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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

    162. HOW MOVEMENTS CHANGE THE WORLD

    162. HOW MOVEMENTS CHANGE THE WORLD

    Hello! This year’s Black Lives Matter protests are thought to be the biggest in US history and across the world mass movements are on the rise. But how do these movements shift the national conversation? What works in driving political change? We chat to social movement experts Deva Woodly and Hahrie Han about language, organising and the strategies of success.


    Plus Twitter sensation Michael Spicer on being the ‘man in the room next door’
     
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    161. SWEET STREAMS AREN’T MADE OF THIS: what about the musicians?

    161. SWEET STREAMS AREN’T MADE OF THIS: what about the musicians?

    Hello! Music streaming has made it easier than ever to listen to our favourite artists, but too many musicians earn next to nothing from it. We chat to Naomi Pohl from the Musicians’ Union and Tom Gray from the Broken Record campaign about fixing problems with the industry. But first, violinist Tasmin Little talks about why musicians need more support during the crisis.


    PLUS Blue Peter legend Konnie Huq on reimagining our favourite fairy tales.
     
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    160. SQUAD SAVE AMERICA: from Ilhan Omar to the Sunrise Movement

    160. SQUAD SAVE AMERICA: from Ilhan Omar to the Sunrise Movement

    Hello! This week we have two VERY inspiring conversations about US politics. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - one of the ‘squad’ of young progressive Democrats -  talks about her life, her politics and how she approaches the crises facing America today. Then young activist Will Lawrence explains how the Sunrise Movement are shifting the conversation on climate and why a Green New Deal might be closer than we think.
     
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    159. CTRL ALT-LABOUR: organising in the modern workplace

    159. CTRL ALT-LABOUR: organising in the modern workplace

    Hello! What’s the future of workplace organising? This week’s guests are full of ideas. Alex Marshall talks about organising couriers in the gig economy. Michelle Miller explains how Coworker is providing a platform for workers in the US. And New Zealand union supremo Richard Wagstaff talks us through their plan to rebalance power in low paid sectors.


    PLUS the super cheerful Bernadette Russell talks about hope, kindness and Ed’s karaoke.
     
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    158. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL: the dark side of meritocracy

    158. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL: the dark side of meritocracy

    Hello! We often hear about the idea of meritocracy. But philosopher Michael Sandel thinks it isn’t such a good thing. His new book ’The Tyranny of Merit’ argues the rhetoric of meritocracy is fuelling polarisation and the rise of far right populism. We have a really thought-provoking chat with Michael about his argument and what it means for our attitudes to education, work and our fellow citizens. 
     
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    157. WHY DID IT TAKE A PANDEMIC?: valuing the everyday economy

    157. WHY DID IT TAKE A PANDEMIC?: valuing the everyday economy

    Hello! How can we ensure essential workers are at the heart of policymaking? Here’s an idea that could change our way of doing things: it’s called the everyday or foundational economy. Care assistant Chika and GMB social care lead Kelly tell us what recent months have been like for those on the frontline. Prof Karel Williams explains what the 'foundational economy’ actually means. And Josh Miles from the FSB talks about the difference it’s making in Wales. 
     
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Customer Reviews

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2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Te55amj ,

Like having two nice smart guys in your kitchen.

Loving this podcast. Ed and Geoff have a warm and engaging style and top notch guests

JoeBrayForevs ,

Brilliant

My favourite way of keeping up with current affairs. Uplifting and relevant conversation, listen to on my way to university (or more recently before sitting down for online lectures), for an entertaining and informative start to my morning. Always puts me in a good mindset.

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This really is a reason to be cheerful

Recently found this podcast and I’m loving it. Keep it up guys.

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