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    #197: Sebastian Payne on Ben Houchen

    #197: Sebastian Payne on Ben Houchen

    Who is Ben Houchen and how did he help the Tories topple the red wall? Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor at the Financial Times joins the podcast to discuss the Tees Valley mayor that Boris Johnson is reportedly "obsessed" with, as well as the wider themes in his new book Broken Heartlands.
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    #196: The world’s top thinkers 2021

    #196: The world’s top thinkers 2021

    What does it mean to be a public intellectual in 2021? In this episode Tom Clark, Sameer Rahim and Philip Ball discuss the work of Prospect’s Top Thinker of 2021, Palestinian embryologist Jacob Hanna, as well other notable names including Priyamvada Gopal, Mahmood Mandani and Carlo Rovelli.
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    #195 Richard H Thaler on nudge and sludge

    #195 Richard H Thaler on nudge and sludge

    Bestselling author and renegade economist Richard H Thaler joins the Prospect Interview to talk about the book that made him famous, Nudge. So influential that the UK Cabinet office even created a dedicated Nudge Unit, the groundbreaking book–first published in 2008–is back in a final, revised edition.
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    #194: Andrew Adonis on Boris Johnson

    #194: Andrew Adonis on Boris Johnson

    On this week’s podcast we’re joined by Prospect’s own contributing editor, Andrew Adonis, who discusses the class clown who became one of our most dominant prime ministers, Boris Johnson. How did he get to where he is today? In explaining the “Johnson phenomenon,” Andrew argues that we have to look back at the school that made him as well as many other prime ministers: Eton College.
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    #193: Rebecca Wragg Sykes on the lives of the Neanderthals

    #193: Rebecca Wragg Sykes on the lives of the Neanderthals

    On this week’s episode we speak to archaeologist and author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, Rebecca Wragg Sykes. She joins managing editor Sameer Rahim to discuss the fascinating story of our closest cousins, the Neanderthals: how they might have lived, whether they had imagination—and just how much of our perceptions of them has changed in the 150 years since we first discovered their fossils.
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    #192: Amia Srinivasan on porn and desire

    #192: Amia Srinivasan on porn and desire

    On this week’s episode, writer, philosopher and Oxford don Amia Srinivasan joins us to talk about the ideas explored in her latest essay collection, The Right to Sex. From male entitlement to the politics of desire, Amia tells us why sex is a topic in need of a more philosophical interrogation.
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