Politics and Society Podcasts

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Amitav Ghosh – How The Opium Trade Shaped Capitalism

Novelist Amitav Ghosh reveals the rarely told true history of opium, from the Enlightenment all the way to the present day.

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Oxford Data Scientist Hannah Richie – Climate Anxiety

In this episode of our sister podcast Found in Conversation, researcher Hannah Richie and ESG investor Rosa Sangiorgio outline how we can overcome the climate crisis.

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Economist Mariana Mazzucato – The Entrepreneurial State and the Future of Innovation

Mariana Mazzucato’s ideas have changed how governments see their role in the economy – but where do we go from here?

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Psychologist Dan Ariely – Why People Are Drawn to Conspiracy Theories, and How to Help

The superstar social scientist joins us for an eye-opening exploration of the misinformation crisis, examining what drives otherwise rational people to adopt deeply irrational beliefs.

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Hein de Haas – Debunking Myths About Migration

Why do people really migrate and what does it mean for their destination nations?

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New York Times columnist David Brooks – How to Know Others and Be Truly Seen

‘One of the most prominent public intellectuals of our time.’ (Washington Post), New York Times columnist David Brooks joins us with a guide to seeing others deeply – and being seen.

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Harvard Business School Prof. Amy Edmondson – How Learning to Fail Can Teach Us to Thrive

Drawing on a lifetime’s research, the world’s most influential organisational psychologist reveals how failures can lead us to happier, more successful lives.

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Philippa Gregory – 900 Years of Women’s History

The beloved historical novelist tells the epic story of ordinary British women doing extraordinary things, from 1066 to modern times.

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David Christian – A User’s Guide to the Future (Bonus Episode)

Historian David Christian investigates what we can know about the future in this episode of our sister podcast, Found in Conversation.

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Alan Philps – Stalin’s Disinformation War

How did Stalin manipulate foreign correspondents to stifle the truth about life in the Soviet Union? Alan Philps tells the story of the Metropol Hotel and its critical role in Stalin’s disinformation war.

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Victoria Belim – The Resilience of Art in Times of War

Victoria Belim is a Financial Times columnist and translator whose new memoir The Rooster House is both a detective story and a paean to her lost land.

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Malcolm Harris – How Palo Alto Conquered the World

How did the suburb of Palo Alto become the epicentre of a global tech revolution, changing not just American capitalism but the world?

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Christina Wallace – How To Futureproof Your Career and Live a Life Worthy of You

Christina Wallace has a radical new model for work and life that upends the notion they should have ever been at odds.

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Peter Heather – Will the West Fall Like Rome?

Is the West doomed to be the next Roman Empire? Can we learn something from its fall? Medieval historian Peter Heather thinks we can – and must.

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Scott Shapiro – The Dark Art of Hacking

The Information Age is built on precarious architecture, leaving states, companies, and individuals open to hacking. Scott Shapiro joins us to bust the myths and reveal the truth about viruses, espionage, and cyberwar.

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James Comey – The Pursuit of Justice in a Divided America

The former FBI director turned novelist joins us to share his insights into power and justice in a dangerous and divided America.

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Susie Alegre – Protecting Freedom of Thought in the Digital Age

Susie Alegre charts the history and fragility of our most important human right: freedom of thought.

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Alastair Campbell – Why Politics Has Gone So Wrong, and How You Can Help Fix It

Sky News’s Beth Rigby asks the legendary New Labour strategist and host of The Rest is Politics what we can each to do to confront policies that serve the interests of a privileged few.

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Alexa Hagerty – Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains

Bones can reveal brutality, beauty, trauma, and love – Alexa Hagerty used them to reveal the truth.

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Brad Smith – Tools and Weapons

Join us for a preview of Tools and Weapons, the new podcast with Microsoft President (and former How To Academy guest in London) Brad Smith.

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Luke Turner – Men at War

Award-winning journalist Luke Turner looks beyond the myths of heroes and villains to reveal a much more nuanced portrait of the multitude of men who served in the Second World War.

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Julian Baggini – How to Think Like a Philosopher

Join bestselling public philosopher Julian Baggini for a ‘complete treat: a breath of fresh air and a bracing detox for our beleaguered, battered brains’ (Derren Brown).

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Amantha Imber – How to Use Time Wisely

Organisational psychologist Amantha Imber has distilled the wisdom of the world’s most innovative people to help us all use our time more productively.

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Mariana Mazzucato and Rosie Collington – How the Consulting Industry Weakens Our Democracy

A ground-breaking investigation into how the consulting industry has made its way to the heart of our economies, weakening businesses and infantilising governments.

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Bernie Sanders Meets Frankie Boyle – It’s Okay to Be Angry About Capitalism

The longest-serving independent in Congress, the leader of democratic socialism in America, and a hero to progressives across the globe, Senator Sanders joins Frankie Boyle to take on the 1%.

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Caroline Dodds Pennock – How Indigenous Americans Discovered Europe

The story of Colombus’s ‘discovery’ of America has been told endlessly; but that of the indigenous Americans who travelled to the ‘savage shores’ of Europe remains almost untold. Until now.

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Mervyn King Meets Martin Wolf – The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism

The former governor of the Bank of England and the renowned FT commentator explore why the relationship between democracy and capitalism is coming undone.

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Daniel Finkelstein Meets Adam Wagner – The Freedoms We Lost in the Pandemic

Leading human rights barrister Adam Wagner joins Lord Finklestein to tell the story of Britain’s State of Emergency – and issue a wake up call to protect our liberties.

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Nouriel Roubini – Megathreats That Imperil The World’s Future

Nouriel Roubini was dubbed ‘Dr Doom’ when he predicted the 2008 crash. He joins the podcast to reveal new threats to our collective future ‘as scary as they are plausible’ (Martin Wolf).

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Maria Ressa – How To Stand Up to a Dictator

Crusading Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has spent decades speaking truth to power.

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Sathnam Sanghera – Marriage Material

Join acclaimed writer Sathnam Sanghera for a moving conversation on love, politics, family and the immigrant experience.

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Chelsea Manning – Information is Power

Join one of the world’s most famous transparency advocates and trans women for her life story.

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The Pursuit of Growth is a Disaster for Our Country and Our Planet

From Westminster to Beijing, politicians and economists believe growth is the path to progress and prosperity. But are they blindly leading us towards catastrophe?

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Danielle Keats Citron – How to Protect Dignity and Identity in the Digital Age

The privacy we once took for granted has disappeared. Danielle Keats Citron is here to fight back.

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Live Debate: “Now is the Time to Make Peace in Ukraine”

Jeremy Corbyn and Elon Musk might seem strange bedfellows, but both advocate for a negotiated peace to the war in Ukraine. Are they right?

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Joyce Tyldesley – The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Tutankhamun

One hundred years after the discovery of his tomb, Joyce Tyldesley tells the story of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh.

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Yuval Noah Harari Meets Katherine Rundell – Unstoppable Us

In a special podcast for children and families, the author of the multi-million bestselling Sapiens tells the incredible story of the human race to Katherine Rundell.

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Mark Bergen – Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to Global Domination

Bloomberg News reporter Mark Bergen reveals the story of how YouTube changed the world through untamed freedom of speech.

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Charlotte Fox Weber – A Journey Into Human Desire

Join leading psychotherapist Charlotte Fox Weber for a fly-on-the-wall journey through universal human wants and desires, and a practical toolkit for living well.

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Melanie Joy – How to Get Relationships Right

Psychologist Melanie Joy shares the principles and tools that can make any relationship, from personal to professional, healthier and more resilient.

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Patrick Radden Keefe – True Stories of Killers, Grifters, and Crooks

Patrick Radden Keefe exposed the Sackler family’s role in the US opioid crisis: a parable of greed that made headlines the world over. He joins us with more stories of crime and corruption.

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Alice Sherwood – How to Fight Back Against Counterfeit Culture

In an age when authenticity is valued above all, why are tricksters and con artists thriving — and what can we do to fight back?

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Daniel Pink – The Power of Regret

No regrets! The mantra adorns tattoos, T-shirts and posters; celebrities from John Travolta to Laverne Cox say they live by it. But should they?

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Daniel Pick – A New History of Thought Control

Psychoanalyst and historian Daniel Pick reveals the murky and pernicious story of ‘brainwashing’, taking us from the first days of the Cold War through to modern-day conspiracy theories.

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Tara Porter – A Psychologist’s Guide to Life for Girls and Young Women

 ‘If God were a mother, [Tara Porter’s book] is the Bible she would write for teenage girls and young women’ (Caitlin Moran).

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Chris Patten – The Future of Hong Kong

The last British governor of Hong Kong joins us to share unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese government and reflect on the new superpower’s role on the world stage.

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Jeremy Hunt – The Future of the NHS

On the day of Boris Johnson’s historic resignation, former Secretary of State for Health and Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt joined us to unveil his plan to renew the NHS.

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Bonnie Wright – How to Nurture Yourself and the Planet

Lessons for living sustainably and protecting the future of our planet with actresses and activists Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch.

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Michael Ignatieff – Finding Solace in Dark Times

Political leader, philosopher, historian, journalist, broadcaster, and Booker shortlisted literary novelist: Michael Ignatieff is a twenty-first century Renaissance man.