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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.

    189. IT’S COMING HOME: could fan ownership save football?

    189. IT’S COMING HOME: could fan ownership save football?

    Hello! We’re talking about football… but not just about football. Hot on the heels of the European Super League fiasco we’re exploring ideas to change where power lies in football - and asking what they mean for society more widely. Uli Hesse tells us about the ‘50+1’ rule in Germany. Thomas Hanna from The Democracy Collaborative and Vidhya Alakeson from Power to Change explain how to promote fan ownership in the UK. Then footballer turned academic Alex Culvin talks about how to put women’s football at the centre of the conversation.
     
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    188. THE DREAM NOT JUST THE NIGHTMARE: a vision for tackling the environmental crisis

    188. THE DREAM NOT JUST THE NIGHTMARE: a vision for tackling the environmental crisis

    Hello! This week we're exploring a vision for how we can address the environmental crisis and build a better society in the process. Friends of the pod Mat Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton are back to chat about Planet on Fire - their 'manifesto for the age of environmental breakdown'. Then climate justice activist Dominique Palmer talks about building a movement to push for this kind of action.


    AND we chat to the world's best teacher, Andria Zafirakou!


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    187. RETHINKING INFRASTRUCTURE: the case for social investment

    187. RETHINKING INFRASTRUCTURE: the case for social investment

    Hello! President Biden sparked a major debate when he described spending on social care and childcare as an investment in infrastructure. We’re exploring why the question of what counts as ‘infrastructure’ really matters. US policy expert Julie Kashen talks us through the US infrastructure debate then Professor Sue Himmelweit from the Women’s Budget Group explains why it could have far-reaching implications around the world.
    Plus author Eileen Jones tells us about her new book ‘How Parkrun Changed Our Lives’ and the unconventional way she launched it…
     
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    186. LEARNING FROM THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY: Reasons to be Finnish

    186. LEARNING FROM THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY: Reasons to be Finnish

    Hello! Finland has just been named the world’s happiest country for the fourth year running. To celebrate, we’re going on a virtual Nordic trip to explore the secrets behind their success. We ask Finnish journalist Anu Partanen and authors of ‘Finntopia’ Danny Dorling and Annika Koljonen what we can learn from Finland about how to build a better society. Then we have our first ever president on the pod: former Finnish leader, President Tarja Halonen.
     
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    185. WHAT'S THE GIG IDEA?: fair work in the platform economy

    185. WHAT'S THE GIG IDEA?: fair work in the platform economy

    Hello! In February the Supreme Court ruled against Uber in a major case on the rights of its drivers. Could it prompt a shift in working conditions in the gig economy? Former Uber driver and co-claimant in the recent case James Farrar tells us about his legal victory, Kelle Howson from Fairwork talks about what it could mean more widely, then Martin Buttle from ShareAction talks us through the investor response to Deliveroo’s recent IPO.
     
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    184. REASONS TO BE PLAYFUL: protecting children’s right to play

    184. REASONS TO BE PLAYFUL: protecting children’s right to play

    Hello! The ‘right to play’ is recognised by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. How can we make sure all children have the time and space to play? Aled Hanson tells us about his experience of working at Flintshire Playscheme. Marianne Mannello from Play Wales talks about the pioneering Welsh play legislation. Then writer and researcher Tim Gill talks about how ‘child-friendly cities’ around the world design public space to make it easier and safer for children to play. 


    Plus volunteer Jenny Chigwende on how W12 Together in West London has supported the local community during the last 12 months.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

wolfi arriw ,

Always worth a listen if you’re felling down

Always worth a listen if you’re felling down. Ed & Jeff search out the positive. It does what it says on the tin.
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Kros13 ,

Fab stuff

One of my favourite podcasts - incisive, entertaining, informative. I always feel I’ve learned something new even on topics I (like to) think I’m reasonably informed about, and that I can look at important issues from a more questioning perspective. Ed and Geoff are so engaging - they really bounce off each other, and generally strike a lovely balance between a bit of a banter, fun vibe without compromising the excellent content of the episodes.

Hmj54 ,

Thought provoking and fun

I look forward to this podcast every week and am rarely disappointed. The topics are interesting and relevant and the chat between Ed and Geoff on issues such as tricycles and cold water swimming good fun.

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