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Intelligence Squared
Intelligence Squared
Intelligence Squared

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Episodes

Were the 1990s Britain’s Coolest Decade? with Dylan Jones

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02 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
The Perilous Quest Towards Gene Editing, with Matthew Cobb

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30 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Why Modern Men Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

We need a new model of masculinity, one that allows us to hold two thoughts in our head at once:... more

28 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Who was the greatest English monarch? In Partnership with History Hit

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27 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Black Friday, Shopify, and Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age

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25 Nov 2022 · 47 minutes
The Great Energy Transition: What needs to happen between 2030 and 2050 to reach net zero?

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23 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
The Road to Qatar, with James Montague

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21 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
The Sunday Debate: How is Modi shaping the future of India?

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20 Nov 2022 · 51 minutes
Nights of Plague, with Nobel Prize Winner Orhan Pamuk

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18 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
The Life and Death of a Garment, with Maxine Bédat

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16 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
When the Microchips are Down, with Chris Miller

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14 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
The Great Energy Transition: What is happening between now and 2030 to achieve net zero?

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13 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
Advertising Will Save Us from Soulless Design, with former Nike Chief Marketing Officer Greg Hoffman

Can advertising’s immense power to change behaviour be used for good? In this brand new podcast, produced by Intelligence Squared,... more

11 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
Debate: Is America a force for good in the world? Part 2

In part two of our debate 'Is America a force for good in the world?', foreign policy experts Shadi Hamid... more

09 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
The Many Voices of Booker Prize Winner George Saunders

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07 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Is America a force for good in the world? Part 1

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06 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Persuasion in an Age of Polarisation, with Anand Giridharadas

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04 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
India at 75 – Secularism and the Rise of Hindu Nationalism, with Rana Ayyub

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02 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Jamaica's Culinary Journey, with Melissa Thompson and Riaz Phillips

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31 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
The Sunday Debate: What does Giorgia Meloni mean for Europe?

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30 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
The Fulcrum of History: Margaret MacMillan, Sir Max Hastings and Peter Frankopan on the War in Ukraine

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28 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
Ready for Rishi? The Treacherous Road Ahead for the UK’s New Prime Minister, with Matthew Goodwin and Camilla Cavendish

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26 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
War and Politics in the 21st Century, with Sir Lawrence Freedman

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24 Oct 2022 · 57 minutes
India at 75: Can Britain and India be friends?

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23 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Party’s Over: Liz Truss’s Resignation, with Sonia Sodha and Sherelle Jacobs

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21 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
Food, Land and a Farming Revolution, with Sarah Langford

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19 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Unstoppable Us: How We Can Shape Humanity's Future, with Yuval Noah Harari – Part Two

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17 Oct 2022 · 43 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Ian Fleming vs John le Carré

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16 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
The Story of Russia, with Orlando Figes

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14 Oct 2022 · 49 minutes
Unstoppable Us: Rethinking the History of Humanity, with Yuval Noah Harari – Part One

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12 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
Prince Andrew's Newsnight Interview: Behind The Scenes, with Sam McAlister

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10 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Can We Rely on Nuclear Deterrence?

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09 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
The Last White Man, with Mohsin Hamid

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07 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
The Unravelling of Alex Jones and America's Battle for Truth, with Elizabeth Williamson and Jon Ronson

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05 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
Ukraine’s Best Known Novelist Andrey Kurkov on Life, Literature and the War in Ukraine

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03 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Free Market Capitalism is so 20th Century

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02 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Advertising Will Save Us: Ending Gun Violence, with Leo Burnett’s Sam Shepherd and Ashley Geisheker

Can advertising’s immense power to change behaviour be used for good? In this brand new podcast, produced by Intelligence Squared,... more

30 Sep 2022 · 46 minutes
The Untold Nomadic History of Civilisation, with Anthony Sattin

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28 Sep 2022 · 59 minutes
Forever War: How Conflict Became Endless, with Samuel Moyn

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26 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Sunday Debate: The World Should Recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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25 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Erdoğan’s War: The Quest for Power at Home and in Syria, with Gönül Tol

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23 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
How The West Can Stop Putin, with Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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21 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
Finding Our Inner Strength, with Bruce Daisley

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19 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Can Decolonisation Go Too Far?

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18 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
The Extraordinary Life of Catherine Dior, with Justine Picardie

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16 Sep 2022 · 38 minutes
Understanding Environmental Inequality, with Leah Thomas

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14 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
The Inside Story of Europe’s Biggest Financial Scandal, with Dan McCrum

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12 Sep 2022 · 41 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Has the Political Establishment Failed America?

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11 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
How Social Media Rewired our Brains and our World, with Max Fisher

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09 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
The Futureverse: Undervalued – Is the Future of Art Female?

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07 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
How to Improve the World for the Generations to Come, with Will MacAskill

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05 Sep 2022 · 59 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Reflections on the Collapse of the Soviet Union, with Timothy Garton Ash and Ivan Krastev

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04 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
Inside the Mind of Vladimir Putin, with Philip Short

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02 Sep 2022 · 59 minutes
Lessons from the American Civil War, with Sarah Churchwell and Karen Joy Fowler

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31 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
Let’s Talk: How to Have Better Conversations, with Nihal Arthanayake

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29 Aug 2022 · 42 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Should the West defend Taiwan?

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28 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
The Science of Anti-Ageing, with Nicklas Brendborg

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26 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
Spies, Communism and the Battle to Win the Cold War, with Scott Anderson

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25 Aug 2022 · 54 minutes
Too Woke? How Society's Best Intentions Could Be Betraying Black America, with John McWhorter

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22 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Prosecute Trump

On January 6 2021 a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S Capitol seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. Rioters... more

21 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
Engineering for Change, with Will Butler-Adams

With the climate crisis mounting, cycling is often touted as being part of the solution for how we can make... more

19 Aug 2022 · 50 minutes
Afghanistan After The Withdrawal: What Lessons Have We Learned?

One year ago the United States decided to withdraw from Afghanistan after two decades in the country. The Taliban, a... more

17 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Salman Rushdie: Touchstones with Razia Iqbal

For this archive episode from 2021, journalist and BBC News broadcaster Razia Iqbal is joined by the acclaimed author Salman... more

15 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
The Sunday Debate: The Bittersweet Truth About What We Eat

To unpack the truth behind the often confusing information about the food we eat, in this archive discussion from 2017,... more

14 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Western Intervention and the Rise of Guerrilla Warfare, with David Kilcullen

This month will mark a year since the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August 2021 and the chaotic withdrawal of... more

12 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
An Honest Life, with Micheal Leviton

In an era of fake news and 'alternative facts', the issue of truth and how it is presented to the... more

10 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, with Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the journalist, podcaster and author of essential book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race,... more

08 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Sunday Debate: If You Believe You are a Citizen of the World, You are a Citizen of Nowhere

In this archive debate, we revisit a discussion from 2018 when an assembled panel of smart thinkers gathered to reflect... more

07 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Shinzo Abe's Legacy and Japan's Future, with Satona Suzuki and Jeff Kingston

Japan's recently assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe was a leader who leaves behind a complex legacy. Internationally, he strengthened Japan's relationship... more

05 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
The Future of the War in Ukraine, with Fiona Hill

We welcome back Fiona Hill, the foreign affairs and national security expert, to discuss Putin, foreign policy, and what could... more

03 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Reclaiming the Earth: Exploring Race, Heritage and the Natural World

For this episode focusing on how craft, creativity and our relationship with the planet can help us rethink established narratives and... more

01 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Britain Should Not Have Fought in the First World War

For this week's Sunday Debate, we're dipping back into the archive to 2014, when we gathered a panel of expert... more

31 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
How to Lead a Sustainable Business – Emma Dabiri on Reinventing Stories Around Race

For this edition of Intelligence Squared, we join Alannah Weston, Chairman of Selfridges Group, for her podcast How to Lead a... more

29 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
Putin’s Long War: From Chechnya to Ukraine, with John Sweeney

In the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, award-winning journalist John Sweeney reported from Kiev, drawing on his decades of... more

27 Jul 2022 · 57 minutes
Why Religion Keeps Evolving, with Robin Dunbar

Robin Dunbar has been hailed as one of the most insightful and creative evolutionary thinkers of our time, famed for... more

25 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Sunday Debate: Angela Merkel is Destroying Europe

In this archive listen from 2013, we explore the global political impact of a leader whose legacy and influence is... more

24 Jul 2022 · 56 minutes
The Man Who Escaped Auschwitz to Warn the World, with Jonathan Freedland

During the Second World War, Rudolph Vrba was one of the very few people to escape the horrors of the... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Breaking the Power of Big Tech, with Jamie Susskind

Trolling, conspiracy theories, racist algorithms, cyberwarfare – every day our headlines are ablaze with negative stories about the internet. The... more

21 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Next Steps for an Anti-Racist Society, with Ibram X. Kendi

Activist, academic and author Ibram X. Kendi joins us for a discussion on his new book, How to Raise an... more

18 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
The Sunday Debate: The Battle for the Countryside, with George Monbiot, Rory Stewart, Minette Batters and Mark Cocker

The British countryside is often heralded for its natural beauty, but much of these bucolic landscapes are, of course, man-made.... more

17 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Magical World of Animal Senses, with Ed Yong

What do bees sense in flowers? What do songbirds hear in each others’ tunes? And what’s that smell sending your... more

15 Jul 2022 · 59 minutes
The Futureverse: Reimagining Worth

How do we define value? How has this changed over time? And who decides what is deemed valuable? For centuries,... more

13 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
Doughnut Economics, with Kate Raworth

Oxford University economist Kate Raworth has been described by the author and environmentalist George Monbiot as, "The John Maynard Keynes... more

11 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Hip-hop vs Shakespeare

In a debate that spans centuries created in partnership with Sotheby's, we hear from Peabody Award-winning spoken-word performer George the... more

10 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
A Life in Forensic Psychiatry, with Dr Ben Cave

What is it like to treat some of the most troubled men and women in society? Dr Ben Cave is... more

08 Jul 2022 · 40 minutes
Them’s the Breaks: Boris Johnson’s Resignation and Britain’s Political Crisis, with Jonathan Freedland, Simon Jenkins and Manveen Rana

In a special programme following the resignation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the UK, we hear from columnist,... more

07 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Hunt for the Missing Cryptoqueen, with Jamie Bartlett

Dr Ruja Ignatova, an Oxford-educated, self-styled cryptocurrency guru, promised her followers a financial revolution through her project: OneCoin. Then, in... more

06 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
On Speaking and Being: The Power of Words, with Kübra Gümüsay

Language is expressive, a way of opening doors or a tool for creating new dialogue. But a tool so powerful... more

04 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Has Sex Positivity Harmed Feminism?

In today's world, we're often encouraged to think that sex is no longer a subject burdened with shame or repressed... more

03 Jul 2022 · 44 minutes
Eton, Oxford, Westminster: The Formative Pipeline of Britain's Ruling Elite, with Simon Kuper

Across Britain, it’s no secret that the people who make up the country's elected government have gone through the same... more

01 Jul 2022 · 53 minutes
Escaping Xinjiang, with Nury Turkel

In recent years China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against the Uyghur ethnic group... more

29 Jun 2022 · 38 minutes
Why We Fight, with Christopher Blattman

Christopher Blattman is an economist, political scientist and Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of... more

27 Jun 2022 · 59 minutes
The Sunday Debate: The Northern Ireland Question: Is it Time to Abandon The Protocol?

The Northern Ireland Protocol – agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union in 2019 – has been a... more

26 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Neighbouring Russia, with Erika Fatland

Tracing Russia’s vast border, which meets those of 14 other countries, helps tells the history of Russia itself. From its... more

24 Jun 2022 · 41 minutes
How to Be an Antiracist, with Ibram X. Kendi

Activist, historian and academic Ibram X. Kendi's book, How To Be and Antiracist, won the National Book Award for nonfiction... more

22 Jun 2022 · 48 minutes
The Hidden World of Bisexuality, with Julia Shaw

Bisexuality is the world’s largest sexual minority but is potentially the least understood. In her new book, Bi: The Hidden... more

20 Jun 2022 · 44 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Parenting Doesn’t Matter (Or Not As Much As You Think)

We delve back into the archive to 2018, when we held a debate getting to the heart of nature vs... more

19 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Bittersweet: Finding Purpose in Sorrow, with Susan Cain

Susan Cain shot to fame in 2012 with her international bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,... more

17 Jun 2022 · 1 hour,
How To Live With Each Other, with Farhan Samanani

In an increasingly polarised world, it’s not often we get books saying that difference is our greatest strength. But Farhan... more

15 Jun 2022 · 57 minutes
Count your Blessings: The Natural Beauty of Mathematics, with Junaid Mubeen

Whether rapidly advancing artificial intelligence will eventually become a friend or foe to humanity is a pressing question when it... more

13 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
The Sunday Debate: We Were Right To Brexit

It was always going to be a disaster. Queues of HGVs stretching miles from Dover. The Good Friday Agreement threatened... more

12 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The New Food Revolution, with George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a journalist, campaigner and author, who is telling the world that the time for action on the climate crisis... more

10 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Something Extra from Intelligence Squared

Intelligence Squared podcast is the home of lively debate and deep-dive discussion. Now we’re adding extra depth to our audio... more

09 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
How to Lead a Sustainable Business, with Alannah Weston and Leslie Johnston

In this episode of Intelligence Squared's How to Lead a Sustainable Business with Alannah Weston podcast, Alannah is joined by... more

08 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
The Power of Demography, with Paul Morland

Does the world have too many people – or not enough? That’s one of the big questions that demographer Paul... more

06 Jun 2022 · 59 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Blame Liberals For the Rise of Populism

A delve into the archive and back to 2019 when we debated a motion asking whether the left’s policies of... more

05 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Joy of Science, with Jim Al-Khalili

Professor Jim Al-Khalili is the physicist who makes science look easy. He’s the author of several books, the latest of... more

03 Jun 2022 · 43 minutes
Who is the Real Xi Jinping? With Kerry Brown

Writer and academic Kerry Brown's latest book is Xi: A Study in Power, which profiles the policies and personality behind China's... more

01 Jun 2022 · 55 minutes
The Crimes of History, with Linda Kinstler and Peter Pomerantsev

How do you put a ghost on trial? In Linda Kinstler's deeply personal new book, Come to This Court and... more

30 May 2022 · 43 minutes
The Sunday Debate: Chinese Investment Is Good for Africa

Between 2007 and 2020, China invested $23 billion into infrastructure for nations across Africa, $8 billion more than the other... more

29 May 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Mental Health: Hope and Healing With Horatio Clare and Alex Riley

How we understand mental health and the level of compassion we show to those suffering from depression and other forms... more

27 May 2022 · 58 minutes
Otherlands: A Journey Into Our Planet’s Deep Past, with Thomas Halliday

Palaeobiologist and bestselling author Thomas Halliday is helping us better understand how the natural world evolved over the past 500... more

25 May 2022 · 49 minutes
The New Science of the Body Clock, with Russell Foster

Every second of the day, tiny biological clocks are ticking throughout your body, from the neural pathways of your brain... more

23 May 2022 · 56 minutes
The Sunday Debate: The Left has right on its side

The political Left often purports that it has society’s best interests at heart and that it works for the good of... more

22 May 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
No Bullsh*t Leadership, with Roula Khalaf

Chris Hirst, Global CEO of advertising group Havas Creative, cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of modern... more

20 May 2022 · 42 minutes
The Afghan Women Writing for Freedom, with Marie Bamyani, Zarghuna Kargar and Lucy Hannah

Afghan women’s voices are at increasing risk of being silenced and as more of their rights slip away, so do... more

18 May 2022 · 32 minutes
How to Avert the Climate Catastrophe and a Financial Meltdown, with Eugene Linden

Author and environmental journalist Eugene Linden's new book, Fire and Flood: A People’s History of Climate Change from 1979 to... more

16 May 2022 · 1 hour,
Is it Time to Abandon the Five-Day Work Week?

Is it time to abandon the five-day work week? Or is the "five-days on, two days off" cadence of work... more

15 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How to Make Democracy Work for Everyone, with Yascha Mounk

During an era of identity politics, culture wars and increasing awareness of the structural biases that contribute to global inequality,... more

13 May 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Futureverse: The World Will Be a Better Place in 5, 50 and 500 Years

We live in a time of greater uncertainty than ever before in human history. We are poised between the twin... more

11 May 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
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The Afghan Women Writing for Freedom, with Marie Bamyani, Zarghuna Kargar and Lucy Hannah
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Afghan women’s voices are at increasing risk of being silenced and as more of their rights slip away, so do their stories.... more