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The Week Unwrapped podcast: Liars, pensioners and toast

What is the connection between toast and violence? Should lying be classified as a disorder? And why is Greece wooing pensioners?

Olly Mann and The Week delve behind the headlines and debate what really matters from the past seven days. 

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In this week’s episode, we discuss:

Toast

Since Her Majesty’s prison at Lincoln allowed inmates to eat unlimited amounts of toast and jam there has been a dramatic 11% drop in violent prison incidents. Were prisoners responding to a more humane and kinder form of treatment, of which the provision of good food is just one possible expression? And if so, why are the prison authorities more generally, so reluctant to enact such relatively costless and decent reforms?

Liars

A new psychological study has found that 13% of people consider themselves “pathological liars” and tell about 10 lies a day. Should compulsive lying be classified as a diagnostic disorder? Do people lie more now than they used to? And is lying necessary for society to run smoothly?

Pensioners

Greece is cutting its tax rate on foreign pension income to just 7%, in a bid to attract well-off retirees to boost its economy in the wake of the coronavirus. But will the rest of Europe stand for their populations being cherry-picked? 

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