Author Archive for Ben Tobias

29
Feb
08

Are we getting dumber?

Susan Jacoby says we are in her book ‘The Age of American Unreason’. She argues her point in this article in the Washington Post. She’s ready to come on to the programme on Monday to talk about her views.

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29
Feb
08

Is a resurgent Russia good for the world?

The Russian presidential elections are this Sunday. President Putin’s preferred candidate, Dmitry Medvedev, is almost certain to win. We’re planning to discuss Russia’s role in the world on Friday’s programme.

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26
Feb
08

Obama, Prozac, and the dangers of consumerism.

Barack Obama in traditional Somali dressMorning. Ben here at Television Centre. I think the sun’s out, but our office here has no windows so it’s hard to tell. Some early morning things to thing about…

Barack Obama’s camp has accused Hillary Clinton’s staff of circulating a photo that could damage his campaign. Clinton’s aides deny any involvement. So called ‘happiness pills’ might not make you happy after all. And does commercialism damage children?

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26
Feb
08

Should we all be on a DNA database?

A British police chief has called for a nationwide DNA database, after two high profile murder cases were solved with the help of DNA evidence.

Is it time that each person’s DNA is stored on a government database, to assist future investigations?

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19
Feb
08

Is Pakistan misunderstood?

The two main opposition parties in Pakistan have a clear majority after yesterday’s parliamentary elections – and it looks like they’ll may be putting aside their differences to try and form a coalition.

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13
Feb
08

Is pain in the mind?

How do you deal with pain? Can pain be overcome? And to what extent is pain psychological? Today we’re going to explore what controls the pain that we feel.

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05
Feb
08

How to get rid of a despot?

Hello again, Ben here with some early thoughts. Chad, Kenya, China, Zimbabwe. Four very different countries. But each with an active anti-leadership movement, trying to influence or oust their respective governments in different ways.

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04
Feb
08

Is anyone winning in Afghanistan?

There has been a raft of stories about Afghanistan which have thrown up military, political and humanitarian issues about what’s happening there. Put simply, it’s unclear who holds power and influence in Afghanistan, and what effect this tug of war is having on the people who live there. We’ll try and find out.

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23
Jan
08

More on mixed marriages

We did a programme last week about mixed marriages, after it was revealed that Diana’s mother called her a “whore” when she found out the Princess was in a relationship with a Muslim. One of our contributors, Josh Freedman Berthoud, talked about being the product of a mixed marriage. His father is Jewish, his mother isn’t, and they split up when Josh was still young. He’s written more about this on the Guardian newspaper’s blog site ‘Comment is Free’. You can read his article here. The comments are worth a read too.




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