Bridges to the Future

Bridging the divide between town and country

Episode Summary

How do we heal the divide that exists between those who hail from the country and those who live in urban areas? Broadcaster, Anna Jones, joins Matthew to make the case that unless we learn to accept and respect our social, cultural and political differences as town and country people, we are never going to solve the chronic problems in our food system and environment.

Episode Notes

In this lively interview series from the RSA, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of practitioners on the spot - from scholars to business leaders, politicians to journalists - by asking for big ideas to help build effective bridges to our new future. 

Anna Jones is a journalist, broadcaster, and Nuffield Farming Scholar. She can be heard on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today, On Your Farm and Costing the Earth. Anna worked on BBC One's Countryfile for more than a decade. Growing up on the Welsh Borders, from at least five generations of farmers on her father's side and a long line of butchers and farm labourers on her mother's, Anna's heritage is deeply rooted in working class, conservative, rural values.  Her latest book is, ‘Divide – The Relationship Crisis Between Town and Country’. 

A Tempo & Talker production for the RSA. 

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