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Talking Politics

David Runciman’s weekly political chat, produced in partnership with the LRB.
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Dan Snow on Covid History (and Cummings)

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

28 May 2020 · 47mins

David and Helen talk to the historian Dan Snow about the parallels for the current crisis. Is it like past pandemics or is it more like a war? What has it exposed about the weak spots in our societies? And what have we learned about the role of political leadership?

Europe Blows Up

David Runciman, Helen Thompson and Adam Tooze, 28 May 2020

21 May 2020 · 56mins

How does a judgement of the German constitutional court threaten to explode the European project? David Runciman talks to Helen Thompson, Adam Tooze and Shahin Vallee about what the court's decision might mean for the euro, for the response to the pandemic, for Franco-German relations and for the future of central banks.

Labour and Brexit: Beyond the Crisis

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

14 May 2020 · 46mins

David is joined by Helen Thompson and Chris Brooke to try to get beyond the current crisis and work out where British politics is heading.

Ebola, COVID and the WHO

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

7 May 2020 · 50mins

David and Helen talk this week with Amy Maxmen, senior reporter at Nature, who also covered the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. Does she see comparisons between that and COVID-19?

David Miliband on the Crisis

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

30 April 2020 · 44mins

David and Helen talk with David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, about the impact of the pandemic on the world’s poorest countries. What happens in places where social distancing is not possible?

Lockdownonomics

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

23 April 2020 · 46mins

David Runciman and Helen Thompson talk to the economist Diane Coyle about the long-term consequences of lockdown, for the economy, for society and for our well-being. How can we measure the costs? Who are likely to be the biggest losers? What will it mean for how we structure our economies in future?

British Politics: The Big Reset?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

16 April 2020 · 43mins

David and Helen talk to Tom TcTague about whether British politics is about to undergo a fundamental shift. Are we seeing a new role for the state? Have the lines between the parties started to blur? What will be the long-term consequences of the economic decisions taken in the last few weeks? Plus we explore whether the crisis points in the direction of more democracy, less democracy or a different kind of democracy.

Can America Cope?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

9 April 2020 · 49mins

David, Helen and Gary Gerstle discuss the impact of the pandemic on the fundamentals of American politics.

States of Emergency

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

2 April 2020 · 49mins

David talks to Lea Ypi in Berlin and Helen Thompson in London about the various states of emergency that have been declared around the world. They discuss the theory and practice of emergency political powers: when are they justified? How can they be legitimated? When should they end?

From Cholera to Coronavirus

David Runciman and Richard J. Evans, 28 May 2020

1 April 2020 · 45mins

David and Helen talk to Hans Kundani from Chatham House about whether the Covid-19 pandemic is driving the world together or pushing it further apart.

Co-operation or Conflict?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

26 March 2020 · 45mins

David and Helen talk to Hans Kundani from Chatham House about whether the Covid-19 pandemic is driving the world together or pushing it further apart.

Adam Tooze on the Crisis

David Runciman, Helen Thompson and Adam Tooze, 28 May 2020

19 March 2020 · 43mins

David and Helen talk to Adam Tooze in New York about the possible impact of coronavirus on the global financial and political system.

Superforecasting

David Runciman, 28 May 2020

12 March 2020 · 51mins

David Runciman talks to David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk, about the science of forecasting. Who or what are the superforecasters? How can they help governments make better decisions?  And will intelligent machines ever be able to outdo the humans at seeing into the future? From Cummings to coronavirus, a conversation about the knowns, unknowns and what lies beyond that.

Super Tuesday Special: Biden's Back!

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 28 May 2020

5 March 2020 · 53mins

A special live edition recorded on the morning after Super Tuesday: David is joined by Helen Thompson and Gary Gerstle and guests try to make sense of where the Democratic race now stands.

Blair’s Labour and Johnson’s Brexit

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 27 February 2020

27 February 2020 · 51mins

David and Helen catch up on the state of British politics, from Blair’s advice to the Labour party on its 120th birthday to growing divisions in Johnson’s Tory party. Is there really a liberal progressive coalition in Britain? Can Brexit deliver both free trade and levelling up? And what does Cummings really want?