Battles on Video

Battles on Video presents videos from previous Battle of Ideas festivals, interviews and opinion pieces by speakers and participants, as well as specially produced in-depth discussions.

Recent Videos

13 01 14: What is addiction?

13 01 14: Number crunching and ethics in the era of Big Data

13 01 14: Institutions on life support

13 01 14: Great leaders: born or made

13 01 14: Listening to music: a private or public activity?

13 01 14: Building trust or cleaning up the public realm?

13 01 14: Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston…Reflections on Contemporary America

13 01 14: Babies, brains and bull***t?

13 01 14: In conversation: Russia


"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast

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