288 episodes

Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

The Reith Lectures BBC

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 573 Ratings

Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series

    From Climate Crisis to Real Prosperity

    From Climate Crisis to Real Prosperity

    Mark Carney, the former Governor of the Bank of England, argues that the roots of the climate change threat lie in a deeper crisis of values. He suggests that we can create an ecosystem in which society’s values broaden the market’s conceptions of value. In this way, individual creativity and market dynamism can be channelled to achieve broader social goals including, inclusive growth and environmental sustainability.

    Presenter: Anita Anand
    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Hugh Levinson
    Production Coordinator: Brenda Brown
    Studio Manager: Rod Farquhar

    • 57 min
    From Covid Crisis to Renaissance

    From Covid Crisis to Renaissance

    Mark Carney, the former Governor of the Bank of England, observes that the pandemic has forced states to confront how we value health, wealth and opportunity. During the first few months of the crisis, most states chose to value human life more than the economic well-being of the nation-state. But if that seems to be changing how do we assess value in this sense?

    Dr Carney elucidates surprising differences in the financial value put on a human life in different nations – and goes on to argue that this reductionist approach fails to take into account deeper thinking about the worth of human existence.

    Presenter: Anita Anand
    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 57 min
    From Credit Crisis to Resilience

    From Credit Crisis to Resilience

    Mark Carney, the former Governor of the Bank of England, takes us back to the high drama of the financial crisis of 2008, which ended a period when bankers saw themselves as unassailable Masters of the Universe. More than a decade on, how much have the bankers changed their ways? How far has the financial sector changed? Dr Carney says that we must remain vigilant and resist the “three lies of finance.” If we don’t, he warns, we will live with a system which is ill-prepared for the next crisis.

    Presenter: Anita Anand
    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 57 min
    From Moral to Market Sentiments

    From Moral to Market Sentiments

    Mark Carney’s Reith 2020 Lectures chart how we have come to esteem financial value over human value and how we have gone from market economies to market societies. He argues that this has contributed to a trio of crises: of credit, Covid and climate. And the former Bank of England Governor will outline how we can turn this around.

    In this lecture, recorded with a virtual audience, he reflects that whenever he could step back from what felt like daily crisis management, the same deeper issues loomed. What is value? How does the way we assess value both shape our values and constrain our choices? How do the valuations of markets affect the values of our society?

    Dr Carney argues that society has come to embody Oscar Wilde’s aphorism: “Knowing the price of everything but the value of nothing.”

    Presenter: Anita Anand
    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 57 min
    Shifting the Foundations

    Shifting the Foundations

    Jonathan Sumption argues against Britain adopting a written constitution as a response to political alienation. The former UK Supreme Court Justice has argued that politics is in decline partly, at least, because the courts and the law is increasingly doing what politicians used to do. This has indirectly contributed to the electorate’s increasing rejection of the political process. There is growing resentment against the political elite. So what can we do? Lord Sumption makes some suggestions to restore faith in democracy – starting by fixing the party system and changing the way we vote.

    The programme is recorded in front of an audience at Cardiff University.

    The Reith Lectures are presented and chaired by Anita Anand and produced by Jim Frank

    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 42 min
    Rights and the Ideal Constitution

    Rights and the Ideal Constitution

    Jonathan Sumption assesses the US and UK’s constitutional models. He describes Britain's unwritten constitution as a political institution. The US Constitution is by contrast essentially a legal document. This has led Americans to address what should be political questions – such as the right to abortion – via the courts, rather than through politics. Britain, Lord Sumption argues, should learn from the United States be careful about which rights should be put beyond democratic choice.

    The programme is recorded in front of an audience at George Washington University in Washington DC.

    The Reith Lectures are presented and chaired by Anita Anand and produced by Jim Frank.
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
573 Ratings

573 Ratings

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Creed

I'm guessing Sam dumbass didn't actually listen to the lecture.

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Carney Greenery

Trump will be back in four years and this mythology will be out the window.

NTaT WATON ,

Insight in to the mind of someone at the top of their game

Too rarely do we get a long form voyage into any subject area that affects each and everyone of us daily. It just cries out for a whole series of fireside chats between Mark and his interlocutors piers.

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