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Economic Inequality

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The Divide: What Happens When the Rich Get Richer?

The Divide takes a deeply personal look at wealth inequality, telling the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in the modern day U.S. and U.K. -- where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

Dysfunctional Societies: How Equality Makes Societies Stronger

What distinguishing feature do the world's healthiest and happiest societies have in common? According to acclaimed author Richard Wilkinson, the answer is simple: they have far less income inequality than other societies. In this new film based on his international best-seller The Spirit Level, Wilkinson focuses on why the U.S., despite being one of the richest nations in the world, lags behind so many other rich Western societies in a number of crucial statistical measures - including life expectancy, violence, health, community, teen pregnancy, mental illness, and incarceration. The reason, he suggests, is that the immense wealth of the U.S. has been unevenly distributed among the American people.

In Sickness and in Wealth

What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and why patterns of health and illness reflect underlying patterns of class and racial inequities.

The End of Poverty?

Poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries. Narrated by Martin Sheen, THE END OF POVERTY asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate.

The Super-Rich and Us, Episode 1

The Super-Rich and Us, Episode 2

Never before has money been so polarised in Britain: the richest 85 people now own more than half of the world's population. The country has more billionaires per head than any other country on earth, it is also the most unequal nation in Europe. In this two-part series, told through rigorous investigation, interviews with key participants and fascinating archive footage, Jacques Peretti investigates the seemingly irresistible rise of the super-rich and examines how the super-rich are upending the lives and certainties of everyone else. From an obscure legal loophole making Britain one of the most attractive tax havens in the world to the deliberate wooing of the super-rich by the government to reconfigure the British economy, Jacques considers how the advent of the super-rich has had far-reaching effects on every aspect of Britons’ lives.