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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.
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    PRISON BREAK: Alternatives for women in the justice system

    PRISON BREAK: Alternatives for women in the justice system

    Hello! This week we’re talking about women in prison. Women make up a tiny proportion of the prison population - less than 5% - and yet their imprisonment can wreak lasting and far-reaching damage. Addressing the needs of this minority could have a significant positive impact, say Kate Paradine, CEO of Women in Prison, Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust and Mel Evans from No Births Behind Bars.
     
    Plus: Ed’s gearing up for a festival special.
     
    Buy tickets for our live show here on 17th July here
     
    Women in Prison
     
    Prison Reform Trust
     
    Paula’s podcast the Secret Life of Prisons
     
    No Births Behind Bars, sign the petition 

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    • 51 min
    FROM PHILANTHROPY TO JUSTICE: what the wealthy can contribute to society

    FROM PHILANTHROPY TO JUSTICE: what the wealthy can contribute to society

    Hello! This week we’re revisiting a topic we’ve examined before: the role of the ultra-wealthy in our society. The Patriotic Millionaires movement recently lobbied in Davos for governments around the world to tax them more. We talk to Gemma McGough from Patriotic Millionaires about why it’s important for the rich to speak up, to Stephanie Brobbey about how wealthy people can become ‘good ancestors’, and to Derek Bardowell about taking funders and philanthropists on an educational journey to see the light about systemic change.
    Plus: Ed admits the real reason he likes cycling to work and Geoff’s personalised number plate secret is finally outed.
    Buy tickets for the live show on 17th July here
    Listen to our 2017 episode ‘Who wants to tax a millionaire’
    Listen to our 2019 episode ‘For richer, for super richer: taxing the ultra wealthy’
    Patriotic Millionaires UK
    The Good Ancestor Movement
    Ten Years’ Time
    Why Philanthropy Isn’t The Answer (with Anand Giridharadas), Pitchfork Economics Podcast

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    • 54 min
    Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

    Andrea Elliott: Invisible Child

    Hello, as part of Cheerful Book Club we're welcoming our first ever Pulitzer Prize winner onto the show. Andrea Elliott talks about her new book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City. Almost a decade in the making, the book follows a young girl, Dasani, as she grows up without a home in New York City. We talk to Andrea about what it's like to win a Pulitzer, the role of the journalist, Obama and her reasons for hope and optimism.
     
    Plus: Ed has crossed the pond and we hear about an improbable new sport for Geoff to turn his hand to.
     
    Buy tickets for our live show here: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/reasons-to-be-cheerful-live/
     
    Andrea's book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/144/1447200/invisible-child/9781529151169.html

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    • 37 min
    ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROAM: Making nature accessible to everyone

    ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROAM: Making nature accessible to everyone

    Hello! This week we’re talking about the accessibility of public land and the Right to Roam campaign. Only 8% of land in England is accessible to the general public and one-third of land is still owned by the aristocracy. We talk to Nick Hayes about the history of this archaic system and the Right to Roam Campaign; Nadia Shaikh about barriers to accessing nature and the countryside for people of colour; and Jon Moses about how we get to a future where more of our land is accessible to all.
     
    Plus: Ed and Geoff bring kleptomaniac seagulls and fugitive flamingos to justice and why the aubergine revolution is now in motion
     
    Right to Roam Campaign: https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/
    Kinder in Colour: https://kinderincolour.land/


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    • 47 min
    MIND THE (HEALTH) GAP: The postcode lottery of life

    MIND THE (HEALTH) GAP: The postcode lottery of life

    Hello! This week we’re talking about health inequalities. The evidence has long been clear that your life circumstances determine how long and how healthy your life will be. Over the last decade, life expectancy has stalled and the pandemic has amplified existing inequalities. In the face of this bleak prognosis, we look for optimism with the leading academic on the topic Professor. Sir Michael Marmot, who tells us about the social factors that determine health; Christina Gray, Member of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) and Director for Communities and Public Health for Bristol on the importance of community cohesion; and Chris Thomas, Principal Research Fellow at IPPR about the links between health and economic prosperity.
    Plus: Geoff talks Star Wars and Ed tells us about his run-in with the Chancellor.
    Show notes:
    Buy tickets for the live show on 17th July here: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/reasons-to-be-cheerful-live/
    Ed's speech in the Commons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjtXbwi-2Qg
    Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review, 2010): https://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/fair-society-healthy-lives-the-marmot-review
     
    Marmot Review 10 Years On (2020): https://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/marmot-review-10-years-on
     
    Build Back Fairer: The COVID-19 Marmot Review (2021): https://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/resources-reports/build-back-fairer-the-covid-19-marmot-review
     
    Ambition Lawrence Weston: https://www.ambitionlw.org/
     
    IPPR: Introducing the Commission on Health and Prosperity (2022): https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/health-and-prosperity

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    • 50 min
    BRAIN POWER: Disentangling the narratives around dyslexia

    BRAIN POWER: Disentangling the narratives around dyslexia

    Hello! This week we’re talking about dyslexia—how we need to improve its recognition in our society and understand the contribution people with dyslexia can make. At least 1 in 10 people in the UK are estimated to have dyslexia and are still facing barriers to inclusion in the classroom, the workplace and society more broadly. We speak to Andy Cook from the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, Kate Griggs from Made by Dyslexia and Rob Jennings from the Dyscalculia Network about the power of dyslexic thinking, celebrating neurodiversity and how it’s not just about facing challenges with spelling.
    Plus: Ed has been interacting with rogue birdlife again and we hear about Geoff’s time moonlighting as an estate agent.
    Links from the episode
    The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity: https://www.helenarkell.org.uk/
    Dyscalculia Network: https://www.dyscalculianetwork.com/
    Made by Dyslexia: https://www.madebydyslexia.org/
    Kate's TEDx talk: The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia | Kate Griggs | TEDxBrighton
    Email your comments, questions and episode ideas to reasons@cheerfulpodcast.com or at www.cheerfulpodcast.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

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    • 48 min

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