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Talking Politics

David Runciman’s weekly political chat, produced in partnership with the LRB.
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Macron vs Everyone

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 20 February 2020

20 February 2020 · 50mins

David and Helen talk to Shahin Vallee, former economics advisor to Emmanuel Macron, about the state of the Macron presidency

Sinn Féin and Sardines

David Runciman, 13 February 2020

13 February 2020 · 51mins

David Runciman and guests talk about two countries going through dramatic democratic change: Ireland and Italy.

Oh Iowa!

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 6 February 2020

6 February 2020 · 46mins

David and guests try to peer through the chaos in Iowa to see who won, who lost and what it means for the future of this presidential race and for American democracy.

Are We Losing Faith in Democracy?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 30 January 2020

30 January 2020 · 48mins

David and Helen talk to Roberto Foa about some of the findings in his groundbreaking new report 'Global Satisfaction with Democracy'.

Trump vs Iran: Is it for Real?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 23 January 2020

23 January 2020 · 48mins

David and Helen talk to Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor at the Economist, about the fallout from the killing of Soleimani and the future of American power.

What's the Future for Labour?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 16 January 2020

16 January 2020 · 47mins

David and guests talk about Labour's future after Corbyn. How can the party move the argument beyond Brexit? Does the voting system help or hinder Labour's chances of returning to power? And what to do about Scotland?

Michael Lewis on Trump

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 19 December 2019

19 December 2019 · 39mins

David and Helen talk to Michael Lewis about his most recent book, on the impact of the Trump administration on the workings of the US government.

Johnson Gets His Mandate

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 16 December 2019

16 December 2019 · 1hr 15mins

David, Helen and other Talking Politics regulars gather the morning after the Tory triumph the night before to discuss how they did it and what it means.

Party like it’s 1974

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 21 November 2019

21 November 2019 · 46mins

David and Helen are joined by Chris Brooke and Peter Sloman to talk about the current election by talking about two previous ones: the February and October general elections of 1974.

Rory Stewart

David Runciman, Helen Thompson and Rory Stewart, 30 October 2019

30 October 2019 · 1hr 20mins

David and Helen talk to Rory Stewart about the forthcoming election and his experiences as an MP.

Impeach This!

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 10 October 2019

10 October 2019 · 56mins

We catch up with Gary Gerstle and Helen Thompson about the state of the Trump presidency, from impeachment and cover-ups to Syria and Ukraine.

Adam Tooze and the Global Slowdown

David Runciman, Helen Thompson and Adam Tooze, 8 September 2019

8 September 2019 · 50mins

David and Helen take take in the global situation with Adam Tooze, and consider the bigger threats we face.

The End Of The Party?

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 12 April 2018

12 April 2018 · 45mins

The Conservative Party now has barely 70,000 members, most of them aged over 60. Meanwhile Labour has over half a million, many of them young. What does this mean for the future of British politics?

Facebook Vs The World

David Runciman and John Naughton, 29 March 2018

29 March 2018 · 44mins

With the help of John Naughton and Jennifer Cobbe we unpick the Cambridge Analytica story and get to the heart of the matter: what is Facebook doing to us and can anything make it stop?

Bridget Kendall on Russia

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 22 March 2018

22 March 2018 · 54mins

We talk to Bridget Kendall about what really happened in Salisbury, what the master-plan is and whether Putin is succeeding in his goal of splitting the West.