LSE: Public lectures and events

The London School of Economics and Political Science public events podcast series is a platform for thought, ideas and lively debate where you can hear from some of the world's leading thinkers. Listen to more than 200 new episodes every year.

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East West Street: in conversation with Philippe Sands [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Sands | Philippe Sands will discuss his new book East West Street that explores the creation of world-changing legal concepts following the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler’s Third Reich. Philippe Sands (@philippesands) is an international lawyer and Professor of Law at University College London. Gerry Simpson is a Professor and Chair in Public International Law at LSE...


 2016-11-07  1h24m

The Man Who Knew: the life and times of Alan Greenspan [Audio]

Speaker(s): Sebastian Mallaby | No post-war figure has loomed over global finance as imposingly as Alan Greenspan, America’s Fed chairman from the booming 1980s until the eve of the 2008 financial crash. And no figure has been more paradoxical: a man who preached the virtue of the gold standard, yet came to embody paper money; a man who posed as a dry technocrat, yet was political to his core...


 2016-11-07  1h7m

Dare to Do: taking on the planet by bike and boat [Audio]

Speaker(s): Sarah Outen | Rowing solo across oceans, cycling through deserts and kayaking treacherous islands, British adventurer Sarah Outen has done it all. From the moment she started her first major expedition, which saw her row solo across the Indian Ocean when she was just 24 years old, Sarah was hooked and wanted more. Her latest challenge was an epic undertaking and saw her take 4...


 2016-11-03  1h28m

A Day in the Life of the Brain: the neuroscience of consciousness from dawn 'til dusk [Audio]

Speaker(s): Baroness Greenfield | Consciousness is the ultimate miracle - and enigma. However most people take this subjective inner state for granted without ever reflecting on what could possibly be happening in their brain each day of their waking lives. This non-specialist talk will investigate this deeply fascinating question from the perspective of neuroscience, by exploring how objective events in the brain are realised as subjective experience...


 2016-11-03  1h17m

What Next for Growth in the UK? [Audio]

Speaker(s): Vince Cable, Lord Darling, Stephanie Flanders, George Osborne | In 2013 the LSE Growth Commission published a report - Investing for Prosperity, a Manifesto for Growth. Those recommendations were widely discussed and some, notably on infrastructure, turned into concrete action by UK policymakers. In 2016 the UK now faces new questions about its economic future including its relationship with the EU, the role of industrial policy, and new developments in labour markets...


 2016-11-02  1h4m

The Legacy of Peace [Audio]

Speaker(s): Juan Manuel Santos Calderón | Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón was awarded with the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring his country’s half century old armed conflict to an end. This ongoing effort will leave an enduring legacy for generations of Colombians to come. President Santos, an LSE alumnus, will in this lecture share his experience in navigating the turning tides in the quest for peace and will offer his vision for post-conflict Colombia...


 2016-11-02  1h1m

How Change Happens [Audio]

Speaker(s): Duncan Green | In his latest book How Change Happens Duncan Green explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals and organizations in influencing that change. Duncan will discuss the challenges that 'systems thinking' creates for traditional aid practices, and how a 'power and systems approach' requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it...


 2016-11-01  1h28m

Lessons in How to Create and How to Succeed [Audio]

Speaker(s): Richard Reed | Editor's note: This podcast contains explicit language. Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice...


 2016-11-01  1h24m

Future Sex: technology, desire, and the new rules of engagement [Audio]

Speaker(s): Dr Katherine Angel, Dr Kate Devlin, Dr Rebecca Reilly-Cooper | In a year of heated discussions about campus rape culture and street harassment, the merits of sex positivism, and the implications of trans-identity for feminism, we ask what is the future of sex and sexuality? Have the rules of sexual engagement changed in the twenty-first century and has the discipline of philosophy managed to keep up? How do we start to think afresh about desire, after Freud and into the future? And...


 2016-10-31  1h23m

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and after [Audio]

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Giddens, Axelle Lemaire, Professor Margaret MacMillan | With the UK heading for Brexit, the European Union faces a historic challenge but also an opportunity to rethink its own future. Join diplomats, politicians and academics from across the continent to debate the future of Europe. Tony Giddens is a member of the House of Lords and former LSE Director. Axelle Lemaire (@axellelemaire) is the French Minister of State for the Digital Sector and Innovation...


 2016-10-31  1h30m