RSA Events


The RSA hosts one of the world’s leading public events programmes, delivering over 100 lectures, talks, screenings and debates a year.

These events provide a platform for our most exciting public thinkers, and encourage intelligent exploration of today’s most urgent social challenges.

Our public programme welcomes speakers from across the world and across disciplines – all united by a belief in the power of ideas to inspire and motivate social change.

All of the audio files are recordings of talks in our public events programme.


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UK Politics: Making Sense of the Mayhem

Do we get the politics we deserve? A panel of commentators reflects on a period of extraordinary political events and public discussion The turbulence in Westminster has captured a great deal of public attention, with political moments trending daily on social media and record numbers of viewers tuning in to BBC Parliament. But are we actually any more engaged with our political institutions and processes, or are we just gawping at the spectacle of it all? Has the way politics is talked about in the press and on social media contributed to a growing sense of divide between the ‘Westminster bubble’ and the rest of the country? An expert panel gathers to discuss this peculiar moment, and how our ways of talking about politics have shaped the situation we find ourselves in. This event was recorded live at the RSA on Thursday 26th September 2019. Discover more about this event here: