China - how was it lifted out of poverty and what does the future hold? Read more
China - how was it lifted out of poverty and what does the future hold?
Gangs and spirituality
Gangs and spirituality - can religious belief lead members away from crime?
Selfies - disconnection from ICTs
'Selfies' - narcissism or self-expression? Also, choosing to disconnect from ICTs.
Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works.
Beauty - Ugliness
Beauty and ugliness.
Laurie Taylor presents a special edition recorded at the Open University in Milton Keynes.
Laurie Taylor explores the life and times of the American train hopping hobo.
Post-truth - what is it and how did we get to this point?
Creativity re-examined. Has it become a meaningless buzz word for our times?
Push buttons: pleasure, panic and the politics of pushing.
Palaces for the People
Palaces for the People: the decline in civic life.
Rich Russians - Millionaire tax flight
Rich Russians. Also, millionaire tax flight.
Maps and Postcodes
Maps and postcodes - what do they reveal about our society and selves?
White Privilege - Racial Ambiguity
What is white privilege? And what is the evidence that racial binaries are breaking down?
Shoes: a cultural history.
Architecture and health
Architecture, housing and health.
Maoism: its origins and development as a global political force.
The Night-time Economy: How has it changed over the years?
White Power Movement in US - Rise of Racist Right in Europe
The White Power Movement in the US. Also, the racist, far right in Europe.
Au pairing and domestic labour
Laurie Taylor explores the increasing use of metrics across many aspects of our lives.
Identity: a special programme exploring the way in which we define ourselves.
Work - what is it good for?
Laurie Taylor explores the history, harms and downsides to our contemporary work culture.
Migrants - Refugees
Migrants and refugees.
Surveillance - how we are both watchers, as well as the watched.
The Class Ceiling
The Class Ceiling: does privilege pay?
Motorbikes - a social and cultural history.
Walls: Laurie Taylor explores the social history and symbolism of human-made barriers.
Snobbery - its meaning, history and changing nature.
Skateboarding - Parkour
Skateboarding and parkour: lifestyle sport in the hyper regulated city.
Corridors - their evolution and changing nature.
Spectacular cities - from Kazakhstan to the United Arab Emirates.
Debt - from household to national.
Kitsch - Cute
Cute and kitsch: their nature and changing meaning.
Branding - the 'persuasion industries'.
CEO Society - Time Management
CEO Society and Time management.
Detective fiction - homicide and social media
Detective fiction - how it represents social change. Also homicide confessions on Facebook
No-Go Zones and Dangerous Holidays
Global no-go zones and the complex overlap between conflict and tourism.
The Politics of Memorials
The Politics of Memorials - from Ireland to the Mississippi Delta.
Conspiracy theories - their origins and evolution.
Land and territory
Land struggles: from Bolivia to Britain.
Council estates - then and now. Laurie Taylor explores the concept of the 'sink estate'.
Serial killers: the media and cultural response to these crimes.
The origins & meaning of 'cool'
Immortality - transhumanism
Immortality and transhumanism
Disasters: from Haiti to New Orleans.
Time - how do we use & how has this changed in the last 50 years?
Thrift and austerity
Black music cultures in London
Black music cultures - how did they evolve in London?
The Religious Right in the US
The religious right in the US - an exploration of their route to power.
Borders: from Calais to Mexico.
Hidden gay lives
Hidden gay lives, from Polari to true crime stories.
Nudity - its cultural history and changing meaning.
Water: a cultural as well as a natural substance.
Loss - an exploration of different forms of lost experience.
Citizenship - from schools to the process by which immigrants become British citizens.
Loneliness - is it a uniquely modern emotion?
Kidnap for ransom, past and present.
Trust in a time of pandemic
Trust in a time of pandemic.
Blood - its many meanings.
Traders and finance.
Rummage - Waste
Rummage & waste: a social history of recycling and an examination of the meaning of waste.
Strategic ignorance and knowledge resistance.
Bunkers: building for doomsday.
Cars: How do cars transmit our identities behind the wheel?
Elites: Why has anti-elitism become such a common stable of media and political rhetoric?
Revolution: Must all radical upheavals in the social and political order end in tragedy?
Fashion & VIP Parties
Fashion & VIP parties - the hidden stories behind the glamour and wealth.
The Rich in London. Also, global attitudes towards the wealthy.
Civilians in the line of fire
Civilians in the line of fire.
Corruption - what is it and how can it be tackled?
Deportation - from the UK to the US.
Gambling: Who are the winners and losers?
Tea: A dark history of Britain's favourite beverage.
DIRT: Its material and symbolic meaning.
The Meaning of Work
The meaning of work: how has it shifted and evolved over time?
Laurie Taylor examines the spread of disinformation and how it can be challenged.
The Bed: an exploration of its history and many uses.
Community & Social Capital
Community & social capital. How connected to each other are we compared to previous eras?
The Orange Order
The Orange Order: an exploration of its origins, practices and principles.
Life imprisonment - why are those convicted of murder serving longer sentences than ever?
The Rural Idyll?
The Rural Idyll? The hidden relationship between the countryside and colonialism.
Perfume: a social history of Chanel No 5 and Red Moscow. Also, the meaning of scents.
Blackface - Minstrelsy
Blackface and minstrelsy - a troubled history.
Fitness & fatness
Fitness & fatness: a programme exploring two sides of the same coin.
Migrants in London
How has London been shaped by the history of immigration?
COALMINING - LUDDISM
Coalmining & Luddism: What do we mean by progress?
The Handshake - Social Interaction
The handshake & social interaction
Tourism - Travel
Tourism & travel. How have they evolved over the years and what is their future?