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.
64. SHARING AND CARING: the case for paternity leave
Dec 9 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…
Episode 33. UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGED: Reversing market tyranny in higher education
May 6 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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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