Guilt, prayer, love and worship
By Rt Rev James Jones - 20 June 8:44

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, the Right Reverend James Jones, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, explores our moral and spiritual instincts, our need to love and our spontaneous expressions of reverence.

What makes us human: In each other’s shadow
By Mary Robinson - 14 June 13:57

This week, in our series in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson argues that our shared responsibility to each other and to future generations is what distinguishes us.

Benjamin Britten.
Notes from a cardiologist: Unravelling the mystery of Benjamin Britten’s heart
By Hywel Davies - 14 June 9:00

Cardiologist Hywel Davies describes the origins of the syphilis claim from Paul Kildea's biography of Benjamin Britten, which began as an "ordinary conversation" in a colleague's house in the late 1980s.

New Statesman
Three things feminists need to stop talking about
By Martha Gill - 13 June 10:30

Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

New Statesman
Passive Pawn or Lady Macbeth: Who was Richard III's queen?
By Amy Licence - 11 June 9:48

Dead by the age of 28, Anne Neville didn’t leave much of a paper trail. Who was this woman who stood so close to the king, yet seems so distant today?

Talk about the weather
By Daniel Dennett - 06 June 9:48

Continuing our "What makes us human?" series.

Part of the problem is that the women of previous centuries are often invisible.
Is Women’s History Passé? Only if Women are
By Amy Licence - 31 May 11:02

Men have not existed in a vacuum for centuries. Female experiences can present us with an alternative narrative that is relevant and fascinating. The study of women’s history is as significant as the study of women’s lives today.

Leon Wieseltier in his office.
Leon Wieseltier: “I don’t believe that civility or tenderness is a primary intellectual virtue”
By Philip Maughan - 30 May 12:20

An interview with New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier, winner of the US$1m Dan David Prize, on critical standards in a technological age, slowing the march of Big Data and Barack Obama's moral vanity.

Spies like us
By Hugh Purcell - 30 May 10:27

In 1949, George Orwell claimed that the <em>NS</em> was a warren of communists and fellow-travellers. Yet up to the 1950s, it was anything goes; information, disinformation, propaganda black or grey — all in a day’s work for either Queen and country or Mo

Westminster has become a right, tight little fortified Kremlin
By Will Self - 30 May 9:17

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

George Orwell. Illustration by Ralph Steadman
The Orwell wars
By New Statesman - 29 May 16:33

Between October 1931 and August 1943, George Orwell wrote a string of reviews and essays for the NS. So why did he aim such vitriol at Kingsley Martin and why did they fall out over the Spanish civil war? D J Taylor and Adrian Smith present two different views.

New Statesman
Are you ready for the era of Big Data?
By Steven Poole - 29 May 9:42

Business agrees with governments — the more personal information they gather about us, the more “helpful” they can be. Should we give in to this “harmless” new science of benign surveillance?

Out of the cold
By Alex Preston - 29 May 9:27

A cultural renaissance in Siberia.

Usain Bolt celebrates with fans after setting a world record for the 4x100m
Why the Olympics inspire us
By David Puttnam - 29 May 8:46

Continuing our "What makes us human?" series.

Emily Wilding Davison.
Laurie Penny on the suffragettes: Emily Wilding Davison made the only choice she could bear
By Laurie Penny - 28 May 11:06

She made herself intolerable to a system she found impossible to tolerate.

The Mr Men game
By Richard J Evans - 23 May 14:44

Richard J Evans challenges Michael Gove’s history agenda.

Why inhumanity is winning
By Brian May - 23 May 12:11

It will win only if we let it. It has been said that, for evil to flourish, it takes only a few good men to do nothing about it.

My beautiful launderette
By Yo Zushi - 23 May 9:35

Bohemian Rhapsodies.

Ruins of people’s lives
By Ned Beauman - 23 May 9:31

The shadowy subculture of gang stalking.

Occupy Washington. Situationist ideas can be seen in Occupy, the Yes Men, Anonym
The Spectacle of Disintegration
By Juliet Jacques - 16 May 16:22

An interview with McKenzie Wark.

Lift up your voices: The century-long battle for women's freedom
By Natasha Walter - 15 May 16:27

The <em>NS</em> of 1913 may have been in the vanguard for women’s rights yet its tone was hectoring, even patronising. But today’s popular feminists should not forget that the pioneers’ concerns still have weight.

What is going to happen in the next hundred years?
By John Gray - 15 May 16:03

The world is back to where it was in the late 19th century — no one great power controls everything on the planet, not the US and not China. And that makes the threat of war inescapable.

On the Thames estuary
By Caroline Crampton - 15 May 10:42

"The estuary doesn’t yield all its secrets on first glance. An hour or so out from the Isle of Sheppey, we arrive at seven bizarre constructions that look as if they belong in War of the Worlds..."

New Statesman
How German football became the best in Europe
By Jonathan Wilson - 09 May 16:43

The Bundesliga has gone back to basics.

CAPITAL LETTERS, affectedly boisterous sex, little girl voice: internet feminists all write the same. This is a problem
By Martha Gill - 09 May 13:20

The perils of Groupthink - Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.

'Catafalque' by British Artist Sean Henry in the grounds of Glyndebourne.
Culture is what separates us from the rest of the living world
By A C Grayling - 08 May 10:03

A C Grayling: What makes us human?