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Life by Lottery

Should we use chance to solve some of our most difficult political dilemmas? Jo Fidgen explores whether the luck of the draw might build a fairer society.

Should we use chance to solve some of our most difficult political dilemmas? From US Green Cards to school place allocation, lotteries have been widely used as a means of fairly resolving apparently intractable problems. Jo Fidgen asks whether the time has come to consider whether more of society's problems might be solved by the luck of the draw.

Producer: Leo Hornak.

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