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In this brand new podcast, filmmaker Alex McCarron speaks to thinkers, writers and broadcasters about the Coronavirus lockdown, how it will affect our lives and what the world might look like afterwards.

In this brand new podcast, filmmaker Alex McCarron speaks to thinkers, writers and broadcasters about the Coronavirus lockdown, how it will affect our lives and what the world might look like afterwards.


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In this brand new podcast, filmmaker Alex McCarron speaks to thinkers, writers and broadcasters about the Coronavirus lockdown, how it will affect our lives and what the world might look like afterwards.




Did we abandon Boris? - Ben Irvine

Alex talks to writer and philosopher Ben Irvine about his unique perspective on what he calls the Coronapanic, that Boris correctly pursued a Herd Immunity strategy in March 2020 but was abandoned by the conservative commentariat, leaving him open to attack from the socialist bureaucracies and unions, particularly the teachers. In so doing, have we allowed these interests, who could never get near power via the ballot box, to hold the country to ransom? Is Boris's heart in the right place?...


The Great Debate - "This house believes there is no overarching conspiracy" - State of the Markets Crossover Special

In this crossover event of the century, Escape from Lockdown has teamed up with the State of the Markets Podcast to settle once and for all the question of whether there is an overarching conspiracy. Arguing against, Deputy Editor of Country Squire magazine, James Bembridge, arguing for, State of the Markets co-host, author and wealth manager Tim Price. Who wins? You decide. With contributions from Toby Young, Allison Pearson, Dr Mike Yeadon, Bob Moran and Mark Changizi, and the great...


The Tyranny of Masks - Dr Gary Sidley

Alex talks to psychologist Dr Gary Sidley about why the government mandated masks, why some scientists are obsessed by them, despite the paucity in evidence they do anything at all, and the damage that masks do to people forced to wear them. Dr Gary Sidley is a former NHS consultant clinical psychologist, as well as a writer, blogger and trainer. He is the author of Tales from the Madhouse and a member of HART. He is also a leading member of the smile free campaign, working to stop the...


James Bembridge - Can our culture survive lockdown?

Alex talks to bastion of tweed conservatism, James Bembridge, about whether the political and social culture of Britain can withstand the cultural onslaught of lockdown. James is the Deputy Editor of Country Squire magazine.


Nick Dixon - Laughter in Lockdown

Alex talks to writer, comedian and lockdown sceptic Nick Dixon about how his live comedy career was eviscerated by lockdown, the culture war and lockdownism, and whether it's worth listening to what Dominic Cummings has to say about lockdowns. Nick has been a jobbing circuit comedian for ten years, recently started writing for Spiked and has weekly slot on TalkRadio. You can have a fun time on his website here.


Ben Pile - Hysteria, from Climate to Covid

Alex talks to writer and youtuber Ben Pile about his work looking at the Climate Change panic, and its similarities (and some differences) with the Covid Panic. Along the way, they discuss the modern technocratic ideology, the influence of supranational bodies and agencies on our lives and just how much will Net Zero cost us. You can read Ben's blog here, watch his youtube output here, and follow him on twitter here.


Francis Hoar - Lawfare

Alex speaks to barrister Francis Hoar about his battles in court against lockdown. Along the way, they talk about the individual cases has fought against the government, how he arrived at his legal philosophy and how the state of lockdown his damned the country's system of law. Francis Hoar is a barrister of constitutional cases, as well as specialising in public law, commercial law and employment law. If you want to help Francis' current legal fight, to end to quarantine of travellers to...


Episode 31 - Dr Mark Changizi

Alex talks to theoretical cognitive scientist Dr Mark Changizi about why governments around the world has pursued a policy as destructive as lockdown with such determination and alacrity. In this wide-ranging interview, they discuss lockdown as a psychological phenomenon and compare is to other mass-hysterias that have taken public consciousness hostage. Dr Mark Changizi is a multi-disciplinary theorist who has worked in a number of different fields in a fascinating and career including...


Episode 30 - Oliver Smith

Alex talks to the Telegraph's Oliver Smith about what travel will look like in the age of Covid, whether we will be able to go on holiday ever again or will the threat of new variants keep us locked up in HMP Great Britain. Oliver Smith is the Digital Travel Editor for the Telegraph.


Episode 29 - Ronan Maher

Alex talks to writer Ronan Maher, ostensibly about whether lockdowns have become an integral part of leftist political thought. As Alex polishes off a bottle of wine beers, it degenerates into a wide-ranging conversation about the state of the world today.


Episode 28 - Stacey Rudin

Alex talks to writer and activist Stacey Rudin about the state of lockdown in the USA, China's role in bringing it about and her experience helping the Great Barrington Declaration cone into being. Stacey Rudin is a freelance writer, activist, community leader, volunteer, and former litigator. Her work appears in a number of outlets, including for the AIER and RealClearPolitics. You can read some of her work on her brilliant Medium page here


Episode 27 - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Kathryn Flett

Alex talks to writer, broadcast, critic and professional Grumpy Old Woman Kathryn Flett about what promises to be the worst Christmas since the war, and the of the state of play in our neverending lockdown. Kathryn Flett begin her career writing for magazines like I-D and the Face, before being appointed editor of Arena. After a many years at The Observer, she is now restaurant critic for the Telegraph. She has made numerous TV appearances, including as one of the BBC's Grumpy Old Women and...


Episode 26 - Tania Edwards

Alex talks to comedian Tania Edwards as they paint a terrifying picture of a biofascist state that could emerge in a dystopian near future as a result of the current lockdown induced terror.


Episode 25 - Sebastian Rushworth

Alex talks to Swedish doctor and blogger Sebastian Rushworth about his experiences treating Covid patients in non-locked down Sweden


Episode 24 - Dr Clare Craig

Alex talks to Dr Clare Craig about data driving the pandemic response, why it no longer makes any sense, the phenomenon of false positives and how the disease which spread across the world in spring is largely over. Dr Craig is a pathologist and tweets at @ClareCraigPath


Episode 23 - Bob Moran

Alex talks to the cartoonist and firebreathing lockdown sceptic Bob about the disaster of lockdown, and what drives him to make art. Along the way, Bob talks movingly about his family, how he constructs his cartoons and the questions lockdown raises about morality. To buy Bob's original artwork, visit


Episode 22 - Annabel Fenwick-Elliott

Alex talks to the Senior Travel Content Editor for The Telegraph, Annabel Fenwick-Elliott about travel in the age of Lockdown, what countries we can go to, the decimation of the global tourism industry and what travel will look like in the post-Lockdown future. Annabel recently wrote movingly about how she won't be able to see her father for at least two years due to Australia's quarantine policies, you can read the piece here.


Episode 21 - Dr Mike Yeadon

Alex talks to Dr Mike Yeadon about the thinking which guides SAGE, the government's scientific advisory body, and how it is fundamentally at odds with reality, resulting in more and more absurd diktats that will have zero effect on overall Covid morbidity, yet will hamstring society of years to come. Dr Mike Yeadon is the former CSO and VP, Allergy and Respiratory Research Head with Pfizer Global R&D and co-Founder of Ziarco Pharma Ltd. He has appeared in various news outlets and has most...


Episode 20 - Michael P. Senger

Alex talks to lawyer and researcher Michael P. Senger about social media warfare, particularly, the Chinese Communist Party's propaganda campaign to ensure other states bring in nationwide lockdowns in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Michael reveals why governments so eagerly embraced lockdowns, in part due to huge pro-lockdown social media campaigns, and how the policy itself was modelled on Xi Jinping's Fangkong health and security philosophy. He explains the Chinese government's Belt...


Episode 19 - Aaron Ginn

Alex talks to the brilliant Aaron Ginn about lockdown scepticism throughout the world, the thinking behind the world's lockdown response, silicon valley and the state of America today. Aaron Ginn is an early adopter of lockdown scepticism. His viral (pun intended) Medium article, Covid-19, Evidence over Hysteria, was one of the first to question the extreme governmental response to Covid-19, before it was censored by Medium and removed from the platform. Having been the only Silicon Valley...