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Morality in the 21st Century

By: Jonathan Sacks
Narrated by: Jonathan Sacks,Melinda Gates,Jordan Peterson,Steven Pinker,David Brooks,Mustafa Suleyman,Norrena Hertz,full cast
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Publisher's Summary

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to the world's leading thinkers about morality today.

In this fascinating series, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means, speaking with globally renowned thinkers, as well as voices from the next generation.

From Steven Pinker and Robert Putnam to Melinda Gates and Jordan Peterson, the guests discuss the free market and the financial crash, selfies and social media, individuals and tribalism, artificial intelligence, role models, and rediscovering politics of the common good.

With each topic, Rabbi Sacks also talks with teenagers from Manchester, London and Hertfordshire about how they engage with moral questions, and what they see as the greatest moral struggles that Generation Z will face.

Production credits:

Presented by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Producer: Dan Tierney

Series Editor: Christine Morgan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 3-7 September 2018

Episode 1: Responsibility

How can we pursue our own interests without feeling vulnerable and isolated? With Jordan Peterson, Noreena Hertz, and Michael Sandel.

Episode 2: Jordan Peterson

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to Jordan Peterson, professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and discusses how moral codes are formed.

Episode 3: Noreena Hertz

Noreena Hertz, economist, author and broadcaster, gives her verdict on the current state of capitalism and explores the failure of markets to deliver moral outcomes.

Episode 4: The Selfie Generation

How does a culture of selfies impact the way we live our lives? With Jean Twenge, Professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and David Brooks, political and social commentator and author.

Episode 5: Jean Twenge

Rabbi Sacks meets with Jean Twenge to explore why children with higher internet usage seem to have the lowest outcomes for happiness, resilience and tolerance.

Episode 6: David Brooks

David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, shares with Rabbi Sacks his thoughts on how individualism has gone too far.

Episode 7: Is Society a Myth?

What happens when we move from "we're all in this together" to "I'm free to be myself"? With Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University, and Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.

Episode 8: Jonathan Haidt

Rabbi Sacks talks to Jonathan Haidt, who is concerned about the destructive forms of tribalism in society today.

Episode 9: Robert Putnam

Why have social bonds collapsed in America, and what does that mean for the rest of the world? Rabbi Sacks and Robert Putnam discuss the importance of social capital.

Episode 10: Artificial Intelligence

How can humans continue to choose our fate in a world of AI? With Mustafa Suleyman, Co-founder and Head of Applied AI at DeepMind, and Nick Bostrom, Philosophy Professor at the University of Oxford.

Episode 11: Mustafa Suleyman

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to Mustafa Suleyman at one of the world's leading innovators in Artificial Intelligence, and explores the biggest moral questions around AI.

Episode 12: Nick Bostrom

In a further examination of the moral challenges of AI, Rabbi Sacks talks again with Nick Bostrom, who was one of the first to warn of the dangers of 'superintelligence'.

Episode 13: Moral Heroes

Who are the role models of the next generation, and do they provide hope for a better, more ethical and more responsible world? With Steven Pinker, Melinda Gates, Michael Sandel, and Jordan Peterson.

Episode 14: Steven Pinker and Melinda Gates

Rabbi Sacks meets with Steven Pinker to hear his reasons for hope for a better world, and with Melinda Gates to explore the motivations for her philanthropy.

Episode 15: Michael Sandel

In the final episode, Rabbi Sacks and the world-renowned political philosopher Michael Sandel discuss how we can return to a politics of the common good.

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