Back on Radio 3!

On Thursday evening I caught up with my old friends at BBC Radio Three with an interview on Free Thinking: how Channel Four’s (atrocious) Benefits Street has become the centrepiece for a battle over welfare payments and the (un)deserving poor. I followed a column by another former New Generation Thinker, the Oxford historian Jonathan Healey, who told us how these voyeuristic rogues galleries of the ‘idle poor’ go right back to the 16th century. You can listen to the show here: Jonathan and I get the last 15 minutes or so.

February lectures: the LSE and RSA

There’s something exciting on page 19 of the LSE’s public lecture calendar: on 11 February I’m giving a lecture called ‘Economics, the enemy?’ It starts at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong theatre, Clement House. No ticket is needed, and full details are available on the LSE page.

I’m also giving a talk at the RSA on ‘The True Cost of Economics’ , so If you’re in London on 13 February, and fancy some intellectual stimulation at lunchtime then come along to 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ. I hope you will be provoked as well as entertained! Details and booking via RSA events here.

New Generation Thinking 2011 to 2012

Going back a bit in time, but for the archive, here are some links to the AHRC BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers contest and the broadcasts that resulted.

In January 2012 I broadcast a column for Radio 3’s The Essay. On the subject of The Entrepreneur, you can find it on iplayer here.

The media were quick to get hold of the contest in 2011: the Guardian had some pleasant things to say – I especially like ‘young’ – while in the Telegraph Rowan Pelling begged to be spared from a ‘buzzy new breed‘ of academics. Young doesn’t seem so flattering in Pelling’s article. you have to take the rough with the smooth, I think, but I would point out that ‘relevance’ is exactly the kind of ‘virtue’ that you are going to get if you insist on assessing education with market metrics like ‘impact’, a strategy of which the Telegraph would generally, one assumes, approve. I’ve had some thoughts about this kind of logic, and if you want to know more, you should read my book!