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Best of the week - 27 May 2020

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Each week BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for COVID-19 content that might interest you. Here she brings you this week's best readings and podcasts. She finishes with 'In other news', giving you a moment's break from the pandemic.



  • Why do so many of us no longer trust experts, facts and statistics? Listen to 'Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World', with Will Davies and Carl Miller from Intelligence Squared
  • Reopening the NHS from the London Review of Books Podcast. Sonia Gandhi and Rupert Beale, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute, talk to Thomas Jones about the ways COVID-19 can affect the nervous system, the steps required to re-open the NHS after lockdown, the state of testing, and reasons to be optimistic about a vaccine
  • Mobilising a Zero Carbon Army: green jobs for young people from Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
  • Cornell economist Robert Frank’s radical idea -  social pressure is a fundamental economic force. Listen to the Ezra Klein Show
  • A History of Ideas – Fanon on Colonialism, Mackinnon on Patriarchy and Fukuyama on History

In other news

Hong Kong and China

Watching the China and India dispute

Middle East

Climate Change

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