Across The Red Line

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0101Is It Ok To Be Wary Of Those From Other Backgrounds?2018010320180106 (R4)Anne McElvoy and Gabrielle Rifkind are joined by Charles Moore and Hugh Muir.

Anne McElvoy takes guests and listeners alike to the edges of their certainties. She brings together two figures who are active in the public debate on opposed sides of a political question.

Anne is joined by conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to lead the two guests through a series of structured conversations to encourage them to air the personal experiences, instincts and feelings that underpin their public positions. Together Anne and Gabrielle invite guests to do something that doesn't often feature in debates: really listen to each other.

Joining the discussion this week are Charles Moore, former editor and now columnist at the Daily Telegraph and Hugh Muir, Associate Editor for the Guardian's Opinion pages.

Producer: Sarah Shebbeare.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0102Is Equality A Good Thing In Itself?2018011020180113 (R4)Anne McElvoy and Gabrielle Rifkind are joined by Fraser Nelson and Zoe Williams.

Anne McElvoy takes guests and listeners alike to the edges of their certainties. She brings together two figures who are active in the public debate on opposed sides of a political question.

Anne is joined by conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to lead the two guests through a series of structured conversations to encourage them to air the personal experiences, instincts and feelings that underpin their public positions. Together Anne and Gabrielle invite guests to do something that doesn't often feature in debates: really listen to each other.

Joining the discussion this week are Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator and Zoe Williams, author and columnist for the Guardian.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0103Should We All Be Feminists?2018011720180120 (R4)Anne McElvoy is joined by Joan Smith and Laura Perrins.

Anne McElvoy takes guests and listeners alike to the edges of their certainties. She brings together two figures who are active in the public debate on opposed sides of a principle.

Anne is joined by conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to lead the two guests through a series of structured conversations to encourage them to air the personal experiences, instincts and feelings that underpin their public positions. Together Anne and Gabrielle invite guests to do something that doesn't often feature in debates: really listen to each other.

Joining the discussion this week to discuss whether 'we should all be feminists' are author, journalist and human rights activist Joan Smith, and former barrister and now co-editor of The Conservative Woman, Laura Perrins.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0104 LASTCan Physical Force And Violence Be Politically Justified?2018012420180127 (R4)Anne McElvoy and Gabrielle Rifkind are joined by Timothy Stanley and Mark Serwotka.

Anne McElvoy takes guests and listeners alike to the edges of their certainties. She brings together two figures who are active in the public debate on opposed sides of a political question.

Anne is joined by conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to lead the two guests through a series of structured conversations to encourage them to air the personal experiences, instincts and feelings that underpin their public positions. Together Anne and Gabrielle invite guests to do something that doesn't often feature in debates: really listen to each other.

Joining Anne and Gabrielle this week, to discuss whether direct action, physical force and even violence can be politically justified are Timothy Stanley, author and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Producer: Phil Tinline.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0201Is English Nationalism Toxic?2018080120180804 (R4)Anne McElvoy, with Gabrielle Rifkind, invites two opposed figures to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

Anne McElvoy returns with the series that asks figures from opposing sides of a political issue to listen to each other, and explore the roots of each other's beliefs, with the help of conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind.

In this first edition of the new series, Anne brings together Nick Cohen, columnist for the Observer and Simon Heffer, columnist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, to debate the question 'Is English Nationalism Toxic?'

Producer: Phil Tinline.

0202Is 'victim Culture' An Obstacle To Justice?2018080820180811 (R4)Anne McElvoy, with Gabrielle Rifkind, invites two opposed figures to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

Anne McElvoy returns with the series that asks figures from opposing sides of a political issue to listen to each other, and explore the roots of each other's beliefs, with the help of conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind.

In this edition, Anne brings together Joanna Williams, Associate Editor of Spiked, and Sophie Walker, leader of the Women's Equality Party, to debate the question: 'Is 'Victim Culture' an Obstacle to Justice?'

Producer: Phil Tinline.

0203Is Assisted Dying Morally Wrong?2018081520180818 (R4)Anne McElvoy, with Gabrielle Rifkind, invites two opposed figures to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

Anne McElvoy returns with the series that asks figures from opposing sides of a political issue to listen to each other, and explore the roots of each other's beliefs, with the help of conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind.

In this edition, Anne brings together Polly Toynbee, columnist for the Guardian, and Melanie McDonagh, writer for the London Evening Standard and the Spectator, to discuss the question: 'Is Assisted Dying Morally Wrong?'

Producer: Phil Tinline.

0204 LASTIs Tax A Burden?2018082220180825 (R4)Anne McElvoy, with Gabrielle Rifkind, invites two opposed figures to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

Anne McElvoy returns with the series that asks figures from opposing sides of a political issue to listen to each other, and explore the roots of each other's beliefs, with the help of conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind.

In this edition, Anne brings together Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Editor-in-Chief of The Canary, and Juliet Samuel, columnist for the Daily Telegraph, to discuss the question: 'Is Tax a Burden?'

Producer: Phil Tinline.

0301Should Cultural Artefacts Be Returned To Their Country Of Origin?2019050120190504 (R4)Anne McElvoy returns with the series that invites figures from opposing sides of a political issue to listen to each other - and to come to an understanding of the beliefs, aims and experiences that inform their position.

In the first episode, historian Dr Zareer Masani and the Guardian columnist and former chair of the National Trust Sir Simon Jenkins discuss the principles underlying the question of whether objects of cultural or artistic significance should be returned to the places from whence they came?

Producer: Phil Tinline

The return of the series that invites two opposed public figures to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0302Is The Mainstream Media A Force For Good In Society?2019050820190511 (R4)Anne McElvoy invites Times Deputy Editor Emma Tucker and Richard Seymour, author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics, to debate whether the mainstream media is a force for social good or a source of bias and misreporting.

And conflict resolution expert Louisa Weinstein then invites Richard and Emma to engage in an exercise to explore each other's perspective - through open questioning, listening and reflecting back what they hear.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Anne McElvoy invites Emma Tucker and Richard Seymour to explore each other's perspective.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0303Are Referendums Good For Democracy?2019051520190518 (R4)Anne McElvoy invites the author and political journalist Isabel Oakeshott and Times columnist Matthew Parris to debate whether referendums are good for democracy.

And conflict resolution expert Louisa Weinstein then invites Isabel and Matthew to engage in an exercise to explore each other's perspective - through open questioning, listening and reflecting back what they hear.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Anne McElvoy invites Isabel Oakeshott and Matthew Parris to explore each other's views.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

The return of the series that invites two opposed public figures to listen to each other.

0304 LASTIs Individualism A Virtue?20190522Anne McElvoy invites the critic and writer Sarah Ditum and Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, to explore each other's perspectives on individualism.

And conflict resolution expert Gabrielle Rifkind invites Sarah and Kate to engage in an exercise to explore the roots of each other's beliefs, and then to articulate each other's views.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Anne McElvoy invites Sarah Ditum and Kate Andrews to explore each other's perspective.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0401Does Profit Corrupt?2019090420190907 (R4)Anne McElvoy returns with the series that invites two public figures who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In the first edition of the new series, Anne brings together Blue Labour founder Lord Glasman and Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times, to debate whether profit corrupts.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Louisa Weinstein to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

FT editor Lionel Barber and Blue Labour founder Lord Glasman debate profit and corruption.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0402Is Discipline The Enemy Of Learning?2019091120190914 (R4)Anne McElvoy returns with the series that invites two public figures who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In this edition, Anne brings together author and educator Dr Debra Kidd with Katharine Birbalsingh, headmistress of Michael Community School, to debate whether discipline is the enemy of learning.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Louisa Weinstein to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Katharine Birbalsingh and Dr Debra Kidd debate whether discipline is the enemy of learning

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

0403Does Identity Politics Cause More Problems Than It Solves?2019091820190921 (R4)Anne McElvoy and conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind examine what leads their two guests to disagree on a major issue of the day.

In today's edition, the writers Douglas Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds, and Nesrine Malik, author of We Need New Stories, meet to discuss 'identity politics'. Is this a problematic and divisive development, or a necessary means to correct injustice?

And, after the opening discussion, Anne and Gabrielle invite their guests to explore the roots of each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Douglas Murray and Nesrine Malik debate, and ask each other about what drives their views.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

Last in the current series that invites two opposed public figures to listen to each other

05Are American Approaches To Combating Racism Worth Trying In Britain?2020110420201109 (R4)Anne McElvoy presents the debate programme which invites two people who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In this edition, policy researcher Kimberly McIntosh and journalist Tom Owolade discuss whether US approaches to combating racism are worth trying in Britain.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

05Do We Need To Learn To Live With More Risk?2020102820201102 (R4)Anne McElvoy presents the debate programme which invites two public figures who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In this edition, Anne is joined by Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas and ex-Justice Secretary David Gauke, to debate whether we need to learn to live with more risk.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Gabrielle Rifkind to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Anne McElvoy invites those on opposing sides of political issues to listen to each other.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

05Does Impartiality Impede Good Journalism?2020102120201026 (R4)Anne McElvoy presents the debate programme which invites two public figures who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In this edition, Anne is joined by James O'Brien, LBC presenter and author of 'How Not to Be Wrong', and Roger Mosey, former Head of BBC Television News, to debate whether impartiality impedes good journalism.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Louisa Weinstein to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

LBC presenter James O'Brien and ex-Head of BBC TV News Roger Mosey debate impartiality.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other

05Should Politicians Stop Worrying About 'hard-working Families?2020101420201019 (R4)Anne McElvoy returns with the debate programme which invites two public figures who disagree on an issue of principle to listen closely to each other's arguments - and then to find out what drives them.

In this first edition of the new series, Anne is joined via Zoom by the former Conservative minister Rory Stewart and the former Labour minister Caroline Flint to debate whether politicians should stop worrying about 'hard-working families', and turn their attention more exclusively to the very poor.

And Anne works with conflict resolution specialist Louisa Weinstein to foster a more exploratory conversation, to encourage both speakers to probe the values and experiences that underpin each other's beliefs.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Ex-ministers Caroline Flint and Rory Stewart debate the focus on hard-working families.

Anne McElvoy invites figures on opposed sides of a political issue to listen to each other