History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: The Point of Wasps
John Mitchinson on why we should cut the pub garden pest some slack.
Found in Translation: The 'Close Strangers' of Europe Speak to Us All
Emma Burnell discovers many wider echoes in the dramatisation of tensions between Ukrainians and Poles.
The Odeon of Death Film of the Week: Humbug
The Odeon of Death takes a look at the week's events through the medium of cinema.
The Show Ends in Mumbai: Why U2 Must Reconsider Its Gig in Modi's India
CJ Werleman is in danger of burning his 'Rattle and Hum' Tour T-Shirt after the Irish band's recent announcement that its recent tour will end in Modi's India.
Uncivil War – A Social Media Conflict Without An End
Otto English laments how the culture war that began with the EU Referendum has now polarised and enveloped every aspect of our national debate online.
WORD OF THE WEEK: Scofflaw
(n.) someone who treats the law with contempt; someone who deliberately flouts rules that are difficult to enforce
Islam is in My Heart Not in My Clothes: Why I Removed My Hijab
Parveen Ali explains why she decided to permanently remove her headscarf following five years of negativity from those she interacted with – including harassment from the far-right.
History’s Rhyme: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Johnson and Cummings
As cliff-edge Britain searches around for historical analogies to a 'No Deal' Brexit, Arthur Snell discovers an infamous King and his ill-fated adviser are the most telling of all.
Brexit from Abroad: The Language of a Country Falling Apart
Chris Keulemans has spent the past three years at our sister organisation, Byline Festival, listening to a great national debate – going nowhere as truth crumbles.