The New Statesman Podcast

The New Statesman Podcast

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Join Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush for the weekly New Statesman podcast, covering Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump and everything in between. New episodes every Thursday.


NS#234: Brexit's Nigel Farage Problem  

Helen and Stephen discuss Theresa May's dislike of parliamentary scrutiny and Labour's use of opposition day debates. Then we hear what Stephen learned about Brexit on his recent trip to Poland. Finally, they answer a rather topical question: should former politicians like Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton just go away?

Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts@helenlewis or @stephenkb.

Get tickets for the SRSLY podcast live show here and listen to the first episode of the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, here.

Further reading:

Stephen on Angela Rayner's tuition fees vote.

The Esquire profile of George Osborne.

Helen's piece about Tony Blair.

Hillary Clinton on the Pod Save America podcast.

NS#233: Mogg's Momentum  

Helen and Stephen discuss the progress of the legislation formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill, and then assess whether Jacob Rees-Mogg might actually become Tory leader. Then, for the You Asked Us segment, they answer the most vital of all questions: which past UK election should you rewatch?

Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.

Further reading:

Helen on why Jacob Rees-Mogg isn't funny.

Stephen on why the new Tory leader will probably be really right-wing.

Anoosh's report on Moggmentum.

The 1997 election broadcast.

The amazing theme music for the 1983 election coverage.

NS#232: Do We Have To Talk About Brexit?  

Helen and Stephen discuss Kezia Dugdale's resignation as Scottish Labour leader and assess what her legacy will be. Then, they (reluctantly) dig into the details of the troubled Brexit negotiations. Finally, they answer an extremely fraught question: can you be friends with a Tory?

Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.

Further reading:

Helen's interview with Kezia Dugdale.

The current contenders in the Scottish Labour leadership race.

Stephen's column about Labour's Brexit policy.

Lawrence Freedman's piece about madman theory.

NS#231: Big Ben's Last Bong  

Stephen is back from holiday, and he joins Helen to assess Labour's performance over the summer break. Then, they try to understand the row over Big Ben being silenced for refurbishment. Finally, they go head to head on a very controversial topic: is Game of Thrones still any good?

Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.

Further reading:

Stephen's column about the Tories and Big Ben.

Tony Blair on Newsnight making the case for tuition fees.

Anna's Game of Thrones recap.

NS#230: It's (New) Party Time  

Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more.

Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Anoosh @anoosh_c

Further reading:

The NS centenary debate from 2013 - did the left win the twentieth century?

Meet the Ivanka Voter by Anne Helen Petersen on Buzzfeed.

Anoosh on the EDL.

Why is Love Island so Tory?

How Don't Tell the Bride lost its spark

Take Me Out and the failures of feminism by Alan White.

NS #229: Apocalypse Now?  

Helen and Stephen contemplate the escalation of hostilities between the United States and North Korea from the podcast bunker, and analyse why Venezuela causes such problems for British left. Then, in a new segment, they go head to head to determine which is the best Nineties sitcom: Frasier or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Stephen @stephenkb.

Further reading: Helen on Labour and prisons. Stephen on the left and Venezuela. Helen on Frasier. Stephen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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NS #228: Silly season special  

Helen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to ponder the fruits of this year's silly season. There's scandal and Scaramucci in Trump's White House. And debate over who should get passes to the UK lobby. They also share their thoughts on upcoming political plays and a new profile of Sadiq Khan. Plus, You Ask Us: Where is Jeremy Corbyn?

NS#227: Fiction and Fees  

Helen and Stephen discuss the row over student fees and what it means for Corbyn's electoral prospects. They also recommend their top TV shows to catch up on this summer. Plus, a selection of our magazine writers pick their favourite political fiction.

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?

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