Fear and Loathing

Fear And Loathing

Martha Nussbaum | Talking Politics

Interview with the American moral philosopher Martha Nussbaum by the Cambridge academic David Runciman. She explains her work on fear, frustration and disgust and how it relates to contemporary politics, with particular reference to Freud and Aristotle. Anger has two elements, she argues: the constructive and retributive (39m17s)


In Sickness And In Health

I Don't Want to Be Your Caregiver, I Want to Be Your Wife | Where Should We Begin

Therapist Esther Perel counsels a married couple coping with the husband’s diagnosis of early onset Parkinson’s disease. He’s at least ten years younger than the average age for developing the condition, and his wife struggles with the idea that she must become his carer sooner than expected. Perel is a compelling presence, gentle and sharply probing at the same time. The full, unfiltered session is anonymised for the podcast, but listener discretion is advised — there is very occasional PG-13 content in this series (45m47s)


Big Money Talks

Negative Mount Pleasant | Reply All

Mount Pleasant in Wisconsin, a town of 26,000 people, is selected as the site for a multibillion dollar Foxconn factory development as part of Trump’s efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. The town officials are sworn to secrecy about the details and residents are left in the dark. In this documentary, reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni uncovers uncomfortable tensions and disturbing facts about the huge subsidies being paid to enact a political slogan (58m16s)


At The Movies

Widows | The Cinemile

For each instalment of this podcast, husband and wife Dave and Cathy see a film and then record their conversation about it on the walk home. In this episode they strongly disagree about the new Steve McQueen heist film Widows. It’s a charming and personal way to experience cultural criticism (28m33s)


A Kind Of Flying

Piddler on the Roof | This American Life

Segment from an episode of This American Life first published in 2012. Ron Carlson reads his short story “The H Street Sledding Record”, a perfect, thrilling tale of an expanding family’s evolving Christmas traditions (18m43s)