The New Statesman Podcast

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NS#226: Pay and Political reads  

Helen is back and, together with Stephen, explores the politics of pay scandal at the BBC. From John Humphrys to Match of the Day, who do they think is worth what? And which non-fiction books do they recommend for the summer break? Plus, you ask us about the Conservatives' attempt to free themselves of the European Court of Justice - is it so they can bring back the death penalty?

NS#225: Nish Kumar Special  

In this week's episode, Stephen and Anoosh touch on what makes a good political leader - from Emily Thornberry's impressive performance at this week's PMQs, to how Vince Cable is faring in his own leadership bid. They are then joined by the comedian and presenter, Nish Kumar, to discuss the racist outburst of Anna Marie Morris and the ethical choices behind satire. Plus, You Ask Us: which future Conservative leader should the opposition most fear? (You can catch Nish's new show, The Mash Report, next Thursday at 10pm on BBC2)

NS#224: Markets and Momentum  

Helen is away, so Stephen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to discuss the latest rows over single market access and Cameron's defense of his austerity agenda. Amelia Tait then helps explore the gendered world of punctuation. And You Ask Us: should the Conservatives have a Momentum of their own?

NS#223: Deals and the DUP  

Helen and Stephen explore what's going on with the DUP: what's the best response to new investment for Northern Ireland? And how long will May last? They also roam into the mythical worlds of Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes. Plus: you ask us: why has there been no final death toll estimate for Grenfell?

NS#222: Queen's Speech Special  

Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.

NS#221: Special - Writing the Internet Age  

Helen and Stephen are joined by the author and editor Andrew O'Hagan, to explore selfhood in the internet era. Who are the slippery figures who populate our online worlds? Will there be a backlash against this new fluidity? And are these trends changing the way novelists write? Plus: why we love Instagram so much.

NS#220: Leadership and lessons  

Helen and Stephen digest the election results, with a focus on what can be learned for future campaigns: why Labour outperformed expectations, what the tories got wrong, and how should feedback from doorstep activists be best understood? Plus, You Ask Us: was the postal vote deadline too early for Labour?

NS#120: Emergency Podcast  

Doubt, deferral and the DUP: after a turbulent weekend, Helen and Stephen ask what next for the Tories? Could the new relationship with the DUP mean tougher laws on abortion? And is Theresa May's authority safe?

NS#219: Results Special  

Wow. Helen and Stephen are just about still awake - and here with a summary of the night's events (rapping and singing ensue). Plus: we get the reactions of our guests at the NS election night party.

NS#218: Campaign Roundup Special  

Election Day is here and so are Helen and Stephen - with a campaign roundup special! From Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May, and El Gato to Paxman - listen in to find out who they think are the winners and losers of the 2017 election race. Plus: Predictions for tonight.

NS#217: Elections and extremism  

In light of this weekend's terror attack in London and Theresa May's response, Helen and Stephen reflect on the how recent attacks have shaped the election. Was May right to politicise Saturday's events? Is regulating cyber-space even possible? And what are the true causes of extremism?

NS#216: Broadcasts and forecasts  

Helen and Stephen digest the latest from the battle for No.10: from the merits of Corbyn's on-screen performance, to concerns surrounding the Conservative campaign. Plus, You Ask Us: is the Labour poll surge right? And will there be high youth turnout?

NS#215: Election Special  

Join us for the New Statesman on-tour election special! As the polling day approaches, our team of politics writers regale Stephen Bush with news of their travels around the country. From Dover to Derby North, and from St Ives to Sheffield Hallam, via Birmingham, Belfast and Vauxhall - listen in for the interviews and insights near you.

NS#214: Manchester  

In light of the attack in Manchester, the NS podcast is pausing its politics coverage until campaigning resumes. Join us next week and, in the meantime, do consider volunteering at your local hospital or donating blood:

NS#213: Manifestos Special  

Welcome to 2017's epic, Manifesto Special edition of the podcast. Helen and Stephen begin with analysis of the Conservative's latest offerings - from the new policy on social care, to their (costly) targets on immigration. Next up is Labour, who get "Marx out of ten" for their ambitious pledges. And finally, You Ask Us: are the polls right?

NS#212: Voters and Evasion  

As the campaigns heat up, our hosts delve into the problems with the Progressive Alliance, the trouble with tuition fees, and Helen's history of rodent control. They also ask whether Corbyn will carry on as leader. And why Theresa May is campaigning in a sealed box (where she can avoid meeting the public). Plus, You Ask Us: is it time to stop using the word "Tribal"?

NS#211: Local Elections Special  

In this bonus edition of the podcast, Helen and Stephen review the results of last week’s local elections: what do they prophesy for the parties of the Left and what does Andy Burnham’s win mean for Labour? Plus: the many ways in which Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France is a good thing – even for Brexit.

NS#210: Stooge and Stable  

Helen is away this week, so Stephen is joined by Senior Writer, Anoosh Chakelian, and Citymetric Editor, Jonn Elledge. Together they explore how Theresa May's latest EU dealings are less strong-and-stable, and more "like being in a car with a drunk driver". Then discuss which candidates to watch out for in this week's local elections. Plus, you ask us: who is your least favourite Brexit minister and why?

NS#209: 1997 Anniversary Special  

20 years on from Labour's general election landslide, Helen and Stephen host a special edition looking back at the party's journey. Lord Spencer Livermore describes what it was like to be part of the 1997 campaign team. Kate Mossman reminds us what critics say Cool Britannia was listening to - and what was actually topping the charts (Barbie Girl). And Helen conducts a dramatic reading of our May 2 leader. Warning: deeply optimistic content.

Special edition: Deep Dive on mandates and manifestos  

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises. Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

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