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Welcome to the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Countdown, hosted by Mike Kear in Australia and guest co-hosts from around the bluegrass world. It's the weekly podcast where we play the 20 hottest songs in the world of bluegrass music, as compiled by BluegrassToday.com. Each week, we compile a Top 20 Countdown program from the BT chart, and play each song in its entirety from Number 20 all the way to Number 1, just like Casey Kasem used to do it! To keep things spicy, we'll talk a little bit ab ...
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Triple Captain is the FPL podcast featuring FPL obsessed actor & Top 10K Finisher (18/19) Luke Jerdy and talkSPORT commentator Rich Wolfenden. Every week, the boys discuss the major talking points of the week in Fantasy Premier League with one aim in mind - to get you to the top of your mini league! Triple Captain also features lots of FPL obsessed guests - so far we've had comedian and former Soccer AM presenter Lloyd Griffith, Radio X's Toby Tarrant, 5 Live and Sky Sports presenter Carolin ...
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Rishi Sunak has set a date with the British electorate - the 4th of July. Now the dust has settled on the Prime Minister's announcement, we're taking a look at the central issue of the economy in this campaign. Bloomberg's Head of Economics and Government Stephanie Flanders and our Associate Editor Ailbhe Rea join us to discuss how the data and the…
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UK inflation is down to 2.3%, with Tory and Labour frontbenchers scrambling to grab the narrative. And while the Conservatives may be down, they're hoping the economy will mean they're not out. We talk prices, interest rates and the jobs market with Bloomberg Economics' Chief UK Economist Dan Hanson and whether the data can move the dial. Hosted by…
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A seven-year inquiry into the infected blood scandal says the deaths of more than 30,000 people infected with viruses whilst receiving NHS care were preventable. But how did it happen and what can those in charge do to stop something similar happening again? Bloomberg's James Woolcock and Cara McGoogan, author of a book on the disaster, join the po…
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Iran's President and Foreign Minister were among nine officials killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday in the country's northwest. Foul play isn't suspected, but it will now mean a change in Iran's top leadership at a fractious time in the Middle East. Our EMEA News Director Rosalind Mathieson and Head of Bloomberg's Iran coverage Golnar Motevalli …
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations all over the world and Countdown to a new number 1. The countdown is based on the airplay survey done by BluegrassToday.…
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Labour leader Keir Starmer set out six 'first steps for change' in a speech in Essex today, kicking off his bid to lead the country. We get the details from Bloomberg's Associate Editor Ailbhe Rea. Plus, political marketing expert Benedict Pringle shares his thoughts on how the campaign is cutting through. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Yuan Potts. …
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The government has rejected some of the key recommendation of a Treasury committee report into sexism and misogyny in the financial services industry. Our equality reporter Olivia Konotey-Ahulu brings us details of the government's response. It comes after MPs narrowly passed a bill which could see lawmakers arrested for violent or sexual assault b…
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The UK government wants to tell a positive economic story about trade. The problem is Saudi Arabia, a country investing billions in Britain, has been given a "deplorable human rights record" by groups like Human Rights Watch. Our Saudi Arabia bureau chief Christine Burke explains how Riyadh has emerged as a global player, why five UK ministers are …
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After suffering heavy losses in the local elections, the Prime Minister is attempting to reset his party's agenda with a speech focusing on national security and defence. Is Sunak right to warn the UK is facing some of the most dangerous years in its history? We discuss with Samir Puri, Associate Fellow at Chatham House. Hosted by Lizzy Burden and …
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations all over the world and Countdown to a new number 1. The countdown is based on the airplay survey done by BluegrassToday.…
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Andy Haldane says we all need to take more risk. The former Bank of England chief economist, semi-endorses Rachel Reeves's "Securonomics", but says government, individuals and businesses need to be bolder if we're to grow faster. NIESR are also looking to the future. Deputy Director Stephen Millard tells us the government cannot afford autumn tax c…
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The UK's Supreme Court has just ruled on a case involving £37 million worth of silver salvaged from a shipwreck in the Indian Ocean. Argentum Exploration, which found the trove, had staked a legal claim to it, but the South African government successfully argued it was rightfully theirs, and shouldn't be subject to a court ruling in the UK. Bloombe…
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Data this week is likely to show the economy improving. But Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves says the Conservatives are 'gaslighting' Britain. Our Senior Economy Reporter Philip Aldrick was at her speech. We ask him if the numbers back up the shadow chancellor's claims, and whether an improved economy could save the Tories? Hosted by Caroline Hepker…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations all over the world and Countdown to a new number 1. The countdown is based on the airplay survey done by BluegrassToday.…
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Early results from England's elections paint a gloomy picture for the Tories. We dissect the numbers and hear from polling guru John Curtice of Strathclyde University and government minister Andrew Griffith. Plus, UK government reporters Ailbhe Rea and Joe Mayes on what it all means for the upcoming general election and Rishi Sunak's job security. …
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As voters in England and Wales prepare to head to the polls tomorrow, we zoom in on the London mayoral race. We hear from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties on their plans for the city, while Bloomberg's senior UK government reporter Alex Wickham brings us the details on Labour's campaign. Hosted by Caroline Hepker and Stephen Car…
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After Humza Yousaf declared his intention to step down, Ipsos Scotland's Managing Director Emily Gray discusses the frictions within the SNP, the party's polling and leadership options, and if the trouble at Bute House changes election campaigns run in Westminster. With Bloomberg anchors Caroline Hepker and Lizzy Burden. See omnystudio.com/listener…
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A diplomatic row has erupted between the UK and Ireland over migration policy, after Rishi Sunak said the increase in asylum seekers going from the UK to Ireland was a sign his Rwanda deportation deterrent was working. Our Dublin bureau chief Jennifer Duggan and senior UK government reporter Alex Wickham explain the background to the dispute, and t…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. . This week, Mike’s joined by Mike Mitchell as guest cohost. Mike Mitchell’s from Floyd, Virginia although he was born in Canada. He’s a songwriter, bandleader, fiddle player of renown, singer, and will add some mighty …
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Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf is facing a vote of no confidence after ending a power sharing agreement with the Green Party. The challenge has seen opposition MSPs from the Scottish Labour and Conservative parties unite against him too. We ask former chief of staff to Nicola Sturgeon, Liz Lloyd if he can survive. Hosted by James Woolcock and…
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Our analysis of data from Reed Recruitment shows employers are offering fewer flexible and hybrid-working positions, potentially making it harder to bring people back into the job market. Tackling what the government calls 'sick note culture' and reducing the benefits bill is a key priority for the PM. Bloomberg reporter Irina Anghel walks us throu…
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The Prime Minister wants to spend more on defence, but do his numbers add up? We discuss the cost of Rishi Sunak's Warsaw pledge with Ben Zaranko from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. While the PM's away, it was the turn of Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden and Labour's Deputy Leader Angela Rayner to fill in at PMQs, which featured jibes about l…
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Rishi Sunak's bill calling Rwanda a safe place to send migrants is set to become law after the House of Lords passed it last night. Bloomberg's Ailbhe Rea discusses what happens next, and what the policy might actually deliver after years of wrangling. Plus, checks on the EU food goods coming into Britain are set to be imposed next week. We ask Bri…
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Thames Water now says it needs to spend nearly £20 billion by 2030 on fixing the water and sewage system, but the company appears to have little prospect of being able to raise the money. Our energy and environment reporter Jess Shankleman and distressed debt reporter Lucca de Paoli unpack the latest turn in the water firm's crisis. Plus, Bloomberg…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations all over the world and Countdown to a new number 1. The countdown is based on the airplay survey done by BluegrassToday.…
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Having helped to repel Iran's attack on Israel last weekend, we discuss the UK's initial reaction to Israel's retaliation overnight with Bloomberg's EMEA News Director Rosalind Mathieson. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says no one wants escalation, but after six months of a war in Gaza, is the conflict destined to grow? Plus, can being cool rub off? We…
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UN data shows 3.2% of the global population are international migrants and in a year of global elections it's a hot political issue. Bloomberg's Senior Economy and Government Editor Alan Crawford joins us to talk through what's at stake. In the UK, much of the debate centres on the government's controversial Rwanda bill. We discuss the legislation …
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Jeremy Hunt tells Bloomberg that interest rate cuts and an improved economic situation will help lift voters' moods ahead of a general election, adding to speculation about an autumn vote. We bring you our interview with the Chancellor, as well as the first Prime Minister's Questions after the Easter recess. Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer traded barb…
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The latest UK Jobs data saw unemployment jump to a six month high. Bloomberg's economics reporter Irina Anghel joins us to talk through the figures. Plus, the government has announced legislation to criminalise the creation of deepfake images and videos as part of plans to tackle violence against women. We speak to Women and Equalities Select Commi…
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UK jets helped Israel to fend off Iran's first-ever direct attack over the weekend, but Foreign Secretary David Cameron is now urging restraint from the Israeli government in its response. We discuss the foreign policy challenges with Bloomberg Managing Editor Adam Blenford, and Julie Norman, Senior Middle East Fellow at RUSI. Any escalation in the…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations all over the world and Countdown to a new number 1. The countdown is based on the airplay survey done by BluegrassToday.…
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Several banks have started offering the opportunity to bet against Thames Water's debt. It's the latest sign of an impending crisis at the UK's biggest water supplier, after it was labelled 'uninvestable' by its own shareholders. We talk through the company's options and what they could mean for customers and the government, with Bloomberg's Tasos …
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The local election campaign is in full swing, but Rishi Sunak can't escape his own splintered party, with Boris Johnson grabbing the headlines with a speech in Canada. We ask Bloomberg UK Government Reporter Ellen Milligan how it's going for the PM. Labour meanwhile are determined to stick resolutely to their message of 'no complacency'. But what w…
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Meta's Nick Clegg told an event in London the social media giant isn't seeing artificial intelligence being used a on a "systemic basis" to disrupt elections arguing that the technology can be a 'sword and shield' against harmful content. We discuss the risks posted by AI and social media with our technology reporter Mark Bergen, and Keegan McBride…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. This week, Mike’s joined as guest co-host by award winning songwriter Rick Lang, who’s written so many of my favourite bluegrass songs. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass…
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The UK's Foreign Secretary is in America to lobby for more funding for Ukraine. Our Managing Editor Brendan Scott explains Britain's changing role on the world stage and speculates how Cameron's meeting went with former president Donald Trump. Back at home, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves is also trying to raise some cash by tightening up non-dom r…
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Robert Stheeman has borrowed more than £3 trillion for the government in his 21 years running the Debt Management Office. He's been speaking to Bloomberg about the challenges of raising debt through a pandemic, the 2008 financial crash, and Liz Truss's premiership. Bloomberg's Alice Gledhill brings us details of her interview. Plus: the Resolution …
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A rift has emerged in the cabinet over a plan to suspend arms sales to Israel, with Rishi Sunak and David Cameron caught between Tory factions who support or oppose the move. Over 800 lawyers and academics have signed a letter to the Prime Minister warning Britain is breaching international law by continuing to allow arms sales. One of them, human …
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A new poll is predicting a Labour super-majority of over 400 seats at the next general election. YouGov's Patrick English joins us to discuss the details of their projections, and our Political Editor Kitty Donaldson brings us Westminster's reaction. Plus, financial pressure mounts on Thames Water, the UK's biggest supplier. Our reporter Eamon Farh…
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With less than a month to go until local elections in England and Wales, our UK government editor Alex Morales tells us what's at stake for the parties. Local government funding is also in focus, as some councillors call for an independent review of the system for accessing 'Levelling Up' money. Graeme Atherton from the Centre for Inequality and Le…
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Scotland's new law on hate crimes came into force this week, amid criticism from the likes of author JK Rowling. We discuss the law's expanded definition of hate speech with human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. Also in the show: our reporter Jess Shankleman updates us on a crunch week for Thames Water and its financial troubles. Plus: Tiwa Abeba…
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Join Mike Kear in Sydney, as he counts down the 20 hottest bluegrass songs on the bluegrass chart according to BluegrassToday.com. This week, Mike’s joined as guest co-host by Jon Goldfine, bass player with Chicago Bluegrass Band Henhouse Prowlers. As usual Mike will spin IN FULL the Top 20 songs played this past week on bluegrass radio stations al…
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Meg Hillier, chair of the cross-party Public Accounts Committee, is warning of spending 'Nasties' in store for the next government in a new report, Bloomberg's UK Politics Editor Alex Morales brings us the details. Meanwhile, in local government, the spending nasties might already have arrived. Mayor of Hackney Caroline Woodley tells us how she's t…
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Two more Conservative ministers have announced they won't be contesting the next election, prompting a mini-cabinet reshuffle for Rishi Sunak. Bloomberg's Associate Editor Ailbhe Rea joins us with the details. Plus, at 28 years old Carmen Smith is the UK's youngest member of the House of Lords. The Plaid Cymru politician talks to us about youth eng…
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The UK and the US have accused China of cyberattacks targeting politicians, voters' data, and election regulators in an election year. Our TV anchor and former Beijing Correspondent in London Tom Mackenzie explains how Britain's relationship has gone so awry and what these latest claims mean. Plus, looking for a job? It might help to have the lette…
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