Europe

#362      32 min 27 sec
Costing us dearly: The toll of austerity policy on public health

Prof David Stuckler

Oxford sociologist and political economist Prof. David Stuckler argues that austerity policies imposed by national governments in response to economic crises bring about increases in disturbing public health outcomes -- particularly among those societies' most vulnerable people -- while countries that opt for stimulus-based policies have demonstrably healthier outcomes. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#353      32 min 09 sec
From Proletariat to Precariat: Navigating Uncertainty in a Globalised Economy

Prof Leon Fink

American labor historian Leon Fink discusses the rise of the Precariat -- people in developed economies in a permanent state of underemployment or intermittent work due to changes in working conditions since the 19th century. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#351      33 min 31 sec
Weeds girdle the globe: The marauding march of invasive plant species

Prof Roger Cousens

Plant population specialist Prof Roger Cousens talks about how the spread of undesirable plants, or "weeds", has dramatically redefined the world’s natural landscapes and coastlines, and what this means for us economically, aesthetically and environmentally. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#350      35 min 51 sec
Superdiversity: Policy challenges in an age of unprecedented migration

Prof Jenny Phillimore

Migration researcher Prof Jenny Phillimore explains how the recent global phenomenon of superdiversity is challenging policy makers and service providers to rethink housing and health care in our cities and beyond. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#349      27 min 01 sec
Wild and domestic: A cultural history of human-animal relations

Prof Harriet Ritvo

Environmental historian Prof Harriet Ritvo recounts the often ambiguous relationships between the human and animal worlds through history, and explores our need to both tame and take inspiration from the wild. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#339      32 min 38 sec
Machine politics: Electronic voting and the persistent doubts about its integrity

Dr J Alex Halderman
Dr Vanessa Teague

Alex Halderman and Vanessa Teague, security experts in electronic and internet voting, argue that despite the speed and efficiency promises of e-balloting, it has yet to convincingly deliver the privacy, reliability and vote integrity that the democratic process requires and that voters expect. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#325      29 min 48 sec
Getting your Monet’s worth: The rapidly changing global market in art

Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

Art market researcher and former curator Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios examines the rapidly evolving relationship between art and money on the international stage. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#321      32 min 57 sec
Accounting for the rest of us: Capturing important truths about business organizations

Sir David Tweedie

Accounting standard setter and reformer Sir David Tweedie discusses the importance to national economies of global standards of corporate reporting and valuation. He also explains the challenges to having such common standards adopted by individual nation states. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#319      35 min 57 sec
Contested memories: Unearthing tensions from the Spanish Civil War

Prof Jo Labanyi

Cultural historian Prof Jo Labanyi discusses accounts of atrocities and persecution that took place during and after the Spanish Civil War, and explains why 75 years after war’s end the memories of the period are so highly contested. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#304      35 min 47 sec
Quash and prosper: How free market capitalism learned to quell dissent

Prof Alasdair Roberts

Law historian Prof Alasdair Roberts discusses the strategies implemented by the neoliberal establishment to contain dissent. Presented by Lynne Haultain.