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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

    140. MOBILISING A ZERO CARBON ARMY: green jobs for young people

    140. MOBILISING A ZERO CARBON ARMY: green jobs for young people

    Hello! More than a million young people could be unemployed in the wake of the current crisis. How can we create opportunities for young people to find work and contribute to tackling the climate crisis? Historian David Woolner talks through lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps - established in the US in response to the Great Depression. Youth Futures Foundation’s Anna Smee and the Resolution Foundation’s Kathleen Henehan discuss the problem of youth unemployment today. And Martin Moore explains his exciting idea for a Youth Environment Service.
     
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    139. A MISSION FOR SORTITION: citizens’ assemblies & the climate crisis

    139. A MISSION FOR SORTITION: citizens’ assemblies & the climate crisis

    Hello! This weekend was the final meeting of the UK’s Climate Assembly. As BIG fans of citizens’ assemblies, we explore how it went and what comes next. Assembly member Ibrahim talks about his experience. Climate expert Becky Willis explains how we can revolutionise democracy to tackle the climate crisis. And Shared Futures' Pete Bryant argues for local climate juries in towns and cities across the country.


    AND Big Issue founder John Bird on how we can support the magazine during lockdown.


    But before all that, we have a special guest... Find 'Talking Politics: History of Ideas' here https://play.acast.com/s/history-of-ideas/


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    138. PEOPLE ARE GOOD: a truly radical idea

    138. PEOPLE ARE GOOD: a truly radical idea

    Hello! What would society look like if we started from the assumption that people are fundamentally decent? We speak to historian Rutger Bregman about ‘Humankind’ - his new book arguing for a positive view of human nature. Then we talk to COVID mutual aid volunteer Sam Maher about how our instinct in crises is often to help others. And to constructive journalism campaigner Jodie Jackson about why the news should go beyond showing the worst of humanity. 


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    137. TACKLING ROUGH SLEEPING: why does it take a pandemic?

    137. TACKLING ROUGH SLEEPING: why does it take a pandemic?

    Hello! Thousands of rough sleepers have been given a place to stay during the lockdown. If we can do it in a pandemic, why not the rest of the time? We talk to Matt Downie from Crisis and Maggie Brunjes from Homeless Network Scotland about how we can build on the last few weeks to end rough sleeping for good. Then Danny Dorling discusses what this shows about our ability to tackle injustice and why he thinks the world was slowing down even before the current crisis.


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    136. STRINGS ATTACHED: designing better bailouts

    136. STRINGS ATTACHED: designing better bailouts

    Hello! Some sectors are likely to need further support during this crisis. But should government attach conditions to corporate bailouts, or even seek an equity stake in bailed out companies? Danish MP Rune Lund explains why everyone’s talking about Denmark’s approach. Then Common Wealth’s Adrienne Buller and economist Mariana Mazzucato discuss the conditions they’d like to see over here.


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    Former table tennis champion turned best-selling author Matthew Syed chats about his book on the importance of diverse thinking.
     
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    135. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING?: learning from crises of the past

    135. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING?: learning from crises of the past

    Hello! What determines whether crises lead to major social change? We talk to two historians about lessons from the past. Walter Scheidel explains his argument that economic inequality has only ever been significantly reduced by catastrophes and war. Then Theda Skocpol discusses the impact that ideas and social movements can have.


    Plus ParkRun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt on the story behind its phenomenal success.
     
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73 Ratings

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Best podcast team ever

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Absolutely wonderful podcast! It’s informative, funny, charming, and more. Very easy to listen to and it’s very well done. The podcast is quite, as the title suggests, a breath of fresh air!

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