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Two people, two different life experiences, one intelligent conversation. Searching for the intersections between new ideas, shared experiences and how to succeed in resolving global issues.

Studio B: Unscripted Al Jazeera English

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Two people, two different life experiences, one intelligent conversation. Searching for the intersections between new ideas, shared experiences and how to succeed in resolving global issues.

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    On the importance of teaching colonial history | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    On the importance of teaching colonial history | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    In this excerpt from Studio B: Unscripted, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch and lawyer and former footballer Enola Aluko reflect on their experiences finding an identity and overcoming their so-called 'imposter syndromes'.

    Hirsch shares her views on the need for British institutions to come to terms with the country's history of Empire. Her first book Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, explores the legacy of imperialism, her identity as a British-Ghanaian and how she has tackled the subjects of race, class and gender along her journey.

    As a striker, British-Nigerian Aluko played 102 caps for the England national team as well as for several clubs in Europe and the US, including UK's Chelsea and Italy's Juventus, winning at least six major trophies. In her memoir, They Don't Teach This, she details becoming an unintentional whistleblower by speaking out against racism in the England national team.

    You can watch the full show here: https://youtu.be/nmAvPkVj8uE

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    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B: Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

    More: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/studio-b-unscripted/

    • 3 min
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    On data and privacy, can we put the genie back in the bottle? | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    On data and privacy, can we put the genie back in the bottle? | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    In this excerpt from Studio B: Unscripted, award-winning award-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie discuss what they see as the way forward in data regulation.

    In 2012 Ressa set up the digital news platform, Rappler, known for its tough scrutiny of the government. She is currently facing charges of fraud, tax evasion and cyber liber, in what she says are politically motivated prosecutions. Ressa was included in Time’s 2018 ‘Person of the Year’ as one of a collection of journalists combating fake news.

    Wylie is a Canadian data scientist who worked for Cambridge Analytica, the company that was caught harvesting data from millions of Facebook accounts and using it for political advertising purposes. His revelations led to the largest data crime investigation in history. In July 2019, Facebook was fined a record $5 billion for violating consumers’ privacy.

    You can watch the full show here: https://youtu.be/7OLUfA6QJlE

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    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B: Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

    More: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/studio-b-unscripted/

    • 3 min
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    On Working-Class Institutions and Video Games | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    On Working-Class Institutions and Video Games | Studio B: Unscripted (web extra)

    In these two short excerpts from Studio B: Unscripted, award-winning illustrator and writer Molly Crabapple shares what she has learned through canvassing on behalf of the Bernie Sanders political campaign. And best-selling author and playwright Paul Mason describes why he is concerned about the dissemination of far-right messaging in video games.

    Crabapple has chronicled the stories of the marginalised while also shedding light on the darker corners of the US empire. Her artwork was widely used during the Occupy Wall Street protests and she has sketched and written on a range of stories from the consequences of Hurricane Maria and corruption in Puerto Rico, to the lives of refugees in Greece and throughout the Middle East. Her most recent publication in collaboration with Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, Brothers of the Gun (2018), details Hisham’s harrowing experience living in parts of Syria under ISIL control.

    Mason’s career as a journalist covering the financial crisis, international protests from Turkey to Spain, the conflict in Gaza, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the United States furnished his subsequent books and plays, including Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (2012) and PostCapitalism (2017). In his latest book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of The Human Being (2019), Mason makes the case for ethical human control of technology to further global progress.

    You can watch the full show here: https://youtu.be/cPbTkmHnRDs

    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B: Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

    More: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/studio-b-unscripted/

    • 2 min
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    Is this the end of capitalism? - Molly Crabapple and Paul Mason | Studio B: Unscripted

    Is this the end of capitalism? - Molly Crabapple and Paul Mason | Studio B: Unscripted

    On this episode of Studio B: Unscripted, award-winning illustrator and writer Molly Crabapple is in conversation with best-selling author and journalist Paul Mason.

    Molly Crabapple has chronicled the stories of the marginalised while also shedding light on the darker corners of the United States empire. Crabapple's artwork was widely used during the Occupy Wall Street protests, and in 2013 she was one of the first artists to gain access to the Guantanamo Bay prison. She has sketched and written on a range of stories from the consequences of Hurricane Maria and corruption in Puerto Rico, to the lives of refugees in Greece and throughout the Middle East. Her most recent publication in collaboration with Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham, Brothers of the Gun (2018), details Hisham's harrowing experience living in parts of Syria under ISIL control.

    Paul Mason's career as a journalist covering the financial crisis, international protests from Turkey to Spain, the conflict in Gaza, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the US furnished his subsequent books and plays, including Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (2012) and Postcapitalism (2017). In his latest book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being (2019), Mason argues that the rise and fall of neoliberalism has galvanised the far right as well as global resistance movements. His book makes the case for ethical human control of technology to further global progress.

    Mason and Crabapple explore how the events of 2011 transformed the trajectories of their lives and cemented their shared belief that carbon-based capitalism is contributing to social discord. They share the lessons they've learned from international movements, their perspectives on the role of art and online networks in both repression and resistance, and how to tackle fascism and prejudice, as well as the impacts of climate change.

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    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B: Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

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    Watch more: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/studio-b-unscripted/

    • 48 min
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    Is Big Tech the New Empire? - Maria Ressa and Christopher Wylie | Studio B: Unscripted

    Is Big Tech the New Empire? - Maria Ressa and Christopher Wylie | Studio B: Unscripted

    In this episode of Studio B: Unscripted award-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower Christopher Wylie discuss the weaponisation of information and how social media threatens democracy around the world.

    In 2012, Ressa set up the digital news platform, Rappler, now particularly known for its tough scrutiny of the Duterte administration and his controversial "war on drugs". She is currently facing charges of fraud, tax evasion and cyber-liber, in what she says are politically motivated prosecutions.

    Ressa was included in the Time's 2018 Person of the Year as one of a collection of journalists combating fake news.

    Wylie is a Canadian data scientist, who worked for Cambridge Analytica, the company that was caught harvesting data from millions of Facebook accounts and using it for political advertising purposes. His revelations led to the largest data crime investigation in history.

    In July 2019, Facebook was fined a record $5bn for violating consumers' privacy.

    With powerful stories and insight, our guests discuss how they came to be on the front line in the battle for truth and how speaking out can have enormous personal costs.

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    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B, Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

    More: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/studio-b-unscripted/

    • 48 min
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    Eniola Aluko and Afua Hirsch | Studio B: Unscripted

    Eniola Aluko and Afua Hirsch | Studio B: Unscripted

    Launching the second series of Al Jazeera's Studio B, Unscripted, writer/broadcaster and professor Afua Hirsch and former footballer/author Eniola Aluko discuss how they have navigated racism and gender discrimination as outliers in their professions.

    As a striker, Eniola played 102 caps for the England national team as well as for several clubs in Europe and the US, including UK's Chelsea and Italy's Juventus, winning at least six major trophies.

    In her memoir, They Don't Teach This, she details becoming an unintentional whistle-blower by speaking out against racism in the England national team, after which she was dropped from the squad. After several failed investigations, she testified before a UK parliamentary committee and was eventually offered an apology by the Football Association. Eniola is now the Sporting Director of Aston Villa Women Football Club.

    Afua's first book, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, explores the legacy of imperialism, her identity as a British-Ghanaian and how she has tackled the subjects of race, class and gender along her journey.

    She has worked in human rights and development, has been a correspondent, editor and opinion writer and is also a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California. In their frank conversation, Eniola also draws parallels from her British-Nigerian background and their hyphenated identities.

    Afua and Eniola delve into their mutual drive for the pursuit of justice (alongside playing professional football, Eniola qualified as a lawyer). In her illustrated book, Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court, Afua draws from her experience as a lawyer to encourage children to seek fairness and justice.

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    The views expressed in this programme are the guests' own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial stance.

    Studio B, Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter - focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.

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    Note: Videos of Eniola Aluko in introductory package courtesy of Chelsea TV and video of Afua Hirsch courtesy of Vintage Books.

    • 48 min

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