78 episodes

Peace talks for the culture wars.
In an era of polarisation, propaganda and pile-ons, AntiSocial offers an alternative: understanding, facts, and respect. Each week, Adam Fleming takes on a topic that's generating conflict on social media, blogs, talk shows and phone-ins and helps you work out what the arguments are really about.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

Peace talks for the culture wars.
In an era of polarisation, propaganda and pile-ons, AntiSocial offers an alternative: understanding, facts, and respect. Each week, Adam Fleming takes on a topic that's generating conflict on social media, blogs, talk shows and phone-ins and helps you work out what the arguments are really about.

    How planet-friendly is your diet?

    How planet-friendly is your diet?

    The greenhouse gas emissions caused by meat, dairy, and plant-based alternatives.
    Sarah Bridle, professor of food, climate, and society at the University of York, digests the data.

    • 6 min
    Meat-free menus and choice

    Meat-free menus and choice

    Should meat and dairy be taken off menus to help save the planet from climate change?
    A university is accused of “going woke” after reports it is transitioning to 100% plant-based catering by 2027. Climate activists are calling on universities and other public bodies like councils to ditch animal food products to help tackle the climate crisis. But what did the university in question actually decide and how widespread is the shift to plant-based menus? What’s the evidence about the climate impact of meat and dairy versus vegan alternatives? And what is the best way to change people’s behaviour when it comes to what they eat?
    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin, Jordan Dunbar, Ellie House, Natasha Fernandes
    Editor: Bridget Harney

    • 53 min
    Who were the “Anglo-Saxons”?

    Who were the “Anglo-Saxons”?

    The term “Anglo-Saxon” has become controversial, but where does it come from?
    As people argue online about whether the term is tainted by racism, history professor Joanna Story tells its origin story.

    • 6 min
    'Anglo-Saxon' and racism

    'Anglo-Saxon' and racism

    Should the term “Anglo-Saxon” be dropped because it’s been adopted by racists?
    People online are angry because a history journal has dropped “Anglo-Saxon” from its title. Critics say it is pandering to American academics who are unduly worried about the term being used by white supremacists. The journal says that’s got nothing to do with it. It’s part of an ongoing debate about whether “Anglo Saxon” is useful and appropriate. How did the argument start? Where did the term actually come from? And how has it been used in modern times to talk about race?
    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Tulett, Simon Maybin, Natasha Fernandes
    Editors: Bridget Harney, Sam Bonham

    • 54 min
    Divestment: A beginner’s guide

    Divestment: A beginner’s guide

    Pro-Palestinian student protesters have called for their universities to divest from firms with links to Israel, and specifically the conflict in Gaza, but how would that actually work? Adam Fleming discusses the practicalities and protest history of divestment with Chris Marsicano, assistant professor of higher education and public policy at Davidson College, in North Carolina.

    • 6 min
    Pro-Palestinian student camps

    Pro-Palestinian student camps

    The debate about protestors calling for their universities to cut ties with Israel.
    Encampments of students protesting about Israel’s military action in Gaza have been popping up on campuses across the UK. They’re calling for their institutions to divest from - sell their stakes in - companies linked to the conflict or Israel, but others say they’re demonising the country and stoking antisemitism. How did the movement start and how have universities been responding? What’s the history of political activism around university investments? And what does the law say about pitching tents on university land?
    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin, Simon Tulett, Ellie House, Jameel Shariff

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

KIeran Mc-P ,

Calm, intelligent debate

I’m so glad I came across this podcast. No people shouting over each other, just different points of view from a few articulate guests and a great host. Plus it’s topical so you can seem more informed at the dinner table than you were just an hour before!

Lisa_sj ,

Great Podcast

I love this podcast, Adam is so calm and balanced, which is so important when dealing with such complex and controversial issues. No dogmatism just thoughtfulness.

Avi19 ,

It’s a book where the main villain is the press

Your podcasts are always enjoyable and entertaining but have you intentionally ignored the fact that Harry is calling out people like you? Even Elsa happily contradicts herself “nobody leaks negative things to the press anymore” then says “Williams friends have been telling the press things”.

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