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Until: Who wants to live for ever?

Exploring when is the right age to die. Part science, part philosophy, this film invites us all to ask just one question: would I want to live for ever?

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Gibraltar after Brexit: why Spain, not Ireland will decide the UK’s fate

In the Brexit negotiations so far, the future of Gibraltar has remained essentially a quiet unknown. That will change when the UK leaves and the negotiating stage begins argues Marius S Ostrowski.

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Revere or Remove? The Battle Over Statues, Heritage and History

Should we embrace of colonial history 'warts and all' or reject and try to make our past go away? This Intelligence Squared debate examines whether our forebears were a force for good or discriminatory, oppressive overlords.

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Feel younger than you are? Here's why you're on to something good

If we can learn to ignore the numbers on a birth certificate and cut down on the relentless societal references to getting old, then maybe we will lead healthier, happier and longer lives, writes Catherine Loveday.

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'Tip-of-the-tongue' moments less likely in fitter older people

Research by Katrien Segaert claims that those who remain physically and mentally active in later life suffer less language decline.

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How to stop Brexit dithering – by an expert in psychology

As the Brexit deadline approaches, the government will soon no longer have the luxury to avoid choice. Nicola Power examines government indecision around the type of deal we want on exit from the EU and how having concrete goals could help.

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Rebel youth: how Britain’s woodcraft folk tried to change the world

Annabella Pollen looks back at the Woodcraft youth groups of the early 20th century which, even though youth culture has evolved, have adapted their founding beliefs and practices for the modern world bringing youngsters closer to the land and a simpler way of life

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EU citizens: what settled status after Brexit really means – a legal expert explains

The government is making progress towards fulfilling its promise of guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit but mucg work still remains argues Adrienne Yong.

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Giving priority to "purposeful and dignified work" for all - but how?

Political economist Ann Pettifor reviews The Everyday Economy by Rachel Reeves MP.

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May 1968: the posters that inspired a movement

David Cookney reflects on the visual energy of political posters from May 1968 and finds it difficult to find a medium that more reliably encapsulates a true demonstration of discord and resistance.

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Graffiti for over 60s

Lata 65 is a groundbreaking community arts education programme for people over 60 that breaks down ageist stereotypes through graffiti.

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Those who helped break the economy cannot fix it

Economists at the Bank of England and the Treasury are ignoring the lessons of history and lack the intellectual courage to disregard diktats from the City of London spokesmen and their allies in the economics profession, writes Ann Pettifor.

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Extraordinary change could come from solving ordinary problems

Long-term thinking on ageing needs to be visionary and readical but should not come at the cost of the immediate needs of today's older people. Catherine Foot explores some options that could make the extraordinary a bit more achievable.

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Give millennials a break – young people are worse off and it's not their fault

Evangelos Kontopantelis argues that not only should we give millennials a break, we should push for policies that will fix the gap between themselves and baby boomers, if we want to build a fairer society.

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There has been a massive drop in the number of mature students studying at UK universities

They say knowledge is power but tuition fees and other barriers have meant 60% fewer mature students adding to their skills since 2010, write John Butcher of The Open University.

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Reading my grandad's Blitz reporting makes it all the sadder to see social history repeat itself

Gideon Calder says hard-learned lessons of Blitz-era social policy are being unlearned in 'shambolic roll-out of universal credit.

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Why Martin Luther King's trip to Tyneside still matters 50 years on

Brian Ward warns against historical amnesia and champions the enduring significance of Martin Luther King's visit to Tyneside 50 years ago.

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Fact Check: does immigration have an impact on wages or employment?

Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable claims there is no evidence that immigration impacts wages. Is he right? Ian Preston questions his reasoning.

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Fake news: the facts

Intelligence Squared debate examining the phenomenon of fake news.

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Yanis Varoufakis: a progressive Brexit transition can be built – on both sides of the Channel

Yanis Varoufakis argues that only a progressive approach to Brexit can deliver a solution that is equitable to future UK/EU relations

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How Britain's monolingualism will hold back its economy after Brexit

Brexit must prompt a long-term strategic investment in languages education to help protect the UK's future economic prospects.

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Eight things that have changed since the smoking ban 10 years ago

Apart from making public places more pleasant and healthier to be in, the Smoking Ban also had some unexpected results.

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Why Theresa May can't escape the fallout from her social care U-turn

Conservative manifesto pledges on social care are now the key battle ground of an election campaign. Theresa May has misjudged the will of the people and it will cost her.

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Mind your language

English, arguably, the world's greatest language, is becoming increasingly fragmented, creating discrimination, against both old and young, claims Michael Edwards.

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Can we ever find Jesus's DNA? I met the scientists who are trying to find out

George Busby asks can we ever find Jesus's DNA. Here's what DNA analysis of relics purported to be from Jesus or his family can actually tell us.

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The Brexit Bill explained

Christopher Huggins, Teaching Fellow in European Politics, Keele University, looks beyond party political bluster to explain the Brexit Bill.

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No backtracking on Brexit

Zeinab Badawi chairs this Intelligence Squared debate examines how Britain should leave the EU and what that deal is achievable.

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Brexit - Whose will is it really?

Paul Gardner considers why some populist votes are being ignored while Brexit, which has a significant constitutional impact and the narrowest of majorities, is held as a beacon of the 'will of the people'.

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The dirty politics of scapegoating – and why victims are always the harmless, easy targets

Alexander Douglas examines the mirrored scapegoating of minorities that underpinned successful campaigns for Brexit and the Donald Trump US presidential campaign.

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The Benefits System Perpetuates Misery

Is the benefits system a free hand out or a hand up? This Intelligence Squared debate questions the state of benefits in the UK.

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