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Have you SEEN the state of the papers today? PAPER CUTS has. In our now DAILY podcast, some of Britain’s sharpest commentators and funniest comedians come together to look at the madness, the strangeness, the obsessions, and – occasionally – the brilliance of our national press. Host Miranda Sawyer is joined by journalists and comedians like Jason Hazeley, Fin Taylor, Jonn Elledge, Alex Von Tunzelmann, Grainne Maguire, Rob Hutton, Athena Kugblenu, Marcus Brigstocke and many more. Illustratio ...
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Popcast

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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp
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What are the real stories behind the most misunderstood and abused ideas in politics? From Conspiracy Theory to Woke to Centrism and beyond, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey dig into the astonishing secret histories of concepts you thought you knew. Want to support us in making future seasons? There are now two ways you can help out: Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/originstorypod . Get early episodes, live zooms and more from just £5 per month. Apple Podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/pod ...
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You probably think you know what life was like in Britain after the war. But what myths do we tell ourselves about the pre-digital world? From coal to contraception and ID cards to school beatings, Ros Taylor delves into the truth about British postwar life in Jam Tomorrow. From the makes of Oh God, What Now? Follow Jam Tomorrow on Twitter
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Exploring threats to global stability from Ukraine to China to the Middle East with host Gavin Esler – former BBC News presenter, Washington correspondent and host of Newsnight – plus Ukraine-based war reporter Oz Katerji and independent conflict analyst Emma Beals. This Is Not A Drill dives deep into the dangers, corruption, conflicts, disinformation, rivalries and ruthless realpolitik that are making our world ever more dangerous. Support This Is Not A Drill on Patreon from just £3 per mon ...
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Why?

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Have you ever wondered…Is the human race still evolving? Into what? Are we already receiving messages from aliens? Could an AI ever become our best friend – or even our lover? Why? Takes you on an adventure to the edge of knowledge. We ask the questions that puzzle and perplex us, from the inner workings of the universe to the far reaches of our dreams. WHY? – a brand new podcast that answers the big questions from the frontiers of science.
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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 • ...
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Making sense of our political hell every Tuesday and Friday! Oh God, What Now? is the no-bulls**t politics podcast, making the unbearable bearable with top quality guests and analysis, plus poor quality jokes. Regulars include: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth: A Biography of Orwell’s 1984 and host of Origin Story • Alex Andreou, writer, commentator, cook, actor, secret agent • Writer and commentator Ros Taylor • Rachel Cunliffe of the New Statesman • Writer and host of This I ...
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I'm 'The Podmaster', here to help you with podcasting growth advice and insights, whether you're a brand or an individual who's looking to grow your podcast and attain 'podmastery'. My name is Neal Veglio and I've been in the podcasting game since 2001, when I became the first person in the UK to upload audio of my then radio show online, and generate an audience. This audience followed me throughout my radio career and engaged with my various other podcasts. But it wasn't always easy. And w ...
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IfG Events

Institute for Government

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How can government in the UK recover from a more than half a decade of political chaos and confusion? What can be done to solve some of the most complex policy challenges in living memory? And which battlegrounds will define the fast-approaching – and critical – general election? Featuring some of the world's most innovative public figures, politicians, opinion-formers and academics, the IfG EVENTS podcast brings you the very best of the Institute for Government's agenda-shaping speeches, in ...
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The Ethicist

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Times Sunday magazine columnist Randy Cohen answers your questions about the moral and ethical dilemmas of our times with the same wit and wisdom displayed in his popular weekly column.
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Want to know more about black holes? Or progress in the cure for cancer? Learn about the latest news and trends in science, medicine and the environment from the reporters and editors of the popular Science Times section of The New York Times. David Corcoran is your host.
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Front Page

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Find out what's on the front page of The New York Times before it's published. Monday through Friday, James Barron previews the top stories that will set the agenda for news coverage around the world.
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What’s really going on in Parliament? What’s happening in politics that the mainstream media always misses? Join MPs Sam Gyimah and Dr Phillip Lee plus friends, colleagues and friendly rivals for candid, irreverent political chat about what really matters, over that great leveller – a drink after work.
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We weave together sound and story this multi-track collection. It’s a window on how we listen to music — and how we talk to each other about it — right now. Some of our favorite writers tell us about the songs they can’t stop listening to, and what those songs might tell us about the world today. More at nytimes.com/25songs.
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Bigmouth

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Clever talk about pop culture. Bigmouth is pop culture talk for discerning grown-ups. Music, TV, movies, books or something else entirely – we’ll enthuse, argue, squabble and pick over the bones of what’s happening in the world of the stuff we love. Presented by WORD magazine veterans Andrew Harrison (ex-editor of Q, Select and Mixmag) and Siân “Stan” Pattenden, a graduate of the Smash Hits and Select Mag Schools of Excellence.
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This podcast is centered around Hendrik Baird's book, BECOME A PODMASTER (https://baird.media/become-a-podmaster/). The hosts, Ethan and Hendrik Baird, engage in conversations regarding various aspects of podcasting. They incorporate excerpts from interviews they conducted with podcasters and professionals in the field. While the book primarily focuses on the theoretical aspects of podcast production, this podcast series delves into practical applications and seeks the perspectives and exper ...
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BE THERE is a brand new music podcast from DALI – Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, whose Danish-designed and manufactured speakers are driven by passion to deliver the most truthful, natural sound reproduction in the world.In an hour of witty conversation with some of the world’s best music writers and special guests, BE THERE celebrates the hidden talents behind truly great recordings – and tells their untold stories. The podcast ties in with DALI’s new print magazine, also called ...
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Adventures in underwear… In this fascinating, fun and body-positive series, fashion journalists and underwear obsessives Emily Cronin (Elle, Telegraph, Grazia) and Kate Finnigan (Financial Times, British Vogue, The Gentlewoman) take listeners through the secret life of our most foundational garments. From the advent of the thong to celebrity lingerie brands and the dark art of bra fitting, Emily and Kate lay the world of women’s underwear bare. Every week they hear real-life stories and insi ...
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The Bottom Line Advocator was created for those who want to do more and be more in their lives. Each day, you either get better or worse—there’s no staying the same. The outcome depends on making informed decisions. The Bottom Line Advocator, hosted by Bottom Line CEO Sarah Hiner, elicits advice from today’s most successful and influential experts, sharing not just the "whats" but the "how tos" of implementing their knowledge into action-focused advice. The more you know, the better your dec ...
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How much do we really know about the people who make the headlines? In a provocative new podcast series, the acclaimed BBC, C4 and Newsnight journalist Michael Crick delves into the backgrounds of major figures ranging from Paul Dacre to Angela Rayner to Gary Neville. He talks to the people who know them best to find out what shaped them, what they believe… and what they really want.
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The Art of Topic Selection in Podcasting When prepping your episodes, have you ever felt like you're throwing darts in the dark, hoping one hits the bullseye? Recording podcast episodes can feel just like that. You've got ideas aplenty, but understanding which will hook your listener from the get-go seems like you're playing Jenga after a can of Sp…
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The Rt Hon David Lammy MP set out how a foreign policy lens of ‘progressive realism’ might affect the practice of diplomacy, should Labour win the election. The discussion covered the evolution of the Foreign Office as an institution, under both Labour and Conservative governments. It focused in particular on the balance between traditional diploma…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Jeremy Clarkson voted the sexiest man in the world, Fleet Street gobsmacked. Reality TV stars in trouble for dodgy instagram promos in the FT. And call the fashion police – The Times tells us what not to wear this summer. Miranda Sawyer is joined by journalist Holly Thomas and comedian Rich Fulcher. S…
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Is Parliament’s vote to ban alleged sex pest MPs the first step towards restoring some respect to the Commons? Plus the Tories are spouting conspiracies again – this time it’s Maria Caulfield and 15-minute cities. What is she on about and what even are 15-minute cities? And in the Extra Bit for subscribers, Apple destroys the tools of creativity in…
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Vladimir Putin has surrounded himself with loyalists who have kept him in power for 20 years. Earlier this week, Russian defence minister and close ally of Putin, Sergei Shoigu, was removed from his post. But the author of The New Politics of Russia, Andrew Monaghan, says Shoigu’s removal was less of a sacking, as Western media suggests, and more o…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Horror in Slovakia. Who is PM Robert Fico and what’s behind the shocking attempt on his life? Sex, Lies and Deception. A brilliant investigation behind the scenes at amateur porn site Only Fans in The Times. Plus – In that dress? The pure joy of wedding snobbery. Andrew Harrison is joined by i paper c…
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Britain has a spy problem, with a significant surge in threats from China, Russia and Iran in recent months. What kind of covert operations are they running? Gavin Esler sits down with former MI6 director of operations and intelligence and director of transnational threats and political risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Nig…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Culture War-drobe. Common Sense minister Esther McVey sparks row over rainbow laywards. Freak in the (Excel) sheets. Should you have a spreadsheet for your love life? Plus – Past their sell-by date? The Telegraph investigates the OAPs taking over the food market with their artisanal treats. Rob Hutton…
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Back for season five, Origin Story continues to explore the misunderstood ideas and people that shape our politics today. With Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey. In this opening two-parter Dorian bows to the inevitable and tells the story of the subject of his book, The Ministry of Truth. When George Orwell died on 21 January 1950, at the age of 46, the …
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In 2024 four billion people will vote in the biggest election year in history, which will see existential tests for democracy in the US, India and elsewhere. What is shaping the battle between democracy and autocracy? And who is winning? Ellection-distorting technology is outpacing governments’ ability to regulate it. Can democracy survive the unco…
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The Institute for Government welcomed Lucy Powell MP, the Shadow Leader of the Commons, to give a keynote speech on how a Labour government would approach parliament, the legislative process, and the role of MPs. With Westminster hit by a series of scandals in recent years, what can be done to restore parliament's image? How can the legislative pro…
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You might have seen a flurry of alarming headlines and articles about bird flu in recent weeks. Some reports are comparing it to COVID-19, and positioning it as the next potential worldwide pandemic. How concerned should we be? Alex Andreou asks Devi Sridhar, Professor and Personal Chair in Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. • “Pr…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Keep on Cohen back to you. Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testifies in court and the papers have the details. Portal me away! Dublin and New York are now connected via a giant open-air video portal… what could possibly go wrong? Plus Dataphobia! Phone anxiety? Marie Kondo is selling you the soluti…
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From attacking opposition policies to rebutting opposition attacks, selling key messages to voters and shaping media narratives, general election campaigns can be won or lost on the success of a communications strategy. So how do the parties design and deliver their approach to the media, or to communicating beyond the media? How different are the …
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Rishi Sunak’s speech on Monday was one step short of giving the British public a very dreary ultimatum – vote Tory or else. But with Natalie Elphicke defecting, Nadhim Zahawi stepping down, and Dominic Cummings and Matt Goodwin wanting to create their own parties - can any message Sunak sends to the public give him a chance at the next election? Pl…
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In their heyday women’s magazines sold 12 million copies a week. And at their best, these magazines changed women’s lives. They advised, they inspired, they gave us a glimpse of a different way of being — and that was as true of Cosmopolitan as it was of the feminist magazine Spare Rib. In our Season 2 finale, Ros Taylor talks to Sam Baker, who edi…
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Brits have a bad reputation abroad – but what about Britain as a whole? To discuss how other countries look at Britain, Rafael Behr speaks to FT journalist Michael Peel, author of What Everyone Knows About Britain (*Except the British). • “Looking at Britain from overseas made Brexit easier to see coming.” – Michael Peel Buy What Everyone Knows Abo…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Rishi tells Britain to panic. Sunak lays out a five year plan for “dangerous” years ahead – and surprisingly it doesn’t involve losing a general election. Canine Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival has gone dog mad and The Guardian are obsessed. Plus – Suits you, Starmer? Twitter’s Menswear Guy runs a ha…
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The success of the civil service has always depended on the recruitment and retention of exceptional individuals – and this means bringing in talented outsiders with particular skills and capabilities. It is 170 years since the Northcote-Trevelyan report argued that people “of the highest abilities should be selected for the highest posts” in White…
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In your round-up of the week ahead… Rishi Sunak warns that the UK is about to face its most dangerous years ever. The Israeli assault on the Gazan city of Rafah is imminent. And, what does Russia’s new incursion into Ukraine north of Kharkiv mean? Plus, the Trump trial continues with testimonies scheduled from his former personal lawyer, Michael Co…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Europe’s Got (Some) Talent. We review the runners and riders ahead of Eurovision 2024 – and discuss the controversy around the contest. Cummings and goings. Dominic Cummings wants to set up his own party... Plus – Dress to distress? Three brave women let their husbands dress them – and the Telegraph r…
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Tory failure at the locals was obvious – but the rise of Greens and independents was less clear in advance. What does this mean for Labour and the general election? Plus, it’s 30 years since John Smith died, is he the best Prime Minister Britain never had? Historian and editor of the Tides of History project, Anthony Broxton, joins the panel to dis…
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Britain and America’s link is often called the “special relationship”. But is it that special anymore – or is it actually pretty one-sided? Angus Hanton is a businessman and entrepreneur and the author of Vassal State: How America Runs Britain. He argues that the relationship has changed for the worse – and that Britain has become the 51st state of…
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We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Nobody liked that. Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke defects to the Labour party – and members are not happy about it. Don’t you know who I am? The Daily Mail’s Liz Jones disaster date with a normie. Plus – No Phone, No Problem. The Dutch are ditching their phones. Should we do the same? Alex von Tunze…
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Swearing is a part of life. But is there a place for it in politics? Would Parliament function better if politicians were allowed to use a bit more profanity? Alex Andreou discusses this with Philip Seargeant, senior lecturer in applied linguistics at The Open University and author of The Art of Political Storytelling. • “Swearing always has a purp…
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We need your help! Let us know what you think to Paper Cuts in our listener Survey: https://forms.gle/NuPnG3gbtefeFpEY9 We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Calm before the Stormy. Adult film star Stormy Daniels’ blockbuster testimony from the Trump trial. A broad church. The Times has the story of Russell Brand’s baptism in the Thames. …
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The new Cold War between China and the US isn’t just fought on the digital plane. China is supplying equipment to Russia, intimidating Taiwan, bringing countries across Africa and Asia into its orbit – and, according to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, attempting to influence the US Presidential Election. What does Xi Jinping really want? Can…
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Starmer’s referencing of Thatcher has enraged the left – but is it anything beyond symbolic politicking? And is he really Thatcherite at all? Andrew Harrison speaks to Robert Saunders, a reader in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London, about the legacy of Thatcher and how it ties in with modern Labour policy. • “It’s worth remem…
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The Tories got trounced at the locals – we unpack the winners and losers. Plus, we question how the media covered the races, including those who said Susan Hall might do better in London than she did… And with Monty Panesar standing for George Galloway’s party – didn’t have that on our 2024 bingo card – we ask about celebs and sports people going i…
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We need your help! Let us know what you think to Paper Cuts in our listener Survey: https://forms.gle/NuPnG3gbtefeFpEY9 We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Ballots gonna fly. The Tories were trounced at the local elections, but Rishi is SURE they’re fine. Fire in the booth. The Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef gets serious. Plus – Send in …
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Rishi Sunak is trying to spin his local election trouncing as best as he can – what bluster should we ignore this week? Plus, the latest from Gaza as Israel strikes Rafah. And, the Trump trial rolls on – while Xi visits Europe for the first time in five years. Alex Andreou talks Jacob Jarvis through the week ahead. • “There’s a sort of electoral ru…
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Is “fandom” one of the drives behind our dysfunctional politics? That’s the thesis of Dr Phoenix Andrews new book I Heart Politics – who writes about how people power is behind a series of quake moments in recent political history. He joins Andrew Harrison to discuss whether the phenomenon and power of fandom is overlooked in contemporary politics,…
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The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction has got you. Every Friday Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez of Rolling Stone join expert special guests to count down to America’s most rancorous election in generations. Get the full episode and subscribe…
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The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction has got you. Every Friday Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez of Rolling Stone join expert special guests to count down to America’s most rancorous election in generations. Get the full episode and subscribe…
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The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction has got you. Every Friday Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez of Rolling Stone join expert special guests to count down to America’s most rancorous election in generations. Get the full episode and subscribe…
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As Labour takes Conservative seats across the UK and in the Blackpool South constituency, Ros Taylor joins Jacob Jarvis to work out what it all means. Is it really the Tories’ worst local elections performance in 40 years? Are there any scraps of comfort for Sunak – or is he doomed? Support us on Patreon to get early access to all our live tickets …
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We need your help! Let us know what you think to Paper Cuts in our listener Survey: https://forms.gle/NuPnG3gbtefeFpEY9 We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: Stop the small votes! The Conservatives take a pounding in local and by-elections. Stalk me baby one more time. Netflix’s new show Baby Reindeer brings out the worst in everybody. Pl…
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Fox News is regularly criticised for being sensationalist, full of conspiracies and obsessed with Trump. But, what’s it like if you really watch it for hours on end? Jacob Jarvis did just that and he talked to Dan Cassino, a political scientist at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of: Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes A…
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The US Election is just six months away. How come snoozy Trump still leads in several states, even though he’s in court every day? We’re launching a brand-new US election podcast American Friction and its regular panelist Nikki McCann Ramírez joins OGWN to scope out American’s Final Countdown. Plus, last-minute speculation on the local elections. A…
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We need your help! Let us know what you think to Paper Cuts in our listener survey. We read the papers so you don’t have to. Today: US campus protests. Student protests spread across America over the war in Gaza – will similar action happen in the UK? Panic stations! Inside the micro-fortresses built by the world’s mega-rich. Plus – Message in a ba…
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On Thursday 2 May 2024, voters across England and Wales will head to the polls in a major set of local and mayoral elections. The highest-profile contests will be the election of 10 influential metro mayors – including in Greater London and across the north and the midlands. Together these leaders will be responsible for over £25bn of public spendi…
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Trump’s followers are often described as cult-like. But how much does the former president actually act like a cult leader? Does he employ the same coercive control tactics utilised by infamous infamous figureheads of the past – like Jim Jones and Sun Myung Moon? The Cult of Trump author and leading mind control expert Steven Hassan tells Rafael Be…
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