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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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The Bunker is a Podmasters production.

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    How China uses jails to fight the West – with former prisoner Peter Humphrey

    How China uses jails to fight the West – with former prisoner Peter Humphrey

    China’s often controversial imprisonments of foreigners has horrified the Western world. But is Beijing doing this as part of its war with the West? Alex Andreou asks Harvard University research affiliate Peter Humphrey, who spent two years in the Chinese prison system, and now campaigns for the release of others.
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    Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Eliza Davis Beard. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor Andrew Harrison. Art by James Parrett. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production

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    Election '24: Should Sunak stop obsessing over the grey vote?

    Election '24: Should Sunak stop obsessing over the grey vote?

    Britain’s older generations have historically played a key role in elections. But how pivotal is the ‘grey vote’ ahead of July 4, and who is likely to win it? Gavin Esler talks to the New Statesman’s senior data journalist and Britain Elects co-founder Ben Walker about who this demographic actually describes and what they want. 
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    Written and presented by Gavin Esler. Produced by Eliza Davis Beard. Audio production by Tom Taylor. Managing Editor Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor AndrewHarrison. Art by James Parrett. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. 
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    • 25 min
    Total Wipeout? – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis

    Total Wipeout? – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis

    As the Tories bang on about tax, despite it not shifting the polls at all, is the prospect of total obliteration for the Conservative Party growing? And what policy areas and set pieces should we look out for this week? Ros Taylor joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss the campaign trail latest, and look at news from France, Ukraine and the USA. 

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    Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis with Ros Taylor. 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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    • 27 min
    How the Kremlin's spy networks shaped Russia’s history

    How the Kremlin's spy networks shaped Russia’s history

    The Kremlin’s spy networks are well documented – but what’s less known is how they shaped Russian history. In centering the rise and fall of Communism in Russia’s history, are we missing a crucial historical axis – the intelligence services which have long kept an eye on citizens across Russia and further afield. Yuri Felshtinsky, author of From Red Terror To Terrorist State: Russia’s Intelligence Services and Their Fight For World Domination from Felix Dzerzhinsky to Vladimir Putin, joins Alex Andreou in The Bunker to discuss whether the West fails to tell the full story of modern Russia.
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    Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Producer: Liam Tait. Assistant Producer: Adam Wright. Audio editor: Jade Bailey. Managing editor: Jacob Jarvis. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.
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    • 31 min
    The Big Risks for Labour Part 2 – NHS collapses, Prisons boil over, Universities go bust

    The Big Risks for Labour Part 2 – NHS collapses, Prisons boil over, Universities go bust

    What’s in the list of potential crises that could derail Labour’s first year, drawn up by Keir Starmer’s chief of staff Sue Gray and nicknamed “Sue’s shit list”? Today Ros Taylor tells Andrew Harrison what happens to Labour if the prisons crisis boils over, the NHS hits a funding shortfall, or universities start going bust.  
    If you missed Part 1 yesterday, listen now to hear Jonn Elledge explain the consequences of the possible £15bn bankruptcy of Thames Water, the looming collapse of one or more local authorities, and public pay running out of control.
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    • 29 min
    The Big Risks for Labour Part 1 – Thames Water goes bust, councils collapse, public pay crisis

    The Big Risks for Labour Part 1 – Thames Water goes bust, councils collapse, public pay crisis

    A new Labour government could be thrown into chaos by any one of six potential crises, each identified in a dossier of dire warnings prepared by Keir Starmer’s chief of staff Sue Gray. What’s in this critical document, which was quickly nicknamed “Sue’s shit list”? Today journalist Jonn Elledge takes Andrew Harrison through three of them: the possible £15bn bankruptcy of Thames Water, the looming collapse of one or more local authorities, and public pay running out of control.
    In Part 2 tomorrow, Ros Taylor explains what happens to Labour if the prisons crisis boils over, the NHS hits a funding shortfall, or universities start going bust.  
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Customer Reviews

4.5 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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