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

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

    Cold War

    Cold War

    In this week’s episode:




    Can Russia turn off Germany’s gas?




    Wolfgang Münchau and Katja Hoyer discuss Germany’s looming energy crisis (0.51).




    Also this week:




    What are relations like between Boris Johnson and Prince Charles? 





    The Spectator’s diary editor, James Heale talks with Camilla Tominey from the Telegraph talk about the growing tensions between the Prime Minister and future King (19.56).




    And finally:   




    Are sex parties becoming a cliché?




    Emma Sayle, CEO of Killing Kittens and James Innes-Smith, talk about the rise of sex parties and why they’ve become an open secret. (27.48)




    Hosted by Lara Prendergast & William Moore




    Produced by Natasha Feroze




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    • 41 min
    Putin's billions

    Putin's billions

    In this week’s episode:




    Are Russian sanctions backfiring?





    The Spectator’s economics editor, Kate Andrews and Elisabeth Braw from American Enterprise Institute discuss why sanctions against Russia may be playing into Putin’s hands. (0.57)




    Also this week:




    Does Carrie Johnson get a hard time from the British public? 





    Spectator columnist, Matthew Parris talks with the Daily Mail columnist about the role of a Prime Minister’s wife and why they are given such a bad time. (13.56)




    And finally:




    What’s so special about our cars?




    Juliet Nicolson & Tanya Gold, a Spectator contributor chat about their shared love for cars. (24.06)




    Hosted by Lara Prendergast & William Moore




    Produced by Natasha Feroze




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    • 35 min
    The death of political authority

    The death of political authority

    In this week’s episode:

    Why is there a lack of faith in western leaders? Spectator deputy editor Freddy Gray, Callum Williams from the Economist & Harvard professor Barbara Kellerman discuss why the world feel so leaderless. (00:44)




    Also this week:

    How do you escape the church of scientology? Spectator Columnist Mary Wakefield talks with former scientologist Claire Headley about her life inside the organisation and how hard it was to leave. (15:07)




    And finally:
    Should we all give boxing a go?
    Anil Bhoyrul & James Amos organiser of Boodles Boxing Ball on the strange world of White Collar Boxing. (27:40)




    Hosted by Lara Prendergast & William Moore

    Produced by Sam Holmes




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    • 37 min
    How the rebels plan to finish off Boris

    How the rebels plan to finish off Boris

    In this week’s episode:

    Is the Prime Minister a dead man walking? Spectator Political Editor James Forsyth and MP Jesse Norman who expressed no confidence in Monday's vote discuss the future of Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. (00:45)


    Also this week:

    Why is there so much virtue signalling in modern advertising? Spectator Columnist Lionel Shriver and veteran copywriter Paul Burke discuss its origins, its prevalence, and its effectiveness. (20:20)


    And finally:

    Is the dinner party dead? Gus Carter writes in The Spectator this week about how he is never invited to any. He’s joined by Mary Killen to give him some tips on planning a sophisticated bash on a budget. (34:45)


    Hosted by Lara Prendergast & William Moore

    Produced by Sam Holmes


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    • 45 min
    The quiet radicalism of Elizabeth II

    The quiet radicalism of Elizabeth II

    In this week’s episode:

    Robert Hardman & Angela Levin, two of the UK’s royal specialists, explore the character of the Queen and the impact she has had on the institution of the monarchy. (00:36)



    Also this week:

    For now, it seems that Boris Johnson is hanging on after the publishing of the Sue Gray report, but how stable is his position? Could a vote of no confidence be closer than anyone expects? The Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth joins the podcast to discuss. (13:47)



    And finally:

    Is Chinese cinema in decline? Cindy Yu writes on this in this week’s Spectator, and she joins the podcast along with Andrew Heskins, the founder of easternkicks.com, a review website specialising in Asian film, and co-founder of the film festival, Focus Hong Kong.

    (23:33)



    Hosted by Lara Prendergast

    Produced by Sam Holmes



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    • 33 min
    Inside Taiwan’s plan to thwart Beijing

    Inside Taiwan’s plan to thwart Beijing

    In this week’s episode:
    Ian Williams, author of The Fire of the Dragon: China’s New Cold war, and Alessio Patalano, Professor of War and Strategy in East Asia at King’s College London, talk about how the war in Ukraine has changed the thinking in Taiwan. (00:37)




    Also this week:
    Was Sue Gray’s report on Downing Street parties a game-changer or a damp squib? The Spectator’s editor, Fraser Nelson, and our political editor, James Forsyth, join the podcast to discuss the fallout from partygate. (15:39)




    And finally:
    If rising restaurant prices are causing you grief, you're not alone. Writer Yesenda Maxtone Graham and The Spectator’s Wikiman columnist, Rory Sutherland, join the podcast. (27:55)




    Hosted by William Moore
    Produced by Sam Holmes




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    • 36 min

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