The RSA’s former Chief executive (2006 to 2021), Matthew Taylor, puts a range of experts and thinkers on the spot by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.
Paul Mason on how to resist the far right
Commentator and activist, Paul Mason, joins Matthew to offer his take on how to combat the rise of the far right.
Lionel Shriver on ageing and dying with dignity
In Lionel Shriver's latest novel, Should We Stay or Should We Go, an elderly couple decide to kill themselves when they turn 80 to avoid indignity and pain in their declining years. But is achieving the death you want really that easy? She joins Matthew to explore the moral quandary of assisted dying and leaving this world in a dignified manner.
What's it like to be young, black and British in the 21st century?
Matthew meets with journalist and author, Otegha Uwagba, to talk about race, identity, money and making your way as a black millennial in Britain today.
What the natural world can teach us about collaboration
From studying ants and meerkats, cleaner fish and chimps, psychologist Nichola Raihani explains why cooperation is at the heart of our bodies, our societies and our ecosystem - and why it's key to our survival.
Sebastian Junger on Freedom
As we approach 'freedom day' here in the UK, Matthew speaks to the award winning journalist, author and filmmaker, Sebastian Junger, whose latest book, Freedom, examines the tension between belonging and freedom.
What now for Narendra Modi's India?
India is heralded as the world's largest democracy. Yet, there is growing alarm about its democratic health. With the country still in a state of crisis from coronavirus, journalist Debasish Roy Chowdhury offers his take on what lies ahead for Modi's India.
I really appreciate the quality of conversation on this podcast. There are a wide range of guest speakers and the host always asks deep and interesting questions. Many subjects covered and I always learn something new. I basically never miss an episode, it’s just wonderful.
This is a fantastic and fascinating podcast that makes me proud to be an RSA member.
Outstanding podcast. Deep and wide reaching conversations.
This morning I drove from my home near Lake Tahoe California down to a small town near Santa Barbara to attend to my parents affairs. (The sadness that is Alzheimer’s disease has flooded both of them and turned their reality upside down).
It’s a 300 mile drive, no better time than to catch up on my podcast list. I’ve been listening to Bridges since your first episode. I have found your interviews to be enlightening, deeply thought provoking and challenging.
Today Episode 98 with Indy Johar was at the top of my playlist. I can’t yet quite describe the impact. Suffice it to say, Mr Johar expressed with words the painful mix of feelings of hope and despair which have been welling up lately as I consider the state of the planet. His idea re: the rapidly expanding gap between current risk and our ability to address it brought an unexpected tear. (I can’t help but contemplate the impact of that gap on my three year old grandson’s life.).
What spurred me to write is an unexpected moment on my drive back home this evening. I chose music for the return. A powerful song “randomly” showed up as the perfect bookend to your powerful interview:
No Longer There
by The Cat Empire (on Spotify and Apple Music)
Thank you for your work and impact. Best to you in whatever is next for you.