Open Politics

Updated Tuesday 5th October 2010

Explore politics in the modern world - and find out how it touches all our lives - with our series of audio and video podcasts. The videos introduce the subjects under discussion, while the audio features broaden out the debate.

Human trafficking

Your truth or theirs - the making of public opinion

The politics of blood

Digging up Spain's dead

Berlusconi

Taking sanctuary

Do you know who you are?

The insecurity of security

The politics of food

Sacking Prime Ministers

Performing politics

 

 

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