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Pussy Riot: Can Art Topple Tyrants? (with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina)

“If you are doing political art, you can say goodbye to safety. Art is not about safety.”

Pussy Riot activist Maria Alyokhina discusses how she’s used art to protest against authoritarianism in Russia, for which she spent nearly two years in prison. In this episode, she speaks out against the human rights abuses against LGBT citizens in Chechnya.

After Scott’s interview with Maria, former Moscow Times reporter Joanna Kozlowska and regular panelist Max Curtis explore the history of Russian feminist protests, from 1917 to today.

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Is Reclaiming Cultural Heritage an Issue of Human Rights? (With Rodney Kelly)

What does cultural heritage mean, who can claim it, and what does it have to do with rights?

With a significant number of artifacts on display in British museums having been removed from their original owners during periods of colonisation, this episode tackles the intersection between cultural artefacts, and larger issues of justice such as racial inequality, systemic injustice, and property rights.

Gweagal activist, Rodney Kelly, joined us from Australia, to speak about his fight for the return of Gweagal spears and shields held by the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, and the British Museum.

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Is Economics About Human Rights? (with Dr Ha-Joon Chang)

Does the state have an obligation to provide certain goods and services? Can we afford the welfare state? And does the free market even exist?

We sit down with world-renowned economist Dr Ha-Joon Chang, author of “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”, to explore economic rights, the welfare state, and neoliberalism in the age of Trump and Brexit.