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Your daily Need To Know on news and politics. Every morning The Bunker cuts through the noise to make sense of what’s really going on, with smart explainers, interviews, fresh perspectives and under-reported stories to rescue you from everyday Punch and Judy news coverage. It’s the only way to start the day. From the producers of Oh God, What Now?
Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Hannah Fearn • Andrew Harrison • Jacob Jarvis • Marie le Conte • Jude Rogers • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Siân Pattenden • Ros Taylor.
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Your daily Need To Know on news and politics. Every morning The Bunker cuts through the noise to make sense of what’s really going on, with smart explainers, interviews, fresh perspectives and under-reported stories to rescue you from everyday Punch and Judy news coverage. It’s the only way to start the day. From the producers of Oh God, What Now?
Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Hannah Fearn • Andrew Harrison • Jacob Jarvis • Marie le Conte • Jude Rogers • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Siân Pattenden • Ros Taylor.
• Sign up to support the podcast and get episodes ad-free and early: patreon.com/bunkercast
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    Liz Truss tries to conquer America

    Liz Truss tries to conquer America

    Liz Truss is looking to spread her particular brand of chaos to the United States after trashing her reputation in the UK. She popped up at the latest CPAC, to give a speech to a crowd of baffled right-wingers who simply didn’t know who she was. What is CPAC, who is Truss hanging out with and what is she trying to achieve? Ben Jacobs is an American political journalist and joins Jacob Jarvis in The Bunker to answer those questions.

    • “CPAC is a Trump show...this is full Trump fandom” – Ben Jacobs
    • “The folks who knew who Truss was were sceptical.” – Ben Jacobs.
    • “For hundreds of years people have been coming to the US to start afresh – she’s just following in their footsteps.” – Ben Jacobs

    Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

    Who is the real Keir Starmer? – Tom Baldwin tells Ros Taylor

    Who is the real Keir Starmer? – Tom Baldwin tells Ros Taylor

    Most people know who Keir Starmer is – but don’t know much about his character. Who is the Labour leader really? Tom Baldwin is a journalist, political adviser and author of the newly published Keir Starmer: The Biography. He’s spent time figuring out who the man who’s likely to become the next Prime Minister really is – and joins Ros Taylor in The Bunker to discuss what he’s learned.

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    • “He’s complicated like Britain is… and I think the media have largely got him wrong.” – Tom Baldwin
    • “A lot of politicians like to pretend they like football to make them look normal… Starmer uses football as an anchor to pull him back to normalcy.” – Tom Baldwin
    • “In politics everyone wants to place you on an ideological spectrum and he doesn’t like that.” – Tom Baldwin

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    Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

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    Who is the real Keir Starmer? – Tom Baldwin tells Ros Taylor

    Who is the real Keir Starmer? – Tom Baldwin tells Ros Taylor

    Most people know who Keir Starmer is – but don’t know much about his character. Who is the Labour leader really? Tom Baldwin is a journalist, political adviser and author of the newly published Keir Starmer: The Biography. He’s spent time figuring out who the man who’s likely to become the next Prime Minister really is – and joins Ros Taylor in The Bunker to discuss what he’s learned.

    Buy Keir Starmer: The Biography through our affiliate bookshop and you’ll help fund The Bunker by earning us a small commission for every sale. Bookshop.org’s fees help support independent bookshops too.

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    • “He’s complicated like Britain is… and I think the media have largely got him wrong.” – Tom Baldwin
    • “A lot of politicians like to pretend they like football to make them look normal… Starmer uses football as an anchor to pull him back to normalcy.” – Tom Baldwin
    • “In politics everyone wants to place you on an ideological spectrum and he doesn’t like that.” – Tom Baldwin


    Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

    ‘I was Putin’s speech writer. I don’t recognise him anymore’

    ‘I was Putin’s speech writer. I don’t recognise him anymore’

    Abbas Gallyamov wrote scripts for Vladimir Putin for 3 years from 2008. He describes Vladimir Putin in that time as ‘logical’ and ‘in control of his emotions’. Now, after Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine he says Putin is ‘erratic’ and unrecognisable. His opposition to Putin has reportedly landed him on the Kremlin’s wanted list. He joins Chris Jones from exile away from his motherland, to discuss how Putin has changed, his popularity and the upcoming March election.
    •”Back then he was totally different, he was absolutely logical and in full control of his emotions.” – Abbas Gallyamov.
    •”These polls are about the number of brave people that dare, in the current situation, to say they don’t trust Putin.” – Abbas Gallyamov.
    •”Who on Earth in Russia would answer ‘do you or do you not trust Putin?’ - it’s like opening the gates to hell.” – Abbas Gallyamov.
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    Written, presented and produced by Chris Jones. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

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    • 28 min
    Has Alexei Navalny's death doomed Russia's future? – Chris Jones asks Dr. Jan Dollbaum

    Has Alexei Navalny's death doomed Russia's future? – Chris Jones asks Dr. Jan Dollbaum

    The death of Alexei Navalny sent shockwaves across the world. Has Russia’s hope of a brighter future, beyond the reign of Putin, died alongside him? And will we ever know the full truth around his demise – or why it has happened now? To answer these questions and more, Dr. Jan Dollbaum, head of research group ‘Mobilisation and Representation in post-Soviet Eastern Europe’ at LMU Munich and co-author of Navalny: Putin’s Nemesis, Russia’s Future? speaks to Chris Jones in The Bunker. 
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    • “The emotions that the Kremlin wants to create are hopelessness and despair. When people are angry with something, that anger can make them overcome their fear. But hopelessness keeps people individualised, and stops collective action.” – Dr. Jan Dollbaum
    • “Naming any sanctions against Russia as ’Navalny Sanctions’ sends the message that Navalny is an agent of the West, and Russian propaganda would rejoice in using that opportunity to make that clear to its population.”  – Dr. Jan Dollbaum
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    Written and Presented by Chris Jones. Produced by: Eliza Davis Beard. Audio production: Simon Williams. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 29 min
    Whip-off merchants – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

    Whip-off merchants – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

    Lee Anderson has lost the whip – will any other horrid MPs follow this week? And there’s the by-election in Rochdale coming up, which will likely mean more bad news for Sunak. Plus, we discuss the latest from the  US presidential race, conflict in the Middle East and concerns over Putin’s actions. Alex Andreou joins Jacob Jarvis to tee up the stories to look out for in the coming days,

    • “A dog whistle is only meant to be heard by people really tuned in, this is turning into a foghorn.” – Alex Andreou 

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    Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Audio editor: Robin Leeburn. Managing editor: Jacob Jarvis. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.



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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Domic57 ,

Astute and articulate...

...and interesting, uninhibited guests.

Mukkuroni ,

Not so much

Used to love this pod, now tired of the endless snark. And the attacks on Sunak veer uncomfortably close to racism.

Gaspargo ,

Read Starmer in The Guardian

If you truly believe that Kindness is the correct choice, then follow the approach of the lead Prosecutor above.

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