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Scottish Politics Explained

Scottish Politics Explained

By Iris Pase

Scottish politics can be a challenging maze to untangle. Join us as we answer all the questions you were to worried to ask. Hosted by Iris Pase.
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Ep. 10: Unions (w/ Eve Livingston)

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Ep. 13: Conversion therapy in Scotland (w/ Blair Anderson)
Ep. 13: Conversion therapy in Scotland (w/ Blair Anderson)
Iris speaks to Blair Anderson, activist and a candidate for Partick East and Kelvindale for the 2022 local elections. One-fourth of End Conversion Therapy Scotland, Blair talks about his own experience with conversion therapy and why it should be banned. ************************************************************* You can support the podcast ~ here ~ Follow Scottish Politics Explained on Twitter and Instagram You can find the full transcripts of SPE episodes ~ here ~
22:58
November 30, 2021
Ep. 12: Buffer zones (w/ Lucy Grieve)
Ep. 12: Buffer zones (w/ Lucy Grieve)
As reports of anti-abortion activity rise in Scotland, Iris chats to Lucy Grieve, founder of Back Off Scotland.   *************************************************************  You can support the podcast ~ here ~ Follow Scottish Politics Explained on Twitter and Instagram You can find the full transcripts of SPE episodes ~ here ~
15:05
October 22, 2021
Ep. 11: Fact-checking (w/ Alastair Brian)
Ep. 11: Fact-checking (w/ Alastair Brian)
Iris talks with Alastair Brian, Fact-checking Lead at The Ferret, to find out all the best tips and advice to make sure that the information you read, watch and listen to is reliable.  ************************************************************* You can support the podcast ~ here ~ Follow Scottish Politics Explained on Twitter and Instagram You can find the full transcripts of SPE episodes ~ here ~ ************************* Sources mentioned in the episode:  The Ferret FFS Podcast Full Fact PolitiFact Snopes
20:38
October 15, 2021
Ep. 10: Unions (w/ Eve Livingston)
Ep. 10: Unions (w/ Eve Livingston)
For the first episode of the new season, Iris speaks to Eve Livingston. A freelance journalist and author of the book "Make Bosses Pay", Eve tells us all about unions: what they are, how they work, and why you should join. You can support the podcast ~ here ~ "Make bosses pay" is available ~ here ~ You can find the full transcripts of SPE episodes ~ here ~ Follow Scottish Politics Explained on Twitter and Instagram
22:45
October 08, 2021
Season 2 is coming soon!
Season 2 is coming soon!
Scottish Politics Explained is coming back for a second season! Starting from next Friday, 8 October, we'll be releasing new episodes on a weekly basis covering current affairs, the basics of Scottish politics, as well as sharing useful information on how to find reliable resources. To receive all the updates about season 2, you can follow us wherever you get your podcasts. You can also find Scottish Politics Explained on Twitter (@scotpolpodcast) and Instagram (@scotpolpodcast). Do you want the podcast to cover a particular topic or issue? You can contact us by responding to our question on Spotify, or reaching on social media and/or by sending an email at scottishpoliticsexplained@gmail.com
00:60
October 01, 2021
Ep. 9: Scottish Elections 2021 | Scottish Political Parties (w/ Adam Ramsay)
Ep. 9: Scottish Elections 2021 | Scottish Political Parties (w/ Adam Ramsay)
In the last episode of the first season, Iris talks to Adam Ramsay, Editor at openDemocracy and a member of the Scottish Green Party. They discuss the background of the five main parties in Scotland and what consequences an SNP-Greens majority could have on the power dynamics and balances of the UK. Read the transcript here
21:07
April 23, 2021
Ep. 8: Scottish Elections 2021 | How to vote? (w/ Sarah Mackie)
Ep. 8: Scottish Elections 2021 | How to vote? (w/ Sarah Mackie)
Iris chats with Sarah Mackie, Manager of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, an independent body that oversees the elections. They talk about how to vote, what a ballot paper looks like, what has changed with COVID and more!  Read the transcript here You can access the Electoral Commission's resources here: https://bit.ly/3tn9FmI and https://bit.ly/32mgpFv
21:29
April 16, 2021
Ep. 7: How does Brexit affect our everyday lives? (w/ Ruby Zajac)
Ep. 7: How does Brexit affect our everyday lives? (w/ Ruby Zajac)
Iris interviews Ruby Zajac, who works with Scottish media organisation Skotia. They discuss how Brexit affects our daily life and the role it played in the last Scottish elections, as well as the one it could play in the upcoming elections. Read the transcript here
15:21
April 09, 2021
Ep. 6: Scottish Elections 2021 | Register to vote (w/ Kane Dinmore)
Ep. 6: Scottish Elections 2021 | Register to vote (w/ Kane Dinmore)
Iris chats to Aff The Record's Social Media Editor Kane Dinmore. They talk about how to register to vote and how this year's elections have been influenced by the pandemic, all while giving you all the key dates you need to participate in the 2021 Scottish elections. Read the transcript here
11:03
April 02, 2021
Ep. 5: What do we mean by devolution in Scotland? (w/ Rachel Mackie)
Ep. 5: What do we mean by devolution in Scotland? (w/ Rachel Mackie)
Iris speaks to Rachel Mackie, who is a journalist at The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Evening News. They explore the concept of devolution and how it affects the lives of Scottish people.
14:56
March 26, 2021
Ep.4: Councils, Governments, and Parliaments (w/ Ben Lawrie)
Ep.4: Councils, Governments, and Parliaments (w/ Ben Lawrie)
Iris talks to Ben Lawrie, Councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw. They explore the role of councillors, the difference between Parliament and Government and the differences between the British and the Scottish Parliament. Read the transcript here
12:16
March 19, 2021
Ep.3: What's the Scottish Youth Parliament? (w/ Emily Harle)
Ep.3: What's the Scottish Youth Parliament? (w/ Emily Harle)
Iris chats to Emily Harle, MSYP for Glasgow Kelvin and Convener of the SYP Equalities & Human Rights Committee. Emily explains what the Scottish Youth Parliament is and talks about her experience as an MSYP. Read the transcript here You can buy her book here: https://etsy.me/2OJijwC
17:39
March 12, 2021
Ep. 2: Can Scotland join the EU? (w/ Michael Gray)
Ep. 2: Can Scotland join the EU? (w/ Michael Gray)
Iris interviews Michael Gray, a trainee solicitor and the co-founder of the Scottish media organisation Skotia. Michael explains the relationship between Scotland and the European Union, exploring the country's chances of re-joining the EU. Read the transcript here Additional sources: https://www.euromovescotland.org.uk/ and https://www.scer.scot/ Carmina Burana from http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/
14:56
March 05, 2021
Ep. 1: The ABC of Scotland's political system (w/ Grace McCabe)
Ep. 1: The ABC of Scotland's political system (w/ Grace McCabe)
Iris interviews Grace McCabe, a young student and an aspiring politician. Grace, who is also one of Girlguiding Scotland's Speak Out Champions, explains the basics of the Scottish political and legislative systems, along with the importance for young people to be interested in politics. Read the transcript here
13:59
February 26, 2021
Trailer: Scottish Politics Explained
Trailer: Scottish Politics Explained
Scottish Politics Explained is a brand new podcast giving you the tools to understand Scottish politics. Brought to you by Aff The Record, it's hosted by Iris Pase.
01:25
February 10, 2021