Peter York is best known for his astute and acerbic observations about British culture and life. For more than 40 years, he has drawn on his background in market research to spot and analyse trends and tribes, from the Sloane Ranger to the hipster to the interior decor of dictators' homes. In this entertaining and wide-ranging conversation, he talks about the cult of authenticity, why you should never call yourself a "creative" and why corporate social responsibility is a con.
Tamara Rojo knows all about hard work. She has been dancing since she was five. She has won almost every award going for her work, including a CBE. She has spent seven years reconfiguring English National Ballet and had just moved it to a new state-of-the-art venue when the pandemic struck. But she's not giving up. In this podcast, she talks about the importance of ambition, the healing power of baking and how the arts can help us deal with AI.
What do you do when you're unemployable? Julian Baggini thinks he now is. The first in his family ever to go to university, he has spent his career writing and thinking about the big issues, but has never really had "a proper job". In this podcast, he talks about the myth of authenticity at work, the challenges and rewards of freelance life, and what we're all learning about ourselves and our values in a pandemic.
In her new book, Uncharted, Margaret Heffernan predicts a coronavirus epidemic - and then had to cancel her book launch when it struck. Luckily, she's used to change. She went from being a BBC documentary maker to being a tech entrepreneur. Her TED talks have been watched by more than 12 million people. In this podcast, she talks about the importance of friendship at work, how to make boring work interesting and how to have a good pandemic.