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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.

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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.

    Can Britain avoid mass-unemployment?

    Can Britain avoid mass-unemployment?

    The Bank of England says unemployment could approach 10 per cent this year and as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is wound down, many economists are warning it could go even higher.

    With more than a quarter of the UK workforce already on furlough, what can be done to make sure they have jobs to go back to?

    David Aaronovitch examines the government’s options and hears who is most vulnerable.

    Contributors:

    Melanie Simms, Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow

    Laura Gardiner, Research Director at The Resolution Foundation

    Alan Manning, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics

    Tony Wilson, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies

    Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton, Kirsteen Knight and Joe Kent.
    Editor: Jasper Corbett.

    • 28 min
    China and the Pandemic

    China and the Pandemic

    How have China's relations with other countries changed since the arrival of the virus? The US and China have been facing each other off for years, but increasingly other nations are questioning the benefits that China's growing dominance has brought. David Aaronovitch explores how that is being viewed within China itself. Has trust in the communist regime declined or are nationalistic attitudes strengthening? And what changes might this bring to global power dynamics in the future?
    Contributors: Professor Niall Ferguson of Stanford University, Rafaello Pantucci from RUSI, Yu Jie from Chatham House, economist and author Dr Linda Yueh and Professor Steve Tsang from SOAS.
    Producers: Kirsteen Knight, Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones.
    Editor: Jasper Corbett.

    • 28 min
    Coronavirus and the economy

    Coronavirus and the economy

    What damage are the pandemic and lockdown doing to the economy and what could happen next?

    David Aaronovitch explores the economic impact of physical distancing on business, whether our fast expanding national debt is sustainable and the threat posed by declining consumer confidence on our economic recovery.

    Does history offer a guide as to how and when people should return to work and government support be turned off?

    And what will our economy look like when the lockdown is eased?

    Contributors:

    Faisal Islam, BBC Economics Editor

    Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality

    Jeffrey Frankel, Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University

    Professor Jagjit Chadha, Director of The National Institute of Economic and Social Research

    Stephanie Flanders, senior executive editor at Bloomberg and head of Bloomberg Economics

    Producers: Luke Radcliff, Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones.
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Covid-19 and the Care Sector

    Covid-19 and the Care Sector

    Have the mounting deaths exposed cracks in the way we deliver care to some of our most vulnerable people?

    David Aaronovitch looks at how the system is structured and funded. and why it sometimes struggles to gain the political attention it needs.

    This is a sector in which people have called for reform has for decades but very little has been delivered.

    How have other countries care systems coped during the pandemic and what lessons could we learn?

    Contributors:

    Alison Holt, BBC Social Affairs Correspondent

    William Laing, Chairman of Laing Buisson

    Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work at King's College London

    Adelina Comas-Herrera, researcher at the London School of Economics

    Natasha Curry, Acting Deputy Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust

    Producers: Luke Radcliff, Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Easing the lockdown

    Easing the lockdown

    Some countries have opened schools, hairdressers and small non-food shops. David Aaronovitch asks what has guided those tentative first steps and whether the lockdown can be eased safely.

    What have we learnt about the behaviour and epidemiology of the virus and how might that inform decisions in the UK?

    He also quizzes experts about how long it could take to end the lockdown fully, and whether some form of social distancing could be in place for many months to come.

    Contributors:

    Dr Nathalie MacDermott, Imperial College London

    Dr Michael Tildesley, Warwick University

    Prof Hans Joern Kolmos, University of Southern Denmark

    Prof Martin McKee, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Ngaire Woods, Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University

    Producers: Kirsteen Knight, Darin Graham and Rosamund Jones
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    The psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic

    The psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic

    What do we know about how we are coping with the pandemic crisis?

    David Aaronovitch looks at the impact the three month lockdown has had on people in China and asks how different groups in the UK - just three weeks in - are faring.

    What are the particular difficulties faced by the most vulnerable and those who have been advised to self isolate, maybe for many months, during the pandemic?

    He asks what strategies can be put in place to reduce mental hardship now and in the coming weeks. And when normality resumes, how changed might we be?

    Contributors:

    Dr George Hu, Shanghai United Family Pudong Hospital

    Helen Westerman, Childline

    Prof Bobby Duffy, King's College London

    Prof Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews

    Prof Neil Greenberg, King's College London.

    Producers: Kirsteen Knight, Darin Graham and Rosamund Jones.
    Editor: Jasper Corbett.

    • 28 min

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