Episodes

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Ehsan Masood And Gdp2021081320210819 (R4)Helen Lewis meets people offering radical solutions to the big problems of our times.

Science journalist Ehsan Masood, author of GDP: the World's Most Powerful Formula and Why It Must Now Change. explains what he thinks is wrong with Gross Domestic Product as a measure of a country's economic success. He tells Helen what alternatives are on offer - and how he thinks GDP can and should be radically reformed.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Leading thinkers posit solutions to the structural problems of our age.

Emily Alison And Rapport2021080620210812 (R4)Helen Lewis meets people offering radical solutions to the big problems of our times.

Emily Alison, co-author with Laurence Alison of Rapport: The Four Ways to Read People, reveals the insights she has derived from her work as a forensic psychologist. And she explains why she argues that techniques for building rapport can help transform a whole range of difficult personal interactions.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Leading thinkers posit solutions to the structural problems of our age.

Henry Marsh And Terminal Illness2021072320210729 (R4)Helen Lewis returns with a new series of interviews with people offering radical solutions to the big problems we face, and explores how their personal experiences drive their work and thinking.

Neurosurgeon and author Henry Marsh tells Helen about coming to terms with being diagnosed with cancer, and how it has informed his ideas about how we deal with terminal illness. They discuss the case for assisted dying, and the changes to the law that Marsh advocates.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Helen Lewis meets people offering radical solutions to the big problems of our times.

Leading thinkers posit solutions to the structural problems of our age.

Karen Stenner And The Authoritarian Predisposition2021073020210805 (R4)Helen Lewis meets people offering radical solutions to the big problems of our times.

Political psychologist and behavioural economist Karen Stenner, author of The Authoritarian Dynamic, explains how research shows a third of humanity is predisposed to authoritarianism. She tells Helen what happens when this predisposition is activated by feelings of threat - and what liberal democracy can do to respond to the challenges this raises.

Producer: Phil Tinline

Leading thinkers posit solutions to the structural problems of our age.