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This is ELECTION, the weekly Cambridge politics podcast, which tackles the biggest questions from new angles. Last season it asked the questions no-one else did in the run up to the UK's General Election: in Season II, it's going international. From January until April, ELECTION will look at the US Presidential election and other elections around the world, exploring the current state of democracy and the many challenges it faces in 2016. It will continue to take the temperature of British politics, after last year's remarkable election and the even more remarkable events that followed. Can Corbyn hold the Labour Party together? Will Britain be leaving the EU? Where is opposition to the government going to come from? With David Runciman, Helen Thompson, Finbarr Livesey and Chris Brooke, plus new voices and a new series of guests, ELECTION promises insights from the worlds of science, history, philosophy and beyond. A new episode every Thursday morning: please join us for the most interesting politics conversation out there. More information at http://www.cam.ac.uk/election

This is ELECTION, the weekly Cambridge politics podcast, which tackles the biggest questions from new angles. Last season it asked the questions no-one else did in the run up to the UK's General Election: in Season II, it's going international. From January until April, ELECTION will look at the US Presidential election and other elections around the world, exploring the current state of democracy and the many challenges it faces in 2016. It will continue to take the temperature of British politics, after last year's remarkable election and the even more remarkable events that followed. Can Corbyn hold the Labour Party together? Will Britain be leaving the EU? Where is opposition to the government going to come from? With David Runciman, Helen Thompson, Finbarr Livesey and Chris Brooke, plus new voices and a new series of guests, ELECTION promises insights from the worlds of science, history, philosophy and beyond. A new episode every Thursday morning: please join us for the most interesting politics conversation out there. More information at http://www.cam.ac.uk/election
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This is ELECTION, the weekly Cambridge politics podcast, which tackles the biggest questions from new angles. Last season it asked the questions no-one else did in the run up to the UK's General Election: in Season II, it's going international. From January until April, ELECTION will look at the US Presidential election and other elections around the world, exploring the current state of democracy and the many challenges it faces in 2016. It will continue to take the temperature of British politics, after last year's remarkable election and the even more remarkable events that followed. Can Corbyn hold the Labour Party together? Will Britain be leaving the EU? Where is opposition to the government going to come from? With David Runciman, Helen Thompson, Finbarr Livesey and Chris Brooke, plus new voices and a new series of guests, ELECTION promises insights from the worlds of science, history, philosophy and beyond. A new episode every Thursday morning: please join us for the most interesting politics conversation out there. More information at http://www.cam.ac.uk/election

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Episodes

What Now?

1/17/2019
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After the crushing defeat for Theresa May's deal in the Commons, we try to work out where we go from here. How and when can Article 50 be extended? What would it mean for parliament to take control of the process? Do we need another general election? Can this government survive? It's all connected and we search for the path through the maze. With Helen Thompson, Chris Bickerton and Kenneth Armstrong.

Duration:00:49:48

Talking Politics Guide to ... Existential Risk

1/10/2019
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David talks to Martin Rees about how we should evaluate the greatest threats facing the human species in the twenty-first century. Does the biggest danger come from bio-terror or bio-error, climate change, nuclear war or AI? And what prospects does space travel provide for a post-human future? Talking Points: Existential risk is risk that cascades globally and is a severe setback to civilization. We are now so interconnected and so empowered as a species that humans could be responsible...

Duration:00:29:47

Talking Politics Guide to ... Bretton Woods

1/6/2019
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David talks to Helen Thompson about the economic order that was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. What was agreed at Bretton Woods, how did it work, why did it eventually fail, and can any of it be revived? Talking Points: The Bretton Woods system: On the surface, Bretton Woods is a success story. The election of Richard Nixon in 1968 marked the beginning of the end for Bretton Woods. The Bretton woods system was a function of American power—there’s no going back...

Duration:00:33:42

Talking Politics Guide to ... Deliberative Democracy

1/3/2019
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David talks to Matthew Taylor about whether more deliberation could remedy some of the defects in contemporary democracy. What can deliberative democracy add to traditional forms of political representation and how might it actually work in practice? Talking Points: The key feature of deliberative democracy is the idea that in order to fully tap into citizens’ views of an issue, you need to give them the time, information, and range of opinion to make an informed choice. Deliberation...

Duration:00:22:43

Talking Politics Guide to ... Human Rights in the Digital Age

12/30/2018
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David talks to Ella McPherson about whether digital communication is making it easier or harder to hold human rights abusers to account. What has been the impact of the social media revolution on reporting human rights violations and does anonymity help or hinder the pursuit of justice? Talking Points: Human rights activism is about analyzing information, processing it, and turning it into evidence. For a few years, the story about technology and human rights was mostly positive, but...

Duration:00:25:28

Talking Politics Guide to ... Facebook

12/27/2018
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How did Facebook get to be so powerful and what, if anything, can we do to take some of that power back? David talks to John Naughton about the rise and possible fall of Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith. Talking Points: Facebook is a data extraction company claiming to be a social network. In some parts of the world, Facebook has become the internet. 2018 has been a tough year for Facebook, but is it really vulnerable? Facebook has become the corporate extension of Mark...

Duration:00:28:48

Talking Politics Guide to ... Economic Well-being

12/23/2018
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David talks to Diane Coyle about how we measure whether the state of the economy is actually doing us any good. Why is it so hard to capture well-being in economic statistics and what impact has the digital revolution had on our quality of life? Talking Points: What does it mean when there is a disconnect between conventional economic measures and life as it is experienced? What are the conventional economic measures missing? The 2008 Crash left deep scars, but the problems we see today...

Duration:00:25:32

Talking Politics Guide to ... the US Constitution

12/20/2018
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David talks to Gary Gerstle about the history of the United States Constitution and its current role in American political life. Is it still fit for purpose in the twenty-first century and what could be done to change it? “American democracy is stuck, but because of the Constitution it also has a history of getting stuck.” Talking Points: The Constitution not only divided power between the federal government and the states; it also gave each level of governance a different theory of...

Duration:00:28:38

The Fate of Theresa May

12/13/2018
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This week David and Helen try to make sense of everything that's going on: not just the Brexit drama, but its links to Macron's fate in France and Merkel's fate in Germany. How will history see this moment? Does Theresa May have any cards left to play? Plus David responds to some of the feedback from last week's episode about votes for children. Recorded on Weds morning before the result of the confidence vote, with a short update.

Duration:00:54:59

Democracy For Young People

12/6/2018
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As a follow-up to last year's How Democracy Ends lecture, David talks about how divisions between young and old are threatening representative democracy. He traces the story from Ancient Greece to Brexit and beyond, and asks how the age divide connects to the education divide in contemporary politics. Plus he offers some radical suggestions for what we might do about it.

Duration:00:41:29

Martha Nussbaum

11/29/2018
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A break from Brexit! This week we talk to one of the world's leading moral philosophers Martha Nussbaum about the really big stuff: anger and disgust, trust and hope, childhood and experience. Can contemporary democracy cope with the growing fears of its citizens? What are we so afraid of? And what does Trump's election tell us about where we should look to rebuild faith in politics? Martha Nussbaum's latest book is The Monarchy of Fear https://bit.ly/2zwpLR9

Duration:00:38:09

Brexit Time

11/22/2018
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As Theresa May gets closer to putting her Brexit deal before parliament, we discuss the chances of success. Was this really the best deal available? What will MPs be weighing up when they get their chance to vote on it? Have its opponents missed their chance? Plus we try to make sense of the choices facing the DUP and we consider the larger question of what this version of Brexit would mean for the future of the Union. With Kenneth Armstrong, author of Brexit Time, Helen Thompson and Chris...

Duration:00:45:24

Italy vs. Europe

11/15/2018
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We try to make sense of the big story in European politics this week: not Brexit (not yet!) but the high stakes standoff between the Italian government and the EU. Why has the proposed Italian budget produced this showdown? Who is really pulling the strings? And what does it tell us about the current prospects for populism in Europe? Plus we assess the ups and downs of the Macron project and ask what its fate means for the future of France and of the wider European project. With Helen...

Duration:00:43:24

What's happening in Brazil?

11/11/2018
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We try to make sense of the recent election of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, with the help of three experts in Brazilian politics and society. Who voted for Bolsonaro and why? What role is being played by the army? Can he deliver on his promises? And what does his election tell us about the prospects for democracy in the country and the wider world? With Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Pedro Mendes Loureiro and Graham Denyer Willis.

Duration:00:42:12

Midterms special!

11/8/2018
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In a special episode recorded the morning after the midterms, we try to make sense of the results as they come in. How much trouble can a Democratic House cause for Trump's presidency? What will Republicans do with their new strength in the Senate? And when, if ever, will the South turn blue? Plus we ask what impact the Kavanaugh hearings had on the outcome and whether the Democrats have an economic message for 2020. With Helen Thompson and Gary Gerstle - in front of a live audience at...

Duration:00:52:34

America First?

11/1/2018
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We talk to the historian Sarah Churchwell about the origins of some of the ideas churning up politics in the age of Trump: 'America First', 'Make America Great Again', 'Fake News'. Where do these phrases come from and what do they mean? We try to unpick the racism from the isolationism and the anti-immigrant from the anti-elitist sentiment. Plus we discuss whether fascism in America was a real threat in the 1930s and whether it's a real threat today. With Andrew Preston, historian of US...

Duration:00:54:36

How Bad Could it Get?

10/25/2018
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As crunch time approaches, we talk through some worst-case Brexit scenarios: for the government, for the economy, for Remainers, for Europe. Have the negotiations been a humiliation for Britain? Is the Tory Party facing an existential crisis? And what might go wrong if the marchers for a 'people's vote' got their way? Plus we speculate about what a no-deal Brexit would mean for Britain's service economy. With Diane Coyle, Helen Thompson and Chris Bickerton.

Duration:00:43:03

Gandhi's Politics

10/21/2018
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David talks about the enduring influence of Gandhi with Ramachandra Guha, author of an epic new biography Gandhi 1914-194: The Years That Changed the World. A conversation about the politics of protest, the legacy of empire and the possibility of moral leadership. Plus, what was it like having Gandhi as your father? https://bit.ly/2OVe7VE

Duration:00:30:34

Francis Fukuyama

10/18/2018
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David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can 'identity politics' really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens' desire for recognition? And what happened to the end of history anyway? Plus we discuss the Kavanaugh hearings, 'getting to Denmark' and the challenge of an ageing population. NB: This weekend there's a special extra edition of Talking Politics looking at the enduring...

Duration:00:46:24

Democracy Hacked

10/11/2018
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We try to uncover the truth about fake news with Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, and Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power. Why have elections around the world been so easy to hack? Can newspapers survive the age of 'free'? And is anonymity a friend or an enemy to democracy? Big questions, big answers.

Duration:00:43:48