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The new home for the Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.

The new home for the Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.
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The new home for the Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.

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Episodes

Corbyn's Brexit mistake: why Labour is being picked apart by new rivals

5/23/2019
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This week, as the country goes to the polls for European elections, we ask: has Brexit devoured the far left (00:45)? We also speak to an unlikely Boris supporter – Matthew Parris – on the merits of a Boris leadership for Remainers (14:20). And last, do you own books to read, or to show off (30:00)? With Nick Cohen, Sienna Rodgers, Matthew Parris, James Forsyth, Virginia Blackburn and Stig Abell. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva Thangarajah.

Duration:00:40:38

Time for Boris? He might be the Tories' best hope

5/16/2019
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Cometh the hour, cometh the man? Is Boris the man to save the Tories from Nigel Farage? We talk to his former right hand man about his chances (00:40). We also discuss the latest frontier of political correctness – can fantasy fiction be racist (14:10)? And last, why are people today so squeamish about meat (28:00)? With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Will Walden, Karen Yossman, Sam Leith, James Whetlor, and Olivia Potts. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu.

Duration:00:36:49

Train your brain: can your mind stay young?

5/9/2019
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Can you train your brain to stay young beyond its natural age? Recent research suggests so - and we take a look at the science and what this means for society at large (00:40). Plus, we talk about the impact of grouse hunting on our countryside (9:30), and last, what does sobriety teach you (20:45)? With Damian Green MP, Linda Blair, Ben MacDonald, Tim Bonner, Damian Thompson and Tanya Gold. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu and Gabriel Radonich.

Duration:00:34:10

Nigel's revenge: will Farage's Brexit Party sink the Tories?

5/2/2019
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On this week's Spectator Podcast, we talk about how Nigel Farage's Brexit Party could pose an existential threat to the Tories (00:35). Also on the podcast, a debate special about whether the UK should legalise all drugs (11:40), and finally, what is lesbian-tourism (34:40)? With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Matthew Goodwin, Chris Daw QC, Peter Hitchens, and Julie Bindel. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Siva Thangarajah.

Duration:00:41:41

The hit job: the Scruton tapes and the modern art of character assassination

4/25/2019
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This week brought a new development in the ongoing scandal over Roger Scruton’s firing from a government commission, after the Spectator obtained the tapes of the interview that got him fired. We talk about what’s on the tapes, and what the affair reveals about the state of public debate (00:37). Plus, we talk about a worrying loophole in our immigration system (17:51), and ask: can men ever be considered feminists? (26:42) With Douglas Murray, Adrian Wooldridge, Geoff Hill, Joanna Bell,...

Duration:00:40:52

The Easter Special: what does the Notre Dame mean to Catholics?

4/18/2019
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After a tragic fire destroyed parts of the Notre Dame on Holy Week, we talk about what the cathedral means to Catholics (00.25). Plus, a special debate on euthanasia (10.20), and a discussion with the Dean of Westminster Abbey about why we need hymns more than ever (20:25). With the Very Reverend John Hall, Damian Thompson, Matthew Walther, Sam Leith, Douglas Murray and Ysenda Maxtone-Graham. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Siva Thangarajah and Gabriel Radonich.

Duration:00:29:10

Macron's reign: how did the President unite France against him?

4/11/2019
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With plummeting approval ratings and street protests stretching into their fifth month, Emmanuelle Macron’s presidency seems to be going from bad to worse. So what happened to France’s golden child of global liberalism (00:25)? Plus, are MPs whining too much (12:40)? And last, is TV binge-watching becoming an epidemic (21:55)? With Jonathan Miller, Sophie Pedder, Melissa Kite, Stewart Jackson, Mark Palmer and Emma Bullimore. Presented by Isabel Hardman. Produced by Cindy Yu and Gabriel...

Duration:00:33:31

A losing game: how badly has Brexit damaged the two main parties?

4/4/2019
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This week, Brexit disillusionment reaches a new low. Will our political system ever be the same again after all this is done(00:40)? Plus, we ask whether British rape laws have gone too far in the MeToo age (15:00). And last, should friends ask friends for donations (30:35)? With James Forsyth, Katy Balls, Chris Daw QC, Tim Shipman, Sarah Green, James Delingpole, and Cosmo Landesman. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva Thangarajah.

Duration:00:38:47

After May: a country in search of leadership

3/28/2019
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This week, Theresa May has finally agreed to step down. But will it be enough to get her Brexit deal through (00:25)? We also take a look at the government’s plans to restrict consumption of pornography (15:20), and last, who were the Victorian women who travelled the world (28:10)? With James Forsyth, Katy Balls, Nicky Morgan, Julie Bindel, Robert Jackman, Myles Jackman, and Rosemary Brown. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva Thangarajah.

Duration:00:34:58

Begging for Brexit: is Brexit a national humiliation?

3/21/2019
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It has been yet another crazy week in the Brexit saga, with May and the EU negotiating an extension. And with a possible third meaningful vote in the horizon, what happens now? And who is to blame for the uncertainty - May, or parliament? (00:37) Plus, with the majority of doctors in the NHS now coming from abroad, why are we not training enough doctors in the UK? (15:50) And we also take a look inside of the world of The Archers’ superfans. (32:50) With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Sam...

Duration:00:43:28

Brexit Meltdown: could May's deal be revived?

3/14/2019
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It's been a somewhat bonkers week in Westminster. The government seems to be going into a full Brexit meltdown and it's likely that Brexit will be delayed. So, where do we go from here (00:40)? We also take a look at the Democratic Party's anti-Semitism problem (17:30) and at the end, Lara Prendergast is given a tarot reading (26:05). With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Peter Foster, Freddy Gray, Kate Andrews and Jennifer Cownie. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu and Alastair...

Duration:00:36:41

The Woke Corporation: how has campus madness entered the workplace?

3/7/2019
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This week, we look at the rise of woke corporations, and how concepts like 'microaggressions', 'allyship', and 'toxic masculinity' are starting to enter the workplace (00:30). We also hear about Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - he's fallen from grace, and does he have anyone to blame but himself (13:35)? Plus, we hear about Shanghai's marriage market (20:00), and there's even an apology from Rod Liddle at the end (28:35). With Toby Young, Berkeley Wilde, Leah McLaren, Leyland Cecco,...

Duration:00:36:31

Breaking point: can either party survive Brexit?

2/28/2019
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This week: May and Corbyn were dragged reluctantly to new positions on Brexit. So, have they lost control of their parties? And what does this mean for a timely Brexit, or indeed, Brexit at all (00:40)? Lara also talks to our Literary Editor, Sam Leith, on the joys of videogaming. What’s behind the success of this £4 billion industry (21:15)? With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Nick Boles MP, Sienna Rodgers, Sam Leith, and Harry Darwin. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu and...

Duration:00:33:36

Centre stage: does the Independent Group have much purpose?

2/21/2019
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This week, a new centrist party has finally been formed. So what does this mean for British politics (00:25)? Plus, we talk about the merits of artificial intelligence and ask, is it something to fear (21:50)? And last, do hen parties have to be so crass (32:10)? With Katy Balls, James Forsyth, Gavin Shuker MP, Joe Twyman, Chris Duffey, Jamie Bartlett, Sophia Money-Coutts and Dan Harley. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva Thaganrajah.

Duration:00:39:43

The Corbyn crack-up: is Labour heading for a split?

2/14/2019
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Despite the shambolic Tory government, Labour is still trailing in the polls. This week we ask: is Corbyn cracking up (00:25)? Plus, is wearing a hijab necessarily oppressive (17:10), and last, have younger members of the Royal family bought in to a narrative of victimhood (22:20)? With Nick Cohen, Stephen Bush, Soutiam Goodarzi, Jan Moir, and Victoria Murphy. Presented by Isabel Hardman. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva Thangarajah.

Duration:00:34:27

Have apps ruined romance?

2/7/2019
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This week, we talk to journalist Zoe Strimpel about whether apps have ruined dating (00:30). Plus, what does the case of disappeared horses and how the RSPCA is more powerful than you think (19:50). Finally, the debate over neurodiversity and why it's dividing the autistic community (30:00). With Zoe Strimpel, Dr. Cath Mercer, Laura James, Matt Tunstill, and Melissa Kite. Presented by Lara Prendergast. Produced by Siva Thangarajah and Lara Prendergast.

Duration:00:39:58

May's last shot: can her Brexit mission succeed?

1/31/2019
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This week, May prepares for her last shot with Brussels, but can she get what she wants (0:30)? We also talk to Stephen Gibbs, a journalist on the ground in Caracas, about the nightmare in Venezuela (14:25). And last, we take a look at another big issue of the day - are induction hobs simply reinventing the wheel (25:30)? With James Forsyth, Peter Foster, Stephen Gibbs, Joanna Rossiter, Ysenda Maxtone Graham and James Ramsden. Presented by Isabel Hardman. Produced by Cindy Yu and Siva...

Duration:00:33:14

The war on meat: are vegans winning?

1/24/2019
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Have vegans and vegetarians won the moral argument in the war on meat (0:55)? Plus, are Anglicans hoping to reconcile with Catholics (11:20)? And last, why is Michael Gove crusading against the wood-burning stove (25:35)? With Jenny McCartney, Dominika Piasecka, Peter Hitchens, Damian Thompson, James Delingpole and Fraser Nelson. Presented by Lara Prendergast.

Duration:00:37:25

Taking back control: does parliament have a plan for Brexit?

1/17/2019
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It’s another crazy week in Westminster, and the question on everyone’s minds – what happens next? We talk to Paul Mason, Henry Newman, and Katy Balls (00:45). Plus, should councils turf out the social housing tenants whose circumstances improve (23:40)? With Paul Mason, Henry Newman, Katy Balls, Mark Piggott, and Luke Doonan. Presented by Isabel Hardman. Produced by Cindy Yu and Alastair Thomas.

Duration:00:34:06

How scared should we be of a no deal Brexit?

1/10/2019
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Lorries backing up in Kent, a Mars bar shortage, and no more Rome city breaks – these are just some of the things that we have been warned about when it comes to a no deal Brexit. But what will really happen (00:40)? Plus, is China a greater force to be reckoned with than Russia (22:30)? And last, what is it with Brits and obsessing over aristocratic sex scandals (33:10)? With Lord Peter Lilley, Ian Dunt, Kerry Brown, Tom Tugendhat MP, Cosmo Landesman, and Sophia Money-Coutts. Presented by...

Duration:00:41:58