My big conversation with the PM
By Helen McCarthy - 15 December 12:00

Helen McCarthy suggests citizens may use mobile technology to create their own forms of democracy

NS Essay 1 - People no longer have the confidence to follow their own consciences
By Frank Field - 15 December 12:00

Our big problem is not crime but yobbery and the loss of common decency. Police, schools and the wel

Out of this world
By Alex James - 15 December 12:00

Music 2003 - Alex James reports back from his mission to discover life on Mars

NS Essay 5 - On a (leftish) wing and a prayer?
By Richard Reeves - 15 December 12:00

Religion is a dirty word in British politics. But a faith system that emphasised social good might b

Russia 3 - Why the dragon will outrun the bear
By Nicholas Watt - 01 December 12:00

Ever since he travelled to the Soviet Union and China as a young man nearly 20 years ago, Nicholas W

NS Essay - 'We are faced with a tyranny of small decisions; choices that turn out to be double- edged swords'
By Richard Reeves - 24 November 12:00

What we buy, which school the kids go to - daily life presents a growing array of options. Would we

Prize Essay - Can developing nations be independent?
By Anthony Painter - 17 November 12:00

Today's globalised economy is dominated by a single ideology, but the frontiers which imprison poor

A Janus-faced world
By Robert Skidelsky - 17 November 12:00

The Breaking of Nations: order and chaos in the 21st century

Robert Cooper <em>Atlantic Books, 180

Northern lights
By Magnus Magnusson - 10 November 12:00

Capital of the Mind: how Edinburgh changed the world

James Buchan <em>John Murray, 436pp, £20 </em

Down to earth
By Bryan Appleyard - 10 November 12:00

Backroom Boys: the secret return of the British boffin

Francis Spufford <em>Faber & Faber, 250pp,

The rise of the cyber-coolies
By Praful Bidwai - 10 November 12:00

Call a helpline these days and you may well speak to someone in India doing a job "outsourced" from

NS Essay - Michael Howard may turn out to be the Tory leader who lays Thatcher's ghost
By John Gray - 10 November 12:00

It is an ugly prospect, but a strong state, old Labour on public services and right-wing on immigran

The president wins the midfield battle
By Alex Bellos - 03 November 12:00

Watch out Washington! Lula, Brazil's new leader, bent on social and economic reform in defiance of t

NS Essay - "We are witnessing the death of the political personality"
By Richard Reeves - 27 October 12:00

The great problem of our age is not too much presentation - Churchill did soundbites - but the loss

Mind over matter
By Lucy Moore - 20 October 13:00

Flesh in the Age of Reason

Roy Porter <em>Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, 574pp, £25</em>


NS Essay - Competition in public services has the moral virtue of encouraging respect for their users
By Julian Le Grand - 13 October 13:00

Are teachers, doctors and civil servants "knights" whose altruism will be destroyed by market-based

Just another way to bully the weakest
By Nick Cohen - 29 September 13:00

ID cards will be unpopular and hard to administer. They won't even prevent serious crime. But they w

An elastic mind
By Ann Wroe - 22 September 13:00

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: the man who measured London

Lisa Jardine <em>HarperCollins, 422p

Now French intellectuals love America
By David Lawday - 22 September 13:00

Contrary as always, the philosophers and literati of France have decided that they should stick up f

Watch out! The computers will run riot
By James Harkin - 22 September 13:00

The intelligence agencies, determined not to be caught on the hop as they were by 9/11, now speculat

In March this year, Red Nose Day raised £35m. That's less than one quarter of Philip Green's annual earnings
By Nick Cohen - 08 September 13:00

Nick Cohen on how meritocracy became a reality in new Labour's Britain

NS Essay - "Power failures reveal a deep truth: the earth's resources are irrevocably finite"
By John Gray - 08 September 13:00

We like to believe that growth can go on for ever and that the western way of life can be replicated

Why it's OK to be Bliar
By Kieron O'Hara - 08 September 13:00

Do voters really want politicians they can trust? The success of Harold Wilson, Richard "Tricky Dick

Don't trust me, google me!
By Ellie Levenson - 25 August 13:00

Observations on relationships

Scarlet fever
By David Cox - 11 August 13:00

The Red Canary: the story of the first genetically engineered animal

Tim Birkhead<em>Weidenfeld &

The wavering gaze.
By George Walden - 11 August 13:00

In her 1977 book On Photography, Susan Sontag suggested that our sympathy for suffering is diminishe

Back to the future
By William Cook - 11 August 13:00

Postwar sci-fi TV serials such as Dr Who might have seemed far-fetched and fantastical, but they acc