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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.

Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd Cheerful

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    • 4.8, 74 Ratings

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.

    150. 150 NOT OUT: so what have we learned?

    150. 150 NOT OUT: so what have we learned?

    Hello! We’ve done it! Reasons to be Cheerful has hit the big the 1-5-0. Reunited at a safe distance in Ed’s garden, we thought it was time for a bit of self-indulgence… We chat about what we’ve learned, pick out the memorable moments, and explore some themes that have come up again and again since that first episode nearly three years ago.


    PLUS a couple of birthday surprises!
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    149. WE BUILT THIS CITY ON BIKES AND STROLLS

    149. WE BUILT THIS CITY ON BIKES AND STROLLS

    Hello! In the last few months towns and cities around the world have experimented with closing roads, expanding pavements and pop-up cycle lanes. Does this offer a vision of a better way of using space on our streets? Greater Manchester walking and cycling supremo Chris Boardman talks us through what’s happened in the region and their plans for the future. And former New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explains why this is an important moment to rethink our approach to getting around.


    Plus very cheerful comedian Josie Long on lockdown, Twitch & the future of live comedy. 


    Read Farhad Manjoo's piece on the vision of a future without cars: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/opinion/sunday/ban-cars-manhattan-cities.html
     
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    • 55 min
    148. CUTTING ZUCK’S BUCKS: can an ad boycott change Facebook?

    148. CUTTING ZUCK’S BUCKS: can an ad boycott change Facebook?

    Hello! It’s a story that brings together Mark Zuckerberg, Nick Clegg and the biggest civil rights groups in the US... This week we’re talking about the incredible success of the Stop Hate for Profit Facebook ad boycott. Jessica González, one of the leading figures in the campaign, explains how they’ve persuaded 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook over a lack of action on hate speech. Digital organiser Melissa Ryan talks about why social media has such a problem with extremist content. And the Centre for Countering Digital Hate’s Imran Ahmed tells us why mobilising advertisers works.
     
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    • 58 min
    147. CHILDCARE MATTERS: learning lessons from lockdown

    147. CHILDCARE MATTERS: learning lessons from lockdown

    Hello! In recent months, many working parents have had to juggle looking after kids at home with their usual jobs. Research shows this has had a disproportionate impact on working mothers. We talk to researcher Christine Berry and Lucie Stephens from the New Economics Foundation about our reliance on childcare, the crisis now facing the sector, and how to ensure it is truly valued in the coronavirus recovery. Then Mary-Ann Stephenson from the Women’s Budget group discusses the broader economic impact of the last few months on women.


    Plus singer-songwriter turned CBeebies star Nick Cope is here to talk about his Popcast!
     
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    • 58 min
    146. NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY: tackling the scandal of food poverty

    146. NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY: tackling the scandal of food poverty

    Hello! Even before lockdown began, millions of people in the UK regularly struggled to afford to eat and the current crisis has only made this worse. This week we're talking about Britain’s hunger problem. Food bank manager Jon Taylor explains the huge rise in food poverty that he’s seen. Kath Dalmeny from Sustain talks solutions, including the case for a new 'right to food'. And we ask Unni Kjærnes about the situation in Norway.


    Plus director, screenwriter and king of romcoms Richard Curtis chats about Make My Money Matter - his new campaign on how our pensions are invested.


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    • 57 min
    145. THE SHOW MUST GO ON: why we need to save the arts

    145. THE SHOW MUST GO ON: why we need to save the arts

    Hello! With 70% British theatres on the brink of collapse and hundreds of thousands of arts jobs at risk, we’re talking about the need to save our arts and culture sector. Playwright James Graham sets out the threat to theatres and what government needs to do. Our FDR expert David Woolner is back to explain the huge art programmes in the New Deal. Then Berlin-based journalist Kate Brown talks about Germany’s ambitious culture bailout.


    Plus poet Lemn Sissay on lockdown, judging the Booker Prize, and his powerful memoir ‘My Name is Why’.


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Cok Siskoyum ,

Best podcast team ever

Yup cannot miss this.

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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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Very nice show

These guys are really easy to listen to. It's almost like we're in the room with them. Great topics, informative, never dry - very nice show.

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