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Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them

Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them


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Each month, George Miller interviews LMD authors about their articles and the issues behind them




US bipartisanship is not the answer

With Trump gone and Biden in the White House, American journalist and author Thomas Frank surveys the US political landscape. Will a divided nation come to accept the election result and begin to heal? Why did 10 million more people vote for Trump in 2020 than in 2016? And what will it take for Joe Biden's presidency to be counted a success? - 2021/02 / Podcast, 2021/02 Biden


The financiers who backed Brexit

The widespread belief that the UK's finance industry wanted the country to remain in the EU is wrong. An increasingly powerful sector within the industry was delighted that Leave won. In this month's podcast, sociologist Théo Bourgeron explains why. - 2021/01 / Podcast, 2021/01 UK city


Trumpism lives on

Biden won and Trump lost, but progressives mustn't be complacent, says Jerome Karabel, professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. In this month's podcast, he discusses Trumpism as a force that has reshaped US politics – and will continue to do so long after Trump leaves the White House. - 2020/12 / Podcast, 2020/12 USA, 2020/12 Karabel


China's outlaw armada

China has the world's worst record for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. In this month's podcast, award-winning journalist Ian Urbina discusses his own encounter with aggressive Chinese vessels in the Sea of Japan and the wider implications for the world's dwindling fish stocks. - 2020/11 / 2020/11 fishing, Podcast, 2020/11 fishing


America, year 2020

A month before the US election, George Miller talked to author and journalist Thomas Frank at the end of the week that saw the first presidential debate, revelation of Trump's tiny tax bill and his Covid-19 diagnosis. When the present is so chaotic, can an awareness of US history help make some sense of it all? - 2020/10 / Podcast, 2020/10 usa


Politics in the age of evangelical megachurches

In this month's podcast, George Miller talks to Le Monde diplomatique's deputy editor, Akram Belkaïd, about the global rise of evangelical Christianity. Why are evangelical churches growing so rapidly and what does their uncompromisingly conservative political agenda mean for progressive politics? - 2020/09 / 2020/09 evangelicals, Podcast


Brazil: authoritarianism by stealth

This month, André Singer, professor of political science at São Paulo University, updates us on the situation in Brazil, where President Bolsonaro is increasingly undermining his coronavirus-ravaged country's democracy and has his sights set firmly on re-election in 2022. - 2020/07 / Podcast, 2020/07 brazil


Meanwhile, in Minneapolis...

In this month's podcast, Professor Richard Keiser of Carleton College, Minnesota, discusses the mood in his city several weeks after George Floyd's killing by an MPD officer. Is radical change now conceivable? And if demands to defund the police are heeded, what would take its place? - 2020/07 / 2020/07 Minneapolis, Podcast


‘Health inequalities are not inevitable'

‘England is faltering,' says our guest in this month's podcast, Professor Sir Michael Marmot. After a decade of austerity, health inequalities in England are significantly worse than in 2010, when he published his official review, ‘Fair Society, Healthy Lives'. Here he discusses austerity's long shadow and what should be done about it on the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic. - 2020/06 / Podcast, 2020/06 UK


UK Labour: from Corbyn to Starmer

‘The establishment, and the right wing of the Labour Party, couldn't live with something that challenged the politics of interventionism.' This month, Andrew Murray, former senior adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, reflects on some of the contradictions of Corbyn's years as Labour leader. - 2020/06 / Podcast, 2020/06 Corbyn adieu


A new era in Irish politics

In our May podcast, Julien Mercille of University College, Dublin, discusses how Ireland has coped with Covid-19 and the prospects for progressive politics in Ireland on the other side of it. Are nationalist-leftist Sinn Féin a government in waiting? - 2020/05 / Podcast, 2020/05 Ireland


The visual imagination of Steve McQueen

This month, artist and critic Jon Bird discusses the wide-ranging work of filmmaker Steve McQueen, whose major retrospective at Tate Modern was cut short by Covid-19 closure. What preoccupations bind together McQueen's gallery projects and his mainstream movies, including the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave? - 2020/04 / Podcast, 2020/04 Steve McQueen


When viruses become pandemics

In this month's podcast, science journalist and expert on pandemics Sonia Shah discusses how a virus such as COVID-19 emerges and spreads, and looks at the deeper causes of pathogens that originate in wild animals. - 2020/03 / Podcast, 2020/03 pandemics


What went wrong for the UK's Labour Party

This month, Hicham Yezza, editor-in-chief of Ceasefire Magazine, discusses what caused the Labour Party's worst election result since 1935. Was it all about Brexit? Or leadership, or a hostile media? And where does the party go from here? - 2020/01 / Podcasts, 2020/01 Brexit


‘The murderous cycle continued'

The evidence that the British state colluded with loyalist paramilitaries during the Troubles in Northern Ireland is well established. But, our guest on this month's podcast Daniel Finn tells us, ‘the battle over historical memory has become a story in its own right' – and one that continues to weigh on the present. - 2019/12 / Podcasts, 2019/12 Northern Ireland


‘No one was listening'

Residents of Grenfell Tower had warned of the fire risk in their building before the devastating conflagration of June 2017, but their concerns were ignored. In this month's podcast, writer Claire Launchbury talks about what has happened since: has the official inquiry, which has just issued the first part of its report, allowed survivors' voices to be heard? And will anyone ultimately be held (...) - 2019/12 / Podcasts, 2019/12 Grenfell


Americans, their cars and the law

Why has driving always been such a legally fraught area of American life? Legal historian Sarah Seo explains why law enforcement so often comes into conflict with motorists, even in an age of sophisticated enforcement technology. - 2019/11 / Podcasts, 2019/11 cars


The rise and fall of Abraaj

Abraaj, the private equity firm that specialised in the developing world, counted the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among its high-profile backers. Ibrahim Warde explains how its success story all went wrong. - 2019/11 / Podcasts, 2019/11 abraaj


The emerging US-China cold war

In this month's podcast, Philip S Golub of the American University of Paris explains that Trump's trade war with China is not only damaging bilateral relations between these countries, it's also fundamentally altering the character of international relations and the course of globalisation. - 2019/10 / Podcasts, 2019/10 china


Socialism resurgent?

Socialism in the US has been variously described as unnecessary, un-American and non-existent. In this month's podcast, historian Edward Castleton challenges that view and examines the prospects for progressive politics as the 2020 election approaches. - 2019/07 / Podcasts, 2019/07 Socialism