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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley

A Culture Show special on the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011, presented by Clemency Burton-Hill. Features interviews with the six shortlisted authors and reports from the ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects where the judges revealed the winner of the 20,000 pound prize. Ridley challenges the common belief that the future is bleak, turns his attention to how humans progress and argues that trade and trading well is what keeps us changing.

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2 minutes