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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.
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    Should you fight for your right to party?

    Should you fight for your right to party?

    Hello! This week on Reasons to be Cheerful Ed and Geoff are Going Out Out and talking about the night-time economy: generally everything that happens between 6pm and 6am. At the end of 2022, iconic Manchester venue ‘Night & Day’ was threatened with closure over a noise complaint. We talk about why this example represents a wider crisis in city nightlife and how it is possible to protect it, both for a good night’s sleep and for better workers’ rights. We chat to Dr Alessio Kolioulis about the history of the night-time economy, to Sacha Lord about why Manchester’s nightlife is the keystone of its cultural identity and to Clare Lynch, long-time resident of Soho, who tells us about the changes happening there and how to preserve the area’s character. And where does Bez from the Happy Mondays keep his bees?
    Plus: Find out which TV chef has given a professional review of Ed’s soup…
    Guests
    Dr Alessio Kolioulis, Lecturer teaching urban economic development at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL (@AleKolioulis)
    Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester (@Sacha_Lord)
    Clare Lynch, Audio producer and Soho Resident (@clarelynchred)
    More info
    Night & Day: Manchester venue’s noise breach appeal hearing postponed
    Brussels famous nightclub Fuse allowed to reopen
    Working Nights: Municipal strategies for nocturnal workers
    It’s official - Germany declares its nightclubs are now cultural institutions
    Listen to Soho Radio

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    Is this the future of humanity?

    Is this the future of humanity?

    Hello! This week we’re talking about ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence language model that’s taken the world by storm. But is the hype justified? And what can it do beyond writing poems about your favourite podcast? We speak to Rory Cellan-Jones, whose dog is also an internet sensation, about what ChatGPT is and whether it’s been trained on a pro-Ed dataset, to Dr Kate Devlin about what it means for education and whether we can trust AI, and finally to Andrew Strait about some of the ethical concerns surrounding ChatGPT. Can AI really make society better and fairer?
    Plus: Where is Ed off to next on his culinary journey?
    Guests
    Rory Cellan-Jones, Former Technology Correspondent, BBC (@ruskin147 and check out the hashtag #SophiefromRomania to keep up to date with the latest doggie developments)
    Dr Kate Devlin, Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Society, Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London (@drkatedevlin & @kingsdh)
    Andrew Strait, Associate Director, Ada Lovelace Institute (@agstrait & @AdaLovelaceInst)

    More info
    Try out ChatGPT for yourself
    Subscribe to Rory’s Substack on health and technology
    Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London
    Visit the Ada Lovelace Institute’s Website
    UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems 
    Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind by Rory Cellan-Jones
    OpenAI underpaid 200 Kenyans to perfect ChatGPT then sacked them 
    Human-like programs abuse our empathy by Professor Emily Bender
    ChatGPT used by mental health tech app in AI experiment

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    • 44 min
    How to talk to a climate denier

    How to talk to a climate denier

    Hello! This week we’re talking about climate misinformation and how we tackle it. Mis- and disinformation about the climate crisis is not new: since the 1970s industry players and fossil fuel giants have been denying the reality of climate change in order to sow confusion and polarise public support for taking action. Delay is the new denial, according to Jennie King, who talks to us about some of the arguments used to delay action on climate change. Professor Sander van der Linden tells us about the psychology of misinformation spread and why social media has only turbocharged it. Finally, Sean Buchan talks to us about the grassroots campaign Stop Funding Heat which aims to make climate misinformation unprofitable.
    Plus: Geoff goes on a gastronomic journey with Ed's latest cooking attempt.
    Guests
    Jennie King, Head of Climate Research and Policy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (@jkingy, @ISDglobal)
    Professor Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Cambridge (@Sander_vdLinden)
    Sean Buchan, Campaign Director, Stop Funding Heat (@seanforachange, @stopfundingheat)
    More info
    What is climate mis-/disinformation?
    Deny, deceive, delay: documenting and responding to climate disinformation at COP26 and beyond Report from the ISD
    Taxonomy of climate contrarian claims Academic paper: Coan, Boussalis, Cook, Nanko
    Discourses of Climate Delay Comic by CÊline Keller
    Climate Action Against Disinformation 
    Pre-order a copy of Sander's book Foolproof: Why we fall for misinformation and how to build immunity
    Stop Funding Heat Campaign
    Other resources
    DeSmog Journalism to clear the 'PR Pollution' clouding the science and solutions to climate change
    Skeptical science Website set up by academic Jon Cook to examine the science and arguments of climate scepticism
    Ed and Geoff mentioned:
    Three policies making life in Paris better for children

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    • 54 min
    How to fix our education system

    How to fix our education system

    Hello! New year, new term and this week Ed and Geoff are going back to school. Too little has changed about our education system since the Victorian times, and for too many young people it can seem an outdated and rigid system - geared simply towards passing exams - which is letting them down. We speak to three experts who tell us that it doesn't have to be this way: Dr James Mannion, clinical psychologist Dr Naomi Fisher and to Andy Sprakes, the co-founder of Doncaster's most oversubscribed school, about how they're already doing things differently and why it's beneficial for everyone involved.
    Plus: want a chance to live out your Geoffocracy dreams? We hear from Suzanne Heywood about a new prize looking for our listeners' policy ideas!
    Guests
    Dr James Mannion, Director of Rethinking Education, a teacher training organisation (Visit his website or follow him on Twitter @RethinkingJames)
    Dr Naomi Fisher, Clinical Psychologist (Follow her on Twitter @naomicfisher or subscribe to her Substack)
    Andy Sprakes, Chief Academic Officer and Co-founder, XP School in Doncaster (@SprakesA & @XPschool) 
    Suzanne Heywood, Chair of the Heywood Foundation (@HeywoodFndation)
    More info
    Do schools kill creativity? TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson
    The crisis of the last six months has exposed five damaging myths in education Blog, Peter Hyman
    Rethinking Education James Mannion's teacher training organisation
    How to Change the World James Mannion's TEDxtalk on 'vertical slice politics'
    Above all compassion, the story of XP School Film
    Learn more about the Heywood Prize and enter here.

    Contact Reasons to be Cheerful via our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know your episode ideas, your comments and feedback! 

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    • 56 min
    Owning the future

    Owning the future

    Hello and happy 2023! Normal service will resume next Monday but in the meantime we’ve got a cracking interview with co-authors Adrienne Buller and Mathew Lawrence for you. Their new book ‘Owning the Future: Power and Property in an Age of Crisis’ is all about ownership. Basically, who owns what in our economy and society, and why it matters. They set out an alternative future for us that’s not dominated by profit making business models, but rather meets the needs of all citizens without destroying the planet. 
    And as we look to the future, Ed reminisces about past mishaps with his coat...
    Buy Owning the Future: Power and Property in an Age of Crisis
    Common Wealth Think Tank
    Guests
    Adrienne Buller, Director of Research, Common Wealth Think Tank (@adribuller)
    Mathew Lawrence, Founder and Director, Common Wealth Think Tank (@dantonshead)

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    • 31 min
    The Reasons to be Cheerful Top 10 of 2022

    The Reasons to be Cheerful Top 10 of 2022

    It’s been another calm year for politics: four chancellors, three prime ministers and a lettuce. Through the tumult, we’ve been providing you a steady stream of reasons to be cheerful. Having applied a (not very) rigorous methodology we’ve chosen our ten favourite moments from the year. What’s made it to the top spot?
    We’d love to hear from you over the holidays with your ideas, guest suggestions or emails. If you want to get in touch with the podcast you can email us at reasons@cheerfulpodcast.com or through our website.

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    • 49 min

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PineGroveCharlie ,

Reasons to be Cheerful / Just Brilliant

Congratulations on the 5th Anniversary and on your brilliant choice of guest for the celebratory episode. Absolutely love Marina and her journalism.

Your episodes are so worth listening to and I still enjoy the T shirt.

Thanks so much.

AlanJenki ,

Today show 🤦

Another moron with voice fry guest. Why do you people think i want to listed to some vocal fry/voice fry moron. They sound so dumb as opposed to intelligent as they’ve convinced themselves they sound

Allie the smiler ,

Cheerful for a change!!

I’ve come to this podcast very late after years of only listening to crime!! What breath of fresh air- my brain is working and my face is smiling. Oh and I have a crush on Ed lol Thanks for sharing so much interesting stuff. Merry Christmas guys 😊

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