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PolSoc Pod

By Northumbria PolSoc
A podcast by two International Relations and Politics (IRP) students at Northumbria University Newcastle discussing their takes on current affairs, for politicos and non-politicos alike! Get involved with the debate using the hashtag #PolSocPod and follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety)!
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Jack Interviews...Teela Clayton
Joining Jack in the second of his interviews here on PolSoc Pod is the lovely Teela Clayton! Teela is a freelance researcher, phD student and PR specialist who taught Jack at A-Level, without whom he arguably wouldn't have a blog and this very podcast wouldn't exist! They came together on the hottest day in UK history to discuss the importance of PR and image in the Conservative Party Leadership Contest - and somehow managed to survive despite the heat and mic issues on Jack's part! Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
43:24
July 20, 2022
'Them's the Breaks'
Jack's Back! Although did he really have much of a choice? In this emergency and bumper episode, Jack is joined by Northumbria lecturer and his former dissertation supervisor Paul Simpson to chew over what has arguably been the craziest few days in British politics during their lifetimes. They discuss everything from the ministerial resignations to who could replace Boris Johnson, via a discussion about whether Labour have the ability to beat the Tories in a potential General Election. All information is correct as of 2.08 pm on 7th July 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
01:00:14
July 07, 2022
Jack Interviews...Carlos Conde Solares
After some time off, PolSoc Pod is BACK!! In this episode of potentially a new sub-series of this podcast, Jack is remotely joined by his guest - Carlos Conde Solares. Carlos is chair of the Foto de Profesores think tank and lectures in Spanish History at Northumbria, currently on sabbatical in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Bulgaria is currently in the midst of some political turmoil, and he has joined Jack to explain what is going on and how this affects the wider international permutations - in a mini PolSoc Pod scoop! All will be explained... Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
38:26
July 02, 2022
Commonwealth Amnesia
Disclaimer: Trigger warnings for violence, murder and gun usage are in place from 8.50-22.30 for this episode, along with one for sexual violence from 28.10-31.40. In the tenth episode of PolSoc Pod, Jack and Eve discuss the tragic events of the Robb Elementary School Shooting from last week, alongside the Sue Gray report being released. They also touch upon the events surrounding the UEFA Champions League Final, the monkeypox outbreak and the Australian election - where Eve's mind went blank trying to think of the word to describe the association of former territories of the British Empire! Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
39:52
May 31, 2022
Folklore and Rock 'n' Roll
Disclaimer: From about 28.35 in this episode, we discuss Jake Daniels becoming Britain's first openly-gay male professional footballer for 30 years. This is an incredibly courageous act from Jake and we wish him all the best, but we understand how hard this must've been for him. If this is something you are struggling with, we promise you're not alone. Stonewall offer great advice on coming out for adults, which you can find by searching 'come out as LGBTQ' on the internet (first result). We would also like to warn this topic discusses the tragic case of Justin Fashnau, so we advise a trigger warning of suicide. Thank you for understanding - Eve and Jack x In this slightly-delayed PolSoc Pod episode, Eve and Jack discuss the biggest news story of the week: EUROVISION! They talk about the stories behind the winners - Ukraine, as well as give their views on Sam Ryder's incredible effort for the UK which proves maybe the UK isn't as bad at Eurovision as we thought. Alongside that, they give their reaction to the local election results and what that means for the UK's political outlook, coupled with the Queen's Speech and yet another story of an MP being out of touch. They finish by discussing the aforementioned news surrounding Jake Daniels. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
33:28
May 23, 2022
Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Say No More!
After a month of being away and getting their heads down, Eve and Jack are officially back in the studio! This week, they're 'ploughing' their way through the parliamentary scandals (nudge nudge wink wink) and are trying to fabricate how it's all real! On a more sombre note, they talk about the unprecedented leak from the US Supreme Court regarding the future of abortion in America as well as an update on the war in Ukraine. TW for this episode: sexual assault, rape, abortion. Recorded 4th May 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
35:03
May 06, 2022
An Important Interview with Northumbria Against Sexual Violence
DISCLAIMER 1: This episode discusses themes of sexual violence, assault and harassment. Listener discretion is advised. In this pre-recorded episode of PolSoc Pod, Eve and Jack are joined by Georgia Beck, President of Northumbria Against Sexual Violence, as well as PolSoc Equality Officer Sarah Baldwin. NASV is a movement looking to educate and inform Northumbria students about sexual violence and its tragic consequences, which they felt needed to be discussed in the context of International Women's Day and, sadly, incidents of sexual violence against women becoming more prominent in the media. Georgia and Sarah discuss why the movement is necessary to Northumbria and the importance of breaking the stigma around this topic to make the world a safer place for everyone. Recorded 29th March 2022. DISCLAIMER 2: This episode was recorded two weeks ago, and unfortunately does not contain a news round-up. We did consider adding an extra bit of recording in, but the studio is unfortunately operating on limited opening hours during Easter. We can only apologise as a lot has happened in two weeks, but we promise to talk about it in the next episode! Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
32:24
April 15, 2022
All Things French Election with Ariane Bogain!
In the latest (bumper) edition of PolSoc Pod, Jack and Eve are joined by their wonderful lecturer Ariane Bogain to discuss the upcoming French Presidential Election. In it, they discuss the workings of this French election, the candidates to look out for as well as how the campaigning is going for them so far. Keep an eye out for the first round of results of Sunday 10th April! Recorded 30th March 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
43:40
March 31, 2022
A Family-Friendly Podcast
Today on your latest episode of PolSoc Pod, Eve and Jack discuss the fallout of the John Bercow scandal (which certainly hasn't had any naughty words edited out). They also talk about the latest chapter in the ever-evolving Ukraine conflict - the sanctioning of Russian oligarchs - as well as some good news you may have missed in the fight against the climate emergency! Cricket-mad Jack also pays tribute to the late great Aussie Shane Warne, who we suddenly lost last week at the age of 52. Bowled, Shane. Recorded 11th March 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
31:47
March 12, 2022
The Elephant in the Room
On your regularly-scheduled episode of PolSoc Pod this week, Jack and Eve discuss England's Living with Covid plan, react to the protests in Ottawa, Canada and begin a conversation on Storm Eunice which flows into a wider chat about more general inequality within the UK. All this, whilst having to deal with what sounds like an elephant in the room! Listen to the very end to find out what it is they were dealing with! Recorded 24th February 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
32:36
February 25, 2022
Ukraine Emergency Episode
In this slightly-shorter episode, Eve and Jack react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences for global politics. This episode was recorded back-to-back with your regularly-scheduled fortnightly episode, which will be uploaded in due course. #PrayForUkraine Recorded 24th February 2022
18:49
February 24, 2022
*Episode Title Redacted by Sue Gray*
In the second episode of PolSoc Pod, Eve and Jack discuss the fallout of Sue Gray's initial report, a brief update on the Ukraine situation (alongside a spontaneous chat about the upcoming French Presidential election) and delve into why this year's Winter Olympics - which began last week - has been causing so much controversy in the world of foreign affairs. Recorded on 9th February 2022.  Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
32:08
February 10, 2022
International Relations is So Fetch!
In the first PolSoc Pod episode, Jack and Eve discuss this week's Big Issue: escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. They give a brief history of Russo-Ukrainian relations, why tensions are growing again, and what they make of it all - with reference to the 2004 cult classic film Mean Girls! Any Other Business topics discussed include all things cake, Sue Gray and the Met Police; as well as the latest developments in the investigation into racism in English cricket (TW: racism). Recorded on 26th January 2022. Don't forget to get involved with the #PolSocPod on social media! Follow us on Twitter (@PolSocPod) and Instagram (@northumbriapoliticssociety), use the hashtag above and have your say on the issues we discuss and/or suggest talking points for the next episode!
40:53
January 28, 2022
Welcome to PolSoc Pod!
Welcome to PolSoc Pod, a new unscripted political podcast hosted by Northumbria IRP students Jack Roberts and Eve Simey-Richardson! This is just a quick introductory episode where we introduce ourselves and outline our vision and goals for this podcast! Happy listening, and look out for the first proper episode very soon! Recorded on 26th January 2022.
12:08
January 28, 2022