69. A SOCIAL HOME REVOLUTION: the history and future of council housingReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week, with the release of the report from Shelter's cross-party commission (which included Ed) we're looking at the provision of social housing and the need for a transformation in how much we build and who it is for. Historian John Boughton, author of recent book Municipal Dreams, guides us from the past to the future, then we speak to members of the Commission, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, former Conservative Chair, and Lord Jim O'Neill to tell us how the recommendations in the report can transform the fabric of the country.
68. BORN TO (PARK) RUN: Geoff and Ed’s excellent adventureReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! We've made our New Year's resolutions, donned the trainers and tracksuits and joined the hundreds of thousands of people who do parkrun to find out what all the hype is about. Can we start our New Year as runners? The Finsbury Park parkrunners (Geoff's local) tell us what it's all about, and give us encouragement, then we're joined by Nick Pearson, Chief Executive of ParkRun who tells us about why the project is about more than running. Then Bella Mackie, author of new book Jog On shares her journey to better mental health through running.
67. THE OFFICIAL REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2018 CHART SHOWReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Greetings pod pickers! You’re in for a treat this week. It’s our "Top 10" countdown of our favourite episodes this year. If you haven’t listened to them all or even if you have, here’s a way of getting the best bits in bite sized form—-Cheerful McNuggets. With special guest introducing the whole shebang, the legend that is Tony Blackburn! How can you resist....
66. CHRISTMAS CHEERFUL: Chatting 2018 and playing Class StruggleReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! We gathered around Geoff's kitchen table, joined by some IRL friends, a copy of the board game Class Struggle and some topics to find the cheerful from this year. Hear Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and director of the new film, "Mary, Queen of Scots", Chris Addison, comedian, writer, actor and director and David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge and host of ‘Talking Politics’ podcast seek to provide a positive take on America, Democracy, Brexit, and Culture... and find out who wins the game. It will make you feel better...promise....maybe.
65. COMPUTER SAYS YES: humanity and kindness in public servicesReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Here at Cheerful towers we're talking about how we can enable the human touch to come to the fore in public services and policy and the barriers standing in the way of the people who work in them. Our guest Julia Unwin has been thinking about kindness in public policy, Professor Anthony Costello's new book The Social Edge is about the 'sympathy groups' that transform people's life chances & Dr Agnelo Fernandes talks about his amazing 'social prescribing' experiment in Croydon.
Comedian Adam Riches wants more sharks, scientifically modified beard, Gerard Butler and... (BOO HISS)... no more podcasts
64. SHARING AND CARING: the case for paternity leaveReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we're talking Dads and the time off they have to look after their kids. Turns out more, properly paid paternity leave is better for kids, good for dads, and a very effective tool to close the gender pay gap. Unfortunately Britain lags behind. We speak to Lars Arrhenius about how brilliant Sweden is and how it could be even better, Sam Smethers from the Fawcett Society about how Britain could do better and Sam White and Will McDonald, the UK’s most senior all-male job share (maybe...).
Comedian Sindhu Vee brings us a handful of "Ted Miliband" university anecdotes as well as teenager truth day, a ban on the Br*xit word, punishment for people failing to pick up their dog's poop, celebratory school run drinks party, double pay and only sunlight working hours in January
63. VALUING NEURODIVERSITY: how society needs to changeReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Today we speak to two autistic people about what the neurodiversity movement is and what it means to them. Penny Andrews and Georgia Harper join us to talk about their personal experience of living with autism, and how our society, employers and all of us can learn to value and benefit from neurodiversity.
Comedian Jodie Mitchell would like to tech up the fight against men stealing women's ideas, old tinted glasses for those who believe the olden days were better and a ban on incense for anyone who's not using it for religious purposes
62. LIFE OVER DEATH: the global campaign to end capital punishmentReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! The death penalty still operates in many places around the world, although the good news is the number of countries using capital punishment is falling. Sevan Doraisamy, Executive Director of Human Rights Organisation SUARAM talks about the Malaysian government’s recent announcement that it intends to abolish capital punishment and Anna Yearley and Maya Foa from Reprieve talk to us about their campaigns to end the death penalty and how your voice can make a difference.
Comedian Lauren Pattison fights for children to be banished to another train carriage, Taco Tuesdays and more politicians on reality TV
61. YUVAL AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET: a conversation on just about everything with Yuval Noah HarariReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! A special episode with author and all-around thinker extraordinaire and author of multi-million selling Homo Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari. He popped by to talk to us about the ongoing war of technology vs humankind, fake news and more of the 21 lessons from the 21st Century —-his new book. This includes the virtues of 60-day uninterrupted meditation... But how would you do a weekly podcast?
60. GEOFF, GEOFF, GEOFF...OUT OUT OUT: the power of protestReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing the power of political protest, when they work and what it all means for today. French journalist Agnes Poirier chronicles ‘68 and after for us and Guardian columnist John Harris and American author Sarah Jaffe join us to talk about the past, present and future of political protest.
59. QE OR NOT QE?: printing money for a purposeReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! There is occasional bad quality audio on today’s episode for which apologies (tech gremlins). We hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the finer points of Quantitative Easing! II’s a term thrown around which for many of us falls somewhere between the "Offside Rule" and "Quantum Mechanics". But it’s really important we understand it because it is having big effects. Fran Boait and Josh Ryan-Collins get us up to speed with the basics and explain why it matters, and how we could be putting QE to significantly better purposes.
Comedian Eleanor Morton is taking parliament on the road, giving 18-year-olds an adult box, introducing freelancers discount cards and paying everyone the same no matter what job they do
58. PLASTIC, PLASTIC EVERYWHERE: what do we do?Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Aqua once sang "life in plastic, it's fantastic", sure... for Barbie Girl it may be but, for our natural world and ourselves, plastic is an enormous and increasingly understood problem. Catherine Conway, Founder of Unpackaged, and Julian Kirby, Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, join us to bring us hope and practical steps we can take to help put an end to all the waste and damage being done
Comedian Rich Wilson challenges the Geoffocracy with his Richocracy full of electricity free days, big foam hands for pedestrian safety, hanging out with old people, and a novel (and very literal) way of dealing with nuisance everyday sexism
57. THE OWNERSHIP SHIFTReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Do you feel ignored or unrewarded by your firm? How about transferring a proportion of shares in large companies to the workers, as advocated by Labour? Could it make the difference and how does it compare to other ideas of employee ownership? Mat Lawrence and Christine Berry join us to talk us through the issues and thinking behind it.
Comedian Hayley Ellis brings us her manifesto - drama free soap opera days, a ban on politicians dancing, snoopers headphones.
56. LAST EDITION? how to ensure quality journalism in the digital ageReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! The internet is great, Geoff can be in Salford, Ed can be at home, our guests can be as far away as a hotel room in Finland, and we can STILL get a new episode to you... but... has the internet proved to be the catalyst for the end of local journalism and the collapse of the national printed press too? Alan Rusbridger, Emily Bell, Megan Lucero & Dan Hinds bring us their thoughts on the end of the traditional gatekeepers and how we can finance good quality journalism, national and local, when so many are expecting it for free.
55. LIVING FOR THE (THREE DAY) WEEKENDReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! How often do you get back to work after the weekend feeling like it wasn't long enough? Well, a company in New Zealand have been trialling the 4-day working week and finding that their staff are achieving as much as in 4 days as they were in 5. Andrew Barnes, Founder of Perpetual Guadian, the company undertaking the trial, and Kate Bell from the TUC join us to talk about how realistic it is that a 4-day working week could possibly allow a company to continue paying a full wage.
Comedian Matthew Crosby revolutionises present giving, encourages teaching children to swear, gets rid of those "seen"/"read" notices and gets in a bus with Ed and Geoff to stop people arguing.
54. THE ABC OF AI: How can technology help humanity?Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Artificial intelligence didn't write this description (yet), but it has begun to take over some tasks that humans were responsible for. Are the humans ready, are the computers safely still under our control, what happens when they're not? Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0, and Duncan McCann from the New Economics Foundation joined us to talk about the AI revolution, when it is coming and whether it could be put to positive benefit for society.
Comedian Amy Gledhill advocates for tax lessons, skill swap street gatherings and law enforced service station signage.
53. PROSPERITY AND JUSTICE: Shaking up the economy for social changeReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! When the IPPR commission on economic justice took on the economy, promising prosperity and justice, they did it properly. In this episode, we talk to Michael Jacobs, its director, and Sara Bryson, a commission member about the big ideas in the report, why they're so important, and how we make them work.
Comedian Tania Edwards brings us her ideas, a referendum about whether we should have had a referendum in the first place, some tough talk about offence, maximum wealth, and prison for hot food eaters on public transport
52. THE QUIET RENEWABLES REVOLUTIONReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! This week we’re looking into the sky, the sea and all around us for our energy and talking about the good news that we see in the revolution in costs and take up of renewables around the world. And we’’ll be asking our guests Jeremy Leggett from SolarCentury and Juliet Davenport from Good Energy what more we should be doing in the UK and globally.
Comedian Sooz Kempner addresses dressage, compensatory crisps and dips for date rejections, start school term with the rest of the rest of the film you started watching at the end of term, parental rent paying fairness, free school dinners for EVERYONE, The Purge but for one day a year men can't tweet.
51. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Not for the binReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! Ed and Geoff are back in the same room after their summer holidays / "lads tour". This week we hear from Saasha Celestial-One and Lindsay Boswell about the disgusting situation of food waste the country has gotten in to, despite so many below the breadline going hungry. We look at the Foodshare and Olio programmes and what they're doing to roll us back to the era of making the most of everything we have and hopefully reduce the UK throwing one-third of all food away.
Comedian Phil Wang takes on groups of pedestrians, inconsistent bigots, Lemsip defaults, Whitewashing, eating at restaurants, Summer, saying "we" when speaking about your favourite sports team... and the School syllabus avoiding teaching about the British Empire
50. REVERSING THE CYCLE OF GANG VIOLENCE: Lessons from ScotlandReasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd add
Hello! The final of our "lads on tour" live shows. Here we talk to the Edinburgh Fringe audience about correcting the "recreational violence" cycle many young people get trapped in. Karyn McCluskey is our guest and has an extraordinary story of inspiration and success in tackling the issue.
Comedian Luisa Omielan shares the heartbreaking story of her mothers sad death (donations welcome for Helena's Hospice foundation - https://www.helenashospicefoundation.org/) and still manages to give us her ideas for how to make the world a better place. Support for early years, mandatory paternity leave, and giving free travel to everyone for a year when they leave school.