Four Thought

              Four Thought

              Four Thought talks include stories and ideas which will affect our future, in politics, society, the economy, business, science, technology or the arts. Recorded live, the talks are given by a range of people with a new thought to share.

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              Recent episodes (10)

              • Huda Jawad 20 May 15

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                20 mins

                Huda Jawad reconciles her deeply held Islamic faith with her feminism, believing the Koran does not sanction the oppression of women.

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              • Baraa Shiban 13 May 15

                Wed, 13 May 15

                Duration:
                19 mins

                Baraa Shiban - stranded in London by the conflict in Yemen - describes how the revolution driven by young people in his country changed the course of his life and why he believes a revolution is just the beginning. "Whenever a revolution forces a dictator out of power, a counter revolution will always be next. Revolutions should always have post revolution plans. The actual work should start after removing the dictator. It's a long struggle and it's our duty to keep it alive and never give up."

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              • John Williams 06 Apr 15

                Wed, 6 May 15

                Duration:
                19 mins

                Comedian John Williams whose son has autism finds unexpected joy in his view of life despite the inevitable struggles. "I have learnt far far more about the human condition, and what it truly means to be alive from just being with those with learning disabilities than I have from any eminent teacher or book."

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              • Agata Pyzik 29 Apr 15

                Wed, 29 Apr 15

                Duration:
                22 mins

                Agata Pyzik, Polish cultural critic and author of "Poor But Sexy", reflects on divisions between Eastern Europe and the West and the prejudice she sees against Eastern European migrants. "I don't want to feel I have to conceal my history in order to pass for somebody worthwhile in English conversation, or to be ashamed that my country was historically poorer or was a part of the Eastern bloc".

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              • Peter Bleksley 22 Apr 15

                Wed, 22 Apr 15

                Duration:
                21 mins

                Peter Bleksley, a former undercover policeman fighting drugs crime and an ex-drug addict, argues that the only answer in the so-called "war on drugs" is to legalise and license them. "It's about time we had a radical rethink and came up with a plan that would wrestle the control and the enormous profits of this global industry, which is worth hundreds of billions of pounds per year, away from the hands of the bad guys and into the coffers of responsible governments."

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              • Jamie Bartlett 15 Apr 15

                Wed, 15 Apr 15

                Duration:
                21 mins

                Internet trolls can be surprisingly human, as Jamie Bartlett finds out. The author of "The Dark Net", says that demonising people behind shocking and hidden online subcultures may not be the best way to deal with them. Greater understanding of the complexity of their motivation could lead us to a more effective response. Without condoning their disturbing and unacceptable behaviour, he tells the stories of his surprising encounters with them.

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              • Amy Golden - 8 Apr 2015

                Wed, 8 Apr 15

                Duration:
                20 mins

                Amy Golden, who is seriously disabled - she can move only her right arm and cannot speak - shares what life is like through her eyes

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              • Darren Harris: Keeping it personal

                Wed, 31 Dec 14

                Duration:
                19 mins

                Paralympian Darren Harris argues for a person-centred approach in the age of big data.

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              • Paola Antonelli: Art, design and politics

                Wed, 24 Dec 14

                Duration:
                20 mins

                Paola Antonelli explores the politics in art and design.

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              • Jeffrey Sachs: The Shadow of the Cold War

                Wed, 17 Dec 14

                Duration:
                20 mins

                Jeffrey Sachs argues that many of today's global problems are hangovers from bad, ungenerous decisions at the end of previous conflicts.

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