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Debate: Abolish Billionaires

Jul 23 • 53:14

As billionaires jet off to space should we abolish them here on earth? In this week's debate professor Linsey McGoey of Essex University and Ryan Bourne of the Cato Institute go head to head on whether society should tolerate the existence of billionaires. The debate was chaired by Economics editor at BBC Newsnight Ben Chu. ...

Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination, with Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

Jul 20 • 56:06

"My goal was never to just create a company. I wanted to build something that actually makes a really big change in the world.” – Mark Zuckerberg...

The Sunday Debate: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

Jul 18 • 01:04:39

For this week's episode of The Sunday Debate, we revisit our debate "Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism" from 2019....

Is Mass Migration Making the World a Better Place?

Jul 16 • 56:00

To some, the very word ‘migration’ generates fear, suspicion and even hatred. But according to Felix Marquardt, author of the acclaimed The New Nomads, we need to look afresh at our notions of the mass movement of people around the world. Far from being abnormal, he claims, the act of going in search of a better life is at the core of human experience. Since the age of the...

The Truth about Fake News, with Marcus Gilroy-Ware and Richard Seymour

Jul 13 • 42:41

We are supposed to have more information at our disposal now than at any time in history. So why, in a world of rising sea levels, populist leaders and a global pandemic, do so many people believe bizarre and untrue things?...

The Sunday Debate: Revere or Remove? The Battle over Statues, Heritage and History

Jul 11 • 59:05

Statues and memorials to famous figures of the past adorn our towns and cities. But what should be done when some of these figures have come to be seen by many people as controversial symbols of oppression and discrimination?...

The Ever-Changing Brain with David Eagleman and Brian Eno

Jul 9 • 54:52

What does drug withdrawal have in common with a broken heart? Why is the enemy of memory not time, but other memories? How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? Why did many people in the 1980s mistakenly perceive book pages to be slightly red in colour? Will we one day be able to control a robot with our thoughts, ju...

Race and Guns in a Divided America, with Carol Anderson and Mark Mardell

Jul 6 • 34:45

Throughout history, the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States has protected the right to bear arms. For Black Americans, this has come with the understanding that the moment they exercise this right (or the moment that they don't), their life - as surely as the lives of Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor - may be snatched away in a single, fat...

The Sunday Debate: The Catholic Church is a Force For Good in the World

Jul 4 • 46:11

The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest institution in the western world and has had a pivotal influence on western civilisation, ranging from matters of state to cultural life and from personal morals to social values and ethics. Increasingly, though, it is being criticised as being a malign influence in debates about some of the most pressing issues of the modern world –...

Albums that Changed My Life, with Tom Gatti, David Mitchell and Preti Taneja

Jul 2 • 49:39

Our favourite albums are our most faithful companions. We listen to them over and over, we know them far better than any novel or film. These records don’t just soundtrack our lives – they work their way deep inside us, shaping our outlook and identity, forging our friendships and charting our love affairs. They become part of our story....

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