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Season three - WORLD: we got this podcast

The WORLD: we got this podcast returns for another season with a new combination of themed and 'in conversation' episodes.

In our themed episodes we talk to experts about global challenges we face today, and ask them to suggest ways that individuals, decision-makers and society can help overcome these. In our In Conversation episodes, one of our academics talks with a student about a global issue related to their study and research.

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Episode one: global inaction over climate change

Climate change is having an impact on every country and on every continent, but our current level of action is falling short of what is needed to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

In this episode we talk to Dr Kris de Meyer, Dr James Porter and Dr Anshu Ogra, who work in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy about why we aren’t all doing more to tackle climate change.

They share their views on how the way we talk about, present and prioritise and engage communities in the issue all contribute to inaction on global warming. And they set out ideas for how we can encourage more people to take action and hold decision makers to account.

Episode two: In conversation about gender bias and climate

Are women climate scientists judged for speaking out about climate change? After all, women have often, and still are, dismissed as dramatic or emotional in the public sphere.

In this episode master's graduate, Lauren Armstrong explores her research on the topic with Dr George Adamson, Senior Lecturer in Geography.

Episode three: is our society as divided as it seems?

Generational, cultural, political and geographical divisions are all covered in this episode which looks at how divided and polarised our society is today.

The episode features Professor Bobby Duffy, of the Policy Institute, Paula Surridge, of the UK in a Changing Europe, and Dr Jack Brown, of the School of Politics & Economics, discussing recent trends of social division and ways we might be able to become more cohesive and unified in the future.

Episode four: In conversation about corporate accountability

What is the role of companies in complex crises, such as pandemics, inequality and climate change? How responsible are they for their impact on society and the environment? And what about the CEO – what is their role in the corporate response to crises?

In this episode, Marc Lepere explores these questions, including whether the COVID-19 pandemic has led to companies becoming more responsible. Hear him explore his research with Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy in the Department of International Development.

Episode five: How gender inequality impacts society

This episode explores how gender inequalities are having an impact on different societies across the globe and hears what could be done to create a more equal world.

Dr Ye Liu, Professor Cathy McIlwaine and Dr Aleida Borges, who all work in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College London, share research on what lies behind gender inequalities, some of the effects this has on societies ranging from Latin America to China, and their ideas for bringing about change.

Episode six: In conversation about communicating the risk of COVID

During the pandemic, how have governments’ approach to communication impacted our sense of risk? Have our governments helped us to feel safe and alert or just confused?

In this episode, George Warren, a King’s PhD candidate, takes a look at different governments’ communications strategies around the risk of COVID and some of the best and worst practices. Hear George explore his research with Ragnar Löfstedt, Professor of Risk Management in the Department of Geography.

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