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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.

    Beyond the cost of living crisis

    Beyond the cost of living crisis

    The Bank of England says inflation might reach 11 per cent this year. There are warnings that some people will have to choose between heating and eating.

    But what does it mean for the whole economy when prices just keep rising? In the 1970s inflation in the UK led to prices and wages spiralling as workers fought for wages that would keep up with prices.

    Those years were dominated by waves of strikes and social unrest as inflation became embedded in the economic system. The current situation is being exacerbated by Covid 19, the war in Ukraine and Brexit so is there anything that government can do to stop it? How bad could it get? And are the days of low inflation gone forever?

    Reporter Philip Coggan talks to:

    Manoj Pradhan consultant at Talking Macroeconomics

    Andy Haldane, Chief Executive of the RSA and former Chief Economist at the Bank of England

    Jagjit Chadha: Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

    Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium

    Ruth Gregory, Economist at Capital Economics

    Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics at Harvard University

    Producer: Claire Bowes
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith
    Production co-ordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Maria Ogundele
    Sound engineer: Neil Churchill

    • 28 min
    Cashing in on the green rush

    Cashing in on the green rush

    Some countries have legalised cannabis, often with the hope of kick-starting a lucrative new source of tax revenue - but just how profitable has it been?

    Aside from a few fact-finding trips, the prospect of legalising cannabis is not on the political agenda here in the UK - but could it be missing out?

    Advocates say it's a bad call to let criminals continue to profit when legal businesses and the government could reap the financial rewards instead. Opponents counter that no amount of money is worth the associated public health risks.

    But in the past decade countries including Canada, Malta, Uruguay and parts of the United States have decided to embrace the so-called green rush.

    But how is it working out for them economically and what lessons could other places considering legalisation learn?

    Reporter Datshiane Navanayagam talks to:

    Christopher Snowden, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs

    Adam Spiker, executive director of a cannabis trade association in California

    Amanda Chicago Lewis, a US based investigative reporter covering cannabis

    Laura Schultz, executive director of research at Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York

    Rishi Malkani, Cannabis Leader at Deloitte

    Charlotte Bowyer, Head of Advisory at Hanway Associates

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith
    Production co-ordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross and Maria Ogundele
    Sound engineer: James Beard

    • 28 min
    Germany and Russia: It's Complicated

    Germany and Russia: It's Complicated

    In late February, three days after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a landmark speech in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The invasion, he declared, represented a 'Zeitenwende' - a turning point.

    The speech has been much discussed since - was Mr Scholz referring simply to the fact of the invasion, or to the way Germany needed to respond to it?

    The speech contained a number of policy statements, the boldest of which was the commitment to set up a 100 billion Euro fund to re-equip Germany's outdated armed forces.

    The question now is whether Germany will live up to Mr Scholz' promises, or will the cultural, political and economic bonds that have tied Germany and Russia together get in the way?

    Presenter: Caroline Bayley
    Producer: Tim Mansel

    • 29 min
    The Advertising Trap

    The Advertising Trap

    Digital advertising fuels the digital economy, but is it all based on smoke and mirrors?

    Ed Butler investigates what some claim is a massive collective deception - a trillion dollar marketing pitch that simply does not deliver value to any of those paying for it. He asks, do online ads actually work, or could it be that some of the biggest names in global tech are founded on a false prospectus?

    • 27 min
    Can Nationalism be a Force for Good?

    Can Nationalism be a Force for Good?

    Arguments over the value of nationalism seem to have been raging for centuries, even though the nation state as we know it has only become widespread in the last two hundred years.

    In this programme, David Edmonds tracks the emergence of the nation state and the debate surrounding it. From post-colonial Ghana to contemporary Britain, we hear what nationalism has meant to different people in different contexts, as well as the social and philosophical principles that underlie it.

    Contributors:

    Professor Michael Billig, Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University,

    Professor Richard Bourke, professor of the history of political thought, University of Cambridge.

    Elizabeth Ohene, former Minister of State in Ghana.

    Dr Sandra Obradovic, Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University.

    Professor Tariq Modood, director of the Bristol University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship.

    Dr Sarah Fine, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    Producer: Nathan Gower
    Studio Manager: James Beard
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith
    Production Co-ordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick-Cross

    • 27 min
    From Russia with love

    From Russia with love

    As Russia’s brutal war with Ukraine enters its fourth month, Edward Stourton asks who Russia's allies and friends are and looks at the nation's influence overseas.

    While President Putin has made no secret of his belief that Ukraine should be part of a “greater Russia”, what is less apparent is how far Russia’s influence is spreading in other parts of the world.

    These include sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. With the West having left a vacuum in parts of Africa, President Putin has been able to offer military help in unstable countries such as Mali and the Central African Republic.

    This follows Russia's intervention in Syria's civil war on the side of Bashar Al-Assad's government, with implications for the wider geopolitics of the region.

    And in Latin America, Russia is accused of using soft power tactics through its media channels to polarise society and spread anti-US and anti-Western propaganda.

    Edward Stourton asks to what extent this shows that Russia is trying to rebuild the old Soviet-US spheres of influence of the Cold War.

    Producer: Caroline Bayley
    Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith
    Sound Engineer: James Beard
    Production Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick

    • 28 min

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