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Everyday Ethics Podcast

English, Religion, 1 season, 49 episodes, 1 day, 1 hour, 2 minutes
Provocative weekly debate on moral, religious and ethical issues. From BBC Radio Ulster
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From School to Prison

How to fix the system?
4/14/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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Trauma and Community Healing

Trauma doesn't have to last forever and deform your whole life.
4/7/202422 minutes, 49 seconds
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Science Proves Religion?

Does Science tell us that God exist?
3/31/202428 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Pick'n'Mix Faith

Ever looked at other faiths and like what they do?
3/17/202428 minutes, 46 seconds
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Memory loss - do we ever really forget?

Is science closer to unlocking lost memories? Professor Tomás Ryan explores this question
3/3/202418 minutes, 53 seconds
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War in Ukraine and Gaza – has the world lost it’s moral compass?

The ethics of war. From Ukraine to Gaza. Has the world lost its moral compass?
2/25/202429 minutes, 10 seconds
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A cinematic conversion - do film and TV Biblical dramas change hearts?

Are you one of the many thousands tuning into the Netflix series The Chosen? The multi-season series tells the life and ministry of Jesus and the people he encountered throughout his life. Set in the times of Roman oppression in Palestine, we learn about Mary Magdalene, Thaddeus, Little James, the fishermen, Simon, Andrew, Big James and John; who they were and who they became when they followed the Messiah. Season 4 is out now to widespread acclaim and that led us to think, what impact, if any, do great Biblical dramas have beyond their entertainment value or are they a priceless way to propagate the Gospels in a modern age? From the 10 Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth to the Greatest Story Ever Told, there's a plethora of great and not so great cinema and tv dramas - so do they make a difference? Presenter Claire Graham in conversation with academic Dr Leon Litvack from Queen's University, avid filmgoer Liz Kennedy, Moravian minister Reverend Dr Livingstone Thompson, and situation comedy writer and lay preacher James Cary.
2/18/202429 minutes, 35 seconds
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Is retirement becoming an impossible dream?

It's a day many of us hold out for, when we can step away from the rat race, enjoy life at a slower pace and officially retire. But is that day stretching later and later into our older age? The state pension age of 66 will rise to 67 between May 2026 and March 2028 and from the mid-2040s , it's expected to rise to 68. But, because, we are all, thankfully, living longer, and there's not as many babies being born- the books don't seem to be balancing so who will pay for our pensions once we hit the state pension age? A research report out this week by the International Longevity Centre, said that we would all have to keep working until we were 71 in order to keep the number of workers per pensioner at the level it is now. Is it realistic to ask people to work into their seventies? Is it the only way that pensions can be funded? Presenter Audrey Carville in conversation with the general secretary of the trade union NIPSA Carmel Gates, self-employed recruitment specialist Cathy Moran, and Helen Morrissey, head of retirement analysis, at Hargreaves Lansdown asset management company.
2/11/202427 minutes, 29 seconds
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Betting against my family and my friends

'I lied to my family, I stole £1.3 million from my company', a gambler's road to ruin.
2/4/202428 minutes, 51 seconds
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Advancing life expectancy - might we outlive Methuselah?

What ethical challenges and dilemmas arise by prolonging humanity's time on earth?
1/28/202425 minutes, 45 seconds
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For God and education?

Primary and post-primary schools need to be more diverse - and it's up to the Churches, which run them, to do it. That's according to one of the leading authorities on shared education, Tony Gallagher, Emeritus Professor at Queen's University, who has just published a paper on religion and diversity in schools and how, if at all, it has changed since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Presenter Audrey Carville in conversation with Professor Gallagher, retired principal of St Joseph's Secondary School in North Belfast Michelle Marken, Karen Jardine, convenor of the Presbyterian Church's state education committee, and the former editor of the Irish Catholic Michael Kelly
1/21/202429 minutes, 21 seconds
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What is the point of prayer?

Millions do it. Does the singular prayer carry more weight than the millions praying for the same thing? Audrey Carville is joined by three theologians: Professor Tina Beattie, Dr Elaine Storkey and Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick.
1/14/202429 minutes, 31 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence - is it time to embrace the future?

Some experts, including one of its creators, warn that its further development could lead to humans becoming extinct. Others warn about its potential in generating and maintaining warfare. But what about the good it could, and already is, doing? Is it time to embrace this future? Audrey Carville talks to Tom Hadley, an expert in workforce management and future of work trends, and Niamh Donnelly who is Chief Robotics Officer at a tech company specialising in healthcare solutions that use robotics and artificial intelligence.
1/7/202421 minutes, 41 seconds
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Out with the old, in with the new – Happy New Year!

Audrey and a panel of guests, discuss the year on it’s way out, and the new one coming in
12/31/202338 minutes, 15 seconds
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Christmas past and Christmas present, nostalgia and reality

Audrey and guests discuss their festive memories, and the true meaning of the season.
12/24/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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The season of goodwill – how far does your giving extend?

What motivates us to give to charity? Audrey and a panel of experts examine this thought
12/17/202328 minutes, 6 seconds
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‘Of your own free will’ – but does it exist?

Audrey and a panel of experts, discuss the concept of free will
12/3/202323 minutes, 13 seconds
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Are the poor paying the price as the wealthy destroy the planet?

The United Nations has warned that global warming is the biggest threat to our existence on this planet - and the warnings aren't about the next thousand years - the impact is already being felt now and will undoubtedly be much more severe for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The annual climate change negotiations take place next week in Dubai - COP28 as they're known. Will they make a difference or does a gathering of politicians simply amount to more hot air? Presenter Claire Graham in conversation with the economist Vicky Pryce, Professor John Barry and the CEO of Christian Aid Ireland Rosamond Bennett.
11/26/202323 minutes, 53 seconds
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What does it mean to be human?

It is a simple question, that unwraps the bundle of complexity, that is a human life.
11/19/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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'Amazing Grace'

Audrey Carville and author James Walvin, explore one of the world's most enduring hymns.
11/12/202325 minutes, 59 seconds
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White Jesus?

Would Christianity have acted differently had it always depicted Jesus accurately?
10/29/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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How western powers have shaped the Middle East we know today.

Can those power really me honest brokers in any mediation?
10/23/202335 minutes, 22 seconds
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Dehumanising The Enemy

Audrey Carville and a panel of experts, discuss the crisis in Israel/Palestine
10/19/202332 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sex Education In School

Are the new regulations on sex education in schools a barrier between church and state?
10/6/202319 minutes, 24 seconds
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A lifelong debt - just what do we owe to our family?

What are our obligations as family members?
10/1/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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'Paying up' for living longer

Are we shirking responsibility by not saving for our potential care home costs?
9/24/202326 minutes, 36 seconds
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What does 'home' mean to us and feel like? How do we know when we're home? And home isn't always a safe space or a sanctuary. Audrey Carville is joined by theologian Dr Joy Allan who has moved a lot, Aodhán Connolly who last year switched from Bangor to work in Brussels, Eileen Chan-Hu who founded CRAIC NI and regularly spends time with family in Hong Kong, and well known journalist and political commentator Alex Kane who was adopted.
8/13/202356 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sinéad O'Connor

Audrey Carville talks to Rev Steve Stockman about Sinéad O’Connor’s faith journey and how it influenced her songs. And she hears from Dr Niamh Shaw, a scientist heading to Antarctica, listens back to an archive interview with journalist Brian Black who sailed to the Arctic, and finds out how you become the Bishop for the Falkland Islands.
8/6/202356 minutes, 7 seconds
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Audrey Carville is joined by Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, Chris Huhne, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan and Dr Jayme Reaves to discuss how we farm and produce food, how we travel to school and work, how we holiday, how we heat our homes and businesses? If our political leaders and citizens made different choices, would it help create a more sustainable world? How are our every day choices contributing to what we see being lived out by communities all over the world?
7/30/202353 minutes, 54 seconds
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Artificial Intelligence

It has been in our lives in some shape or form now for nearly two decades, but in very recent times the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence have really exploded to the front of our consciousness. Audrey Carville explores the benefits and the dangers with Dr Stephanie Hare (independent researcher of techology and politics, and author of 'Technology is not Neutral'), Stephen Williams (Honorary Professor of Theology and co-editor of The Robot Will See You Know - Artificial Intelligence and the Christian Faith), Dr Niamh Shaw (science communicator and space expert) and John Barry (Professor of Green Economy at Queen's University).
7/23/202355 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Conversation with Lord Deban

Audrey speaks to Lord Deban or John Gummer, on climate change, faith and controversy.
7/16/202316 minutes, 15 seconds
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Drug Decriminalisation

Should drug users by treated and supported rather than criminalised and excluded?
7/9/202312 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dying With Dignity?

Is there ever a moral way to help someone die?
7/2/202326 minutes, 2 seconds
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Drownings at sea

Drownings at sea - What role do Western backed wars play in the fleeing of millions from their homeland? Audrey Carville is joined by Sally Hayden (the Irish Times Africa correspondent who is currently in Sierra Leone and is also the author of 'My Fourth Time, We Drowned: Seeking Refuge on the World's Deadliest Migration Route'), Patrick Cockburn (author and a columnist with the Independent and specialises in analysis of Iraq, Syria and wars in the Middle East) and Rosamond Bennett (CEO of Christian Aid Ireland who this week has returned from Sudan and South Sudan).
6/25/202325 minutes, 45 seconds
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Liar, Liar

Why do the electorate keep falling for those who bend the truth?
6/18/202327 minutes, 1 second
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Dawn of the Cyberwars?

Will the next major war be a cyberwar?
6/11/202332 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ban The Book - Ban the Idea?

Just what are the motives for book bans across the world?
6/4/202324 minutes, 56 seconds
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People not Priests?

Are we looking at the end of the parish as we've known it on this island for decades? Could this herald another reformation within the Catholic Church? A pastoral letter has been issued by Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, in his role as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Down and Connor. He explains how falling vocations to the priesthood means ageing priests and more priests retiring and no one to fill their shoes. The shortages mean that very soon, it may no longer be the norm that every individual who dies has a mass celebrated for them as part of the funeral rites. A pilot project will begin this summer involving lay women and men becoming more involved in the Church - carrying out rituals like the funeral rites at the graveside or crematorium.
5/28/202331 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is there a positive way we can remember?

Are there are other ways we can reflect and remember those, of whatever background?
5/21/202333 minutes, 23 seconds
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Cutting the Cake

Stormont's cuts start to bite, is it time to decide priorities from scratch?
5/14/202333 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Coronation

What is the role of the monarchy in the modern world?
5/7/202324 minutes
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The role of charities

Are charities doing good or are they complicit in upholding inequality? Audrey Carville was joined by Andrew Dougal, Agnes Lunny and Michael Wardlow.
4/30/202327 minutes, 51 seconds
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What is truth?

What is truth? Does it differ from facts? Can each person have their own set of truths? Audrey Carville is in conversation with philosophy lecturer Dr Rebecca Bamford, FactCheckNI managing director Dr Orna Young, and author and journalist Mihir Bose.
4/23/202328 minutes, 7 seconds
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The World Health Organisation at 75

Audrey explores what United Nations Agency WHO has achieved, in their 75 years.
4/16/202327 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Time For Peace - 25 Years On

Audrey and guests, reflect on the eve of a historic peace signing 25 years ago.
4/9/202351 minutes, 32 seconds
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A health service on life support - is poverty the real disease?

Audrey Carville is joined by Dr George O'Neill, Prof Deirdre Heenan & Rev Norman Hamilton
4/2/202335 minutes, 44 seconds
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Out of School, and Qualified for Nothing?

How is the education system helping our young people?
3/26/202326 minutes, 36 seconds
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What does it mean to be a mother in 2023?

Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, Patricia MacBride and Allison Morris join Audrey Carville to discuss what being a mother means in 2023. Can it be really valued by society when it remains unpaid? Are mothers still seen as the primary caregivers, and if so can gender equality ever be truly achieved until that changes?
3/19/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Iraq War 20 years on

It's 20 years since the invasion of Iraq. Are the consequences still being felt today?
3/12/202326 minutes, 27 seconds