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Thinking Allowed

Thinking Allowed Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs.

The Bottom Line: Summer 2015

The Bottom Line: Summer 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
Evan Davis gets to the heart of the big finance stories - by talking to the people who take the decisions that touch all our lives.

Thinking Allowed: Factory music and volunteering post-recession

Thinking Allowed: Factory music and volunteering post-recession Copyrighted image Credit: Sky Pixel | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jun 2015
On this week's programme, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss pop music in worker's culture and how the 2008 recession affected voluntary work. 

The Bottom Line - Angel Investors

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2015
This episode of OU/BBC's The Bottom Line focuses on investors backing start-up businesses. 

Thinking Allowed: White working class boys and French thought

Thinking Allowed: White working class boys and French thought Copyrighted image Credit: Rimma Zaytseva | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
This episode of Thinking Allowed looks at British boys' underachievement in education and French intellectuals. 

The Bottom Line - Outsourcing

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
This episode of The Bottom Line looks at the pros and cons of outsourcing. 

Thinking Allowed: The 'Precariat' and humour in sociology

Thinking Allowed: The 'Precariat' and humour in sociology Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
On this episode of Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor and guests dicuss an emerging new class, the 'Precariat' and also neglecting humour in social...

The Bottom Line - Corruption

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2015
In light of the latest FIFA scandal, Evan Davis and guests discuss corruption on this episode of  The Bottom Line. 

Thinking Allowed: Lesbian lives in Russia and big data

Thinking Allowed: Lesbian lives in Russia and big data Creative commons image Credit: Dominic Alves under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2015
On this epiosde of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed lesbian relationships in Russia in a post communist era are explored as is mass surveillance and its...

OU on the BBC: More or Less - HPV Vaccine, Qatar migrant workers and chocolate diets

OU on the BBC: More or Less - HPV Vaccine, Qatar migrant workers and chocolate diets Copyrighted image Credit: Thodonal | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jun 2015
Tim Harford and the More or Less team investigate the numbers behin the side-effects of the HPV vaccine, deaths of migrant workers in Qatar and...

The Bottom Line - Failure

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jun 2015
This week on The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests ponder business failure and how companies bounce back. 

Thinking Allowed: Anthropology - the future of the A-level; Crime and blame

Thinking Allowed: Anthropology - the future of the A-level; Crime and blame Copyrighted image Credit: Sputh Africa Tourist Board / Neil Bradfield
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 May 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed looks at the proposals to scrap Anthropology and blame in the criminal justice system. 

Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome

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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

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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
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
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...