How does recession affect the pattern of people’s lives? Laurie discusses an analysis of data on the last three recessions in the UK with Andrew Oswald and Mel Bartley. He also talks to David Fowler about youth culture and whether we overemphasise the importance of the 1960s.
How much of the effects of drugs are ingrained within their chemistry? lauire talks to Angus Bancroft and Dick Hobbs. He also hears from Sian Preece and Deborah Cameron about a new study showing how working class students adopt a self defeating, laddish posture in response to university culture.
Documentaries purport to reflect reality, but do they? Laurie discusses the genre from the early stunts of 1930s throught to the impact of YouTube and videoblogs with David Gauntlett and Brian Winston. He also talks to James Boyle about the creeping power of intellectual property, and how it is stifling creativity worldwide.
In conversation with Dr. Larry Swanson, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, USC, Jonah Lehrer, the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist and creator of the Frontal Cortex blog draws on cutting-edge research and the real-world experience of a wide range of "deciders" to arm us with the tools we need to think harder (and smarter) about how we think.