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Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.

    It's Not Easy Being Green

    It's Not Easy Being Green

    If the future of politics must include tackling climate change, it holds that the future should be bright for the Greens. In parts of Europe, their influence is growing. In Germany the Green Party is enjoying unprecedented support. But in the UK there’s only ever been one Green MP and the party won just 2.7 per cent of the vote in last year's election. In this edition of Analysis, Rosie Campbell, Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at Kings College London, goes in search of the Green vote. Who are they? If the Parliamentary path is blocked due to the voting system, how do they make an impact? And can they persuade more people not only to vote Green but also to become “Greener”?

    Producer: Jim Frank
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Do voters need therapy?

    Do voters need therapy?

    In a poll last year, two thirds of people suggested that Britain’s exit from the EU was negatively affecting the nation’s mental health. But is that really about customs unions and widget regulations, or is it a more a product of how we think about politics? James Tilley, a professor of politics at Oxford, finds out how our distorted ways of thinking create emotional reactions to politics and how those emotions affect what we do politically.

    • 29 min
    The Early Years Miracle?

    The Early Years Miracle?

    The government spends billions on free early years education. The theory goes that this is good for children, their parents and society as a whole. But does the evidence stack up? Despite the policy's lofty intentions, Professor Alison Wolf discovers that the results aren’t at all what anyone expected.

    Contributors include:

    Steven Barnett - National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University
    Christine Farquharson - Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Liz Roberts - Nursery World Magazine
    Torsten Bell - Resolution Foundation
    Lynne Burnham - Mothers at Home Matter
    Neil Leitch - Early Years Alliance

    Presenter: Professor Alison Wolf
    Producer: Beth Sagar Fenton
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    With thanks to N Family Club

    • 28 min
    The NHS, AI and Our Data

    The NHS, AI and Our Data

    The NHS has a unique resource - data. David Edmonds asks whether a combination of data and Artificial Intelligence will transform the future of the NHS. The programme features among others Sir John Bell, who leads the government’s life-sciences industrial strategy and Matthew Gould chief executive of NHSx, the unit set up to lead the NHS's digital transformation. As the NHS tries to make use of its data, the programme raises the danger that data may be flogged off to the private sector at bargain basement prices.

    Producer Sheila Cook
    Editor Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    Get woke or go broke?

    Get woke or go broke?

    When you buy your trainers, do you want to make a political statement? Businesses want to attract consumers by advertising their commitment to liberal causes like diversity and tackling climate change. It is a phenomenon known as woke capitalism. But is it a welcome sign that multinationals are becoming socially responsible? Or is it just the latest trick by business to persuade us to part with our cash, and a smokescreen to disguise the reluctance of many companies to pay their fair share of taxes? The Economist's Philip Coggan asks whether it's a case of getting woke or going broke.

    Contributors:
    Dr Eliane Glaser - author of Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies in Modern Life
    Dan Mobley - Corporate Relations Director, Diageo
    Saker Nusseibeh - Chief Executive at Hermes Investment
    Anand Giridharadas - author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
    Kris Brown - president of Brady United, a gun violence prevention organisation
    Abas Mirzaei - Professor of Marketing at Macquarie Business School
    Doug Stewart - Chief Executive of Green Energy UK


    Producer: Ben Carter
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    NATO at 70

    NATO at 70

    NATO’s military strength and unswerving trans-Atlantic solidarity enabled it to contain and ultimately defeat the Soviet Union. But with Vladimir Putin’s Russia resurgent, and eager to restore some of its past glory, people speak of a new “Cold War”. But this one is very different from the first. It is being fought out on the internet; through propaganda; and by shadowy, deniable operations. It is not the kind of struggle that plays to the Alliance’s traditional strengths. Worse still, NATO – currently marking its seventieth anniversary - is more divided than ever; its member states having very different priorities. President Trump has added additional strains, raising a question-mark over Washington’s fundamental commitment to its European partners. So can NATO hold together and adapt to the new challenges it faces or will it sink into a less relevant old age?

    Producer: Stuart Hughes
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min

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