24 August 2015
Radio 4 attempts to pin down the alluring yet elusive quality of charisma, exploring the idea that charisma is an amoral quality, deeply implicated in the 2008 banking crisis, Britain's ambivalent relationship with politics and royalty, and the seductive draw of Osama Bin Laden and the new "digital caliphate" of the so-called Islamic State. Professor
Michael Kenny features in this first episode and throughout the ten part series. Dr Thomas Dixon, from QMUL’s School of History, was an expert consultant on the series.