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George Bellows, Geoff Mulgan, Psychology As Science, Ken Loach

With Philip Dodd. Including a retrospective of American realist painter George Bellows, Geoff Mulgan on the new capitalism, Ken Loach on Spirit of '45, and psychology as a science.

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.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Pope

    Philip discusses the new pope, Pope Francis with Andrew Chesnut

    Duration: 03:35

  • George Bellows

    The American poet Eva Salzman takes a look at a George Bellows retrospective

    Duration: 06:14

  • Ken Loach

    British director Ken Loach talks to Philip about his new documentary Spirit of '45

    Duration: 10:30

  • Geoff Mulgan

    Geoff Mulgan lays out his vision for a new breed of capitalism

    Duration: 13:04

  • Psychology

    A discussion on Psychology with Keith Laws and Rupert Read

    Duration: 11:48

The Spirit of '45

The Spirit of '45

The Spirit of '45, directed by Ken Loach, will be released in UK cinemas on 15th March.

George Bellows

George Bellows (1882-1925): Modern American Life will be exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 16th March - 9th June.

Royal Academy: George Bellows

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.

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