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Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), to break down all the big issues in macroeconomics in the UK and beyond. New episodes on Mondays.




How do we empower people to take action on climate change?

As large swathes of the Caribbean have been left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the issue of climate change is once again back on the global news agenda. It’s easy to feel defeated when the environmental crises we face are so immediate and huge. But action is urgently needed. In this special edition of the Weekly Economics Podcast (recorded before Irma took place), we explore some of the possible solutions, debate what real action looks like and how those most affected can be the most...

Duration: 00:24:55

Could selling off public land solve the housing crisis?

The housing crisis is a hot topic at the moment. We often talk about who can buy, sell and rent houses - and how much they cost - but we rarely talk about the land beneath them. Lots of land in the UK is owned by the government and local authorities - public land. But a load of it is being sold off, from old hospitals to sites owned by the Ministry of Defence. The government says that we should sell it to developers to build houses on to deal with the housing shortage. But is that really...

Duration: 00:27:29

What should the UK's industrial strategy look like?

For years ‘industrial strategy’ wasn’t talked about at all. But the phrase has recently made a comeback. The government thinks there are some ‘long term challenges’ for the economy in this country, and they need to get involved to do something about them. Host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by NEF's Senior Economist Sara Mahmoud and Will Brett, NEF's Director of News and Media, to discuss exactly what these challenges are, and to address the question: what should the UK’s industrial...

Duration: 00:27:46

Could personal debt cause another recession?

Personal debt is at record levels with one in six of us at risk of a debt crisis. Credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans are propping up households across the country as wages continue to fall in real terms. And many people are struggling under the pressure of paying back what they owe. But what is the effect on the wider economy? And what should we do about it? Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is back with us this week and is joined by Sarah Lyall, NEF's Social Policy Lead and special guest Dr Jo...

Duration: 00:26:23

Who gains from big data?

Big data. It’s one of those terms that’s far more widely used than it is understood. This week we'll be exploring what data means for us - and its implications for the world of work. Our regular host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith returns next week - so this week it’s the turn of Will Brett, NEF’s Director of News and Media, to step into the role of host. He’s joined by special guest Will Davies, Director of the Political Economy Research Centre and a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of...

Duration: 00:29:08

A Beginner's Guide to Brexit

The latest episode of the Weekly Economics Podcast brings you...A Beginner's Guide to Brexit. Stepping in for our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week is producer Huw Jordan, who will be trying to make sense of the 'Great' Repeal Bill and the legal tangle of Britain leaving the EU. He'll be joined by Dave Powell, who leads on NEF's environment work, and special guest Karla Hill, Programme Director at ClientEarth. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! Produced by...

Duration: 00:28:14

Can we save the planet despite Trump?

What more does the environment have to do to become an election issue? Joining our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week are Dave Powell, Subject Lead on Environment at the New Economics Foundation, Fernanda Balata, who leads NEF's work on coastal economies and Andrew Pendleton, Principal Director of Policy and Advocacy at NEF to discuss the environment, the election and the prospects for saving our planet. — Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! — Produced by James...

Duration: 00:31:46

What next for the NHS and social care?

6 out of 10 of us now think the NHS is one of the biggest issues facing Britain - the highest level of concern for 15 years. This week we're joined by Allyson Pollock, Director of the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, Sarah Lyall, Social Policy Lead at the New Economics Foundation and James Shield, who (when he's not producing the Weekly Economics Podcast) is Senior Policy Analyst at Macmillan Cancer Support to discuss the NHS, Social Care and more. — Enjoying the...

Duration: 00:30:46

Did Economics Swing the Election? With Stephen Bush

Elections are supposed to be won and lost on economics. But in the recent general election here in the UK, interrupted by terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and coming a year after the EU referendum, some people have said that the economy had dropped down the agenda. But is that true? What role did the economy really play in the election and what are the economic consequences of the result? This week we're joined by the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush, NEF’s Principal Director of...

Duration: 00:28:19

Are Robots Already Stealing Our Jobs?

Politicians and economists have increasingly been talking about the risks of a future where robots make all of our jobs obsolete. But is that future already upon us? And in the meantime, are big companies using technology to create 21st century workhouses with bad conditions and even worse pay? Joining Ayeisha this week are Stefan Baskerville, NEF's Principal Director for Unions and Business, and familiar faces Alice Martin and Annie Quick. — This is the last episode in our current series,...

Duration: 00:28:35

Power and Devolution

The triggering of Article 50 has dominated the news this week, and NEF Chief Executive Marc Stears makes a special guest appearance to give his take on what is in store as the process unfolds. Also on the agenda is devolution. Rachel Laurence and Annie Quick join Laurie Macfarlane to discuss inequality, democracy and the North/South divide. Tune in for all of this, plus our guests' predictions for what lies ahead on the political horizon… — Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and...

Duration: 00:28:14

Solving the Housing Crisis

Britain is in the grips of a full blown housing crisis. Even if you're not struggling to meet your mortgage payments or at the mercy of a dodgy landlord, the UK's debt-fuelled property boom isn't good news for any of us. But guess what? There's a solution! Alice Martin, our resident housing expert, is back with us this week. Tune in for an amazing campaign win on Britain's Land Registry, why now probably isn't the time to be flogging off acres of old hospital sites, and the hottest sport...

Duration: 00:32:51

Article 50

Breaking: Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday 29 March, kick-starting the formal, two-year process of Britain's departure from the EU. That's what we're talking about this week. How will the negotiations play out? Can we expect big ructions in global financial markets? What will the biggest issues be and how will they be resolved? Tune in for all our regular features and analysis, including the shifting shopping habits of Britain's hipsters... — Enjoying the show? Tweet us your...

Duration: 00:30:21

Budget 2017

Last week was the Spring Budget, and as ever, we had experts from NEF on hand to cast a critical eye over the Chancellor’s announcements. Is the UK’s economic forecast as sunny as Philip Hammond would have us believe? On top of our usual features and analysis, tune in to hear whether our guests are as sartorially clairvoyant as they are economically clued up… — Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! — Produced by James Shield. Programme editor for the New Economics...

Duration: 00:33:07


We're back and kicking off our new series with President Trump - the end of economics as we know it, or Republican business as usual? Our new presenter, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, is joined by New Economics Foundation regulars Alice Martin, Laurie Macfarlane and Stephen Devlin. As well as Trump, we talk news from the last week and get some expert predictions on the upcoming Budget. Tune in to find out why Mexico might want to nationalise Twitter, and the bad news ahead for Britain's vending...

Duration: 00:28:34

Podcast Update

A message from Huw and James at the Weekly Economics Podcast - we need your help! Over the last two years the podcast has gone from strength to strength, and we want to come back bigger and better than ever in 2017. Help us do that by filling out a short, 5 minute survey. Link's below, and we'll love you forever if you fill it out! Thanks so much for all your support, and we'll be back soon. www.neweconomics.org/podcastsurvey

Duration: 00:01:42

A Very Northern Christmas Special... and Kirsty's last show!

The final episode of the year and Kirsty's last show as she moves on to a new job in Manchester! Programme editor Huw Jordan chats to Kirsty about the highlights and lowlights during her two years hosting the Weekly Economics Podcast, with a little help from her niece Emily. Featuring contributions from Olivier Vardakoulias, Caroline Lucas, John Hilary, James Meadway, Steve Keen, Faiza Shaheen, Christine Berry, Dan Vockins, Jacqui Howard, Yuan Yang, Emily Kenway, Mika Minio-Paluello and...

Duration: 00:30:25

Really Take Control: Coastal Communities

Britain's coastal communities registered some of the strongest votes for Brexit back in June. How can we really give them control of their lives, economies and natural resources? This week Kirsty is joined by NEF's Fernanda Balata, Blue New Deal project lead, and Andrew Binnie of COAST. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics Foundation on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NEF Kirsty Styles on...

Duration: 00:22:28

Really Take Control: Work

How can we really take control of work and our working lives? With Elly Baker and Duncan McCann. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics Foundation on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NEF Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kirstystyles1 Duncan McCann on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DuncanMcCann4 Elly Baker on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ellyannab Produced by James Shield. Programme editor for...

Duration: 00:16:18

Really Take Control: Environment

How can we really take control of our environment in a post-Brexit world? With Ruth Davis and David Powell. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics Foundation on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NEF Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kirstystyles1 Dave Powell on Twitter: www.twitter.com/powellds Ruth Davis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ruthdavis27 Produced by James Shield. Programme editor...

Duration: 00:22:32

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