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Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

Political Thinking with Nick Robinson BBC Radio 4

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    • 4.6 • 2.4K Ratings

Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

    The Caitlin Moran One

    The Caitlin Moran One

    Bestselling author and columnist talks to Nick Robinson about why, after years of writing about women and girls, she decided to turn her attention to problems with boys and young men with her latest book "What About Men?"
    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    • 25 min
    The Victoria Atkins One

    The Victoria Atkins One

    After a damning report into maternity services in England, the Health Secretary opens up about her own traumatic childbirth experience in the NHS.
    Victoria Atkins also speaks to Nick Robinson about a change of tone in dealings with doctors' unions, growing up as child of an MP and what she thought when Natalie Elphicke defected to Labour.

    • 38 min
    The Emma Little-Pengelly One

    The Emma Little-Pengelly One

    Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister talks to Nick Robinson.

    • 39 min
    The Nigel Farage 2024 One

    The Nigel Farage 2024 One

    Nigel Farage tells Nick Robinson that "timing is everything" when it comes to deciding whether to return to frontline politics.
    Fresh off the plane from Florida, Farage talks about what he can learn from - and how he can defend - Donald Trump, as well as islamophobia, Liz Truss, and what he would do if prime minister
    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    • 52 min
    The Mariana Mazzucato One

    The Mariana Mazzucato One

    One of the world's most influencial progressive economists outlines her pitch to leaders across the world - and Starmer's Labour Party - to focus on ambitious 'missions' that can transform society for the better.

    • 36 min
    The Emma Runswick One

    The Emma Runswick One

    The Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association Council talks to Nick Robinson ahead of the latest round of junior doctor strikes.
    She defends the pay demands set out by doctors, tells the story of a life of activism, and opens up about the horrors of working in Covid wards at the height of the pandemic.
    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

Paulezvous ,

Earth Shattering

Extraordinarily thought-provoking by Roger Hallam. I think the "house is on fire; act don't analyse" argument is hard to disagree with, but it did feel repeatedly that Nick Robinson just couldn't get away from "your protests make us late for work" mindset, and his remark about Hallam not being able to convince his daughter was an unbelievably petulant and cheap shot; and just wrong: since when did our kids become perfect arbiters of what's right, youth doesn't equate to wisdom. Mr Robinson has done us a significant service by being the first to interview Mr Hallam on the beleaguered BBC for 3 years, apparently, and I think the power of what Hallam had to say is what we need to listen to and act on. Perhaps the BBC could "market" this conversation in 3 or 4 of its channels so that a large number of people hear it and can consider the message.

TommyBilly22 ,

TWE Whitley Bay

The Roger Hallam interview was exceptional. I thought that Roger gave an honest account of his feelings and aims and you were able to maintain a high level discussion for the listener. I work in the Oil and Gas Industry and I was hoping for a balanced interview. I almost sensed that you enjoyed the tussle with the wordplay during the podcast but that did not distract from the need to treat all viewpoints with respect. Thank you.

Patmartin ,

Poor subjects recently

Mr Robinson is brilliant but cant help noticing that he’s interviewing B & C-listers for quite a while now. Perhaps he’s run out of all the worthwhile and interesting politicians.

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