Ideas from the world's biggest thinkers. Hear philosophers, scientists, politicians, novelists, historians and artists challenge each other. Podcast weekly on Saturdays.
Sat, 1 Mar 14
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Should we expect the best or the worst? This week we look at the power of expectation, with Swedish neuroscientist Predrag Petrovic who asks if a doctor's expectations can affect the success of a patient's treatment, Indian marketing expert Baba Shiv who explains why we expect things to be better if we pay more, and musicologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis on why our enjoyment of music is determined by what we're expecting to hear.
Sat, 22 Feb 14
12 days remaining
What's reality made of? This week, we're looking up at distant stars, and looking down at earth from space, in an attempt to uncover underlying structures. Bridget Kendall is joined by cosmologist and author of 'Our Mathematical Universe' Max Tegmark, award-winning photographic artist Mishka Henner and pioneering satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak.
Sat, 15 Feb 14
5 days remaining
Is revolutionising one's thoughts more difficult than storming prisons and attacking estates of the privileged? As Libya is about to start drawing up its new constitution, severing its legal ties with the Gaddafi era, lawyer Elham Saudi guides us through the dilemma of what to keep and what to reject from the 42 years of the colonel’s rule. Historian Suzanne Desan offers a longer perspective on the same problem: the French Revolution swept away old legal systems, legalising divorce or giving women equal inheritance rights for instance, radically altering the fabric of French society. But the current president of PEN International, writer John Ralston Saul argues that removing unpalatable remnants of the past robs us of valuable insights, dooming us to repeat mistakes of the past.
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