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Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell, hosts of Britain's biggest podcast (The Rest Is Politics), have joined forces once again for their new interview podcast, ‘Leading’.

Every Monday, Rory and Alastair interrogate, converse with, and interview some of the world's biggest names - from both inside and outside of politics - about life, leadership, or leading the way in their chosen field.

Whether they're sports stars, thought-leaders, presidents or internationally-recognised religious figures, Alastair and Rory lift the lid on the motivation, philosophy and secrets behind their career.

Tune in to 'Leading' now to hear essential conversation from some of the world's most enthralling individuals. 

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Leading The Rest Is Politics

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Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell, hosts of Britain's biggest podcast (The Rest Is Politics), have joined forces once again for their new interview podcast, ‘Leading’.

Every Monday, Rory and Alastair interrogate, converse with, and interview some of the world's biggest names - from both inside and outside of politics - about life, leadership, or leading the way in their chosen field.

Whether they're sports stars, thought-leaders, presidents or internationally-recognised religious figures, Alastair and Rory lift the lid on the motivation, philosophy and secrets behind their career.

Tune in to 'Leading' now to hear essential conversation from some of the world's most enthralling individuals. 

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    Kwasi Kwarteng: Liz Truss, becoming Chancellor, and Britain on the brink (Part 2)

    Kwasi Kwarteng: Liz Truss, becoming Chancellor, and Britain on the brink (Part 2)

    Why did the Tory Party choose to make Liz Truss and Boris Johnson prime minister? How does it feel to be the second shortest-serving chancellor in post-war history? What was the true thinking behind the disastrous Truss-Kwarteng mini-budget?

    On today's episode of Leading, Rory and Alastair are joined for the second and final episode of their conversation with former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng.

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    Podcast Editor: Nathan Copelin
    Video Editor: Teo Ayodeji-Ansell
    Social Producer: Jess Kidson
    Assistant Producer: Fiona Douglas
    Producer: Nicole Maslen
    Senior Producer: Dom Johnson
    Head of Content: Tom Whiter
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 54 min
    Kwasi Kwarteng: Boris Johnson, the British Empire, and Rwanda (Part 1)

    Kwasi Kwarteng: Boris Johnson, the British Empire, and Rwanda (Part 1)

    "If I were 22 now, I probably wouldn't vote Conservative" - Kwasi Kwarteng

    In the first of two episodes with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rory and Alastair speak to Kwasi about the future of the Tory Party, New Labour's conservatism, Rishi Sunak, Rwanda, Brexit, Liz Truss, diversity in politics, the British Empire, and much, much more.

    If you'd like to hear the second episode RIGHT NOW, it's already available to members of The Rest Is Politics Plus - sign up at therestispolitics.com. If you're not a member, it will be released next Monday (20th May) on the public feed.

    Podcast Editor: Nathan Copelin
    Video Editor: Teo Ayodeji-Ansell
    Social Producer: Jess Kidson
    Assistant Producer: Fiona Douglas
    Producer: Nicole Maslen
    Senior Producer: Dom Johnson
    Head of Content: Tom Whiter
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport

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    • 44 min
    Nancy Pelosi: From JFK's inauguration to fighting Donald Trump

    Nancy Pelosi: From JFK's inauguration to fighting Donald Trump

    How did Nancy Pelosi rise up to be the most politically powerful woman in America? What was it like to attend JFK's inauguration? What's the key secret behind fundraising in US politics?

    Rory and Alastair join Speaker Emerita, Nancy Pelosi, to answer all these questions and more.

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    Video Editor: Teo Ayodeji-Ansell
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    Assistant Producer: Fiona Douglas
    Producer: Nicole Maslen
    Senior Producer: Dom Johnson
    Head of Content: Tom Whiter
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 58 min
    Israel's former PM on why Netanyahu is finished, the settler movement, and corruption - Ehud Olmert

    Israel's former PM on why Netanyahu is finished, the settler movement, and corruption - Ehud Olmert

    How much do you know about the last serious attempt at a two state solution in the Israel-Gaza conflict? 

    On today's episode of Leading, Rory and Alastair are joined by former Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, to discuss his time in office, the likelihood of a two state solution, and historic corruption charges.

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    Just head to therestispolitics.com to sign up, or start a free trial today on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/therestispolitics.
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    Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen
    Assistant Producer: Fiona Douglas
    Exec Producers: Tony Pastor + Jack Davenport
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sadiq Khan: Faith, power, and the truth about Boris Johnson

    Sadiq Khan: Faith, power, and the truth about Boris Johnson

    How much power does the Mayor of London actually have? Have we moved forward - or backwards - as a country when it comes to religion in politics? Should London take a leaf out of New York's book to boost investment in the city?

    On today's episode of Leading, Rory and Alastair are joined by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to discuss all this and more.

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    Producers: Dom Johnson + Nicole Maslen
    Assistant Producer: Fiona Douglas
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The brutal truth about net zero and how to vanquish climate populists, with Dieter Helm

    The brutal truth about net zero and how to vanquish climate populists, with Dieter Helm

    Is net zero 2030 impossible to achieve - and is it a mistake to pursue it? Should governments be more brutal with climate investment? Are events like COP a waste of time?

    Rory and Alastair are joined by Britain’s leading energy economist, Professor Dieter Helm, to answer all these questions and more.

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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

selina dix ,

Kwarteng

It is said some men are easily fooled by certain woman,but it seems to me he (kwasi)was totally beguiled by Liz Truss .What a weak man.

Jimatron ,

Campbell Needs To Be More Balanced

Firstly, this show is a great listen. Great incite from two guys who have massive experience.

But unfortunately listening to Alistair Campbell constantly criticise any and every conservative policy, whilst at the same time, anything that Labour have done or will do, no matter how bad, receives no criticism whatsoever. He just defends everything that Labour have ever done, and will NEVER acknowledge the good elements of the Conservative Party.

If you’re going to be a journalist and run a podcast show, and not annoy your listeners, you need to be more balanced…. Just like Rory! 😉

Backroom_boffin ,

Interesting and insightful interviews

Alastair is a good interviewer, well prepared with pertinent questions and giving the interviewee plenty of time to respond. Rory is not so good, often prefacing his questions with the formal title of the interviewee in an unnecessary way. Also his questions are of the form ‘could you give us a sense of…’ where he goes on for 3 sentences saying what he expects the interviewee to say. He also has a bee in his bonnet about getting people to say how hard the life of a politician is!

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