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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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    Reading Revival: why the bookshop is back

    Reading Revival: why the bookshop is back

    Hello! Have you ever dreamed of running your own bookshop? We are cheerful to report that the book industry is smashing it at the moment, with the number of indie bookshops at their highest level in six years, and book sales above pre-pandemic levels. Ed and Geoff speak to Sian Bayley, news editor at The Bookseller, who tells us about what’s driving this upward trend. We hear from co-founders Rosie May and Sarah Scales of Juno Books in Sheffield about how they made their lockdown dreams a reality. Finally, Aimée Felone, children’s publisher and co-director of Round Table Books in Brixton, tells us about her journey into publishing and what it means to run an inclusive bookshop.
    Plus: Buoyed up by his viral musical success, Ed's started learning an instrument...
    Guests
    Sian Bayley, News Editor, The Bookseller (@sleighbayley / @thebookseller)
    Rosie May and Sarah Scales, Co-Founders of Juno Books (@junobookssheff)
    Aimée Felone, Managing Director of children’s publisher Knights Of and Co-Director of Round Table Books (@aimeefelone / @roundtablebooks)
    More information
    BookBar in Finsbury Park, London
    Learn more about the work of BookTrust and Lit in Colour
    Visit the Bookseller's website - the trade magazine for the publishing industry
    Visit Juno Books in Sheffield 
    Visit Round Table Books in Brixton, London
    Find out about Knights Of, Aimée’s publishing company
    CLPE Survey of Ethnic Representation in Children's Literature. Read the most recent report here
    Books Aimée recommends in the episode
    Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent
    For Every One by Jason Reynolds
    Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson 
    Windward Family by Alexis Keir
    Mind and Me by Sunita Chawdhary

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    • 55 min
    Bridging the divides: the world of modern diplomacy

    Bridging the divides: the world of modern diplomacy

    Hello! Every day, remarkable acts of diplomacy are happening around the world to bring us one step closer to cooperation on our biggest conflicts and challenges. But how much do we really know about what goes on behind closed doors? And what are the¬†ingredients of a successful negotiation? We speak to climate diplomacy legend and friend of the pod, Christiana Figueres, about her leadership on one of the most extraordinary diplomatic feats: the 2015 Paris Agreement. Gabrielle Rifkind, a specialist in conflict resolution, tells us about the importance of finding the ‚Äėhuman face‚Äô of conflict. Finally, the EU‚Äôs former top diplomat Catherine Ashton talks to us about the highs and lows of her time on the job, and why all of us are diplomats without even knowing it.
    Plus: We’ve talked sandwiches, we’ve talked toasters. Have a guess at which gadget has Ed bought for himself this week...
    Guests
    Christiana Figueres, co-founder of Global Optimism and former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC 2010-2016 (@CFigueres / @OutrageOptimism) 
    Gabrielle Rifkind, Specialist in conflict resolution and Director of the Oxford Process (@OxfordProcess)
    Catherine Ashton, Former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and author of And then what? Inside stories of 21st century diplomacy 
    More information
    Buy a copy of Catherine's book
    Listen to Outrage and Optimism, Christiana and Tom Rivett-Carnac's podcast
    Learn more about the Oxford Process
    'We need to rethink how we do diplomacy,' Guardian Article, Catherine Ashton
    Learn more about the Paris Agreement, the legally binding treaty on climate change

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    • 48 min
    Gary Younge Interview: Mandela, Trump, Obama and Black Lives Matter

    Gary Younge Interview: Mandela, Trump, Obama and Black Lives Matter

    Hello! This week Ed and Geoff sat down with writer, journalist and now Professor of Sociology, Gary Younge. Gary talks about his new book ‚ÄėDispatches from the Diaspora: From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives Matter‚Äô, and how his upbringing in a new town - Stevenage - led to a life telling stories from historic moments on both sides of the Atlantic, and what he can teach the next generation of journalists.¬†
    Plus: Both Ed and Geoff both went viral fungal this week. Did you see?
    Pre-order a copy of Gary's book here.

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    • 46 min
    Bernie Sanders Interview: baseball, capitalism and mitten memes

    Bernie Sanders Interview: baseball, capitalism and mitten memes

    Hello! While we generally aim for¬†cheerfulness, it's also ok to be a little angry too. Senator Bernie Sanders is. After a long career of fighting for a more progressive politics, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist has had enough: capitalism isn't working for the average American (or Brit) anymore. Three billionaires own more wealth than the bottom half of American society combined, and healthcare, education, and childcare are unaffordable. The establishment has consistently written off his policies as ‚Äėradical‚Äô but Bernie is convinced that what¬†he's fighting for is just common sense. Geoff and Ed sit down with the longest-serving independent politician in US history to talk about baseball, how his policies have influenced the Democrats, and whether Ed has finally met his political meme match.
    Plus: Which tangy snack has Ed rediscovered?
    Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders)
    Buy a copy of It's ok to be angry about capitalism by Bernie Sanders

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    • 42 min
    Full steam ahead: the resurgence of international train travel

    Full steam ahead: the resurgence of international train travel

    Hello! As you wearily stood in a queue for a flight that was four hours delayed, having been hit with a hefty fee for a bag that you swore would fit under the seat, have you ever wondered if there was a better way to travel? Well, you’re not alone! 2022 was a bumper year for international train travel, as people took to the rails to see Europe and beyond. While long-distance train travel is better for the environment, it is often expensive and buying tickets can be fiddly. We speak to rail royalty Mark Smith, better known as the Man in Seat 61, who tells us why this is changing. Journalist and author Monisha Rajesh inspires us with tales of her travels around the world by train and finally we talk to Jody Bauer from Eurail, the company that sells Interrail passes, about its 50th anniversary and why it has revolutionised rail travel around Europe.
    Plus: Has Ed hired the assistance of a food stylist?
    Guests
    Mark Smith, founder of the Man in Seat 61 website (Twitter: @seatsixtyone / Instagram: @seatsixtyone)
    Monisha Rajesh, Journalist and Author (Twitter: @monisha_rajesh / Instagram: @monisha_rajesh)
    Jody Bauer, Research Analyst, Eurail (Instagram: @eurail / @interraileu)
    More information
    To plan an international train journey visit the Man in Seat Sixty-One
    Visit Monisha's website and buy her books Around India in 80 Trains and Around the World in 80 Trains
    Visit 33 countries with one pass. Buy an Interrail or Eurail pass and get inspiration for your next trip here

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    • 54 min
    Laying down the law: can litigation hold climate culprits to account?

    Laying down the law: can litigation hold climate culprits to account?

    Hello! Climate change litigation has come on a long way since the 2000 blockbuster film Erin Brockovich. There's been a huge rise globally in the number of cases being filed against negligent governments and corporations, but what does this mean for our efforts to tackle the climate crisis? We hear from Catherine Higham, policy fellow at LSE, and Laura Clarke from ClientEarth about the kinds of climate-related cases being thrashed out in court. We then cross the pond to Canada, where 15-year-old climate activist Sophia Mathur has been busy suing the Ontario government. We find out what inspired her to act, and what her hopes for the future are.
    Plus: Where did Ed go for a *bracing* open water swim this week?
    Guests
    Catherine Higham, Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE (@CatherineHigha3, @GRI_LSE)
    Laura Clarke, CEO, ClientEarth (@LauraClarkeCE, @ClientEarth) 
    Sophia Mathur, Climate Activist (@sophiamathur)
    More info
    Global Trends in Climate Litigation 2022 (Report, Grantham Research Institute, LSE)
    Learn more about ClientEarth's work
    Learn more about Sophia's journey to becoming an activist
    Why 2023 will be a watershed year for climate litigation (Article, The Guardian)
    Sign up to The Wave: the newsletter about climate litigation and justice
    Links to additional cases mentioned can be found on our website

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    • 44 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.

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Today show ūü§¶

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‚Äôve 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 ūüėä

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