The New Statesman Podcast

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NS#187: Porn, PMQs and patriarchy  

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Emily Thornberry's performance at PMQs and the Tory response to female authority. George joins with a report from the lobby. And writer Emily Witt, author of Future Sex, explores what female sexual freedom might mean today. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Emily Witt)

NS#186: Sexting, schools and scripts  

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss sex education, Jeremy Hunt's moves to stop sexting and how technology is changing childhood. George joins with the latest from the Lobby. Then Stephen and Anoosh pay a visit to James Graham, the writer of the hit West End play 'This House'. And finally, you ask us: who is the most influential person in British politics? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian).

NS#185: Autumn Statement special  

This week, Helen and Stephen are joined by Staggers Editor, Julia Rampen, to discuss the winners and losers in this year's Autumn Statement. How much jam really was there for the just-about-managings? And why is that concept both so inclusive and so un-helpful? Helen and Stephen also discuss Tony Blair - the former Labour leader's credibility problem and why the left must reconcile with its past. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)

NS#184: Post-election special  

This week, Helen and Stephen are joined by NS contributing editor, Laurie Penny. Together they consider the fallout from last week's US election, and explore what lies behind the urge to normalise the new president-elect. George Eaton joins with an analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's latest PMQs performance. And you ask us: should Nigel Farage be used as the UK's envoy to the US? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Laurie Penny)

NS#183: Trump  

After a long night, Helen and Stephen reflect on the result of America’s 2016 election: how were the polls so wrong? Would Bernie have done better? And what might be the most concerning consequence of all? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush).

NS#182: Pre-election special  

In a special election preview, Helen speaks to Jonn Elledge, who is currently touring the USA. Taking in the view from New England to Ohio they discuss which states are the ones to watch on Tuesday night? Is there such a thing as too much polling? And what are the parallels with Brexit? (Helen Lewis, Jonn Elledge)

NS#181: Momentum, members and McCluskey  

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Momentum and what its different factions might want the organisation to become. Anoosh joins with the latest from the lobby: what are Gordon Brown’s plans for regional empowerment and what should we make of the court’s decision on Brexit? Then Stephen and Helen look ahead to next week’s US election. Finally, you ask us: who is your favourite President. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian)

NS#180: Resignation, runways and Dr Strange  

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow: is it right that collective cabinet responsibility has been suspended? And what are Zac Goldsmith’s chances in a by-election? Helen then shares her thoughts on the latest Marvel movie (to which Stephen was not invited). And you ask us: if Labour had the same system that it had in the 1970s, who would have won the 2015 leadership race? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)

NS#179: Brexit, Benn and by-elections  

This week, Helen and Stephen review the list of candidates for the select committee chair announcements, Helen worries that the language around Brexit is turning nasty and Stephen finds Football Manager knows more about Brexit than our politicians. Then our deputy web editor, Anoosh Chakelian, returns from a visit to Batley and Spen to discuss by-elections and what happens next for UKIP. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian).

NS#178: YouTube, yearning & the yacht  

This week, Stephen and Helen discuss the symbolism of the royal yacht, the American election and their yearnings for a more straight-talking Brexit debate. Digital culture writer Amelia Tait joins to talk YouTubers and what might be worrying about their rise. George provides an analysis of PMQs. And you ask us: should Stop The War be protesting outside the Russian embassy?

NS#177: Tory Special  

Stephen joins fresh from Birmingham to discuss the highs and lows of Tory conference - from Theresa May’s speech to Andrea Leadsom’s comments on nan-bread. Find out why May’s promises don’t work for Helen and whether Stephen thinks the message will cut through. You also ask us: where are the weaknesses in Theresa May’s vision? What will she have most trouble getting past her MPs? And how likely is an early election? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)

NS#176: Younge, guns and identity politics  

Helen and Stephen are joined by author and editor-at-large for the Guardian, Gary Younge, to discuss the findings of his new book: Another Day in the Death of America. Seven kids die every day from gun violence in the US yet very few make the national news. Is there any way to stop Americans becoming inured to the bloodshed? The enraging, incredibly sad and sometimes peculiarly funny stories of ten kids on one unremarkable Saturday attempt to change that trend. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Gary Younge).

NS#175: Conference Special  

Helen and Stephen fight through colds to bring you their first thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn's conference performance. How has the party responded to his re-election? What's the relationship with Welsh Labour? And who made this year's stand-out speeches? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)

NS#174: New Times Special  

In this New Statesman podcast special we expand on our New Times issue which identifies the political, economic and philosophical shifts shaping our society. The series will run across two episodes with special guests giving their view on what lies ahead for Labour and the left. (Serena Kutchinsky, Jason Cowley, Colin Robinson, George Eaton, Philip Collins, Ros Wynne-Jones)

NS #173: Mandates, minorities and the Moreno scale  

This week, Helen and Stephen review Labour’s pre-conference predicament: will Corbyn be elected with a bigger mandate than last time? They also explore why Labour’s support increases when people see themselves as British rather than English. George joins from the Lib Dem conference in Brighton with thoughts on Tim Farron. And you ask us about the US election: would Bernie have done better? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)

NS#172: Swing votes, schools and Snowden  

Helen is back and set to discuss grammar schools, electoral pacts and why Stephen is particularly upset about boundary change. George joins with the reaction to Corbyn’s PMQ performance. NS tech editor, Kirsty Styles, explores whether whistleblowers can maintain their credibility - and how far big data is to be welcomed. And you ask us: can Trump win and how? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Kirsty Styles)

NS#171: Affection, factions and fandom  

Anoosh once again joins to co-host this week’s podcast. Shadow cabinet elections and Brexit strategy are both up for debate as Parliament returns from recess. George Eaton discusses the latest thinking on grammar schools. And culture writer Anna Leszkiewicz explores the language of political fandom. You also ask us: Will the boundary changes help Corbyn? (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)

NS#170: Protections, Polls and Harry Potter  

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian co-host this week’s podcast. Together they discuss the latest YouGov Polls, the feasibility of a Progressive Alliance and the strategy of the ‘Three-Brexiteers’. Our new digital culture writer, Amelia Tait, joins to review Labour's thoughts on online protection. And you ask us: which Harry Potter houses would Britain’s political leadership be in? (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Amelia Tait)

NS#169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters  

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)

NS#168: Happy Holidays  

Helen and Stephen are both away this week. But in their absence we've delved into the podcast archive to bring you a highlight from the 2015 Labour leadership race.... (Anoosh Chakelian, Helen Lewis).

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