Category: News & Politics

Global politics podcast. Interviews and long-form discussions. Fortnightly. Hello politics, my old friend.

June 20, 2018

/40/ Centrists Are the Bad Guys ft. David Adler

In which we try to understand why it's not the extremes, but the centre, that has given up on democracy. David Adler talks to us about his research, and we learn about the centrist tribes: elites, anti-elite populists, and the apathetic. We talk about how we think about political space and what 'moderate' really means... maybe that horeshoe needs to be turned upside down? 

Readings:

David Adler in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/23/opinion/international-world/centrists-democracy.html 

David Adler's working paper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fOGwtRUF-y-98IcDs-3YYrtREl8GbaoH/view 

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June 13, 2018

/39/ Geopolitics of the World Cup ft. Karl Sharro & Euan Marshall

In which we talk about the politics of hosting the World Cup + the sublots & intrigues that will animate the tournament: hot and cold wars, Salah's revenge, Brazil after the 7-1. Featuring lots of hating on Sergio Ramos. 

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May 31, 2018

/38/ The Economics of Exit ft. Thomas Fazi

In which we discuss why the Left should not to be scared of sovereignty: Brexit, Italexit, and Modern Monetary Theory

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May 16, 2018

/37/ The Ghosts of May ‘68 ft. Catherine Liu

In which we unpick the legacies of 1968 and all that: political fragmentation, the loss of authority, the cult of youth.

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May 2, 2018

/36/ Portugal: The Soft Whip? ft. Catarina Príncipe

In which we debate whether Portugal really represents an alternative to austerity

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April 24, 2018

/35/ (Dis)Arm the People? ft. Reid Kane

In which we delve into the gun control debate: are guns really essential for democracy? Plus, the 2018 UK university strike.

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April 18, 2018

/34/ War Propaganda ft. Tara McCormack

In which we laugh at The Times' hatchet job with one of its targets & wonder what the West's endgame is in Syria

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April 10, 2018

/33/ Hungary’s Illiberal Democracy ft. Tamas Gerocs

In which we unpick another Fidesz's victory and ask whether neoliberalism in an nationalist-authoritarian shell is the future

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March 30, 2018

/32/ Brazil Moves Right? ft. Sabrina Fernandes

In which we ask who killed Marielle Franco & discuss the shooting at Lula's caravan + Brazil's absent center

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March 14, 2018

/31/ Woke Neoliberalism ft. James Heartfield

In which we debate the 'equal opportunities revolution': how race & gender has changed, in the workplace & beyond

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