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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.

    Funny Money

    Funny Money

    What is the money in your pocket really worth?

    Come to think of it now we’re virtually cashless, do you even keep money in your pocket?

    Maybe you’re worried about the growth of government debt during the pandemic you now store your wealth in commodities such as gold or silver? Or maybe you’re a fan of another asset class: bitcoin. Are cryptocurrencies the future of money or a giant bubble waiting to burst?

    Why are governments and companies such as Facebook so interested in developing their own digital currencies?

    Fifty years on from the ‘Nixon Shock’, when President Richard Nixon changed global currencies forever by taking the US off the gold standard, the BBC’s Ben Chu is on a mission to find out what money means to us today.

    Where does its value come from in this increasingly online world? Are we witnessing a revolution in the transfer of value into the metaverse? And how should make sense of this funny money business?

    Guests include:

    Historian Niall Ferguson

    Economist and academic Stephanie Kelton

    Investor Daniel Maegaard

    Investment strategist Raoul Pal

    Financial commentator Peter Schiff

    Economist Pavlina Tcherneva

    Producer Craig Templeton Smith
    Editor Jasper Corbett

    • 28 min
    The Zoomshock Metropolis

    The Zoomshock Metropolis

    Our towns and cities are facing an existential crisis. The rise of online shopping has left gaping holes in high streets. And if hybrid working takes off, some economists predict a dramatic 'zoom shock' as workers spend less time and money in city centres. What seems like a crisis could be an opportunity to reinvent our cities and 'Level Up' struggling towns. But are we ready to seize this moment?

    Helen Grady meets local leaders embracing this moment of change - from the Teesside town bulldozing a shopping centre to create a park to the US community paying remote tech workers to relocate. She hears how big cities like Manchester are enticing people back to the office. And she asks if we're about to see a move away from city-led growth to a model where jobs and prosperity are more evenly spread between towns and cities.

    Producer and presenter Helen Grady
    Editor Jasper Corbett

    • 27 min
    What the Foucault?

    What the Foucault?

    Last December Liz Truss made a speech. The Minister for Women and Equalities spoke about her memories of being at school in Leeds. She was taught about sexism and racism, she said, but not enough time was spent on being taught how to read and write. "These ideas," said Truss, "have their roots in post-modernist philosophy - pioneered by Foucault - that put societal power structures and labels ahead of individuals and their endeavours."

    So do Foucault's ideas pose a real danger to social and cultural life in Britain? Or is he a "bogeyman" deployed by some politicians to divide and distract us from real issues?

    In this edition of Analysis, writer and academic Shahidha Bari tries to make sense of Foucault's influence in the UK - and asks whether his ideas really do have an effect on Britain today.

    Producer: Ant Adeane
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    Contributors:

    Agnes Poirier, journalist and author of Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50

    Michael Drolet, Senior Research Fellow in the History of Political Thought, Worcester College, University of Oxford

    Lisa Downing, Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham

    Richard Whatmore, Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Co-Director of the Institute of Intellectual History

    Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent

    Clare Chambers, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge

    Charlotte Riley, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at the University of Southampton

    • 28 min
    Global Britain: is there substance behind the slogan?

    Global Britain: is there substance behind the slogan?

    Having left the EU, the UK is now re-branding itself as "Global Britain", but what does that actually mean? A key plank of the new foreign policy is a pivot to the "Indo-Pacific". How is this seen in India? And how should Britain deal with China, described as a "challenge" in the government's recently published Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy? And where does all this leave relations with the EU and US?
    Should "Global Britain" try to reassert itself as a major power on the international stage, or would the UK's interests be better served by acting as a broker between larger, or like-minded, countries instead, to help bring about beneficial agreements?
    And what effect could the reduction in the overseas development aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of Gross National Income have on Britain's "soft power" abroad, with the deep real-terms cuts to humanitarian and other programmes that this will mean for countries such as Yemen or Malawi?

    Presenter: Chris Morris
    Producer: Arlene Gregorius
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 29 min
    Science in the Time of Covid-19

    Science in the Time of Covid-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the best of science and the worst of science. New vaccines have been produced in less than twelve months. But at the same time we’ve seen evidence exaggerated and undermined, falsified, and flawed. Scientists arguing in public over areas of policy that have reached into all of our lives in an unprecedented way. There has never been so much “science”. But the pandemic has seen science politicised and polarised in ways some of us could never imagine.
    In this episode of Analysis, Sonia Sodha explores what the pandemic has revealed about the practice of science, and our relationship with it.

    Producer: Gemma Newby
    Editor: Jasper Corbett

    • 27 min
    The Fine Art of Decision Making

    The Fine Art of Decision Making

    Margaret Heffernan explores the fine art of decision making in times of uncertainty. We make decisions all the time which affect our personal lives, but what about the decisions which affect the lives of many others? How do you decide, when the well being of a nation or the success of a company are at stake, but the path is unclear because the risks cannot be quantified? A desire for more data, the temptation to procrastinate, a reluctance to admit mistakes and the outsourcing of decisions to machines can all lead to bad decision making, so what processes and practices, leadership qualities and attitudes of mind can serve as the best guides? Senior politicians, public servants, business people and academics share their insights based on past failures as well as successes, and suggest ways of better decision making in an increasingly uncertain world.

    Contributors:

    Professor Gerd Gigerenzer, Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
    Martin Gilbert, former CEO, Aberdeen Asset Management
    Sir Oliver Letwin, former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister
    Dame Louise Makin, former CEO, BTG plc
    Baroness Eliza Manningham- Buller, former Director General MI5, Chair of The Wellcome Trust
    Professor Cathy O'Neill, founder O'Neill Risk Consulting and Algorithmic Auditing
    Jonathan Powell, former Downing Street Chief of Staff to Tony Blair

    Producer: Sheila Cook
    Editor Jasper Corbett

    • 29 min

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