The shutters come down

6 minutes

Is blocking low-level offenders from employment truly justice?

Following a conviction for a driving infraction, Gail Bland’s life took a sudden turn for the worse. A married woman with two children, she’d been working in the north-east of England when she came face-to-face with the harsh reality of job-hunting with a criminal record. Told through a touching first-person narrative, this short portrait explores how a quite normal life can be shattered through society’s inability to see people as people once they have been through the criminal justice system.

Director: Luke de la Nougerede

Producer: Matt Hopkins

Video/Cities

A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

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Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes

Essay/Progress & Modernity

The makeover trap

From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side

Michael Lovelock

Idea/History

‘European culture’ is an invented tradition

Benjamin G Martin

Video/Nature & Environment

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska

25 minutes

Video/Fairness & Equality

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights

15 minutes

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Essay/Family Life

How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner

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Idea/Poverty & Development

Want to reduce drug use? Listen to women drug users

Kasia Malinowska & Bethany Medley