Monday, 30 April 2018

Killjoys and the counter-culture

When I was in Edinburgh recently, BBC Scotland asked me to do a long form interview about Killjoys for their Sunday morning radio show. The host is Bill Whiteford and he had done his homework. It was good to have a chance to talk about ideas at greater length than you normally get on the radio. There are not enough programmes like this nowadays which is, perhaps, why so many people have turned to podcast.

When I asked Bill beforehand whether he had enjoyed the book he said, 'Well, it's, er, counter-cultural'. And I supposed it is, especially in Scotland at the moment. We discussed John Stuart Mill, 'public health', campus censorship and the role of think tanks, amongst other things.

The unedited half hour discussion was broadcast (unedited) yesterday and you can listen to it here.

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