John Sulston is a Nobel prize-winning biologist and chair of a recent report ‘People and the Planet’. He is particularly interested in the challenge of inter-generational inequality; the likelihood that our present overconsumption will make life worse for future generations. John argues that we have a duty to preserve resources for those who come after us.John Sulston
Photo credit: All photos by Simon Chirgwin.
Lawrence Goldman, Fellow in Modern History at the University of Oxford, works on the history of labour movements and intellectual thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He argues that eminent thinkers such as Alexis de Tocqueville had serious concerns about reducing economic inequality. He believes that their ideas should alert us to the dangers of redistributing wealth today.Lawrence Goldman
Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam is currently writing a novel about an orphaned girl called Mo who gets to experience life as a boy. It is set on the ship breaking beaches of her home country. Tahmima discusses her book and the challenges of gender inequality in the developing world and the West.Tahmima Anam
Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland. She has also been the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She now leads the Mary Robinson Foundation working for Climate Justice. She is the Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin and is the recipient of numerous honours and awards from around the world.Mary Robinson
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Behind the scenes at the RSA.
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Lawrence Goldman listens intently...
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Executive producer Emily Kasriel gets presenter Mary Robinson ready for the recording.
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Senior producer Radek Boschetty checks the microphones for our panellists.
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Presenter and panellists face the audience...
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The audience at the RSA captured by the conversation...
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The view from behind the stage...
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The view of the stage from the back row of the audience.
IN NEXT WEEK'S PROGRAMME
As Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence, we look at the tension between dependence and independence, with Jamaican poet Olive Senior, Dennis O'Donnell who spent many years as an orderly on a psychiatric ward, and Adam Winstock who works with drug-dependent people.