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Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes. 
Regulars include: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 and host of Origin Story • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Writer and commentator Ros Taylor • Rachel Cunliffe of the New Statesman • Writer and host of This Is Not A Drill Gavin Esler • Hannah Fearn of the i paper • Comedian Matt Green • New Statesman policy and politics corresponent Zoë Grünewald • Group Editor Andrew Harrison • Journalist Marie Le Conte • Podmasters Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis
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Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes. 
Regulars include: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 and host of Origin Story • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Writer and commentator Ros Taylor • Rachel Cunliffe of the New Statesman • Writer and host of This Is Not A Drill Gavin Esler • Hannah Fearn of the i paper • Comedian Matt Green • New Statesman policy and politics corresponent Zoë Grünewald • Group Editor Andrew Harrison • Journalist Marie Le Conte • Podmasters Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis
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    Liz Truss: Tip of the Iceberg

    Liz Truss: Tip of the Iceberg

    • Join us for OGWN: It’s Grim Up North London live in Islington on Mon 20 May. Tickets onsale now.

    Liz Truss’ new book 10 Years To Save the West certainly isn’t a boring read but neither is it a good one. Actor and impressionist Jan Ravens joins the panel to pick through how Truss thought her 45 days of office went compared to reality and all her other ludicrous claims in between. Plus: Sunak’s cigs ban. Is it fair to create two tiers of adult, one blissfully smoke-free and one battering the gaspers? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, we look into the politics of Alex Garland’s ‘Civil War’.

    • “Liz Truss is a cross between a haunted doll and a little girl whose dad has told her that she’s funny, and is always looking around for applause.” – Jan Ravens
    • “She says ‘Now is no time for finger-pointing.’ Cue three hundred pages of finger-pointing.” – Dorian Lynskey
    • “It’ll either be an early election with Sunak at the helm… Or a late one, and Sunak won’t be leader.” – Alex Andreou

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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey, with Alex Andreou, Zoe Grunewald and guest Jan Ravens. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Keiron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    Iran/Israel – What can Britain do?

    Iran/Israel – What can Britain do?

    The Middle East is on the verge of all-out war after Iran fired missiles and drones into Israel. Where does Britain stand on this latest escalation – and would we be ready if things get worse? Labour has outlined its hopes to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP – but is that enough? CEO of Chatham House and host of the Independent Thinking podcast Bronwen Maddox talks to Ros Taylor. And it’s a But Your Emails special! Are there any good right-wing podcasts? And what would you replace the monarchy with? The panel gets to as many of our listeners' questions as possible.

    • “This current situation does play into Netanyahu's hands.” – Seth Thévoz
    • “If you were advising Netanyahu, you might want to point out that sympathy and patience is really wearing thin.” – Rachel Cunliffe
    • “Lots of Labour leaders, with the exception of Corbyn, feel like they have to look tough.” – Matt Green

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    Presented by Ros Taylor, with Matt Green, Seth Thévoz and Rachel Cunliffe. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Video production by Kieron Leslie. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis.. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Reform UK – Inside the fear factory

    Reform UK – Inside the fear factory

    Reform UK’s candidates have proven to be controversial, to say the least. But, unfortunately, the party seems to be doing ok in the polls. What does Tice’s group actually stand for and what are Reform’s policies? And in the second part, why are we so obsessed with the end of the world? Dorian Lynskey’s new book Everything Must Go: The Stories We Tell about the End of the World explores that very idea – and the panel quizzes him over his latest work. And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, Netflix’s Scoop gives an account of how BBC Newsnight secured that infamous Prince Andrew interview. The panel reveals all about their biggest interviews, how they got them, and how they went.

    • “I just think there’s no end to how weird people’s political opinions are.” – Dorian Lynskey
    • “Reform voters are so angry with Rishi Sunak… they probably wouldn’t even vote if there was no Reform Party.” – Ros Taylor
    • “Some people would really like the world to be destroyed, they would just like it to be over.” – Dorian Lynskey

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    Presented by Dorian Lynskey, Ros Taylor, Zoë Grünewald and Hugo Rifkind. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sunak: The Errors Tour

    Sunak: The Errors Tour

    Britain is the second most powerful country in the world… according to Sunak’s latest desperate brag anyway. You probably saw the weird collage the Tories posted on Twitter — but is there any truth to the party's claims? Or is this just another bizarre fantasy? Plus, Brexit is about to rear its ugly head even higher with new food import charges. What are they and why could they damage consumers and small businesses alike?

    • “A chair would be a much more impressive communicator than Sunak.” – Matt Green
    • “Every aspect of it either made no sense or was dodgy in some way.” – Matt Green

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    Presented by Alex Andreou with Hannah Fearn and Matt Green. Producer: Chris Jones and Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
     
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    • 57 min
    A Federation of Ungovernable Cults

    A Federation of Ungovernable Cults

    What have fourteen years of Conservative rule done to Britain?, asks Sam Knight in that mega-piece by the New Yorker’s baffled readers. You might well ask, say our panel, who discuss what the world thinks of Britain’s weird experiment on itself. Plus, our special guest the political economist Will Hutton is here to talk about Labour’s options on the economy and his new book This Time No Mistakes: How to Remake Britain. And in the Extra Bit: Which books shaped our panelists’ politics?

    • “It felt as though the Tories were treating the country as a giant experiment… May and Sunak’s roles were simply to try and clean up.” – Ros Taylor
    • “The Tory logic is ‘Whatever we’re doing, at least WE’re in power and THEY’re not’… It’s a very efficient way to hold your party together.” – Rachel Cunliffe

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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Rachel Cunliffe. Produced by Chris Jones. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music by Cornershop. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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    • 52 min
    Turn That Crown Upside Down

    Turn That Crown Upside Down

    The Royal Family are experiencing their worst year in decades. Is it time we wound down the Monarchy not just for our sake but for their sake too? Or are things best left the way they are? Plus, Boomers (not all of them we’ll add) are “used to having everything its own way”, says the Economist, but times are changing. Has the time of the Millennials finally come?

    • “The Monarchy doesn’t provide a service like the BBC or the NHS but I think it’s rational, because it’s been there for such a long time, for people to not want to get rid of it.” – Rafael Behr
    • “Even if you just look at the makeup of Congress there really aren’t a lot of millennials present.” – Yasmeen Serhan
    • “Gen X really are the absolute waster generation.” – Rafael Behr

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    Presented by Andrew Harrison, with Yasmeen Serhan and Rafael Behr. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production by: Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Video production by Keiron Leslie. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Teenyteeny ,

Love this podcast

Really think the mix will f people on this podcast puts it above the rest. Although Alex is my favourite! Keep on podding on!

Kindablue1984 ,

Lost some fire, but still good

There’s no doubt the podcast formerly Remainiacs was going to, and had to change towards events. The era of the post-referendum wars, before Covid and pre withdrawal-deal was a different time and the Remainiacs podcast was a different context, you only have to watch documentaries on this era to be amazed at how frantic this time was, and just to prove it, all the major parties have different leaders now. Remainiacs really served as a way to cope with the fallout, hear intelligent analysis peppered with humour, and even ponder a way (ultimately we failed) to mitigate the worst effects of leaving, or force a confirmatory referendum. At the time they had really prominent politicians, journalists and thinkers who were all more of less on the remain side, as guests. Then as we got to grips with a Johnson victory, the scattered fuselage of the Corbyn experiment and notably the Covid pandemic it continued in a similar vain, albeit with different, but ultimately still crazy circumstances to try and make sense of. The core panellists at the time were able to pivot with ease to deal with the world of lockdowns, the immediate post-deal situation and analysing what was then a new Labour leadership at the weirdest of times, and the party still around 30 points behind in opinion polls. As society reopened, the podcast (now OGWN) coincidentally lost a few of its key panellists, Naomi and Ian. Both were quite big losses (Ian had exhaustive clear analysis esp on trading arrangements, and an infectious laugh, and Naomi had passion and a campaigning vigour though was sometimes a little preachy esp on trans rights) and arguably the show has lost some stature since. It hasn’t helped that it’s had to find a new niche as times have moved on. The show as it is now: The pod is now more of a conventional panel pod, which can still offer quality insight. But it does depend who’s on the panel. If Andrew is chairing the show glides along with his easy music journo manner, which gets the best out of the panel. Dorian is good as the slightly intense, touchy character with a good hatred of conspiracy theorists but occasional blind spots towards the far left. Ros is probably the most thoughtful and cerebral, so a really good contrasting panellist if Andrew is on. Alex is a highly intelligent polymath and his worldview usually on the side of the angels, but his presence can be domineering, overly argumentative and borderline bullying and egotistical towards other panelists (probable thespian tendencies). The pod is far less able to command weekly special guests of the Remainiacs golden age, so the show is often a panel with a regular guest, or just a small panel, which can be variable depending on the make up. The best of the regular guest panellists are the lobby journalists from the New Statesman and Marie Le Conte who have the access and the scoops as insiders to bring to the table. Hannah Fearn amongst other topics brings important housing issues to the table. It’s still on the whole a good panel show for a bright centre-left perspective that can compete with similar shows from legacy media, but is now plateauing as an established panel podcast that can be a tad hit and miss on some weeks, but don’t let it put you off trying.

SocksyG ,

Excellent

I really rely on this podcast for a much needed sense of perspective on the news and politics! Great team, always interesting views. Keep up the good work

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