9 episodes

Peace talks for the culture wars. In an era of polarisation, propaganda and pile-ons, Adam Fleming helps you work out what the arguments are really about.

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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

Peace talks for the culture wars. In an era of polarisation, propaganda and pile-ons, Adam Fleming helps you work out what the arguments are really about.

    Online justice and rape

    Online justice and rape

    Rape allegations about a footballer have led to debate online and protests in real life.

    A woman who says she was raped by a Premier League footballer put her allegations and evidence for them online. On social media some people have tried to pick holes in her account and demanded anonymity for people accused of rape. Others are outraged that the player hasn’t been suspended by his club. In real life, an aeroplane banner protest said “Kick rapists off the pitch”. What’s the law on identifying rape suspects? How common are false allegations of rape? And do people actually understand the law on rape?

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin & Lucy Proctor
    Researcher: Ellie House
    Production co-ordinators: Maria Ogundele & Helena Warwick-Cross
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editors: Hugh Levinson & Penny Murphy

    • 54 min
    Drag queens and libraries

    Drag queens and libraries

    The row over drag queens reading stories to children.

    A spate of protests outside libraries has focused attention on the idea of drag queen story hours - drag queens reading stories to young children in libraries and other public spaces. For some, it’s the perfect way to build acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities, plus it’s fun and fabulous for the children. For others, it risks exposing young minds to adult entertainment and complex themes of sex and gender.

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin & Lucy Proctor
    Researcher: Ellie House
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 53 min
    Race and representation

    Race and representation

    The England women’s football team has been on our screens a lot, but the team has attracted criticism for only fielding white players in the quarter finals. That sparked a discussion around what the right levels of representation should be on screen and in public life. Is it true that you can’t be what you can’t see?

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin & Lucy Proctor
    Researchers: Ellie House and Octavia Woodward
    Production Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Studio Manager: Chris Murphy
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 54 min
    Gaslighting and relationships

    Gaslighting and relationships

    Love Island has sparked debate about gaslighting and narcissism.

    The reality TV show Love Island has once again ignited discussion about the way men treat women in relationships. Two domestic violence charities called out what they called gaslighting and coercive control. Meanwhile on social media a wider conflict about these new terms has rumbled on.

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Josephine Casserly & Lucy Proctor
    Researcher: Ellie House
    Production Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Studio Manager: Hal Haines
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 53 min
    Free speech and online harm

    Free speech and online harm

    Hopefuls for the Conservative Party leadership have been talking about the Online Safety Bill. One candidate said the planned attempt to make tech companies do something about content that is legal but harmful amounts to ‘legislating for hurt feelings’. And social media had a lot to say. A comedian and an academic discuss.

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Chloe Hadjimatheou & Lucy Proctor
    Researchers: Ellie House & Octavia Woodward
    Production Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Studio Manager: Chris Murphy
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 54 min
    Cars and the climate

    Cars and the climate

    The battle between gas-guzzlers and environmentalists.

    Motorists have been staging go-slow protests on motorways over how expensive it is to get everywhere. Meanwhile, environmental protestors have been letting down the tyres of the biggest gas-guzzlers to stop them going anywhere. They want people to give up their cars, but drivers don’t like being told what to do. It’s getting people angry on social media.

    Presenter: Adam Fleming
    Producers: Simon Maybin & Lucy Proctor
    Researchers: Ellie House & Octavia Woodward
    Production Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Studio Manager: Hal Haines
    Music: Oskar Jones
    Editor: Emma Rippon

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Nickname madness im puzzled ,

Brilliant, insightful, fun!

Intelligent discussion on some pertinent and interesting topics. He’s always brilliant, but this one’s a good’en!

ruth Laura ,

Intelligent and thought provoking

Thanks Adam for this 5⭐️ podcast

Joanne 67 ,

Fantastic!

What a brilliant podcast. A thoughtful and measured way of tackling polarising subjects that helps us all understand the different perspectives. The BBC at its best: thanks so much.

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