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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.

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    • 4.6, 616 Ratings

Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
616 Ratings

616 Ratings

Whome555555 ,

I thought this podcast was going to be boring .....

Not every podcast keeps my interest to the end but I have learnt so much about topics I would never have given a second thought. Thank you.

WuZetianII ,

‘Soapbox’ a more accurate title than ‘Analysis’

Have listened to many of these now and it usually goes like this:-
1) Anticipation as the latest topic is one I consider interesting and important;
2) Early promise as some major issues identified, including contrasting views; but then
3) Glib recommendations that ignore much of what was in 2); and then
4) Frustration

The underlying problem, as I see it, is that the essence of the programme is to provide advocates with a platform to promote their views on complex and contentious topics. They already ‘know’ what the ‘right’ solutions are and have little interest in acknowledging they may not work because of familiar objections from the ‘other side’.

I am reminded of Hayek’s observation on the Curious Task (‘of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design’).

But I guess this does not make satisfying entertainment for most of the target market.

I am struck by how positive most of the other reviews are - in contrast to mine. Maybe people write them after hearing conclusions they like. I see that one earlier review described this programme as ‘the BBC at its best’. Maybe people are used to other output so poor that this is as good as they can expect.

elnajudel ,

The forgotten half

Very glad to have heard this because as an Architect I am very aware of lack of building skills training and had never heard about the report, at least only the universities part of it. Another thing to nag my MP about.

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