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S2E17: What Women Want? ft. Sophie Yates Lu

The gang return, on time and on form, kicking off the latest episode with a continuation of last week's feminism theme, before drifting on to other matters... ___ FEATURE We chat with Sophie Yates Lu about the recently released What Women Want 2.0 survey - which asked British women the simple question "what do you want?", and analysed the data. Sophie discusses some of the key themes, her thoughts on what has and hasn't changed, and her hopes for how this data can be used by policymakers and...


S2E16: Women's Day ft. Women in Business, Tech, Media & Advocacy

This week we've pulled together a really special podcast in celebration of International Women's Day. The gang held Q&As with 8 women in business, tech, media and advocacy roles to discuss what feminism means today, what they hope it can become, and how we can all better engage with it. We had a really great, diverse set of responses representing a range of feminist thought. A definite theme was just how considered, positive and inclusive feminism can be - contrary to its caricatured...


S2E15: Why Are The Tabloids So Bad?

This week we take a dive into the 100% serious and accurate FACT that Jeremy Corbyn is a Soviet spy. Raj looks into the tabloids - why are they so reactionary? How did we get here? We speak to Martin Conboy of the University of Sheffield. Martin's Book "Tabloid Century" is available now on Amazon. Like what you hear? Support us by... Following on Soundcloud! Subscribing and Reviewing on iTunes – Following on Twitter –...


S2E14: Trust Falls ft. Anthony Skews (Political Theorist and Author)

This week we discuss the Edelman Trust Barometer 2018, a global survey of trust in institutions and governments. Trust has been declining for the last 18 years running - we talk about why, including the contributions of social media and “fake news”, and whether or not this is a good thing. Check out the Trust Barometer here: ___ In our feature this week, Rowan sits down to speak to author and political theorist Anthony...


S2E13: Apocalypse Soon? (A Brief History of Neoliberalism Pt.5)

Rowan survives a house-fire and noxious fumes to join Warren and Raj this week for the grand finale of 'A Brief History of Neoliberalism'. Last week we discussed how the political left embraced neoliberalism, through the Third Way politics of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. This week we look at the rest of the industrialised world, discuss the 2008 financial crisis, and reveal how neoliberalism has taken the opportunity to double-down since the Great Recession. Will it be this way forever? What...


S2E12: Third Way to the Danger Zone (A Brief History of Neoliberalism Pt.4)

Rowan returns to the fold this week, still without a home but at least with an 'adequate' AirBnB. Get a degree they said. Do a masters they said. Get a white-collar job they say. It'll all work out they said... Rowan's slow-motion crushing beneath the iron wheel of capitalism sets us up quite well for Part 4 of our on-going series 'A Brief History of Neoliberalism', which is now becoming not-so brief. Last week he explored how Thatcher and Reagan spearheaded Neoliberalism in the West over...


S2E11: Voodoo Economics (A Brief History Of Neoliberalism Pt.3)

The gang are down to two this week, as Rowan walks the streets of Brussels in search of shelter. We'll keep you updated on his deteriorating life situation as events unfold. ____ We follow up last week's "The History of Neoliberalism Part 2" with... you guessed it... Part 3! Previously, Warren discussed Hayek, Friedman and the birth of neoliberalism. In this week's part, he details how and why Thatcher and Reagan spearheaded Neoliberalism in the West over the course of a decade. Next week,...


S2E10: Freedom through Brutality (The History Of Neoliberalism Pt.2)

Back by popular demand, we bring you "The History of Neoliberalism pt.2" Last week, Warren explained mainstream economics up to the 1970s. This week, he discusses Hayek, Friedman and the birth of neoliberalism - and offers a critique of their ideas. He also touches on how this philosophy was first tested out on developing countries, with terrible consequences. Stay tuned for the third and final installment next week, where he returns home and discusses how Reagan and Thatcher brought...


S2E09: Outsourcing Society

Full episode description coming soon - our bastard employers have actually been making us work today. We talk collapse of Carillon, the history of Neoliberalism, and radical new changes to Facebook's algorithm. ___ Like what you hear? Support us by... Following on FB – Following on Twitter – Reviewing on ITunes – Email your comments and ideas -...


S2E08: Millennials Killed Napkins, Boomers Killed Housing

We're back! And we're kicking off with a bumper episode featuring one of our core topics... Millennials. We're vilified by many as spoilt, idle, and in a perpetual state of childhood. We did everything we were supposed to: got an education, work experience, applied for tens of jobs and even tried to be entrepreneurs. And yet we still can barely afford rent - let alone purchase a house. We're frequently competing against more experienced generations applying for entry level jobs. How many...


S2 INTERVIEW: How to get work in politics w/ Clement Nocos

For our second Christmas break interview release, we've got an extended cut of the interview Rowan did with Clement Nocos, following on from his appearance in Episode 2 ( Clement talks about his experience working for Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh after interviewing him for GQ, what it's like to work in Canadian politics, and how young people can get involved in the process. Check out Clement's work for GQ: Follow him on...


BONUS EPISODE: Interview with Martin Kirk, Co-Founder of /The Rules

A little bonus pod for you here - Martin Kirk, Co-Founder of The Rules. You heard a much shorter version of this a few weeks ago (S02E07: but Martin really had a lot to say about a lot of different topics - fascinating stuff that we thought you'd like to hear. Follow Martin on Twitter: And check out his organization /The Rules:...


The Hungover Review of Politics in 2017

After relaunching a few months back, we’ve spent a lot of time tightening up the podcast. We exhaustively write and research a feature every week and introduced a number of recurring segments. Warren and Raj have spent many hours cutting and tightening each Season 2 episode, getting the run time down and keeping everything taut. Our listens have jumped up massively and we’re now getting amazing people ask to be guests. Well, we didn’t do any of that this episode. After drinking a little...


S02E07: Life After Neoliberalism -- However you're thinking, think bigger

A lot of time is spent trying to understand economic and political mechanisms. Deregulation, trade tariffs, growth etc. Relatively little time is spent examining why those mechanisms are being proposed or adopted. What is the end goal? Warren spoke to Martin Kirk, Global Campaigns Director at /The Rules (, who is working to expose 'the why' rather than 'the how' of politics. He points out that we are in a time of transition - the Neoliberal Consensus is certainly...


S2E06: Bonn Voyage

The UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn concluded a fortnight ago with little in the way of fanfare from the press... but is it fair to say that nothing happened? We chatted to Hiro Ito, climate adviser to the Japanese embassy in Germany, about the nature of these conferences, and the key narratives the rest of us mortals should focus on. Week in Bulls!*t is back on the menu, with a week of Royal Engagement Mania(TM) bringing out the Robespierre in Warren, accompanies by some good old-fashioned dog-whistle...


S2E05: Cryptocurrency Rules Everything Around Me

This week, we focus on cryptocurrency. With the price of Bitcoin and Ethereum going through the roof, Raj decided to jump on that hype train and learn how it all works as he went along. He found out how it all works, what the life of a cryptocurrency trader is like and what digital currency might mean beyond investing and trading. (Check out the blog post this Saturday for more on that last point). Big shout out to Ben Taylor for his help. Check him out on Twitter...


S2E04: "Premature Mortality is Sub-Optimal"

It’s Bumper Episode Time! We almost took a break from the Week in Bullshit this episode… until the Telegraph plumbed new depths of unethical coverage for a broadsheet last week with the infamous ‘Brexit Mutineers’ front spread. The only thing they could have done further to intimidate these Tory MPs would be to paint crosshairs on their photos. Which was probably suggested in the editorial meeting ( While we’re diving into bullshit coverage, we thought we’d draw...


Make The Left Great Again with Peter Frase [s2e3]

Make the Left Great Again This week we're giving you part 1 of our chat with Peter Frase, a writer and lapsed academic who is on the editorial board of Jacobin. We spoke to Peter about the resurgence of leftist thought in popular culture - particularly with young people - and all that goes into building a popular socialist magazine in the post financial crisis world we live in. You can check out Peter Frase on his website ( or on Twitter...


How Can Millennials Actually Get Work with Politicians? [s2e2]

As long as we can remember, Millennials have been getting a bad wrap. We’ve been called lazy, entitled, shallow, disengaged. We lived our lives online, not engaging with the real world or our own friends. In particular, Millennials never got involved with politics. In short, we were this garbage generation of self obsessed screen junkies. If the 1960s was all about campus protesting, the 2010s were all about clicktivism. Of course, we know now this picture isn’t accurate. Young people have...


Season 2 Episode 1: The Grand Relaunch

And we're back! Welcome to Season 2 of Connected & Disaffected. After a couple of weeks for scheming and plotting, we're coming back with a bunch of changes. New segments, interviews, deep dives and a lot more. Season 2 kicks off with two new segments: The Week In Bullshit and Meanwhile On Twitter. Both try to add context and perspective on horse-race political coverage, which is oddly relaxing. We also have the first installment of an ongoing series on Neoliberalism - a phenomenon that...


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