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How much do we really know about the people who make the headlines? In a provocative new podcast series, the acclaimed BBC, C4 and Newsnight journalist Michael Crick delves into the backgrounds of major figures ranging from Paul Dacre to Angela Rayner to Gary Neville. He talks to the people who know them best to find out what shaped them, what they believe… and what they really want.

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How much do we really know about the people who make the headlines? In a provocative new podcast series, the acclaimed BBC, C4 and Newsnight journalist Michael Crick delves into the backgrounds of major figures ranging from Paul Dacre to Angela Rayner to Gary Neville. He talks to the people who know them best to find out what shaped them, what they believe… and what they really want.

    Podmasters presents a brand new podcast - This Is Not A Drill

    Podmasters presents a brand new podcast - This Is Not A Drill

    From the producers of Mugshots - a brand new show looking at the tectonic shifts in global power occurring right before our eyes, called This Is Not A Drill.

    Presented by ex-BBC News host and Washington correspondent Gavin Esler with a series of co-hosts including Oz Katerji, This Is Not A Drill takes a look at the expanding threats to global stability from Ukraine to the Middle East to China; exploring the dangers, corruption, conflicts and power struggles happening around the world. New episodes out every Wednesday.

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    • 7 min
    Sir Keir Starmer: Labour’s ruthless rescuer

    Sir Keir Starmer: Labour’s ruthless rescuer

    The man who could be Britain’s next prime minister remains a mystery to many. What drives Keir Starmer? Where does that combination of bland amiability and ruthlessness towards the Left come from? And can he prove that competence matters more than charisma?
    Michael Crick talks to two people who knew Starmer well – Labour peer Baroness Helena Kennedy and barrister Prof Bill Bowring – to delve into his past in the legal profession. What makes Keir Starmer tick?


    “He’s had to resurrect from the grave a party that was annihilated… Of course people are going to be unhappy with how he’s done it.” – Helena Kennedy



    “He was always ambitious… If you’d told him in 1987 that he’d become a KC, former DPP, leader of the Labour Party and a potential Prime Ministers, he wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.” – Bill Bowring



    “He’s someone who’ll know what’s going on in every department… He’s a details man.” – Helena Kennedy



    Written and presented by Michael Crick. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Mugshots is a Podmasters Production
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    • 30 min
    Sir Jim Ratcliffe: The mogul who wants Man United

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe: The mogul who wants Man United

    “Rich, powerful, ruthless…” Once named Britain’s richest man, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe built his chemical empire Ineos from nothing into a £65bn business. He’s aggressively pro-Brexit and pro-fracking, he humiliated the Unite union in the Grangemouth industrial dispute… and now he wants to buy Manchester United. What drove the lad from a Failsworth council estate to become so powerful? How did he turn Ineos into a giant? And what can Man United expect from him if his bid is successful?
    Michael Crick talks to some people who know the tycoon’s methods well: former Scottish First Minister Sir Alex Salmond, Labour’s former leader in Scotland Richard Leonard MSP, and former Dean of the London Business School Prof Sir Andrew Likierman, who taught Ratcliffe.


    “The INEOS site represents 10% of Scotland’s GDP in one man’s hands – and that man’s a tax exile in the South of France with his HQ in Switzerland.” – Richard Leonard



    “This was clearly somebody who was ambitious and capable and who was going to get on… We just didn’t realise just how capable he was.” – Andrew Likierman



    “I found Jim quite a straightforward ruthless capitalist… You mustn’t expect him not to be hard-nosed – but my feelings towards him are quite positive.” – Alex Salmond



    “For Manchester United fans, I’m not sure whether Jim Ratcliffe is the Devil or the deep blue sea.” – Richard Leonard



    Written and presented by Michael Crick. Produced by Neil Fearn. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Mugshots is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 30 min
    Ron DeSantis: The man to stop Trump?

    Ron DeSantis: The man to stop Trump?

    Once a Trump loyalist, Florida’s combative governor Ron DeSantis is now favourite to take the Republican Presidential nomination from his former patron. Running on an explosive cocktail of culture war issues and hardline governance, he could become the first Florida-born President. But what does DeSantis want? Could he defeat Trump and then Biden? And would a President DeSantis abandon Ukraine?
    Michael Crick talks to Peter Feaman, a Republican lawyer who represents Florida on the RNC; Professor Michael Binder of the University of North Florida; and Ryan Wiggins of the anti-MAGA Republican group The Lincoln Project about what make DeSantis run – and how far he could go.


    “De Santis is Trump on steroids… He’s not the brightest ball in the box but his wife is driving this train – and she’s very good at it.” – Ryan Wiggins



    “If you want to be the man, sometimes you’ve got to beat The Man.” – Michael Binder



    “He’s refusing to denounce antisemitism, encouraging white supremacists, taking rights away from people of colour and LGBTQ… I don’t think it’s a stretch to call it fascism.” – Ryan Wiggins



    “DeSantis is Donald Trump 2.0. He has the same aggression and fighting spirit but a little less rough round the edges.” – Peter Feaman



    Written and presented by Michael Crick. Produced by Neil Fearn. Additional research by Mathilda Walters. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Mugshots is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 30 min
    Kemi Badenoch: The Strange Rise of A Tory Secret Weapon

    Kemi Badenoch: The Strange Rise of A Tory Secret Weapon

    A rising star among young Tories, Kemi Badenoch has made a name on the Tory Right as an aggressive culture warrior by stoking controversy on race and trans rights. But she’s a mystery too, an ambitious player with powerful sponsors. How did Badenoch’s Nigerian childhood, her time in banking, and her early days in the Tory Party shape her? And where is Kemi Badenoch going next?
    Michael Crick talks to Tory insiders – peers Stephen Greenhalgh and Tony Sewell and backbencher Danny Kruger – about the irresistible rise of a woman who relishes a fight.
    Written and presented by Michael Crick. Produced by Neil Fearn. Additional research by Mathilda Walters. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Mugshots is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 37 min
    Vladimir Putin: The Sphinx of the Kremlin

    Vladimir Putin: The Sphinx of the Kremlin

    Michael Crick profiles the people who shape our world. This time: Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has unmasked him as a paranoid autocrat and a probable war criminal. But for much of his career the Russian leader was an unreadable mystery. The West thought it could manipulate this former KGB/FSB officer… yet he ended up manipulating them. What made Putin so effective? And where will his brutal adventures end?
    Michael Crick looks at the making of a tyrant with former NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson, former British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow and intelligence expert Mark Galeotti.


    “Russia is not going to stand in a queue with a bunch of other countries that don’t matter.” – George Robertson



    “Once Putin is in the top job, he very quickly makes it clear that he’s not planning on being anyone's factotum.” – Mark Galeotti



    “There isn’t a great deal of mystery about what Mr Putin thinks about Russia and the world. There’s quite often a lot of doubt about what he'll actually do.” – Laurie Bristow



    “Putin doesn’t want to kill you unless you force him to.” – Mark Galeotti



    Written and presented by Michael Crick. Produced by Neil Fearn. Additional research by Mathilda Walters. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Mugshots is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 45 min

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