• Published on 10 Oct 2017 Sections Politics

    When Theresa May became PM she pledged to tackle the “burning injustices” in society and demanded that public services “explain or change” racial inequality. Fifteen months on we have her racial disparity audit showing, among many things, that black Caribbean children, for example, are three times more likely to be excluded from school than white…

  • Published on 6 Oct 2017 Sections

    Billy Corgan founded one of America’s biggest Indie bands, the Smashing Pumpkins. He broke it up, started it again, and now as William Patrick Corgan,  has made a film called PillBox and released the soundtrack as a solo album. He’s also become a controversial voice in the US alternative media, a libertarian who seems to…

  • Published on 8 Sep 2017 Sections

    As a self-taught actor with no drama school training, Idris Elba has managed to make it from Hackney to Hollywood A-list. Now he’s backing a campaign by Project Literacy to help illiterate adults learn to read and write.

  • Published on 7 Sep 2017 Sections World

    In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire the architect Richard Rogers believes we need to radically alter the way we live in our cities. Now comes his memoir – ‘A Place for all People’. At 84 still one of the world’s leading architects, he has proved a revolutionary with the Pompidou Centre in Paris and…

  • Published on 2 Sep 2017 Sections World

    The new face of the cosmetic giant L’Oréal – a transgender model – has been sacked after making comments on social media about race. Munroe Bergdorf had been set to star in a new campaign before her post was reported on.

  • Published on 29 Aug 2017 Sections UK

    Robert Webb is one of the most recognisable faces of British comedy – a star of Channel 4’s longest-running sitcom, Peep Show. But now he’s written an autobiography called How Not To Be A Boy. It reveals the troubles and doubts of growing up through grief and family strife – and tackles the reality of…

  • Published on 29 Aug 2017 Sections

    The actor Vera Chok, casting director Sasha Robertson, and Akua Gyamfi, from The British Blacklist, a database of British black talent, discuss Ed Skerin’s decision to turn down a role in Hellboy.

  • Published on 29 Aug 2017 Sections World

    The actor Ed Skrein has stepped down from a role in the latest remake of the Hellboy cult comic series after he found out the character was originally of mixed Asian heritage.

  • Published on 25 Aug 2017 Sections World

    At times like this we all need cheering up. At least, according to the American actor Clarke Peters, who’s back on the London stage with a new production of his hit musical Five Guys Named Moe. He’s not so cheerful about the 45th President of the United States.

  • Published on 24 Aug 2017 Sections

    PVRIS front woman Lynn Gunn says she came out to her parents at 18 – and she’s opened up about depression too – talking about going to therapy to overcome what she called “dark times”. We spoke to her about the personal, the political – and being gay in Trump’s America.

  • Published on 23 Aug 2017 Sections

    The abrupt retirement of anarchic electronic band The KLF in 1994 was described as the “most heroic act of public self-destruction in the history of pop”. Signing off with a stunt in which they set fire to one million pounds, they deleted their back catalogue but promised to return after 23 years. That time is…

  • Published on 21 Aug 2017 Sections United States, World

    It was a network of safe houses that helped slaves in America escape the brutality of the south, but in the author Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, the underground railroad takes on physical form: a steam train delivering runaways through secret tunnels to the safety of the north. His magical realist take on one girl’s struggle…

  • Published on 16 Aug 2017 Sections United States, World

    A time when America was riven by racial violence, when civic abuse of the black community boiled over into riots, when the army was deployed to a city where the fires of rebellion burned in the streets. Not today, but Detroit in 1967. Fifty years later the Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow has made a new…

  • Published on 11 Aug 2017 Sections

    We wondered how the idea of ‘sharenting’ plays with the people who are regularly featured in their parent’s photos – the children themselves. So earlier we invited five children into the studio to ask their thoughts on over sharing.

  • Published on 11 Aug 2017 Sections

    The term ‘sharenting’ has been used to describe parents who feel the need to share almost every step of their child’s life on social media, without asking them. Some do it for money, some to reach out to friends and family, some are showing-off. The end result may be a generation of children growing up…