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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.

    Can we ever really tackle rising public spending?

    Can we ever really tackle rising public spending?

    Last week, the government unveiled around £30bn worth of cuts to public services as it attempts to plug a fiscal hole. Governments have attempted to rein in spending in the past and struggled to do so.

    Philip Coggan takes a look at why public spending tends to rise in the long run and the continuing political battle to contain it.

    Guests:

    David Gauke, former Conservative MP and Treasury minister from 2010 to 2017
    Carys Roberts, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research
    Jagjit Chadha, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research
    Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government

    Producer: Ben Carter
    Production co-ordinator: Helena Warwick-Cross and Maria Ogundele
    Sound engineer: James Beard
    Editor: Clare Fordham

    • 28 min
    Why do we assume women care?

    Why do we assume women care?

    In spite of progress on men's involvement in childcare the statistics show that women are still doing far more caring of young children. That is extended throughout life to the caring of ill and elderly relatives. And 82 per cent of people working in social care jobs are women. Professor of Sociology at Oxford Brookes University Tina Miller asks to what extent women are still trapped by society and its structures, such as who gets paid parental leave, into caring roles and whether we simply assume that women will care? But as she finds out, in much later life the roles can be reversed. She asks what needs to change in order for men to take on more caring responsibility earlier on.

    Producer Caroline Bayley
    Editor Clare Fordham
    Sound Engineer: Neva Missirian
    Production Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick-Cross

    • 28 min
    Economic Growth - can we ever have enough?

    Economic Growth - can we ever have enough?

    As the twin storms of economic turmoil and worsening climate change grip the UK and many other countries around the world, Analysis examines the future of economic growth. Does it offer a route out of economic malaise, or have its benefits reached a ceiling for developed countries? And can further growth be environmentally justified, or do we urgently need to halt - or even reverse - growth to limit the effects of climate change? Can so-called “degrowth” ever be possible?

    Edward Stourton talks to economists and thinkers from around the world to appraise whether there’s still a central role for growth in the 21st century.

    Presenter: Edward Stourton
    Producer: Nathan Gower
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Programme Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick-Cross
    Sound Engineer: Neva Missirian

    • 28 min
    Is 'Political Blackness' gone for good?

    Is 'Political Blackness' gone for good?

    Over the decades, a string of umbrella terms and acronyms have been used in the UK to describe people who aren’t white. “Politically Black”, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME), ethnic minorities, or people of colour.

    Virtually all of them have been rejected by the people they describe, but is there still value in a collective term for Britain’s ethnic minorities? Mobeen Azhar hears stories of solidarity and schism between different groups in modern Britain to find out whether any sense of unity still exists and whether we need a new label.

    Contributors:

    Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South
    Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want
    Professor Jason Arday, Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Glasgow
    Ada Akpala, writer and podcaster
    Dr Rakib Ehsan, research analyst specialising in social integration and community relations
    Dr Lisa Palmer, Deputy Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University
    Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

    Presenter: Mobeen Azhar
    Producer: Dan Hardoon
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Sound Engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Production Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick-Cross

    • 27 min
    Can Effective Altruism really change the world?

    Can Effective Altruism really change the world?

    If you want to do good in the world, should you be a doctor, or an aid worker? Or should you make a billion or two any way you can, and give it to good causes? Billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried argues this is the best use of his vast wealth. But philosophers argue charitable giving is often driven not by logic, but by a sense of personal attachment. David Edmonds traces the latest developments in the effective altruism movement, examining the questions they pose, and looking at the successes and limitations.

    • 28 min
    How Xi Jinping did it

    How Xi Jinping did it

    Just over a decade ago, President Xi Jinping was a virtual unknown. Few would say that now. In ten years, he’s reworked the Chinese Communist party, the military and the government so that he’s firmly in control. He’s also vanquished all of his obvious rivals. And now, he’s about to extend his time in office. Some say Xi might stay in the top job indefinitely. So how did Xi Jinping do it? Celia Hatton, the BBC’s Asia Pacific Editor, speaks to fellow China watchers to find out.

    Producer: Rob Walker
    Editor: Clare Fordham
    Researcher: Ben Cooper
    Studio Manager: James Beard
    Production Coordinators: Maria Ogundele and Helena Warwick-Cross

    With special thanks to Kerry Allen.

    (Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the art performance celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China in 2021. Credit: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

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