In British corridors of power the legacy of empire still lingers. The UK is no longer the global player it pretends to be, but nor is it introspective enough to truly look after its own citizens. On this show we talk to Professor Danny Dorling, author of more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers.
In a sensationalist world that operates at breakneck speed, many of us get caught careering between stimulus and response, rarely stopping to think critically about why we do what we do. More fundamentally, with nationalism on the rise, we ask: can philosophy enable us to think differently about our true identity? Stine Jensen is a Danish philosopher who lives in the Netherlands, a country and people that are not afraid of big or new ideas. We went there to meet her to find out about the importance philosophy has in our modern distracted world. We also wanted to know if Plato was right. Is the unexamined life really not worth living?