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.

Updated: weekly
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  • 20 Aug 9MB

    Four Thought: Rosie Wilby 20 Aug 2014

    Comedian Rosie Wilby proposes the end of monogamy. She first discussed the idea in a show at last year's Edinburgh

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 13 Aug 9MB

    Four Thought: Mara Oliva 13 Aug 2014

    Mara Oliva argues that we need to think differently about ordinary Americans' views and the making of their nation's

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 06 Aug 11MB

    Four Thought: Philip North 06 Aug 2014

    What's responsible for the decline of the working class? Philip North points the finger at middle class professionals.

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 30 Jul 11MB

    Four Thought: Adjoa Andoh 30 July 2014

    Adjoa Andoh on raising a child who sensed from a very young age that he was a boy trapped in a girl's body.

    Duration: 23 mins

  • 23 Jul 7MB

    Four Thought: Rupert Goodwins 23 July 2014

    Technology writer Rupert Goodwins asks what has gone wrong with discussion on the internet, and how can it be made

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 16 Jul 9MB

    Four Thought: Noreena Hertz 16 July 2014

    Using examples from her own brush with illness, Professor Noreena Hertz talks about why it is sometimes dangerous to

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 09 Jul 8MB

    Four Thought: Jasper Fforde 09 July 2014

    Jasper Fforde explains why he is concerned that humans have reached the limits of intellectual creative thought.

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 02 Jul 8MB

    Four Thought: Serena Kutchinsky 02 July 2014

    Serena Kutchinsky explains the impact an obsession with the Faberge egg had on her family and why she now believes such

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 25 Jun 9MB

    Four Thought: Karl Sharro 25 June 2014

    Karl Sharro argues that the only way to overcome the housing crisis is to get rid of all planning regulations and let

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 18 Jun 9MB

    Four Thought: Sandra Newman 18 June 2014

    The American author Sandra Newman explains why, while most of us would like to be cool, it is best not to try too hard.

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 11 Jun 10MB

    Four Thought: Jono Vernon-Powell 11 June 2014

    Jono Vernon-Powell wonders why hitchhiking has fallen out of favour, arguing its revival would be good for travellers

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 04 Jun 9MB

    Four Thought: Jonathan Ree 04 June 2014

    Jonathan Rée explains why he’s never been happy with the idea of morality and warns against the current fashion for

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 28 May 9MB

    Four Thought: Rachel Armstrong 28 May 2014

    Rachel Armstrong proposes we should harness the computing power of the natural world to create new sustainable ways of

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 21 May 10MB

    Four Thought: SF Said 21 May 2014

    Children's author SF Said believes the power of fiction can help to bridge the divide between "Us" and "Them".

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 14 May 10MB

    Four Thought: Mark Graham 14 May 2014

    Mark Graham explains why the information poor will remain poor regardless of better worldwide access to the internet.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 07 May 9MB

    Four Thought: Rebecca Mott 07 May 2014

    Rebecca Mott says we should come to see prostitution exactly as we now see slavery - as an abuse of human rights -and

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 30 Apr 10MB

    Four Thought: Philippa Perry 30 Apr 2014

    Philippa Perry explains why story telling is so powerful and how the stories that we tell to and about ourselves affect

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 23 Apr 9MB

    fourthought: Benet Brandreth 23 April 14

    Benet Brandreth argues that our current political discourse is bankrupt, so he proposes a novel solution: a legislature

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 05 Mar 9MB

    fourthought: Becky Manson 05 March 14

    Becky Manson discusses the meaning of home as homeowning becomes less common.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 26 Feb 9MB

    fourthought: Sharon Kinsella 26 Feb 14

    Sharon Kinsella explores the Japanese 'cult of girls'.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 19 Feb 9MB

    fourthought: Byron Vincent 19 Feb 14

    Byron Vincent discusses nature versus nurture, and society's obligations to its weakest.

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 12 Feb 9MB

    fourthought: Anne-Marie Imafidon 12 Feb 14

    Anne-Marie Imafidon argues that we need to think differently about role models, including embracing their mistakes

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 05 Feb 10MB

    Four Thought: Heaven Crawley 05 Feb 2014

    Heaven Crawley, Professor of International Migration at Swansea University, commends compassion and curiosity in place

    Duration: 21 mins

  • 29 Jan 9MB

    fourthought: Matthew Engel 29 Jan 2014

    Matthew Engel makes a secular case for reclaiming the peace and quiet of the Sabbath, arguing that a proper day of rest

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 22 Jan 9MB

    Four Thought: Emile Simpson 22 Jan 2014

    A series of talks which combine new ideas and personal stories. Speakers explain their latest thinking on the trends and

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 15 Jan 10MB

    Fourt Thought: Curtis Blanc 15 Jan 2014

    Curtis Blanc, a former prisoner turned music entrepreneur, says prison works, but only if you want it to.

    Duration: 21 mins

  • 08 Jan 9MB

    fourthought: Agnes Woolley: Refugee Stories 8 Jan 14

    Agnes Woolley examines what is missing from the stories told by, and about, refugees.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 04 Dec 9MB

    fourthought: Brian Lavery: Courage and Effect 4 Dec 13

    Brian Lavery tells the remarkable story of how Mrs Lillian Bilocca, a fishwife from Hull, changed the country's most

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 27 Nov 9MB

    fourthought: Mark Lorch: Chemophobia 27 Nov 13

    Mark Lorch asks why we are all so afraid of chemicals and chemistry.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 20 Nov 9MB

    fourthought: Mark O’Connell Ambivalence: For and Against 20 Nov 13

    Mark O'Connell argues that in an age of strong opinions, we should embrace ambivalence.

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 13 Nov 9MB

    fourthought: Jane Burston: Putting Profit in its Place 13 Nov 13

    Jane Burston argues that by placing too much emphasis on profit, companies behave in an unethical way, and it is time

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 06 Nov 9MB

    fourthought: Sam Edwards: Rethinking Memorials 6 Nov 13

    Sam Edwards argues that we should think again about how and what we memorialise - including wars and other major events

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 30 Oct 9MB

    fourthought: Molly Naylor: Learning from our Teenage Selves 30 Oct 13

    Molly Naylor has spent years thinking how much she could teach her teenage self. But in this talk, Molly turns her

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 23 Oct 9MB

    fourthought: Matt Locke: Empires of Attention 23 Oct 13

    Matt Locke traces the stories of three 'empires of attention' to examine how our attention, and the way it was measured,

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 16 Oct 9MB

    fourthought: Farrah Jarral: Cheekiness 16 Oct 13

    Farrah Jarral puts the case for more cheekiness.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 14 Oct 9MB

    fourthought: Paul Dimeo: Drugs in Sport 9 Oct 13

    Paul Dimeo argues that drugs made modern sport what it is today.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 02 Oct 9MB

    fourthought: Lindsay Johns: Language is Power 2 Oct 13

    Lindsay Johns argues that language is power, and makes the case for speaking English properly.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 25 Sep 8MB

    fourthought: Mona Siddiqui: Friendships 25 SEP 2013

    Mona Siddiqui on why she believes friendships are the key to a good society in a globalised world.

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 18 Sep 9MB

    fourthought: Danny Dorling: Population Growth 18 SEP 13

    Geographer Danny Dorling explains why he thinks population growth over the next century is nothing to be scared of.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 11 Sep 9MB

    fourthought: Emily Bell: Cyberspace vs Real Space 11 SEP 13

    We might think the web is something different, another world somewhere out there - or indeed in our devices - but Emily

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 04 Sep 9MB

    fourthought: Alan Bissett: Pornography & Feminism 04 SEP 13

    In the 1990s, author Alan Bissett was a lad and women were 'birds'. In a frank and personal account, Alan talks about

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 28 Aug 10MB

    fourthought: Greg Votolato: Car Design 28 AUG 2013

    Greg Votolato from the V&A musuem confesses his addiction to cars while arguing for more sustainable designs to meet our

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 21 Aug 9MB

    fourthought: Yasmin Hai: Radicalisation 21 Aug 2013

    Writer Yasmin Hai says it’s not Western foreign policy that is radicalising young British Muslims but more pedestrian

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 14 Aug 8MB

    fourthought: Jad Adams: Helping the Homeless 14 AUG 13

    Jad Adams thinks we're dealing with homelessness less well than in the 1930s. Speaking from his experience helping

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 07 Aug 9MB

    fourthought: Andrew Graystone: Talking about Cancer 07 AUG 2013

    Andrew Graystone speaks from personal experience to argue that we’re using the wrong language to talk about cancer.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 03 Jul 9MB

    fourthought: Kevin Allen: Where Business Leaders Go Wrong 03 JUL 13

    Advertising guru Kevin Allen tells a tale of missing cutlery on passenger jets to show where business leaders go wrong.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 26 Jun 7MB

    fourthought: Jamie Tehrani: Dissecting Celebrity Culture 26 JUN 13

    Social anthropologist Jamie Tehrani sees our obsession with celebrity culture as a result of our maladapted brains.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 19 Jun 10MB

    fourthought: Judith Shapiro: The Future of Equality 19 JUN 13

    Economist Judith Shapiro argues that the next steps towards equality for women will be far harder than those which went

    Duration: 21 mins

  • 12 Jun 9MB

    fourthought: Dick Moore: Teenage Mental Health 12 JUN 13

    Dick Moore calls for urgent action to tackle the problems of adolescent mental health. Driven by personal experience, he

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 05 Jun 9MB

    fourthought: Steven Poole: Think for yourself 06 Jun 13

    Steven Poole argues that we should resist the modern message, from pop science and brain scans, that humans are

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 29 May 9MB

    fourthought: Anna Woodhouse: Looking Through Glass 29 MAY 13

    When she was a call centre worker Anna Woodhouse could see the towers of Leeds University through the window of her high

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 22 May 9MB

    fourthought: Henry Stewart: Choose Your Own Boss 22 MAY 13

    Henry Stewart argues that bad management blights the working lives of millions of people, and that the solution is to

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 15 May 9MB

    fourthought: Emma Byrne: Swearing is Good For You 15 May 13

    The science writer Emma Byrne argues that, far from tuning out, we should listen carefully when people swear, because

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 08 May 9MB

    fourthought: Stewart Henderson: Poetry in Politics 8 May 13

    Stewart Henderson argues that a lack of poetry in politics is fuelling disengagement, and makes the case for putting

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 01 May 8MB

    fourthought: Daniela Papi: Volunteering 1 May 13

    Daniela Papi explores the dark side of volunteering overseas, and asks how local people and wealthy 'voluntourists'

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 24 Apr 8MB

    fourthought: Mat Paskins: Future Possibilities 24 Apr 13

    Historian Mat Paskins argues that history can be made real when we bring back to life the excitement which previous

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 17 Apr 9MB

    fourthought: Emma Woolf: Eating Disorders 17 Apr 13

    Emma Woolf explores how people suffering from eating disorders might now have a proper explanation for the condition.

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 10 Apr 7MB

    FourThought: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: Forget Impartiality 10 Apr 2013

    William Dalrymple introduces the Oscar-winning documentary-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, in Four Thought at the Jaipur

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 03 Apr 7MB

    Four Thought: Ranjini Obeysekere: Lost in Translation? 03 Apr 2013

    Ranjini Obeyesekere - the Sri Lankan translator and thinker - argues that a bad translation is better than no

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 09 Jan 9MB

    fourthought: Anwar Akhtar: The Meaning of Pakistan 9 Jan 13

    Anwar Akhtar, Director of The Samosa, argues that Pakistan should think of itself as an Asian nation, not as an Arab

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 02 Jan 9MB

    fourthought: Sally Kettle: Does hope help? 2 Jan 13

    Adventurer Sally Kettle argues that hope is not helpful, and suggests some alternative strategies.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 26 Dec 9MB

    fourthought: Tom Armitage: The Coded World 26 Dec 12

    Designer and technologist Tom Armitage argues that learning to write computer code means learning to think in a modern

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 21 Dec 9MB

    fourthought: Georgie Fienberg: Saying No to Pity 19 Dec 12

    Georgie Fienberg believes that endless fundraising by overseas aid charities is not sustainable, and she argues that

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 12 Dec 9MB

    Nancy Lublin: 21st-Century Social Activism 12 Dec 12

    Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.Org, discusses how the next generation are doing social activism. She describes the

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 05 Dec 9MB

    Amber Dermont: Benefits of an Unhappy Childhood 5 Dec 12

    Amber Dermont explains the benefits of an unhappy childhood. "Though my parents were caring people, I could not escape

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 28 Nov 9MB

    Sara Ziff: The Problem with Fashion 28 Nov 12

    Model and activist Sara Ziff discusses the problems with fashion and modelling. Sara maintains that fashion modelling,

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 21 Nov 9MB

    Maria Popova: The Architecture of Knowledge

    Maria Popova, Editor of Brainpickings, discusses how, with the world's knowledge more readily available to us than ever

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 14 Nov 10MB

    Ismail Einashe: The Challenge for British Somalis 14 Nov 2012

    Ismail Einashe, who came to Britain as a child refugee from Somalia, reflects on the link between childhood war trauma

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 07 Nov 10MB

    James Friel: Celebrating Single Life 07 Nov 2012

    Novelist James Friel defends the value and virtues of the single life against the widespread cultural view that being in

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 31 Oct 10MB

    Anna Minton: Fuelling Fear with High Security 31 Oct 2012

    Anna Minton argues that the increasingly high security surrounding public and private buildings creates a sense of fear

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 24 Oct 10MB

    Ben Dyson: Understanding How Money Works 24 Oct 2012

    Founder and director of Positive Money Ben Dyson explains how his disillusionment with mainstream economics led him to

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 17 Oct 9MB

    Rabina Khan: Redefining Multiculturalism 17 Oct 2012

    Author and independent local councillor Rabina Khan calls for a new definition of multiculturalism which acknowledges

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 10 Oct 9MB

    Mark Vernon: Narcissism 10 Oct 2012

    Writer and former priest Mark Vernon says we should rehabilitate the concept of narcissism as a valuable form of

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 03 Oct 9MB

    Colin Murray Parkes: Insecurity and Extremism 03 Oct 2012

    The eminent psychiatrist Colin Murray Parkes illuminates the importance of secure attachments for human happiness and

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 26 Sep 9MB

    Margaret Heffernan: Whistleblowers 26 Sept 2012

    Entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan challenges the negative view of whistle-blowers and argues that people who dare to speak

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 19 Sep 7MB

    Ruchir Sharma: The Search for Economic Growth 19 Sep 2012

    Investment expert Ruchir Sharma spends his time on the road looking for the next growth economy. Here he describes his

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 12 Sep 7MB

    Niall Iain MacDonald: Rowing the Minch 05 Sep 2012

    On May 17th 2007, Gaelic broadcaster Niall Iain MacDonald vanished from his Stornoway home. In this powerful talk he

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 29 Aug 7MB

    Ian Robertson: The Winner Effect 29 Aug 2012

    Professor of Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin Ian Robertson argues that success and being a winner has an effect on

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 22 Aug 9MB

    Joe Dunthorne: Lessons from the Mosh Pit 22 Aug 2012

    Novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne asks what can we learn about living together from the mosh pit at a rock gig? Joe asks

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 15 Aug 9MB

    Katarina Skoberne: Family History Repeating 15 Aug 2012

    Does history repeat itself? Katarina Skoberne describes how in her family's case it did, and discusses the

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 08 Aug 8MB

    Ali Mangera: The Future of Shopping 8 Aug 2012

    Architect Ali Mangera discusses the closely-connected futures of cities and shopping. He describes how the retail

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 01 Aug 9MB

    James Bridle: Computers and Cultural Memories 1 Aug 2012

    Publisher and technologist James Bridle asks how computer networks will affect cultural memories. In this Four Thought,

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 25 Jul 8MB

    Gillian Wheeler: Flower Design as Art 25 July 2012

    The Covent Garden Academy of Flower’s Gillian Wheeler argues that flower design is evolving into an art, with

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 18 Jul 9MB

    Naif Al Mutawa: Art and Religion 18 July 2012

    Naif Al-Mutawa created "The 99" comic books, featuring a team of superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion. He

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 11 Jul 8MB

    Leisa Rea: The Delight of Losing 11 July 2012

    With the pressure on for victory at the Olympics, comedian Leisa Rea ponders the delights of losing - and reveals what

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 04 Jul 9MB

    Alice Bell: Improving Public Understanding of Science 4 July 2012

    Dr Alice Bell argues that better engagement by scientists, rather than lessons in "scientific literacy", is the solution

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 27 Jun 9MB

    Colin Crooks: The Let-Down Generation 27 Jun 2012

    Serial social entrepreneur Colin Crooks argues that politicians and the media are wrong to focus on youth unemployment.

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 20 Jun 9MB

    Mitu Khandaker: The Medium of Computer Games 20 Jun 2012

    Computer games offer many chances for self-reflective thought. This is a new medium for literature, film, painting and

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 13 Jun 8MB

    Terry Farrell: Architects are Problem Solvers 13 Jun 2012

    Architect Sir Terry Farrell explains why architects are uniquely placed to solve the problems of Britain's public spaces

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 06 Jun 9MB

    Kamin Mohammadi: Life in Authoritarian Regimes 06 Jun 2012

    Journalist Kamin Mohammadi argues that life under an authoritarian regime, like in her native Iran, is lived more

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 30 May 10MB

    Paddy Docherty: Poverty and Entrepreneurship 30 May 2012

    Entrepreneur Paddy Docherty says business is best placed to bring prosperity to impoverished and post conflict nations,

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 23 May 9MB

    Kate Smurthwaite: Stop Laughing at Sexism 23 May 2012

    Comedian Kate Smurthwaite argues it's time to stop laughing at sexism and time to stop prejudice against women

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 16 May 8MB

    Martin Cassini: The Case Against Traffic Lights 16 May 12

    Campaigner Martin Cassini argues that our system for managing traffic is overdue for radical reform and should be based

    Duration: 16 mins

  • 09 May 10MB

    Matthew Syed: Talent over Effort 09 May 12

    Writer and former England table tennis champion Matthew Syed says we should not over-emphasise the importance of talent

    Duration: 21 mins

  • 02 May 9MB

    Clare Melford: Buddah in the Boardroom 02 May 2012

    CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum Clare Melford argues that Buddah should be in the boardroom. She

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 25 Apr 10MB

    June Andrews: A Revolution for Dementia Treatment 25 Apr 2012

    Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, Prof June Andrews, argues for a

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 18 Apr 9MB

    Jules Evans: Socrates and Psychotherapy 18 Apr 2012

    Jules Evans explores what ancient Greek and Roman philosophy can tell modern society about well-being. He celebrates the

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 11 Apr 10MB

    Bobbie Cummines: How to Reform Criminals 11 Apr 2012

    Chief Executive of UNLOCK - the National Association of Reformed Offenders - Bobby Cummines served 13 years in high

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 22 Feb 9MB

    Robin Gorna: Losing the Fight Against AIDS 22 Feb 2012

    Robin Gorna fears we are losing the global battle against AIDS, owing to a lack of political will and ongoing social

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 15 Feb 9MB

    Rob Hopkins: Sustainability and Community 15 Feb 2012

    Co-founder of the Transition Culture movement Rob Hopkins believes that "engaged optimism" is the best way to face the

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 08 Feb 10MB

    Gordon Bridger: Re-thinking Foreign Aid 08 Feb 2012

    We need a radical rethink of aid spending, argues economist Gordon Bridger. He draws on a lifetime's experience as an

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 01 Feb 10MB

    Bali Rai: Stop Talking about Race 01 Feb 2012

    Author Bali Rai thinks we should stop talking about race as the best way to deal with racism and sees pride in our own

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 25 Jan 8MB

    Gerard Darby: Science and Creativity 25 Jan 2012

    Creativity is just as vital in science and engineering as it is in art and drama, argues trainer and writer Gerard

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 18 Jan 8MB

    Clare Allen: Liberation Through Lies 18 Jan 2012

    Novelist Clare Allan asks why lying gets such a bad press. The truth, she argues, can be far more dangerous. Can lies

    Duration: 16 mins

  • 11 Jan 8MB

    Judith Clegg: Pay it Forward 11 Jan 2012

    Entrepreneur Judith Clegg Judith Clegg argues that the special culture of technology start-ups could make the world a

    Duration: 16 mins

  • 04 Jan 8MB

    Paul Flatters: Childhood is Better Than Ever 04 Jan 2012

    Social trends analyst Paul Flatters argues that childhood today is better than ever before, and he explains why -

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 28 Dec 8MB

    Tim Smit: Britain's Not Broken 28 Dec 2011

    Founder of The Eden Project Tim Smit says Britain is very far from broken. In fact, he argues, we are a really good

    Duration: 17 mins

  • 21 Dec 9MB

    James Lange: YouTube & Scientific Research 21 Dec 2011

    Alcohol and drug researcher James Lange describes how YouTube videos of drug use have improved the speed and quality of

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 14 Dec 9MB

    Anthony McGowan: We Could be Villains 14 Dec 2011

    Author Anthony McGowan thinks that the world would be a better place if we cast ourselves as the villains rather than

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 07 Dec 9MB

    David Perks: Re-thinking Science in Schools 07 Dec 2011

    David Perks, state school physics teacher and founder of the Physics Factory in London, believes current science

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 30 Nov 9MB

    Angela Saini: Throwaway Technology 30 Nov 2011

    Science writer Angela Saini confesses that as a late adopter of new technology, she struggles to reconcile a deep human

    Duration: 20 mins

  • 23 Nov 9MB

    David Bainbridge: Celebrating Middle Age 23 Nov 2011

    David Bainbridge, clinical veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University and science writer, celebrates middle age as a

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 16 Nov 9MB

    James Daunt: In Defence of Bookshops 16 Nov 11

    James Daunt issues a ringing defence of printed books, and argues that libraries and local bookshops - the "purveyors of

    Duration: 19 mins

  • 09 Nov 8MB

    Aza Raskin: A Design Renaissance for Healthcare 9 Nov 2011

    American designer Aza Raskin proposes a design renaissance in healthcare, making it easier and more

    Duration: 18 mins

  • 02 Nov 7MB

    Dreda Say Mitchell: Family, Faith & Community 02 Nov 2011

    Author Dreda Say Mitchell argues that the importance of cultural institutions like family, faith and community has been

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 26 Oct 7MB

    Christie Watson: What's Worse than Death? 26 Oct 2011

    Novelist and former paediatric nurse Christie Watson asks whether there are some things worse than death. She describes

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 19 Oct 7MB

    Ed Yong: The Philosophy of Bacteria 19 Oct 2011

    Science journalist and blogger Ed Yong explores the physical and philosophical implications of being host to billions of

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 12 Oct 7MB

    Kate Fox: Understanding Alcohol 12 Oct 2011

    Social anthropologist Kate Fox argues that we need to re-learn much of what we think we know about the effects of

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 05 Oct 7MB

    Cindy Gallop: Abandoning Privacy 5 Oct 2011

    Advertising guru Cindy Gallop argues that if as businesses and individuals we define what we stand for and stay true to

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Sep 7MB

    Matthew Goodwin: An Electable Far Right? 28 Sept 2011

    Matthew Goodwin says supporters of the far right are generally neither irrational nor isolated, and that a far right

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 22 Sep 7MB

    Russell M. Davies: The Next Technological Revolution 21 Sept 2011

    After the internet and social media, what will be the next technological revolution? Writer, blogger and entrepreneur

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 14 Sep 7MB

    Charles ffrench-Constant: Multiple Sclerosis Research 14 Sept 2011

    Scotland has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. This progressive neurological disease can lead to

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 07 Sep 7MB

    Jim Crumley: A New Dance with Wolves 7 Sep 2011

    Nature writer Jim Crumley says you don't need to read the folk tales of the Brother's Grimm or go to Werewolf movies to

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 05 Sep 7MB

    Ed Howker: The Bad Reputation of Britain's Youth 31 Aug 2011

    Ed Howker asks whether following the recent riots in England today's younger generation deserve their bad reputation. He

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 02 Sep 7MB

    Andrew Robinson: What Can We Learn from Geniuses? 24 Aug 2011

    Since time immemorial humanity has been fascinated by genius and geniuses - those extraordinary men and women whose

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 17 Aug 7MB

    Owen Hatherley: The Decline of Architecture 17 Aug 2011

    Cultural critic Owen Hatherley attacks the architectural results of recent "urban regeneration". He regrets the loss of

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 10 Aug 7MB

    Dominic Hobson: Sport is a Zero Sum Game 10 Aug 2011

    Writer and entrepreneur Dominic Hobson argues that organised, competitive sport damages rather than builds the character

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 03 Aug 7MB

    Musa Okwonga: Life Without Twitter & Facebook 03 Aug 2011

    Poet and musician Musa Okwonga explores the downside of living a life on Twitter and Facebook. He describes his recent

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 27 Jul 7MB

    Clare Lockhart: Aid and the Developing World 27 Jul 2011

    Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness Clare Lockhart calls for a new model of aid for the developing world

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 20 Jul 7MB

    Hilary Cottam: Redesigning Welfare 20 Jul 2011

    Leadership coach Hilary Cottam unfolds her vision for re-designing the welfare state with participation, not passivity,

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 13 Jul 7MB

    Matthew Engel: An Invasion of Americanisms 13 Jul 2011

    Matthew Engel charts the growth of Americanisms in the English language and explains why, as a former Washington

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 06 Jul 7MB

    Penny Pepper: Disability and Identity 06 Jul 2011

    Writer and cabaret artist Penny Pepper gives her perspective on human identity from her personal experience as a

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 29 Jun 7MB

    Danny Kruger: The Purpose of Punishment 29 Jun 2011

    Founder of charitable arts company Only Connect Danny Kruger works with prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 22 Jun 7MB

    Ed Smith: Professional Sport 22 Jun 2011

    Former England cricketer Ed Smith argues that too much professionalism in sport and in other areas of life spoils rather

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 15 Jun 7MB

    Prof Steve Jones: The Legacy of Eugenics 15 Jun 2011

    Geneticist Prof Steve Jones reflects on the legacy of the father of eugenics, Francis Galton, and warns against the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 08 Jun 7MB

    Felipe Fernandez Armesto: The Protestant Work Ethic 8 June 2011

    Prof Felipe Fernandez-Armesto explodes what he sees as the newly revived myth of the Protestant work ethic and debunks

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 01 Jun 7MB

    Anne Applebaum: Victims of Oppression 1 Jun 2011

    Author of "Gulag", Anne Applebaum, asks how governments can best compensate victims of former repressive regimes and

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 25 May 7MB

    Philip Cowley: Politicians and Pogo Sticks 25 May 2011

    Political scientist Philip Cowley discusses how politicians have changed to reflect the political landscape around them.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 18 May 7MB

    Jake Wallis Simons: Buddha vs Buddha 18 May 11

    Writer Jake Wallis Simons describes how an ancient row within Tibetan Buddhism is causing a modern schism, and why it

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 11 May 6MB

    Johann Hari: Dying for a New Phone 11 May 2011

    Writer Johann Hari argues that our demand for gadgets has helped to drive the war in the Congo. He says it is a resource

    Duration: 13 mins

  • 04 May 7MB

    Jonathan Sumption: Don't Apologise 04 May 2011

    Judge and historian Jonathan Sumption discusses modern apologies for historical events. Starting with Tony Blair's

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 27 Apr 7MB

    Christina Patterson: Care to be a Nurse? 27 Apr 2011

    Columnist Christina Patterson discusses her own experiences of terrible nursing care. She asks why we keep making

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 09 Mar 7MB

    Prof Tom Gill: Homeless in Japan 09 March 2011

    Professor of social anthropology Tom Gill recalls some memorable and unsettling incidents he witnessed during his

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 02 Mar 7MB

    Naomi Shragai: Fusion and Confusion 02 Mar 11

    The Jewish psychotherapist and journalist Naomi Shragai discusses what she learned from marrying out, and what we all

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 23 Feb 7MB

    Adhaf Soueif: The Egyptian Uprising 23 Feb 2011

    Author and leading Egyptian intellectual Dr Ahdaf Soueif reflects on the Egyptian uprising and describes how the

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 16 Feb 7MB

    David Goldblatt: Guerilla Urbanism 16 Feb 2011

    Photographer David Goldblatt argues that current models of urban redevelopment are broken, and need replacing. He draws

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 11 Feb 7MB

    Peter Hennessy: The British Constitution 09 Feb 2011

    Historian Lord Peter Hennessy discusses joining what he has spent a lifetime writing about: the British constitution. At

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 03 Feb 7MB

    Susan Greenfield: Once Upon a Future 02 Feb 2011

    Scientist and broadcaster Baroness Susan Greenfield discusses her life's ambition, and how stories develop our brains.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 31 Jan 1MB

    fourthought: Welcome

    Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this

    Duration: 1 min