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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 New content
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 New content
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?

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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 New content
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 New content
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 New content
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

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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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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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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

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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. 

The Ravens: 24th International Radio Playwriting Competition winner

The Ravens: 24th International Radio Playwriting Competition winner Creative commons image Credit: 200ok underCC BY-SA licence
Updated 02 Apr 2015
A social work student brefriends a sex worker in Sydney - but how easy is changing a life? The second of two prizewinning plays.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - The veil of ignorance

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - The veil of ignorance Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate one of the most searching ideas of legal thought: John Rawls' assertion of the value of a veil of...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Deterrence

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Barrister Harry Potter, analyses the ideas of the philosopher Kant and asks whether deterrent prison sentences are just.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - What is justice?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - What is justice? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2015
Melvyn Bragg discusses the big question "What is justice?" along with four guests. 

OU on BBC: A History of Ideas - Ayn Rand and selfishness

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OU on BBC: A History of Ideas - Ayn Rand and selfishness Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Morality and selfishness sound like opposites - but not according to the Russian-American novelist of the 1950s, Ayn Rand. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Naomi Appleton, Chancellor's fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties Copyrighted image Credit: By Flogal via Dreamstime under subscription
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss studies into citizenship and the links between family ties and stories.