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Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties

Thinking Allowed: Citizenship ceremonies and family ties Copyrighted image Credit: By Flogal via Dreamstime under subscription New content
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. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Mar 2015
Historian, Justin Champion discusses the founder of sociology, Max Weber, who drilled in the value of hard work into our everyday ethic. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2015
In this episode of A History of Ideas, philosopher Jules Evans wants to prove there's been a revival of Aristotle's ideas about flourishing and how...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How do I live a good life?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - How do I live a good life? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
Melvyn Bragg and his four guests delve deeper into the philosophy of how we live a good life. 

The Bottom Line - Corporate scandal

The Bottom Line - Corporate scandal Copyright free image Credit: U.S. National Archives & Records Administration New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Mar 2015
How do companies recover from negative press? Evan Davis hears from guests who have broken away from scandal on this episode. 

Thinking Allowed: Global clothing and poverty, fur inheritance in Poland

Thinking Allowed: Global clothing and poverty, fur inheritance in Poland Copyrighted image Credit: © Katie Nesling | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss fast fashion and hand-me-downs regarding the links to class and poverty.

The Bottom Line - Football's billions

The Bottom Line - Football's billions Copyrighted image Credit: Michael Flippo | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2015
It's well-know that top players can earn millions every year, but what about the clubs and fans? Evan Davies and guests discuss the business of...

Thinking Allowed: Hoarders and microbreweries

Thinking Allowed: Hoarders and microbreweries Creative commons image Credit: Earthworm under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2015
On this episode of Thinking Allowed Laurie Taylor hears about the sociological perspective on hoarding and microbreweries in the UK is discussed.

The Bottom Line - Going global

The Bottom Line - Going global Copyrighted image Credit: Sirfujiyama | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Mar 2015
Evan Davies and guests discover international business and how to adapt products to specific countries in this episode of The Bottom Line. 

Thinking Allowed: A lost avant garde and biologising parenthood

Thinking Allowed: A lost avant garde and biologising parenthood Creative commons image Credit: Astrid Westvang under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss the exclusive nature of art and parenting being central to a child's development. 

The Bottom Line - Whatever happened to?

The Bottom Line - Whatever happened to? Creative commons image Credit: Stefano Bertolotti | Flickr
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Evan Davis and his guests discuss what happened to some of the biggest brands that dominated the high street. 

Thinking Allowed: Commercial surrogacy in India and money

Thinking Allowed: Commercial surrogacy in India and money Copyrighted image Credit: Aleksandar Kamasi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Reproductive tourism and being unable to keep up with the transformation in money across the world is spoken about on this week's Thinking Allowed....

The Bottom Line - The business of queuing

The Bottom Line - The business of queuing Creative commons image Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-10246via CC-BY-SAh license via
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Evan and his guests look at the stereotypically British art of queuing and how it affects businesses. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Trends in forensics

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Trends in forensics Copyrighted image Credit: Janpietruszka | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Feb 2015
BBC Inside Science asks where the future of forensics lies this week. 

Thinking Allowed: Migration to London and South Africa

Thinking Allowed: Migration to London and South Africa Creative commons image Credit: Petras Gagilas under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed features The Open University's Dr Daniel Conway and looks at migration in contrasting contexts

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Twins and relativity

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Twins and relativity Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
Discover what will be explored in this week's BBC Inside Science. 

The Bottom Line - Inventors

The Bottom Line - Inventors Copyrighted image Credit: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the process of designing a product and getting it onto the market. 

Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home

Thinking Allowed: Conservatism and emotional labour in a care home Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the intellectual roots of Conservatism and also the emotional labour of care workers in a private...

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Darwin Day

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - Darwin Day Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Feb 2015
BBC Inside Science celebrates Darwin Day this week. 

The Bottom Line - Gold

The Bottom Line - Gold Creative commons image Credit: Celeste33 under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the business of gold. 

Thinking Allowed: The Harvard Business School and the cultural history of pain

Thinking Allowed: The Harvard Business School and the cultural history of pain Creative commons image Credit: The Open University | Image: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed focuses on the complex moral world of Harvard Business School and the cultural history of pain. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Strenuous jogging, tuition fees and political seats

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Strenuous jogging, tuition fees and political seats Creative commons image Credit:
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Feb 2015
More or Less investigates whether strenuous jogging is bad for you, whether the tuition fees regime saved money and how many political seats are...