It is one of the most influential cities in the United States but has recently been accused of falling into disrepair, with rising homelessness and open drug dealing.
In this episode, we'll look at what is happening in San Francisco, what has caused this, who and what is thought to be responsible, and what is being done to change it.
He was the Florentine diplomat and political theorist who proposed that a statesman should do whatever was necessary to obtain and hold on to power.
In this episode, we'll explore the life and theories of the man who famously wrote "the ends justify the means", and look at his most influential work, The Prince.
From a young age, he believed he was destined for greatness, and he became the UK's prime minister at the age of 55.
Discover how Boris Johnson's rise to power was unusual and full of contradictions, and how his fall was entirely predictable.
In the final part of our three-part mini-series on Brexit, we look at what has happened since the UK referendum on EU membership on June 23rd, 2016.
Brexit cost the political careers of two prime ministers and has caused arguments up and down the country.
In this episode, we'll ask ourselves whether it was actually all worth it in the end.
Part Two of our Brexit mini-series focuses on the Brexit vote itself.
In this episode, we'll look at why the UK held a referendum in the first place, how the campaign was fought, who voted for and against Brexit (and for what reasons), and why it was ultimately the vote to leave the European Union that proved successful.
In Part One of our three-part series on Brexit, we look at the history of the complicated relationship between the UK and Europe.
From the arrival of The Romans in 55BC through to fighting with and against Europe through the past two millennia, we ask ourselves whether Britain was ever really part of Europe.
On September 17th, 2011, hundreds of people descended on a park in the heart of New York's financial district.
Their aim? To protest against the global financial system and its effects on 99% of the population.
On this 10th anniversary of the protests, we take a look at what happened, what they achieved, and what impact they might have in the future.
The United States has a higher proportion of citizens who believe that they live in the best country in the world than anywhere else.
In this episode we'll explore the reasons why Americans are more likely to believe this, to be patriots, and to believe that their country is truly "exceptional".
He is considered by many to be the greatest public speaker in British history, and his words and speeches were a defining force in the British war effort.
In this episode, we'll learn all about how Winston Churchill used the English language to inspire a nation.
In 1971, Richard Nixon declared The War On Drugs. Almost 50 years later, in a war that has cost the US over a trillion dollars, we take a look at the effect that this war has had on society.
Why was it declared, what actually happened, and who are the real winners?
In 1948 the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which set out the 30 'inalienable' rights that all humans on Earth should get at birth.
But where did this come from? How effectively does it actually work?
And what comes next for human rights?
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the UK during the 1980s, and left a lasting impact on the country.
She was "perhaps the most admired, hated, fascinating, boring, radical and conservative leader in the Western world."
In this episode we talk about what she did, what it meant, and why she divided opinion so much.
From sharia law to public executions, The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with a iron fist.
In this episode we look at the origins of this group, what life was like under its rule, how it has managed to survive so long, and what the future might have in store.
The passport sales industry is booming, and is worth around $1 billion a year.
In today's episode we take a look at how it all works, how much it all costs, and the people and countries that make it all possible.
Part 2 of our 3-part series on who owns the sea, sky and stars.
Ever wondered who actually owns the sky?
Today we'll discuss who owns it, why it's still not clear who does own most of it, and why that doesn't actually really matter.
Part 1 of our 3-part series of who owns the sea, sky and space.
Every wondered who actually owns the sea?
Learn about who actually owns 2/3 of the surface area of the world, why countries want to claim ownership of rocks in the middle of nowhere, and why this matters.
How do other countries win the political game without force?
Why is language such a fantastic tool to project power across the world? What is Donald Trump doing for US interests outside the US?
Learn about how soft power is a vital tool in the global diplomatic toolbox.