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Matthew Crawford: the dangers of Safetyism
Freddie Sayers speaks to Matthew Crawford, a motorcycle mechanic turned philosopher with a unique perspective on the current moment. Instead of talking in terms of partisan politics, he talks in terms of lived experience and what a good life feels like.
I’ve been a fan since his first book, and was delighted to have this wide-ranging conversation about risk, autonomy and and the new politics. In such a divided time, his is one of the few voices that could appeal equally to a Californian surfer dude and a midwestern religious conservative. That’s why it’s so important. Have a watch.
Ross Douthat: are the BLM protests a religious movement?
Freddie Sayers talks to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat about his new book The Decadent Society, the religious aspect of antiracism protests, Obama and Trump, and whether lockdowns are a symptom of — or cure for — the decadent West.
Hold on to your hats, we hit some big topics in this half hour! Hope you enjoy.
The importance of place
Host Ayesha Hazarika is joined by Douglas Alexander, chair of Unicef UK and former Labour Party cabinet minister, and Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future think tank, to discuss their under-reported stories of the week.
Douglas discussed the importance of belonging and place, while Sunder asked why so few people are talking about the fate of the British in the EU post-Brexit.
Why is UKIP embracing the YouTube Right?
Host Ayesha Hazarika is joined by comedian Matt Forde, and journalist Gavin Haynes, to discuss their under-reported stories of the week.
Matt highlighted the voluntary ban on betting ads during sporting events, while Gavin talked about the ongoing disintegration of UKIP.
The panel also discussed their heroes and villains of the week.
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We're not the only ones having problems with the EU
Ayesha Hazarika is joined by Novara Media Editor Ash Sarkar, and Paul Embery, trade union official and UnHerd columnist, to discuss their under-reported stories of the week.
Ash brought up the EU potentially fining Italy for setting an illegal budget, while Paul wanted to talk about the London Ambulance Service considering whether to tell its call handlers to avoid calling people 'Sir' or 'Madam' to cause offence.
The panel also discussed their hero of the week, Clement Attlee, while Ayesha asked whether people with different political opinions are villains, after John McDonnell gave an interview saying he couldn't be friends with Conservatives.
Initially balanced. Current moderator ruins it.
The first episodes back in the fall were great, but the current “moderator” ruins it for me. Her left wing bias is obvious and she tends to shut down any views she doesn’t want to hear that don’t confirm those biases. Can you guys rotate the moderator please to have a free and open debate? Thank you.