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The Social Review

By The Social Review
Join members of the Social Review editorial team as we discuss and debate the future of socialism, analyse what's going on in the world and speak to a wide array of fantastic guests - from MPs to academics, journalists to activists, and beyond. Theme is The Dance by Kyle Cox, licensed under creative commons.
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We need a dead cat, legalise mescaline
Just Sam, Harry and Julia toasting the end of Joris and mulling what and who comes next, as well as how none of us are safe in high crime Britain as Sir Beer Korma continues to walk the streets. 
July 12, 2022
Joris Bohnson goblin mode*
We're joined by Chris Terry (@CJTerry) to digest last week's by-elections and to offer advice to Boris after he tragically lost two more seats to the Progressive Alliance hordes. Some moaning about the state of Labour gets chucked in the mix too.  *Alexander Boris D'Pfeiffel Johnson and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
June 27, 2022
Local Elections Special with Chris Terry
New host Sam joins @Harry_Balden, @ciaranmcgurdy, @michaeljbawden and @BallotWorld's @CJTerry to discuss the recent local elections. They talk: Tower Hamlets, Scotland, Wales, Chris gives a run down of how Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems did, and we discuss Keir Starmer's imminent imprisonment! Follow us on twitter Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Ask us here
May 09, 2022
Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution Documentary Review
Join Michael, Julia, Tyron and Ciaran as they review the recent New Labour Documentary 'Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution. In this episode they go over all the various ways the 5-episode doc was essentially rubbish for a variety of reasons. Strong language throughout!
October 28, 2021
The Wilderness Years and Labour Party Conference
Join Michael, Julia, Tyron and Ciaran as they dissect everyone's favourite Labour Party documentary - The Wilderness Years! In this episode they cover, the beef, how bizarre British politics is and was, as well as what can be learned from the documentary. They also rundown some of the events at Labour Party Conference, strong language throughout!
October 04, 2021
Conference is a-coming
Join Michael, Ciaran and Tyron in this week's episode as they sit down to chat the end of the silly season and the upcoming challenges Labour Party conference presents. Some strong language throughout!
September 16, 2021
Reflections on the Unite Election with Alex Maguire
This week Michael and Ciaran sit down with Alex Maguire to discuss the recent Unite general secretary election which saw Sharon Graham, once decried as the candidate who would split the left vote, cruise to a shock victory. We talk what this means for Unite going forward, how Steve Turner and Gerard Coyne lost it, what becomes of Howard Beckett, and the Labour party gets a brief mention.  Check out Alex Maguire's reporting on the Unite election for The Social Review here:
September 04, 2021
Why Welsh Labour Wins - An Interview with Carwyn Jones (Part Two)
In the second part of this episode, Michael sits down with the former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the reasons he thinks Welsh Labour continues to win despite changing political weather, what specific lessons can be drawn from his time in office as well as the constitutional future of the UK's Labour Parties.
August 26, 2021
Why Welsh Labour Wins - An Interview with Carwyn Jones (Part One)
In the first episode of a new series, Michael sits down with the former First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the reasons he thinks Welsh Labour continues to win despite changing political weather, and what the UK Labour Party can learn from it.
August 19, 2021
An Island Strong and Fair? An Interview with Manx Labour Leader Joney Faragher
This week Wrenna sits down with Leader of the Manx Labour Party Joney Faragher, to discuss Manx politics and the history of the Labour movement on the Isle of Man in the run-up to the 2021 Manx General Election.
August 12, 2021
What's Next for Open Labour with Alex Sobel MP
This week Michael sits down with Alex Sobel MP to talk all things Open Labour, what's next for the organisation as a whole as they elect their next National Committee, as well as a bit of a rundown of what's going on right now in UK politics.
August 03, 2021
Asking Us, Asking You
Join Michael, Lines, Ciaran and Julia as they answer questions from our listeners on progressive patriotism and the England football team, war on the boomers (what is it good for?) and what policies Labour should prioritise to start sounding more coherent. Some strong language throughout!
July 29, 2021
The Boundary Review with The Social Review
Join Julia, Sean, Tyron, Q, and special guest Chris Terry as they go full wonk and take a deep dive into the Boundary Review and what it means for British politics. Some strong language throughout!
July 22, 2021
Football Came Home
Join Michael, Julia and Tyron this week as they sit down to talk England's heart-breaking Euro 2020 defeat, the Copa America and how national teams inform national identity. As well as this they take a look at the changes to Universal Credit and the Triple Lock coming down the track and how they present more problems for the Tories. Some strong language throughout!
July 14, 2021
England Unlocks and The Social Review Marches On
Some strong language in this week's episode as Michael, Ciaran, Julia & Tyron talk the tensions around England unlocking, the tantalising prospect of football coming home and what's next for The Social Review.
July 07, 2021
The Batley and Spen By-Election
Some strong language in this special episode as The Social Review gang rundown their thoughts on the Batley and Spen by-election, how the ground game felt for those knocking doors and how this narrow victory plays into the wider picture for the Labour Party.
July 04, 2021
Let's talk about drugs baby!
Drugs mentioned throughout in this week's episode as Michael sits down with Ant Lehane from Volteface and the Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform to chat about the current state of drug policy and what's being done on the ground to reduce harm.
July 01, 2021
Bitcoin is bad, and it should make you feel bad!
Some strong language and discussion of gambling in this week's episode as the gang take a look at the world of Cryptocurrency; Crypto as a subculture and the environmental damage it's already causing.
June 24, 2021
In the Court of the Sausage King
Strong language throughout as the gang sit down to discuss what went on during last week's G7 conference and the storm clouds forming on the horizon for the government.
June 17, 2021
The Joker Review
This week the gang sit down to discuss the current dire state of the Labour Leadership and how it makes us all want to become the Joker. Strong language throughout!
June 10, 2021
From the Vault: Campaign Against the Arms Trade
This week's episode is one from the podcast vault recorded during our hiatus. Wrenna chats with Andrew Smith from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade about the current state of the arms trade and the United Kingdom's role in it.
June 03, 2021
The Welsh Parliament Election Results
Super Thursday wasn't all doom and gloom! Join The Social Review as we sit down with Matthew Hexter from Hiraeth and Megan Thomas from That's Devolved to chat all things Welsh Politics, Mark Drakeford's glorious victory and what the future holds for the Senedd.
May 24, 2021
The Gang Take the Keith Pill
Strong language throughout as The Social Review gang look over the weekend from hell for the Labour Leadership, its implications for the Labour Party and UK Politics as a whole.
May 13, 2021
Super Thursday - But for Who???
Join Julia & friends for a bumper episode as they unpick and unpack the upcoming set of Welsh and Scottish Parliament elections as well as the local elections in England. The gang dissects the current state of play in British Politics and what the picture looks like for the Labour Party. Tyron also does his level best to get banned from Wales forever!
May 05, 2021
Planet on Fire with Matthew Lawrence and Lauri Laybourn-Langton
We're back! Join The Social Review team for our first episode back off hiatus as Joe interviews Matthew Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton about their new book Planet on Fire: A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown. Together they examine the scope of the challenge facing states when it comes to the prospect of environmental collapse, as well as what can be done to remedy it.
April 22, 2021
Vernacular Social Democracy and the Politics of Labour
Historian Jon Lawrence (author of 'Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Post-War England') sits down with Jasper to discuss his article on 'Vernacular Social Democracy' in the latest issue of Renewal. They dissect what the concept means, the intersection of liberal individualism with communitarianism, how Keir Starmer is doing so far, the weirdness of 2017, and much more.
December 10, 2020
Jewish Labour
We're back! Jasper chats to Peter Mason, National Secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement, to delve into the EHRC's Report on antisemitism within Labour, its long-term history and why left-wing thought is so susceptible to it, the future plans of JLM, and much more.
November 24, 2020
Left Out of This Land
Joe, Lines and Julia meet to discuss two big new books about Corbyn's Labour Party: 'This Land: The Story of a Movement' by Owen Jones, and 'Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn' by Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire. The team discuss the book's different conclusions, whether it casts new light on Corbyn's Labour or not, the importance of interpersonal relationships in politics, and much more.
September 28, 2020
Alexander Hamilton - Economic Radical?
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a... you get the gist. Jasper sits down with Christian Parenti, author of 'Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons From a Misunderstood Founder' (Verso, 2020) to discuss the political and economic legacy of the ten-dollar founding father. Was Hamilton really a free-trading capitalist, or a statist radical? How do Hamiltonianism and Jeffersonianism continue to influence socio-economic development in the US and internationally? Why do many on the left perceive decentralisation and localism as inherent goods, and what would Hamilton have said to that? And what can contemporary politics learn from Hamilton's economic developmentalism?
September 13, 2020
We're Bringing Brexit Back
Honey, time to break international law! Jasper catches up again with Shadow Minister for International Trade, Bill Esterson, about the government's plan to breach their Withdrawal Agreement, whether Tony Abbott's appointment as trade advisor is just to whip up the culture war, and much more.
September 10, 2020
The Social Re-Q
Morgan and Pete found a way to connect to the internet, and take a deep dive, helped by Annie Kelly (UK Correspondent, QAnon Anonymous), into the world of the QAnon conspiracy theory. How proliferate is it? How do well-meaning individuals become radicalised? How can they be de-radicalised? And what's the world's first conspiracy theory, and what does it have to do with Edward II?
September 05, 2020
MMT Whatcha Say
It's August and, with nothing better to do, Morgan embarks on an epic quest to discover what Modern Monetary Theory is, enlisting the help of trusty companions Megan Corton Scott (fellow-not-knower-of-what-MMT-is), William Sorenson (TSR writer, Labour Tenants), David Klemperer (TSR writer, former Institute for Government researcher) and Shreya Nanda (Economist at the IPPR).
August 28, 2020
An A-Grade Disaster
After a calamitous U-turn on exams, Jasper chats to Andrew Lawrence (Teach First Ambassador, HeadStartNE Co-Founder) and Fabia Crole (Head of Partnerships, Future Frontiers) about their respective work with disadvantaged students, what the algorithm revealed about Ofqual and government policy, the long-term impact on the class of 2020 and much more.
August 21, 2020
We Can't Consent to This
This week, Jasper & Morgan speak to Eve from We Can't Consent to This, which campaigns for legal change in how men who kill and injure women during sex are prosecuted. Eve outlines the modern history of the rough sex defence, the stories of women killed by their partners, and future plans for the group - as well as lessons from running a campaign, porn, enacting cultural change, and much more. Website: Fill in our Listeners' Consultation:
August 09, 2020
Weight of the Nation
To discuss the government's new anti-obesity campaign, Jasper talks to TSR writer Liam Stewart about his essay on the measures for the website. They discuss their personal histories with food and weight, the socio-economic complexity of obesity, how bodies are socially judged, the internal tensions on the left between individual and collective responsibility of weight, and much more (CN: food, eating, eating disorders, weight). Fill in our Listeners' Consultation!
July 31, 2020
Not The End of Ideology
Jasper meets Dr Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite (Lecturer in 20th Century British History at UCL and Co-Editor of Renewal: A Journal for Social Democracy) to chat about how old ideologies and orthodoxies continue to shape the Conservative Party, continued narratives of the undeserving poor, who gets to define what is political and what is not, the increasing complexity of class strata and much more. Fill in our listeners' consultation!
July 23, 2020
Poland at the Polls
Jasper chats to Ana Oppenheim (Labour activist, Momentum NCG member) about Poland's presidential election result: how did the far-right Andrzej Duda win again? What is the state of the left in Polish politics? And is this a sign that global illiberal populism still has some fight left in it? Fill in our listeners' consultation!
July 16, 2020
Hong Kong Crackdown
Jasper and Morgan talk to Sam Goodman, Senior Political Advisor to Hong Kong Watch, to discuss China's imposition of a National Security Law on the territory - what it means for human rights, how the UK should respond, possible futures, and how much responsibility the rest of the world bears for China's actions.
July 10, 2020
School's Out...?
Jasper and Wrenna sit down with Cathy Rowland, Headteacher of Dobcroft Infants School (and Wrenna's mum), to discuss life on the ground in schools right now, how the Department of Education has handled the crisis, the long and short-term impacts of school closures, keeping children safe online in lockdown, and much more.
July 04, 2020
The 1987 Caucus
Jasper meets singer/songwriter Jermain Jackman, and Labour activists Jake Cable and Amen Tesfay, to discuss the 1987 Caucus, a new movement to enhance the representation and power of black men within Labour. They discuss racism in Labour, changing public perceptions of racism, how the Conservative Party may be trying to appeal to black voters, and much more. Theme composed by Katrina Toner. Jermain's LabourList article, outlining the principles and policies of the 1987 Caucus:
June 25, 2020
The View From America
In light of the murder of George Floyd, Jasper speaks to Richie Floyd, an organiser for the Democratic Socialists of America in Florida, to discuss the protests in the USA, abolishing the police, the intersection of racism and capitalism, and much more. Our new theme was composed by Katrina Toner:
June 09, 2020
One Year Later
One year on from the launch of The Social Review Podcast, Jasper looks back at the transformations and changes in British politics, what lessons we can learn, and what the future - uncertain as it is - may hold.
May 30, 2020
Posh Boys with Robert Verkaik
Jasper sits down with Robert Verkaik, journalist and author of 'Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain,' discussing the history of private education, how it could be dissolved and what could replace it. Plus, Jasper chats to Callum O'Dwyer about his journey in suffering from Covid-19.
May 28, 2020
Apocalypse Communism
Jasper and Morgan sit down with A.M. Gittlitz, author of 'I Want To Believe: Posadism, UFOs and Apocalypse Communism,' to discuss the life and afterlife of Posadas, UFology, and the history of revolutionary socialism and cosmism. Plus, in a new series on life in lockdown, Jasper chats to Kirsten Kurt-Elli about her work running a food bank and a baby bank. Buy the book from Pluto Press and use the code 'Posadas20' for 20% off!
May 20, 2020
Science and Socialism
Jasper meets Ben Fernando and Daniel A. Villar of Scientists for Labour to discuss their work on Covid-19, how a socialist response to the pandemic would look, what happens when scientists become politicians, and whether coronavirus really will change the world.
May 06, 2020
Commoning the Company
Joe and Jasper chat to Mathew Lawrence, Director of the think tank Common Wealth, to catch up on their work over the past year and their latest report on democratising private companies; they discuss the interplay between nation-states and international corporations, the future of air travel, and how Covid-19 will change globalisation.
April 30, 2020
International Trade with Bill Esterson MP
Jasper sits down with Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central and Shadow Minister for International Trade, to discuss the future of Labour's trade policy; how coronavirus will impact globalisation, and what kind of story Labour needs to tell about Britain's place in the world - as well as, of course, the most punk rock thing he's ever done.
April 27, 2020
Liberating Labour
Jasper is joined by Maliha and Anisha to discuss Labour's record on and attitudes towards BAME communities, its history of race relations legislation in government, and whether it lives up to its ideal of a political liberation party at all.
April 24, 2020
Antisemitism Under Starmer
Miriam and Tess return to the Podcast to discuss what Keir Starmer's election win means for the future of antisemitism in the Labour Party, the history of antisemitism, and how Labour can rebuild its image in the eyes of voters.
April 11, 2020
Fully Automated Luxury Starmerism
Jasper, Lines, Pete and William ponder what Starmerism may manifest as. How important will internationalism and legalism become to Labour? What is the future for liberation politics under Starmer? How will Momentum and the PLP behave? And what could be a key similarity between Keir Starmer and David Cameron?
April 08, 2020
Keir is Here
Jasper, Morgan and Michael are joined by Nick Garland to discuss Keir Starmer's election as Labour Leader, why he won and what went wrong for Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. Plus, Morgan sat down with Bambos Charalambous MP, Shadow Minister for Justice, to discuss his work as a whip, on legal aid and more (this was recorded prior to the coronavirus crisis and Starmer's election).
April 07, 2020
The Social Review Self-Isolates
Lockdown! Jasper, Eugenie, Peter, Morgan, Lines and Sean chat about what they're doing to stay happy and healthy in self-isolation from coronavirus, from 'Ready, Steady, Cook,' to watching 'Shrek' for the first time, discussing the work of Hilary Mantel and much more.
March 25, 2020
The State of HS2 with Jonn Elledge
Jasper sits down with Jonn Elledge, freelance journalist and former Assistant Editor of The New Statesman, to chat about all sorts: HS2, the British state, political short-termism, Rory Stewart and more.
March 10, 2020
Money on the Left with Maxximilian Seijo
William meets Maxximilion Seijo from the Money on the Left Podcast to talk about their work, how Labour can reconfigure its economic policies, Modern Monetary Theory and how to integrate left discourse with a refreshed point of view on money and finance. Twitter handles: @maxseijo & @moneyontheleft
February 29, 2020
The Health of Labour with Jon Ashworth
Joe sits down with the Shadow Health Secretary, Jon Ashworth, to talk about the Labour leadership contest, his work in the Shadow Cabinet, what went wrong in the election, the future challenges facing politics, Mark Fisher, and what the most punk rock thing he's ever done is.
February 28, 2020
The Winner Takes-it-Dáil
Jasper sits down with Morgan and Kirsten Kurt-Elli to discuss Ireland's recent general election. Is the Sinn Fein surge a result of political rehabilitation or changes in the Irish electorate? Why did Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael fail? And are female leaders the key to electoral success for left-wing parties?
February 19, 2020
Talking Tax with Anneliese Dodds MP
Morgan & David sit down with Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Minister for the Treasury, to talk tax: how the tax code can be reformed, how Labour should market its tax policies, why she's backing Keir Starmer for the Labour leadership, and the most punk rock thing she's ever done.
February 12, 2020
Rounding Up Open Labour's Conference
Join the Social Review's Open Labour Conference delegation (Pete, Joe, Morgan, Anisha, Sean, Tom and Sarisha) as they break down their reactions and thoughts on last week's leadership hustings over some pints!
February 02, 2020
Previewing Open Labour's Conference
This week, Jasper sits down again with Steve Lapsley of Open Labour's NEC to preview their winter conference on Sunday, January 26th, discussing their Labour leadership hustings and the fallout from the general election.
January 25, 2020
A Social Review Christmas Carol
It's the night before Christmas, and Jasper, sick of Labour losing yet another election, joins the Conservative Party. However, at home, he is visited by Joe, the King of Soft Left Twitter, who sends him three groups of ghosts from the past, present and future of British and global politics in an effort to change his ways. Will Jasper come back to the soft left in time for Christmas, or is he lost to the right forever? Written while drunk, inspired by Charles Dickens and featuring a special MP guest star, we present to you: 'A Social Review Christmas Carol'!
December 23, 2019
What Went Wrong?
Jasper sits down with freelance political campaigns strategist @TessFrancesc to diagnose what went wrong with Labour's election campaign, ranging from the manifesto presentation to the lack of message discipline. Plus, Joe gives a call to arms for the left and argues that activists must embrace community organising in the wake of the election defeat.
December 18, 2019
What Now?
The Tories have won - again. Jasper, Eugenie, Tyron and Lines sit down to offer their post-election analysis and figure out where the Labour Party and the left go from here. Who should lead Labour next? What should we be learning from defeat? And can the new Conservative electoral coalition survive?
December 16, 2019
Cybering for Dummies
This week, Lines gives some explainers on cybersecurity, why we should all be caring more about it and how defence policy will increasingly be written for the digital world. Plus, Jasper, Tyron and Sean break down some of the finer points of Labour's manifesto pledges on foreign policy and security.
December 06, 2019
Life on the Doorstep
Jasper chats to Labour activists Miriam, Sean, Michael and Dominique to learn about the art of canvassing and door-knocking, why and how political parties do it, and their funniest stories from life on the doorstep. Plus, William joins for Optimism of the Will - a new segment on what there is to be optimistic about in this week of the 2019 General Election Campaign.
November 24, 2019
Polling the Election
This week, Jasper, Morgan and Lines sit down with Chris Terry (formerly Electoral Reform Society, now a PhD student at University of Manchester) to discuss his work on election polling, marginal seats, changing the electoral system and the possible outcomes from the current 2019 general election polls.
November 15, 2019
Capitalist Superheroes with Dan Hassler-Forest
Have you ever thought that superheroes are a bit capitalist? That the movies you go and see have all these weird political undertones? This week, Jasper sits down with Dr Dan Hassler-Forest, an academic whose work focuses on the overlap between politics and pop culture to talk Disney, balancing being a fan with being a critic and the uneven ideologies of Batman movies.
November 07, 2019
The Spooky Review
Happy Halloween! The ghouls and ghosts of The Social Review have crawled out from our dark pits to the podcasting microphones to talk all things horror. Jasper the Friendly Ghost sits down with Darryl Jones, Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, to discuss the history of the horror genre and why we're so drawn to it, then joins Eugenie and Henry to answer some spooky questions on political monsters and the forthcoming general election. Plus, Joe and Peter analyse the spooky implications of Mark Fisher's work, covering hauntology and the inherent creepiness of capitalism.
October 31, 2019
The Class Ceiling with Dr Sam Friedman
Jasper sits down with Dr Sam Friedman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Commissioner of the government’s Social Mobility Commission to talk about his book, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to be Privileged. Sam highlights the extent to which class barriers and advantages still permeates British society, why meritocracy is a myth and why private schools should be abolished, putting his case for what should be done to education afterwards.
October 25, 2019
History Lessons
This week, Eugenie and Henry don their historian caps and chat all things history: whether we can learn anything from it, how to improve its teaching in schools and their top history book recommendations.
October 17, 2019
Triggered! (Labour MPs)
Julia and Ciaran sit down with Jasper to explain the ongoing reselection battles in Labour and why they haven't led to the mass deselection of Corbynsceptic MPs. Plus, Jasper is joined by TSR writer/editor Morgan to discuss why we should all be writing diaries.
October 11, 2019
When to Log Off
In the second of our two-part tech special, we tackle when to log off: whether it's mental health or unplugging from the 24-hour news cycle, sometimes we need to detach from the internet. Joe, Julia and Beth discuss how social media has impacted their respective mental health (TW: anxiety/suicide), while Jasper, Lines and Henry debate whether we should be less in the loop when it comes to rolling news.
October 03, 2019
Digital Democracy
In the first of our two-part tech special, Jasper, Lines and Peter discuss how the internet has influenced the ideological thinking of one another and broader political movements. Plus, Joe, Julia and Beth talk about the democratising power of social media and the internet as a form of direct democracy.
October 03, 2019
The Future of Socialism at the Seaside
Eugenie speaks to Tess, William and Miriam to discuss their time at Labour Conference and The World Transformed in Brighton, their reaction to the slew of new policies and ongoing antisemitism and transphobia. Plus, Jasper joins to tackle the policy of abolishing private schools, with Joe articulating his excitement for the new four day week policy.
September 27, 2019
LGBT Life, Wise Penny and Pennywise
This week, Eugenie chairs a discussion on life as an LGBT+ woman with Julia and Lines, as well as a chat about LGBT+ and minority representation on film in the context of IT: Chapter Two. Meanwhile, Jasper talks to Penny Andrews, an academic from the University of Sheffield, about their work on political fandoms. Many thanks to Tessa for her titling skills.
September 19, 2019
Haven't You Heard of Marie le Conte?
This week, Jasper sits down with political journalist Marie le Conte to discuss her new book, Haven't You Heard...? Gossip, Power and How Politics Really Works, touching on journalistic impartiality, the importance of leisure time and the story of how Marie first got into politics.
September 12, 2019
Reforming the Constitution, Football and Trans Rights
Jasper talks constitutional reform with David Klemperer, TSR editor and former researcher for The Constitution Society and the Institute for Government, Henry and Tessa. Lines, TSR writer, also joins to discuss trans rights and how to reform the Gender Recognition Act, while Joe chats with William and Peter about structural and cultural reforms to British football.
September 04, 2019
500 Days of the Climate Crisis
Jasper and Joe are joined by TSR editor Julia Blunck who talks them through the Amazon Fires, why they are happening and whether Brazil's politicians can create a solution. Plus, Eugenie joins to discuss problematic media, cancel culture and the #MeToo movement in light of the 10th anniversary of 500 Days of Summer (TW: mentions of sexual assault/rape).
August 29, 2019
Cancel Predicted Grades, Not Crimewatch
Jasper, Eugenie and Tyron sit down with Sam Johnson-Audini, Undergraduate Academic Officer for Durham Students' Union, to chat higher education reform, Labour's policy to abolish predicted grades, and serial killers (how they're represented in art and the media, that is).
August 22, 2019
The Social Review Storms Scotland
Jasper meets TSR editor Hugh and friends Isla and Georgie to talk the state of the union and the future of Scottish Labour. Meanwhile, Joe sits down with Will Stronge, director of Autonomy, to discuss their proposals for a 4-day week.
August 15, 2019
Out of Control
Jasper, Eugenie, Tyron and James discuss America's latest mass shootings and how we can practically fight white nationalism; Jasper also meets political comedians Alex Kealy and Ahir Shah to talk political comedy and financing the Edinburgh Fringe, and the gang gets cancelled.
August 08, 2019
An Early Election?
Jasper, Joe and Eugenie discuss the possibility of a general election later this year and how that might play out for Labour. Plus, the team answer questions from readers, ranging from revitalising high streets to The Simpsons.
August 02, 2019
The Social Review/Progress Crossover Special
Jasper & Joe sit down with Henna and Stefan of Progress to discuss their rebrand and the state of centre-left politics. Beth joins us for an in-depth look at her interview with Jo Swinson on trans rights, and Eugenie extols the wonders of Comic-Con.
July 25, 2019
Trade Policy and Porn
Eugenie interviews Sarah Manavis of The New Statesman to discuss the government's attempted porn block and what it means for individual privacy. Plus, Jasper speaks to David Lawrence of the Trade Justice Movement to break down what the future of British trade could look like, as well as the relationship between Christianity and left-wing politics.
July 23, 2019
Mathew Lawrence Interview (Common Wealth)
Everybody is away so no normal podcast this week! Instead, Joe interviews Mathew Lawrence from Common Wealth about the opportunities and challenges presented by democratic ownership. You can find out more about Common Wealth on their website:
July 05, 2019
Monopolies, Patriarchy and Everything In Between
Jasper and Eugenie discuss the role of patriarchy in politics in light of the Mark Field video and the row between Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. TSR writer Will Anderson explores Disney's dominance and the re-emergence of Hollywood monopolies. Plus, Henry joins to answer questions on Steve Bannon and superheroes.
June 27, 2019
Tory Talk
Jasper, Joe, Eugenie and Tyron become Conservative MPs and debate what the Tory Leadership Contest means for the future of the party, with Labour MEP candidate Callum O'Dwyer joining to explore the future of Scottish Labour. Plus, Beth and Ciaran sit down with us to discuss the finale of Years and Years.
June 20, 2019
The Social Review on Drugs
William interviews Alex Sobel MP on intellectualism and ideology in Labour and the Tories, while Young Labour Chair Miriam Mirwitch joins the team to discuss drugs policy, self-care in politics, and Rory Stewart. Plus, the gang break down the end of the X-Men and the relevancy of Black Mirror with TSR writer and editor Henry.
June 13, 2019
The Wellbeing of Nations
The gang discuss New Zealand's Wellbeing Budget and what it means for the future of GDP, while Jasper interviews Steve Lapsley (Open Labour NEC) on anti-semitism within Labour and how to enshrine wellbeing policies in government. Plus, Stephen Harper and Sean Smyth join to discuss the Champion's League Final and football's ability to bring people together.
June 06, 2019
The European Elections
Jasper, Joe, William and Eugenie discuss the European Election results and what they mean for Labour going forward, and we interview Tessa M. on her work in second referendum campaigns (Our Future Our Choice, Young Labour 4 A Final Say). Plus, the team discuss Detective Pikachu's relationship with Noam Chomsky, and the misrepresentation of trans issues in BBC One's Years and Years. Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:
May 30, 2019