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    Holy Smoke: Why the Pope said no to married priests

    Holy Smoke: Why the Pope said no to married priests

    The dust has still not settled after Pope Francis unexpectedly – and very pointedly – ignored pleas (https://spectator.us/pope-rebuffs-liberal-supporters-rejecting-married-priests/) from liberal Catholics to ordain married men as priests. They had a fully worked-out plan in place, but the Pope had pressed the 'delete' button. So what happened?
    With Vatican expert Dr Ed Condon, Washington bureau chief of the Catholic News Agency and a canon lawyer.
    Holy Smoke is a series of podcasts where Damian Thompson dissects the most important and controversial topics in world religion, with a range of high profile guests. Click here (https://audioboom.com/channel/holy-smoke) to find previous episodes.

    • 21 min
    Coffee House Shots: Is No 10 going to war against the civil service?

    Coffee House Shots: Is No 10 going to war against the civil service?

    With Fraser Nelson and Katy Balls.
    Presented by Cindy Yu.
    Coffee House Shots is a series of podcasts on British politics from the Spectator's political team and special guests. Brought to you daily, click here (https://audioboom.com/dashboard/4905581) to find more episodes that are not released on Spectator Radio.

    • 13 min
    Table Talk: Jon Atashroo

    Table Talk: Jon Atashroo

    Jon Atashroo is Head Chef at the Tate Modern, whose culinary career began with proving dough on a radiator at university. His latest creation is a tasting menu inspired by the Tate's upcoming Andy Warhol exhibition, featuring dishes such as Coca Cola Jelly and Tuna Fish Disaster. On the podcast, he talks to Olivia and Lara about his Persian sweet tooth, how a degree in economics influenced his culinary career, and bringing artists like Picasso and Olafur Eliasson to the Tate restaurant menu.
    Table Talk is a series of podcasts where Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts talk to celebrity guests about their life story, through the food and drink that has come to define it. Listen to past episodes here (https://audioboom.com/channels/4985181) .

    • 25 min
    Women With Balls: Thérèse Coffey

    Women With Balls: Thérèse Coffey

    Thérèse Coffey is the MP for Suffolk Coastal and the work and pensions secretary. On the podcast, she talks about her famous karaoke parties, the importance of her Catholic faith to her, and that (https://twitter.com/Emmabarnett/status/616969918483955712?s=20) picture from one Spectator party.
    Women With Balls is a podcast series where Katy Balls speak to women at the top of their respective games. To hear past episodes, visit http://spectator.co.uk/balls.

    • 28 min
    The Edition: Here comes Bloomberg

    The Edition: Here comes Bloomberg

    This week, has Mike Bloomberg blown his presidential hopes with a disastrous TV debate (00:50)? Plus, has the BBC really gone downhill (12:05)? And last, Toby Young reveals all about his first stand up comedy gig (26:30).
    With Freddy Gray, Bill Barnard, Douglas Murray, Claire Fox, Toby Young, and Andy Shaw.
    Presented by Cindy Yu.

    • 39 min
    The Book Club: are conservatives doomed?

    The Book Club: are conservatives doomed?

    This week Sam's guest on the Book Club podcast is the journalist Ed West, whose new book Small Men On The Wrong Side of History (published next month by Constable) asks whether the long and honourable history of conservative thought is doomed. Have liberals won the day? Why are their guys cooler than our guys? And how conservative is the current government anyway?
    The Book Club, what used to be known as Spectator Books, is a series of literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith, The Spectator's Literary Editor. Hear past episodes here (https://audioboom.com/dashboard/4905582) .

    • 36 min

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