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The secret history of teenage bedrooms article icon

Education & Development 

The secret history of teenage bedrooms

In this transcript from Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss the role of the teenage bedroom across history - with a little help from The Beach Boys. 

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Stay in control and hide the fear: The psychology of skydivers and climbers article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Stay in control and hide the fear: The psychology of skydivers and climbers

Laurie Taylor and James Hardie-Bick discuss the paradox of extreme sportspeople seeking the buzz , but not wanting to show the fear.

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The working-class garden article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The working-class garden

Thinking Allowed ranges across the history of gardening amongst the lower classes - the role of women, and how programmes like Ground Force threw working class traditions out to make way for all that decking.

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The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond

It's still stigmatised, but it's a commercial relationship growing in popularity - and not just in India. Thinking Allowed explores the business of international surrogacy.

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Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? article icon

History & The Arts 

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

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Society, Politics & Law 

The links between poverty and shame

New research is uncovering links between feelings of shame and poverty that would be familiar to Elizabethans.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Social mobility: Historically and now

Is there any evidence for social mobility? Laurie Taylor and guests consider the evidence.

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A channel between them: Differing aspirations of French and British graduates article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

A channel between them: Differing aspirations of French and British graduates

New research throws up different desires for the future between French and British students. Sally Power explains why.

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Moving out the red: The experience of leaving Communism behind article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Moving out the red: The experience of leaving Communism behind

Chris Swader talks about the experiences of moving from a communist to a capitalist society - and why learning to tell untruths was just one of the new skills needed to survive.

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A second disaster: Why recovery in New Orleans made things worse for many article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

A second disaster: Why recovery in New Orleans made things worse for many

Thinking Allowed hears why Vincanne Adams believes that the military-heavy response to Hurricane Katrina brought about a second disaster for the people of New Orleans.

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Bhangra, Asian Underground and belonging article icon

History & The Arts 

Bhangra, Asian Underground and belonging

Bhangra and Asian Underground music are often seen as signs of British Asians having "arrived" in popular culture - but the truth is more complex.

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Why does music matter? article icon

History & The Arts 

Why does music matter?

Nearly everyone likes music - but is it important? And have cultural theoriticians been turning it down when they should be pumping up the volume? Laurie and guests consider.

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