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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

    How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

    How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

    Outside of the frenzied headlines about woke warriors cancelling Jane Austen and stately homes, we’re living in a period of renewed consideration of Britain’s colonial history.

    The British Empire began before the English Civil War, and shaped our country for 400 years. At its height, it covered almost a quarter of the entire world’s population. Beyond statues and street names, how is the empire still shaping our lives today?

    Ayeisha is joined by Dr Kojo Koram, lecturer in law at Birkbeck and author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire.

    - Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/kojo-koram/uncommon-wealth/9781529338652/
    - Further reading from Perry Anderson here: https://www.versobooks.com/authors/81-perry-anderson
    - And from Tom Nairn here: https://www.versobooks.com/authors/821-tom-nairn
    - More from Kojo here: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745342047/empires-endgame/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 49 min
    Who owns the internet?

    Who owns the internet?

    What do you get the guy who has everything? A 44 billion dollar social media platform apparently. Elon Musk has already been accused of union busting, shot a car into space, and become the world’s richest man. So what’s next on his to-do list? Buying Twitter of course!

    From Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk, should we be worried that our online lives are in the hands of a few super-rich men? Will cryptocurrencies and Web3 make the internet good again? And what would a people-powered internet really look like?

    Ayeisha is joined by Dr James Muldoon, senior lecturer in political science at the University of Exeter and Head of Digital Research at the Autonomy think tank.

    You can grab a copy of James' book Platform Socialism: How to Reclaim our Digital Future from Big Tech here: http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745346977/platform-socialism/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 46 min
    What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?

    What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?

    In the early months of the pandemic, the government shut down whole sectors of the economy and started paying the wages of a huge proportion of Brits. Some worked from home, juggling homeschooling their kids and figuring out how to use Zoom. Others risked their health to travel to work. Meanwhile Big Tech and outsourcing companies raked in money through government contracts.

    What can we learn from moments when the predictable rules of economic life are suspended? Who wins and who loses in these points of crisis? And has the pandemic pushed us into a new form of capitalism?

    Ayeisha is joined by Sahil Dutta and Nick Taylor, lecturers in political economy at Goldsmiths University to discuss their new book "Unprecedented? How Covid-19 revealed the politics of our economy"

    - The book written alongside Will Davies and Martina Tazzioli is out now: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/691630/unprecedented-by-william-davies-sahil-jai-dutta-nick-taylor-and-martina-tazzioli/
    - Find out more about Sahil and Nick's work here: https://www.perc.org.uk/
    - Further reading on the care crisis and coronavirus by Emma Dowling here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/4031-the-care-crisis

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by C. Scott and Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 45 min
    What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?

    What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?

    A few weeks ago the chancellor presided over a spring budget which ushered in the fastest drop in living standards on record, as he told us that we “can’t protect everyone”. But this week it was revealed that his wife has avoided paying around £20 million in tax, due to her non-dom status.

    Accused of “rank hypocrisy” by Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak’s popularity has certainly been dented. The Sunak family hasn’t broken the law - but what does that say about the laws that govern who has to pay tax? What’s wrong with our tax system, when the chancellor can raise taxes on working people on one hand, and benefit from tax avoidance on the other? And what would fairer taxes really look like?

    Ayeisha is joined by Tom Peters, head of advocacy at Tax Justice UK.

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by David Powell.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 34 min
    The UK's response to the refugee crisis

    The UK's response to the refugee crisis

    Since the start of the war in Ukraine, over 4 million people have fled the country. Earlier this month Priti Patel announced a visa application centre had been established en route to Calais for Ukrainians trying to come to the UK. But the centre never existed. Days later, the Home Office said it was actually in Lille, but would not reveal where. Officials then claimed that refugees in Calais could get free Eurostar tickets to travel to the centre - despite the fact that the Eurostar does not stop in Calais. A day later the centre was moved from Lille to a town 30 miles away.

    Why has the government response been so chaotic? What are the barriers for refugees travelling to the UK? And with an anti-refugee bill moving through Parliament, what does this mean for how we treat refugees in the future?

    Ayeisha is joined by Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action. Find out more about Detention Action and how you can support its work here: https://detentionaction.org.uk/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Ketsa and Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 33 min
    Are fossil fuels funding the war in Ukraine?

    Are fossil fuels funding the war in Ukraine?

    At the time of recording, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and more than 2.5m Ukranians have fled the country. The Russian army has been accused of war crimes after bombing a maternity hospital in the south. Allies of the Ukrainian president say that Russia will only back down if Europe bans the import of Russian oil and gas.

    But what do oil and gas have to do with the war in Ukraine? Will banning Russian fossil fuels really make Putin reconsider? And what does all this mean for soaring energy bills in the UK?

    Ayeisha is joined by Svitlana Romanko, Ukrainian environmental lawyer, climate activist and strategist, and spokesperson for Stand With Ukraine, and Tessa Khan, Founder and Director of Uplift, and previous guest of the podcast.

    - You can sign on to the Stand with Ukraine campaign here: https://www.with-ukraine.org/
    - Find out more about the Putin100 campaign: https://putin100.org/#why
    - Read the IEA's 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union’s Reliance on Russian Natural Gas: https://www.iea.org/reports/a-10-point-plan-to-reduce-the-european-unions-reliance-on-russian-natural-gas
    - Write to your MP ahead of the spring statement to demand a Great Homes Upgrade: https://greathomesupgrade.org/campaigns/call-for-a-great-homes-upgrade-this-budget
    - Find out more about the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance: https://beyondoilandgasalliance.com/
    - More on the The Global Gas & Oil Network here: https://ggon.org/
    - Endorse the Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty: https://fossilfueltreaty.org/
    - Visit the Reclaim Finance website: https://reclaimfinance.org/site/en/home/
    - Follow Stop Cambo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StopCambo
    - Tessa can be found at https://twitter.com/tessakhan

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Chris Zabriskie and Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
318 Ratings

318 Ratings

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Ellon musk and mark Z

Two dangerous men who have questionable integrity and morals and ethics
If am taken aback that anyone could recommend Trump to come back to twitter he is dangerous far right thinker
How the heck did we the world get sucked into there reality ? Until online is safe we will not create healthy internet
Your ignoring that these two may have money but there mental state when it comes to in depth analysis is very poor

Ellaw88 ,

Important - well researched and insightful

Brilliant - been listening for years - this podcast is essential for being engaged with the world

Germanjames ,

Really one sided

Clearly one sided but always interesting to hear a side of an argument put accessibly. I consider recommending to students but not for balance. There was a frustrating episode on the Election recently where as a charity they were "not going to be giving any opinions on this episode..." and then went on to use plenty of normative statements and phrases such as "we think", "it should" which are in no way simple presentations of fact. A shame as this could have been a useful episode, but it was so clearly unbalanced that it should put in to question their assertions of neutrality as a charity.

Recent episode on UK asylum response promised to be interesting but was a critique of all and any approaches. The attempt at balance was a question to better understand the government motivation for their appalling legislation and the interviewee once again gave her opinion not a presentation of the published thoughts of the government of which she claimed to be an avid reader. And even when asked to finish so that not all was “doom and gloom” the interviewee gave no actual possible alternative response. Indeed, there was praise for the volunteers and organisations that were doing good work (Big Society success anyone?) but the idea that the government “should” be doing that work. But no clarification of the assertion. Criticism of Afghan refugees being kept in hotels and isolated from integrating would suggest that community organisations are a fantastic way to help better than national government. But also criticism of sponsor scheme to help integration and inclusion of refugees more swiftly into supportive communities. I’m certainly not saying government has got it right at all and was looking for some analysis of the alternative options but it feels like there are none to be had from this podcast, so perhaps more credit for those trying ideas and then perhaps even wanting to improve.

The country needs proper opposition and competition for leadership otherwise we will continue to be stuck with best of terrible options.

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