What does it mean to be good?
May 12, 2019 1396
What does it mean to live a good life today? Is it possible in the modern world?
Paying the price to be a pensioner in the 21st century
May 5, 2019 1637
As life expectancy continues to grow, the cost to the state of an older population is increasingly occupying the minds of politicians. Are we living too long for our own good?
Searching for Leaders
Apr 28, 2019 1602
Who has responsibility to create a society of hope?
The Amritsar Massacre 100 years On
Apr 21, 2019 767
A century on, Mihir Bose reflects on the massacre in Amritsar
Rev Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick
Apr 14, 2019 1007
Rev Prof Laurence Kirkpatrick on why he was sacked from Union Theological College Belfast
The Ordinariness of Addiction
Apr 7, 2019 2199
What makes us addicts? Is it genetic or is addiction caused by life's experiences?
Do OAPs Have Total Autonomy Over Their Lives?
Mar 31, 2019 1557
From Silver Splitters looking for new love to sexual relations in care homes - does society try to police the morals of the older generation?
Mar 24, 2019 920
Is the medical world slowly but surely evolving towards supporting a change to the law?
Should Life Mean Life?
Mar 17, 2019 1625
Should life mean life for those convicted of the most heinous crimes or does every prisoner deserve a second chance? Presenter Will Leitch in conversation with criminology expert Dr Jonny Byrne, the economist and commentator Dr Esmond Birnie and the commentator and Magistrate Patricia MacBride.
Derry Girls and degrees of religious difference - myth or reality?
Mar 10, 2019 1463
Do Catholics and Protestants really think and feel differently about everyday life?
This week brought the return of Derry Girls to our TV screens and with it the immortal lines "Protestants don't like Abba" and 'Catholics love statues" - among many other laugh out loud possibly true or false observations. Perhaps the fact that so many people did laugh meant the writer was on to something!
Could it be that there's many a true thing said in jest? Do we need to recognise difference, maybe even celebrate it?
Time to Go
Mar 3, 2019 742
When Guy Kennaway's 88-year-old mum, Susie, asked him to buy her heroin to end her life it sparked a conversation between mother and son, who did not always have an easy relationship.
Organ Donation - A Moral Imperative?
Feb 24, 2019 2046
Is it immoral not to be an organ donor? Also, Sara Cook on women mediators.
Doomed from the start?
Feb 17, 2019 1139
Sir Harry Burns on how childhood traumas can affect us from cradle to grave
Feb 10, 2019 1840
Is it healthier to acknowledge our biases rather than pretend they don't exist?
Normal today, embarrassing tomorrow?
Feb 3, 2019 1667
How will the values of 2019 be perceived in 2100?
The Ethics of Eating
Jan 13, 2019 1590
Should we give up eating and wearing animal products and become vegan?
The Churches and the challenges they face in 2019
Jan 6, 2019 1582
The challenges facing the four main Churches in N. Ireland in 2019
Once a Year Christians?
Dec 30, 2018 1467
What can be done to attract more people to church once the Christmas rush is over?
A Crisis of Care?
Dec 23, 2018 2605
After abuse revelations at Muckamore and Dunmurry care homes, have we failed the most vulnerable people in our society?
Medical Ethics and, Shakespeare - a closet Catholic?
Dec 16, 2018 2238
Should we put aside ethics to seek medical breakthroughs? Also, was Shakespeare a rebel?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
Dec 9, 2018 2230
70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - what are rights in 2018?
A Waste of Space?
Dec 2, 2018 2220
Is space exploration essential or would the cash be better spent fixing earth's problems?
Is Cash King for Aid?
Nov 25, 2018 2293
Is cash the best medicine for Africa's ills? A fascinating experiment into how effective different types of aid programmes actually are.
And touching the skies and maybe heaven too - Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is fifty years old, this week.
Making Friends of Enemies
Nov 18, 2018 1593
How life as a Christian minister can lead to some unlikely friendships
How the Great War shaped our World
Nov 11, 2018 2256
How does the First World War continue to shape our idea of our past, present and future?
Time to celebrate peace?
Nov 4, 2018 1406
Why is peace in N.I. not celebrated more? Is it because we're still not at peace with ourselves and our neighbours?
Woman of the 20th Century
Oct 28, 2018 982
The forgotten women of the twentieth Century - forgotten no more.
Ethics of Benefits
Oct 21, 2018 1554
Do benefits work or do they keep people in poverty?
Prison in the 21st Century: Is it fit for purpose?
Oct 14, 2018 1583
Breidge Gadd, Ed Tullett and Prof Phil Scraton discuss prison in the 21st century
The Problem or the Solution?
Oct 7, 2018 1621
When it comes to sectarianism, are churches part of the problem or part of the solution?
Politics and Faith
Sep 30, 2018 1617
Can a Christian politician stay true to their beliefs?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Sep 23, 2018 1589
Will the rise in robotics and A.I. lead to a fourth industrial revolution?
Professor John Brewer
Sep 16, 2018 913
How victims and survivors of political conflicts can make a vital contribution to peace
Giving Little While Expecting a Lot
Sep 9, 2018 1420
As Church collections shrivel, do we expect too much from them for life's big events?
The Ethics of Aid for Trade
Sep 2, 2018 2320
Our panel discuss the interactions between foreign trade and foreign aid.
The Papal Visit to Ireland
Aug 26, 2018 1978
Our panel discuss the future of the Church as Pope Francis visits Ireland
The Way We Were
Aug 19, 2018 1503
How far has society changed since the last Papal visit 40 years ago?
The Year the World Went on Fire
Aug 12, 2018 1617
Are we losing the fight against global warming?
Work in Ministry
Aug 5, 2018 1984
How can churches attract people to work in ministry. Also, Keith Getty on music and faith
Sister Helen Prejean
Jul 29, 2018 2090
Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, on her experiences on Death Row
Jul 22, 2018 2171
Would changing the DNA of a human embryo be the first step towards designer babies? Also, Philip Orr on his play "An Evening with Martin Luther".
Protecting The Environment
Jul 15, 2018 2158
Putting the world to rights - is heaven only for those who protect the environment? And from disgraced politician to prison chaplain, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken on becoming a deacon.
How Do We Measure Success?
Jul 8, 2018 2015
What constitutes success? Also, Brother Guy Consolmagno, The Pope's Astronomer
The NHS at 70
Jul 1, 2018 2517
Was the NHS the best achievement of the Welfare State? Also, Rev John Dunlop on the PCI
Fewer but Purer?
Jun 24, 2018 2102
Are churches losing congregations due to rigid interpretation of the Bible?
The Pope's Visit, IQ Levels and Richard Holloway
Jun 17, 2018 1804
The Pope's Ireland itinerary, falling IQ levels and Richard Holloway on uncertainty
Presbyterians and 'Love Island'
Jun 10, 2018 2389
The PCI rules on same sex couples in the church. Also, throw away relationships
Church Relevance and Guvna B
Jun 3, 2018 2507
Have Churches lost their relevance? Also, Christian rapper Guvna B
The Repeal Referendum - Is Ireland Changed Forever?
May 27, 2018 2611
After an intense two-month campaign and decades of controversy, Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment. What will its impact be on the people and here in Northern Ireland?
May 20, 2018 1548
After over 60 Palestinians are killed in one day, where could a Gaza peace process begin?
Mental Health and Assisted Dying
May 13, 2018 2352
Churches and mental health and Guernsey's upcoming vote over assisted dying
Marriage & Children, Karl Marx and Rend Collective
May 6, 2018 2784
Marx at 200, legal rights for children outside of marriage and Rend Collective
The Stress of Social Media, and the Legacy of the Tuam Babies
Apr 29, 2018 2579
Minding your mental health- what role is social media playing? And It reads like a horror story- the bodies of nearly 800 babies dumped in a septic tank.
The End of Racism and Cuba after the Castros
Apr 22, 2018 2251
Will there ever be a society free of racism? Also, Cuba after 60 years of Castro rule
A New Cold War and The Power of Forgiveness
Apr 15, 2018 2441
Are we heading towards a new cold war? Also, Candice Mama on forgiveness.
Twenty Years on from the Good Friday Agreement
Apr 8, 2018 2449
How far is our society from being truly reconciled? If we lose our memories do we lose ourselves? And the great-great-great-grandson of Arthur Guinness on Truth, Freedom and his famous ancestry.
Sustaining the World
Apr 1, 2018 2009
Can we sustain the human race and the planet? Also, Fr Eamon Kelly on Easter in Jerusalem
The Age of Maturity
Mar 25, 2018 1354
When do you become an adult in today's world?
Justice, Russia and life as a Priest
Mar 18, 2018 1730
Judge Gregory Jackson on drug laws, Peter Hitchens on Russia and Fr Martin Magill on day to day life as a priest as scandal rocks the Catholic Church
Women in the Church, Steven Pinker and Mary Magdalene
Mar 11, 2018 2177
Are Women valued in the Catholic Church? Also, Steven Pinker says we have never had life so good and Helen Edmundson on writing the new movie about Mary Magdalene
Selfless Acts and Lionel Shriver
Mar 4, 2018 2155
Is there such a thing as a selfless act? Also, is 'call out' culture killing fiction?
Billy Graham and Extraordinary Brains
Feb 25, 2018 2538
An examination of the life of Billy Graham. Also, Helen Thomson on some strange brains.
Charitable Trust and Bishop Hervey
Feb 18, 2018 2078
After the Oxfam scandal, will the public lose trust? Also, the eccentric Bishop Hervey
Modern Slavery and The Seven Deadly Sins
Feb 11, 2018 2319
A discussion on modern slavery and, social media & The Seven Deadly Sins
In Work and in Poverty?
Dec 10, 2017 1807
Are more and more people who are working are doing without basic necessities?