Politics and Society Podcasts

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Nouriel Roubini – Megathreats That Imperil The World’s Future

Nouriel Roubini was dubbed ‘Dr Doom’ when he predicted the 2008 crash. He joins the podcast to reveal new threats to our collective future ‘as scary as they are plausible’ (Martin Wolf).

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Maria Ressa – How To Stand Up to a Dictator

Crusading Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has spent decades speaking truth to power.

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Sathnam Sanghera – Marriage Material

Join acclaimed writer Sathnam Sanghera for a moving conversation on love, politics, family and the immigrant experience.

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Chelsea Manning – Information is Power

Join one of the world’s most famous transparency advocates and trans women for her life story.

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The Pursuit of Growth is a Disaster for Our Country and Our Planet

From Westminster to Beijing, politicians and economists believe growth is the path to progress and prosperity. But are they blindly leading us towards catastrophe?

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Danielle Keats Citron – How to Protect Dignity and Identity in the Digital Age

The privacy we once took for granted has disappeared. Danielle Keats Citron is here to fight back.

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Live Debate: “Now is the Time to Make Peace in Ukraine”

Jeremy Corbyn and Elon Musk might seem strange bedfellows, but both advocate for a negotiated peace to the war in Ukraine. Are they right?

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Joyce Tyldesley – The Life, Death, and Afterlife of Tutankhamun

One hundred years after the discovery of his tomb, Joyce Tyldesley tells the story of Egypt’s most famous pharaoh.

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Yuval Noah Harari Meets Katherine Rundell – Unstoppable Us

In a special podcast for children and families, the author of the multi-million bestselling Sapiens tells the incredible story of the human race to Katherine Rundell.

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Mark Bergen – Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to Global Domination

Bloomberg News reporter Mark Bergen reveals the story of how YouTube changed the world through untamed freedom of speech.

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Charlotte Fox Weber – A Journey Into Human Desire

Join leading psychotherapist Charlotte Fox Weber for a fly-on-the-wall journey through universal human wants and desires, and a practical toolkit for living well.

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Melanie Joy – How to Get Relationships Right

Psychologist Melanie Joy shares the principles and tools that can make any relationship, from personal to professional, healthier and more resilient.

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Patrick Radden Keefe – True Stories of Killers, Grifters, and Crooks

Patrick Radden Keefe exposed the Sackler family’s role in the US opioid crisis: a parable of greed that made headlines the world over. He joins us with more stories of crime and corruption.

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Alice Sherwood – How to Fight Back Against Counterfeit Culture

In an age when authenticity is valued above all, why are tricksters and con artists thriving — and what can we do to fight back?

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Daniel Pink – The Power of Regret

No regrets! The mantra adorns tattoos, T-shirts and posters; celebrities from John Travolta to Laverne Cox say they live by it. But should they?

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Daniel Pick – A New History of Thought Control

Psychoanalyst and historian Daniel Pick reveals the murky and pernicious story of ‘brainwashing’, taking us from the first days of the Cold War through to modern-day conspiracy theories.

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Tara Porter – A Psychologist’s Guide to Life for Girls and Young Women

 ‘If God were a mother, [Tara Porter’s book] is the Bible she would write for teenage girls and young women’ (Caitlin Moran).

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Chris Patten – The Future of Hong Kong

The last British governor of Hong Kong joins us to share unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese government and reflect on the new superpower’s role on the world stage.

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Jeremy Hunt – The Future of the NHS

On the day of Boris Johnson’s historic resignation, former Secretary of State for Health and Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt joined us to unveil his plan to renew the NHS.

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Bonnie Wright – How to Nurture Yourself and the Planet

Lessons for living sustainably and protecting the future of our planet with actresses and activists Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch.

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Michael Ignatieff – Finding Solace in Dark Times

Political leader, philosopher, historian, journalist, broadcaster, and Booker shortlisted literary novelist: Michael Ignatieff is a twenty-first century Renaissance man.

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Rory Stewart – The State of the Nation

The former politician and diplomat shares his insights into Britain and the world in 2022.

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Pandora Sykes Meets Tina Brown – The Inside Scoop on the House of Windsor

Can the monarchy survive? Drawing on exclusive inside access, Tina Brown tells Pandora Sykes the riveting inside story of the Royal Family.

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Sam Knight – The Premonitions Bureau

Join legendary journalist Sam Knight for the true story of a strange experiment – a journey into the oddest corners of 60s Britain and the outer edges of science and reason.

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Owen Jones Meets Michael Lewis – The Fifth Risk

‘I read Michael Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like’ – Malcolm Gladwell

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Robin Ince Meets Neal Stephenson – Termination Shock

‘Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.’ – TIME magazine

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Eliot Higgins – We Are Bellingcat

“Taking on the Kremlin from his couch . . . Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat are fighting Vladimir Putin and his ilk, using little more than computers and smartphones.” (Foreign Policy)

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Ed Miliband – How to Fix Our World

A better world is possible; the solutions are out there. We can all make a difference. We just need to know where to look – and have the courage to think big.

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Dispatches from Afghanistan

What does the future hold for the people of Afghanistan in the wake of America’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power?

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Julia Samuel – Every Family Has a Story

What predicts family breakdown? Why do our families drive us mad? What is it the enables some families to thrive despite enormous adversity, when others fragment?

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Philip Oltermann – The Stasi Poetry Circle

The Guardian’s Berlin bureau chief reveals the strange but true story of the book club that tried to win the Cold War through lyrical verse.

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Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Luke Harding – The History of the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and former Guardian Moscow bureau chief Luke Harding look at the deep history behind the headlines.

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Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina – #CookForUkraine

Join us for a special episode in support of #CookForUkraine, a campaign organised by the food writers Olia Hercules and Alissa Timoshkina to support children and families affected by the war.

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Jon Ronson and Brian Klaas – On Psychopaths and Power

Why do bad people disproportionately rise to power? Do broken systems produce authoritarian leaders, and if so – what can we do about it?

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William Dalrymple and Sathnam Sanghera – British Imperialism in India

A story of powerful empires, covert political machinations and bloody resistance, Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple join us with the history of the world’s first corporate power.

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John Preston – The Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell

Media moghul Robert Maxwell was a war hero who embodied Britain’s post-war boom: but within days of mysterious death, he was already reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. What went so wrong?

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Bexy Cameron – How to Escape a Cult

Filmmaker Bexy Cameron was born into the Children of God, one of the world’s most notorious cults. She joins us with the story of her upbringing and escape.

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Fatima Bhutto Meets Noam Chomsky

In conversation with the author Fatima Bhutto, the legendary philosopher and activist joins us live to shed light on the world in 2021.

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Robin diAngelo and Beverly Daniel Tatum – Conversations About Race

What we can do to have better conversations with our children and with each other about race, and build a better world?

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Jane Goodall – A Survival Guide for an Endangered Planet

The world needs a manifesto of hope now more than ever. Jane Goodall joins us to show that even in the face of great adversity, we can find hope in human nature, and in nature itself.

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Bernard-Henri Lévy – Dispatches from a World of Misery and Hope

For fifty years philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy has reported on the world’s most urgent and overlooked humanitarian crises and human rights abuses.

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Rutger Bregman and Philippe Sands – Are Humans Naturally Good?

Philippe Sands meets Rutger Bregman, one of the greatest young thinkers of our time, to hear a new story of human nature that places our capacity for kindness, not selfishness, at its heart.

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Mary Portas – How To Thrive in the New Kindness Economy

In 2021, it’s not only possible to build healthy businesses that do less bad and add more good – it’s a commercial imperative. Mary Portas is here to show us how.

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Gordon Brown – How to Change the World

It is time for a new era of global order. The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown joins us with authoritative solutions to the greatest challenges of our age.

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Mike Rothschild – The Rise of QAnon

Join the conspiracy culture expert Mike Rothschild for an in depth look into how QAnon became a movement, cult, and conspiracy theory of everything.

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Daniel Kahneman – Why We Make Bad Judgments

Why are humans so bad at making good judgements? Join ground-breaking psychologist Daniel Kahneman, strategist Olivier Sibony, and Nudge co-author Cass Sunstein for a guide to a little-known but profoundly important phenomenon: noise.

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Katrine Marcal and Caroline Criado Perez – Mother of Invention

In conversation with author and activist Caroline Criado Perez, Katrine Marçal shows us how, in a time of crisis, the ingenuity and intelligence of women is that very thing that can save us.

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson – The President’s Daughter

The 42nd President of the United States and the World Record-breaking master storyteller share insights into their thrilling new collaboration.

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Matthew d’Ancona – Why the Old Politics is Useless and What to Do About It

Political journalist Matthew d’Ancona’s issues a call to arms to challenge this age of political extremism, lazy populism and democratic torpor.