12 EpisodesProduced by The RSA

The podcast from the RSA investigating the political and cultural forces driving us further apart. Presented by the RSA's Matthew Taylor and the author of 'Born Liars' and 'Curious', Ian Leslie. New episodes fortnightly.

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Identity, with Francis Fukuyama

December 24th, 2018


The phrase ‘identity politics’ has come to be used as a sort of political insult. It’s a short way of accusing someone of pandering to voters – based …

The psychology of tribalism, with Jonathan Haidt

December 6th, 2018


Is tribalism an indelible part of human nature? And if it is, can we overcome it? Matthew Taylor speaks to moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, author …

Stories, Myths and Belonging

November 21st, 2018


It's been a turbulent week in UK politics. What could possibly happen next? Matthew Taylor and Ian Leslie talk Brexit predictions, and whether …

Is democracy failing?

November 1st, 2018


Nervous States, with Will Davies

October 18th, 2018


Have feelings taken over the world? Have we lost our collective grip on rationality? And what can a panic about nothing at Oxford Circus last year …

Anger, with Claire Fox

August 24th, 2018


Anger is all the rage, but is anger itself the problem? Some people say we need to push back against anger in our politics, and respond with tranquil …

The Media and Echo Chambers

July 25th, 2018


Is it really true that we all live in our own echo chambers? Fake news and the filter bubble, post-truth and alternative facts… Are we all, as President Obama put it, ‘absorbing an entirely different reality’?

In this …

Inequality and Generation Wealth, with Faiza Shaheen & Lauren Greenfield

June 27th, 2018


Are economic divides to blame for everything else that’s broken in our politics? Does 'economic anxiety' explain the Trump and Brexit votes? And what …

How Internet Culture Poisoned Politics, with Whitney Phillips

June 20th, 2018


Is it inevitable that the internet and social media drive us to the extremes? Or do they just hold up a mirror to an already divided culture? And we …

Silicon Valley's Persuasion Machine

June 12th, 2018


By now, lots of us have heard at least part of the story of the Facebook election scandal. Cambridge Analytica, the company in the eye of the storm, has closed its doors and is under investigation. But how effective …

Liberals and Authoritarians

May 18th, 2018


Commentators have written at great length about left vs right, the young vs the old, ‘somewheres’ vs ‘anywheres’. But what if there’s one big divide …


May 11th, 2018


Polarisation is the buzzword of the moment. In a new series, the RSA's Matthew Taylor and the author of 'Born Liars' and 'Curious', Ian Leslie, …

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