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Welcome to the New Statesman podcast. Every week, we'll be bringing you our signature mix of opinion, features, reviews and humour. For more, head to newstatesman.com/podcast.

Welcome to the New Statesman podcast. Every week, we'll be bringing you our signature mix of opinion, features, reviews and humour. For more, head to newstatesman.com/podcast.
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Welcome to the New Statesman podcast. Every week, we'll be bringing you our signature mix of opinion, features, reviews and humour. For more, head to newstatesman.com/podcast.

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English


Episodes

NS#239: It's Brexit Again, Kids

10/19/2017
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Why is the government delaying the EU Withdrawal Bill? Helen and Stephen discuss where it all went wrong. Then they look at the trend for setting up new "centrist" parties and wonder if the Lib Dems are screwed for good. Finally, they answer a listener question: how do you tell if a politician is a rising star, or just a load of hot air? Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading: Stephen's column about a Brexit that could work for almost...

Duration: 00:27:12


NS#238: Deal or No Deal

10/12/2017
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Would a "no deal" Brexit really be so bad? Helen and Stephen analyse the likelihood of the UK crashing out of the EU without a plan, and then take a look at the domestic policy problems brewing with Universal Credit. Then, they answer a listener question: would any of the 2016 Tory leadership candidates have done better than Theresa May? Also, listen out for the introduction of our new Boris Johnson swear jar - let us know what charity we should donate the contents to at the end of the...

Duration: 00:29:13


NS#237: The Tory Conference Special

10/5/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss the fallout from the Conservative Party conference, and in particular Theresa May's disastrous speech. Then they answer a listener question: is the Labour Party ready to govern? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading/listening: Stephen on the Conservatives' misunderstanding of Jeremy Corbyn. Mark Wallace at ConHome on the Tories and the 1970s. The Back Half podcast on...

Duration: 00:35:03


NS#236: The Labour Conference Debrief

9/28/2017
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Helen and Stephen are back from the Labour Party conference in Brighton, and they reflect on the party's mood. Then they analyse how successful Jeremy Corbyn's speech was. Finally, they answer a listener question: was Labour right to wargame a run on the pound? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Listen to the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, here. Further reading: Stephen's column with...

Duration: 00:30:23


NS#235: The Circle of Boris

9/21/2017
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Helen and Stephen are joined by satirist and Private Eye writer Craig Brown to discuss the royal family and his new book about Princess Margaret. Then they analyse the way that Boris Johnson's Brexit intervention was amplified by the right-wing media. Finally, they answer a vital question: will Corbynism dominate the Labour party forever? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Listen to the New Statesman's new...

Duration: 00:35:19


NS#234: Brexit's Nigel Farage Problem

9/14/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss Theresa May's dislike of parliamentary scrutiny and Labour's use of opposition day debates. Then we hear what Stephen learned about Brexit on his recent trip to Poland. Finally, they answer a rather topical question: should former politicians like Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton just go away? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Get tickets for the SRSLY podcast live show here and listen...

Duration: 00:28:56


NS#233: Mogg's Momentum

9/7/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss the progress of the legislation formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill, and then assess whether Jacob Rees-Mogg might actually become Tory leader. Then, for the You Asked Us segment, they answer the most vital of all questions: which past UK election should you rewatch? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading: Helen on why Jacob Rees-Mogg isn't funny. Stephen on why the...

Duration: 00:31:32


NS#232: Do We Have To Talk About Brexit?

8/31/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss Kezia Dugdale's resignation as Scottish Labour leader and assess what her legacy will be. Then, they (reluctantly) dig into the details of the troubled Brexit negotiations. Finally, they answer an extremely fraught question: can you be friends with a Tory? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading: Helen's interview with Kezia Dugdale. The current contenders in the Scottish...

Duration: 00:34:23


NS#231: Big Ben's Last Bong

8/24/2017
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Stephen is back from holiday, and he joins Helen to assess Labour's performance over the summer break. Then, they try to understand the row over Big Ben being silenced for refurbishment. Finally, they go head to head on a very controversial topic: is Game of Thrones still any good? Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading: Stephen's column about the Tories and Big Ben. Tony Blair on Newsnight making...

Duration: 00:29:58


NS#230: It's (New) Party Time

8/17/2017
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Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more. Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Anoosh @anoosh_c Further reading: The NS centenary...

Duration: 00:27:13


NS #229: Apocalypse Now?

8/10/2017
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Helen and Stephen contemplate the escalation of hostilities between the United States and North Korea from the podcast bunker, and analyse why Venezuela causes such problems for British left. Then, in a new segment, they go head to head to determine which is the best Nineties sitcom: Fraiser or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Stephen @stephenkb. Further reading: Helen on Labour and prisons. Stephen on the left and Venezuela. Helen on Fraiser. Stephen...

Duration: 00:27:43


NS #228: Silly season special

8/3/2017
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Helen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to ponder the fruits of this year's silly season. There's scandal and Scaramucci in Trump's White House. And debate over who should get passes to the UK lobby. They also share their thoughts on upcoming political plays and a new profile of Sadiq Khan. Plus, You Ask Us: Where is Jeremy Corbyn?

Duration: 00:29:08


NS#227: Fiction and Fees

7/27/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss the row over student fees and what it means for Corbyn's electoral prospects. They also recommend their top TV shows to catch up on this summer. Plus, a selection of our magazine writers pick their favourite political fiction.

Duration: 00:28:18


NS#226: Pay and Political reads

7/20/2017
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Helen is back and, together with Stephen, explores the politics of pay scandal at the BBC. From John Humphrys to Match of the Day, who do they think is worth what? And which non-fiction books do they recommend for the summer break? Plus, you ask us about the Conservatives' attempt to free themselves of the European Court of Justice - is it so they can bring back the death penalty?

Duration: 00:27:41


NS#225: Nish Kumar Special

7/13/2017
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In this week's episode, Stephen and Anoosh touch on what makes a good political leader - from Emily Thornberry's impressive performance at this week's PMQs, to how Vince Cable is faring in his own leadership bid. They are then joined by the comedian and presenter, Nish Kumar, to discuss the racist outburst of Anna Marie Morris and the ethical choices behind satire. Plus, You Ask Us: which future Conservative leader should the opposition most fear? (You can catch Nish's new show, The Mash...

Duration: 00:28:35


NS#224: Markets and Momentum

7/6/2017
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Helen is away, so Stephen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to discuss the latest rows over single market access and Cameron's defense of his austerity agenda. Amelia Tait then helps explore the gendered world of punctuation. And You Ask Us: should the Conservatives have a Momentum of their own?

Duration: 00:26:24


NS#223: Deals and the DUP

6/29/2017
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Helen and Stephen explore what's going on with the DUP: what's the best response to new investment for Northern Ireland? And how long will May last? They also roam into the mythical worlds of Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes. Plus: you ask us: why has there been no final death toll estimate for Grenfell?

Duration: 00:35:09


NS#222: Queen's Speech Special

6/22/2017
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Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.

Duration: 00:33:50


NS#221: Special - Writing the Internet Age

6/20/2017
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Helen and Stephen are joined by the author and editor Andrew O'Hagan, to explore selfhood in the internet era. Who are the slippery figures who populate our online worlds? Will there be a backlash against this new fluidity? And are these trends changing the way novelists write? Plus: why we love Instagram so much.

Duration: 00:26:45


NS#220: Leadership and lessons

6/15/2017
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Helen and Stephen digest the election results, with a focus on what can be learned for future campaigns: why Labour outperformed expectations, what the tories got wrong, and how should feedback from doorstep activists be best understood? Plus, You Ask Us: was the postal vote deadline too early for Labour?

Duration: 00:37:05

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