Lisa Appignanesi with presenter Tim Marlow
MEET THE GUESTS
American Professor of Government Ned Lebow warns us we are missing the point if we think economic greed and the desire for national security are the only motivations governing foreign policy. He says it is essential to take into account a nation’s self-esteem and honour in order to understand the driving forces behind war and conflict.
What has caused the substantial growth in the number of mental disorders in the last century? Are we simply counting things we haven’t counted before, or do we have sicker societies? Writer and historian Lisa Appignanesi surveys our changing attitudes to mental illness over the last 200 years, particularly among women.
Austrian physicist Peter Klimek provides statistical explanations for why decision-making bodies comprising more than 20 members are rarely effective, backing up observations on bureaucratic inefficiency formulated half a century ago by the historian and satirist CN Parkinson. He also calculates when a worker ceases to be effective at his or her job.
60 IDEA TO CHANGE THE WORLD
LISA APPIGNANESI believes we should abolish ‘objectives’, especially in education. She claims objectives impoverish our ability to think and argue, as well as to read and to imagine the complexities within ourselves and others.Listen to this idea...
EIGHT BUREAUCRATS, ONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS, DISCUSS SELF ESTEEM IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
Mathematician Roger Penrose explains why there might have been more than one ‘Big Bang’ in the universe, Professor of Aesthetics Azar Nafisi discusses the nature and political dimensions of silence, and literature theorist Jack Zipes contends that we might be hardwired to prefer fairy tales over other genres.