30th December 2020

On the Transforming Society podcast this year we’ve spoken to authors and editors from across the world about their books in the context of the key social issues of the moment. We get to grips with the story their research tells and focus on the specific ways in which it could create impact.

Here are our most listened to episodes from the year. You can browse all episodes here.

    1. Are judges enemies of the people?
      In this episode, Helen Davis, Commissioning Editor for law at Bristol University Press speaks to Joshua Rozenberg about his book. They speak about the role of judges in society and how the book helps to demystify the law. Ultimately they come back to the key question that’s also the title of the book… are judges enemies of the people?
    2. How governments blame citizens for their own policies
      Keith Dowding talks through the arguments in his book, It’s the Government, Stupid, including those that look at individualism, choice and how governments have passed blame and responsibility onto citizens during COVID-19.
    3. Scandal and corruption in our education system
      Pat Thomson, author of School Scandals: Blowing the whistle on the corruption of our education system, talks about the corruption of the UK education system, and the impact of this on democracy and children’s lives.
    4. What white working class Americans really think
      Harris Beider and Kusminder Chahal talk about their new book, The Other America: White Working Class Perspectives on Race, Identity and Change, covering the impact of the murder of George Floyd, white privilege, Trump’s election and possibilities for building cross-racial coalitions.
    5. Taking back control of our digital lives
      In this two-part episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of Slow Computing, discuss the consequences of digital technologies, focusing on time acceleration and data extraction, and look at practical ways in which we can create more balanced digital lives, both individually and collectively.

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