100 episodes

The RSA’s chief executive, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of experts and thinkers on the spot by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

Bridges to the Futur‪e‬ The RSA

    • Politics
    • 4.7 • 138 Ratings

The RSA’s chief executive, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of experts and thinkers on the spot by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

    Is social mobility really a myth?

    Is social mobility really a myth?

    Selina Todd is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford. She joins Matthew to argue that there's no such things as social mobility in the UK, and that a powerful elite cling to power by blocking others from climbing the ladder.

    • 38 min
    What does the future hold for our towns and cities?

    What does the future hold for our towns and cities?

    Matthew is joined by the architect Indy Johar to assess the long term impact of the pandemic on our relationship with urban spaces.

    • 36 min
    Are you allowed to tell 'Jewish jokes' if you're not Jewish?

    Are you allowed to tell 'Jewish jokes' if you're not Jewish?

    Comedian and writer, David Baddiel, joins Matthew to dissect the complexities of Jewish joke telling and to discuss the wider issue of antisemitism in our current culture wars.

    • 38 min
    How to be an investigative reporter in the digital age

    How to be an investigative reporter in the digital age

    From blogging on his sofa in Leicester to creating a revered 'intelligence agency for the people', Eliot Higgins reveals how his organisation, Bellincat, is solving some of the biggest crimes of our times.

    • 38 min
    Do we underestimate the importance of privacy?

    Do we underestimate the importance of privacy?

    Digital technology is stealing our personal data and with it our power to make free choices. Carissa Véliz, from the Institute for Ethics at the University of Oxford, explains why she thinks we need to pull the plug on the 'surveillance economy' and take back control.

    • 34 min
    Should we ignore economic theory?

    Should we ignore economic theory?

    There's an old joke about economists that goes something like this: 'it works well in practise, but does it work in theory?'.

    Economic theories and models are slavishly relied upon by successive governments to determine tax rises, minimum wage rates, and much more. Investigative reporter, Tom Bergin, believes it's time for a rethink. In this podcast, he explains why.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

aep2884 ,

Stand out podcast

Fantastic

zietkiem ,

Brilliant!

Hugely inspiring and extremely important podcast. If you’re interested in progressive and innovative ideas that can help to shape a better world this podcast is for you!

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Indispensable

I waited to review this until I’d listened to a few months, and now I can be sure that it’s an indispensable podcast for me. So many great ideas covered quickly and insightfully here. Matthew Taylor is an incredible guide to big ideas.

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