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The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.

The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.
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The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.

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English


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Human Rights and Climate Change [Audio]

11/8/2018
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Speaker(s): Kristin Casper, Roberto Eugenio T Cadiz, Dr Luke Harrington, Dr Annalisa Savaresi, Dr Joana Setzer | An expert panel will discuss the links between human rights and climate change, and whether rights-based climate change claims are one future path to spurring climate action. Kristin Casper is Litigation Counsel for Greenpeace's Global Climate Justice and Liability Project at Greenpeace Canada. Roberto Eugenio T Cadiz is a focal commissioner for Business and Human Rights,...

Duration:01:17:52

Just Giving: why philanthropy is failing democracy and how it can do better [Audio]

11/7/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Rob Reich | Is philanthropy, by its very nature, a threat to today’s democracy? Though we may laud wealthy individuals who give away their money for society’s benefit, Robert Reich shows how such generosity not only isn’t the unassailable good we think it to be but might also undermine democratic values and set back aspirations of justice. Big philanthropy is often an exercise of power, the conversion of private assets into public influence. And it is a form of power...

Duration:01:35:27

Making sense of the US Midterms [Audio]

11/7/2018
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Speaker(s): Gideon Rachman, Dr David Smith, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Dr Linda Yueh | Join us for an evening of conversation as we discuss the midterm election results and what they mean for Donald Trump’s presidency and the US. Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman) is Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times. David Smith (@dtsmith_sydney) is Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, University of Sydney and a British Academy Visiting Fellow. Leslie Vinjamuri (@londonvinjamuri)...

Duration:01:26:09

Future Politics: living together in a world transformed by tech [Audio]

11/6/2018
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Speaker(s): Jamie Susskind | Jamie Susskind will discuss the publication of his latest book, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. At this event, Jamie will discuss how digital technology, from AI to virtual reality, will transform politics and society. He will mention how digital technology will be used to exert control by the state and by big tech firms. This talk will challenge the audience to rethink the meaning of democracy and justice, freedom and equality,...

Duration:01:29:32

Uncertain Futures: imaginaries, narratives, and calculation in the economy [Audio]

11/1/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Jens Beckert, Richard Bronk, Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Dr Ekaterina Svetlova, Lord Turner | Our panel discusses the new book Uncertain Futures, exploring how economic actors visualise the future and decide how to act in conditions of radical uncertainty. Jens Beckert is Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Richard Bronk is Visiting Fellow, European Institute, LSE. Waltraud Schelkle is Associate Professor of Political Economy, LSE. Ekaterina Svetlova...

Duration:01:28:52

Revolution and Freedom: Nightmarch among India's revolutionary guerrillas [Audio]

11/1/2018
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Speaker(s): Neel Mukherjee, Dr Alpa Shah | In her latest book, Nightmarch, which she will talk about at this event, Alpa Shah offers a profound understanding of why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society in one of the most intractable and under-reported rebellions. Nightmarch refers to a seven-night trek that Shah happened to undertake with these communist guerrillas while living as an anthropologist in their tribal...

Duration:01:25:41

Changing Cultures of Witnessing: paintings, selfies, hashtags [Audio]

10/30/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Professor Barbie Zelizer | What do #MeToo, refugee selfies and oil paintings have in common? They are all part of a mixed and changing culture of witnessing. This interdisciplinary panel explores the different media platforms and practices of spectatorship that today enable our moral and political engagement with human vulnerability. It asks not only how the digital has shifted the terms of our visual encounters with...

Duration:01:26:49

Communicating Climate Change - why so toxic? [Audio]

10/30/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Chris Rapley | This visually engaging presentation by Chris Rapley will present the limitations of evidence in informing and motivating action on climate change. Before joining University College London as Professor of Climate Science in the Department of Earth Sciences, Chris Rapley (@ChrisRapley3131) was the Director of the British Antarctic Survey from 1998 to 2007. He was also appointed Director of the Science Museum between 2007, stepping down in 2010. In 2008 he...

Duration:01:20:48

Pragmatism: doing what works [Audio]

10/29/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Festenstein, Clara Fischer, Dr Paniel Reyes Cardenas | What if instead of worrying about truth as a fundamental, objective notion, we just focused on what works? What if we just believed in what is practical or beneficial to us to believe? Pragmatism is the great American contribution to philosophy, and it has serious implications for politics, philosophy, and science. Join us at the Forum to discuss the history of this idea, and what might be entailed by...

Duration:01:30:32

From “having” to “being”: self worth and the current crisis of American society [Audio]

10/25/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Michèle Lamont | This lecture will diagnose the challenges of neoliberal American society: the pitfalls of the American dream across classes, hardened group boundaries, and the need to invent new narratives of hope. Michèle Lamont (@mlamont6) is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. Rebecca Elliott is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, LSE. Established in 1904, the Department of Sociology @LSEsociology...

Duration:01:32:46

Hard Truths: global leadership challenges [Audio]

10/23/2018
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Speaker(s): Ellen Barry, Khalid Janahi, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Professor Lord Stern, Professor Andres Velasco | Global challenges discussions around the Hard Truths exhibition (democracy, disinformation, migration, drug trafficking, climate change, global extremism). What global leadership and governance reforms are needed? Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) is a London-based international correspondent for The New York Times, covering immigration, security, demographics and culture across Europe....

Duration:01:19:21

Modi's India, Erdogan's Turkey, and the Crisis of the Secular State in the Non-Western World [Audio]

10/23/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Sumantra Bose | This lecture marks the publication of Sumantra Bose's new book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism. Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at LSE. Chandran Kukathas is Chair in Political Theory and Head of LSE Department of Government. Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSESecularism This event forms part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” series, held in the run up to the LSE Festival,...

Duration:01:34:21

National Populism: the revolt against liberal democracy [Audio]

10/22/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Goodwin | Matthew Goodwin will present his new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism. Matthew J Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) is Professor of Politics, University of Kent and Senior Visiting Fellow, Chatham House. Francisco Panizza is Professor in Latin American and Comparative Politics in the LSE Department of Government. The Department of Government (@LSEGovernment) is home to some of the most internationally...

Duration:01:22:44

Do the Migrations of the Past have Lessons for Today? [Audio]

10/22/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Chris Minns | Migration has always been part of the human experience. But can the study of past population movements help us to understand present-day markets and societies? This lecture draws on a range of historical evidence to explore the possibilities. Chris Minns (@Chris__Minns) is Professor of Economic History at LSE. Joan Roses is Professor of Economic History at LSE. The Department of Economic History (@LSEEcHist) is home to a huge breadth and depth of knowledge...

Duration:01:28:23

Evidence-Based Everything (but let's do the basing properly) [Audio]

10/19/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor John Worrall | Statements can be significant despite being “statements of the bleedin’ obvious”. The philosopher David Hume’s remark that ‘The rational man adjusts his beliefs to the evidence’ falls exactly into this category. It is surely “bleedin’ obvious” that our views (and hence our policies) ought to be based on evidence, but Hume’s claim is important exactly because it is so often ignored in practice. In these Trumpish times of disinformation and fake news,...

Duration:00:57:24

Hard Truths: Dictatorships [Audio]

10/18/2018
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Speaker(s): Alan Cowell, Professor Richard Evans, Bianca Jagger, Andres Velasco | Authoritarian leaders are taking control in more and more countries. What can we learn from the Venezuelan experience? After a long career as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times based in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Alan Cowell (@cowellcnd) became a freelance contributor in 2015, based in London. Richard Evans is Provost of Gresham College in the City of London and Visiting Professor of...

Duration:01:26:23

Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: what have we learned and what did we forget? [Audio]

10/18/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Charles Bean, Lord O’Donnell, Professor Catherine Schenk, Minouche Shafik | This event explores the causes of the 2008 global financial crash and the responses of the major advanced economies, which drew on the lessons of the 1930s. A decade on from the crisis, the global financial system has yet to return to ‘normal’, with prolonged low interest rates posing a risk to its stability. It is time to reflect on previous financial crises and the policy lessons we have...

Duration:01:25:36

History, Memory, Politics in Democratisation Research: a personal and professional journey [Audio]

10/18/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor Tomila Lankina | Three decades after the collapse of communism in Europe, a number of post-communist states experienced democratic back-sliding or embraced authoritarianism. In her inaugural lecture, Tomila Lankina discusses how her research into the durability of social structure of pre-communist Russia— elements of which she argues survived the revolutionary experiment to engineer a new society—helps explain democratic resilience and backsliding in Russia and other...

Duration:01:25:28

The End of Nuclear Weapons [Audio]

10/17/2018
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Speaker(s): Beatrice Fihn | Are we closer than ever to ending the nuclear weapon threat? In this tumultuous moment, Beatrice Fihn sets out plenty of reasons to hope. Beatrice Fihn (@BeaFihn) is Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Robin Archer is Director of the Ralph Miliband Programme at LSE. The Ralph Miliband Programme (@RMilibandLSE) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's...

Duration:01:27:23

The Bullshitisation of the Economy Has Only Just Begun: pointless labour, digitisation, and the revolt of the caring classes [Audio]

10/17/2018
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Speaker(s): Professor David Graeber | The proliferation of useless forms of employment in the professional-managerial sector has placed enormous pressure on the caring professions, leading to a major social conflagration. David Graeber (@davidgraeber) is Professor of Anthropology at the LSE and author of Bullshit Jobs: a Theory. Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology at the LSE. LSE Anthropology @LSEAnthropology is world famous and world leading. We are ranked top Anthropology...

Duration:01:12:01