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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.

    Autocratic for the People: How the New Tyrants Rule

    Autocratic for the People: How the New Tyrants Rule

    Authoritarian leaders are dominating 21st century politics. How did this new generation of strongmen rise to power? Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, joins Nick Cohen to discuss his new book The Age of The Strongman, which covers the rise of the modern-day dictator, and what their leadership means for the world.


    “There was always going to be a backlash against the ‘end of history’ way of doing things.”

    “With the West having gone through the financial crisis, it wasn’t hard for China to say ‘we are the future’.”

    “For the key period of getting Brexit done, Boris Johnson did follow the strongman tradition.”

    “If Putin had won a quick victory in Ukraine, it would’ve been a huge boost for the strongman ideal.”

    ”Trump changed the rhetoric of America. He embraced Putin’s arguments.”



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    Written and presented by Nick Cohen. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 36 min
    Inside the Oxford Clique That Warped Our Future

    Inside the Oxford Clique That Warped Our Future

    Eleven of the fifteen postwar Prime Ministers went to Oxford. How did their privileged upbringing change the U.K? The FT’s Simon Kuper talks to Ros Taylor about how the entitled atmospheres of Oxford and Eton shaped modern Britain, detailed in his latest book Chums.


    “Boris Johnson was probably the best known person at Oxford in his day.”


    “It’s a great advantage in politics to have a recognisable brand, and Eton encourages that.”


    “Johnson learnt all his debating tricks from the Oxford Union.”


    “The problem with being Prime Minister is you have to offer substance, and Johnson can’t do that.”


    “Daniel Hannan is the Karl Marx of Brexit. He is one of the most important figures in British history.”




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    Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 28 min
    Grocery Incompetence – Weekly Edition

    Grocery Incompetence – Weekly Edition

    We look at the Government’s culture war push as people are told to just work harder to beat the cost of living crisis. What bargain bin policies are being used to shift attention from the hardship so many are facing? Plus, as those struggling are told to budget their way out of poverty, we look at the ludicrous money saving advice being dished out. And finally, the panel marks the end of the iPod. Freelance writer and columnist Hannah Fearn is this week’s guest. 



    “All politicians, no matter how charmed, reach a point where their luck runs out.” – Justin Quirk



    “A lot of aspects of poverty have been rendered invisible.” – Justin Quirk 



    “What I find weird is Britain's fetishisation of poverty.” – Marie Le Conte



    “Any government that doesn't care that children are growing up in poverty shouldn't be a government.” – Hannah Fearn



    “People are thinking about how to feed their children, not the Brexit election strategy.” – Hannah Fearn "



    “Blaming Brexit for what's happening at home won't cut it.” – Hannah Fearn



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    Presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 1 hr
    NATO: It’s Scandinavian For Value – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan

    NATO: It’s Scandinavian For Value – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan

    As Finland and Sweden look to join Nato, we unpack the latest from Ukraine as Putin faces consequences for his invasion. How will the Russian leader react amid signs of defeat? Then at home, we discuss the latest Brexit wranglings over the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus, questions of Keir Starmer’s leadership persist. Is he really in trouble? Ros Taylor is joined by Yasmeen Serhan to tee up the week ahead, and glance back at the weekend’s Eurovision contest. 


    “Ukraine has exceeded people’s wildest expectations.” – Yasmeen Serhan 


    “Putin has created a larger and more attractive NATO.” – Yasmeen Serhan 


    “With the protocol it feels like we are back in 2019 again.” – Yasmeen Serhan


    “I was primed for the UK to not win any points because that’s what I’d been told always happens.” – Yasmeen Serhan 





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    Presented by Ros Taylor with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 23 min
    Under Siege: Can Biden Bear the Onslaught?

    Under Siege: Can Biden Bear the Onslaught?

    Joe Biden’s poll ratings have been underwater for months. What is the state of his presidency? Dorian Lynskey speaks to Dr. Thomas Gift, founding director of UCL’s Centre on US Politics, to discuss the Democrat’s tenure so far. Is a Trump rematch on the cards, and could Biden win again? And if not him, could anyone else come to his party’s rescue in 2024? Plus, what will the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade mean for the Democratic leader?


    “If I look at the democratic field right now, I can't see a very deep bench.”

    “If Trump does run again it becomes less of a referendum of the last 4 years, and more about who voters prefer - Trump or Biden?”

    “There have also been factors outside of Biden's control that have contributed to his low polling numbers.”

    “The notion of Trumpism, and what this represents, is just so strong.”





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    Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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    • 35 min
    Culture Bunker: Eurovision 2022, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, new music from Florence and the Machine and The Smile, plus Conversations with Friends

    Culture Bunker: Eurovision 2022, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, new music from Florence and the Machine and The Smile, plus Conversations with Friends

    Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk

    This year’s Eurovision is upon us – but is it full of Boom Bang-a Bangers or a bit of a Waterloo? Linda Marric and Michael Hogan join us to chew on this year’s line up, and new albums from Florence and The Machine AND Radiohead offshoots The Smile, and Conversations with Friends, the latest Sally Rooney adaptation from the BBC  

    Plus, you wait years for a Multiverse and then two turn up at once - we wrap our minds around new reality-bending epic Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, and chat to directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels. 

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    More What Does Eurovision Mean To You? here:
    https://twitter.com/sturdyAlex/status/1524695837078654976?s=20&t=EuEE-DWL0IZmrA1KU6mN0g



    “Scott Mills is like a really bad Graham Norton tribute act and it shouldn’t be allowed.” – Michael Hogan



    “How often do we see a film being taken in by younger generations, with a heroine over 40?” – Linda Marric on Everything, Everywhere, All At Once



    “I was cracking my knuckles, expecting to get into it and shred it to pieces, but it's annoyingly good.” – Michael Hogan on Dance Fever



    “It tasted exactly how you would expect a cocktail with 2/3 Radiohead and 1/3 Sons of Kemet would taste like.” – Alex Andreou on A Light for Attracting Attention




    Hear all the music on our rolling playlists.
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    Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. 
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Domic57 ,

Astute and articulate...

...and interesting, uninhibited guests.

AlemarSF ,

Must I be an atheist to be fully included?

It’s great to hear the diverse view of opinions on the podcast and I enjoy the conversations immensely. Once and a while, it does feel isolating. Alex Andreou, whom I very much like, recently interviewed Dr. Steven Pinker. It was an excellent interview, but I did feel at certain points that they were just kind of bashing religion as illogical nonsense and it would just be nice to hear a diversity of views on religion as well in other episodes. It’s clear this is predominantly a podcast for people who aren’t religious, but it would mean a lot to those of us out there if y’all could bring I, people with other viewpoints about God and the spiritual aspects of humanity and have equally engaging conversations.

PegOfIL ,

Excellent resource

Found these folks a couple years ago when researching alternatives to BBC Brexit coverage. Sometimes they paint with too broad a brush on US politics, government but they can be counted on for “deep dive” on UK politics, instant reactions to events there. Nice EU takes from time to time. (Stop inviting US “conservatives” as guests. The get too much air time in US as it is).

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