Robin Aitken explores the continuing appeal of the ideas of Karl Marx. Read more
Robin Aitken explores the continuing appeal of the ideas of Karl Marx.
The Charitable Impulse
What are the pros and cons of charities becoming more like businesses in raising money?
What has governed President Obama's foreign policy?
Money for Nothing
Should the state pay everyone a universal basic income? Sonia Sodha investigates.
A Subversive History of School Reform
Professor Alison Wolf on the surprising story of postwar school reform in England.
How Low Can Rates Go?
Martin Wolf examines how the search to revive growth is testing the norms of economics.
Tearing Up the Politics Textbook
Is it time for British politics professors to bin their old lecture notes and start again?
Paul Johnson asks if the government should break pledges made to pensioners.
David Baker asks if too much gentrification is a bad thing?
Brexit and Northern Ireland
Edward Stourton asks if the island of Ireland is where Brexit will matter most.
The Myth of Mobs
David Edmonds asks social psychologists about the psychology of crowds.
Should we place more trust in prisoners to help them change their lives?
How Did We Save the Ozone Layer?
The story, and lessons, of the international effort to end ozone-destroying chemicals.
Brexit: What Europe Wants
How political forces in other countries will shape any future UK-EU deal.
Is public affection for the NHS preventing it from becoming fit for the future?
The journey of an American 'cold warrior' from nuclear deterrence to nuclear disarmament.
How Not to Do It
Jacqui Smith reveals why one of New Labour's most cherished sentencing reforms failed.
Is Talent a Thing?
Why it could be counter-productive to hire by talent, and what to look for instead.
Analysis Extra: The Pull of Putin
Tim Whewell asks why populist Western politicians want warmer relations with Russia.
How Voters Decide: Part One
Rosie Campbell examines the bias that voters bring to the ballot box.
How Voters Decide: Part Two
What makes us change our mind when it comes to elections?
How do the SNP sell a second referendum?
Could a second referendum on Scottish independence yield a different result?
Holland's Challenge to Tolerance
Why is liberal, tolerant Netherlands home to a major anti-immigration, anti-Islamic party?
Detoxifying France's National Front
Has Marine Le Pen succeeded in detoxifying the party founded by her father 40 years ago?
Adventures in Social Mobility
What are the unwritten rules you must learn to get a top job?
Aid: Something to Boast About?
Why is the UK such a generous global aid donor, and should it be? Jo Coburn investigates.
David Edmonds asks if we are unconsciously harbouring racist and sexist attitudes.
Germany - Anxious Giant
As angst over European security grows, why is Germany such a reluctant military power?
What went wrong with Brazil?
How did Brazil's boom years turn to dust? David Baker investigates.
Brexit: A Tale of Two Cities
A year on from the Brexit referendum we compare Wakefield to Oxford, Leave vs Remain
Who Speaks for the Workers?
Union membership is in decline. So who will represent the workers of the gig economy?
Constitutions at Work
Constitutions control the people who run countries - but how well do they work?
Is work too easy?
Michael Blastland asks if desk-bound work is making us obese.
Yascha Mounk on democracy at risk
The political theorist who argues that liberal democracy is in grave danger.
Minimum Wage: Too Much of a Good Thing?
Paul Johnson asks if the policy's success has led to politicians stretching it too far.
David Anderson examines the government's controversial counter-terrorism strategy Prevent
The Fix: Setting Up Home
Twelve of the country's brightest young minds gather to solve difficult social problems.
The Fix: Childhood Obesity
The teams have just one day to find solutions to the problem of childhood obesity
The teams are given just one day to find ways to stop criminals re-offending
The Fintech Revolution
Will technology radically reshape the highly profitable world of finance?
What would war with North Korea look like?
What could spark a conflict, and how devastating would it be?
Can We Teach Robots Ethics?
What happens when a machine faces a moral dilemma? David Edmonds investigates.
Parliament - A Building Catastrophe?
What does the dangerous state of the Houses of Parliament tell us about our politics?
How will the European Union change after Britain leaves?
Professor James Tilley discovers how chimpanzee power struggles mirror human politics.
Professor Rosie Campbell asks how we can make judgements about politicians' authenticity.
Offence, Power and Progress
Taking offence on social media: over-sensitivity or a force for progress?
The Invisible Hand of Donald Trump
Martin Wolf of the Financial Times examines the economic impact of President Donald Trump
Why Are Even Women Biased Against Women?
Women are sexist too, often unconsciously. Where does this implicit bias come from?
The Illiberal Democrats
How big of a challenge to the EU are Poland and Hungary's new 'illiberal' paths?
A Very British Battle
Caroline Wyatt explores the big questions facing the UK's armed forces.
Electricity is crucial to modern life - but will we all get the power we need?
The Dictator's Survival Guide
Professor James Tilley discovers the strategies dictators use to survive in office.
Town v Gown: New Tribes in Brexit Britain
Edward Stourton investigates the impact of the education gap on voting and politics.
What Are Universities For?
Sonia Sodha considers if it is time to rethink the fundamental purpose of university.
Screens and Teens
Are smartphones harming our kids? David Baker looks for solutions.
The End of Arms Control?
Existing arms control treaties are under threat - just as new weapons emerge.
Too Young to Veil?
An investigation into the growing number of very young girls wearing the hijab in the UK.
#metoo, moi non plus
Do French women really think differently about sexual harassment?
Are we giving machines too much power over our lives?
Will new infrastructure spending help all of Britain prosper, or widen its divides?
Death Is a Bore
Can science offer us a realistic prospect of immortality and would it be desirable?
Can Technology Be Stopped?
Is it time to disrupt the disrupters and rein in big tech?
The Middle East Conundrum
Is there any chance of a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
British Politics: A Russian View
Is political technology causing society to fragment?
Trump and Trade
As a US trade war looms, how far will President Trump go to put 'America First'?
Why do we struggle with very different notions of fairness when it comes to social care?
The Truth About Britain's Beggars
Former homeless drug-addict Mark Johnson explores our relationship with street beggars
How power moved from west to east after the 2008 financial crisis
Operation Tory Black Vote
Can the Conservatives ever win over non-white support?
Northern Ireland - Where Next?
Northern Ireland could soon face a huge decision - whether to leave the UK.
The Pupil Premium
Has extra funding through the pupil premium helped poorer children succeed at school?
Do Assassinations Work?
Poison, exploding cigars and shooting down planes: tales of espionage and statesmanship.
How to kill a democracy
How many democracies around the world are gradually being dismantled
The Replication Crisis
Many key findings of psychological research are under question. What's going on?
The Next Crash
What could cause a future financial crash? Ian Goldin investigates.
The Trumped Republicans
Republican insider Ron Christie on how Donald Trump's presidency has changed his party.
Jim Naughtie examines what the Trump presidency means for America's old European allies.
The War for Normal
How influencers are trying - and succeeding - in changing our world views
Do children of married parents do better?
Does being born to non-married parents affect a child's prospects in life?
Are we living in a golden age of political conspiracy theories?
Does a falling currency help or harm the economy?
Have British politics been more shaped by Irish history than most MPs are ready to admit?
Could assemblies of ordinary citizens help heal our political divides?
Will humans survive the century?
What is the chance of the human race surviving the 21st century?
Are we heading for a mass extinction?
Will human actions result in the demise of huge numbers of other species?
Will China and America go to war?
Will competition between China and the United States inevitably lead to military conflict?
Love Island, dating apps and the politics of desire
Shahidha Bari explores the changing landscape of modern love.
Why better maintenance is one of the most urgent and creative challenges we face.
The Real Gender Pay Gap
Women are paid less than men and do more unpaid work. What's going on and can we fix it?
Green technology and early adoption
Simon Jack investigates whether the UK should be an early adopter of green technology.
Can computer profiles cut crime?
Can computer algorithms predict and even prevent future crime?
Understanding the risks of terrorism
How should the authorities, MI5 and the public perceive and respond to the threat?
The Forgotten Half
Why is the further education of young people who don't go to university so neglected?
Going the way of the dodo? The decline of Britain's two main parties.
Are Britain's two main political parties now in terminal decline?
A shorter working week
What happened to the dream of working less? Sonia Sodha investigates the four-day week.
Join Calum MacDonald for your chance to react to the stories discussed on Debate Night.
Raising eyebrows with Marie Le Conte
The Podlitical team are joined by journalist Marie Le Conte.
The Stephen Kinnock One
The Labour MP on his family inspiration and why his colleagues should back a Brexit deal
A sideways glance at local politics, with political reporter Ben Weisz.
Bettel The Devil You Know
Jason Donovan is a Brexitcaster!