The monthly podcast in which Prospect asks contributors: "What's the big idea?"by Tom Clark / January 19, 2017 / Leave a comment
Here, you can find all editions of “Headspace,” Prospect‘s monthly podcast. In each, Prospect Editor Tom Clark chats to three contributors from a recent issue. To listen to any of the episodes on a platform other than Soundcloud, click the relevant icon below.
Listen: Headspace #17—Globalisation
Not long ago, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton said there was no more point in arguing with globalisation than the weather: it was an unstoppable wind of change. No longer. It has spun into reverse. Dani Rodrik joins Tom Clark and explains why good economics always made hyper-globalisation a dubious proposition. Meanwhile, Keynes biographer Robert Skidelsky reappraises the record of one thoughtful globaliser: Gordon Brown. And feminist Lynne Segal takes on another sell from the economics profession: the “happiness industry.”
Listen: Headspace #16—Brexonomics
Britain’s business leaders are increasingly jittery about a “cliff edge” Brexit. But is leaving Europe necessarily a threat for UK PLC, rather than an opportunity? Economists Adam Posen and Diane Coyle join Tom Clark and give the low-down, both on the scale of the coming shock as they see it, and the pre-existing frailty of the low-productivity British economy. Meanwhile, Andrew Dickson has taken a trip to Bilbao and asks whether culture is the key to restarting an economy.
Headspace #15—The state of the nation
Dutchman Joris Luyendijk imagined he was moving in with European cousins when he arrived in London; six years later he was cheering on Brexit. He tells Tom Clark how he learned to loathe England. At least Britain can laugh at itself—Sameer Rahim has been talking to our greatest living satirist, Armando Iannucci. All nations are defined by the stories they tell about themselves, and Daniella Peled reviews the work of the new Palestinian Museum in putting twists in the tale of a people without a land.
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Headspace #14—”The Character Thing”
Just how much difference—or not—do the quirks of an individual make to the tide of history?
In this month’s episode we welcome historian-turned-Cabinet minister Andrew Adonis, who claims every election is won by the more talented leader.
We hear from Wittgenstein’s biographer, Ray Monk, who argues that one of the greatest philosophical minds of the lot—Gottlob Frege—lived in a husk of a man.
Finally, globe-trotting journalist Wendell Steavenson, who followed a refugee family from Syria to the US, describes the heartening signs that America’s open-armed tradition towards immigrants surviving the personality of Donald J Trump.
Headspace #13—Crowns and culture wars
This month Tom Clark and guests chew over three simmering—or potential—culture wars.
Immigration is often said to divide the “metropolitan elite” from “the masses,” but Steve Bloomfield says that Canada proves that, done the right way, immigration can be popular.
Jessica Abrahams fills us in on what’s good, what’s bad and what’s complacent in fourth-wave feminism.
And the Sun‘s Emily Andrews fills us in on how insiders fear that the change of the guards at Buckingham Palace that will bring in Charles III could bring down the institution at the pinnacle of British class: the monarchy.
Headspace #12—Experts on trial
Alison Wolf, Paul Ormerod and Adam Tooze join Prospect Editor Tom Clark to discuss whether it’s a good thing that so many people go to university; why trust in experts has fallen so low; and how, 10 years on from the banking crisis, a new system of regulation has been quietly introduced under-the-radar. But how sustainable is it?
Headspace #11—Game, set and match to the malcontents
The malconents have, once again, wrought revenge on the know-it-alls, landing Britain with a hung parliament instead of the predicted Conservative landslide. Steve Richards sees election 2017 as one more instance of the worldwide trend for outsiders causing an upset at the expense of an establishment which has lost all legitimacy since the economic crisis of a decade ago. Rachel Sylvester says the campaign performed an X-ray on Theresa May’s political soul, and revealed a brittle character that was never strong nor stable. Meanwhile, David Berry looks back to the 1930s, when radicals took a break from politics to set up tennis clubs—and made with such success that they took gas fitters and machinists to the All England Club, in the Worker’s Wimbledon.
Headspace #10—Election special!
In this special edition of Headspace, Prospect editor Tom Clarke hosts the Big Election Debate with Nick Cohen, Matthew Paris and Meg Russell, in front of a live audience
Headspace #9, June 2017 issue—Never ending Tory
Headspace #8, May 2017 issue—Upending the old
Simon Jenkins, Wendell Steavenson, and Paul Hilder join Tom Clark to discuss the fraying Union between England and Scotland, the reordering of London to favour the global elite, and the way that new digital campaigns are disrupting the old politics everywhere
Headspace #7, April 2017 issue—The end for Labour?
Ross McKibbin, Nicholas Timmins and Lucy Wadham join Tom Clark to discuss the condition of Labour and its greatest creation, the NHS, as well as Marine Le Pen’s run at the French Presidency.
Headspace #6, March 2017 issue—Grave new world
George Magnus, Jay Elwes and Anne Perkins join Tom Clark to discuss whether globalisation will spin into reverse, what spies think of the Trump presidency, and the life of the woman at the wheel: Theresa May.
Headspace #5, February 2017 issue—Democracy under attack
Luke Harding, Elizabeth Pisani and John Kay join Tom Clark in the studio. Harding explains Putin’s cyberwar, Pisani says the aids activists of the 1980s knew how to campaign for change, Kay says humans aren’t as rational as we like to think.
Headspace #4, January 2017 issue—Is The American Century over?
Francis Fukuyama, Adam Tooze and Wendell Stevenson join Tom Clark for half an hour to discuss what Trump means for the liberal world order.
Headspace #3, December 2016 issue—2016 takes another twist with President Trump
Tom Clark is joined by Sam Tanenhaus, Diane Roberts and Ruth Dudley-Edwards. Tanenhaus and Roberts ask: what will Trump do? Dudley-Edwards asks what Brexit means for Ireland.
Headspace #2, November 2016 issue—The romance delusion
Will Self, Rachel Shabi and Diane Roberts talk to Tom Clark about love, religion, Jeremy Corbyn and hillbillies.
Headspace #1, October 2016 issue—Utopia
In the first episode of “Headspace,” Joanne Paul, Rachel Holmes and David Willetts talk Thomas More’s utopia, women in power and the government’s industrial strategy.