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How Business Can be a Force for Good

Recorded on: 12 August 2015

Speaker(s): Nick Giles, Michael Hayman

Business as usual is over. Belief is the new currency and to succeed you must follow new rules: purpose as the route to...

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Sacred Mountains of China

Recorded on: 29 July 2015

Speaker(s): Ryan Pyle

Join adventurer and renowned photographer, Ryan Pyle, as he spends months exploring and photographing Western China’s...

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Something Will Turn Up: Britain's economy, past, present and future

Recorded on: 28 July 2015

Speaker(s): David Smith

Sunday Times economics editor and best-selling author David Smith leads us through the mire of government policy and...

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Making sense of the Islamic State: An Organic Crisis in Arab Politics

Recorded on: 28 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Fawaz Gerges

Fawaz A. Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE),...

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The Impact of Geography on International Politics

Recorded on: 13 July 2015

Speaker(s): Tim Marshall

Foreign Affairs Broadcaster and Journalist, Tim Marshall, author of new book Prisoners of Geography explains how...

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Do we need a New Macroeconomics?

Recorded on: 9 July 2015

Speaker(s): Lord Meghnad Desai

Lord Desai is an Indian-born British economist and Labour politician. He unsuccessfully stood for the Speaker in the...

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A Beautiful Question: finding nature's deep design

Recorded on: 8 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Frank Wilczek

In his new book, which he will discuss in this public lecture, world-class physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek...

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Digital Capital: where next for London in the tech revolution?

Recorded on: 7 July 2015

Speaker(s): Gerard Grech

The extraordinary growth of the UK's Digital Economy reflects all the paradoxes of British culture and history. What...

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Decoding Glamour

Recorded on: 2 July 2015

Speaker(s): Virginia Postrel

Drawing on her path-breaking new book, The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion, Virginia Postrel...

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When Firms Become Persons and Persons Become Firms: neoliberal jurisprudence in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores

Recorded on: 1 July 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Wendy Brown

In the United States, the extension of civil liberties to corporations is transforming democracy through rights...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 30 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ruth Simmons, Dr Purna Sen

This event is part of the Above the Parapet project, which seeks to capture the experiences of high profile women who...

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The Folly of Crowds?

Recorded on: 25 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Ayton, Dr Sepideh Bazazi, Professor Chris Frith

In our modern world we are constantly exposed to the opinion of the group. When is the crowd wise and when is it prone...

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Above the Parapet – Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 23 June 2015

Speaker(s): Julia Gillard, Dr Purna Sen

This event is part of the Above the Parapet project, which seeks to capture the experiences of high profile women who...

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International Cooperation and Climate Change

Recorded on: 23 June 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Alina Averchenkova, Professor John Broome, Professor Robyn Eckersley, Fergus Green

Tackling climate change is crucial for human well-being. So why has the international community been faltering on...

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Understanding Economic Development

Recorded on: 22 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor Dani Rodrik

2015 marks the centenary of the birth of the LSE’s Nobel Prize winning economist, William Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). Sir...

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The EMU: a work in progress

Recorded on: 19 June 2015

Speaker(s): Herman Van Rompuy

Herman Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician who formerly served as Prime Minister of Belgium and then as the first...

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Striving for a Progressive Israel

Recorded on: 19 June 2015

Speaker(s): Isaac Herzog

In his lecture Mr Herzog will argue that most Israelis want to live in a country that is not only secure, but just,...

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After Your Death

Recorded on: 18 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sam Scheffler

Imagine you discovered that shortly after your death an asteroid would destroy the world. How would that affect how you...

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Why People (Don't) Buy: the GO and STOP signals

Recorded on: 11 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Amitav Chakravarti

Successful consumer insights and policy interventions are elusive; often they tend to follow a hit-or-miss pattern. The...

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Rhetoric and Reality: from Magna Carta to human rights today

Recorded on: 10 June 2015

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Professor Francesca Klug

The Magna Carta, sealed in 1215, has come to stand for the rule of law, curbs on executive power and the freedom to...

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Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics

Recorded on: 9 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are...

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Is the American Century Over?

Recorded on: 9 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph S Nye

For more than a century, the United States has been the world's most powerful state. Now some analysts predict that...

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No Ordinary Disruption: the four global forces breaking all the trends

Recorded on: 8 June 2015

Speaker(s): Richard Dobbs, Jonathan Woetzel, Stephanie Flanders

Since the start of the new century, the world has started to change - and radically. The collision of four global...

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Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Recorded on: 3 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern of Brentford

Introducing his new book, Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change Professor Stern...

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Do it Like a Woman: contemporary feminist activism and how you can change the world

Recorded on: 3 June 2015

Speaker(s): Caroline Criado-Perez

A lecture by the woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system, Caroline Criado-Perez,...

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On Free Speech

Recorded on: 2 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lisa Appignanesi, Professor Rae Langton, Dr Stephen Law, Professor Peter McDonald

What does it mean to have a right to free speech, and who has the right to curtail it? <br><br>Lisa Appignanesi,...

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The Rise of China and its Impact on the Future Global Order

Recorded on: 1 June 2015

Speaker(s): Kevin Rudd

Drawing on both his high-level political insights and personal expertise, Kevin Rudd will discuss the rise of China,...

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Irrational Exuberance: as relevant as ever

Recorded on: 1 June 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert J Shiller

Robert Shiller, who warned of both the tech and housing bubbles, now cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among...

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Flood of Fire

Recorded on: 29 May 2015

Speaker(s): Amitav Ghosh

Flood of Fire, the conclusion to Amitav Ghosh's bestselling Ibis Trilogy, takes us from India to China, through the...

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Equality Without Equivalence: an anthropology of the common

Recorded on: 28 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Harry Walker

What would individualism and equality look like if detached from their foundations in a logic of equivalence?...

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The Case for Europe: the Italian vision

Recorded on: 28 May 2015

Speaker(s): Sergio Mattarella

Sergio Mattarella is the President of the Republic of Italy. He was born in Palermo in 1941. In 1964 he obtained a...

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Hubris: why economists failed to predict the crisis and how to avoid the next one

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Desai, Professor Charles Goodhart, Stephen King

Meghnad Desai discusses his latest book Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next...

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When to Rob a Bank: a rogue economist's guide to the world

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Stephen J Dubner

When Freakonomics was first published, Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner started a blog—and they’ve kept it up,...

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In Conversation with Secretary Lew

Recorded on: 27 May 2015

Speaker(s): Jacob J. Lew

The conversation will focus on the state of the global economy ahead of the Secretary’s travel to a meeting of G-7...

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Quality of Life in Urban China: economic growth and the environment

Recorded on: 26 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Kahn

Professor Kahn, a leading expert on environmental and urban issues, will examine China’s economic growth to present key...

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Race and Class: challenging inequalities

Recorded on: 26 May 2015

Speaker(s): Liz Fekete, Kiri Kankhwende, Professor James Nazroo, Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard

This event will consider the ongoing significance of race and class to shaping inequalities in contemporary British...

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Scarcity: a talk for people too busy to attend talks

Recorded on: 21 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

Why does poverty persist? Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? A single psychology--the...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Purna Sen

As part of LSE Research Festival 2015 the Above the Parapet project will showcase its recent research on women in...

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The Government Paternalist: nanny state or helpful friend?

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julian Le Grand

Should governments save people from themselves? Do governments have the right to influence citizens’ behavior related...

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The Happiness of Cities

Recorded on: 20 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Ed Glaeser

Residents of big cities typically earn higher wages, but are they any happier? According to surveys on life...

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The Great Divide

Recorded on: 19 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph E Stiglitz

Why has inequality increased in the Western world and what can we do about it? In this new book, The Great Divide,...

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Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How you Live and Lead

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Laszlo Bock

Google receives more than two million unique job applications a year. In this talk, Laszlo Bock, the head of their...

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Decolonising Gender

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Raewyn Connell

The creation of contemporary knowledge about gender is a revolution in thought that has been closely connected with...

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In Defence of a Liberal Education

Recorded on: 18 May 2015

Speaker(s): Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria argues the turn away from the liberal arts is a mistake. In today’s world, the jobs of the future will...

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The Moral Challenge of Robust Cultural Pluralism

Recorded on: 14 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Richard A Shweder, Dr Bradley Franks, Professor Anne Phillips

Are there limits to liberal moral concepts for judging others? What does a highly developed social intelligence look...

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Inequality Matters: austerity policies, gender and race

Recorded on: 14 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Stephanie Seguino, Saphieh Ashtiany, Diane Negra

Austerity policies lead to cuts in social spending that have a potentially disproportionately negative effect on women,...

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The Election and the Left

Recorded on: 12 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Curtice, Polly Toynbee, Hilary Wainwright

What do the results of the British general election mean for the left? <br><br>John Curtice is Professor of Politics at...

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The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Prasenjit Duara, Professor William A Callahan, Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Professor Rana Mitter

Professor Duara will discuss his new book, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future,...

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Dealing with China

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): Hank Paulson, Lionel Barber

Hank Paulson has dealt with the government and business communities of China to a greater extent than any other...

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Inequality in The 21st Century: A Day Long Engagement with Thomas Piketty

Recorded on: 11 May 2015

Speaker(s): David Soskice, Wendy Carlin, Bob Rowthorn, Diane Perrons, Stephanie Seguino, Lisa McKenzie, Naila Kabeer, Dr. Laura Bear, Gareth Jones, Mike Savage, Sir John Hills, Sir Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty

A day-long conference with Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been of global significance in...

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Money and its Redemption

Recorded on: 7 May 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Laura Bear, Professor David Graeber, Professor Bill Maurer

Can “bad money” be made good? Leading economic anthropologists will debate the morality of money, philosophies of...

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Anglo-American Civilisation and its Discontents in World Affairs

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Katzenstein

Professor Katzenstein will discuss the Anglo-American civilisation, how it compares to the world’s other civilisations,...

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Divided Cities: urban inequalities in the 21st century

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Fran Tonkiss

What kinds of cities are emerging as urbanisation grows alongside worsening inequality? Why does urban inequality...

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Making a Difference in Education: what the evidence says

Recorded on: 6 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Cassen, Professor Sandra McNally, Professor Anna Vignoles, Professor Steve Strand

Is education policy evidence-based? The speakers have written a book, Making a Difference in Education: What the...

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China, the United States and Asia in the Twenty-first Century

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Arne Westad

The rivalry between China and the United States for influence in Asia will determine the geo-political landscape in...

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Barrel of a Gun? The Armed Struggle for Democracy in South Africa

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo will reflect on revolutionary heroism and the impact of the ANC’s turn to armed struggle in the fight for...

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Portugal's Way Forward: how to turn challenges into opportunities and lessons into policy

Recorded on: 5 May 2015

Speaker(s): Maria Luís Albuquerque

Following a difficult adjustment period, the Portuguese economy is now recovering and standing on more solid ground –...

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Inequality: what can be done?

Recorded on: 30 April 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Tony Atkinson, Tom Clark, Professor Baroness Lister

Introducing his new book, Inequality: what can be done?, Professor Atkinson will argue we can do much more about...

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The Root of All Good

Recorded on: 28 April 2015

Speaker(s): Andrew Palmer

Finance distorts behaviour and destroys economies, but it also solves society's biggest problems. A new wave of...

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Integrating Financial Stability and Monetary Policy Analysis

Recorded on: 27 April 2015

Speaker(s): Oystein Olsen, Dr Sushil Wadhwani

The past decade shows how monetary policy and financial stability are interlinked. In recent years, Norges Bank has...

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Is Politics Based on Morality?

Recorded on: 27 April 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Fabienne Peter, Professor Catherine Rowett, Dr Stephen de Wijze

Is politics the instrument of moral ideals and values? Is it something like ‘applied morality’? In recent years there...

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The World Beyond Your Head: how to flourish in an age of distraction

Recorded on: 20 April 2015

Speaker(s): Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford will be in conversation with Professor Richard Sennett about his new book, The World Beyond Your Head:...

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General Election: The Opposition Leaders' Debate

Recorded on: 16 April 2015

Speaker(s): Jack Blumenau, Simon Hix, Tony Travers, Sue Cameron

The third of the general election debates, involving five opposition party leaders: Natalie Bennett (Greens), Nigel...

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Seeing What Others Don't: the remarkable ways we gain insights

Recorded on: 26 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Gary Klein

What are insights, and how do they happen? Observing people in their natural setting – from scientists and business...

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The Greek Economy: current developments and future prospects

Recorded on: 25 March 2015

Speaker(s): Yannis Stournaras

Yannis Stournaras will talk about the current developments of the Greek Economy. <br><br>Yannis Stournaras is Governor...

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Designing the Urban Commons: Lessons from the Field

Recorded on: 25 March 2015

Speaker(s): Assembly SE8 , Atelier d'architecture autogérée , Public Works Group

With an evening of provocations and discussion, Theatrum Mundi launched Designing the Urban Commons, an ideas...

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Which Digital Strategy for France and Europe in an Age of Disruption?

Recorded on: 20 March 2015

Speaker(s): Axelle Lemaire

Axelle Lemaire (@axellelemaire) has been at the French Ministry of State for Digital Affairs since April 2014, serving...

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Engaging Citizens: a game changer for development?

Recorded on: 19 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jon Paul Faguet, Dr Shirin Madon, Dr Duncan Green, Owen Barder, Yesil Deniz, Dr Bjorn-Soren Gigler, Abha Joshi-Ghani, Leni Wild, Vanessa Herringshaw, Fredrik Galtung, Duncan Edwards

Engaging citizens has a vital role to play in the process of development. It helps to improve transparency and...

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Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev

Recorded on: 18 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Alexander V Pantsov

Professor Pantsov will discuss why the USSR couldn’t follow the pattern of Chinese reforms in the decade leading up to...

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Above the Parapet - Women in Public Life

Recorded on: 18 March 2015

Speaker(s): Roza Otunbayeva

Roza Otunbayeva is the first female President of Kyrgyzstan and the first woman to head a country in Central Asia. In...

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Crowd-Sourcing, Surveillance, and the Era of the Synopticon

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Matthew Connelly

Technology has led to unprecedented state surveillance, but may also be the key to preserving the principle of open...

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Shifting African Digital Landscapes

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Sean Jacobs

Developments in online media point to interesting possibilities for African engagement in the global public sphere....

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The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations

Recorded on: 17 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Barry Buzan, Professor Craig Calhoun, Dr George Lawson, Professor Juergen Osterhammel, Dr Ayse Zarakol

This event marks the launch of a new book: The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of...

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VIP: Visual International Politics

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor William A Callahan

Although we live in a visual age, few actually study the role of images in international politics. This inaugural...

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How to Run a Government

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Sir Michael Barber

Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honour their...

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Beyond the Budget

Recorded on: 16 March 2015

Speaker(s): Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) is Scotland’s first female First Minister and the first female to lead any of the...

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The Law, Finance and the Abyss

Recorded on: 12 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julia Black, Dr Jon Danielsson, Professor Charles Goodhart, Professor Katharina Pistor

In financial markets law and finance are intrinsically connected. When markets collapse, however, legal rules are...

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Changing Patterns of Inequality in the UK

Recorded on: 12 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Hills, Dr Polly Vizard

John Hills will present new findings from the Social Policy in a Cold Climate programme of research on the ways in...

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European Politics and Government

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jonathan Holslag, Dr Mareike Kleine

This discussion will explore the vexed question of the demos of European citizenship and the democratic deficit....

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Liability, Proportionality and the Number of Aggressors

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Jeff McMahan

The annual Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture will be delivered by a leading scholar in social and political philosophy....

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Code and Law between Truth and Power

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Julie Cohen, Anne Barron

The problem of control over information flows has emerged as a doubly critical vantage point from which to interrogate...

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Political Economy of European Union

Recorded on: 11 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Bob Hancké, Professor David Soskice

This discussion will explore the pressures facing Europe’s welfare states in a time of austerity, an aging population...

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Human Capital, Inequality and Tax Reform: Recent Past and Future Prospects

Recorded on: 10 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Richard Blundell

Even before the financial crisis many developed economies were facing growing inequality and struggling to maintain...

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Class Matters: the working class in contemporary Britain

Recorded on: 10 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Selina Todd

Drawing on the testimonies of hundreds of people, Dr Todd refutes the claim that class is dead and exposes some of the...

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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? Women and Economics

Recorded on: 9 March 2015

Speaker(s): Katrine Marçal

Katrine Marçal charts the myth of ‘economic man’ – from its origins at Adam Smith’s dinner table to its adaptation by...

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A Conversation with Eric Ries

Recorded on: 6 March 2015

Speaker(s): Eric Ries

Eric Ries (@ericries) is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup: How Constant...

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Beyond the Cold War: how summits shaped the new world order

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Kristina Spohr, Sir Rodric Braithwaite, Sir Roderic Lyne, Professor Arne Westad

Personal summitry, more than structural factors, shaped the peaceful ending of and exit from the Cold War. This lecture...

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On Civil Disobedience

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Kimberley Brownlee

When is it permissible to resort to civil disobedience? Do we sometimes have a moral duty to do so? Should we be...

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Touching and Feeling

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor David J. Linden

Professor Linden will explore the biology of touch ranging from sex to pain to caress, paying particular attention to...

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Why We Should Talk to Terrorists

Recorded on: 5 March 2015

Speaker(s): Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell was chief of staff to Tony Blair and the chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland. In his new book...

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Yes, it is a Curse: politics and the adverse impact of natural-resource riches

Recorded on: 4 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Francesco Caselli

Professor Caselli will ask whether recent economic research could shed new light on the political and economic impact...

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Power and Order, Peace and War: lessons for Asia from 1914-18

Recorded on: 3 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Hugh White

Could it all happen again? Professor White will argue that imagining a new regional order to fit the fast-changing...

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Law, Economics and the Republic of Beliefs

Recorded on: 3 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Kaushik Basu, Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

Kaushik Basu (@kaushikcbasu) is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is the second World...

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Clean Energy and Renaissance: a report from the race between revolution and collapse

Recorded on: 2 March 2015

Speaker(s): Jeremy Leggett

A solar revolution is unfolding at a speed that is taking even the solar industry by surprise. But years of blindness...

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Gender and the Brain

Recorded on: 2 March 2015

Speaker(s): Professor John Dupré, Professor Gina Rippon

Are there ‘hardwired’ psychological differences between men and women? Do these alleged differences show that gender...

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Literary Festival 2015: Changing Worlds

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Neel Mukherjee, Elif Shafak

What are the foundations of society? Two award-winning writers look at the underpinnings of cultures and societies in...

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Literary Festival 2015: Visions of Future Humans: science fiction and human enhancement

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Caroline Edwards, Professor Adam Roberts, Anders Sandberg

Utopian and dystopian visions of technologically manipulated and enhanced human beings have always been central...

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Literary Festival 2015: Is There Life in the Novel of Ideas?

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Boxall, Jennie Erdal, Andrew O’Hagan

Is the 'novel of ideas' an outdated genre or are we witnessing its resurgence? What answers can it offer to...

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Literary Festival 2015: The Stones of Venice: foundations and future

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Polly Coles, Jane Da Mosto, Liza Fior, Jonathan Keates

Venice has captivated artists and writers for hundreds of years, but in a city whose literal foundations are under...

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Literary Festival 2015: Communicating Chronic Pain

Recorded on: 28 February 2015

Speaker(s): Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Dr Deborah Padfield, Jude Rosen

Pain is notoriously hard to communicate to others. Scholars have debated the relationship between pain and language:...

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