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Moral Maze
Moral Maze
BBC Radio 4

Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze

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Episodes

The Purpose of Punishment

The last week saw two contrasting examples of how societies treat killers. Valdo Calocane, who killed three people... more

01 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Ukraine - the moral case for ceding land for peace

It’s now nearly two years since Russia began its full scale invasion of Ukraine. Hopes that Ukraine might seize... more

26 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Is it time to allow assisted dying?

Nearly a decade since MPs in Westminster voted against allowing terminally ill people to end their own life, assisted dying... more

18 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Identity Labels

Is it moral to attach identity labels to ourselves and others? We often label people by nationality, gender, sexuality, ethnicity,... more

22 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
Should politics be guided by public opinion?

Should politicians respect, despise, accommodate or ignore public opinion? Rishi Sunak is looking for a policy he can pop... more

22 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
How should we remember the dead and the living?

The Met police has warned of a "growing" risk of violence and disorder this Remembrance weekend. The Prime Minister has... more

10 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
Are prisons doing more harm than good?

The UK’s prisons are full, their corridors are understaffed and their Victorian buildings are crumbling. The answer, at least at... more

19 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
How should we think about our enemies?

The surprise attack by Hamas was devastating, leaving hundreds of Israeli civilians dead, injured or taken hostage. Israel’s response was... more

12 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Is impartiality a myth?

The BBC has published new guidance on how its big name presenters can use social media. Those working in news... more

06 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
The Language of Freedom

Michael Buerk chairs a special Moral Maze debate recorded at 'HowTheLightGetsIn' festival of philosophy and music.The language of freedom permeates... more

04 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Adults, Children and Power

Labour has confirmed that it plans to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in elections, in line with Scotland... more

21 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Is idleness good for us?

School’s out for summer. For many, holidays are a chance to rest, unwind and empty the mind of work. For... more

27 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
The Morality of Climate Activism

Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Proms and George Osborne’s wedding have all been interrupted by ‘Just Stop Oil’ protesters in recent... more

21 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Cluster bombs and the ethics of warfare

As NATO meets this week, the US is seeking to calm its critics over sending cluster bombs to Ukraine. Cluster... more

13 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
The Morality of Privatisation

Thames Water, which serves a quarter of the UK population, is billions of pounds in debt and on the brink... more

06 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
The morality of news coverage

Comparisons have been made between the news coverage of two tragedies at sea. The first was the capsizing of a... more

05 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Should science ever be stopped?

Scientists have created the first synthetic human embryos using stem cells. The breakthrough could help research into genetic disorders, but... more

23 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
The Morality of Borders

It’s almost impossible to imagine why anyone would risk a perilous crossing over cold, dark waters in an inflatable dinghy.... more

15 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Football: a moral force for good?

Try telling the hordes of Manchester City fans heading to the Champions League final this weekend that the beautiful game... more

08 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
How should we understand ‘cancel culture’?

The gender-critical philosopher Kathleen Stock’s address to the Oxford Union this week has divided academics at the university. One group... more

01 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
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Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Proms and George Osborne’s wedding have all been interrupted by ‘Just Stop Oil’ protesters in recent days. Several... more