The History of Debt

BBC Radio 4’s latest series Promises, Promises: A History of Debt is an interesting, although not entirely grabbing concept for an in-depth analysis of what most people cope with at some point in their lives.

The first episode offers a unique look at a topic that initially seems incredibly dry, adding a much more human factor to a financial topic. In this particular episode, the listener hears from anthropologists, experts and authors telling short stories about debt in the context of morality. They make debt less of a financially focused idea, and more philosophical and almost sentient. It makes an intimidating subject extremely simple and allows the listener to not only be educated, but also to engage.

For anyone who does not understand economics and debt, and wants to dive into the topic with ease and interest, this series will keep you entertained and learning simultaneously. Delving further than just money, it explores how debt is a transaction we make in almost all facets of our lives.

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