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Home to the Spectator's best podcasts on everything from politics to religion, literature to food and drink, and more. A new podcast every day from writers worth listening to.

    Spectator Out Loud: Griff Rhys Jones, Toby Young and Cosmo Landesman

    Spectator Out Loud: Griff Rhys Jones, Toby Young and Cosmo Landesman

    On this week's episode of Spectator Out Loud, comedian Griff Rhys Jones complains about London's war on motorists (00:45); Toby Young on how he's become an English nationalist (08:55); and Cosmo Landesman on the joys of drinking alone (13:30).

    • 17 min
    Podcast special: the green revolution

    Podcast special: the green revolution

    The UK was the first major economy to set a net-zero carbon emission target. But our work is cut out for us: 23 million homes fuelled by natural gas will need upgrading, while nearly 98% of vehicles on UK roads are still powered by petrol or diesel. Reaching net-zero will require big changes, but will also need to sustain our standards of living and quality of life.

    As we make this transition, and start to recover from the economic damage Covid-19 has inflicted upon the world, we have the opportunity to merge the levelling up agenda with green solutions and advancements. While the government has yet to establish a clear plan to achieve net-zero by 2050 goal, it’s clear that new technology, such as greenhouse gas removal technologies, will need to play a role in leading the charge to carbon neutrality.

    Join Kate Andrews and a panel of special guests for a discussion on how new forms of energy and technology can bring together levelling-up, net-zero and the Covid recovery. This episode is an edited version of the live panel discussion at The Spectator's Alternative Conference (https://tv.spectator.co.uk/event/the-spectator-alternative-conference) .

    With Andrew Griffith MP, Dr Jonathan Marshall, Emma Pinchbeck and Will Gardiner.

    Sponsored by Drax.

    • 59 min
    The Edition: how Covid accelerated China's rise

    The Edition: how Covid accelerated China's rise

    China has come out on top from this pandemic year - what does this mean for the world? (00:50) Was Test and Trace doomed from the start? (12:35) And what's with all these Covid excuses? (22:35)

    With historian Rana Mitter; security expert Nigel Inkster; analyst Richard Dobbs; virologist Elisabetta Groppelli; editor of the Oldie Harry Mount; and Real Life columnist Melissa Kite.

    Presented by Cindy Yu.

    Produced by Cindy Yu, Max Jeffery and Matt Taylor.

    • 31 min
    The Book Club: with Gyles Brandreth

    The Book Club: with Gyles Brandreth

    In this week's books podcast, Sam is joined by the irrepressible Gyles Brandreth - whose latest book is the fruit of a lifelong love of the theatre. The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes is a doorstopping compendium of missed cues, bitchy put-downs and drunken mishaps involving everyone from Donald Wolfit to Donald Sinden. Gyles explains how he always wanted to be Danny Kaye but also the Home Secretary, why live theatre is magical in a way cinema never can be, and how he got round the dismaying insistence of his publishers that all these anecdotes needed to verifiably true.  

    • 28 min
    Table Talk: with Dolly Alderton

    Table Talk: with Dolly Alderton

    Dolly Alderton is an author, journalist and podcaster who hosts 'The High Low' podcast. On the episode, she talks to Lara and Livvy about campaigning for gender equality (and cooked breakfasts) at her boarding school; how taste in food can make or break the attractiveness of a man; and the importance of planning a desert island dish.

    Table Talk is a series of podcasts where Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts talk to high profile 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) .

    • 44 min
    Innovator of the Year Awards: worthy causes

    Innovator of the Year Awards: worthy causes

    For The Spectator’s 2020 Economic Innovator of the Year Awards, sponsored by Julius Baer, we have introduced a new award for Social Impact to reflect the fact that today’s entrepreneurs, especially younger ones, tend to believe that business should aspire beyond profit (even though they recognise that profit is essential for any business to survive, grow and reward its investors) towards trying to make the world a better place.

    The panel of guest judges comprised Priya Lakhani OBE, founder of pioneering edutech venture and last year’s overall winner Century Tech; Jonny Ohlson, founder and chief executive of the 2018 overall runner-up Touchlight, which manufactures DNA for medical laboratories and is currently involved in several Covid vaccine projects; and David Durlacher, UK chief executive of Julius Baer.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
473 Ratings

473 Ratings

Lost in Galicia ,

Magic, Religion & Science

Thought I would hate this episode, but loved it. Fascinating history. Thanks.

Captain Dilbert ,

Chinese whispers

Remarkably biased and anti US. The USA seemed to be treated as one big joke. Only right at the end was it mentioned in passing that China bans Facebook, Google, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, Gmail, google maps etc etc. Such poor analysis especially by the male guest.

The howling irony of mentioning US elections passed them by.

diralbaregina ,

Excellent

I read the magazine online but it is soo much more exciting to have some of the articles read to us.
I truly enjoy your podcasts.
Douglas Murray and Lionel Shriver should be in the podcast every week. I am sure more people will tune in.
Thank you

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