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Running Mate is HuffPost UK’s podcast series explaining the U.S. election for Brits and those wondering what on earth is going on in America. Speaking with reporters and commentators, HuffPost UK’s man in New York, Graeme Demianyk explores what is going on in American politics and society as the 2020 election looms.
 
HuffPost UK’s Entertainment team offers an irreverent look at three of the biggest - and, at times, most ridiculous - stories from the world of TV, film and celebrity in ‘Into It’, offering their take on what’s going on in the world of pop culture.
 
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It’s been a nightmare week for Boris Johnson, who kicked the hornet’s nest when he blamed Dominic Cummings for a series of damaging leaks. The former adviser replied with a stinging public attack, which has left the prime minister fending off multiple bad headlines around his handling of the Covid crisis. On top of that, the Tories are now facing a…
 
Allegations of cronyism and government by WhatsApp have been intensifying around the Conservatives as Boris Johnson’s texts to manufacturer and Tory donor James Dyson add to the lobbying scandal engulfing former PM David Cameron and members of the Cabinet. Labour think they’ve found a message to take to the doorstep for local elections, but are cla…
 
With local elections around the corner, Boris Johnson’s Tories find themselves in a stronger position than they would have imagined just a few short months ago. Will the successful deployment of coronavirus vaccines wipe the memory of the issues Britain endured during repeated lockdowns, giving the prime minister a vaccine bounce? Arj Singh, Paul W…
 
The scale of protests, anger and shared feeling amongst women that they aren’t safe in British society after the killing of Sarah Everard has sparked a change in attitudes towards women’s safety in Westminster. But is a government led by a prime minister who’s been accused of sexism multiple times really capable of the change needed? Joining Arj Si…
 
The disappearance of Sarah Everard, Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, and the resignations of two government equality advisers have revealed just how much work there still is to do to make Britain a more equal society for all. Joining Arj Singh, Rachel Wearmouth and Paul Waugh, Tory chair of the Commons women and equalities comm…
 
This week Rishi Sunak delivered his heavily-trailed Budget, revealing a spend now, tax later approach to the economic recovery from coronavirus. It included big spending on Covid support measures but a sting in the tail as taxes were hiked to their highest level since the 1960s. There were also accusations of “pork barrel politics” as Tory areas be…
 
After Boris Johnson revealed his “road map” for the country to exit lockdown but with the vaccination programme continuing to go well, attention is turning towards the path to economic recovery. What will chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget next week do to help those in need now? What might it tell us about the government’s vision for the future? And a…
 
As the lockdown continues in Britain, attitudes are changing across Westminster to problem gambling as restrictions leave people couple up at home, inundated with betting ads and turning to online gambling sites for entertainment. Can an unlikely cross-party coalition of campaigners bring about change? Labour MP and PPS to Keir Starmer, Carolyn Har…
 
The government is facing another big Tory rebellion, this time over the cladding scandal which has seen people trapped in unsafe, unsellable flats after the Grenfell disaster, because their buildings are covered in unsafe material. Boris Johnson’s lockdown caution is also causing consternation on the backbenches, as the vaccine rollout continues to…
 
When it comes to mother-daughter relationships, it’s complicated: some are best friends, others aren’t on speaking terms, while some daughters still revert to acting like a teenager around their mum even though they’re way too old to throw a strop (hiya!). Why is it so tricky to find the right balance? We speak to Rosjke Hasseldine, who has spent a…
 
Monica Lennon and Anas Sarwar join Rachel Wearmouth and Paul Waugh to discuss what Scottish Labour’s future is in Scotland and what they would do as the next Scottish Labour leader. Will they support an independence referendum? And how do they view the stewardship of the devolved government by the SNP in Holyrood? And what view do they take on Brex…
 
From acne to eczema, psoriasis to rosacea, there’s no shortage of skin conditions that are broadly labelled “problem skin”. But would these conditions be such a problem, if the world stopped obsessing with filters and Photoshop? In this episode, former model Lou Northcote talks to us about losing her career due to acne, and why she now encourages o…
 
Yet more sobering coronavirus death statistics this week raised the prospect of restrictions continuing for some while yet. And with lockdown comes renewed attention to the plight of many juggling work and childcare, with many left without the means to provide classes or food for their children. The government looks set to make another U-turn on Un…
 
Women – not so great at pooing and even worse at talking about it. But fear not - in this episode, we chat to physiotherapist Elaine Miller and gut health specialist Dr. Megan Rossi who are here with all the scoop on how to poop. Join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #AIMYU. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out info…
 
This week Britain faced a grisly milestone, with the highest number of daily deaths with coronavirus reported. The government has vowed to get tough on members of the public who are flouting lockdown measures, but is that where blame should lie? As the government tries to explain that we’re all in this together, senior ex-MPs Caroline Flint and Car…
 
It's tough when your mates earn more than you – and the pandemic has only exacerbated the friendship money gap. In this episode, My Frugal Year founder Clare Seal talks about the pressure to keep up that contributed to her £27,000 of debt. Plus, personal finance guru Kia Commodore shares some tips on how to navigate the money gap in a more positive…
 
If you thought 2020 was bad, get a load of 2021. It started with Boris Johnson putting England into a seven-week coronavirus lockdown with cases spiralling out of control. In the race of injections versus infections, has the prime minister overpromised again? Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s desperate bid to cling to power despite losing the US election r…
 
The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. Often it feels like the same principle applies when it comes to giving birth – the majority of women have little or no clue what to expect until they are pregnant and, well, then it’s a bit late. For our first episode of 2021 we wanted to change that, having an open and, yes, at ti…
 
It’s the last episode of this season of Chronic and host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is tackling a subject close to her heart – endometriosis, a common yet debilitating disease affecting at least one in 10 women, including her. In this no holds barred chat, Lucy is joined by an all-star panel of endometriosis experts, who also live with the disease: Gabrie…
 
In this penultimate episode of this season of Chronic, host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is joined by New York Times best-selling author Esmé Weijun Wang, who lives with schizoaffective disorder. In this candid chat, we tackle some of the common misconceptions around psychosis – namely that sufferers are violent or dangerous. In fact, those with a diagnosis…
 
Enjoy Christmas with your family, but don’t enjoy it too much, or for too long, or with too much of your family. That was the message from Boris Johnson this week as a coronavirus spike sparked a rethink of the government’s festive Covid message. Is the government right to emphasise personal responsibility over the long arm of the state? Not conten…
 
In this episode of Chronic, host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is joined by Ali Gaspar, AKA A Star, a rapper and grime artist who lives with sickle cell anaemia. We dive headfirst into why we know so little about this cripplingly painful disease – could it be because it predominantly affects Black and Asian communities? We also talk dating etiquette when you…
 
Brexit talks were on, then off, then back on again after another crunch week of negotiations passed without Boris Johnson or the EU deciding to compromise and get a deal, or go for no deal. The prime minister’s dinner in Brussels with Ursula von der Leyen failed to break the deadlock and fears of no deal are rising with just weeks left until the en…
 
This week, host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is joined by Robin Hatcher, a comedian and MS Society ambassador who was diagnosed at the end of last year. Just a few months later, he found himself self-isolating in lockdown as the world grappled with a deadly viral pandemic. We talk about coming to terms with a degenerative diagnosis, living with uncertainty,…
 
2020 has been the year of isolation and for many, it's also been a year of loneliness. In this episode, we explore how the pandemic has changed our relationship with alone time – for better or worse. Disability activist Shani Dhanda shares how she dealt with a year of shielding and her hopes for a more compassionate society in 2021. Plus Francesca …
 
This week brought the welcome news that the first coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. Has the announcement on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine come at a useful time for Boris Johnson as his backbenchers show their dismay at lockdown tiers being imposed across the country? Another potential pitfall for Johnson is the enduring Brexit …
 
This week we’re serving you a bumper episode of Chronic, with not just one incredible guest, but two. Host Lucy Pasha-Robinson is joined by Chloe Elliot, AKA Chloe In Curve – a plus sized fashion blogger who lives with psoriatic arthritis. Also on the line is Sukhjeen Kaur, founder of Chronically Brown – a platform that focuses on South Asian exper…
 
We're feminists but we still fear ageing. Is it any wonder, in a world that values the wrinkle-free and writes off older women in the workplace? It's time for a change. In this episode, we chat to writers Jane Evans and Carol Russell (who are in their 50s and 60s) about embracing milestones, instead of dreading them. We also get some tips on being …
 
Rishi Sunak warned that the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic was only beginning as he unveiled his spending review. While there were giveaways to former red wall seats to assist in ‘levelling up’, the decision to cut the overseas aid budget drew cross-party criticism. Will the government be forced to back down on the plans? Joining Arj …
 
The word 'sexless' implies there's a lack or an absence in your relationship, but is a dry spell really such a bad thing? In this episode, sex educator Ruby Rare shares how to embrace the ebbs and flows in your libido, improving intimacy both with and without sex. Professor Jacqui Gabb also debunks some common misconceptions around sexual frequency…
 
Factional infighting ruled Westminster this week as two of its most divisive figures returned to the front pages. For Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings leaving the No.10 team offered a chance to reset his government, only for another bout of isolation after coming into contact with an MP infected with coronavirus thwarting him. But in Labour, the rei…
 
For National Diabetes Month, Lucy Pasha-Robinson chats with personal trainer and Ironman triathlete Jack Anderson. Jack was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 15 – a diagnosis he struggled to come to terms with, not least because of his phobia of needles, which gave him an aversion to injecting. Now, Jack is a confident 20-year-old who has just co…
 
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