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Talking Politics

David Runciman’s weekly political chat, produced in partnership with the LRB.
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States of Emergency

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 6 April 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, 7 April 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, 7 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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?

Macron vs Everyone

David Runciman and Helen Thompson, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 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, 2 April 2020

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, 2 April 2020

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.