TALKING POLITICS

TALKING POLITICS

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Corbyn! Trump! Brexit! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting. TALKING POLITICS is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Each Thursday, in Cambridge, David Runciman will talk to his regular panel along with novelists, comedians, historians, philosophers - and even a few politicians - and ask them what they think is going on… Democracy is feeling the strain everywhere. What might happen next? How bad could it get? As it unfolds, TALKING POLITICS will be on it. It’s the political conversation everyone is having: please join us.Talking Politics is brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books, Europe’s leading magazine of books and ideas.


Talking Politics Guide to … The UK Constitution
Aug 21 • 28 min
We talk to lawyer and constitutional expert Alison Young about the current pressures on the UK constitution, from Brexit to devolution to political polarisation. Is parliamentary sovereignty still the linchpin of the system? What changed with the arrival…
Jill Lepore on the American Nation
Aug 17 • 39 min
We talk to historian Jill Lepore about the idea of nationalism in America, from the birth of the Republic through to Trump. What defines the nation? Why does the illiberal version keep getting the upper hand? Are there any politicians in America who can…
Talking Politics Guide to … Being a Civil Servant
Aug 14 • 30 min
We talk to public policy expert Dennis Grube about the changing character of the civil service, from Victorian mandarins and Yes, Minister to the current battles over Brexit in the age of Twitter. Senior civil servants increasingly find themselves in the…
Talking Politics Guide to … The Euro
Aug 10 • 29 min
We talk to political economist Helen Thompson about the birth of the Euro and its tortuous recent history. Whose idea was it in the first place and how much of its current troubles were baked into its origins? A story of ambition, intrigue and unintended…
Talking Politics Guide to … Summer Reading
Aug 7 • 22 min
We ask regular TP contributors and guests to tell us about the books they’ve most enjoyed recently and the ones they are looking forward to reading this summer. History, science fiction, philosophy, memoirs and a little bit of politics too: it’s all here.…
Talking Politics Guide to … The Chinese Communist Party
Aug 3 • 28 min
We talk to historian of China Hans van de Ven about the origins of the CCP and its extraordinary rise to power. How has it managed to adapt to the changes of the last forty years and what lessons will be drawn as it approaches its one hundredth birthday?…
Talking Politics Guide to … The Gilded Age
Jul 31 • 30 min
We talk to historian Sarah Churchwell about the Gilded Age in late nineteenth century America and the comparisons with today. Rampant inequality, racial conflict, fights over immigration, technological revolution: is Trump’s America repeating the pattern…
Autumn of Chaos
Jul 24 • 46 min
Boris Johnson is off to see the Queen to become her 14th (!) Prime Minister, but where might he be taking the country this autumn? We try to work through the various Brexit scenarios, from a renegotiated Withdrawal Agreement to a crash no-deal exit. Can…
Waiting for Boris
Jul 17 • 46 min
Barring an act of God, Boris Johnson is going to be the next leader of the Conservative Party. We’re exploring what that means in two parts. Today, Helen and David talk about the domestic implications. Can Johnson avoid an election? Can he hold on to the…
Hong Kong
Jul 10 • 41 min
What is happening in Hong Kong? We talk to a professor of Chinese history and a Hong Kong journalist about the recent wave of protests there and try to discover what is really at stake on all sides. Who are the protestors? What are their core demands? Can…
Libra
Jul 3 • 51 min
What does it mean when Facebook says it wants its own currency? We explore the power, the potential and the pitfalls of Libra. How does Facebook plan to make money out of making money? Can anyone stop it? And does this represent a fundamental shift in the…
Outlasting Trump
Jun 26 • 45 min
We talk with Gary Gerstle about the big issues roiling US politics with likely aftereffects that will long outlast Trump’s presidency. First up: the fight over the census. What’s a stake in the citizenship question? How has American politics been shaped…
The Party Splits! (In 1846!)
Jun 19 • 52 min
The current crisis for the Conservatives is often described as the worst since the party split over the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. So we talk to historian Boyd Hilton about what really happened back then and what it meant for British politics. Why…
Who is Boris Johnson?
Jun 12 • 47 min
We try to work out what the current favourite to be next Tory leader actually stands for. Can his time as Mayor of London tell us what kind of PM he might be? Will his journalistic past come back to haunt him? Does he have a political philosophy beyond…
Constitutional Breakdown
Jun 5 • 44 min
We ask whether the UK constitution is cracking up - and if so, where’s the breakpoint going to come? Is Brexit at the heart of the current crisis or does it go deeper than that? What’s the role of the Supreme Court? And the Queen? Could the Bank of…
Jared Diamond
May 29 • 37 min
We talk to the author of Guns, Germs and Steel about his new book on nations in crisis. Jared Diamond argues that personal crises are a good way of thinking about national ones. He tells us about one of his own personal crises and we see whether the…
Split Down the Middle
May 28 • 26 min
David and Helen catch up with the European election results and the Tory leadership race - there’s lots to talk about. How can the Tories compete with the Brexit Party? Are the Liberal Democrats a real threat to Labour? What does it all mean for Ireland?…
The Next PM
May 22 • 46 min
As Theresa May’s premiership gets very close to the end, we talk about who and what might be coming next. Can her successor re-establish the authority she has lost? Can anyone govern in this parliament or do we need a general election? Is the age of…
Death of the Republic
May 15 • 45 min
We talk to historian Tom Holland about the fall of the Roman Republic and the parallels with today. Why does Roman history still exert such a strong pull over our imaginations? Are politicians like Trump and Berlusconi recognisable types from the ancient…
Adam Tooze on US vs China
May 11 • 29 min
An extra episode with Adam Tooze to catch up on the latest in the US/China trade wars. What’s really at stake and what does Trump want? Is this about economics or security? What does it say about the future of capitalism? And where does Joe Biden fit in?…
President Bernie?
May 8 • 52 min
We talk about socialism in America: where it comes from, what it means, why it’s so associated with Bernie Sanders and whether it can actually reach the White House. What’s the difference between democratic socialism and social democracy? How would the…
A Mockery of Democracy?
May 1 • 47 min
Are the UK’s looming European elections making a mockery of democracy, or is this how democracy is meant to work? Would cancelling them at the last minute make the situation worse? We talk about trust in politics, the threat to the two main parties, and…
David King on Climate Repair
Apr 30 • 48 min
An extra episode in our climate season: we talk to Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the British government, about what’s now known about the scale of the threat and the urgency of the need for action. What has happened since the Paris…
Paul Mason on the Human Future
Apr 24 • 57 min
We talk to Paul Mason about his new book Clear Bright Future - a radical defence of the human being in the age of digital transformation and a call to political action. The book covers a lot of ground and so do we: Trump and Nietzsche, machine learning…
The Copernican Principle
Apr 17 • 37 min
David gives the third in his series of talks about the future of democracy. This one uses an idea from cosmology to work out where we might be in the story of democracy: are we at the beginning, in the middle or near the end? It all depends when and where…
Brexit Lessons
Apr 10 • 43 min
We try to draw some wider lessons from the nightmare that the Brexit process has now become. What have we learned about the relationship between parliament and the executive? Is there any way that the Article 50 process could have worked? And what…
Trump After Mueller
Apr 7 • 40 min
We catch up with Gary Gerstle in the US to assess where the Trump presidency stands after the Mueller report appeared to give him a pass. Are there more revelations to come once the full report is available? Can Trump take advantage of his good fortune?…
May Rolls the Dice
Apr 3 • 47 min
David and Helen talk through the latest twist in the Brexit tale: Theresa May’s offer to work with Labour to get some version of Brexit over the line. Can the two parties ever agree on what that version is? Could any agreement be made to stick? And if…
Moment of Truth?
Mar 27 • 49 min
As parliament finally gets the chance to indicate its Brexit preferences - if it has any - we discuss the real choices now facing MPs and government. What is the sequence of events that would actually prevent a no-deal Brexit? Can the Withdrawal Agreement…
Uninhabitable Earth
Mar 23 • 37 min
David talks to David Wallace-Wells about his bestselling - and terrifying - new book on the coming hellscape of climate change. When will it arrive? When will we face up to it? And what can we do about it now? ’ We don’t have time for a revolution.’…
Italy vs France vs Brexit
Mar 20 • 42 min
We take the wider European view this week, catching up with the latest developments in Italy and France. A year on from the Italian elections, who is up and who is down in the coalition between the League and Five Star? What is China up to in Italy? Has…
Can This Go On?
Mar 18 • 30 min
At the start of another momentous week, David catches up with Helen to explore some of the long term implications of the Brexit crisis. Is lasting damage being done to constitutional government in the UK? Can the Brexiteers still have their cake and eat…
Impasse
Mar 13 • 49 min
We try to cut through the Brexit fog and see what’s really out there, from new deals to no deal. Plus we ask some bigger questions: What is the true role of lawyers in politics? Does the EU want regime change? And how will future historians explain this…
The Party Splits
Mar 6 • 40 min
We discuss the challenge posed by the Independent Group and by Tom Watson inside Labour to conventional two party-politics in Britain. Can the system hold together? If not, what might replace it? And where are the new ideas going to come from? Plus we…
Endgame?
Feb 28 • 30 min
We weigh up where we’ve reached with Brexit, now that the big choices can’t be avoided for much longer. Is a second referendum any more likely than it was a week ago? What terms will the EU demand for an extension of article 50? And can May finally…
Best Political Novels
Feb 27 • 44 min
A break from Brexit this week: we talk to the novelist Richard T. Kelly, author of Crusaders and The Knives, about what makes great political fiction. We discuss the research needed to make a political novel authentic, how to get inside the head of a…
Green New Deal?
Feb 20 • 49 min
This week we talk about another side of capitalism: the innovation economy. Can capitalism deal with climate change? How much depends on the role of the state? And who will pay? We compare the Green New Deal to FDR’s original version: does history show us…
The Nightmare of Surveillance Capitalism
Feb 13 • 50 min
We talk to Shoshana Zuboff about The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, her game-changing account of what’s gone wrong with the world of big tech and how to fix it. What is surveillance power and why is it destroying the things we value? How have we allowed…
The Wall
Feb 6 • 41 min
This week David talks to John Lanchester about his new novel depicting Britain after a climate catastrophe and encircled by a vast wall that must be defended at all costs. Where does this nightmarish vision come from? How closely does it track what we…
Back to Brussels
Feb 2 • 26 min
An extra episode as David and Helen try to work out where we’ve got to with Brexit after this week’s votes in the Commons. Can Tory unity hold? Can EU unity hold? Something’s got to give - but what? And when? Talking Points: Is there a contradiction in…
The Problem with Political Leaders
Jan 30 • 40 min
This week marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most influential lectures ever given on politics: Max Weber’s ‘Politics as a Vocation’, first delivered in Munich on 28 January 1919. David and Helen talk with Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief…
Trump and the Shutdown
Jan 23 • 51 min
With the US government still shut, we compare this standoff to shutdowns of the past and try to work out what happens next. What is Trump’s game? Can the two parties hold together? And why aren’t the workers taking to the streets? Plus we weigh up where…
Adam Tooze on Europe
Jan 19 • 40 min
A special extra episode for this week with Adam Tooze, author of Crashed and one of our most popular previous guests. He takes us through the wider political and economic context for Britain’s Brexit crisis, from Italy to France to Germany, and beyond to…
What Now?
Jan 16 • 49 min
After the crushing defeat for Theresa May’s deal in the Commons, we try to work out where we go from here. How and when can Article 50 be extended? What would it mean for parliament to take control of the process? Do we need another general election? Can…
Talking Politics Guide to … Existential Risk
Jan 9 • 29 min
David talks to Martin Rees about how we should evaluate the greatest threats facing the human species in the twenty-first century. Does the biggest danger come from bio-terror or bio-error, climate change, nuclear war or AI? And what prospects does space…
Talking Politics Guide to … Bretton Woods
Jan 5 • 33 min
David talks to Helen Thompson about the economic order that was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. What was agreed at Bretton Woods, how did it work, why did it eventually fail, and can any of it be revived? Talking Points: The Bretton…
Talking Politics Guide to … Deliberative Democracy
Jan 2 • 22 min
David talks to Matthew Taylor about whether more deliberation could remedy some of the defects in contemporary democracy. What can deliberative democracy add to traditional forms of political representation and how might it actually work in practice?…
Talking Politics Guide to … Human Rights in the Digital Age
Dec 29, 2018 • 25 min
David talks to Ella McPherson about whether digital communication is making it easier or harder to hold human rights abusers to account. What has been the impact of the social media revolution on reporting human rights violations and does anonymity help…
Talking Politics Guide to … Facebook
Dec 26, 2018 • 28 min
How did Facebook get to be so powerful and what, if anything, can we do to take some of that power back? David talks to John Naughton about the rise and possible fall of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith. Talking Points: Facebook is a data…
Talking Politics Guide to … Economic Well-being
Dec 22, 2018 • 25 min
David talks to Diane Coyle about how we measure whether the state of the economy is actually doing us any good. Why is it so hard to capture well-being in economic statistics and what impact has the digital revolution had on our quality of life? Talking…
Talking Politics Guide to … the US Constitution
Dec 19, 2018 • 28 min
David talks to Gary Gerstle about the history of the United States Constitution and its current role in American political life. Is it still fit for purpose in the twenty-first century and what could be done to change it? “American democracy is stuck, but…
The Fate of Theresa May
Dec 12, 2018 • 54 min
This week David and Helen try to make sense of everything that’s going on: not just the Brexit drama, but its links to Macron’s fate in France and Merkel’s fate in Germany. How will history see this moment? Does Theresa May have any cards left to play?…
Democracy For Young People
Dec 5, 2018 • 41 min
As a follow-up to last year’s How Democracy Ends lecture, David talks about how divisions between young and old are threatening representative democracy. He traces the story from Ancient Greece to Brexit and beyond, and asks how the age divide connects to…
Martha Nussbaum
Nov 28, 2018 • 38 min
A break from Brexit! This week we talk to one of the world’s leading moral philosophers Martha Nussbaum about the really big stuff: anger and disgust, trust and hope, childhood and experience. Can contemporary democracy cope with the growing fears of its…
Brexit Time
Nov 21, 2018 • 45 min
As Theresa May gets closer to putting her Brexit deal before parliament, we discuss the chances of success. Was this really the best deal available? What will MPs be weighing up when they get their chance to vote on it? Have its opponents missed their…
Italy vs. Europe
Nov 14, 2018 • 43 min
We try to make sense of the big story in European politics this week: not Brexit (not yet!) but the high stakes standoff between the Italian government and the EU. Why has the proposed Italian budget produced this showdown? Who is really pulling the…
What’s happening in Brazil?
Nov 10, 2018 • 42 min
We try to make sense of the recent election of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, with the help of three experts in Brazilian politics and society. Who voted for Bolsonaro and why? What role is being played by the army? Can he…
Midterms special!
Nov 7, 2018 • 52 min
In a special episode recorded the morning after the midterms, we try to make sense of the results as they come in. How much trouble can a Democratic House cause for Trump’s presidency? What will Republicans do with their new strength in the Senate? And…
America First?
Oct 31, 2018 • 53 min
We talk to the historian Sarah Churchwell about the origins of some of the ideas churning up politics in the age of Trump: ‘America First’, ‘Make America Great Again’, ‘Fake News’. Where do these phrases come from and what do they mean? We try to unpick…
How Bad Could it Get?
Oct 24, 2018 • 43 min
As crunch time approaches, we talk through some worst-case Brexit scenarios: for the government, for the economy, for Remainers, for Europe. Have the negotiations been a humiliation for Britain? Is the Tory Party facing an existential crisis? And what…
Gandhi’s Politics
Oct 20, 2018 • 29 min
David talks about the enduring influence of Gandhi with Ramachandra Guha, author of an epic new biography Gandhi 1914-194: The Years That Changed the World. A conversation about the politics of protest, the legacy of empire and the possibility of moral…
Francis Fukuyama
Oct 17, 2018 • 46 min
David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can ‘identity politics’ really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens’ desire for recognition? And what…
Democracy Hacked
Oct 10, 2018 • 43 min
We try to uncover the truth about fake news with Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, and Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. Why have elections around the world been so easy to hack? Can…
Brexit Choices
Oct 3, 2018 • 48 min
Back to Brexit: as decision-day approaches we try to work out what might happen next. Did Labour patch up its differences? Can anyone really start the negotiations again? And what would it take to get the EU to deviate from its script? Plus we explore…
Moneyland
Sep 26, 2018 • 45 min
We talk to Oliver Bullough about his acclaimed new book Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take it Back. Where is Moneyland? How did London become its capital? And will Brexit, or a Corbyn government, or another financial…
Dan Snow
Sep 19, 2018 • 42 min
We talk to the host of Dan Snow’s History Hit, the no. 1 history podcast, about some of our favourite subjects. Does history help us understand the present state of politics, and which history? Are we closer to the 1890’s, the 1930’s, or the 1980’s? How…
Taming Trump
Sep 12, 2018 • 36 min
We talk with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government and former Washington bureau chief of the Times, about the latest revelations from inside Trumpworld. With claims that the resistance has spread to the government, we ask whether it is…
Labour’s Fault Lines
Sep 5, 2018 • 44 min
Summer’s over: politics is back! This week we return to the mystery inside the enigma that is Brexit to ask where Labour now stands. What is the big divide in the Labour movement: Is it MPs vs leader? Members vs voters? Young vs old? And what could a…
Crashed
Aug 29, 2018 • 65 min
Crashed - Helen and David talk to historian Adam Tooze about his epic new book Crashed: How A Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. Why did the crash of 2008 take so many people by surprise? How did it spread from the US around the world? Why was…
Talking Politics Guide to … Turkey
Aug 22, 2018 • 21 min
David talks to Ayse Zarakol about how Erdogan accumulated so much power and what lessons his story provides for democracy in other places For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … Nuclear Weapons
Aug 18, 2018 • 30 min
David talks to Aaron Rapport about the most destructive weapons of all and how they continue to shape international politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … Machine Learning
Aug 15, 2018 • 23 min
David talks to Jennifer Cobbe about whether machines can think for themselves and what this means for politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … Distributive Justice
Aug 11, 2018 • 27 min
David talks to Chris Brooke about the history of ideas of justice and the long-standing political battles over who gets what. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Politics of Food
Aug 8, 2018 • 33 min
In a special live edition recorded at the Wilderness Festival, David talks to BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon and best-selling food writer Jack Monroe about austerity, Brexit and the politics of how people eat. What is gained and what is lost…
Talking Politics Guide to … Technocracy
Aug 4, 2018 • 25 min
David talks to Chris Bickerton about what technocracy means and whether we should be afraid of it. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … American Foreign Policy
Aug 1, 2018 • 26 min
David talks to Andrew Preston about how America sees its place in the world and what has changed recently. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … Summer Reading
Jul 28, 2018 • 19 min
Regular Talking Politics contributors tell us about the books they’ve most enjoyed reading, and what they are looking forward to reading next. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Talking Politics Guide to … the 1970s
Jul 25, 2018 • 23 min
David talks to Helen Thompson about the decade that helps explain a lot about the political world we live in today. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Summer Plans
Jul 21, 2018 • 2 min
Over the summer, Talking Politics will be publishing a special series of slightly shorter episodes: guides to the subjects we frequently reference, but never stop and explain. These eight podcasts are designed to keep you busy over the next few months -…
Trump Blows Through
Jul 18, 2018 • 52 min
After another extraordinary week, we try to make sense of what Trump has been up to on his European travels. From Chequers to Brussels to Helsinki, what was he doing and why was he doing it? Is he really Putin’s puppet? Has he helped or hurt May’s chances…
The Next Referendum?
Jul 11, 2018 • 52 min
With more Brexit chaos on us, we cut through some of the noise to talk about a new report on the future of referendums. How can we run them better in future? When is it appropriate to have a second referendum? What else can we do to reconnect democratic…
World Cup Politics
Jul 4, 2018 • 44 min
As the World Cup approaches its climax we talk politics and football, on the morning after England’s dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia. What happened to the warnings that this World Cup would be like the 1936 Berlin Olympics? Can we learn…
Populism, Migration and Merkel
Jun 27, 2018 • 57 min
In a special live edition recorded at the Guardian’s King’s Place Politics Festival on Sunday 24th June - David, Helen and Chris Bickerton discuss whether the migration crisis has opened up a new dividing line in European politics. Is Viktor Orban right…
Andrew O’Hagan on Grenfell
Jun 20, 2018 • 54 min
David talks to Andrew O’Hagan about his epic essay in the LRB on the causes, consequences and fall-out of the terrible Grenfell Tower fire that happened a year ago. We discuss what the Grenfell community was like before the fire, what went wrong on the…
Trump Abroad
Jun 13, 2018 • 47 min
From the G7 to the Singapore summit, it’s Trump’s world: we just live in it. This week we try to get some perspective on these spectacular events. Is Trump’s behaviour really unprecedented for an American president? What is the point of the G7? Where is…
Oh Italy!
Jun 6, 2018 • 46 min
A new Italian government spells a heap of trouble for Europe. We ask how we got to this point and what it means the future of the Euro. What really spooked the markets? Who blinked first? And why does Italian politics have such a soft spot for university…
Socialism in this Country?
May 30, 2018 • 42 min
After John McDonnell said he was still committed to the socialist transformation of Britain, we ask what that might mean. Does socialism really require the overthrow of capitalism? What’s the difference between socialism and communism? And with successful…
Iran, Israel, Korea, the World
May 23, 2018 • 42 min
This week we try to make sense of what’s happening to the international order, from the end of the Iran deal to the on-again-off-again US-North Korean summit to opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Can Europe carve out a separate foreign policy from…
The Politics of Mental Health
May 16, 2018 • 39 min
This week we discuss how and why mental health has become a growing political issue. What are the differences in the way the political parties approach this problem? Is it something that unites or divides people across generations and classes? And what…
Strike
May 9, 2018 • 41 min
After the largest strike in the sector for a generation, we talk to Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, about the politics of higher education. How did the issue of pensions become so politically charged? What are the long-term…
How Democracy Ends - The Book
May 5, 2018 • 29 min
An extra episode this week to talk about David’s new book How Democracy Ends, out next week. With a clip from the lecture we put out at the start of the year and a chat with Helen and Chris Bickerton. The book is available with a special discount for…
What’s wrong with GDP?
May 2, 2018 • 45 min
We talk with economist Diane Coyle about what’s wrong with our main measure of economic performance and how it impacts on politics. She tells us what we’re missing in our measures of economic activity and she explains how we could do it better. Plus we…
James Williams
Apr 25, 2018 • 37 min
We catch up with James Williams, winner of the Nine Dots Prize, ahead of the publication of his prize-winning book Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy. What is the relentless competition for our attention doing to our…
Tim Shipman
Apr 18, 2018 • 32 min
We talk to Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman, author of the definitive insider accounts of three years of turmoil in British politics: All Out War and Fall Out. He tells us about what drives the bloodletting in the Tory Party, how Theresa May…
The End of the Party?
Apr 11, 2018 • 45 min
The Conservative Party now has barely 70,000 members, most of them aged over 60. Meanwhile Labour has over half a million, many of them young. What does this mean for the future of British politics? Can a party survive without members? Can Labour…
James Meek on the NHS
Apr 4, 2018 • 46 min
David talks to journalist and novelist James Meek about his epic new study of the NHS in crisis. They discuss the ideas behind a generation of NHS reforms, the meaning of efficiency and the challenge of caring for an ageing population. What does the…
Facebook vs the World
Mar 28, 2018 • 44 min
With the help of John Naughton and Jennifer Cobbe we unpick the Cambridge Analytica story and get to the heart of the matter: what is Facebook doing to us and can anything make it stop? We talk about the business of surveillance capitalism and the…
Bridget Kendall on Russia
Mar 21, 2018 • 54 min
As the world wonders what Vladimir Putin is up to, we ask Bridget Kendall, former BBC correspondent in Moscow. We talk about what really happened in Salisbury, what the master-plan is and whether Putin is succeeding in his goal of splitting the West. Plus…
George Monbiot
Mar 14, 2018 • 32 min
We talk to George about some of the biggest questions of all: how to make politics better, how to effect meaningful change, how to save the planet. Who is going to make the real difference? Plus we ask whether he’s been discombobulated by having Michael…
‚Äč Italy, Germany and the Future of Europe
Mar 6, 2018 • 39 min
Germany finally has a government, while Italy has none. We try to make sense of the latest twists in European politics, including the extraordinary results of the Italian elections. Why is social democracy is such trouble everywhere? Can Merkel’s grand…
Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd
Feb 28, 2018 • 39 min
David talks to the hosts of the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast about why they are so darned perky about politics. We discuss whether the political surprises are likely to keep coming and Ed and Geoff pick their favourite ideas from the ones they’ve…
Who is Jeremy Corbyn?
Feb 21, 2018 • 45 min
We talk about one of the central questions of British politics: what does Jeremy Corbyn really want? In the week he’s been forced to answer questions about what he did in the Cold War, we ask where his past connects to his present and how long he can…
Educated
Feb 14, 2018 • 41 min
David talks to Tara Westover about her incredible new book Educated, which tells the story of how a girl brought up by survivalists in Idaho and who never went to school ended up with a PhD from Cambridge. Along the way we discuss what education means and…
The Fundamentals
Feb 7, 2018 • 45 min
With stock markets swooning and financial volatility back, we talk about the deeper trends underpinning our politics and our future. Why have British governments never managed to fix the housing crisis? What does the state of the American economy mean for…
A Second Referendum?
Jan 31, 2018 • 37 min
This week David and Helen chew over the big issues of British politics. How vulnerable is Theresa May? What is Philip Hammond playing at? What would be the point of a second referendum on Brexit? Lots of questions, lots of answers, not so much agreement…
Nadia Urbinati on Italy
Jan 24, 2018 • 37 min
With Italians elections coming up, we talking to the leading philosopher of democracy Nadia Urbinati about what’s going on. How is Berlusconi still in the game? What is the role of the Five Star movement? Are Italian politicians learning any lessons from…
Peter Carey
Jan 17, 2018 • 31 min
David talks to two-time Booker-prize winning novelist Peter Carey (Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang) about his latest book A Long Way From Home, which tells a story of race and dispossession in Australia’s recent past. Plus we cover a lot…
Reformation Then and Now
Jan 10, 2018 • 42 min
Before we get stuck into 2018, we go back to the sixteenth century to explore another technology revolution that overthrew the established order. John Naughton recently published his 95 theses for the digital age and we talk to John about the theology of…
Books and Things
Jan 3, 2018 • 11 min
To ring in the New Year, before we get back to the serious business of talking politics, we talk about some of our favourite recent reading. History books, novels, Asian politics, shameless plugs for our nearest and dearest - it’s all here in one neat…
Nobody Knows Anything
Dec 27, 2017 • 55 min
David recently gave the Political Quarterly annual lecture, on the subject ‘Nobody Knows Anything: Why Is Politics So Surprising?’ We hear his thoughts on why so many people - including podcasts like this one! - keep calling elections wrong. And why, when…
That was 2017
Dec 20, 2017 • 29 min
With Christmas round the corner, we pick some personal highlights and low lights from another roller-coaster year of politics. What are our most memorable Trump moments? What stays with us from the UK general election six months on? And, with all the…
Deal or No Deal
Dec 13, 2017 • 41 min
This week we try to work out who’s up and who’s down in the great game of European politics. Has May won anything significant in the Brexit deal? Is Merkel any nearer to forming a government? Is Macron the big winner from recent events? Plus we ask what…
How Democracy Ends
Dec 6, 2017 • 53 min
Worst-case scenarios for democracy - especially since Trump’s victory - hark back to how democracy has failed in the past. So do we really risk a return to the 1930s? This week David argues no - if democracy is going to fail in the twenty-first century it…
Jess Phillips
Nov 29, 2017 • 31 min
This week we talk to Labour MP Jess Phillips about sexism, Twitter and the future of democracy. Has anything changed in Westminster post-Weinstein? What would it take to make parliament more representative? And how can politicians be more relatable? Plus…
David Miliband
Nov 22, 2017 • 42 min
This week we talk to former Foreign Secretary David Miliband about his new book Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time. He explains what the refugee crisis tells us about the state of world politics and why it is both so essential and so…
Jan-Werner Müller on Populism
Nov 15, 2017 • 44 min
This week, as one of our LRB author specials, we talk to regular LRB contributor Jan-Werner Müller about populism, Trump and the state of democracy. Jan has long argued that populism is not just an election winning strategy, it’s also a governing…
Trump and Tax Havens
Nov 8, 2017 • 48 min
In the week Trump tours Asia and with the Paradise Papers shining a light on tax avoidance, we talk about what’s really going on: from the Mueller investigation to the latest developments in Saudi Arabia, and from Lithuania to Lebanon, we try to connect…
Brexit and the Universities
Nov 2, 2017 • 48 min
After some Tory politicians have started asking for details of what lecturers are saying about Brexit, we’re joined this week by regular panellist Chris Bickerton to talk about what it’s like being a pro-Brexit academic in an anti-Brexit university. Plus…
John Gray
Oct 25, 2017 • 39 min
David talks to writer and philosopher John Gray about pretty much everything, from the Corbyn cult to the craziness of cryogenics. John tells us how to make the connections between technology, populism and religion and he explains why the worst may be…
What If?
Oct 18, 2017 • 43 min
In honour of Hillary Clinton’s visit to the UK, we talk about some of the might-have-beens of recent politics. Where would we be now if Theresa May hadn’t called an election, if Clinton had beaten Trump, if Brexit had never happened? Would things be a…
Catalonia
Oct 11, 2017 • 44 min
As the face-off between Madrid and Barcelona continues, we explore how this happened and where it might end. Marc Weller, chair of the independent commission on Catalan independence, explains the legal background and historian Brendan Simms sets out what…
Where is the Centre?
Oct 4, 2017 • 41 min
Jeremy Corbyn claims that Labour now represents the political mainstream. Is that really true? Where does it leave the Tories? What can Theresa May do about it? We trawl the data to try to find the elusive centre ground of British politics. Plus we ask…
Live Special
Sep 27, 2017 • 49 min
This week’s episode is a recording of a live Talking Politics event as part of the Cambridge Alumni Festival, with questions from the audience. We talk about normalising Trump, neglecting Turkey and kicking Brexit down the road. Plus we ask what counts as…
The Mystery of Germany
Sep 21, 2017 • 42 min
We talk with historian Chris Clark and Helen Thompson about whether German politics is as stable as it seems. With the federal election coming up in a few days, and Angela Merkel seemingly on course for another comfortable victory, we ask what could…
Pax Technica
Sep 13, 2017 • 44 min
John Naughton talks to Philip Howard of the Oxford Internet Institute about whether the digital revolution has been good or bad for democracy. Will the Internet of Things usher in an era of universal peace or universal surveillance? What happened to the…
Trump and Religion
Sep 6, 2017 • 42 min
We’re joined this week by historian Andrew Preston to talk about how Trump fits into America’s religious traditions - and how he doesn’t. Why is his support so strong among evangelicals? What makes his foreign policy different from American crusades in…
The Year Ahead
Aug 30, 2017 • 42 min
As the summer winds down, David and Helen talk about what the coming political year might have in store. Is talk of a new UK political party just hot air? What does Angela Merkel’s likely success in the German elections mean for European politics? Will…
Summer Reading 3
Aug 23, 2017 • 20 min
With a long weekend approaching, Helen Thompson, Glen Rangwala and Chris Brooke talk about what’s been on their summer reading lists. It’s a surprising smorgasbord featuring: blogs on the economy; the literature of the Middle East ; novels about Vikings…
Macron and History
Aug 20, 2017 • 28 min
Two of Britain’s leading historians of France, Robert Tombs and John Keiger, discuss the wider significance of Macron’s presidency. What does it mean for the French state? What does it mean for the future of Europe? And what are the French really thinking…
America, Russia, Venezuela, France
Aug 16, 2017 • 44 min
We reconvene in the dog days of summer to talk about what’s been on our minds. Helen wants to know how the US Congress managed to agree a tough sanctions regime against Russia when it can’t agree on anything else. What does this mean for Trump and for…
What a Year!
Aug 9, 2017 • 8 min
A mash-up of some of the best bits from the last year.. as we look back on an unbelievable period of politics. With clips from TP guests: Mary Beard, Yuval Noah Harari, Pankaj Mishra, Thomas Piketty, Jill Lepore, and Michael Gove.. and of course featuring…
The Nine Dots Winner
Aug 2, 2017 • 30 min
This week we talk to James Williams, winner of the inaugural Nine Dots Prize, which offered $100,000 for the best answer to the question: ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ James used to work at Google and he channeled his experiences…
SUMMER READING 2
Jul 27, 2017 • 18 min
Regular panellists John Naughton and Aaron Rapport share their summer reading recommendations this week, joined by the podcast’s intern Colby Smith. The list includes blogs and baseball. Listen out for an appearance from Maha Rafi Atal at the end, who…
Ha-Joon Chang
Jul 19, 2017 • 37 min
With arguments about austerity and public spending back at the heart of British politics, we ask economist Ha-Joon Chang to help us make sense of it all. Why is tax always described as a ‘burden’? Are the Tories trapped in their austerity narrative? Where…
SUMMER READING 1
Jul 12, 2017 • 27 min
With thoughts turning to the idea of some kind of break over the summer, members of the panel pause to share what they’ll be reading over the next few weeks - for work and for fun. In this episode, David Runciman, Maha Rafi Atal and Chris Bickerton also…
Zafar Ansari
Jul 5, 2017 • 35 min
We gear up for summer with a conversation about cricket, politics and life. Zafar Ansari studied at Cambridge, played cricket for England and now, at the age of 25, has retired from professional sport to take up other challenges. We talk to Zafar about…
Oil!
Jun 28, 2017 • 42 min
While we’ve been obsessing about the UK election, the world has been turning - this week we broaden our horizons to discuss the latest developments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Syria. What do recent changes in Saudi politics mean for the stability of…
Crisis, What Crisis?
Jun 21, 2017 • 44 min
The PM lurches from crisis to crisis, but her government looks more secure than it did a week ago. What gives? We try to make sense of where British politics now stands, after the terrible Grenfell tower fire, further terrorist attacks, and the start of…
Turning Left
Jun 14, 2017 • 43 min
Less than a week on from the election result almost no one saw coming, we take stock. What does Labour’s unexpected success mean for the prospect of other parties of the left? Can they learn from Corbyn or is British politics now following its own path?…
Another Shock!
Jun 9, 2017 • 35 min
We reconvene on little sleep to pick over the bones of another extraordinary election. Where did it go wrong for Mrs May? How did Labour win back UKIP supporters? How will anyone meet the expectations of all the young people who came out to vote? We…
Decision Day
Jun 7, 2017 • 48 min
After a tumultuous campaign decision day is finally here: we explore what could happen next. We talk through the different scenarios suggested by the chaotic polling, from a hung parliament to a Tory landslide, and ask what each one would mean for British…
The Corbyn Surge?
May 31, 2017 • 40 min
With a week to go, and the polls tightening, we ask what Corbyn is doing right and what May is doing wrong. Is Corbyn riding a wave like the one that got Bernie Sanders close to the White House? Or are May’s troubles more about Tory weaknesses? Plus we…
Tim O’Reilly and the WTF Economy
May 26, 2017 • 22 min
We speak to Silicon Valley publisher, entrepreneur and guru Tim O’Reilly about what technology means for the future of politics and society. A short conversation about the biggest questions: How do we get from a world of jobs to a world of meaningful…
The Who, The What, The How
May 24, 2017 • 39 min
We recorded this week in the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack, with the election campaign temporarily suspended. We take a step back to review some of the broad themes of the campaign so far and talk about how the main parties have been…
Trump vs. Comey
May 17, 2017 • 41 min
We take stock of the latest developments in Washington as the heat intensifies on Trump and the leaking war continues. What do the new revelations tell us about Trump’s fitness to be president? What do they tell us about the power struggles inside the…
The Meaning of UKIP
May 10, 2017 • 40 min
After UKIP’s dreadful performance in the local elections we ask about the historic legacy of Nigel Farage’s party. How big was its role in taking the UK out of the EU? Will UKIP turn out to be the gateway drug for turning Labour supporters into…
Michael Gove
May 7, 2017 • 17 min
We catch up with Michael Gove, one of the leaders of the Brexit campaign, to ask how he feels about the future of Europe now. What difference will a Macron presidency make? Will Theresa May have more of a mandate than any other European leader when it…
Thomas Piketty
May 5, 2017 • 29 min
We’re joined by internationally best-selling economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, to talk about the French elections and what inequality is doing to democratic politics. Recorded a few days before the 2nd round of the…
The Tory Machine
May 3, 2017 • 38 min
What makes the Conservatives so good at winning elections - the most successful party in modern political history? Is it money? Leadership? Luck? We talk with Helen Thompson, Chris Brooke and Aaron Rapport about Tory successes and failures and we explore…
Scotland and the Union
Apr 26, 2017 • 38 min
This week we focus on what the general election in Scotland might mean for the rest of the UK. Does a Tory revival in Scotland spell the end of Indyref 2? Does Labour’s collapse chime with what’s going on in the rest of Europe? Plus we explore whether a…
Pankaj Mishra
Apr 22, 2017 • 18 min
In a Talking Politics EXTRA, we speak to Indian novelist and historian Pankaj Mishra about his new book The Age of Anger. He explains the deep historical roots that underpin the rise of populism and he explores what connects Modi and Trump. He also tells…
Elections!
Apr 19, 2017 • 46 min
Here we go again! The day after Mrs May makes her announcement, we talk about what a UK election means, whatever happened to the fixed-term parliament act and what the real choices will be on June 8. Plus we’re joined by historian Robert Tombs to discuss…
John Lanchester
Apr 12, 2017 • 36 min
David and Helen talk to novelist and LRB essayist John Lanchester about banks, money and power. Why have so few bankers gone to jail since the financial crisis? Can the Euro survive? Should we be more frightened of unaccountable power in Wall Street or in…
Power in the Digital Age
Apr 5, 2017 • 35 min
This week we’re bringing you some of the ideas and voices from an event held in Cambridge to discuss power in the world of Facebook and Google. Where does Mark Zuckerberg end and Facebook begin? How are autocratic regimes taking advantage of the latest…
Richard Dearlove
Mar 29, 2017 • 46 min
In the week following the worst terrorist attack in Britain for more than a decade, we talk to the former Head of MI6 (the British Secret Intelligence Service) about terror, security and Trump. Richard Dearlove tells us how he sees the future of NATO and…
Chris Clark/Germany and India
Mar 22, 2017 • 43 min
**Recorded + edited before the events of 22/3/17 in London** We’re joined by best-selling historian Chris Clark - author of The Sleepwalkers - to talk about German politics past and present. How spooked is the German political establishment by Trump and…
Patience Wheatcroft/Brexit
Mar 16, 2017 • 49 min
In the week Brexit clears its first big parliamentary hurdle, we talk to prominent Remainer and Tory rebel Patience Wheatcroft about the view from the Lords and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the wrath of the Brexiteers. Plus we’re joined by…
Election Season
Mar 8, 2017 • 40 min
We catch up with elections taking place here, there and everywhere: last week’s vote for the Northern Ireland assembly, next week’s general election in the Netherlands, the continuing drama of the French presidential race. Do these votes have anything in…
Dani Rodrik
Mar 1, 2017 • 38 min
We’re joined by one of the world’s leading economists Dani Rodrik to talk about globalisation, Trump and Brexit. Who are the real winners and losers from the integration of the global economy? What chance has Trump got of making good on his economic…
Mary Beard
Feb 22, 2017 • 47 min
Ahead of her LRB lecture at the British Museum, we talk to Mary Beard about women in power. Why are powerful women so often called phonies? What can we learn about women and power from the ancient world? We discuss what’s wrong with the idea of glass…
Rory Bremner/France
Feb 15, 2017 • 44 min
Is Trump beyond parody? We talk to Rory Bremner about what it’s like trying to do political comedy when politics seems to have lost its moorings. Plus Rory gives us his Trump (which we think it better than Baldwin’s). We also catch up with the latest…
Is Democracy Failing?
Feb 8, 2017 • 38 min
This week we take a step back to ask whether what’s happening in the US is a symptom of a wider problem: the failure of democracy. We talk Turkey with Ayse Zarakol, who explains just how bad things have got there over the past year. Is America going to…
Mrs May Goes to Washington
Feb 1, 2017 • 38 min
After another tumultuous week, we talk about Britain’s place in the world under a Trump presidency. How much leverage does Theresa May have in Washington? What might a Trump administration want in return? And what does ‘global Britain’ really mean…
Jill Lepore
Jan 25, 2017 • 51 min
We speak with New Yorker writer and historian Jill Lepore about Trump, the Tea Party and the constitution. She tells us how they go together, and how they don’t. This conversation was recorded on the day of Trump’s inauguration and we also have some…
Inaugurals
Jan 18, 2017 • 42 min
As we gear up for Trump taking the oath of office, we talk about our favourite inaugural addresses from the past. That includes the classics - Lincoln, FDR - but also some hidden gems. Who thinks Adams in 1797 was speaking direct to us today? Who gets…
What Next for Labour?
Jan 11, 2017 • 40 min
After the attempt to relaunch project Corbyn, we talk about what the future holds for the Labour Party. Is it on life support? Does it know where it stands on Brexit and the free movement of people? And how does its predicament compare to other…
Cyberpolitics
Jan 5, 2017 • 37 min
Technology guru and Observer columnist John Naughton joins David and Aaron to talk about the knotty relationship between tech and politics. Does the online world have a right-wing bias? Why are Silicon Valley billionaires frightened of Trump? And just…
What we’re reading
Dec 28, 2016 • 25 min
We say goodbye to 2016 with some individual thoughts from regular Talking Politics contributors: a chance to hear what we’re reading and what we think we might be talking about next year. Also a chance to find out who we all are - without interruption!…
Talking Politics/New Statesman PART 1
Dec 21, 2016 • 37 min
We’re joined by Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush from the New Statesman podcast, to chew over the ups and downs of 2016. How do they feel as journalists about a year when the political news has been so startling so often? Who are the winners and losers from…
Trump’s Cabinet
Dec 14, 2016 • 40 min
We try to make sense of what Trump’s Cabinet appointments tell us about a Trump Presidency. What will oil baron Rex Tillerson do as Secretary of State? What will fast food tycoon Andrew Pudzer do at Labor? Rick Perry has been put in charge of one of the…
Italy: What’s Next?
Dec 8, 2016 • 36 min
After the resounding No vote in the Italian referendum and the resignation of Matteo Renzi we talk about what comes next. Is this vote part of the populist backlash that brought us Brexit and Trump, or is it something different? What does it mean for the…
Gary Younge
Dec 1, 2016 • 51 min
Guardian journalist Gary Younge covered the presidential election from Muncie, Indiana: aka Middletown. We talk to him about the view of Trump and Clinton from Middle America, what he thinks might happen next, and what Trump’s election means for race,…
Brexit after Trump
Nov 23, 2016 • 35 min
We come back across the Atlantic to talk about how UK politics stands after Trump’s victory. Will it make Brexit harder? Will Europe punish the UK for America’s sins? Plus, on the day of the Chancellor’s autumn statement, we discuss how much wriggle room…
Judith Butler
Nov 16, 2016 • 54 min
One week on, the feminist philosopher Judith Butler talks to us about what Trump’s victory means to her and what it says about rage and misogyny in America. We also discuss where American democracy goes from here: reform, resistance or collapse? Plus…
President Trump
Nov 9, 2016 • 45 min
Still reeling, we gather round the table to talk about the election of President Trump, just a couple of hours after it actually happened. What does it mean for America, democracy and the world? We discuss what went wrong for Clinton, whether Bernie could…
Ahir Shah
Nov 5, 2016 • 19 min
Award-winning comedian Ahir Shah talks Brexit, Trump and Corbyn and why his generation feels betrayed by the baby boomers. There’s a bit of swearing - some light relief before the serious business of next week. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Six Days To Go
Nov 2, 2016 • 32 min
Less than a week out we give our final thoughts on this amazing campaign. We talk emails, we reflect on what it’s like inside Clintonworld and we discuss Peter Thiel’s speech doubling down on his support for Trump: an authoritarian billionaire maverick…
Sophie Hannah
Oct 26, 2016 • 35 min
We take a break from Trumpworld for a week to talk about attitudes to politics in the UK with best-selling crime novelist and poet Sophie Hannah. She explains her feelings about Brexit, the AV referendum, trial by Twitter and the importance of weighing…
Live Special - Trump and History
Oct 19, 2016 • 54 min
On the night of the final debate, we take a step back to ask: Is Trump really unprecedented in the history of American democracy? Is this the worst campaign ever? What’s gone wrong with American politics? With leading historians Gary Gerstle and David…
Conspiracy Theories and the Second Debate
Oct 12, 2016 • 42 min
After another tumultuous week, we look back on the fall-out from the second debate and the Trump tape. Plus: who is Sidney Blumenthal? We discuss the paranoid style in American politics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dilemmas of Brexit
Oct 5, 2016 • 37 min
Theresa May says she will make a success of Brexit - but what does that mean? What might happen economically or politically to blow her off course? Plus what we learned from the VP debate, and we talk about politics in Colombia - are there wider lessons…
The First Debate
Sep 28, 2016 • 27 min
24 hours on, we know Trump lost the debate, but what does that mean any more? We consider whether the old rules still apply to presidential politics and we ask what is going on inside Donald’s head. Plus, Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of the…
Yuval Noah Harari
Sep 21, 2016 • 33 min
Yuval Noah Harari talks about what technology means for the future of the human race and the future of politics. If Facebook knows better than you do how you are going to vote, what’s left for democracy? The author of Sapiens and Homo Deus on…
TALKING POLITICS
Sep 15, 2016 • 4 min
Corbyn! Trump! Brexit! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting. From next week (22ND September 2016), a brand new podcast called TALKING POLITICS will be launched to try to make sense of it all. Each week, David…
The Chilcot Report with Glen Rangwala
Jul 8, 2016 • 36 min
David Runciman talks to Glen Rangwala on the day after the publication of the Chilcot report, about what’s in it and what’s missing. Glen exposed the ‘dodgy dossier’ at the time of the Iraq war and is a leading expert on the politics of the region. They…
S02-EP15 It’s Brexit! One week on.
Jul 1, 2016 • 45 min
On the morning Gove joins the race (and just before Boris drops out) we try to catch up with the news. The panel discusses the civil war in the Labour party, the Theresa May project, and what the referendum means for politics in Northern Ireland. We also…
The UK decides: it’s Brexit!
Jun 25, 2016 • 38 min
The panel reassembles on the morning after the night before to start sifting through the implications of this momentous decision: What does it mean for Labour? For UKIP? For Scotland? For the rest of Europe? And why did the betting markets get it so…
S02-EP14 Indiana decides: it’s Trump!
May 5, 2016 • 32 min
Now we know it’s Trump, David Runciman and the panel reassembles to discuss what comes next. How ugly will the contest with Hillary get? Will Cleveland make it through July? Plus we talk the UK elections this week and the ongoing saga of Jeremy Corbyn and…
S02-EP 13 Paul Cartledge on democracy ancient and modern: what can we learn from Greeks?
Apr 14, 2016 • 77 min
Democracies ancient and modern: just how far have we come from the ancient Athenian idea of democracy and what can we do to get back to it? Are we still really democracies at all? We speak to classicist and historian Paul Cartledge about what the ancient…
S02-EP12 Anand Menon on how to sort fact from fiction in the EU referendum debate.
Apr 7, 2016 • 54 min
How much more information do people need about Europe before they can make up their minds to remain or leave? And do the facts ever beat a good story? We talk to Anand Menon, who has been leading a project to bring the facts about the EU to the wider…
S02 - EP11 - John Judis on ‘the emerging Democratic majority’ and the perils of predicting where America might be heading.
Mar 31, 2016 • 56 min
This week the election panel wonder what - if anything - the BBC adaptation of Le Carre’s novel ‘The Night Manager’ has to say about the UK’s place in the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
S02-EP10 Jim Naughtie with his tales from the primary campaign trail
Mar 24, 2016 • 55 min
Is this the wildest election in recent US history? We ask former Today programme presenter James Naughtie, who has covered every American presidential election for the BBC since 1988, how it’s been for him. He tells us why he’s never seen anything like…
S02-EP09 Leading US polling analyst Sean Trende on what Trumpism really means for American democracy.
Mar 17, 2016 • 52 min
How violent is US politics going to get? The panel talks historical parallels with 1968 and what might happen at a contested convention in Cleveland. Our special guest is Sean Trende from realclearpolitics, who explains why Americans have become such a…
S02-EP08 Jeremy Cliffe of the Economist on Brexit, the future of the UK and the fate of David Cameron.
Mar 10, 2016 • 56 min
Is Donald Trump or Ted Cruz the real ideologue? What would Brexit mean for the future of the UK? And why is Cambridge so different from Peterborough? We talk the EU referendum with Jeremy Cliffe, who writes the hugely influential Bagehot column on British…
S02-EP07 Xenia Wickett on America’s place in the world and what the world makes of this extraordinary election.
Mar 3, 2016 • 56 min
Did Super Tuesday settle the nominations? This week we explore where the races now stand and have another go at decoding the appeal of Donald Trump, with some help from our friends in the Brooklyn nail bar. Our special guest is Xenia Wickett from the…
S02-EP06 David McWilliams on Ireland, talking bail-outs and the blame game.
Feb 25, 2016 • 56 min
This week we are talking about three elections and a referendum. We go back to Uganda to catch up on the election results there, and back to the US to try to wrap our heads around Donald Trump’s recent successes: is he now unstoppable? Our focus is on…
S02-EP05 - Gary Gerstle on police power and paranoia in US politics, plus we talk Uganda.
Feb 18, 2016 • 56 min
This week we talk about two presidential elections - Uganda, where the long-standing incumbent faces a new kind of challenge, and the US, where the primary season keeps throwing up surprises. Our special guest is Gary Gerstle, author of a new history of…
S02-EP04 - Athene Donald on women in science, scientists in politics and why Britain needs to stay in Europe.
Feb 11, 2016 • 44 min
This week we have instant reaction to the results from New Hampshire, plus we start to talk seriously about whether Britain might vote to leave the EU. Our guest is Dame Athene Donald, scientist and campaigner, who tells us what politicians get wrong…
S02-EP03 - Bill Janeway on Silicon Valley, inequality and presidential politics in the age of Google.
Feb 4, 2016 • 54 min
This week we look back on what happened in Iowa and ask whether the Sanders campaign can really be compared to Corbynmania, with a little help from our friends in the Brooklyn Nailbar. And what is a populist anyway? Our special guest is the economist and…
S02-EP02 - Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about what is making Americans so fearful and the difference it would make to have a grandmother in the White House.
Jan 28, 2016 • 50 min
This week we look at the US elections and speak to our panel and to voters in New York about what Hillary Clinton means to them. We also talk about whether it makes sense to start the search for the leader of the free world in Iowa, and what is a caucus…
S02-EP01 - Jackie Ashley discusses the state of the Labour party and whether we are seeing a new kind of politics.
Jan 21, 2016 • 48 min
Jackie Ashley on Corbyn, Labour party splits and riding the wave of anti-politics. The regular Election panel return to talk about Corbyn and Cameron, Clinton and Trump. We look back to what’s happened in the UK since we were last with you and ahead to…
S01-EP17 The Election Podcast returns for a special edition, recorded in front of a live audience as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015
Oct 27, 2015 • 59 min
We ask special guest Charles Clarke - the former Labour Home Secretary - about political leadership, the Corbyn phenomenon, and what he thinks Labour needs to do in opposition to become a party of government again. The original Election podcast panel also…
S01-EP16 - FINALE: Remembering a remarkable election PLUS Lord Grabiner on the Human Rights Act, the future of Labour & the lessons of Tony Blair
May 27, 2015 • 58 min
In the final episode of the series, the team debate what we will remember about this election. We’ve had television debates, a remarkable exit poll, and the ‘Ed Stone’ – but what moments will stick in the public consciousness over the years ahead? And in…
S01-EP15 - Richard Danbury on television debates, old vs new media & the BBC
May 20, 2015 • 50 min
In the penultimate episode of the series, we interview one of the deputy editors of the pioneering prime ministerial television debates in 2010 and a producer of Jeremy Paxman’s piercing interviews with Cameron and Miliband, to discuss the power of old…
S01-EP14 - ELECTION RESULT SPECIAL: Former guests discuss the outcome PLUS Chris Huhne on the Lib Dem collapse, electoral reform & the future of progressive politics
May 13, 2015 • 51 min
After one of the most unexpected election results in modern political history, we debate what won it for the Conservatives. Was it personality, fear, money, or the issues - and what does it tell us about the British electorate? The team also discuss the…
S01-EP13 - David Howarth on winning an election, Polling Day & the future of democracy
May 6, 2015 • 52 min
With one day to go, we interview the former politician and academic David Howarth – who won a surprise victory to become the Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge in 2005 – for his insight on the twists and turns of Polling Day, and the daily pressures of…
S01-EP12 - Richard N. Haass on foreign policy, the US perspective & Northern Ireland
Apr 29, 2015 • 48 min
UK politicians have defined this election as the most important for a generation, but is that how it’s seen outside the British bubble? Is this an election with worldwide implications, or has it been blown out of proportion? And why has foreign policy…
S01-EP11 - Sherry Coutu on education, stimulating business & coalitions
Apr 22, 2015 • 43 min
In this election the economy has been centre stage - we know what the politicians think, but what about the business community? Are the fortunes of British business rising or falling? Can the UK economy really compete with the likes of China and the US?…
S01-EP10 - Barbara Sahakian on psychology, politics & well-being
Apr 15, 2015 • 48 min
Are our brains hardwired to be left-wing or right-wing? How did mental health become a hot political issue? What advice can brain scientists give politicians to help get their message across? This week David interviews Professor Barbara Sahakian – the…
S01-EP09 - Simon Szreter on conspiracy theories, trust in politics & solutions
Apr 8, 2015 • 44 min
It is said that trust in politics is at an all-time low. Our politicians are seen as out of touch and out to fill their own pockets. But when does mistrust become something more profound? This week we discuss this phenomenon in its most extreme form:…
S01-EP08 - Robert Tombs on Britishness, Britain’s place in Europe & the NHS
Apr 1, 2015 • 45 min
What makes our politics uniquely ‘British’? Why is there no English Independence Party? How did the NHS become a sacred cow? And will Britannia ever rule the waves again? David puts these questions to Professor Robert Tombs – historian and author of a new…
S01-EP07 - SPECIAL: Michael Howard & Stephan Shakespeare on Margaret Thatcher, the true power of polls, and the impact of UKIP in 2015
Mar 25, 2015 • 48 min
Could Margaret Thatcher have won this election? How would the Iron Lady have handled UKIP? Who would win more seats in 2015 – her or David Cameron? In a special episode featuring remarkable research, we put these questions to Michael Howard, former…
S01-EP06 - Rae Langton on Charlie Hebdo, free speech vs hate speech & blasphemy
Mar 18, 2015 • 45 min
What constitutes hate speech? Does the Press do more harm than good in our democracy? When should words become the government’s business? We put these questions to Professor Rae Langton – award-winning philosopher and the world’s ‘fourth most influential…
S01-EP05 - Clare Jackson on the United Kingdom, Scotland & the politics of memory
Mar 11, 2015 • 40 min
Will the United Kingdom stay together? What have England’s politicians got wrong that Scotland’s have got right? Which had the greater impact on the Scottish Independence Referendum result – people’s views of the past, or of a possible future? We put…
S01-EP04 - John Naughton on Facebook in Politics, Edward Snowden, & Surveillance
Mar 4, 2015 • 43 min
Could Facebook really decide the outcome of this election? Is the Internet a positive force for democracy? Why is global surveillance, as unveiled by Edward Snowden, not an electoral issue? We put these questions to Prof John Naughton – author of A Brief…
S01-EP03 - Martin Jacques on the global perspective, Britain’s decline, & China’s rise
Feb 25, 2015 • 44 min
David asks Martin Jacques – journalist, academic, and author of the bestseller When China Rules the World – if this election matters in global terms. Will the transformation of China overshadow short-term political events in Britain and Europe? How does…
S01-EP02 - Martin Rees on surviving this century, scientists in politics, and 2015
Feb 18, 2015 • 42 min
How can we reconcile short-term politics with the long-term global problems we face? Should scientists wield more political power? Is it fair to criticise politicians for faults in our political system, or is it our failing? Or is democracy itself to…
S01-EP01 - Maurice Glasman on democracy, creative destruction and Wolf Hall
Feb 13, 2015 • 45 min
David interviews Lord (Maurice) Glasman - Labour peer, academic, and architect of ‘Blue Labour’ – for his predictions on the outcome of 2015, the future of the Labour Party, and what modern politicians can learn from Wolf Hall. The team then give their…