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Lord David Young on running Margaret Thatcher's last election
This week we’re jumping in our time machines and heading back to a time where politics was very different- and Margaret Thatcher was still prime minister. The year is 1987, and she’s about to fight her third election. With her is David Young, drafted in to help run it- and who decided to keep an audio diary during the months he spent doing so, which has now been published. Tune in to listen to him chat about politics today, the dangers of social media and how to get a seat in the cabinet without signing up to a political party... Find his book on the Biteback website here: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/thatcher-s-last-election Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
33:47
June 10, 2021
Kevin Meagher on Northern Ireland's centenary
One hundred years have passed since the creation of Northern Ireland, but what have today's politicians learned from it? To mark the centenary, we’re speaking to Biteback author Kevin Marr, whose book What A Bloody Awful country is out now and looks back at a bloody history... Find his book here. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:41
May 4, 2021
Tony Insall on wartime subterfuge
Historian Tony Insall takes the mic this week to talk about Norwegian-British alliances during the Second World War and the incredible things their secret forces did to sabotage German occupiers. Secret Alliances is out now and available to order on www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/secret-alliances Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
34:34
April 21, 2021
Simon Dolan on Donald Trump's legacy
Donald Trump: reckless? Genius? Dangerous? Businessman Simon Dolan makes the case for a reassessment of this controversial president's time in office in the latest episode of the Biteback podcast. Trump: The Hidden Halo is out now: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/trump-the-hidden-halo Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
26:25
April 9, 2021
Roger Hermiston on the Cold War
It's 1953 and the Doomsday Clock has just been moved to two minutes to midnight. Join Biteback author Roger Hermiston as he discusses the trials and tribulations of a fascinating year for the latest episode of the podcast! You can buy Roger's book Two Minutes to Midnight here: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/two-minutes-to-midnight Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
39:20
March 30, 2021
Alastair Campbell on the Olympic spirit
The period of 2010-2015 was a turbulent time in British politics, and Alastair Campbell was there for it all. The latest instalment of his diaries covers the rise of David Cameron, Ed Miliband's tenure as leader of the Labour party, two inquiries and the spectacle that was the Olympics: sit back and listen to us discuss most of it! The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume 8: Rise and Fall of the Olympic Spirit is out now: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/alastair-campbell-diaries-volume-8 Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
38:10
March 25, 2021
John Quin on working in the NHS
What does a physician do? John Quin spent his career in the NHS working with unruly patients, navigating hospital cliques and learning just what it was an endocrinologist does. In this chat we learn more about his career: the dark humour, the reality of working in Glasgow and how Nabokov got him through it all. John's book, Dr Quin Medicine Man, is out now: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/dr-quin-medicine-man Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:13
March 5, 2021
Elisabeth Spencer on new beginnings
A few days after Elisabeth Spencer's daughter Milly came out as trans, her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Spencer's moving memoir of what followed, The Road to My Daughter, is an illuminating account of what it means to be the mother of a trans daughter, and in this podcast we chat about everything from the prejudice trans people face in the healthcare system, to the ways in which their relationship has changed. The Road to My Daughter is now available to buy on the Biteback website or wherever you get your books: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-road-to-my-daughter 
29:59
February 24, 2021
Annie Bracken on life in the White House
For this week's podcast we're travelling all the way to America! Our guest and Biteback author Annie Bracken worked for George HW Bush during his presidency and is full of stories about life in the White House, from awkward dates to going running with the secret service. Her book, How to Break Into the White House, is also out now: check it out here! How to Break Into the White House | Biteback Publishing Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:19
January 28, 2021
Liam Halligan on the reality of the housing crisis
Economist and author Liam Halligan joins us for the first Biteback podcast of 2021 to chat about all things housing! We discuss the impact of big developers in the market, the reason house prices are so high and what politicians are doing to fix things... Liam's book Home Truths is out in paperback on the Biteback website: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/home-truths Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:09
January 14, 2021
Henry Milner on a life spent defending criminals
On this week's episode of the Biteback podcast we chat to Henry Milner, a criminal defence solicitor who has represented criminals in the UK for over fifty years. He talks about the dangers of defending a client in the seventies, some of his favourite cases and why professional criminals are always easier to represent than newbies. Henry's book, No Lawyers in Heaven, is out now: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/no-lawyers-in-heaven Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeo Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:45
November 12, 2020
Clive Irving on the royal family's scandals
Seasoned journalist Clive Irving pops into the virtual studios to chat about the royal family's relationship with the media, his time working on Fleet Street and what he thinks about the future of the crown... Clive's book, The Last Queen, is now available from the Biteback website: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-last-queen Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
32:52
November 5, 2020
Peter Cardwell on a life in government
Former Special Adviser Peter Cardwell has worked under four government ministers in his time, weathering gaffes, media storms and prime ministers. But what is it actually like to be a SpAd? In the latest edition of the Biteback podcast, we chat about meeting Kevin Spacey in airports, getting your inside leg measured in a government office and the surprising ways you can use gaffer tape... The Secret Life of Special Advisers is available on the Biteback website: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-secret-life-of-special-advisers Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:56
October 27, 2020
Jonny Oates on trying to change the world
How would you go about changing the world? For fifteen-year-old Jonny Oates, the answer was simple: he boarded a plane to Addis Ababa with the intention of tackling the Ethiopian famine. The thirty years that followed taught him that creating change wasn't that easy... Listen to him talk about his mental health, his time in the coalition government and his love of Africa in this week's edition of the Biteback podcast! Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:52
October 15, 2020
Giles Edwards on the afterlives of political leaders
Journalist Giles Edwards joins us to discuss what presidents and prime ministers do once they retire. From rubbing shoulders with Nelson Mandela to getting involved in the charity sector, the answer is quite a lot... Pre-order Giles' book here: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/the-ex-men Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
33:59
October 8, 2020
Deborah Mattinson on the crumbling Red Wall
We talk to Labour pollster Deborah Mattinson about the 2019 general election, the abandoned towns that switched from voting Labour to voting Conservative, and why Boris Johnson is enjoying a reputation as a modern-day James Bond. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:58
September 18, 2020
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on groundbreaking women
Journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown joins us in the virtual Biteback studio to talk about her new book, Ladies Who Punch,  incredible women  who have shaped today's society and her past as a (literal) bra-burning feminist... Ladies Who Punch is out now! Take a look at it here: https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/ladies-who-punch Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
30:56
September 3, 2020
Norman Baker on the royal family's finances
Take a journey behind the doors of Buckingham Palace as former MP and cabinet minister Norman Baker discusses where the royal family's finances come from, the method behind the honours system and the fate of a certain Prince Andrew... Norman's book, ...And What Do You Do? is out in paperback on 8 September. Take a look at https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/and-what-do-you-do!  Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
36:27
August 27, 2020
Alan Feuer on the life of El Chapo
How do you catch a drug smuggler who's famous for escaping captivity? New York Times journalist Alan Feuer dives into the murky world of El Chapo in this chat about his upcoming book, El Jefe, featuring wiretapping, corruption, and a fair amount of double-crossing... Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
35:44
August 20, 2020
Jack Straw on Iran
Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw talks about his time in office, getting the timing right during a Commons debate, and the idiosyncrasies of Iran in this week's Biteback podcast. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:09
August 11, 2020
Eliane Glaser on why elitism needs defending
Journalist and author Eliane Glaser talks to us about defending the idea of liberalism, the defunding of the arts and the 'real elites' who are behind it. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:53
August 6, 2020
Inigo Bing on the dangers of populism
Former barrister and judge Inigo Bing joins us to talk about the relationship between the government and the law, how the public's trust in our judiciary is failing, and the astonishing fact that the UK doesn't have a written constitution... Inigo's book, Populism on Trial, is out on 20th August. Pre-order it on bitebackpublishing.com! Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
31:36
July 30, 2020
Kurt Barling on race and racism
Professor of Journalism and former BBC journalist Kurt Barling takes the mic to chat about his book The R Word, his experiences of racism and the ways in which the UK should confront its history. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
43:25
July 23, 2020
Christopher Othen on wartime Paris
Sit down for a tale of deceit, ruthlessness and greed... We chat to Christopher Othen, the author of The King of Nazi Paris. Chris's book is about one of the most notorious gangs in French history, and we talk about its charismatic leader, Henri Lafont, the realities of wartime Paris and just what it took to blackmail a Nazi. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:31
July 15, 2020
Andrew Adonis on Labour's Churchill
On the Biteback podcast today is Labour peer, author and academic Andrew Adonis! We chat about his new book Ernest Bevin: Labour's Churchill, that historic 1945 election and who today's Bevin might be... Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
32:20
July 8, 2020
Sarah Wootton and Lloyd Riley on assisted dying
This week we welcome the authors of Last Rights, Sarah Wootton and Lloyd Riley, to talk about assisted dying, hospice care and why getting a bill through Parliament is a lot more difficult than you might expect... Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
30:15
July 3, 2020
Colin Yeo on immigration
This week, we're chatting to barrister and blogger Colin Yeo about the UK immigration system! Find out more about the gaping flaws in how we welcome people to the UK, why we don't see immigration as much in the news anymore and what the government can do to fix things. Colin Yeo's book Welcome to Britain is out on 29 June: find out more by clicking the link below. https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/welcome-to-britain Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:01
June 24, 2020
Lord Michael Ashcroft on the lion trade
On the day of publication for his new book Unfair Game, Lord Ashcroft talks to Biteback Chats Books about South Africa's illegal lion trade, his undercover operations and what governments around the world can do stop the exploitation of lions. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
13:36
June 16, 2020
Matt Spiro on French football
Football journalist Matt Spiro joins us in the virtual Biteback studio to talk about the rise and fall of the French national team, Les Bleus, to celebrate the release of his new book, Sacré Bleu. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
24:51
May 28, 2020
Martyn Whittock: Trump and the Coronavirus
Alongside his colleague James Roberts, Martyn Whittock is the author of Trump and the Puritans, which examined America's puritanical legacy and that legacy's role in the rise of Donald Trump. Here, Martyn examines Trump's Presidency in the age of coronavirus and investigates just how much his policy is influenced by the evangelical right. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:55
May 21, 2020
Tom Quinn on the secrets of the royal family
Sit down with the author of our latest book, Kensington Palace, and listen to Tom Quinn talk about everything from sweet-talking ex-servants to the more eccentric inhabitants of this iconic building... Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
12:39
May 14, 2020
Iain Anderson for the Biteback Book Festival
As the Biteback Book Festival gets political, we ask political expert and lobbyist Iain Anderson his opinion on Brexit, the coronavirus and the government's response to both.  Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
18:54
April 26, 2020
Jacqui Smith
We interview former MP and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for the Biteback Book Festival! Discover what Jacqui's been doing in isolation, what inspired her to become involved in politics and who her inspiration is...  Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
14:40
April 22, 2020
Jacqui Smith reads for the Biteback Book Festival
Jacqui Smith gives a reading of one of her favourite biographies from her and Iain Dale's book The Honourable Ladies: Volume One: that of Betty Boothroyd, written by Nus Ghani. Sit back and relax! Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
17:45
April 22, 2020
Robert O' Connor for the Biteback Book Festival
Sit back and travel to Eastern Europe from the comfort of your chair as author Robert O'Connor talks about football and ex-Soviet breakaway states for the Biteback pod. Robert's book, Blood and Circuses, is out from Biteback Publishing on 28th April. Music Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:16
April 20, 2020
Seb Whale on the life of John Bercow
In this latest edition of the Biteback podcast, we chat to journalist Seb Whale about his new book, John Bercow: Call to Order, a biography of the most divisive Speaker in a generation... Music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:02
March 26, 2020
Night and Day: Extract Four from John Bercow: Call to Order
Listen to this exclusive extract from Seb Whale's brand new book John Bercow: Call to Order, read by Seb himself...
06:03
March 24, 2020
Election Night: Extract Three from John Bercow: Call to Order
Listen to the third extract from Seb Whale's new book, John Bercow: Call to Order.
01:19
March 24, 2020
Rottweiler: Extract Two from John Bercow: Call to Order
Listen to the second extract from Seb Whale's brand new book, John Bercow: Call to Order.
03:26
March 24, 2020
Extract One from John Bercow: Call to Order
Listen to author Seb Whale read the first extract from his brand-new book, John Bercow: Call to Order.
04:33
March 24, 2020
Mark Pack on navigating the media
This week, we talk to interim co-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Mark Pack, about the ups and downs of the news cycle, the leadership contest and why you should always read the last paragraph in a Daily Mail story... Music: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:16
March 19, 2020
Kenny MacAskill MP
We sit down with new MP and long-time MSP Kenny MacAskill to chat about Scotland's hidden radical history, life as an MP and why Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting isn't all it's cracked up to be... Music:  Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:14
February 27, 2020