Child services fit for the 21st Century

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In our first program with Camila Batmanghelidjh, we focused on the closure of her charity, Kids Company. In this program we discuss with her what 21st century children’s services should actually look like. Over the last 20 years, Kids Company partnered with scientists to examine what was happening to children’s brains as a result of chronic maltreatment and neglect. They found that the brain function of traumatised children was similar to that of war-veterans, except their war was surviving childhood in the ghettos of Britain.

21st Century Plague

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Equally parasitic as the medieval Black Death, the pandemic we face in the 21st Century is a psychological phenomenon rather than a biological one. Its name is ‘deceit’, and our political & economic institutions are riddled with it.  Mark GB calls out the manifestations of the 21st-century plague – and it might just provide the antidote you need to survive it.

Neoliberalism: The force isn’t with you…

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Paul Verhaeghe, professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, claims we live in an extremely controlling society, where authority has all but disappeared, lapsing into brute force. He says the neoliberal economic order has changed us for the worse, that change cannot be left to the so-called ‘free market’, and that we ourselves must take the first steps towards creating a new social order.

Green washing and the psychology of climate change denial

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When it comes to climate change, corporations and governments are cynically exploiting the space between public perception and scientific fact. We’re being lulled into a false sense of security that climate change is a problem for the future, rather than an urgent one that must be addressed in order for the species to secure its long-term future.

Universal Basic Income – Utopian or Real? Teaser

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Rutger Bregman is a writer who is widely acclaimed for his book Utopia for Realists. In it, he champions universal basic income and a fifteen-hour work week. On this week’s show we travel to The Netherlands to ask him if the time for these ideas has arrived… 

Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

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As move on from a turbulent year we look back to those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017, by teaching us, the things we didn’t know, we didn’t know.

BBC ‘independent’ fact-checkers funded by UK government & Daily Mail

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The BBC is reportedly allowing its ‘independent’ Science Media Centre to dictate editorial policy. Except the SMC is not independent. Rather, it is funded by industry and is renowned for pushing corporate interests and anti-environmentalism. It counts BP, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and the UK government as its major funders, along with the Daily Mail.

He died for our debts, not our sins

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As we turn towards our faiths this Christmas and Hanukkah in an attempt to make sense of the year that was, economist Professor Michael Hudson says we have been interpreting the bible incorrectly. And he has written an entire book about it. Rather than sex and sin, both Christianity and Judaism is preoccupied with debt. As it turns out, Jesus was a socialist activist who paid the ultimate price, fighting for the reinstatement of regular debt jubilees. In fact, the rulers of classical antiquity who cancelled their subjects’ debts were overthrown with disturbing frequency and tended not to live that long…