Books and glasses

Best of the week - 5 June 2020

This article was published on

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. She also gives you 'The best of the rest' - readings and podcasts to keep you up to date with what's happening around the world.

COVID-related news

The best of the rest


  • Listen to The Showdown at Lafayette Square from the Daily. Go inside a high-stakes White House debate over how President Trump should respond to reports that he was hiding in a bunker while the nation’s capital burned
  • The Burner: Two Pandemics from Novara Media Podcasts. Listen to Ash Sarkar going to the Black Lives Matter protest in London, and hear him talk to the protesters on the new front line of anti-racist struggle in the UK
  • Facts vs Opinions from Talking Politics. The team interview Jonathan Shainin, Head of Opinion at the Guardian newspaper, about the challenges of political journalism in a deeply polarised age. Is it possible to hold the line between news and comment? Are the arguments about Covid a re-run of Brexit? What can scientists and historians add to political analysis?
  • The Passion Economy with Adam Davidson and Hugo Lindgren from Intelligence Squared. Are the middle classes really dying off? Will robots really take our jobs? Contrary to common belief, Adam Davidson argues the twenty-first-century economic paradigm offers new ways of making money, fresh paths toward professional fulfillment, and unprecedented opportunities for curious, ambitious individuals to combine the things they love with their careers
  • Listen to Professor Archie Brown talk about his new book on the end of the Cold War: the Human Factor for the St Antony College podcast series.



China and Hong Kong

Arms Race


Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash