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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

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

Brexit Choices

10/4/2018
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Back to Brexit: as decision-day approaches we try to work out what might happen next. Did Labour patch up its differences? Can anyone really start the negotiations again? And what would it take to get the EU to deviate from its script? Plus we explore some of the ideological roots of Tory opposition to Chequers and we ask what happened to the good old British bye-election. With Helen Thompson, Chris Bickerton and Wassem Yaqoob.

Duration:00:49:02

Moneyland

9/27/2018
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We talk to Oliver Bullough about his acclaimed new book Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take it Back. Where is Moneyland? How did London become its capital? And will Brexit, or a Corbyn government, or another financial crash change how it operates? A conversation about tax havens, money-laundering, the politics of corruption and the corruption of politics. With Jason Sharman, author of The Despot's Guide to Wealth Management, and Helen Thompson.

Duration:00:45:30

Dan Snow

9/20/2018
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We talk to the host of Dan Snow's History Hit, the no. 1 history podcast, about some of our favourite subjects. Does history help us understand the present state of politics, and which history? Are we closer to the 1890's, the 1930's, or the 1980's? How should we commemorate the aftermath of WWI? Plus we talk about whether Chinese politicians are really able to take the long view. With Helen Thompson. https://www.historyhit.com/podcasts/dan-snows-history-hit/

Duration:00:43:21

Taming Trump

9/13/2018
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We talk with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government and former Washington bureau chief of the Times, about the latest revelations from inside Trumpworld. With claims that the resistance has spread to the government, we ask whether it is ethical for administration officials to resist the elected president. Is this about Trump's personality or his policies? What precedent might be being set? And are Obama's interventions in the mid-term elections helping? Recorded at the...

Duration:00:37:22

Labour's Fault Lines

9/6/2018
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Summer's over: politics is back! This week we return to the mystery inside the enigma that is Brexit to ask where Labour now stands. What is the big divide in the Labour movement: Is it MPs vs leader? Members vs voters? Young vs old? And what could a second referendum achieve anyway? Plus we try to make sense of the fraught fight over the definition of anti-Semitism. With Helen Thompson, Chris Bickerton and Waseem Yaqoob.

Duration:00:45:00

Crashed

8/30/2018
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Crashed - Helen and David talk to historian Adam Tooze about his epic new book Crashed: How A Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World. Why did the crash of 2008 take so many people by surprise? How did it spread from the US around the world? Why was Europe so vulnerable? And how do the answers to these questions help explain Brexit, Trump and what's now going on in places from Hungary to China? Plus, as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the event that triggered the crisis, we...

Duration:01:06:37

Talking Politics Guide to ... Turkey

8/23/2018
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David talks to Ayse Zarakol about how Erdogan accumulated so much power and what lessons his story provides for democracy in other places

Duration:00:21:38

Talking Politics Guide to ... Nuclear Weapons

8/19/2018
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David talks to Aaron Rapport about the most destructive weapons of all and how they continue to shape international politics.

Duration:00:30:40

Talking Politics Guide to ... Machine Learning

8/16/2018
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David talks to Jennifer Cobbe about whether machines can think for themselves and what this means for politics.

Duration:00:23:55

Talking Politics Guide to ... Distributive Justice

8/12/2018
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David talks to Chris Brooke about the history of ideas of justice and the long-standing political battles over who gets what.

Duration:00:27:18

The Politics of Food

8/9/2018
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In a special live edition recorded at the Wilderness Festival, David talks to BBC Food Programme presenter Sheila Dillon and best-selling food writer Jack Monroe about austerity, Brexit and the politics of how people eat. What is gained and what is lost when politician talk about food as a matter of personal choice? Just how powerful are the big food corporations? And is it really possible for Britain to take back control of its food supply? With some lively questions from the audience.

Duration:00:33:51

Talking Politics Guide to ... Technocracy

8/5/2018
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David talks to Chris Bickerton about what technocracy means and whether we should be afraid of it.

Duration:00:25:20