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WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.

WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.
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WalesOnline chief reporter Martin Shipton in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life.

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Episodes

Fixing a sick society, with Ken Skates

12/11/2018
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Ken Skates reveals how he overcame self-doubt and anxiety on his journey to become Wales' cabinet secretary for economy and transport, and sets out why he's championing the need to improve society's emotional and mental health. The AM also talks about the legacy of Carwyn Jones, his hopes for Mark Drakeford and why he didn't proceed with the Circuit of Wales.

Duration:00:36:05

The challenges facing our public bodies, with Adrian Crompton

12/4/2018
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Adrian Crompton was appointed Auditor General for Wales earlier this year where he oversees the annual audit of some £20bn of taxpayers' cash. He tells Martin of his rise from a research clerk at the House of Commons, his work to strengthen political institutions around the world, and why he believes Wales needs more AMs.

Duration:00:36:09

Leaders, laggards and Wales' cowed culture with Prof Kevin Morgan

11/27/2018
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Professor Kevin Morgan chaired the Yes for Wales campaign in the 1997 devolution referendum. The social scientist recalls the dramatic night of the vote, and discusses single party rule and the lack of constructive challenge in Wales.

Duration:00:29:24

Politics is broken, with Peter Black

11/20/2018
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Peter Black is the former AM for South Wales West and now deputy mayor of Swansea. He tells Martin why he voted in favour of the UK coalition in 2010, how his party needs to rebuild trust and why he thinks UK politics is broken.

Duration:00:37:16

Three decades of Parliament with Paul Flynn

11/13/2018
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Paul Flynn, the stalwart MP for Newport West, has announced his intention to step down from Parliament due to ill health. Martin visited him at home where he's battling arthritis, to reflect on his career and the challenges ahead for Wales.

Duration:00:18:42

The future of Welsh radio, with Rhuanedd Richards

11/6/2018
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Rhuanedd Richards is the new editor of BBC Radio Cymru and Welsh language online service Cymru Fyw. She tells Martin about the future of the station, which she credits for inspiring her to learn Welsh in the first place. They also discuss impartiality and the state of journalism in Wales.

Duration:00:33:54

The men who refused to fight, with Aled Eirug

10/30/2018
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Both Aled Eirug's grandfather and father were conscientious objectors in the First World War and Second World War respectively. The journalist turned academic tells Martin Shipton why it inspired him to research Wales' anti-war campaigners for new book The Opposition to the Great War in Wales 1914-1918.

Duration:00:29:20

Young, 'posh' and political: with Theo Davies-Lewis

10/23/2018
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Theo Davies-Lewis is a 20-year-old student at Oxford University, where he re-established the Media Society. He discusses private education in Wales, finding a political party he can relate with and his campaign for a statue to honour Jim Griffiths in his hometown Llanelli.

Duration:00:32:37

Surviving austerity with Steve Thomas

10/17/2018
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Steve Thomas, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association, describes how local services are being decimated by the politics of austerity. He also discusses the long-running reorganisation saga, the calibre of councillors and the scandal at Caerphilly.

Duration:00:30:24

New leaders, new challenges with Prof Roger Awan-Scully

10/9/2018
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Political expert Professor Roger Awan-Scully is head of politics and international relations at Cardiff University. He and Martin discuss how four new party leaders could change the Welsh Assembly - and whether citizen assemblies are the answer to tackling disengagement in Wales.

Duration:00:39:19

Reconfiguring the UK with Prof John Tomaney

10/2/2018
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Professor John Tomaney was chair of the ill-fated 2004 referendum campaign that wanted to establish a regional assembly in the North East of England. He talks regional identity, anti-London sentiment and why we should stop bending over backwards for the tech giants.

Duration:00:36:02

The return of Helen Mary Jones

9/25/2018
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We're back with series two. In the first episode Martin meets Helen Mary Jones who returns to Cardiff Bay after a seven-year absence. The Plaid AM talks nationalism, what Plaid Cymru needs to do to win in 2021 and the transgender debate.

Duration:00:42:58

Elystan Morgan

7/31/2018
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Former MP for Cardiganshire, Elystan Morgan, has been a member of the House of Lords for 37 years. Martin travels to Westminster to hear about working with Gwynfor Evans, the sleeping giant of Welsh nationhood and why the House of Lords is "wholly ridiculous".

Duration:00:40:30

Prof Steve Martin

7/25/2018
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The director of the Wales Centre for Public Policy explains how the think tank is advising the Welsh Government on how to improve public services and increase prosperity in Wales.

Duration:00:43:23

Eluned Morgan

7/17/2018
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The Labour AM is seeking nominations to succeed Carwyn Jones as party leader and First Minister. She tells Martin about her chances and talks of her plans as Minister for the Welsh language, gender inequality in politics and Brexit.

Duration:00:53:01

Dafydd Wigley

7/10/2018
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Speaking from Westminster, Lord Dafydd Wigley looks back on his political career. He talks about Plaid Cymru's future, the impact of Brexit on manufacturing in Wales and House of Lords reform.

Duration:00:40:24

Ben Lake

7/3/2018
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This week Martin travels to Westminster to meet Wales's youngest MP, Ben Lake. He reveals how he's settling in after his unexpected victory and talks of the challenges facing rural Wales and of a potential rematch with Mark Williams.

Duration:00:43:41

Neil Hamilton

6/26/2018
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Neil Hamilton talks in-fighting, being public enemy number one and controversy in Cardiff Bay. The Ukip AM also tells Martin about his Welsh roots, Thatcherism and what Brexit means for the future for his party.

Duration:00:58:29

Rob Griffiths

6/19/2018
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Rob is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain. On this week's podcast he talks about his involvement in the Welsh Socialist Republican Movement and how he came to be arrested on suspicion of planting a bomb in an army recruitment office. He also discusses his time with Plaid Cymru and the problems the Communist Party face electorally.

Duration:00:38:06

Tony Juniper and Anne Meikle

6/12/2018
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Tony is one of the UK's foremost environmental campaigners and Anne is the Head of WWF Cymru. The pair discuss the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, the impact that Brexit will have on environmental policy and how small lifestyle changes can have a huge effect on climate change.

Duration:00:47:01