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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

Geraint Talfan-Davies

6/5/2018
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He's the former controller of BBC Wales who co-founded the Institute of Welsh Affairs and chaired the Remain campaign in Wales. Geraint Talfan-Davies shares what life was like behind the scenes during the Brexit referendum, talks devolution and tells Martin about his new book Unfinished Business.

Duration:00:49:03

Neil McEvoy

5/29/2018
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One of Wales's most controversial assembly members, Neil McEvoy talks spin, discrimination and getting kicked out of Plaid Cymru. He also tells Martin about his plans to take on the next First Minister.

Duration:01:00:51

Sophie Howe

5/22/2018
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The Future Generations Commissioner on her journey from Wales' youngest councillor. She tells Martin why misogyny should be a hate crime, her fears for the M4 relief road and why a programme of massive cultural change is needed in Wales.

Duration:00:54:25

Adam Price

5/15/2018
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The AM talks spirituality, Marxism and his future vision for Wales. Martin also questions the former MP on leadership ambition and the wounds of Plaid Cymru.

Duration:01:01:07

Cerys Furlong

5/8/2018
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Cerys Furlong tells Martin about her journey to chief executive of Chwarae Teg, the charity which supports the economic development of women in Wales. They talk sexual harassment, discrimination and whether gender quotas in politics are a necessary evil.

Duration:00:56:52

Debbie Wilcox

5/1/2018
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From drama school to frontline politics, this week's guest is Newport council leader Debbie Wilcox. She tells Martin her thoughts on the Welsh Labour deputy leadership contest, local government reorganisation, Jeremy Corbyn and gender politics.

Duration:00:51:48

16: Stephen Kinnock

4/24/2018
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Stephen Kinnock talks Russia, the Labour party and the fate of the steel industry. The Aberavon MP also tells Martin what it's like to grow up watching your father on Spitting Image.

Duration:01:10:28

Cynog Dafis

4/17/2018
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One of the leading figures of Plaid Cymru, the former AM and MP speaks to Martin as he turns 80. Cynog talks on the remarkable transformation of the Welsh language, the early years of the National Assembly and how his party can move forward.

Duration:01:06:30

Aaron Hill

4/10/2018
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How do we tackle the housing crisis? Aaron Hill, assistant director of policy and public affairs at Community Housing Cymru, speaks on the huge shortage of homes, the creation of new communities and the rise in rough sleeping on Welsh streets.

Duration:00:55:18

13: Steve Howell

4/3/2018
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The deputy director of Jeremy Corbyn's election campaign in 2017 talks strategy, rallies, attack ads and "the Corbyn surge," as he releases a new book, Game Changer.

Duration:01:07:02

Jeff Jones

3/27/2018
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He may be retired from politics but Jeff Jones remains as outspoken as ever. This week the former council leader and Labour councillor for 25 years, speaks on corruption and what's wrong with the Valleys. He also recalls the day a package containing white powder was sent to his office, and tells of how he was cleared of contempt after a High Court trial during the Clwych Inquiry.

Duration:00:54:07

John Osmond

3/20/2018
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John Osmond is former director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and was the Western Mail's Welsh Affairs Editor in the 1970s. He has now written a novel charting Welsh political history. The first volume of Ten Million Stars Are Burning is set at the centre of the devolution debate in 1973-79.

Duration:00:48:29

Leanne Wood

3/13/2018
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Leanne Wood is the UK's longest serving party leader, marking six years at the helm of Plaid Cymru this week. She tells Martin about cutting her political teeth in the Rhondda, on leadership and her party's future. She also addresses recent controversies, including the departure of Plaid AMs Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Neil McEvoy.

Duration:00:33:40

Andrew RT Davies

3/6/2018
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Andrew RT Davies is leader of the Welsh Conservatives and a fervent campaigner for Brexit. He talks to Martin about Welsh farming after the EU, the future of his party, the impact of tax-raising powers and the “politics of envy”.

Duration:00:57:27

Gwynoro Jones

2/27/2018
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Political commentator Gwynoro Jones was elected MP for Carmarthen in 1970 at the age of 27, defeating the president of Plaid Cymru, Gwynfor Evans. He tells Martin about the most famous by-election in Welsh history in 1966 and recalls the height of political campaigning in the 1970s before he helped to establish the Social Democratic Party. They also discuss the future of the Liberal Democrats and, of course, Brexit.

Duration:01:07:24

Julie Morgan

2/20/2018
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Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan is seeking to become the first deputy leader of Welsh Labour. She speaks on gender balance in politics, teen voters, Jeremy Corbyn and "killing bohemia".

Duration:00:36:20

Jess Blair

2/6/2018
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On the centenary of the first British women to get the vote, the director of Electoral Reform Society Cymru speaks to Martin about the lack of women in politics, and the democratic deficit in Wales.

Duration:00:40:39

Derek Vaughan

1/31/2018
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Why did Wales vote to leave? The Labour MEP talks Brexit and what the future holds for our nation.

Duration:00:38:22