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Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome

Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome Copyrighted image Credit: Rachwal | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss why policy makers are focused on measuring happiness in this week's Thinking Allowed. 

Thinking Allowed: Poverty in Britain and unemployment as a choice

Thinking Allowed: Poverty in Britain and unemployment as a choice Copyrighted image Credit: Sky Pixel | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Joanna Mack, Learning and Teaching producer at the Open University, joins Thinking Allowed to talk about 'Breadline Britain' and poverty. 

Thinking Allowed: The social history of the gym and tattoos at work

Thinking Allowed: The social history of the gym and tattoos at work Copyrighted image Credit: Sebastian Czapnik | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 May 2015
Laurie Taylor discusses the social history of the gym and prejudices against tattoos with his guests on Thinking Allowed. 

Thinking Allowed: Gentrification and division of domestic labour

Thinking Allowed: Gentrification and division of domestic labour Creative commons image Credit: Bob Hall via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Dr Melissa Butcher, lecturer in Human Geography at The Open University joins this episode of Thinking Allowed to discuss gentrification and its...

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS Copyright free image Credit: By Underwood & Underwood. (US War Dept.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed looks at notions of male bravery and the relation to post traumatic stress, as well as bed issues within the NHS.

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Roman Milert | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
In this episode of BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor announces the Ethnography award winner 2015. 

What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

The British hitman: A brief introduction

The British hitman: A brief introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Piero Cruciatti | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
David Wilson explains why the reality of killers for hire doesn't match the image suggested by the media.

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? Creative commons image Credit: Rodhullandemu under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.