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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

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The world is on fire. There's a coup. A former president is being indicted. Inflation is through the roof, and AI is taking our jobs. What does it all mean? Each week, Matt Bevan explains the biggest story in world news while hiding in his basement from assassins and authoritarian regimes.

    Will Biden leaving send the Democrats into chaos?

    Will Biden leaving send the Democrats into chaos?

    After weeks of speculation and acrimony, President Joe Biden has abandoned his bid for re-election, and endorsed his Vice President Kamala Harris to be his successor.

    This scenario has happened once before - late in the election cycle, a President bailed out and tried to hand over power to their Vice President. The subsequent chaos at the 1968 Democratic convention is legendary, and is something the party will be desperate to avoid in 2024.

    • 17 min
    How America was primed for Trump shooting conspiracies

    How America was primed for Trump shooting conspiracies

    When 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks shot at former-President Donald Trump on July 13, the American public was ready with conspiracy theories explaining how and why he did it. 

    And that shouldn’t come as a shock. Most Americans think President John F Kennedy was assassinated as part of a conspiracy, either by the US Government, Cubans, or the Mafia. 

    They’re primed to believe their government is keeping secrets from them—because it is. 

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    • 19 min
    Who Broke Britain: What took Labour so long?

    Who Broke Britain: What took Labour so long?

    Last week, the UK Labour Party won the general election in a landslide victory.

    In the past four episodes we've detailed the chaos, ineptitude and hubris of the Conservative Party during their time in office.

    So you might be thinking, what took the Labour Party so long to get elected?

    On the final episode of our Who Broke Britain series, how Labour went to war with itself — over policy, factions, personalities, Brexit, and anti-Semitism.

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    • 19 min
    Who Broke Britain 4: Stop the boats

    Who Broke Britain 4: Stop the boats

    The UK election is being held today and polls indicate the Conservative Party will lose in a landslide.

    One of the key policies the government is running on is a version of Australia's offshore immigration detention policy, which was launched by prime minister John Howard in the lead-up to the 2001 election.

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's two year fight over this policy has not only been a colossal failure, it will likely drag the Tories down with it.

    So as the UK decides on their next Prime Minister, we're asking, who really broke Britain?

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    • 19 min
    Who Broke Britain 3: The NHS in crisis

    Who Broke Britain 3: The NHS in crisis

    Britain's National Health Service was in crisis when COVID arrived in the UK.

    After years of increasing demand and flatlining funding, the NHS was deeply broken.

    One Chancellor called the NHS "the closest thing the English people have to a religion", so how was it left to fall into disrepair, on the edge of collapse, right as a catastrophic pandemic hit?

    This is part 3 of our series, Who Broke Britain.

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    • 18 min
    Who Broke Britain 2: The Brexit gamble

    Who Broke Britain 2: The Brexit gamble

    British Prime Minister David Cameron took a colossal gamble when he called for a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

    Instead, he brought about Brexit and sent the country into three years of chaos.

    Cameron was certain his side — Remain — would win. How did he get it so wrong?

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

Geoff MV ,

A great time to review past episodes

If you're struggling to work out how the world got to the mess in Ukraine : go and listen to Russia if you're listening. It is quickly apparent that it was inevitable.
Great Journalism. Listen to all series.

2PsInAPodcast ,

Borderline anti-west rhetoric can be annoying

well produced and entertaining enough to continue subscribing…for now

not liar truth teller ,

I need to Invade Ukrain

I’m tired

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