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Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers and columnists give their perspective on major national and international stories. If you like what you hear, then read more at




Does the presidential debate reveal depths of misogyny?

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist Jenni Russell, Times policy editor Oliver Wright and Times Deputy Editor, Emma Tucker. Find out more:

Duration: 00:28:23

Conservative conference: it's all about May

Matt Chorley hosts the Red Box podcast from the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham with Times columnist Matthew Parris, Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim Shipman, and PR guru Jo Tanner. Find out more:

Duration: 00:31:59

Live Red Box - Britain After Brexit Part 2

Recorded live at a Times+ members event in London. Host Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnists Matthew Parris, Patrick Kidd and Alice Thomson to answer questions from the audience on life since the Brexit vote.

Duration: 00:53:39

Witnessing the arc of disappointment

Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates, political adviser, strategist and commentator John McTernan and Times' Head of News Fay Schlesinger. The Red Box podcast is taking a short break and will return 23rd August.

Duration: 00:39:00

Leaving is the new black

Host Matthew Chorley is joined by Times columnists Daniel Finkelstein and Jenni Russell plus Professor of Politics and Red Box regular Matthew Goodwin. The panel discuss the choppy waters of post-Brexit Britain and the uncertain future facing Labour, Ukip and the Conservative Party.

Duration: 00:31:36

The Finishing Line Approaches

With the respective EU Referendum campaigns nearing the finishing line, host Matt Chorley reflects on the highlights and lowlights of what has been a long, rigorous period of fiery debate. With The Times' Sketch Writer Patrick Kidd, Political Reporter Georgie Keate and Deputy Diary Editor Grant Tucker.

Duration: 00:33:24

Labour leadership rumblings

Matt Chorley is joined by Senior Political Correspondent at The Times, Lucy Fisher, who contemplates the future of Labour's leadership. Columnist Tim Montgomerie also joins the panel to discuss political scoring following the tragic events in Orlando, plus Times reporter Lucy Bannerman talks about when interviews go wrong.

Duration: 00:29:20

"Frank discussions": Amber Rudd on Andrea Leadsom

Amber Rudd, the pro-Remain energy secretary, on her relationship with junior energy minister Andrea Leadsom, who back Brexit. Recorded during the Red Box podcast on May 31. Listen to the full episode:

Duration: 00:01:09

Place Your Bets

As the EU referendum draws nearer, host Matt Chorley delves deeper into the analysis of the latest polls, betting odds and social media strategies. Panel: Michael Savage - Times' Chief Political Correspondent Claire Emes - IpsosMori Matthew Shaddock - Ladbrokes

Duration: 00:27:07

Steve Hilton interview

Matt Chorley talks to the former director of strategy for David Cameron, Steve Hilton, about his relationship with the Prime Minister, the practicalities of Governance, his stance on the EU referendum and his current business in California.

Duration: 00:32:13

EU Referendum - the debate heats up

EU Referendum special: In the blue corner, representing Vote Remain, host Matt Chorley is joined by Conservative MP and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd. And in the red corner, former Parliamentary spokesperson for Ukip, Suzanne Evans, speaks out for Vote Leave. Deputy Political Editor at The Times, Sam Coates, also joins proceedings.

Duration: 00:33:37

Natalie Bennett shows why strong leadership matters

Matt Chorley is joined by The Times' Head of News Fay Schlesinger, Anthony Wells from YouGov and Chief Political Correspondent for The Times, Michael Savage. Fay Schlesinger: A drive to weed out and punish Universities that deliver poor-quality teaching is a step forward as higher education becomes bigger and more expensive. But let’s not allow the system to become homogenised. Everyone remembers their scatty professor who dispensed with notes to launch into an off-topic spiel that left...

Duration: 00:28:43

Westminster Special: Ask The Experts

In a Westminster special, Matt Chorley is joined by Stewart McDonald MP, former Labour Party advisor Ayesha Hazarika and political sketch-writer and diarist for The Times, Patrick Kidd. The panel answer questions from the public about working and living in Westminster. Plus additional contributions from Deputy Politics Editor Sam Coates and Business writer Callum Jones.

Duration: 00:38:01

London mayoral race is a soup of consensus

Matt Chorley is joined by Times Deputy Editor Emma Tucker, Chief Leader writer Giles Whittell and columnist Phil Collins.

Duration: 00:27:08

Junior doctors' strike - a more balanced approach is needed

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist David Aaronovitch, Business reporter Callum Jones and Red Box writer Hannah McGrath. David Aaronovitch: The BMA say the strike is the government's fault and the government says it's the BMA's. As in the bad old days the sides - an particularly the doctors - have become polarised beyond the reach of reason. From having been a question of how to staff hospitals properly at weekends the dispute is now being framed as an existential one about the very future...

Duration: 00:27:55

The EU Referendum debate needs to appeal to the public

Host Matt Chorley is joined by ex-Blair spin doctor John McTernan, former Home Office advisor Fiona Hill and Red Box columnist Matt Smith.

Duration: 00:30:31

Have we missed the point on the Panama Papers?

Matt Chorley is joined by Times columnist Jenni Russell who thinks we've missed the point on the Panama Papers, deputy political editor Sam Coates who warns we don't understand how Westminster works and Times political editor Francis Elliott who explains why Number 10 is banking on Jeremy Corbyn.

Duration: 00:22:36

Special: a denial of Spin Doctors

Matt Chorley is joined by a "denial" of Spin Doctors. Ayesha Hazarika - who had the unenviable task of trying to make Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman sound funny. Katie Perrior - whose PR magic helped get Boris Johnson into City Hall. Sean Kemp - who knows more about Nick Clegg and the inner workings of the Lib Dems than is healthy.

Duration: 00:31:03

Does George Osborne lack emotional intelligence?

Matt Chorley is joined by columnist Rachel Sylvester on the fall out from Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, politics professor Matthew Goodwin on the EU referendum and columnist Hugo Rifkind on the boat on everyone's lips, 'Boaty McBoatface'.

Duration: 00:25:57

Can Donald Trump be blocked?

Matt Chorley is joined by Senior Political Correspondent Lucy Fisher, European Football Writer (and fellow Times podcast presenter) Gabriele Marcotti, plus Property Editor and Assistant Editor of The Times Anne Ashworth.

Duration: 00:26:33

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