Analysis: The Idea of the Caliphate10/20/14
How has the concept of an Islamic caliphate evolved and been expressed through history?
Analysis: The Idea of the Caliphate 20 Oct 2014
What is a caliphate? What ideals does such an Islamic state embody - and how could or should it be implemented? Analysis consults a range of voices to explore how the concept has evolved and has been expressed over the centuries. Edward Stourton talks...
Analysis: Meet the Family
Politicians love talking about families. But do they understand modern family life?
Analysis: Meet the Family 13 Oct 2014
Politicians love talking about families. But, asks Jo Fidgen, do they understand modern family life? And how far can or should the state change the way families live?
Analysis: Peston and the House of Debt 06 Oct 2014
Robert Peston tests the arguments made by the authors of a new book who claim the financial crisis was caused by exploding household debt - not by the banks. But are they right?
Analysis: Michael Pollan on Food 29 Sept 2014
What should we eat? Jo Fidgen talks to the influential American writer Michael Pollan about what food is - and what it isn't. He says we should reconnect with what's on our plates.
Analysis: Thrifty Debtors 21 July 2014
The downturn's made everyone worry more about money. But while we may want to be thriftier, Chris Bowlby discovers why we're stuck with high personal and household debt.
Analysis: The End of the Pay Rise? 14 July 2014
Wages have fallen for most of us for the last six years in Britan, which is unprecedented. We’re told that there’s a return in economic growth and yet wages have still not picked up. What has happened? Is this a long term problem – is this the end of...
Analysis: Varieties of Capitalism 23 June 2014
Can a country switch between different models of capitalism? The Economist's Britain politics correspondent, Jeremy Cliffe, explores whether the proposals put forward by some British politicians to transform the UK's economy into one more akin to that...
Analysis: Courting Trouble 16 June 2014
Jo Fidgen asks: what are the new rules of relationships? Sexual harassment is in the news, laws and codes are in place. But can we agree on what is acceptable behaviour today?
Analysis: Deirdre McCloskey 26 May 2014
Evan Davis interviews economic historian Deirdre McCloskey in front of an audience at the London School of Economics, where she argues that poverty matters more than inequality.
Analysis: Why Minsky Matters 24 Mar 2014
TUC economist Duncan Weldon asks if the theories of the late Hyman Minsky provide an explanation for the financial crisis and a radical challenge to mainstream economics?
Analysis: Eldar Shafir: Scarcity 17 Mar 2014
Jo Fidgen interviews psychologist Eldar Shafir about his theories of how scarcity of time and money can both help and harm us.
Analysis: The Jihadi Spring 16 Mar 2014
Owen Bennett-Jones asks if the real beneficiaries of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions are the Islamist militants both of al-Qaeda and its increasingly violent allies.
Analysis: Scotland and the Union: Can Britain be Re-booted? 03 Mar 2014
As Scotland votes on independence, Douglas Fraser asks if there's a coherent vision for the future of the union, and what that might mean north and south of Hadrian's Wall.
Analysis: Life by Lottery 24 Feb 2014
Should we use chance to solve some of our most difficult political dilemmas? Jo Fidgen explores whether the luck of the draw might build a fairer society.
Analysis: A is for Anonymous 17 Feb 2014
Frances Stonor Saunders asks why anonymity is becoming more popular while we extol celebrity and individuality. Is being anonymous the future or are there costs to being unknown?
Analysis: What is Wahhabism? 10 Feb 2014
Is the ultra-conservative 'Wahhabi' branch of Islam really the ideology behind Islamic extremism? Edward Stourton examines its emergence in 18th Century Saudi Arabia and subsequent interpretations, exploring its influence in the world today.
Analysis: The Philosophy of Russell Brand 03 Feb 2014
Comedian Russell Brand wants a revolution - why are so many young people cheering him on? The Economist's Jeremy Cliffe explores the ideas and thinkers of the new 'anarcho-populism' - the 21st Century activist's politics of choice.
Analysis: Last Rites for the Church of England? 27 Jan 2014
Andrew Brown asks if the Church of England has become fatally disconnected from society.
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