The series that talks to people who dare to challenge accepted wisdom, whatever the cost.


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0201 20090909 Economist and writer Philippe Legrain argues that Britain should abolish all immigration controls.
The movement of people across our borders should, he says, be as free as the movement of goods and services.
Legrain's views are challenged by Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, Labour MP for Keighley and Ilkeley Ann Cryer and Tony Saint, a writer and former immigration officer.
0201 20090912 Edward Stourton chairs a live discussion series in which guests set out their strong views on a subject, before being challenged by a panel of experts.
Economist and writer Philippe Legrain argues that Britain should abolish all immigration controls.
The movement of people across our borders should, he says, be as free as the movement of goods and services.
Legrain's views are challenged by Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, Labour MP for Keighley and Ilkeley Ann Cryer and Tony Saint, a writer and former immigration officer.
Economist Philippe Legrain argues that Britain should abolish all immigration controls.
0202 20090916 Kenyan economist James Shikwati argues that aid to developing countries does more harm than good.
He says that aid promotes corruption and complacency, damages local economies and teaches people to be beggars.
0202 20090919 Kenyan economist James Shikwati argues that aid to developing countries does more harm than good.
He says that aid promotes corruption and complacency, damages local economies and teaches people to be beggars.
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0203 LAST 20090923 Edward Stourton chairs a live discussion series in which guests set out their strong views on a subject, before being challenged by a panel of experts.
Cambridge lawyer, Prof John Spencer, says that we should make it legal for young teenagers to have sex.
He says the age of consent, fixed at 16 by the Sexual Offences Act 2003, makes criminals of half the population.
Prof John Spencer says we should make it legal for young teenagers to have sex.
0301 2010082520100828Professor David Marsland argues that the mentally and morally unfit should be sterilised.
Edward Stourton chairs a live debate in which Professor David Marsland defends his view that the mentally and morally unfit should be sterilised.
Professor David Marsland is Emeritus Scholar of Sociology and Health Sciences at Brunel University, London and Professorial Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Buckingham.
He argues that the only way to prevent the abuse and neglect of children whose parents are incapable of looking after them is to stop them from being born in the first place.
It should be open to police and social workers to recommend that drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally disabled should be irreversibly sterilised - and the courts should be able to enforce this.
Challenging his views will be three expert witnesses including a senior social worker, a drugs charity lawyer and a moral philosopher.
Listeners also join in via emails and text-messages.
0302 2010090120100904Journalist Stephen Pollard argues that we should stop spending public money on the arts.
"Why should we give taxpayers' money to opera but not to football clubs or pop concerts? Subsidy encourages elitist art which prides itself on its failure to appeal to the masses; it gobbles up funds from the National Lottery which could otherwise be used to benefit the people who actually buy the lottery tickets."
Stephen Pollard's views will be challenged by Moira Sinclair of the Arts Council, James Heartfield (Director of the think-tank 'Audacity') and Neil Nisbet (dance video-producer and journalist).
The studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
Producer: Peter Everett 
0303 LAST 20100915 Journalist and author James Bartholomew argues that the National Health Service should be abolished.
"It is not one of the best health-care systems in the world - it's actually one of the worst." His views will be challenged by Dr Sam Everington (a G.P.
from the East End of London), Sir Gerry Robinson (presenter of the TV series 'Can Gerry Robinson Save The NHS?') and Nick Seddon (deputy-director of the think-tank 'Reform').
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
Join in the debate by emailing iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text during the programme on 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Journalist James Bartholomew argues that the NHS should be abolished.
0303 LAST 20100918 Journalist and author James Bartholomew argues that the National Health Service should be abolished.
"It is not one of the best health-care systems in the world - it's actually one of the worst." His views will be challenged by Dr Sam Everington (a G.P.
from the East End of London), Sir Gerry Robinson (presenter of the TV series 'Can Gerry Robinson Save The NHS?') and Nick Seddon (deputy-director of the think-tank 'Reform').
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
Join in the debate by emailing iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text during the programme on 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Journalist James Bartholomew argues that the NHS should be abolished.
 
0303 LAST 20100918 Journalist and author James Bartholomew argues that the National Health Service should be abolished.
"It is not one of the best health-care systems in the world - it's actually one of the worst." His views will be challenged by Dr Sam Everington (a G.P.
from the East End of London), Sir Gerry Robinson (presenter of the TV series 'Can Gerry Robinson Save The NHS?') and Nick Seddon (deputy-director of the think-tank 'Reform').
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
Join in the debate by emailing iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text during the programme on 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Journalist James Bartholomew argues that the NHS should be abolished.
0401 20110810 Gordon Graham, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary, argues that democracy is overrated.
"There is a relentlessness about the democratic process that eliminates all possibility of dissent despite the myth to the contrary."
Professor Graham's views will be challenged by Edward Lucas (European Editor of The Economist), Professor Robert Hazell (Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London) and Professor David Chandler (of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Professor Gordon Graham argues that democracy is overrated.
0401 20110813 Gordon Graham, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary, argues that democracy is overrated.
"There is a relentlessness about the democratic process that eliminates all possibility of dissent despite the myth to the contrary."
Professor Graham's views will be challenged by Edward Lucas (European Editor of The Economist), Professor Robert Hazell (Director of the Constitution Unit at University College London) and Professor David Chandler (of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Professor Gordon Graham argues that democracy is overrated.
0402 20110817 Professor Julian Le Grand of the London School of Economics argues that inherited wealth is bad for the nation.
His views will be challenged by Madsen Pirie (Founder and President of the Adam Smith Institute), Philip Beresford (Compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List) and Faiza Shaheen (Researcher on Economic Inequality for the New Economics Foundation).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk
or text 84844
Producer: Peter Everett.
Professor Julian Le Grand argues that inherited wealth is bad for the nation.
0402 20110820 Professor Julian Le Grand of the London School of Economics argues that inherited wealth is bad for the nation.
His views will be challenged by Madsen Pirie (Founder and President of the Adam Smith Institute), Philip Beresford (Compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List) and Faiza Shaheen (Researcher on Economic Inequality for the New Economics Foundation).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk
or text 84844
Producer: Peter Everett.
Professor Julian Le Grand argues that inherited wealth is bad for the nation.
0403 LAST 20110831 Charlie Wolf argues that the Geneva Convention should not apply to the war against terrorism.
His views will be challenged by Richard Norton-Taylor (Security Editor of The Guardian), Dapo Akande (Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict) and Dr Robert Barnidge (School of Law, University of Reading).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Charlie Wolf argues: The Geneva Convention should not apply to the war against terrorism.
0403 LAST 20110903 Charlie Wolf argues that the Geneva Convention should not apply to the war against terrorism.
His views will be challenged by Richard Norton-Taylor (Security Editor of The Guardian), Dapo Akande (Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict) and Dr Robert Barnidge (School of Law, University of Reading).
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton.
You can join in by e-mailing: iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.
Charlie Wolf argues: The Geneva Convention should not apply to the war against terrorism.
 01 2006090620060909Peter Singer the philosopher, who's been dubbed 'The Dangerous Mind'.
 01 2008102920081101Edward Stourton chairs a live discussion series in which guests set out their strong views on a subject, before being challenged by a panel of experts.
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Dr Susan Blackmore challenges what she sees as society's hypocritical attitudes towards drink and drugs.
 02 2006091320060916Rabbi and member of the Israeli Parliament Michael Melchior, on talking to your enemies and the role of religion in conflict.
 02 2008110520081108Edward Stourton chairs a live discussion series in which guests set out their strong views on a subject, before being challenged by a panel of experts.
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Andrew Keen, one of the pioneering entrepreneurs of the internet boom, argues that Web 2.0 is an anarchic movement that destroys culture of real value.
 03 LAST 2006092020060923Sceptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg.
 03 LAST 2008111220081115Prof Jagdish Bhagwati, a leading expert on trade and development, argues that we should help the poor by actively buying products from sweatshops.
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19920614]  Each week Trevor Barnes
invites a controversial religious thinker to present an idea personal to them. This week
Dr Daphne Hampson , a theologian from St Andrews
University, argues that the myth of Christianity is untrue and not moral.
With her in the studio -
Professor Stuart Sutherland and Mary Grey.
Producer Amanda Hancox. Stereo
Phone lines will be open from
7.00pm to take listeners' comments on [number removed]
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19920621]  Second of the series in which Trevor Bames invites a controversial religious thinker to present an idea personal to them.
This week, the Rt Rev Jack Spong , Bishop of Newark, USA, argues that misogyny and large numbers of repressed homosexuals in the history of the church have contributed to an anti-woman bias.
Trevor Bames discusses the idea with a panel of experts.
Producer Amanda Hancox. Stereo Phone lines will be open from
7.00pm to take listeners' comments on [number removed]
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19920628]  The Rev Dr Ian Paisley considers what role
Christians should take in politics. Trevor Barnes discusses these ideas with a panel of experts.
Producer Amanda Hancox. Stereo
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19920705]  In the last programme of the series, Father Matthew Fox , the American
Dominican theologian, argues the need for a creation-based spirituality to liberate society from its obsessive materialism.
With him in the studio will be Margaret Hebblethwaite and the Rev John Reader. Chaired by Trevor Bames. Producer Amanda Hancox. Stereo
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  Genome: [r4 Bd=19930415]  Each week Trevor Bames invites a controversial thinker to present a religious or moral idea personal to them. This week Bruce Kent talks about the churches' attitude to armed conflict. Producer Amanda Hancox
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19930422]  Farid Kassim of Hizbut Then Rir, the Islamic Liberation Party, challenges the West's idea of freedom and democracy. His views will be discussed live in a debate chaired by Trevor Barnes. Producer Amanda Hancox
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19930429]  This week Trevor Barnes invites Karen Armstrong to pose the question: Does God exist as an objective reality? Producer Amanda Hancox
  Genome: [r4 Bd=19930506]  In the last programme. Trevor Barnes invites Fr Hernard Lynch to explain why he believes the Church is wrong in its attitude toward homosexuality and those affected by HIV. Producer Amanda Hancox

Genome: [r4 bd=19920614] contributors

  • Unknown: Trevor Barnes
  • Unknown: Dr Daphne Hampson
  • Unknown: Professor Stuart Sutherland
  • Unknown: Mary Grey.
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Genome: [r4 bd=19920621] contributors

  • Unknown: Jack Spong
  • Unknown: Trevor Bames
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Genome: [r4 bd=19920628] contributors

  • Unknown: Dr Ian Paisley
  • Unknown: Trevor Barnes
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Genome: [r4 bd=19920705] contributors

  • Unknown: Father Matthew Fox
  • Unknown: Margaret Hebblethwaite
  • Unknown: John Reader.
  • Unknown: Trevor Bames.
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox.

Genome: [r4 bd=19930415] contributors

  • Unknown: Trevor Bames
  • Talks: Bruce Kent
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox

Genome: [r4 bd=19930422] contributors

  • Unknown: Farid Kassim
  • Unknown: Trevor Barnes.
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox

Genome: [r4 bd=19930429] contributors

  • Unknown: Trevor Barnes
  • Unknown: Karen Armstrong
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox

Genome: [r4 bd=19930506] contributors

  • Unknown: Trevor Barnes
  • Unknown: Fr Hernard Lynch
  • Producer: Amanda Hancox

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