Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.


109. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU BREAK IT: challenging the spread of disinformation
Oct 20 • 56 min
Hello! From Russian bots to deep fakes, what threat does fake news actually pose and how can we stop it spreading? We hear from social psychologist Sander van der Linden about why we believe fake news and how “prebunking” can help us to spot it. Samantha…
108. KEEP IT CIVIL (AND DISOBEDIENT): the power of non-violent direct action
Oct 13 • 54 min
Hello! Is mobilising 3.5% of the population all it takes to achieve political change? As Extinction Rebellion continue their latest action in London, we’re talking about the ideas behind non-violent civil disobedience. We hear from some of those involved…
107. WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE GO HIGH (STREET)
Oct 6 • 55 min
Hello! With around 10% of UK shops currently sitting empty, we’re talking about how communities can lead the revival of our high streets. Are Ed’s make-your-own sandwich shops part of the answer? Our experts aren’t convinced… Professor Cathy Parker tells…
106. BACK TO THE FUTURE: representing the coming generations
Sep 29 • 56 min
Hello! When they go short-term, we go long-term… This week we’re talking about how to represent the needs of future generations in decision-making. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, tells us about her job and what the rest of the…
105. SWEET CHILD(CARE) OF MINE: investing in universal provision
Sep 22 • 54 min
Hello! Here’s an episode you’ve been asking us to do for a while: we’re talking about the case for universal childcare. Susanne Garvis explains what we can learn from the childcare utopia of Sweden, where she spends more on pre-school for her puppy than…
104. MISSING MILLIONS: time for automatic voter registration
Sep 15 • 51 min
Hello! With an election on the cards, we’re talking about voter registration. The Resolution Foundation’s Laura Gardiner explains the relatively recent phenomenon of low youth turnout and Mete Coban tells us about what his organisation, My Life My Say, is…
103. THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS: addressing the gambling crisis
Sep 8 • 56 min
Hello! There are 430,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 2 million at risk of developing gambling problems. What’s driving this ‘hidden epidemic’ and what do we do about it? Charles and Liz Ritchie from Gambling with Lives share the story of…
102. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: overhauling the history we teach
Sep 1 • 57 min
Hello! Has our failure to understand Britain’s history played a role in recent political events? This week, we discuss teaching about the British Empire in schools with Professor Gurminder Bhambra, expert in postcolonial studies, and Jason Todd, former…
101. (NET) ZERO TO HERO: tackling the climate emergency
Aug 25 • 56 min
Hello! At this live show recorded at the Underbelly Festival in London we’re talking about the climate emergency, Extinction Rebellion and reaching net zero carbon emissions. What’s the scale of the crisis? How do we reach net zero? And what’s it got to…
100. LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD: fixing music education
Aug 18 • 58 min
Hello! It’s the 100th episode of Reasons to be Cheerful! In this very special show, recorded live at the world’s most famous recording studio, we talk to a fantastic bunch of guests about the power of music education. Deborah Annetts from the Incorporated…
99. WRITTEN IN THE STARS: the argument for a codified constitution
Aug 11 • 65 min
Hello! Summer’s here and the time is right for… the first of our episodes recorded live at the Underbelly Festival. Britain is one of the only countries in the world without a codified constitution. Is it finally time to do something about it? Professor…
98. SMELLS LIKE COMMUNITY SPIRIT: bridging the intergenerational divide
Aug 4 • 57 min
Hello! This week we talk to two inspiring organisations getting people involved in their communities to break down divides and tackle loneliness. We’re joined by Alex Smith from the Cares Family, a charity bringing young professionals together with older…
97. TREEDISTRIBUTION: shrubtastic reasons to plant
Jul 28 • 53 min
Hello! Britain has amongst the lowest tree coverage of any country in Europe. This week we’re discussing why we should plant more trees for their many benefits including tackling the climate emergency and cooling our cities. Emi Murphy from Friends of the…
96. TIL DEBT DO US PART: the case for personal debt write-off
Jul 21 • 57 min
Hello! Households in the UK have a combined £1.6 trillion of personal debt and this is growing. What impact does this debt have and what we should we do about it? We talk to filmmaker Dan Edelstyn, creator of the ‘Bank Job’ - a film/art project to write…
Cheerful Book Club: The Three Dimensions of Freedom by Billy Bragg
Jul 19 • 32 min
Hello! We’ve got another Cheerful Book Club pilot episode for you. We’re joined by Billy Bragg to chat about his new book, ‘The Three Dimensions of Freedom’. Billy talks about politics in the age of social media, the importance of accountability, and…
95. SCHOOL’S OUT: time for LGBT-inclusive education
Jul 14 • 57 min
Hello! 45% of LGBT young people are bullied in school and 40% say they are never taught anything about LGBT issues. We talk to Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt about the importance of LGBT-inclusive education, how we can support trans young people, and…
COME AND SEE US LIVE
Jul 9 • 2 min
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94. A QUESTION OF SPORT: the fight for gender equality
Jul 7 • 55 min
Hello! The Women’s World Cup may have captivated the nation, but we are a long way away from gender equality in sport. From media coverage to pay to participation, there is still a large gender gap.The US has just become the first country ever to win the…
93. ELECTRIC DREAMS: the end of the petrol and diesel vehicle
Jun 30 • 53 min
Hello! One of the biggest challenges of the climate emergency is that we have to take tens of millions of petrol and diesel cars off the road. How do we do it? We look to Norway where nearly 50% of new cars sold are fully electric - in the UK it’s around…
Cheerful Book Club: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Jun 27 • 34 min
Hello! Here’s the second pilot of our new Cheerful Book Club series to see you through the end of the week. Geoff and Ed chat to Reni Eddo-Lodge about her best-selling book, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. They discuss why the book…
92. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: the case for social ownership
Jun 23 • 59 min
Hello! England is the only country in the world to have a fully privatised water system. Is it time to bring water back into public hands? We talk to Celia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris, about how the city returned its water system to municipal ownership.…
91. WHO’S AFRAID OF GDP?: shifting to a wellbeing economy
Jun 16 • 56 min
Hello! Governments focus on maximising gross domestic product (GDP), but is that really the route to a happy and sustainable economy? This week we talk to New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson about their new approach: the world’s first ‘wellbeing…
Cheerful Book Club: How to Fail by Elizabeth Day
Jun 12 • 33 min
Hello! We’re treating you to the first of our Cheerful Book Club episodes—-a pilot for our new series. Ed speaks to Elizabeth Day about her new book ‘How to Fail’. They talk about our attitudes to failure, how to break the failure taboo in our society and…
90. THIS LAND IS OUR LAND
Jun 9 • 57 min
Hello! Half of land is owned by less than 1% of the population and the value of land in Britain has skyrocketed over the last two decades. This week we talk to Guardian journalist George Monbiot and academic Beth Stratford about Land for the Many - a…
89. DOING RIGHT BY OLDER PEOPLE: free personal care for all
Jun 2 • 57 min
Hello! Is it time to extend the principles of the NHS to social care for the elderly? We discuss proposals for universal free personal care. Joyce Yendole tells us about her experience in Scotland, where personal and nursing care is already free for over…
88. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (ONCE): tackling fast fashion
May 26 • 55 min
Hello! Fast fashion means more clothing is being produced at lower prices, with huge environmental and social costs. What is driving this trend and what can we do about it? We talk to environmental journalist Lucy Siegle about changes in the industry and…
87. ADMISSION IMPOSSIBLE: opening up our universities
May 19 • 56 min
Hello! Private school pupils are 7x as likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge as those from state comprehensives. But why does access to the UK’s top universities matter and what can we do to widen it? This week Vee Kativhu tells us her story of…
86. I FOUGHT THE LAW AND… I WON: the art of successful campaigns
May 12 • 57 min
Hello! How can we all campaign on issues that we care about and make change happen? This week we hear from inspiring campaigners who have done just that. We talk to Gina Martin who successfully campaigned to make upskirting illegal and Matt Zarb-Cousin…
85. OPERATION BLACK VOTE: the fight for democratic equality
May 5 • 58 min
Hello! Unfortunately, Geoff can’t be here this week so Ed’s got a special guest international guest to help him on the intro… In the episode we’re talking about a gaping democratic deficit in British politics: there are still too few black and minority…
84. ON YOUR BIKE
Apr 28 • 56 min
Hello! What if we told you there was something that could improve people’s health, make our cities nicer places to live AND save the planet? This week’s guests argue that cycling can do just that. We discuss the benefits of cycling and what needs to be…
COME AND BE CHEERFUL IN LONDON WITH US
Apr 27 • 1 min
Come and see us at UnderbellyFest in London! Sunday 19th May, 3.30pm Sunday 23rd June, 3.30pm Book tickets here: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/reasons-to-be-cheerful-with-ed-miliband-geoff-lloyd For information regarding your data privacy,…
83. PREDISTRIBUTION: what the hell does it mean?
Apr 21 • 54 min
Hello! Ed’s been going on about it for years, but we’ve finally agreed to do an episode on his favourite topic: predistribution. It’s all about reducing inequality in the first place, rather than relying on tax and benefits later down the line. We talk to…
82. FULL ENGLISH: forging a progressive identity
Apr 14 • 55 min
Hello! Why are people reluctant to talk about the nation of England? And does this really matter? This week we’re getting stuck into the debate around English identity. John Denham, director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics and former…
81. HOPE NOT HATE: changing attitudes to immigration
Apr 7 • 55 min
Hello! With all eyes on Br***t, a surprising and encouraging trend has slipped under the radar over the past few years: polls indicate that attitudes to immigration are getting significantly more positive. This week we’re joined by Sunder Katwala from…
80. REASONS TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Mar 31 • 55 min
Hello! Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, Oh I do….BUT, 11 million people live in coastal communities across the UK but for too long they’ve been getting a bad deal. This week we’re exploring the New Economic Foundation’s plans for a major coastal…
79. HONEY I SHRUNK THE TECH GIANTS
Mar 24 • 57 min
Hello! Facebook, Amazon, Ed and Geoff… some empires are in the public interest, some not so much…. In this episode we explore an idea gaining traction in the US: using competition laws to break up the tech giants. From the Open Markets Institute, we’re…
78. (LIVING) WAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Mar 17 • 52 min
Hello! What can we do about the scandal of growing in-work poverty in the UK? This week we hear inspiring stories from campaigners both here and across the pond who have pushed employers to end low pay. Tyree Johnson from Fight for $15 talks about winning…
77. THE GREEN WOLF OF WALL STREET
Mar 10 • 57 min
Hello! Where’s all your money? Is some of it being invested, without your knowledge, into companies which contribute to climate change? We discuss divestment with Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction, Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics &…
76. THE BEVERAGE REPORT
Mar 3 • 55 min
Hello! It’s taken us 70+ episodes but we’re diving into the question of drink—our country’s (unhealthy) relationship with alcohol, which is costing billions of pounds a year and ruining lives. Angela McShane, alcohol historian at the Wellcome Trust, gives…
75. REASONS TO BE ICELANDIC: gender equality, 6 hour days and ‘hidden people’
Feb 24 • 55 min
Hello! Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to Iceland they go. Geoff and Ed went for a weekend and came back with tales aplenty to be cheerful about. World-leading gender equality six-hour working day experiments, punk rockers turned politicians and stories of…
74. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: pupil climate strikes and the green new deal
Feb 17 • 50 min
Hello! We got out of Geoff’s loft and onto Parliament Square to join the many thousands of young people worldwide protesting about climate change and we also talk about what could be a big part of the answer: A Green New Deal (GND). We explain what it is…
73. FOR RICHER, FOR SUPER RICHER: taxing the ultra-wealthy
Feb 10 • 57 min
Hello! What should we do about the gaping inequalities in our society and the top 1 percent? Can we get them to pay more tax and how? We hear from a member of the top .01% US entrepreneur Nick Hanauer who wants radical measures aimed at people like him…
72. MORE IN COMMON: Overcoming political polarisation
Feb 3 • 55 min
Hello! This week we’re looking into the chasm in our divided nation and wondering if there is a way to bridge the gap…if anyone can help it’s our guests. Jo Hiley who worked for Hope Not Hate helped bring together people from Brixton in London and Boston…
71. THE CASE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL REFORM…AND HOW TO DO IT
Jan 27 • 55 min
Hello! Around 7% of the population is educated in private schools but they are disproportionately represented at top universities and in society’s most coveted professions. What is the impact of private schools on our overall education system and our…
70. 2019: A PUBLIC SPACE ODYSSEY: transforming communities
Jan 20 • 56 min
Hello! When Ed makes a promise, he makes a promise! It might take 6 years to deliver, but now we get to share the discussion with you. What does that all mean? Well, Ed met Architect Christophe Egret while on holiday and needed to finish the conversation…
69. A SOCIAL HOME REVOLUTION: the history and future of council housing
Jan 13 • 52 min
Hello! This week, with the release of the report from Shelter’s cross-party commission (which included Ed) we’re looking at the provision of social housing and the need for a transformation in how much we build and who it is for. Historian John Boughton,…
68. BORN TO (PARK) RUN: Geoff and Ed’s excellent adventure
Jan 6 • 55 min
Hello! We’ve made our New Year’s resolutions, donned the trainers and tracksuits and joined the hundreds of thousands of people who do parkrun to find out what all the hype is about. Can we start our New Year as runners? The Finsbury Park parkrunners…
67. THE OFFICIAL REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2018 CHART SHOW
Dec 30, 2018 • 77 min
Hello! Greetings pod pickers! You’re in for a treat this week. It’s our “Top 10” countdown of our favourite episodes this year. If you haven’t listened to them all or even if you have, here’s a way of getting the best bits in bite sized form—-Cheerful…
66. CHRISTMAS CHEERFUL: Chatting 2018 and playing Class Struggle
Dec 23, 2018 • 51 min
Hello! We gathered around Geoff’s kitchen table, joined by some IRL friends, a copy of the board game Class Struggle and some topics to find the cheerful from this year. Hear Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and director of the new…
65. COMPUTER SAYS YES: humanity and kindness in public services
Dec 16, 2018 • 57 min
Hello! Here at Cheerful towers we’re talking about how we can enable the human touch to come to the fore in public services and policy and the barriers standing in the way of the people who work in them. Our guest Julia Unwin has been thinking about…
64. SHARING AND CARING: the case for paternity leave
Dec 9, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! This week we’re talking Dads and the time off they have to look after their kids. Turns out more, properly paid paternity leave is better for kids, good for dads, and a very effective tool to close the gender pay gap. Unfortunately Britain lags…
63. VALUING NEURODIVERSITY: how society needs to change
Dec 2, 2018 • 52 min
Hello! Today we speak to two autistic people about what the neurodiversity movement is and what it means to them. Penny Andrews and Georgia Harper join us to talk about their personal experience of living with autism, and how our society, employers and…
62. LIFE OVER DEATH: the global campaign to end capital punishment
Nov 25, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! The death penalty still operates in many places around the world, although the good news is the number of countries using capital punishment is falling. Sevan Doraisamy, Executive Director of Human Rights Organisation SUARAM talks about the…
61. YUVAL AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET: a conversation on just about everything with Yuval Noah Harari
Nov 18, 2018 • 50 min
Hello! A special episode with author and all-around thinker extraordinaire and author of multi-million selling Homo Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari. He popped by to talk to us about the ongoing war of technology vs humankind, fake news and more of the 21…
60. GEOFF, GEOFF, GEOFF…OUT OUT OUT: the power of protest
Nov 11, 2018 • 59 min
Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing the power of political protest, when they work and what it all means for today. French journalist Agnes Poirier chronicles ‘68 and after for us and…
59. QE OR NOT QE?: printing money for a purpose
Nov 4, 2018 • 45 min
Hello! There is occasional bad quality audio on today’s episode for which apologies (tech gremlins). We hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the finer points of Quantitative Easing! II’s a term thrown around which for many of us falls somewhere between…
58. PLASTIC, PLASTIC EVERYWHERE: what do we do?
Oct 28, 2018 • 53 min
Hello! Aqua once sang “life in plastic, it’s fantastic”, sure… for Barbie Girl it may be but, for our natural world and ourselves, plastic is an enormous and increasingly understood problem. Catherine Conway, Founder of Unpackaged, and Julian Kirby,…
57. THE OWNERSHIP SHIFT
Oct 21, 2018 • 56 min
Hello! Do you feel ignored or unrewarded by your firm? How about transferring a proportion of shares in large companies to the workers, as advocated by Labour? Could it make the difference and how does it compare to other ideas of employee ownership? Mat…
56. LAST EDITION? how to ensure quality journalism in the digital age
Oct 14, 2018 • 51 min
Hello! The internet is great, Geoff can be in Salford, Ed can be at home, our guests can be as far away as a hotel room in Finland, and we can STILL get a new episode to you… but… has the internet proved to be the catalyst for the end of local journalism…
55. LIVING FOR THE (THREE DAY) WEEKEND
Oct 7, 2018 • 54 min
Hello! How often do you get back to work after the weekend feeling like it wasn’t long enough? Well, a company in New Zealand have been trialling the 4-day working week and finding that their staff are achieving as much as in 4 days as they were in 5.…
54. THE ABC OF AI: How can technology help humanity?
Sep 30, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! Artificial intelligence didn’t write this description (yet), but it has begun to take over some tasks that humans were responsible for. Are the humans ready, are the computers safely still under our control, what happens when they’re not? Max…
53. PROSPERITY AND JUSTICE: Shaking up the economy for social change
Sep 23, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! When the IPPR commission on economic justice took on the economy, promising prosperity and justice, they did it properly. In this episode, we talk to Michael Jacobs, its director, and Sara Bryson, a commission member about the big ideas in the…
52. THE QUIET RENEWABLES REVOLUTION
Sep 16, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! This week we’re looking into the sky, the sea and all around us for our energy and talking about the good news that we see in the revolution in costs and take up of renewables around the world. And we’’ll be asking our guests Jeremy Leggett from…
51. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Not for the bin
Sep 9, 2018 • 58 min
Hello! Ed and Geoff are back in the same room after their summer holidays / “lads tour”. This week we hear from Saasha Celestial-One and Lindsay Boswell about the disgusting situation of food waste the country has gotten in to, despite so many below the…
50. REVERSING THE CYCLE OF GANG VIOLENCE: Lessons from Scotland
Sep 2, 2018 • 58 min
Hello! The final of our “lads on tour” live shows. Here we talk to the Edinburgh Fringe audience about correcting the “recreational violence” cycle many young people get trapped in. Karyn McCluskey is our guest and has an extraordinary story of…
49. BIG DATA CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Aug 26, 2018 • 45 min
Hello! Private companies are collecting a lot of information about each of us, but when it comes to our health and wellbeing, that might not be such a bad thing. Mass anonymous data may be the answer to curing many health issues, and provide insights to…
48. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: remaking our welfare state
Aug 19, 2018 • 47 min
Hello! This week we ventured to Lunar festival and spoke to Hilary Cottam about the welfare state. Her new book Radical Help looks at a how the whole system could be re-designed to better support everyone in society. AND Comedian Bethany Black asks the…
47. IDEAS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE: humankind respecting the Earth
Aug 12, 2018 • 51 min
Hello! We took a trip to Latitude festival. While there Professor Simon Lewis joined us on stage to talk about the book he’s co-authored called The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the new planetary age we’re in which…
46. WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKY TOWN: power and prosperity in towns
Aug 5, 2018 • 53 min
Hello! We took a trip to Hebden Bridge, awarded 5th best place to live in the world, to find out how towns and villages can thrive. Lisa Nandy MP and Beth Paramor both know a thing or two about what powers places to success, and what can be done to help…
45. BLOCKCHAIN PARTY: Can it be a force for good?
Jul 29, 2018 • 53 min
Hello! We’re getting technical in this episode, we’re finding out why many are claiming blockchain to be the technology which could free us from monopolies and grant us better democracy. Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University and UCM in Madrid,…
CHEERFUL IN EDINBURGH - NEXT WEEKEND (4th/5th AUGUST)
Jul 28, 2018 • 1 min
Join us at the Edinburgh Fringe next Saturday and Sunday (4th/5th August) - we’re recording live episodes at the Pleasance Grand, the epicentre of the biggest arts festival in the world. Tickets here: http://bit.ly/RTBCED Or check our social media:…
44. THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS: Businesses with a social purpose
Jul 22, 2018 • 49 min
Hello! This week we’re talking Social Enterprise, the companies whose primary reason for existing is not profit but social or environmental purpose. Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu (formerly of Barclays) and Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, join us…
43. LEARNING FOR LIFE: what should a national education service do?
Jul 15, 2018 • 58 min
This week we’re talking education and what the big vision should be at our live show at The Politics Festival. We’re joined by Melissa Benn, author of forthcoming book Life Lessons: The Case For A National Education Service and Holly Rigby, a teacher in…
42. TECH FOR GOOD
Jul 8, 2018 • 58 min
Hello! This week we’re back to technology, but looking at how it can benefit humanity. Through open platforms and open data, handing the power back to the population can allow some very positive outcomes. We speak to Greta Byrum, Francesca Bria and Adam…
41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform society
Jul 1, 2018 • 56 min
Hello! This episode, like the companies we’re talking about, is owned by everyone who works for it. Cooperative ownership allows the workers to own a stake in the businesses they’re working for, allowing them more autonomy and reward for its successes and…
40. SILICON VALLEY SERFS: protecting kids from tech overload
Jun 24, 2018 • 59 min
Hello! This week we’ve looked up from our phones to look down at the generation of children addicted to theirs. In the wild west of the internet, children aren’t as safe as you may hope and it’s not just from adult content. Our guests this week Baroness…
BE CHEERFUL IN LONDON THIS COMING SUNDAY!
Jun 21, 2018 • 0 min
We’re recording a live episode at Kings Place, London this Sunday (24th June) as part of the Politics Festival. We’ll be talking ideas with guests including author Melissa Benn, and we’ll be joined by top comedian, Aisling Bea. BOOK TICKETS HERE:…
39. ENDING JOBS FOR THE BOYS: overcoming the workplace gender divide
Jun 17, 2018 • 54 min
Hello! This week we discuss the issue of “boys jobs” and “girls jobs” and how men being under-represented in care roles and women being under-represented in the sciences is a self-fulfilling prophecy taught from an early age. We’re joined by scientist Nia…
38. UNIVERSAL BASIC SERVICES: Shaping the 21st century welfare state
Jun 10, 2018 • 56 min
Hello! Could providing more services free at the point of access (like the NHS and education) relieve need and tackle inequality? Our guests Henrietta Moore and Jonathan Portes think so and we hear from academic Oded Cats on how one idea — free local…
37. RETHINKING ECONOMIC SUCCESS: beyond the growth obsession
Jun 3, 2018 • 55 min
Hello. We started our Festival tour at ‘How The Light Gets In’ at Hay-on-Wye, joined by Doughnut Economics author Kate Raworth. Listen to a fascinating discussion about how we think about economic success, going beyond economic growth to the environment,…
36. THE GENERATION GAME: Turning round the fortunes of young people
May 27, 2018 • 54 min
Hello! This week we went on an outing to speak to Lord David Willetts about the Resolution Foundation’s new report into how to tackle the crisis in wealth, housing and life chances facing the younger generation and how to build political support for these…
35. LAW AND DISORDER: fixing the justice crisis
May 20, 2018 • 56 min
Hello. There is a quiet crisis in our justice system: barristers striking, courts creaking, defendants being denied a fair hearing and victims being callously disregarded. It’s high time to talk about what has caused it and what we do to fix it? We have…
34. WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT MEAT: Reasons to be Vegan?
May 13, 2018 • 55 min
Hello. This week we are talking about over-consumption of meat which is bad for climate change, animal welfare and our health. Our guests Clare Oxborrow and Sam Calvert tell us what needs to change plus pioneering farmer Illtud Dunsford on whether…
33. UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGED: Reversing market tyranny in higher education
May 6, 2018 • 60 min
Hello. We’re on the road again—this time in Sheffield at the Festival of Debate. We’re asking what’s to be done about our universities? Our guests Jo Grady, Joshua Forstenzer and Mark Leach want to rescue the public purpose of Universities from the…
Episode 32. ENDING THE BLAME GAME: The case for no-fault divorce
Apr 29, 2018 • 55 min
Hello! Sometimes a relationship doesn’t work (no, this isn’t about Ed and Geoff) and divorce is the only option, but current rules mean that blame has to be thrown around to make it happen, even if that is the last thing the couple (or their children)…
REASONS TO BE PIRATE
Apr 27, 2018 • 36 min
Hello! An extra treat this week for you all. Do pirates deserve to be remembered as fondly as the Levellers? We spoke to Sam Conniff Allende about his new book Be More Pirate, which reexamines the myths and legends around pirates and how we can apply the…
Episode 31. CHANGING THE CLIMATE: How do we tackle the global warming challenge?
Apr 22, 2018 • 60 min
Hello! This week we look at the most urgent political challenge of all: climate change. Our all-star cast of guests tells us where we are, what the challenge looks like from the one of the most extraordinary parts of our planet, the Arctic, and how we…
Episode 30. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: what do we do about gentrification?
Apr 15, 2018 • 60 min
Hello! We’ve been on an adventure again, this time to see the wonderful city of Bristol. With a live audience, we talked about Gentrification and how NOT to price out the locals from their neighbourhoods as a place becomes “cool”, “edgy” and “vibrant”. Is…
Episode 29. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: Community regeneration lessons from Granby, Preston and beyond *Live Liverpool show*
Apr 8, 2018 • 62 min
Hello! We’re on the road again and this time we’ve come to Liverpool. On this episode, you’ll hear inspiring stories from Theresa MacDermott, Cllr Matthew Brown and Neil McInroy (CLES) about the way people can regenerate and transform their communities…
SEE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL LIVE IN BRISTOL 13/04
Apr 4, 2018 • 1 min
TICKETS: http://bit.ly/cheerfulbristol FRIDAY 13th APRIL: Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd bring their hit podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful to the Anson Rooms, Bristol for a special live episode. Expect optimism, ideas, special guests, and stories of Ed’s…
Episode 28. FACING DOWN FACEBOOK: how to tackle “surveillance capitalism”
Apr 1, 2018 • 66 min
Hello! Our technology is watching us. We know that now. But what does it all mean? And is there a way to stop companies collecting and selling our data without our knowledge? Our guests Shoshana Zuboff, Aral Balkan and Mat Lawrence join us to explain why…
Episode 27. MIND THE (WEALTH) GAP: a social wealth fund for Britain
Mar 25, 2018 • 63 min
Hello! For richer, for poorer… the vast inequality of wealth in Britain won’t get any better on its own. So, here’s an idea… A sovereign or social wealth fund. Other countries have successfully saved the money made from natural resources, invested wisely,…
Episode 26. HOUSING FIRST: Tackling Britain’s homelessness crisis
Mar 18, 2018 • 58 min
Hello. So many people are, rightly, deeply troubled by the rise in homelessness. People are living on the streets, or with friends and family, or in bed and breakfast accommodation. But there is something that can be done. Juha Kaakinen tells us how…
Episode 25. STAIRWAY TO (TAX) HAVEN: cleaning up Britain’s dirty money
Mar 11, 2018 • 65 min
Hello! What links some of the highest cost house prices, criminals and islands thousands of miles away? Dirty money and tax havens. We speak to Luke Harding, Tom Burgis and Naomi Hirst about the damage being done and how the UK can stop being a home for…
Episode 24. ALL TOGETHER NOW: Unions in the 21st century
Mar 4, 2018 • 71 min
Hello! If there’s something strange in your workplace, who are you going to call? Trade Unions! But with the decline in membership over decades, power has tilted towards employers, meaning worse working conditions and pay. How do we persuade people to…
Episode 23. DING, DING, NEXT STOP: Sorting out the buses
Feb 25, 2018 • 92 min
Hello! We’re on a bus with Cat Hobbs, Director of We Own It, and our transport expert Nicole Badstuber returns. There’s more to buses than fighting for the second deck front window seat. With 5 billion journeys made per year in the UK, we’re owed a…
Episode 22. WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH OUR KIDS — not another brick in the wall
Feb 18, 2018 • 81 min
Hello! This week we’re sitting down, facing the front of class, and taking notes as James Graham, Jez Bennett and Madeleine Holt teach us how we’re failing to tutor the next generation adequately, in particular failing to put creativity at the centre of…
Episode 21. TIME TO TALK: Tackling the mental health crisis *LIVE SHOW*
Feb 11, 2018 • 80 min
Hello! We took to the stage and took on the topic of mental health. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year, there must be something we can do to support, and where possible treat, these millions. Ruby Wax, George Ezra, and…
Episode 20. RESCUING DEMOCRACY: From Ancient Athens to Brexit
Feb 4, 2018 • 93 min
Hello! This week we explore how to improve democracy by involving ordinary people in decision-making. Guests David Van Reybrouck, Professor James Fishkin and Sarah Allan tell us how an old idea from ancient Athens—-selecting random citizens to…
SEE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL LIVE IN LIVERPOOL 19/02
Feb 2, 2018 • 1 min
BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/reasons-to-be-cheerful-podcast-with-ed-miliband-and-geoff-lloyd Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd take their hit podcast, Reasons to be Cheerful to Liverpool Guild of Students, Mountford Hall for a special…
Episode 19. GET OUT OF JAIL: Time for prison reform
Jan 28, 2018 • 84 min
Hello! Our prison system is in crisis. Overcrowding, re-offending, self-harm and riots. What is to be done? Our guests tell us there is reason to think things can change for the better. Nils Oberg tells us how they do it so much better in Sweden, Vicky…
Episode 18. TACKLING THE NHS CRISIS: The 1% solution *BUMPER EPISODE*
Jan 21, 2018 • 115 min
Hello! With the NHS turning 70 this year, we take some time to really appreciate how far it’s come and do our best to come up with solutions to turn the tide and get the NHS back up to health. Our guests Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, a junior doctor on the…
Episode 17. ECONOMICS 101: Time for A Reformation in Economic Thinking.
Jan 14, 2018 • 89 min
Hello! In this episode we answer The Queen’s question… why didn’t the economists see the financial crisis coming. Our guests Prof Wendy Carlin, Maeve Cohen and Victoria Waldersee talk about how economics teaching needs to change and is changing plus how…
Episode 16. #EPICRAILFAIL: Ending the great train robbery
Jan 7, 2018 • 84 min
Good afternoon and welcome to the Reasons to be Cheerful train service from here to the Geoffocracy. Yes, we’re talking trains. How have we gotten into ourselves here? Billions of government subsidies and eye-watering prices. What is to be done? Andrew…
Episode 15. GOODBYE 2017 YOU DIDN’T DESERVE US… Hoorah for 2018
Dec 31, 2017 • 87 min
Goodbye 2017! On a whole, we wont miss you, but there were *some* reasons to be cheerful, right? With our guests Sofie Hagen and Mark Watson, we review the nicer stories of the previous year before putting it in a box, gaffer taping it and sending it on a…
Episode 14. A MILIVERSE CHRISTMAS IN THE GEOFFOCRACY
Dec 24, 2017 • 72 min
Merry Christmas! We’ve invited some people over to play the now legendary board game Class Stuggle. Who will win? Fantastic comedian Bridget Christie, Joel Cornah, of The Miliverse twitter account fame, take on Ed and Geoff. BUT Before that, we get Rachel…
SEE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL LIVE ON STAGE
Dec 21, 2017 • 1 min
We’re taking to the stage for our first ever live episode recording, with special guests. WHEN: Sunday 28th January, 4pm. WHERE: Leicester Square Theatre, London TICKETS:…
Episode 13. WORKING 9 TIL ….OVERTIME: Time for time and a half
Dec 17, 2017 • 65 min
Hello! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… when everyone works double to earn enough to splurge on Christmas presents. But it is all worth it when the only person benefiting from your overtime is the company you work for? Torsten Bell and Heather…
Episode 12. THE POWER OF CULTURE: Regeneration, Grayson and Kevin the cat
Dec 10, 2017 • 89 min
Hello! “Culture” noun: Relating to the arts and to intellectual achievements. But what does it really mean for the towns across the nation? Renowned artist Grayson Perry, Sharon Darley from Goodwin Trust in Hull & Dr Dave O’Brien share their thoughts. Ed…
Episode 11. WHO WANTS TO TAX A MILLIONAIRE?
Dec 3, 2017 • 80 min
Hello! Time to debunk some myths about the millionaires and their tax habits. Spoilers… It’s highly likely we can make them chip in a bit more without them upping and leaving. Cristobal Young has the stats to prove it, Karen Stewart is happy to pay more…
Episode 10. DON’T MOURN, ORGANISE: The power of community organising
Nov 26, 2017 • 80 min
Hello! With Geoff in Chicago, the birthplace of modern community organising, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to discuss the transformative power of community organising and why it’s a Reason To Be Cheerful. We are joined by veteran community…
Episode 9. TRANSGENDER RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
Nov 19, 2017 • 85 min
Hello! With increasing newspaper scare stories about transgender rights, we thought it might be an idea to give some airtime to the perspective and voice of trans people so those of us who aren’t experts on the issue can understand a bit more. We talk to…
Episode 8. LAND TAX & THE ‘AX”: Land Value Tax plus Obama chief strategist David Axelrod
Nov 12, 2017 • 94 min
Hello! In Episode 8 we learn about the tax which has been advocated since the 1800s, was supported by Winston Churchill and is widely regarded by economists as the perfect tax despite being elusive to policy makers. Our guests Joe Sarling & Catherine…
Episode 7. POWER TO THE (YOUNG) PEOPLE! Voting at 16
Nov 5, 2017 • 62 min
Hello! 16-year-olds are allowed to have sex and are made to pay tax… so… should they have a say when it comes to who runs the country? We’re joined by Professor Alan Lee Williams, who fought the original battle to bring the voting age down to 18 in the…
Episode 6. MAKING A HASH OF IT: Time to decriminalise and end the war on drugs?
Oct 29, 2017 • 74 min
Hello! Episode 6 is on drugs. Legally? Illegally? Is the war on drugs ever going to end? Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director at Release and Sam Kamin, Professor of Marijuana Law at the University of Denver join us to talk about the merits and pitfalls of…
Episode 5 and a half. SADIQ KHAN - more answers with London’s Mayor
Oct 22, 2017 • 17 min
We were pretty comfortable on Sadiq’s office sofa, overlooking Tower Bridge and The Thames, so we made the most of Sadiq’s time and asked him a few more questions In this bonus, hear Sadiq talking about his all-time hero, wood burning stoves, Brexit and…
Episode 5. A BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Tackling the air pollution emergency
Oct 22, 2017 • 56 min
Hello! Episode 5 is full of pollution, it’s in the air and it’s shortening lives. What can we do about it? Our wonderful guests this week have ideas. Hear from London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Andrea Lee from ClientEarth & Jens Frolich Holte, Norway’s Former…
Episode 4. TAKE BACK (RENT) CONTROL: All Power to the Tenants!
Oct 15, 2017 • 48 min
Hello! In episode 4 we take on the challenge of keeping home rental affordable. Easy task right? Our guests Emmanuelle Cosse, former French housing minister, and Greg Beales from Shelter bring their expertise to the table and we called Grace and asked her…
Episode 3. WE WANT EQUAL PAY: The Gender Pay Gap
Oct 8, 2017 • 48 min
Hello! Here comes episode three! Why aren’t women getting paid as much as the men doing the same job… and how do we solve it? We’re joined by Victoria Budson and Jess Phillips MP to try and get out head around it We also discuss Theresa’s cough, Hell…
Episode 2. DON’T BE EVIL! Taming the High-Tech Giants
Oct 1, 2017 • 41 min
Hello! Ready for episode two of Reasons to be Cheerful? In this edition, we’ll explore the dominance of the high-tech giants like Uber, Google, Amazon and Facebook, whether we should curb their power and how with our guest Nick Srnicek. We also discuss…
1. FREE MONEY FOR ALL? The Universal Basic Income
Sep 24, 2017 • 40 min
Hello! Welcome to the first episode of Reasons to be Cheerful. In this edition, we’ll explore Universal Basic Income (UBI) with Scott Santens. Find out about Ed’s exercise humiliation, a near-visit to the Oval Office, and why Geoff’s toilet is causing…
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Sep 19, 2017 • 1 min
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