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How the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. Leading thinkers from across the globe give us their route maps to a better tomorrow.



What type of leadership does the world need to tackle global warming? Amol Rajan discusses whether people with power are doing enough to solve the climate crisis. Are politicians just too focused on the ballot box to take long term decisions? What about the role of celebrities and business leaders? Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC podcast ‘The Climate Question’ is with Amol alongside guests Lord Deben, Greg Jackson, Monika Langthaler and Professor Daniel Schrag.Producers Nick Holland and Marianna Brain Sound design Graham Puddifoot Editor Lizzi Watson Production coordinators Sophie Hill, Helena Warwick-Cross and Siobhan Reed
06/01/2342m 54s

Green technology and innovation

Will technology and innovation slow down or even reverse climate change? Amol Rajan looks at some of the existing innovations that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and also at some of those still being developed. He asks whether we're relying too much on the promise of technology that either isn’t ready yet or can’t work at scale. Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC podcast ‘The Climate Question’ is with Amol alongside guests the former President of Kiribati Anote Tong, James Arbib, Aoife O’Leary and Dr Jan Rosenow.Producers Nick Holland and Marianna Brain Sound design Graham Puddifoot Editor Lizzi Watson Production coordinators Siobhan Reed, Helena Warwick-Cross and Sophie Hill
05/01/2342m 42s

Green economy, money and prosperity

Amol Rajan explores what switching to a green economy may mean for the way we live and work and whether it's compatible with financial growth. If, for the sake of the planet we need to cut production, consumption and perhaps profit, then how will we pay for the essential services we need in the future? There are some difficult choices to make that sound particularly tough amid a cost-of-living crisis. However, despite all the difficulties, there are those who foresee a cleaner, fairer and more enriching world. Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC podcast ‘The Climate Question’ is with Amol Rajan alongside guests Professor Tim Jackson, Bernice Lee, Najma Mohamed and Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas Producers Nick Holland and Marianna Brain Sound design Graham Puddifoot Editor Lizzi Watson Production co-ordinators Siobhan Reed, Sophie Hill, Helena Warwick-Cross
04/01/2342m 42s

Behaviour and communication

What personal lifestyle habits are we prepared to give up to stop global warming and who bears responsibility for changing our behaviour? Is it the state or the individual? Amol Rajan discusses why we continue to live the way we do, despite knowing the planet is heating up. Is it ignorance or denial? Perhaps the problems is with the way we talk about climate change. If so, then how does the discourse need to change?Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC podcast ‘The Climate Question’ is with Amol Rajan alongside guests Tom Bailey, Meghan Kennedy-Woodard and George Marshall.Producers Nick Holland and Marianna Brain Sound design Graham Puddifoot Editor Lizzi Watson Production Coordinators Siobhan Reed, Sophie Hill, Helena Warwick-Cross
03/01/2342m 55s

Pledges and progress

In the first programme in this series Amol Rajan and guests examine the pledges that have been made on climate change and how far we have gone towards meeting them. What has worked to reduce greenhouse gasses and what’s not working, including the role of COP. Is the commitment to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees the right one?Graihagh Jackson, presenter of the BBC podcast ‘The Climate Question’ is with Amol, alongside guests Professor Saleemul Huq, Mikaela Loach, Emeritus Professor Bill McGuire and Sarah BellProducers Nick Holland & Marianna Brain Sound design Graham Puddifoot Editor Lizzi Watson Production Coordinators Siobhan Reed, Helena Warwick-Cross and Sophie Hill
02/01/2342m 48s

Getting ready for the 100-year life

Amol Rajan and his guests look for some answers on how to tackle the challenges thrown up by demographic change. From the pressure put on governments by burgeoning populations of young people, to the tactics best adopted by those of us planning to live to a hundred.GUESTSCamilla Cavendish, former Director of Policy for Prime Minister David Cameron, Financial Times columnist and author of 'Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing World'Professor Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics at London Business School and author of 'The 100-Year Life - Living and Working in an Age of Longevity'Dr Eliza Filby writer and historianProfessor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford and author of 'Is the Planet Full?'Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Lucinda Borrell Editor: Kirsty Reid
07/01/2242m 41s

What Japan can teach us

Amol Rajan and his guests look at Japan where almost a third of the population is aged 65 or over. What does that mean for Japan's economy, and its future? And what can other ageing countries learn from its experiences so far?GUESTSKathy Matsui, partner at venture capital fund MPowerCelia Hatton, Asia-Pacific Editor for the BBCBill Emmott, Chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, former Editor of the EconomistNoreena Hertz economist and author of 'The Lonely Century'Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Lucinda Borrell Editor: Kirsty Reid
06/01/2242m 35s

Living in a young country

In episode three of the series, Amol Rajan is joined by guests from Africa and the Middle East to look at the challenges and opportunities faced by countries with rapidly growing young populations. Will this mean demographic dividend or disaster for states like Nigeria? GUESTS Dr Wangui Kimari, Junior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town Cheta Nwanze, Lead Partner at SBM Intelligence Meray Maddah, Research Assistant, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Dr. Paul Morland, Author of ‘The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World’ Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Ayeisha Thomas-Smith Editor: Kirsty Reid
05/01/2242m 37s

The Great British Baby Bust

Amol Rajan and guests look at why British birth rates have declined so much. Can we - should we - try to reverse this and how will we pay for the health and care needs of our growing elderly population? GUESTS Prof Sarah Harper, Director and Clore Professor of Gerontology, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing Miatta Fahnbulleh, CEO, New Economics Foundation Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies David Runciman - Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Rob Walker Editor: Kirsty Reid
04/01/2242m 25s

Is demography destiny?

In a new five-part Rethink series, Amol Rajan and guests challenge some of our long-held assumptions about population change. Are there really too many people in the world - or will some countries actually end up with too few? GUESTS Rt Hon. Lord David Willets, President of the Advisory Council and Intergenerational Centre of the Resolution Foundation Professor Anna Rotkirch, Director, Population Research Institute, Väestöliitto, Finland Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Rob Walker Editor: Kirsty Reid
03/01/2242m 42s

Technology and Education

During the pandemic many schools and universities relied on virtual lessons using video software. In the final programme of this Rethink on Education, we look to the future and ask what is the role of technology in education? Will students be taught virtually or will online resources only be used to enhance the classroom experience? Amol Rajan and guests discuss.GUESTS:Alex Beard, Author, Natural Born LearnersMatt Hood, Founder, Oak National AcademyDilshad Sheikh, Dean of the Business School, Arden UniversityDr. Elizabeth Gemmill, Department for Continuing Education, Oxford UniversityPresenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Julie Ball Editor: Kirsty Reid
09/07/2141m 41s

Are we teaching the right subjects for the future of the country?

Universities receive double the amount of funding that Further Education colleges get, despite the fact they have twice the number of students, most of whom are in vocational training. If the country is to meet the requirements of new technology jobs, and skills, should we be investing more money in higher education that provides the skills we will need for the future economic prosperity of the country rather than a course in English Literature? Amol Rajan and guests discuss.GUESTS:Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cambridge University, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Goodhart, Author 'Head, Hand, Heart: The struggle for dignity and status in the 21st CenturyJude Kelly, Founder WoW FoundationProfessor Steven Spier, Vice-chancellor, Kingston UniversityPresenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Julie Ball Editor: Kirsty Reid
08/07/2141m 42s

Is the current exam system fit for purpose?

Should we change the current system of examinations for our 16 and 18 year olds? During the past two years pupils across the UK have missed out on official exams like GCSEs, A Levels and Highers. So are official exams no longer needed? The current system was set up as a conduit for the now, 50 percent of students who go to university. But what about those who don't go on to higher education, are they being catered for? Is there a better way to assess what young people have learnt whilst at school that will help them get what they want out of life in the future? Amol Rajan and guests discuss. GUESTSLord Kenneth Baker, Baker Dearing Educational Trust, UTC'sLaura McInerney, Founder, TeacherTapp Dr. Kevin Stannard, Head of Innovation and Learning, Girls' Day Schools TrustAliyah Irabor-York, Student & Founder , Pupil PowerandKiran Gill, CEO and Founder, The Difference Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Julie Ball Editor: Kirsty Reid
07/07/2141m 52s

Can school make up for what's lacking at home?

Today's Rethink is looking at early years and primary education. With cuts in child services, are primary schools and early years providers becoming ersatz parents as well as educators? Providing everything from meals to setting boundaries in a space where children can be their very best?Amol Rajan and guests discuss whether educators can really make up for what's missing in the home?GUESTSDr. Mary Bousted, Joint General-Secretary, National Education UnionNaomi Eisenstadt, Chair, Northamptonshire Integrated Care System and Honorary Fellow at the University of Oxford Dept of Education Zane Powles, MBE, Asst Deputy Headteacher, Western Primary School, Grimsby Shaddai Tembo, Lecturer, Early Years, University of Highlands and IslandsPresenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Julie Ball Editor: Kirsty Reid
06/07/2141m 28s

What is education for?

Rethinking Education. In a new five part Rethink series, Amol Rajan and guests discuss how we can re-think the Education system post pandemic. GUESTSKikelomo Agunbiade, Head of Education, IPPR Claire-Marie Cuthbert - Chief Executive, Evolve TrustDavid Perks, Principal and Founder, East London Science SchoolProfessor David Runciman, Professor of Politics and History, Cambridge UniversityPresenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Julie Ball Editor: Kirsty Reid
05/07/2141m 27s

Jude Browne: Rethinking Responsibility

Professor Jude Browne looks at how we tackle the concept of responsibility post-pandemic
27/05/216m 56s

David Graeber: Rethinking Jobs

Author Graeber questions the purpose of our work.
14/07/208m 10s

Amonge Sinxoto: Rethinking Safety

Activist Sinxoto reminds us that millions of people live in constant danger.
08/07/207m 1s

Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander: Rethinking Economic Dignity

Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, suggests a series of specific policies to address low pay.
07/07/206m 28s

K T Tunstall: Rethinking The Music Industry

Musician Tunstall shares that convenience for consumers comes at a huge cost for artists
07/07/207m 7s

Henry Dimbleby: Rethinking How We Eat

Cookery writer Dimbleby reflects on how food is a marker of civilisation.
06/07/207m 45s

Aaron Bastani: Rethinking An Ageing Population

Writer Bastani investigates the change in demographics and how it will affect us.
06/07/208m 6s

V.S Ramachandran: Rethinking Brains

Neurologist Ramachandran asks how the pandemic has changed how we think about ourselves.
06/07/208m 16s

C K Lal: Rethinking Institutions

Journalist Lal argues for institutions to be re-engineered for the post-pandemic world
03/07/207m 3s

Carol Cooper: Rethinking Racial Equality

Senior Nurse Cooper makes an impassioned plea for justice.
03/07/207m 30s

Nisha Katona: Rethinking Hospitality

Chef Katona asks us to consider what makes the restaurant experience precious.
03/07/206m 19s

H. R. McMaster: Rethinking Empathy

Former United States National Security Advisor McMaster calls for consideration.
03/07/206m 41s

Dalai Lama: Rethinking Ancient Wisdom

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has a checklist of priorities for the post-pandemic world.
02/07/205m 13s

Mariana Mazzucato: Rethinking Value

Economist Mazzucato challenges the economic models that have dominated post-war policy
02/07/2010m 29s

Onora O'Neill: Rethinking Digital Power

Philosopher O'Neill asks if tech giants have done irreversible damage to society/
02/07/206m 35s

Ziauddin Sardar: Rethinking Normality

Writer Sardar asks us what 'the new normal' is concealing.
02/07/206m 56s

Lucy Jones: Rethinking Biophilia

Author Jones questions how our disconnection with nature is affecting our lives
01/07/205m 56s

Emma Griffin: Rethinking Work

Professor Griffin highlights the unpaid and emotional work that often goes unrecognised.
01/07/205m 45s

David Wallace-Wells: Rethinking Consensus

Journalist Wallace-Wells applies cautious optimism to our current moment.
01/07/206m 43s

Dr Charlotte Riley: Rethinking Universities

Historian Riley questions the concept of university being a rite of passage for the young
01/07/206m 18s

Anthony Townsend: Rethinking Robots

Writer Townsend imagines a future that prioritises convenience
01/07/206m 49s

Seb Emina: Rethinking Travel

Writer Emina asks if we can experience the benefits and joy of travel without moving.
01/07/206m 18s

Dr Xine Yao: Rethinking Masks

Lecturer Yao explains how masks are an expression of commitment to the collective good
01/07/206m 11s

Tom Rivett-Carnac: Rethinking History

Campaigner Rivett-Carnac asks us to examine the stories we tell about ourselves.
30/06/207m 1s

Nicci Gerrard: Rethinking Old Age

Author Gerrard asks us to remember the role, rights and needs of older people.
30/06/206m 3s

David Skelton: Rethinking Industry

Author Skelton supports a reinvigorated focus on manufacturing and technical education.
30/06/206m 33s

Pascal Soriot: Rethinking Medical Co-operation

CEO of AstraZeneca, Soriot praises the example shown by scientists working together.
30/06/208m 17s

Anand Giridharadas: Rethinking Capitalism

Author Giridharadas asks if now is the moment to rethink everything.
27/06/207m 35s

Mirabelle Morah: Rethinking Ourselves

Author Morah asks what we can do for each other, regardless of national boundaries.
27/06/206m 32s

Jared Diamond: Rethinking A Global Response

American geographer and author Diamond asks if democracies are agile enough to do what's needed.
27/06/206m 15s

Rana Faroohar: Rethinking Data

Journalist Faroohar analyses the growing power of Big Tech.
27/06/206m 22s

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Rethinking The Power Of Small Actions

Philosopher Appiah reminds us that collective action is the sum of individual actions.
26/06/206m 39s

Jonathan Sumption: Rethinking The State

Author Sumption questions the freedoms we have given up during the pandemic.
26/06/206m 27s

Brian Eno: Rethinking The Winners

Musician Eno investigates the kinds of leadership available to us.
26/06/205m 51s

HRH Prince Charles: Rethinking Nature

Prince Charles argues that this country is uniquely well placed to champion an agri-"culture" that is the envy of the world.
26/06/208m 1s

Paul Krugman: Rethinking Solidarity

Economist Krugman wants us to recognise our inescapable inter-dependence.
25/06/205m 47s

K K Shailaja: Rethinking Development

Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Kerala State, Shailaja discusses the power of science.
25/06/205m 49s

Katherine Grainger: Rethinking The Olympics

Former rower Grainger reminds us that the Olympics were created in a time of upheaval
25/06/206m 6s

George Soros: Rethinking Debt

Philanthropist and investor Soros puts forwards some radical economic proposals.
25/06/208m 7s

DeRay McKesson: Rethinking The Impossible

Civil rights activist McKesson passionately believes in a better America for young black men
25/06/206m 3s

Steven Pinker: Rethinking Human Nature

Philosopher Pinker discusses the possibility of progress
25/06/207m 13s

Eliza Manningham-Buller: Rethinking Health Inequality

Chair of the Wellcome Trust, Manningham-Buller details the shocking disparities in life expectancy.
25/06/205m 29s

Matthew Walker: Rethinking Sleep

Scientist Walker proposes a radical rediscovery of how, when and why we sleep.
25/06/206m 46s

Gina McCarthy: Rethinking Activism

President and CEO of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), McCarthy is passionate about the potential for change.
24/06/205m 33s

Emma Dabiri: Rethinking Identity

Author Dabiri asks us to move beyond identity politics and build meaningful connections.
24/06/208m 18s

Rebecca Adlington: Rethinking The Athlete's Life

Former Olympic champion Adlington challenges us to take control of the things that matter
24/06/207m 38s

Colin Jackson: Rethinking Our Responsibility For Our Health

Sprinter and broadcaster Jackson argues for us to see our bodies as a luxury.
24/06/206m 12s

Andy Murray: Rethinking Equality In Sport

Tennis player Murray highlights the importance of treating athletes equally
24/06/205m 9s

Tim Berners-Lee: Rethinking Digital Access

Inventor of the world wide web, Berners-Lee argues that we need to start designing the digital habits we want.
24/06/206m 39s

Clare Chambers: Rethinking The Body

Philosopher Chambers asks if our attitudes to our bodies have changed.
24/06/206m 13s

Caleb Femi: Rethinking Education

Poet Femi asks if students feel equipped to “survive in the wild that is adulthood”.
24/06/206m 23s

Stuart Russell: Rethinking AI

Scientist and author Russell asks us to consider the benefit of artificial intelligence
24/06/206m 13s

Carlo Rovelli: Rethinking Humanity

Physicist Rovelli campaigns for our species to choose compassion over brutality.
23/06/205m 23s

Reed Hastings: Rethinking Togetherness

Netflix CEO Hastings argues for stories that bring people together and build unity.
23/06/207m 48s

Kang Kyung-wha: Rethinking Accountability

South Korea's Foreign Minister discusses why trust is essential in times of crisis.
23/06/205m 49s

Ambassador Samantha Power: Rethinking Global Governance

Samantha Power is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, and the author of recent memoir, The Education of an Idealist. She argues that open societies, with changes at home and abroad, can move towards revitalising global cooperation.
23/06/207m 18s

Tara Westover: Rethinking The Education Divide

Author Westover argues that education, rather than wealth, is now the greatest divide.
23/06/206m 56s

Niall Ferguson: Rethinking Progress

Historian Ferguson asks how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged progress
23/06/209m 0s

Margaret MacMillan: Rethinking International Cooperation

Historian MacMillan explains how our interdependence is essential to our condition.
22/06/205m 36s

Jarvis Cocker: Rethinking an Environmental Revolution

Musician Cocker asks if the chirrup of the Hen Harrier will be enough to awake in us a new consciousness of our duty as stewards of the Earth
22/06/207m 29s

Lady Hale: Rethinking The Courts

Brenda Hale asks what it means in the year 2020 to get a fair hearing.
22/06/206m 12s

Lord Peter Hennessy: Rethinking Democracy

The historian Peter Hennessy asks what we might learn from the experience of another hinge moment: 1945, when an exhausted but victorious Britain launched a new social contract.
22/06/205m 34s

Amanda Levete: Rethinking How We Live

Stirling Prize-winning architect Levete talks about reconciling technology with nature and a public architecture which prioritises wellbeing over efficiency.
22/06/206m 3s

Pope Francis: Rethinking Poverty

Pope Francis explains why he sees Covid-19 as a potential turning point in history. Taken from a longer interview with Austen Ivereigh and read by Joseph Balderrama. Photo credit: Reuters.
22/06/208m 15s

Mohammed Hanif: Rethinking Intimacy

Writer Hanif explores the role of intimacy in different human cultures.
22/06/205m 17s

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How the world should change after the coronavirus pandemic. Leading thinkers from across the globe give us their route maps to a better tomorrow.
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