George Bellows, Geoff Mulgan, Psychology As Science, Ken Loach
With Philip Dodd.
American realist painter George Bellows died aged just 42 from peritonitis, but in his short career he manage to cover a vast range of subject matter - from boxing fights and gritty urban cityscapes to portraits, seascapes and images of the First World War. As the first UK retrospective of works by the artist opens, Night Waves sends the American poet Eva Saltzman to take a look.
British director Ken Loach (Cathy Come Home, Kes, Looking for Eric) talks to Philip about his new documentary Spirit of '45, which uses archive and contemporary interviews to celebrate the hopes of democratic socialism in post-war Britain.
Social policy innovator and co-founder of think tank Demos, Geoff Mulgan lays out his vision for a new breed of capitalism - one which encourages better lives and relationships instead of endless consumption and greed - when he discusses his book The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future.
Psychology is well established in university curricula as the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. But Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, thinks psychologists should do more to act like scientists by repeating experiments and publishing negative results. He joins Philip with Rupert Read, a philosopher of science who suspects the problems with thinking of psychology as a science run deeper than that.
And on the day that a new Argentinian Pope is announced, Night Waves speaks to Andrew Chesnut - an expert in Latin American religious history - about what it means for global Christianity.
Produced by Ella-mai Robey.
The Spirit of '45
The Locust and the Bee
The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future, by Geoff Mulgan, is published by Princeton University Press.