Will West-Russia Tensions Continue for Ever?

To a great extent, the tensions between the East and West can be explained in terms of the need to find an enemy, or in academic language, the need for othering. When will this process ever end? </p>

// Jun. 24, 2016 - 21:32 GMT

Is the West Really Best?

The Western presumption of superiority over the East and the rest of the world has been with us for a long time.

// Jun. 17, 2016 - 22:15 GMT

Is Free Will an Illusion?

We decided what we had for breakfast this morning, right? We decided who we live with, and what country we live in, right? We decide everything, right? WRONG! We do make choices, but we are affected by our subconsciousness and the conscious brain sort of compensates and convinces us that we have made a free choice.

// Jun. 10, 2016 - 23:17 GMT

Robotics: Is the Turing Test Still Relevant?

How do we measure the intelligence of robots, and is the Turing test still relevant today? Professor Sethu Vijayakumar FRSE, who holds a Chair in Robotics within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh provides an interesting answer to this question.

// Jun. 03, 2016 - 17:08 GMT

Judaism Under Threat Again?

The idea that Judaism in Europe might be used as political football is abhorrent to most British people.

// May. 20, 2016 - 19:45 GMT

Universal Basic Income: The Year of the ‘Pilot’

In this second Brave New World programme about Universal Basic Income we look at how, where and when this programme will be implemented.

// May. 13, 2016 - 23:04 GMT

Is Neoliberalism Our Eternal Destiny?

Eminent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman commented: The paradox of our era is: Never have we been so free. Never have we felt so powerless. Neoliberalism gives us the impression that we are free, but we are not. Is this really our present, past and future, as we are led to believe? </p>

// May. 07, 2016 - 01:08 GMT

Is Universal Basic Income Now Essential?

The idea of a basic income for everybody, has been around for a long time. The 18th-century radical Thomas Paine, more recently, Martin Luther King, even the free-market guru Milton Friedman have all advocated systems which have a lot in common with Universal Basic Income (UBI), but for some reason, this idea was forgotten about.

// Apr. 29, 2016 - 22:04 GMT

'Violence is Unlikely to End Anytime Soon' - Afghan Red Cross Chief

Due to a steady increase in conflict, the operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan are still growing in size and scale. Jean-Nicolas Marti, Head of the ICRC in Afghanistan gives an update of the situation on the ground.

// Apr. 22, 2016 - 21:11 GMT

The Real Likelihood of a Nuclear War

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan administration, shares his view that there is a real likelihood of a nuclear war breaking out. Below are the main points covered in this radio programme.

// Mar. 17, 2016 - 21:02 GMT