Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which explores the role of oil in shaping our society, economy and environment.

He talks to James Marriot whose research for his book, The Oil Road took him on a journey from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe.

They're also joined by the Professor John Urry, whose latest work pioneers a sociology of energy, analysing our carbon addiction in the light of ever dwindling resources. Is a society beyond oil a possibility? 

Thinking Allowed is on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesdays at 4.00pm and repeated on Monday mornings at 12.15am. Full transmission details, and listen again links, can be found on bbc.co.uk