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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. 

The Bottom Line - Productivity

The Bottom Line - Productivity Copyrighted image Credit: Raw Pixel Images | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2015
The Bottom Line returns with Evan Davis and guests discussing the poor productivity problem in the UK. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Strokes, teachers and electoral reform

OU on the BBC: More or Less -  Strokes, teachers and electoral reform Copyrighted image Credit: Brett Critchley | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Tim Harford investigates strokes, the plight of new teachers, overhauling the electoral system and how computers struggle with big numbers as much...

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 New content
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. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Live election edition

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Live election edition Creative commons image Credit: KCIvey under CC BY-NC-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 May 2015
On the day after the election, Tim Harford hosts a live edition of More or Less. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Polls, nuns, life partners

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Polls, nuns, life partners Copyrighted image Credit: Presiyan Panayotov | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
More or Less looks at the supposed increase in catholic nuns, polling data and the best way to find a life partner. 

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?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Erving Goffman's Performed Self

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Erving Goffman's Performed Self Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles based on the situation? Stephen Fry explains Erving Goffman's theory of the Performed Self...

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.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Sartre and the individual

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Sartre and the individual Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Writer Al Kennedy looks at existentialist ideas about the individual created by Jean Paul Sartre.  

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - John Locke and personal memory

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - John Locke and personal memory Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we're the same person as we were yesterday and looks at John Locke's ideas on this. 

OU on The BBC: A History of Ideas - What does it mean to be me?

OU on The BBC: A History of Ideas - What does it mean to be me? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This week on A History of Ideas, Melvyn Bragg's' philosophical question is: "What does it mean to be me?"

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award 'Shortlist' 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed hosts a special programme dedicated to academic research in ethnography.

The purpose of war

The purpose of war Copyright free image Credit: ArmyAmber
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Habeas Corpus

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Habeas Corpus Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Should anyone be held imprisoned without charge? Stephen Fry explains how, despite Habeas Corpus, this can still happen. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Civil Disobedience

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Civil Disobedience Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Should you follow your conscience and break the law if you feel it is morally right, rather than be a cog in an unjust system? Stephen Fry...

Thinking Allowed: Free will explored

Thinking Allowed: Free will explored Copyrighted image Credit: Aydindurdu | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests delve deeper into the concept of freedom on this week's Thinking Allowed.