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1. The Love Police

The Love Police

This is a film about civil liberties ad the right to film on the streets of London.

2. The View On The Streets: Riot Control

  • Published: 2011-09-28T15:14:49+00:00
  • Duration: 1308
  • By worldwrite
The View On The Streets: Riot Control

The decision to punish the ‘Facebook rioters’ with four years in jail is now being appealed, and other cases are sure to follow. Is harsh sentencing the way forward? In this extraordinary report the public are clearly not convinced rather, they suggest, we need to address the loss of adult authority and rift between adults and young people. In other parts of the world we learn, young people know the rules and ‘child centred’ policies have not degraded parent power. This report shows how most people just want to be allowed to raise (and tell off!) their own children with the support of their community but without government interference.

3. Wikileaks is good for democracy

  • Published: 2011-09-19T14:30:57+00:00
  • Duration: 3797
  • By worldwrite
Wikileaks is good for democracy

This debate was filmed at the Debating Matters 2011 UK competition. In this semi-final, panellists battle it out on whether Wikileaks is good for democracy or a severe hindrance to it. In the wake of the leaking of more than two and a half thousand US Embassy Cables at the end of 2010, Wikileaks became the focal point of government and public debate. But, are founder Julian Assange and his team making history by increasing accountability and improving the democratic process or are they simply whistle blowers severely damaging diplomacy and democracy whilst giving investigative journalism a bad name?

4. Tales from the Missionary Hut: The Banana leaf tampon

  • Published: 2011-09-14T17:33:55+00:00
  • Duration: 275
  • By worldwrite
Tales from the Missionary Hut: The Banana leaf tampon

The banana leaf tampon is all the rage for menstruating women from Sweden to Singapore to Sierra Leone. This made-to-measure tampon is the latest in sustainable gadgetry and a breakthrough in global female sanitary provision, affordable for women even in the most remote parts of the developing world. This is the friend we have all been waiting for. It will help women in rural communities achieve their full potential and take part in all aspects of society. Hail the banana leaf tampon. Here’s how to make one of your own.

5. Get off my Planet: Happy Birthday 7 Billion

  • Published: 2011-11-01T10:45:07+00:00
  • Duration: 753
  • By worldwrite
Get off my Planet: Happy Birthday 7 Billion

To mark the world’s population reaching 7 billion on Halloween 2011, WORLDbytes has launched this hilarious parody of modern day Malthusian thinking. The programme features talented Blood Brothers star and ex-RSC actor James Hirst as the central character, Bill. For Bill the news of 7 billion is a Halloween nightmare. His solutions include: getting rid of ‘thickies’, euthanasia, gelding and paying African women not to have children- a carbon offsetting scheme first proposed by the Optimum Population Trust, now rebranded as Population Matters. Bill is no Daily Mail reader, he gets his over-consumption paranoia from the Guardian and he’s going for the cull. This parody reflects WORLDbytes’ concern to challenge the profoundly anti-human roots of over population ideas.

6. Don’t Shout at the Telly: Pain & Animal Experimentation

  • Published: 2011-10-10T12:56:57+00:00
  • Duration: 3494
  • By worldwrite
Don’t Shout at the Telly: Pain & Animal Experimentation

This special Don’t Shout at the Telly forms the first programme in our new series on bio-medical science, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Dr Stuart Derbyshire, director of Pain Imaging at the University of Birmingham, introduces the issue by experimenting on volunteers. He then argues that as animals have no psychological self and are not conscious they cannot experience pain, as pain is not merely a response to physical stimuli. Discussants grapple with the complexity of the arguments and whether when experimenting on animals their capacity to feel pain even matters if it helps mankind.

7. Sex in the brain: do men and women think differently?

  • Published: 2011-11-12T13:16:33+00:00
  • Duration: 5421
  • By worldwrite
Sex in the brain: do men and women think differently?

Few today believe women are less intelligent, but some scientists say it’s time to accept male and female brains are differently wired. With the world still divided according to gender, however, critics argue the development of the brain is always influenced by cultural assumptions. In this extraordinary debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas, the issue gets heated with ‘scientism’ turning the clocks back and insisting male and female capabilities are fixed. Speakers include Dr Ellie Lee, reader in social policy, University of Kent, Canterbury; Dr Maurizio Meloni, research fellow, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham; Dr Anne Moir, neuropsychologist; author, Brain Sex: the real difference between men and women & Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam. The chair is journalist and writer Timandra Harkness. This debate formed part of the Battle for our Brains strand at the Battle of Ideas, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

8. The view from the streets: working for nothing

  • Published: 2010-11-09T10:49:56+00:00
  • Duration: 584
  • By worldwrite
The view from the streets: working for nothing

Internships are now accepted as an essential first step into the job market. Graduates often do two or three internships, the majority are unpaid with no job on the cards when they end. Is working for nothing for six months an elitist opportunity for rich kids whose parents can fund them? Are companies abusing free labour? Should internships be regulated or should young people just wise up about what’s on offer? WORLDbytes reporters check out the view on the streets of East London.

9. Trust in an age of cynicism

  • Published: 2010-11-08T16:59:54+00:00
  • Duration: 4939
  • By worldwrite
Trust in an age of cynicism

“I’m the doctor trust me” is no longer a given and from priests to journalists to bankers distrust is the order of the day and they are all on the panel in this illuminating Battle of Ideas debate! Is trust a distinct problem or a symptom of a deeper malaise? The ‘trust industry’ and attempts to ‘restore trust’ one speaker argues will only exacerbate the problem. If you offer to show someone your bank account to prove your worthiness – you must be dodgy.

10. Don’t Shout at the Telly: Ferraris for All

  • Published: 2010-10-09T12:48:23+00:00
  • Duration: 2620
  • By worldwrite
Don’t Shout at the Telly: Ferraris for All

Leading this refreshing on the sofa discussion Daniel Ben Ami author of ‘Ferraris for All’, explains ‘growth scepticism’. Young volunteers grappling with growth raise a wide range of questions from consuming less in the West to bankers, child labour, corruption and war. Daniel is clear: our having less will not make the poor rich; child labour is product of poverty not prosperity; corruption does not cause poverty it’s a symptom of it; bombing a country is unlikely to increase its prospects and political autonomy is key. A positive approach to economic growth he argues, not holding back and accepting ‘limits’ is key to increasing abundance for all globally.

11. Assisted Dying Yes or No: Debating Matters UK final

  • Published: 2009-11-04T15:13:57+00:00
  • Duration: 2411
  • By worldwrite
Assisted Dying Yes or No: Debating Matters UK final

On the streets of London the public provide more than ‘sound-bites’ and have their say on assisted suicide and sixth form students at the 2009 Debating Matters UK final do battle over this difficult issue. Expert judges take the students to task and Dr Michael Fitzpatrick suggests the state stepping in should be a cause for concern too. Durham Johnston School take the final prize.

12. Why should I be happy?

  • Published: 2011-09-28T11:33:19+00:00
  • Duration: 1069
  • By worldwrite
Why should I be happy?

Governments and policy makers are concerned over our individual happiness. This year, the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) began compiling data for Cameron’s so-called happiness index. Meanwhile at the launch of ‘Action for Happiness’ members made a simple pledge: ‘to try to create more happiness in the world around them through the way they approach their lives’. Both assume that material advancement and economic development can’t buy you happiness. This seems obvious, or is it? Should happiness be our end goal? Is getting rich bad for our wellbeing? Should the government measure our happiness levels? Luke Gittos, a WORLDbytes reporter, investigates the happiness agenda and talks to the Director of Action for Happiness, Mark Williamson and Daniel Ben Ami, author of Ferraris for All.

13. Every Cook Can Govern: The life, impact & works of C.L.R. James

  • Published: 2017-06-08T13:13:20+00:00
  • Duration: 7306
  • By worldwrite
Every Cook Can Govern: The life, impact & works of C.L.R. James

This is the first feature-length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. The film interweaves never before seen footage of C.L.R. James with unique testimony from those he knew, alongside interviews with the world’s most eminent scholars of James’ life, work and politics. From Marxism to movies, Shakespeare to cricket, revelations on slavery, opposition to colonialism and World War 2, James never fails to inspire. This award winning film has featured at the Pan African Film Festival, the Trinidad & Tobago film festival and in London Cinemas to great acclaim.

14. Optimism versus Pessimism

  • Published: 2011-09-19T09:53:46+00:00
  • Duration: 3251
  • By worldwrite
Optimism versus Pessimism

In this edifying panel conversation at the Battle of Ideas 2010 festival, five speakers weigh up the future of our society in light of different challenges and ask whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic about the future. Speakers include, Shreela Ghosh, director at the Free Word Centre; Stephen Hargrave, chairman at Reform, Mick Hume, editor-at-large and writer at Spiked-online; Humphrey Hawksley, BBC World Affairs correspondent; Marcus Sedgwick, author and writer-in-residence, Bath Spa University.

15. The View On The Streets: ethical shopping & fair trade

  • Published: 2011-12-12T16:16:31+00:00
  • Duration: 1146
  • By worldwrite
The View On The Streets: ethical shopping & fair trade

In the run-up to Christmas, many charities are encouraging us to shop ethically. By making moral choices about what you put in your shopping trolley, these charities say, you will not only have a guilt-free shopping experience but you will be helping millions to escape the worst excesses of poverty. But what exactly are these ethical principles which underlie the fair trade label and what do we really know about it? In this revealing report, we ask the public if they buy into fair trade and the response is a mixed bag. Many base their purchasing decisions on price and need and plenty of people who know the score in the developing world see it as far from fair.

16. SOAS: No immigration raids on campus

  • Published: 2009-07-13T10:43:33+00:00
  • Duration: 1001
  • By worldwrite
SOAS: No immigration raids on campus

While the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London was sponsoring Refugee Week in the UK, the management of this well known international university were hosting an immigration raid on campus. The hypocrisy was not lost on students who quickly occupied directorate offices in opposition to the arrest and detention of nine so called ‘illegal’ cleaning staff by border police. WORLDbytes reporters spoke to students at an impromptu rally and inside the occupied offices. As one migrant cleaner from Columbia, Alberto Durango says in the report: “We need to resist... This is happening in the City of London. This is happening all around London…..But it’s up to us to fight back.” Student’s opposition and speedy action has already brought results. SOAS Principal Paul Webley was forced to make a request to the home secretary to grant all the cleaners leave to remain in the UK. So far, his demand has fallen on deaf ears, but SOAS chiefs may not be so quick to cooperate with the government’s anti-immigrant agenda in future.

17. Interns Anonymous

  • Published: 2010-11-08T17:39:03+00:00
  • Duration: 543
  • By worldwrite
Interns Anonymous

The founders of Interns Anonymous explain why they set up their campaign and website. They spill the beans on the largest survey ever done with interns and challenge the idea that a whole generation should put up with working for free. As Rosy Rickett put it “internships don’t get you jobs, jobs get you jobs.”

18. Is there a ghost in the machine?

  • Published: 2011-12-07T16:27:37+00:00
  • Duration: 5399
  • By worldwrite
Is there a ghost in the machine?

The spirit or personality – the concept of a soul, self or mind distinct from our physical shell – has long been a cornerstone of our understanding of what it means to be human. Increasingly, however, scientific fields like neuroscience, genetics and psychology provide intricate explanations for human functioning, rooted in the tangible and the biological. Can we establish an empirically sound view of ourselves, without detracting from the importance of morality, responsibility, solidarity and freedom? The speakers in this contentious debate are Dr Stuart Derbyshire, reader in psychology, University of Birmingham; Martha Robinson, neuroscience PhD student; Richard Swinburne, emeritus professor, philosophy of religion, University of Oxford; Professor Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences.

19. Let everyone in

  • Published: 2009-10-24T15:03:40+00:00
  • Duration: 440
  • By worldwrite
Let everyone in

Curry may be the national dish but the government are stopping the chefs who make the best from coming to the UK. The draconian points based system is now turning thousands away and making many ineligible to stay. The UK Borders Police are using their increasing powers to raid and round up more people – including chefs, their families and ‘ethnic’ diners in restaurants. On the streets of East London, the public and restaurant managers are disgusted and WORLDwrite demands we let everyone in.

20. London Behind the Scenes

  • Published: 2008-10-04T14:09:59+00:00
  • Duration: 348
  • By worldwrite
London Behind the Scenes

Transporting you through time from the creation of the docks to the present day, the Docks and Dockers tour tells the truth about trade and the changing nature of production. This is an exclusive preview of the guided tour which takes place in London. To book your place, please visit This tour taster features on WORLDbytes, the online magazine news channel created by WORLDwrite volunteers. It aims to get behind the headlines and promote a people-first perspective; the programme’s credo is “don’t shout at the telly, change the message on it”. See: