Thinking Allowed: Archive

Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs.

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Thursday 15th January 2015
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Thinking Allowed, Radio
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Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC Thinking Allowed is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences in partnership with The Open University.

Here, we bring you exclusive content from The Open University's academic experts responding to the subjects Laurie Taylor and his guests explore, as well as links to teaching materials such as the Open University module, Introducing The Social Sciences.

You may also like to try one of our FREE courses we have compiled to complement the programme.  

See below for more information about each episode and exclusive content produced by our academics on a range of subjects. You may also like to watch these exclusive videos with presenter Laurie Taylor on all things to do with social sciences. 

We also host Society Matters, a blog that seeks to inform, stimulate and challenge your perceptions of everyday life and our changing world. 

You can also get involved with the topics discussed on the programme every week by visiting the The Open University - Social Science's Facebook page and participating in the Friday Thinker posts

You may be interested in taking it further with The Open University by seeing what courses and modules we have to offer. 

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

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