars’ and ‘Curious’, Ian Leslie, investigate the forces driving us further apart.
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