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The Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.

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The Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.

    The break-up: Is Boris about to lose Scotland?

    The break-up: Is Boris about to lose Scotland?

    Could No. 10 infighting lose the Union? (00:40) When should the government tell us how to behave? (13:20) Can a relationship work without hugging for a year? (31:30)

     

    With The Spectator’s deputy political editor Katy Balls; The Spectator’s Scotland editor Alex Massie; vice chair of Ogilvy and Spectator columnist Rory Sutherland; Deirdre McCloskey, Professor of Economics, History, English and Communications at University of Illinois at Chicago; writer Rob Palk; and journalist Emily Hill. 

     

    Presented by Lara Prendergast. 

     

    Produced by Max Jeffery and Charlie Price.

    • 40 min
    Power jab: the rise of vaccine diplomacy

    Power jab: the rise of vaccine diplomacy

    How are China and Russia getting ahead in the great game of vaccine diplomacy? (00:50) Has the US press lost its way? (11:30) Why is Anglo-Saxon history making a comeback? (27:20)

    With The Spectator's broadcast editor Cindy Yu; journalist Owen Matthews; Harper's publisher Rick MacArthur; The Washington Post's media critic Erik Wemple; journalist Dan Hitchens; and Sutton Hoo archaeologist Professor Martin Craver.

    Presented by Lara Prendergast.

    Produced by Max Jeffery and Matt Taylor.

    • 44 min
    Papers please: what will immunity passports look like?

    Papers please: what will immunity passports look like?

    On this week's episode, we talk vaccine passports (1:10), Nord Stream 2 (14:55) and the appeal of chess (30:50).

    With entrepreneur Louis-James Davis, journalist James Ball, analyst Wolfgang Munchau, academic Kadri Liik, chess columnist Luke McShane and chess streamer Fiona Steil-Antoni.

    Presented by Lara Prendergast.

    Produced by Cindy Yu, Max Jeffery and Alexa Rendell.

    • 40 min
    Holy Relic: What will be left of the Church after the pandemic?

    Holy Relic: What will be left of the Church after the pandemic?

    Are parish churches about to be devastated by bureaucracy and mismanagement? (00:55) What's the story behind the UK's vaccination efforts? (07:55) Has an intransigent union stopped firefighters from helping the Covid response? (21:55)

    With church volunteer Emma Thompson; Rector of Great St Barts Marcus Walker; The Spectator's deputy political editor Katy Balls; senior project manager at the University of Oxford's Jenner Institute Adam Ritchie; journalist Leo McKinsey; and chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council Roy Wilsher.

    Presented by Lara Prendergast.

    Produced by Max Jeffery, Sam Russell and Matt Taylor.

    • 33 min
    Vaccine wars: the global battle for a precious resource

    Vaccine wars: the global battle for a precious resource

    Why has the vaccine rollout turned nasty? (00:45) What's the sex abuse scandal rocking France's elite? (16:55) Have artists run out of new ideas? (28:35)

    With Daily Telegraph columnist Matthew Lynn; science journalist and author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 Laura Spinney; Spectator contributor Jonathan Miller; journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet; Dean Kissick, New York editor of Spike Art Magazine; and Eddy Frankel, visual art editor of Time Out magazine.

    Presented by Lara Prendergast.

    Produced by Max Jeffery, Alexa Rendell and Matt Taylor.

    • 38 min
    Biden time: can he stop America’s ‘uncivil war’?

    Biden time: can he stop America’s ‘uncivil war’?

    Can Joe Biden unite America? (01:05) Why is the UK's vaccine rollout its most important economic policy? (12:10) And how can re-enactments bring history to life? (22:15)

    With The Spectator's economics correspondent Kate Andrews; US editor Freddy Gray; political editor James Forsyth; Capital Economics chairman Roger Bootle; re-enactor Chris Brown and historical consultant Justin Pollard.

    Presented by Lara Prendergast.

    Produced by Max Jeffery, Alexa Rendell, Sam Russell and Matt Taylor.

    • 34 min

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