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.
Analysis: Roberto Unger 18 Nov 2013
Renowned social theorist Prof Roberto Unger on why he thinks his left wing progressive comrades lack imagination. Recorded in front of an audience at the LSE.
Analysis: France: Sinking Slowly? 11 NOV 2013
The French are far more attached to the centralised, big state than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts. Former BBC Paris Correspondent Emma Jane Kirby asks if it is affordable.
Analysis: Importing the Metropolitan Revolution 04 NOV 2013
In America, there is talk of a 'metropolitan revolution' as big cities reinvent themselves. Matthew Taylor asks if we can transform the UK economy by setting our city halls free.
Analysis: Syria: Inside the Opposition 28 Oct 2013
Syria's opposition movements comprise a diverse range of political and armed groups. Edward Stourton investigates the alternatives to President Assad.
Analysis: Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction? 21...
Could Quantitative Easing create a bigger financial crisis than the one it was supposed to avert? Sunday Telegraph economic commentator Liam Halligan argues that it could.
Analysis: What are Charities For? 14 Oct 2013
Charities have been drawn into the world of outsourced service provision, with the state as their biggest customer. Fran Abrams asks if this threatens their philanthropic roots.
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