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Minouche is in her second year. How is she faring?

For LSE Directors, much like students and Premier League managers, the second year is the most important. Dame Nemat Talaat Shafik – Minouche – has been at the School for less time than many of its students. She feels like…

The National throw us a curveball and a new album

Fans of The National should by this point be accustomed to the weird, but last week’s announcement of a sixteen track mega-album and a short film starring Alicia Vikander takes the band in a new artistic direction while continuing a…

‘Too West Wing for The Thick of It’: Why Young American activism keeps failing in Britain

After the recent false-start of Turning Point UK, Haydon Etherington and Adam Solomons look at why Britain’s young right-wingers have struggled to establish themselves. Much like Aerosmith, imperial measurements and eating marshmallows with sweet potato, young conservative activism has failed…

Oscar nominee Hirokazu Koreeda is bringing Dickens to 2019. We need it.

Hirokazu Koreeda is a busy man – and, recently, a very successful one. In the last six years the arthouse director has made five films, including Cannes hit Like Father Like Son, which Steven Spielberg enjoyed so much he quickly…

Can MPs’ degree choices predict their Brexit stance? LSE blog authors find out

Ninety-five percent of PPE graduates in the House of Commons supported Remain, research for LSE’s Brexit Blog found, while three-quarters of former Classics students in the lower house backed Leave. The relationship between politicians’ world views and the degree they…

‘The average LSE student is a bit like David Cameron’

Catherine MacLean, the Labour Society’s newly elected chair, has a lot to say. She talked to the Beaver about education, student politics and the scourge of anti-semitism on campus and in her party. In the first weeks of her first…

“Identity politics has corroded liberal democracy.” Matthew Goodwin meets the Beaver

In 2003, when the UK Independence Party (UKIP) were on the distant fringes of British politics, a University of Salford undergraduate saw that right-wing populists had the potential for a national – even global – takeover. Fifteen years later, Professor…

“Moonlight is a Beautiful Ode to Beauty and Suffering”

This article originally appeared in the Beaver issue of Tuesday January 10, 2017.   Barry Jenkins’ Oscars contender, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama school play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, will be remembered as one of 2016’s cinematic…

“Ninety-five percent of economics is common sense.” Ha-Joon Chang on Brexit, trade and Kpop

The Beaver editor sat down with the Cambridge economist, whose ideas about trade and development have influenced policymakers and academics the world for over two decades. Professor Chang’s books have sold in the millions, and their author celebrated for his…

Skate Odyssey: “Mid90s” is a Journey through the Glories and Traumas of Boyhood

Much like Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” (2009) left an indelible imprint on the socially inept, sexually frustrated teenagers that served as its subject, the directorial debut of its essential star, Jonah Hill, could well be as important to the people it…