A Valentine Day's Special. Laurie Taylor explores changing attitudes to infidelity and considers a cross cultural history of rings. Wendy Doniger, Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, asks why this piece of circular jewellery keeps re-occurring in myths and stories about seduction, love, sex and betrayal. What can it tell us about the shifting nature of power relations between men and women? She's joined by Adam Kuper, Visiting Professor in Anthropology at Boston University. Also, have attitudes hardened towards adultery? The visibility of non-monogamy suggests a challenge to dominant assumptions about the feasibility ...
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Are populist politics on the rise?
Stigma - an old sociological concept revisited and recast for the 21st century.
Countercultural seekers on the road to Kathmandu and slum tourism in Mumbai.
Counter cultural seekers and meaning of the hippy trail. Also, slum tourism in Mumbai.
Police culture and socialisation - how has it changed?
The scenes, smells, sounds and tastes of city life.
The housing crisis. Also, squatting in Amsterdam.
Working-class actors, Class and classical music.
Christmas television - an exploration of a very British tradition.
Laurie Taylor asks if there was an attempt to Islamicise schools in Birmingham.
Finding work in the new economy and the death of homo economicus.
The evolution of our contemporary idea of emotions and how they play out in politics.
GDP - what are its limits? Also, the music of Mali.
Affluence - what does it mean?
Laurie Taylor talks to David Harvey, world authority on Marx's thought.
Laurie Taylor explores the history of aerial bombing and tear gas.
Laurie Taylor explores end of life care through the ages.
Laurie Taylor examines the history of the welfare state.
Laurie Taylor gets under the skin of the restaurant.