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Where does the centre-left belong in the modern world? Alison McGovern, Henna Shah and Stephanie Lloyd look at the ideas and the people to take us forward in the regular podcast from Progress.

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Where does the centre-left belong in the modern world? Alison McGovern, Henna Shah and Stephanie Lloyd look at the ideas and the people to take us forward in the regular podcast from Progress.

    (Room) 101. Peter Pomerantsev on the War Against Reality

    (Room) 101. Peter Pomerantsev on the War Against Reality

    Peter Pomerantsev's parents arrived in London as political refugees from the Soviet Union and after being persecuted for their distribution of banned literature.

    They devoted their life in the UK to radio broadcast, working at the BBC – an organisation that liberated them in its impartiality and commitment to the pursuit of objective truth. But today, Peter is seeing the very thing that liberated his parents – the freedom of information flow – destroy any notions that we had of objective truth.

    Peter was a TV producer in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, and it was here that he wrote his first book – Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible – as he began to notice that post-Soviet Russia lacked any sense of a new identity and that cynical PR men and post-truth politicians were rushing in to fill that void.

    After writing that book he returned to the UK in search of a rest-bite, only to find that the post-truth politics he left behind in Russia was taking hold here in the UK and across the world.

    In his latest book – This Is Not Propaganda – Peter speaks to online, pro-democracy activists across the world who are on the front lines of the information war. In this new war of freedom vs tyranny, the strategy of oppression is not suppressing freedom of information flow, but to overload us with so much contradictory information that we don't know who or what to trust.

    Peter talks to Stefan Rollnick about his family's story, whether the age of information has sent democracy into a death spiral, and we talk about what – if anything – can get us back out. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 47 min
    100. Party conference special with Patrick Maguire

    100. Party conference special with Patrick Maguire

    We made it! To celebrate making it to one hundred, Stefan Rollnick manages to grab Alison McGovern and New Statesman's political correspondent Patrick Maguire during a busy day in Brighton at Labour party conference to talk about how politics has changed during the two years since the podcast was launched.
    Stefan also runs in to to Progress colleague Joe Cox in a beer garden where they catch up about the work he's been doing with HOPE not hate since he left Progress. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    99. Henna visits the Advocacy Academy

    99. Henna visits the Advocacy Academy

    Two years ago in south west London, posters for long-finished TV series and films started to reappear at bus stops. But instead of displaying the casts of The Inbetweeners and Harry Potter that many of us would recognise, these actors were different: they were black.
    A group of young activists from Brixton, supported by the Advocacy Academy, launched the Legally Black campaign to raise awareness about the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of black British people in the media. This campaign, like many other campaigns run out of the Advocacy Academy, was driven and led entirely by young people in their local areas.
    On this episode of the pod, join Henna on her visit to the Advocacy Academy and listen to her conversation with their commercial director Saba Shafi about how they're supporting young people to create a more fair and just society. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    98. Narratives of hate – with Cristina Ariza

    98. Narratives of hate – with Cristina Ariza

    Stefan Rollnick talks to Cristina Ariza from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, who has been comparing the themes of Breivik’s manifesto with four far-right groups in the United Kingdom to see how their narratives compare and to see what it can teach us about how to fightback against these narratives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 23 min
    97. General election now? – with Darren Jones MP

    97. General election now? – with Darren Jones MP

    Henna is joined by Progress director Nathan Yeowell, and Darren Jones MP to discuss the imminent possibility of a general election, the constitutional impact of the government's actions, and what Labour progressives should be doing right now. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 19 min
    96. The next step for Progress — with Nathan Yeowell

    96. The next step for Progress — with Nathan Yeowell

    In the last of our special series of interviews over recess, Henna sits down with new Progress director, Nathan Yeowell. Aside from a very serious conversation about the future of social democracy in the Labour Party, and the role of Progress today, we cover everything from Pontypool politics, to the 1992 election, and why Barbara Castle should get her own statue in Parliament Square. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 36 min

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great for progressives across the labour spectrum

although I’m further left in the labour tradition, I listen to this podcast pretty much every week especially to get me through long car journeys. Progress is an important part of our party and significantly strong at leading progressives on the issues of Brexit and liberation for minorities - particularly while other parts of the party are letting us down in these areas. Lots of great interviews on the podcast which give a nice insight into labour history (very useful to me as someone born in 1998!!) My favourites have been the latest Rachel Reeves interview and also the Angela Eagle LGBT history month special - that one made me cry which wasn’t ideal as I was driving at the time! Very inspiring stuff.

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