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Politics and culture, locked down.

From the producers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker is fearless, independent political and culture talk for Britain and beyond. We examine the big issues with humour and expertise, cutting through the claptrap to make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on.

Our full-panel roundtable podcast goes out every Tuesday, with shorter Bunker Daily editions on a single subject or interview on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and the Culture Bunker on Saturdays, covering music, movies, TV and entertainment.
 
Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Miatta Fahnbulleh • Andrew Harrison • Ayesha Hazarika • Marie le Conte • Justin Quirk • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith • Arthur Snell • Siân Pattenden • Justin Quirk • Ros Taylor.
 
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Politics and culture, locked down.

From the producers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker is fearless, independent political and culture talk for Britain and beyond. We examine the big issues with humour and expertise, cutting through the claptrap to make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on.

Our full-panel roundtable podcast goes out every Tuesday, with shorter Bunker Daily editions on a single subject or interview on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and the Culture Bunker on Saturdays, covering music, movies, TV and entertainment.
 
Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Miatta Fahnbulleh • Andrew Harrison • Ayesha Hazarika • Marie le Conte • Justin Quirk • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith • Arthur Snell • Siân Pattenden • Justin Quirk • Ros Taylor.
 
• Sign up to support the podcast and get episodes ad-free and early: patreon.com/bunkercast.
 
The Bunker is a Podmasters production.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Big Bill Energy – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk

    Big Bill Energy – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk

    Coming up in the next seven days: The attack on Salman Rushdie continues to reverberate. Will Keir Starmer’s plan to freeze the energy cap burst Truss and Sunak’s tax-cuts bubble? And Trump’s worries mount as more details emerge of what the FBI found in Mar-a-Lago. Alex Andreou looks at the next seven days with Justin Quirk. 

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    “Sunak just needed to sit back and let Truss reveal herself for the idiot she is – but he blew it spectacularly.” 

    “When it comes to Trump zealots, you’re not dealing with logic but religious fervour.”

    “It’s getting harder and harder for the government to call these strikers communist loons.”




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    Written and presented by Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Lead producer: Jacob Archbold. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 30 min
    Split the Difference: India’s Partition Explained with Ahir Shah and Eshaan Akbar

    Split the Difference: India’s Partition Explained with Ahir Shah and Eshaan Akbar

    It’s 75 years since British India was split in two, but what does Partition mean today? Signalling the end of British colonial rule in the subcontinent, and leaving thousands dead and millions displaced – why are we not taught about it in schools? Ahir Shah discusses family histories and second generation identity with fellow British-Asian comedian Eshaan Akbar. 

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    “All you are taught at school is: Henry VIII was a bit of a legend, then World War Two.” – Ahir Shah



    “Wounds created in 1947 remained open and festering for decades.” – Ahir Shah



    “You have these two senses of us in your head - I can’t believe WE did this to US.” – Ahir Shah



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    Presented by Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Jade Bailey. Audio production by Jade Bailey The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 29 min
    Culture Bunker: Sandman, Woodstock ’99, Danger Mouse’s hip hop classic

    Culture Bunker: Sandman, Woodstock ’99, Danger Mouse’s hip hop classic

    Your pop culture update: Does Netflix smash The Sandman only make sense if you’re a comics geek? Super-producer Danger Mouse’s return to hip hop leaves our panel “totally blown away.” And why does Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 leave such a nasty taste in the mouth? Music business writer Eamonn Forde joins Alex and Andrew. 

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    “Tom Sturridge as Dream has an incredibly striking look, like a terribly deprived version of Bernard from Black Books…” – Eamonn Forde



    “Sandman puts a bunch of myths in a bag and shakes them.” – Alex Andreou



    “This is a fantastic album… Danger Mouse has done Pop 101 for hip hop and just written bangers.” – Eamonn Forde



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    Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. 
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bunker Gold: Donald Trump – The Final Word with Mary Trump

    Bunker Gold: Donald Trump – The Final Word with Mary Trump

    In this week’s Bunker Gold, listen back to Jude Rogers in conversation with Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, from January 2021. 

    On the last day of Trump’s warped presidency, his niece Mary – psychologist and author of Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man – reflected on the making of a man who impressed his psychopathologies on a nation. How does a person get like this? What is it like when a family member places the entire world in peril? And could a defeated Trump represent an even worse danger to American democracy?


    “For the first time in his life he can’t spin a loss into a win. And it’s driving him crazy.”

    “At a very deep level, Donald knows he’s never been truly successful and has no skills.”

    “When Donald was elected I knew he would do to my country what he and his father had done to my family.”

    “What shocks me is that there are people on this planet who are weaker than Donald. I didn’t think that was possible”

    “In the election, if he was going down, he would try to take the rest of us with him. And that’s exactly what he did.”

    “Failure to live up Fred Trump’s demands got you destroyed. And that’s what happened to my dad.”

    “If the cameras disappear, Donald ceases to exist.”


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    • 37 min
    British Fail: How to Fix Our Broken Train System

    British Fail: How to Fix Our Broken Train System

    With workers on strike and services cancelled, why are Britain’s railways such a mess? And how can they be fixed? Tom Haines-Doran, research fellow at Leeds University and author of Derailed: How to Fix Britain’s Broken Railways, joins Ros Taylor to discuss the problems with the UK’s train system, and what needs to happen for our railways to get back on track.


    “Once a new Prime Minister is in place we could see a lot more strike action take place.”

    “The Government has deliberately shifted the cost of running the railways onto passengers.”

    “It’s extraordinary the Government would put up prices 13% after a year of turmoil on the railways.”

    “Railway workers really do have some power.”



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    Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Additional sound effects from www.zapsplat.com and AlienXXX via Freesound.org
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    • 24 min
    Why China Wants to Crush Taiwan

    Why China Wants to Crush Taiwan

    Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week has ignited tensions around the island, but why does China want to crush Taiwan? Cindy Yu, host of the Chinese Whispers podcast, joins Alex Andreou to explain the status of Taiwan, why Pelosi’s visit has angered Beijing, and how the situation could develop in the months ahead.


    “If Taiwan declared independence they would incur the wrath of Beijing.”


    “The national security law has made a peaceful reunification with Taiwan almost impossible.”


    “If the West doesn’t want to get into a decoupling situation with China, it needs to be strong on Russia.”


    “Xi has made it part of his legacy to reunite China with Taiwan.”




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    Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

John Dog ,

Came for Nick Cohen, stayed for everything else!

Top-notch comment and discussion on politics and more in the UK, as that poor beleaguered construct suffers through the consequences of leaving the EU.

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A must listen!

Came for the Ian Dunt cursing, stayed for the brilliant political insight.

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Pre-launch Enthusiasm!

A five star review solely based on the trailer because a podcast made by the Remainiacs team must be worth listening to!

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