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GBG Ep. 10 Northern Ireland & the Referendum
At the end of May 2018 the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to appeal a law which up until that time, had effectively made abortion illegal. Voters chose by a clear majority to change this law and repeal the 8th amendment. But why does abortion continue to be such a controversial subject? By looking at how issues around the referendum affect the people of Northern Ireland this episode of the Glass Bead Game podcast is an enquiry into what abortion laws mean and how different groups navigate their way around them.
GBG Ep. 9 Queer Super Powers: Sexual Orientation as a Human Right
China and the USA are often depicted on the world stage as super powers with opposing cultural and national characters. This episode of the Glass Bead Game visits youth centres in Southern China and Mid West America to consider how state policy and ideas of national character inform the personal experiences of those that identify as LGBT. Are the cultural differences between China and the US meaningfully comparable and should both countries be doing more to uphold their commitment to the international bill of human rights?
GBG Ep. 8 Capital In Kenya: The Meaning Of Aid - Free Development
Over the last 50 years more than 1 trillion dollars in development related aid has been transferred from rich countries to the continent of Africa and yet few would argue that it has achieved anything near sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This episode of the Glass Bead Game travels to Kisumu, Kenya in order to understand the concept of Aid Free Development.
What does it mean for one country to consider itself more developed than another. What role does Government, Business or NGO play in addressing the energy and food needs for some of the poorest people on the planet? And how do those on the ground carrying out development understand their motivations for the work they do?
GBG Ep. 7 Parade & Protest in the USA
The USA has elected a new president. Following this controversial and polarising event many cities took to the streets in protest. But what does this mean? What differentiates a protest from a parade and a riot and what does engagement in this crowd activity achieve?
Recorded in New Orleans during the election - this episode explores issues of identity, cultural affirmation and crowd behaviour in a new era for the united states.
*strong language throughout
GBG Ep. 6 #BlackLivesMatter
In solidarity with the protests happening around the world following the murder of George Floyd we are re-releasing this episode of the glass bead game from 2016.
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'This podcast episode looks at the global political phenomenon which has become #BlackLivesMatter. An enquiry into both the history and realities of living with a culture of UK and US empire. We explore the meaning of 'structural violence' and the love of those that are fighting to dismantle it.'
GBG Ep. 5 Asylum Island
Chios is a small island between Turkey and the Greek mainland that physically embodies a political division between Europe and the rest of the world. Through the testimony of those that live there and those that arrive seeking asylum. This episodes considers the wider phenomena of migration along with its shifting moral and legal status.