Jointly produced by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) this podcast series brings you interdisciplinary perspectives on significant challenges facing society today.


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Season three

Episode 10 - Should there be a compulsory retirement age for society's leaders?

To round off season 3, we invite Diane Coyle (Bennett Institute), Ruth Mace (UCL, IAST), and Paul Seabright (IAST) to debate the impact of age on leadership, the consequences of having older leaders for society, and the case for implementing a compulsory retirement age.


Episode 9 - Who pays the price of colonialism today?

In this episode, Rory Cellan-Jones discusses the enduring legacies of colonialism on global economic inequalities, the climate crisis, and the digital space with experts Stephanie Diepeveen (Bennett Institute) and Jordanna Matlon (IAST).


Episode 8 - What’s the point of a protest?

Felix Dwinger and Giacomo Lemoli (IAST) are joined by Lauren Wilcox (University of Cambridge) to discuss why the world is protesting so much, how protesting has changed over time, and what impact protest movements are having on policymaking. Delving into the surge of protests across democratic and autocratic regimes, they examine why people are taking to the streets. They draw on insights from historic protests to explore the factors that contribute to the success of protest movements and progressive social change.

Episode 7 - Can governments regulate AI without stifling innovation?

Rory Cellan-Jones chats with Verity Harding (Bennett Institute for Public Policy), Gina Neff  (Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy), and Lawrence Rothenberg (IAST and University of Rochester), about artificial intelligence (AI) and the fine balance between innovation and regulation. Together, they explore what makes 'good' regulation and the crucial role of global collaboration in shaping the future of AI.


Episode 6 - Why are women disadvantaged in the workplace?

Emmanuelle Auriol (IAST), Nina Jörden (Bennett Institute) and Francesca Barigozzi (University of Bologna) debate the underrepresentation of women in certain sectors, the persistence of the motherhood wage gap, and the impact of flexible work on women’s careers.


Episode 5 - Can economic growth and sustainability coexist?

Matthew Agarwala, Stefan Lamp and Alessio Terzi join Rory Cellan-Jones about the trade-off between economic growth and environmental protection, the policies and legislations needed to achieve green growth, and the challenges associated with implementing such measures.


Episode 4 - How can universal basic infrastructure support growth?

Rory Cellan-Jones talks to Jean-Paul Azam (IAST), Diane Coyle and Andy Westwood (Bennett Institute) about the potential of universal basic income to tackle regional inequalities, boost economic growth in ‘left behind’ and growing places, and rebuilding democracy.


Episode 3 - Can technology rescue ailing health services?

Angelique Acquatella (TSE), Shan Morgan (Bennett Institute) and Jennifer Dixon (Health Foundation) discuss the current state of digital technologies in the UK and the US, the challenges of adopting digital technologies, and the opportunities for med tech for individuals and the wider economy.


Episode 2 - The world’s problems are interdisciplinary – why is academic research so siloed?

Ingela Alger (IAST) and Flavio Toxvaerd (University of Cambridge) talk to Rory Cellan-Jones about the challenges faced in conducting interdisciplinary research.
They emphasize the significant benefits that interdisciplinarity can bring and share insight into how to foster an interdisciplinary research culture for better results.


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Episode 1 - How big a problem is short-termism in government?

Anne Degrave (IAST), Dennis Grube (Bennett Institute) and Halima Khan (Bennett Institute).

Season two

Episode 10 - What is the future of religion?

Iza Hussin (University of Cambridge) and Paul Seabright (IAST).


Episode 9 - Are countries becoming harder to govern?

Louis Baktash (Bennett Institute), Mathieu Carpentier (Toulouse Capitole University, IAST) and Michael Kenny (Bennett Institute).


Episode 8 - Are emerging technologies more hype than reality?

Sam Gilbert (Bennett Institute), César Hidalgo (IAST, TSE, University of Toulouse) and Jeni Tennison (Bennett Institute).


Episode 7 - Should children have the right to vote?

David Runciman (University of Cambridge) and Karine Van der Straeten (IAST).


Episode 6 - Is technology changing our behaviour?

 Maria Kleshnina (IAST), Daniel Nettle (L'École normale supérieure - PSL) and Amy Orben (University of Cambridge).


Episode 5 - Why are stories important for society?

With Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge) and Manvir Singh (IAST).


Episode 4 - Ukraine war - how can academics apply their expertise?

With Tymofiy Mylovanov and Nataliia Shapoval (Kyiv School of Economics).

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Episode 3 - How much do people care about inequality?

With Charlotte Cavaillé (Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan and IAST), Ailbhe McNabola (Bennett Institute for Public Policy - Power to Change) and Jack Shaw (Bennett Institute for Public Policy).


Episode 2 - Wellbeing at work: whose job is it to fix it?

With Gordon Harold (University of Cambridge), Laura Nurski (Bruegel) and Zoe Purcell (IAST).


Episode 1 - Has digital technology made us better off?

With Diane Coyle (Bennett Institute - Cambridge), Jacques Crémer and Jean Tirole (IAST-TSE).


Season one

Episode 10 - What can political leaders learn from history?

With Lucy Delap, historian at Cambridge and Victor Gay, IAST and TSE economist specialized in history


Episode 9 - How might policy steer us towards better decision-making?

With Theresa Marteau, a health psychologist Professor and Dr Bence Bago (IAST)


Episode 8 - Can democratic political leaders ever meet our expectations?

With Roberto Foa, Assistant Professor in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and Dr Zachary Garfield (IAST)


Episode 7 - Is it the government's job to make us happy?

With Anna Alexandrova (Bennett Institute) and Jon Stieglitz (IAST)


Episode 6 - Special Episode - Ukraine invasion: context, consequences and the information war

With Horacio Larreguy (IAST - ITAM), Nataliia Shapoval (Kyiv School of Economics) and Ayse Zarakol (Cambridge University)


Episode 5 - Will Levelling Up Work

With Sylvain Chabé-Ferret (IAST-TSE), Michael Kenny (Bennett Institute) and  Fiona Reynolds (Bennett Institute)


Episode 4 - Broadband before bridges: can digital technologies leapfrog the obstacles to development?

With Stephanie Diepeveen (Bennett Institute), Rehema Msulwa (Bennett Institute) and Stéphane Straub (TSE - IAST)


Episode 3 - Can artificial intelligence be ethical?

with Jean-François Bonnefon (IAST - TSE - CNRS), Daniel Chen (TSE - IAST), and Diane Coyle (Bennett Institute - Cambridge)


Episode 2 - What does it mean to bring nature into the economy? 

with Matthew Agarwala (Bennett), Cristina Penasco (Cambridge), and Nicolas Treich (TSE-IAST-INRAe)


Episode 1 - Why has it become so hard to run government?
with Dennis Grube, Catherine Haddon and Mohamed Saleh


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