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Twice a week the New Statesman politics team - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea - discuss the latest in UK politics. From Boris Johnson's latest battle with backbenchers to the machinery behind the Labour Party's opposition attack lines, this is the debrief you need to understand what's… read more

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Will Boris Johnson’s non-apology save him?

January 13th, 2022

37:34

Boris Johnson has been caught red-handed and forced to admit that he attended a party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, however he claimed …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Margaret Thatcher

January 11th, 2022

48:15

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

This final episode …

Will Boris Johnson survive 2022?

January 7th, 2022

32:46

Boris Johnson’s approval rating plummeted at the end of 2021 following a string of Christmas parties at No 10, sleaze scandals and senior …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | John Major

January 4th, 2022

49:30

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

This episode examines …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Tony Blair

December 31st, 2021

57:34

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

This episode focuses on …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Gordon Brown

December 28th, 2021

47:10

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

This episode focuses on …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | David Cameron

December 24th, 2021

49:28

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. In each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

This episode focuses on …

Prime Ministerial, from the New Statesman | Theresa May

December 21st, 2021

51:45

Welcome to Prime Ministerial. Each episode Jonn Elledge and Stephen Bush will look at the legacy of the previous six prime ministers and ask whether they achieved success on their own terms.

 

Episode one focuses on …

Liberal Democrats win North Shropshire: is the party over for Boris Johnson?

December 17th, 2021

33:18

The Conservative Party has lost North Shropshire for the first time in nearly 200 years, to the Liberal Democrats. The shocking defeat follows months …

Is the Downing Street Christmas party scandal cutting through? | Polling update with Ben Walker

December 14th, 2021

28:38

New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker joins Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush in our monthly polling update. They discuss the impact …

No 10 Christmas Party: the beginning of the end for Boris Johnson?

December 9th, 2021

33:13

Allegra Stratton has resigned as a government adviser after a video that showed her laughing about a Downing Street Christmas party, reportedly held …

How a chief whip became a rebel, with Mark Harper MP

December 7th, 2021

23:19

Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush interview the former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper MP.

They discuss his journey from chief whip under David Cameron to becoming a high-profile Tory rebel under Boris Johnson, his 2019 …

Labour reshuffle: a leaner and meaner shadow cabinet?

December 3rd, 2021

24:01

Keir Starmer carried out a surprise shake-up of the top ranks of the Labour Party this week. Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss …

BONUS: Is levelling up really possible | In partnership with Lloyds Bank

December 1st, 2021

24:17

In this special episode of the New Statesman podcast in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Britain Editor Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Hannah Essex, co-executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce and Mark Burton, …

Labour’s response to the corruption scandal, with Thangam Debbonaire

November 30th, 2021

25:46

Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelian interview Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons.


They talk about the missteps of …

The catch-22 for migrants crossing the Channel

November 26th, 2021

32:30

In what was an avoidable tragedy, at least 27 people have died trying to reach the UK after their boat capsized in the English Channel. Anoosh …

Does Labour have a future in Scotland?

November 23rd, 2021

26:39

In the first of our monthly devolution specials, Stephen Bush is joined by the New Statesman's Scotland editor Chris Deerin to examine the Scottish …

What went down at Cop26?

November 19th, 2021

22:38

The UN climate summit ended with the president of Cop26, Alok Sharma, in tears, after the conference united behind a “watered down” agreement in which coal power will be “phased down” rather than “phased out”. Stephen …

Why the corruption scandal feels like 1997, with Chris Bryant

November 16th, 2021

25:25

The Standards Committee chair Chris Bryant joins Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea to discuss the ongoing fallout from the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal.

 

They talk about whether the UK is a corrupt country, …

Will the row over MPs’ second jobs hurt Boris Johnson?

November 12th, 2021

24:02

Geoffrey Cox is the latest MP to come under fire over his extra earnings for legal work outside of his parliamentary duties.  

 

It follows the …

UK poll update: Owen Paterson prompted Conservative “confidence collapse” – with Ben Walker

November 9th, 2021

21:37

Ailbhe Rea is joined by New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker for the first of a monthly look at what’s going on in the opinion polls.


They look at …

Owen Paterson: Boris Johnson’s U-turn

November 5th, 2021

25:22

The government has performed a spectacular U-turn over the controversial blocking of Conservative MP Owen Paterson’s suspension for breaching …

Norway’s heat pump revolution | Climate politics

November 2nd, 2021

18:29

In the final part of our special series on the politics of climate change, Anoosh Chakelian and Environment and Sustainability Editor Philippa Nuttall

Who were the winners from Rishi Sunak’s Budget?

October 28th, 2021

32:47

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by special guest former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and New Statesman contributing writer David Gauke

The Energy Consumer of the Future | Climate Politics

October 26th, 2021

23:33

In this special episode of the New Statesman Podcast, in association with Smart Energy GB, Ailbhe Rea and guest co-host Philippa Nuttall discuss how the ways we use energy in the future will change, and what we can do …

Can MPs ever be truly safe after Jo Cox and David Amess?

October 22nd, 2021

25:38

A week after the death of the Southend West MP David Amess, Anoosh Chakelian and Stephen Bush discuss how MPs have reflected on the incident, what …

Building Better – how our infrastructure needs to change | Climate Politics

October 19th, 2021

33:12

In this special episode of the New Statesman podcast, in association with Smart Energy GB, Anoosh Chakelian and guest co-host Philippa Nuttall discuss how we can improve our homes and workplaces to reduce our dependence …

Is Boris Johnson facing a crisis at Christmas?

October 15th, 2021

28:10

Multiple crises are putting unprecedented pressure on the economy and state institutions, and look set to last for months. As winter approaches, …

Changing behaviour in a changing climate | Climate Politics

October 12th, 2021

29:56

In this special episode of the New Statesman podcast, in association with Smart Energy GB, Stephen Bush and guest co-host Philippa Nuttall discuss …

Have we hit peak Boris Johnson?

October 8th, 2021

27:48

Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush reflect on Boris Johnson’s conference speech. They discuss whether Tory members love Johnson - but not …

Is Boris Johnson doing enough to tackle climate change? | Climate Politics

October 6th, 2021

18:45

In the first of a special series of episodes in the run up to the global climate conference COP 26, Anoosh Chakelian interviews our guest co-host Philippa Nuttall, The New Statesman’s environment and Sustainability …

Was Keir Starmer's big speech a success?

October 1st, 2021

32:11

Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush give their verdict on Labour leader Keir Starmer’s big conference speech. They discussed the heckling, …

Labour Party Conference: Was Labour’s message drowned out in Brighton?

September 29th, 2021

42:26

Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelian host a live recording of the New Statesman podcast at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. They …

Will the gas crisis lead to Boris Johnson's winter of discontent?

September 24th, 2021

28:20

Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the series of crisis facing the Boris Johnson including gas prices, CO2 shortages and the end …

The politics of eating meat, with Henry Mance

September 21st, 2021

21:46

Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush talk to FT feature writer and author Henry Mance about his new book: How to Love Animals: In a …

Inside Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle

September 17th, 2021

35:08

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle in which Dominic Raab was demoted to Justice Secretary and Liz Truss became Foreign Secretary. 


Then, in You Ask Us, they answer …

Writing the perfect toilet book, with Jonn Elledge

September 14th, 2021

23:14

Stephen Bush interviews writer and journalist Jonn Elledge about his new book, The Compendium of (Not Quite) Everything. They discuss the joy of facts, what Stephen keeps on his toilet bookshelf and the best sci-fi and …

Will Boris Johnson’s social care plan work?

September 10th, 2021

26:34

Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Boris Johnson’s National Insurance rise to fund the NHS and Social Care and why there was no significant …

Labour's lost future: the 20-year decline of the Labour Party

September 7th, 2021

34:32

Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea speak to New Statesman special correspondent Harry Lambert about his cover story on the decline of the Labour party. …

Anneliese Dodds and Labour party loyalty

September 3rd, 2021

39:47

Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss their interview with Anneliese Dodds, what she said and didn’t say about her treatment by the party leadership …

Could you save Labour's bacon?| Interactive political theatre

August 31st, 2021

29:03

Stephen Bush interviews Tom Black and Owen Kingston, the writer and director of the interactive political play Crisis What Crisis, which gives the …

Misfits and secrets: Why political gossip matters in politics, with Marie Le Conte

August 27th, 2021

34:06

Ailbhe Rea speaks to journalist and author Marie Le Conte about the life of a diary columnist, the gossip that keeps westminster running, and how to …

Pandemics and the politics of printing money: Economic history with Duncan Weldon

August 24th, 2021

20:58

Stephen Bush interviews economist, journalist, and author Duncan Weldon on his new book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through. They talk through the …

How bad is the Afghanistan crisis for Boris Johnson?

August 20th, 2021

26:20

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the Afghanistan crisis and the governments refugee scheme, and why MPs from all sides of the house were …

Armando Iannucci, Anna Soubry and Paul Mason on how to disagree | Westminster Reimagined

August 16th, 2021

34:32

The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, …

Do the exam results matter?

August 13th, 2021

22:56

Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the pandemic affected A Level and GCSE results and why Labour have chosen now to call for Gavin Williamson's …

Armando Iannucci and Chris Addison on political campaigning | Westminster Reimagined

August 9th, 2021

30:28

The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, …

Could Brexit have been stopped?

August 6th, 2021

32:55

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss David Liddington's three ways Brexit could have been stopped and why none of them were realistic.


Then in …

Armando Iannucci, Exctinction Rebellion & Dame Louise Casey on Activism | Westminster Reimagined

August 2nd, 2021

32:11

The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman Podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, …

What's the thinking behind Boris Johnson's crime plan?

July 30th, 2021

25:22

Ailbhe Rea, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Boris Johnson's latest plan to reduce crime and whether the proposals will actually have any …

Armando Iannucci, Ian Hislop: the accountability crisis in politics | Westminster Reimagined

July 26th, 2021

31:42

The legendary writer, satirist and broadcaster Armando Iannucci joins the New Statesman podcast to co-host four special episodes. In these shows, …

Can Boris Johnson really change the Northern Ireland protocol?

July 23rd, 2021

26:31

Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's announcment on the Northern Ireland protocol and whether they really will be …

Will an amnesty work in Northern Ireland?

July 16th, 2021

35:20

Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Anoosh Chakelion discuss the government's plans for a prosecution amnesty over the Troubles and why no party in Northern …

Why the summer is tough for opposition parties

July 9th, 2021

34:55

Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss whether Labour will be able to avoid the usual difficult summer for Opposition parties, and how the loosening of …

Is Andy Burnham Labour's great northern hope?

July 6th, 2021

32:18

Anoosh and Stephen discuss the future of the Labour party and how Andy Burnham might fit in to that.


Then in You Ask Us, they take your question on …

Why Labour feels worried about the Batley and Spen by-election

July 1st, 2021

32:39

Anoosh and Ailbhe discuss the upcoming Batley and Spen By- Election and why many in Labour think it's not going well for the party.

Then in You Ask …

What Matt Hancock's resignation means for the Conservatives

June 29th, 2021

35:52

Anoosh and Ailbhe discuss the fallout from the Matt Hancock affair and the appointment of Sajid Javid as the new Health Secretary.


Then in You Ask Us, …

Are Labour spent in Batley and Spen?

June 25th, 2021

28:24

Anoosh has been reporting in Batley and Spen ahead of the by-election on 1st July. Here she talks to Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea about the mood on …

How to lose a by-election

June 21st, 2021

43:43

Following the Liberal Democrat by-election victory in the "Blue Wall" seat of Chesham and Amersham, Stephen, Anoosh and Ailbhe dissect the …

Chesham and Amersham: a Lib Dem crack in the "Blue Wall"

June 18th, 2021

38:07

Stephen, Anoosh and Ailbhe discuss the Chesham and Amersham by-election. Ailbhe reported from the constituency shortly before the by-election, and …

Grenfell: tinderbox Britain

June 15th, 2021

29:37

On the fourth anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea explore the ongoing scandal of flammable …

Biden, Boris and the NI protocol

June 11th, 2021

34:10

As Boris Johnson and Joe Biden meet for their first bilateral summit ahead of the G7, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss the impact the US President could …

Rishi and the foreign aid rebels

June 8th, 2021

28:57

Ahead of the Speaker's decision on holding a vote over the planned cuts to the UK foreign aid budget, Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss the …

Hillsborough, Grenfell, Covid: What is the point of public inquiries?

June 4th, 2021

31:41

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the acquittal of two former police officers charged with perverting the course of justice by allegedly …

Cummings's revenge

May 28th, 2021

29:39

As Westminster reels from Dominic Cummings' excoriating critique of the government's pandemic response, unleashed with full force during Wednesday's …

Dominic Cummings' Covid claims

May 25th, 2021

28:21

As Westminster braces for Dominic Cummings' appearance at the Health and Science select committee over the Government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss whether his claims - …

Why Keir Starmer should worry about his approval ratings

May 21st, 2021

33:51

Keir Starmer's approval ratings dipped this week into dangerous territory - falling below both David Cameron's and Ed Miliband's after the same time …

Britain unlocks

May 18th, 2021

30:28

As lockdown restrictions ease in England, Wales and much of Scotland, the country is grappling with a new variant of Covid-19. 


On this episode, Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss the messaging around unlocking and how …

Does Labour really need Tony Blair's 'total change'?

May 14th, 2021

34:37

Reunited in the studio for the first time in over a year, Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss Tony Blair's dramatic Labour Party intervention in …

Election results part 2: Scotland's future

May 11th, 2021

20:16

In the second of two episodes looking at the results of the May 6 elections, Stephen, Anoosh and Ailbhe are joined by Chris Deerin to dissect the …

Election results part 1: Labour's big reshuffle

May 11th, 2021

54:36

As the dust settles on Keir Starmer's mystifying reshuffle of the Labour party following the local elections, Stephen, Anoosh and Ailbhe discuss what …

Election 2021: known unknowns

May 7th, 2021

40:08

As the UK heads to the polls on 'Super Thursday', Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe discuss the things they are most interested to learn from this …

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Boris Johnson is in deep, deep doo-doo' | Scottish Election special

May 5th, 2021

39:01

Chris Deerin hosts the fourth and final special Scottish Election episode of the New Statesman podcast, featuring an interview with First Minister …

The Stolen Years

April 30th, 2021

31:28

Anoosh, Stephen and Ailbhe are joined by data journalist Ben Van De Merwe to discuss the New Statesman's exclusive research showing how many years of …

Scottish Election Special: Balancing the books

April 28th, 2021

34:05

Chris Deerin's guest this week is Kate Forbes, SNP Cabinet Secretary for Finance and young star of the independence movement.


She responds to the Institute of Fiscal Studies report which claims the manifestos for the May …

'Bodies pile high': Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings' war of words

April 27th, 2021

28:07

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea address the ongoing public war of words between Boris Johnson and former advisor Dominic Cummings.


They discuss allegations (which Number 10 have denied) that the Prime …

Boris Johnson's texts

April 23rd, 2021

41:48

Can Labour make lasting political capital from Boris Johnson's texts with James Dyson?


Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the fallout of leaked texts …

Scottish Election Special: the art of independence

April 21st, 2021

41:22

Chris Deerin, the New Statesman's Scotland editor, hosts a special edition of the New Statesman podcast.


In this episode Chris is joined by Ricky Ross and Darren McGarvey, both musicians and activists for the case of …

Football's place in public discourse

April 20th, 2021

30:25

The announcement that 12 European football clubs intend to form a 'super league' occupied the top of the news agenda for most of the day on Monday.


Why does football - a game designed for entertainment, predominantly …

How far will the lobbying scandal go?

April 16th, 2021

32:45

The lobbying scandal rumbles on, enveloping senior civil servants as well as MPs - and Labour are determined to make this a story about 'Tory sleaze'.


In this episode Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss …

Scottish Election Special: can anything unsettle the SNP establishment?

April 14th, 2021

34:41

The Scottish parliamentary elections are likely to be pivotal for the future of the United Kingdom. So, New Statesman Scotland editor, Chris Deerin, is hosting four bonus episodes in the lead up to the vote on May 6th. …

Why the David Cameron lobbying scandal isn't going away

April 13th, 2021

34:45

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss what the Greensill lobbying scandal means for British politics, and why the problem isn't going …

365 Days, 12 Months, 1 Keir

April 9th, 2021

37:15

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look at Keir Starmer's first year leading the Labour party and offer their assessment of his performance. Then, in You Ask …

Commission Impossible

April 6th, 2021

35:36

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities' report and whether they can find coherence in its findings and …

Armando Iannucci's Bucket of Wisdom

April 2nd, 2021

34:29

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by a very special Guest Stephen: Armando Iannucci. They discuss his piece in the spring special of the New Statesman on the …

Alba's Black Sheep

March 30th, 2021

35:57

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Alex Salmond launching his new party, Alba, the implications …

Passport to Discrimlico

March 26th, 2021

34:21

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the concerns around the government's ambiguous hints at a vaccine passport system for the hospitality sector. Then, …

Crime and Pinishment

March 23rd, 2021

27:59

Protests in Bristol against the controversial police, crime, sentencing and courts bill erupted into violence over the weekend. In this episode, …

Money and Power: Sir Vince Cable interview

March 19th, 2021

35:13

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by former Business Secretary and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, to …

Breach of the Police

March 16th, 2021

31:59

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the distressing scenes on Clapham Common as …

Hold the Nurse Strings

March 12th, 2021

27:01

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the launch of Labour's local elections campaign and their prioritisation of increasing the 1% 'pay rise' offered to …

The Prince and the PR

March 9th, 2021

27:54

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea, somewhat reluctantly, give their takes on the explosive revelations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with …

All Clear For Austere

March 5th, 2021

38:01

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look back at yesterday's budget announcement and what the implications might be. Is austerity back? Has Rishi Sunak got one …

Anas Mirabilis?

March 2nd, 2021

45:19

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the election of Anas Sarwar as the leader of Scottish Labour, and whether he can turn things around after Richard Leonard's …

Balancing Tax

February 26th, 2021

26:14

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the anticipated corporation tax changes ahead of Rishi …

Rules of the Roadmap

February 23rd, 2021

26:14

Boris Johnson has outlined his four-step plan to bring the UK out of lockdown. The Prime Minister announced pupils will return to schools on 8 March, …

Auntie's Agony

February 19th, 2021

45:03

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by the NS's Special Correspondent, Harry Lambert, to discuss his cover feature on the future of the BBC. Then, in …

Big Ban on Campus

February 16th, 2021

35:31

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the latest chapter in the campus free speech saga. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your question of whether Ed …

Fair For The Cladding Crowd

February 12th, 2021

38:31

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss housing secretary Robert Jenrick's narrow …

Crony War

February 9th, 2021

38:46

Rachel Reeves, the shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, has made an intervention calling for an end to the government’s “outsourcing obsession”. She’s accused the government of handing £2bn of coronavirus …

Is Keir Starmer up to the job?

February 5th, 2021

35:40

As Stephen writes in his latest political column, a concensus is growing among the commentariat that Keir Starmer is not up to the job. But does this …

Article Sixteen Vandals

February 2nd, 2021

31:01

The European Commission has rowed back on their 'hugely inflammatory' attempt to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, after outcry …

A Tragic Milestone

January 29th, 2021

36:08

Over 100,000 people have now died with Covid-19 in the United Kingdom. In this episode, Stephen, Anoosh and Ailbhe look at the mistakes that were made, how they might yet be countered, and what the electoral cost of the …

The Planned Shoulda-test Hotel

January 26th, 2021

29:48

Travellers to the UK from Covid hotspots will be required to quarantine in hotels, under plans expected to be announced this week. Epidimiologists …

Woke Like This

January 22nd, 2021

35:08

Following the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Boris Johnson struggled to answer a question about whether the new US leader is …

Credit Where Credit Is Due

January 19th, 2021

35:04

As the commons prepares to vote on whether to extend the £20 uplift to universal credit - due to be reduced at the end of March - Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the divisions it exposes in the …

Broken Britain

January 15th, 2021

35:43

As Britain's hospitals face crisis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss what it really means for the NHS to be overwhelmed. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on the food parcel scandal and …

Keir On Present Dangers

January 12th, 2021

34:26

On Monday, Keir Starmer made his first big speech of the year, which was widely reported as an excoriating attack on the Prime Minister's flawed response to the Covid crisis. Beyond his comments on the pandemic, though, …

Capitol Crimes

January 8th, 2021

31:52

Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the aftermath of the shocking scenes from Washington as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building, and what …

Welcome to 2021

January 5th, 2021

34:09

Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea sit down for the first time in 2021 to discuss the government's response to the new Covid variation, the inevitability of …

Christmissing Out

December 22nd, 2020

31:44

On today's New Statesman Podcast – the last of 2020 – Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian sort through the mess that it is our Christmas plans, and …

2020 Revision

December 18th, 2020

41:52

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea sit down as a trio for the last time this year and go over their moments that defined 2020 – from distant murmurings about a far-flung flu …

The Cost of Christmas Yet to Come

December 15th, 2020

37:56

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea bring out the tinsel and baubles to discuss Christmas …

No Deal Ordeal

December 11th, 2020

31:14

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look at the big decision – deal or no deal – facing the Brexit negotiators. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your question on whether there's …

There EU Go Again

December 8th, 2020

36:35

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian look at the so-called 'crunch' week for Brexit talks and what's left to be …

Pfee-pfi-pfo-pfum, I Smell the Blood of Gavin Williamson

December 4th, 2020

24:57

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the vaccine roll-out and Gavin Williamson's controversial comments about …

Tier Jerking

December 1st, 2020

39:12

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look at the upcoming Conservative rebellion on the tier system. Then, in You Ask Us, they field your questions on whether there's anything …

Levelling Down

November 27th, 2020

36:06

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Spending Review and whether we are heading for the long-awaited next level, or slipping back into austerity. Then, in You Ask …

Vaccine Nation

November 24th, 2020

33:57

On today's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea gather to discuss the latest news from the Oxford vaccine trial, and what impact a …

How to Save the United Kingdom: Gordon Brown special

November 20th, 2020

25:10

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by special guest Gordon Brown to discuss devolution, …

Cummings and Goings

November 17th, 2020

34:51

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look at the fallout from the departure of Dominic Cummings and …

The Story of Lee Cain (The Man the Authorities Came to Blame)

November 13th, 2020

29:44

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the departure of Downing Street's comms supremo, Lee Cain, and what it means for the future of the Johnson administration. Then, in You Ask Us, …

Special Relationship Wrecked

November 10th, 2020

37:48

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the impact that frosty relations between …

Home Economics

November 6th, 2020

27:45

On today's episode of the New Statesman podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the first day of Lockdown 2.0 and the announcement that the furlough scheme will be extended into 2021. Then, for You Ask Us, …

Lockdown Two, Sceptic Avenue

November 3rd, 2020

31:03

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the imminent return of lockdown, and how it's dividing the nation and government. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on …

On Your Bike!

October 30th, 2020

38:17

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss EHRC's verdict on antisemitism in the Labour party, as well as the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. Then, in You Ask Us, they're joined …

Free School Mealy-Mouthed

October 27th, 2020

34:59

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the latest round of Marcus Rashford vs the Government over …

The Andy Man Can

October 23rd, 2020

41:25

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the new measures announced by Rishi Sunak – and whether his star is falling – and the response from Andy Burnham that has seen him …

Firebreak and Fury

October 20th, 2020

38:55

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Welsh 'firebreak' and the continued uncertainty over regional lockdowns. Then, in You Ask Us, they field your questions on …

Tier Two: This Time It's Personal (but outdoors)

October 16th, 2020

26:56

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the move to bring London up to a 'tier two' covid warning, and then, in You Ask Us, are joined by Stephen Bush to answer your questions on Dan …

The Road to Wigan Tier

October 13th, 2020

33:37

On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's new three-tier system for covid control, and …

Local Discord

October 9th, 2020

28:31

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea gather to discuss the latest rumours about local lockdown restrictions, and then, in You Ask Us, take your questions on …

Introducing: The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

October 7th, 2020

5:58

On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest …

Inside the Covid Crisis

October 6th, 2020

27:18

On this special episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by Dr Phil Whitaker, a GP and the New Statesman's …

Ascension Seekers

October 2nd, 2020

30:25

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the leaked reports that Priti Patel was considering sending asylum seekers to far-flung offshore detention centres, such as on Ascension Island in …

Varsity Blues

September 29th, 2020

26:57

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the troubled return of students to British universities. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on what the installation of …

Jobs Hatchet

September 25th, 2020

23:13

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea look at the Chancellor's post-furlough economic plans and ask whether they go far enough. Then they answer your question on …

In The Lap of the Dodds

September 22nd, 2020

26:53

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Labour's virtual conference and Anneliese Dodds' speech. Then, in You Ask Us, they run listeners through the activities they're …

We Got Locked Down, But Will It Happen Again?

September 18th, 2020

29:41

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss whether we are heading for a second national lockdown. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer your question on what the …

Legal Tender Subject

September 15th, 2020

28:28

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea dissect the dissent on Tory benches over the Internal Market Bill and, in You Ask Us, field your questions on what marks the new …

The Dirty Half-Dozen

September 11th, 2020

29:40

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's latest limitations, imposed to stop a resurgence of the coronavirus. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions …

Brexit's Back Baby!

September 8th, 2020

30:07

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe think tank, to discuss the latest Brexit news, as the government's 'oven-ready' deal …

Leonard Goin'

September 4th, 2020

35:17

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Richard Leonard's position as leader of Scottish Labour and its long term viability. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions …

Office Politics

September 2nd, 2020

34:37

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe discuss the government's conflicted 'back to the office' strategy and the economic challenges it poses. Then, in You Ask Us, …

Ed Start

August 28th, 2020

30:28

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Ed Davey's election as leader of the Liberal Democrats, and the new support …

The Davey Train

August 25th, 2020

35:58

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the final furlong of the Lib Dems' leadership race and then, in You Ask Us, …

Dido and AenHS

August 21st, 2020

38:30

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's plans to scrap Public Health England and place Dido Harding in charge of its replacement. Then, in You Ask Us, …

One U-Turn Deserves Another

August 18th, 2020

30:57

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the latest in the summer of U-turns, as the government disown the algorithm responsible for last week's controversial A-level …

Grade A While the Sun Shined

August 14th, 2020

34:21

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the rest of the UK following Scotland in receiving a controversial set of …

Ill Met face red light

August 11th, 2020

38:02

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss Labour MP Dawn Butler being pulled over by the police. Then, in You Ask Us, …

Eat Out to Beat Doubt

August 7th, 2020

38:29

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the appetite for the government's Eat Out to Help Out policy. …

John Hume Remembered

August 4th, 2020

27:27

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by the SDLP MP for South Belfast Claire Hanna for a special conversation about the life and legacy of John Hume, one of the principal …

Shock Waves

July 31st, 2020

30:10

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the prospect of a second wave and Ailbhe gives the team an update on the situation in Belfast. Then, in You Ask Us, they take …

The Fat of the Land

July 28th, 2020

29:14

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Boris Johnson's obesity busting plans. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer questions on London's post-covid future and how an independent …

The Scottish Play

July 24th, 2020

26:35

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Prime Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Scotland and what's next for the independence movement. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your question on …

Lean, Mean, Covid-fighting Vaccine

July 21st, 2020

25:11

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the positive news coming out of the Oxford trial looking at a coronavirus vaccine. Then, in You Ask Us, they examine …

(100) Days of Starmer

July 17th, 2020

30:17

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian sit down to appraise Keir Starmer's first hundred days as Labour leader. Then, in You Ask Us, they cast their eye over the Chris Grayling debacle and …

Work Ethics

July 14th, 2020

27:43

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's confusingly non-committal policy on …

A Mini Judge Bit on the Mini Budget

July 10th, 2020

39:28

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea take a look at Rishi Sunak's mini-budget, as well as the response of Anneliese Dodds, Labour's shadow chancellor. Then, in …

ET QT

July 7th, 2020

31:31

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss their results from the latest iteration of the political …

Anatomy of a Crisis

July 3rd, 2020

34:14

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian interviews David Ottewell, Head of Data Journalism, about the special edition of the New Statesman that dissects the coronavirus crisis via the use of data and …

Civil War

June 30th, 2020

30:06

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the departure of Mark Sedwill as Cabinet Secretary and consider what's next for the fractious relationship between Boris …

So Long-Bailey

June 25th, 2020

34:14

On today's New Statesman Podcast, with Stephen Bush having to shoot off seconds before recording in order to cover Rebecca Long-Bailey's sacking, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are left to look at the fallout and how …

Voters of a Feather, Labour Together

June 23rd, 2020

29:38

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Labour Together report into the party's 2019 general election performance, and how Layla Moran is trying to position the …

A Whole New World

June 19th, 2020

33:04

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea are joined by the New Statesman's International Editor, Jeremy Cliffe, and US Editor, Emily Tamkin, ahead of the launch of their new podcast, World …

Minority Report

June 16th, 2020

26:26

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss Boris Johnson's vague announcement of a racism inquiry and whether it's a serious prospect, and then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on …

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

June 12th, 2020

27:19

On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the government's introduction of 'bubbles' into the coronavirus messaging, and then, in You Ask Us, look at the …

Statues and Liberties

June 9th, 2020

29:10

On this week's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the weekend's Black Lives Matter protests …

We Can't Breathe

June 5th, 2020

28:43

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Gary Younge to discuss his cover piece which looks at how systemic racism has impacted Britain's covid-19 response, and how the George …

Diminished Return

June 2nd, 2020

36:51

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the decision to reopen schools and Parliament, and …

Ex Pat

May 29th, 2020

26:14

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and, for the final time, Patrick Maguire, sit down to discuss Boris Johnson's performance in the face of scrutiny from select committee …

My Kingdom for a Dom

May 27th, 2020

34:38

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire discuss the story that dominated the bank …

Money! I Shrunk the Economy

May 22nd, 2020

27:43

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss how the economic impact of covid-19 is pushing its way to …

Finishing School

May 19th, 2020

28:50

On today's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the thorny question of when schools ought to …

Oppose and Cons

May 15th, 2020

27:36

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea gather to discuss whether Keir Starmer turned PMQs into an …

50 Shades of Stay

May 12th, 2020

28:50

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the confusion surrounding the government's latest round of coronavirus communications. Then, in You Ask Us, they pitch their …

Law Baker

May 8th, 2020

34:05

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea replace Stephen Bush with Steve Baker to ask the former-ERG chair to explain why he thinks lockdown needs lifting. They also discuss how public …

Shadow Cast

May 5th, 2020

29:18

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire take a look at the 'constructive criticism' strategy of Keir …

Paternity and Testing

May 1st, 2020

29:53

In today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea are back to look at how Boris Johnson's first week back in No.10 has gone. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your question …

He's Back and He's Ready For It All Over Again

April 28th, 2020

25:04

On today's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire discuss Boris Johnson's first day back in the driving seat. Then, in You Ask Us, they respond to your queries about how to …

Woe from Whitty

April 24th, 2020

25:15

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire convene to (once again) discuss when this crisis might be over, and, in You Ask Us, take your questions on what, if …

Chequered Past

April 21st, 2020

26:44

On this week's podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea link up to discuss the questions being raised about the government's response in the early days of the coronavirus crisis. Then, in …

I'm a Former-DPP... Get Us Out of Here!

April 17th, 2020

36:47

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea gather to discuss Keir Starmer's decision to push the government on its coronavirus exit strategy, as well as the …

Spring Leaks

April 14th, 2020

29:11

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Patrick Maguire, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Stephen Bush discuss the leak of a Labour party report and …

Aggravating Raabery

April 10th, 2020

31:23

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Patrick Maguire sit down to discuss the latest from the covid-19 crisis, the …

I Want To Be In The Zoom Where It Happens

April 7th, 2020

37:21

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Patrick Maguire come to you live from a sell-out show at Zoom Arena! They discuss the latest from the coronavirus crisis before taking your …

The Cabinet of Dr Keirstarmi

April 3rd, 2020

34:38

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Ailbhe Rea, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Patrick Maguire connect to dissect the latest from coronavirus's …

The Struggle for Mastery (of Remote Podcasting)

March 31st, 2020

31:24

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea get together to discuss the latest news from the coronavirus crisis. Then, in You Ask Us, they take Kieran's question …

Jez Dispenser

March 27th, 2020

53:10

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea sit down to discuss Jeremy Corbyn's, almost complete, time as Labour leader. Then Ailbhe is joined by Labour …

Communications Failure

March 23rd, 2020

33:53

On this week's first New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea to discuss the government's continued fight against the coronavirus. Then, in You Ask Us, they …

Podcast Aways

March 19th, 2020

52:47

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to adjust to the new reality, as Britain approaches lockdown over the coronavirus crisis. Then Ailbhe …

Budget Special!

March 12th, 2020

30:07

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Stephen Bush are joined by Sir Howard Davies, economist and Chairman of RBS, to discuss Rishi Sunak's first budget. Has he done enough to allay fears about the …

Bully Pulp(r)it

March 5th, 2020

37:42

On this week's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Patrick Maguire and Ailbhe Rea to discuss the …

Hey Big Spender!

February 27th, 2020

38:03

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to discuss Sajid Javid's personal statement on his departure from the Treasury. Then, in You Ask Us, …

Talking Points (Based Immigration)

February 20th, 2020

35:51

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to discuss the new proposals for Britain's post-Brexit immigration system. Then, in You Ask Us, they …

Reshuffle Special!

February 14th, 2020

34:23

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to look at Boris Johnson's …

The Sinn Féin Surge

February 6th, 2020

36:35

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to talk about the latest …

The B-word

January 30th, 2020

39:03

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to discuss how Brexit (or …

Jess We Can't

January 23rd, 2020

36:30

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to discuss Jess Phillips' departure from the Labour leadership race, take your question on Lisa …

Nandy Alexander or Keir Royal?

January 16th, 2020

51:05

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by the NS's political correspondence duo of Patrick Maguire and …

Labour Leadership Special!

January 9th, 2020

1:08:10

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, the first of the new decade, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to run through the cakelike tiers of candidates vying to be the next …

Home (Nations) Alone

December 19th, 2019

26:36

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Patrick Maguire to consider the fallout from last week's election. Is Scotland …

Blue Dawn

December 13th, 2019

36:03

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian arrive with a combined six hours of sleep to deliver you immediate analysis …

Live 2019 Autopsy

December 5th, 2019

40:49

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire live from the Cambridge Literary Festival where they discuss their biggest successes, failures and surprises from 2019, and …

The Tory Manifesto Is [REDACTED]

November 28th, 2019

33:15

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire to discuss the Conservatives' manifesto launch. Then, in You Ask Us, George Grylls subs in for Ailbhe …

Manifesto Special!

November 22nd, 2019

22:49

In this special episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the highs and lows from the Liberal Democrats' and Labour's manifesto launches. Then they're joined by the NS's new …

Open To Debate

November 21st, 2019

31:25

On this week's episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are giving their verdicts on last night's first leaders debate. Then, Anoosh reports back from East Devon and, in You Ask Us, they …

Constituency Hopping

November 14th, 2019

35:23

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire (and then, midway through, by late arrival Stephen Bush) to discuss the floods in the North, how the campaign is shaping …

The Grid for Gaffes

November 7th, 2019

30:30

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are discussing the first week of the General Election campaign, as the Conservatives get off to a rocky start. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer …

Justice for Grenfell Reaches Parliament

October 31st, 2019

41:30

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the first findings of the report into the Grenfell fire which was presented to Parliament today. Then, in You Ask Us, they speak to Lib Dem …

Live From the Brexit Basement

October 24th, 2019

29:42

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are defying technical limitations to bring you the latest updates from …

Four Conferences (& A Fun-recap)

October 17th, 2019

27:18

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea have finally completely their conference marathon, returning from Aberdeen with tales of the Granite City, the SNP, and Richard Curtis. In You Ask Us, …

The Autumn of Our Discontent

October 10th, 2019

1:03:15

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are joined by Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire at a live event in London to discuss conference season and bring you a mega You Ask Us, as they answer …

The Conference Comedown

October 3rd, 2019

27:27

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian recap Tory conference as a worse-for-wear Stephen returns from Manchester. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider your questions on whether the next …

Hale Storm

September 26th, 2019

28:25

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian have returned (in one piece) from Labour conference in Brighton, which they …

Lib Syncing

September 19th, 2019

28:29

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea discuss the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth and whether the party is ready to welcome defectors with open arms. Then, Stephen talks to Emily …

The Coronation of the Chicken

September 12th, 2019

33:15

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Ailbhe Rea are discussing the latest from Parliament, as Labour duck a general election and John Bercow heads for the exit door. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider …

An Election Looms

September 5th, 2019

29:30

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are bringing you the latest analysis as the country creeps ever closer to a general election. They also cast an eye over Sajid Javid's spending …

Johnson Goes (Pro)Rogue

August 29th, 2019

28:23

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are discussing Boris Johnson's move to prorogue Parliament. They also touch upon the (long-awaited) spending review and, in You Ask Us, consider …

A Government of National Delusion

August 22nd, 2019

32:16

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Stephen Bush are talking about how the preposterous idea of a government of national unity …

Election Footing

August 15th, 2019

30:22

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Patrick Maguire to look at the Tories' recent pledges and wonder whether they might be on election footing. Then, Stephen talks to Hettie O'Brien about …

The Dominant Species

August 8th, 2019

26:15

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Ailbhe Rea to discuss whether Downing Street's new supremo, Dominic Cummings, is a genius or a charlatan. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider whether a deal …

Johnson's Tour of the Union

August 1st, 2019

31:14

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss new Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tour of the United Kingdom. Then, they discuss stories of migrant communities, before, in You Ask Us, …

Out With The Old, In With The New

July 25th, 2019

27:06

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Patrick Maguire to discuss Boris Johnson's arrival at No.10, his cabinet appointments and the controversial strategist joining his team. Then, she's …

Theresa May's Legacy

July 18th, 2019

26:00

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian and Stephen Bush are looking back on Theresa May's premiership: will historians rehabilitate her or savage her reputation? Then, they answer your questions on …

An Uncivil Disservice

July 11th, 2019

26:48

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the resignation of Kim Darroch, the UK's ambassador to the US, and …

The Folk of the Magic Money Tree

July 4th, 2019

34:49

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the economic tussling of the Tory leadership contenders, Labour's trigger ballot crisis, and, in You Ask Us, they wonder whether the …

Bald-faced Lies

June 27th, 2019

36:12

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the latest controversy around Boris Johnson, and whether we ought to be outraged by his deceit. Then, in You Ask Us, they look at Labour …

The End of an Era

June 20th, 2019

1:00:05

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are together for the final time. They discuss Brexit, the Tory leadership race and the problems facing all the major parties, before Helen interviews …

Leaderly Blond

June 13th, 2019

30:35

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are discussing the launches of a number of Tory leadership challengers, not least a certain Boris Johnson. In You Ask Us, they question whether he …

Trumps and Rumps

June 6th, 2019

40:03

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are discussing Donald Trump's state visit to the UK, and whether there's any point to all the pomp and ceremony. Then, Helen talks to Ben Power, writer …

To Brexit and Beyond

May 30th, 2019

35:29

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are analysing the results from the European elections and considering whether …

Bloody (Minded) May

May 23rd, 2019

27:58

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian sit down on polling day to discuss how the European elections are playing …

Europe, Change and Jeremy Kyle

May 16th, 2019

27:44

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are discussing the upcoming European elections, and whether the latest …

The Last D'Hondt Consequential in Edinburgh

May 9th, 2019

39:14

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are looking back on the lessons learnt from last week's local elections. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle the question of the smaller parties and how …

Parties Polls Apart

May 2nd, 2019

42:57

On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are discussing this week's local elections and what their importance might be. Then, Helen is joined by satirist Matt Forde to consider whether …

Can they Change (UK) your mind?

April 25th, 2019

29:39

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Patrick Maguire and Eleni Courea to talk about Change UK (aka The Independent Group) who have launched their slate of candidates ahead of the European …

Local Heroes

April 18th, 2019

31:55

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are joined by Anoosh Chakelian for an episode looking at politics beyond …

Brexit Delayed Until Halloween

April 11th, 2019

40:18

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush and Helen Lewis are discussing the latest Brexit developments, now that Theresa May has been granted a six-month extension. Then, in You Ask Us, they respond to a …

Strange Bedfellows Abound

April 4th, 2019

29:19

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Patrick Maguire and Eleni Courea to discuss the May/Corbyn talks and all the latest rounds of voting. And then, in You Ask Us, it's another unlikely union …

Theresa May vs Parliament

March 28th, 2019

46:16

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush briefs Helen Lewis on the Brexit developments during her absence, before Helen speaks to comedian Andy Zaltzman about his new show Satirist for Hire. Then, it's The …

Brexit's Potential Resolutions

March 21st, 2019

26:43

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen is still on holiday, so it's up to Stephen, Patrick Maguire and Eleni Courea to be your guides through …

Brexit's Mexican Standoff

March 14th, 2019

30:43

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Patrick Maguire and Eleni Courea (aka the New Statesman's politics desk) to discuss …

Knife Crime Myth Busting

March 7th, 2019

25:30

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are discussing Britain's issues with knife crime which have been under the microscope in recent weeks. Then, Helen speaks to Anne Washburn about her …

Compromise on the menu

February 28th, 2019

22:07

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Patrick Maguire and Eleni Courea to talk through the latest compromises and deferrals on both sides of the Brexit debate. And in You Ask Us, they tackle …

Labour and Tory rebels split the difference

February 21st, 2019

46:59

On this week's New Statesman podcast, it's a week without Brexit (kind of)! Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are back to look at the formation of The Independent Group and their 11 splitter MPs. They also touch upon the …

Labour Five Brexit Demands

February 14th, 2019

33:33

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are looking at Jeremy Corbyn's five (new) demands for the Brexit process. Helen then speaks to playwright Laura Wade about her new production, Home, I'm …

Labour's Russian Doll of Dissent

February 7th, 2019

37:16

On this week's podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are examining rumours of a coming split within the Labour party. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider whether Liam Neeson deserves the condemnation he's received, and, …

Universal Credit crunched

January 31st, 2019

23:05

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined, first, by Anoosh Chakelian to discuss the ongoing issues with Universal Credit, and then by Patrick Maguire in You Ask Us to consider whether there's any …

Not Another Brexit Podcast

January 24th, 2019

37:27

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are talking about... Brexit. Sorry. But also the public policy issues that might …

Theresa May's Historic Failure

January 17th, 2019

44:02

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are looking at an historic week, which saw the government's Brexit deal crushed in the Commons before surviving a no confidence motion from the …

Brexit Goes To Hollywood

January 10th, 2019

31:03

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are discussing Channel 4's new political drama, Brexit: The Uncivil War, written …

Crisis? What crisis?

January 3rd, 2019

29:43

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are considering whether the so-called 'migrant crisis' in the Channel is a storm in a teacup or something genuinely worthy of the alarmist response. And …

New Statesman Podcast Live: 2018 in review

December 24th, 2018

32:55

From Brexit, Windrush and an unending sense of political crisis at home, to Trump, civil war and the rise of the far right abroad, this year proved …

Labour's O-turn

December 20th, 2018

43:35

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush discuss Labour's double reverse ferret on the issue of no-confidencing Theresa May's government. In You Ask Us they tackle the question of whether …

Mayday, mayday!

December 13th, 2018

16:38

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush is joined by Patrick Maguire and LabourList's Sienna Rodgers in the House of Commons shortly after the announcement that Theresa May has survived a vote of no …

Brexit's New Norms

December 6th, 2018

21:27

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Stephen and Helen are talking about how Sam Gyimah's resignation as the government's Universities Minister is a huge, and surprising, blow for the Prime Minister. In You Ask Us they …

May vs Corbyn

November 29th, 2018

32:36

Stephen and Patrick discuss the likely May vs Corbyn showdown in the mooted Brexit TV debate. Then Helen interviews Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran, director and star of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, …

Brexit Chaos, Explained

November 22nd, 2018

43:22

Stephen is joined by Patrick and Anoosh to discuss the impossible parliamentary arithmetic of the Brexit deal, and the UN poverty expert's tough …

The Brexit Deal

November 14th, 2018

21:04

Helen and Stephen discuss the chances of a Brexit deal passing through parliament, and take a look at what Jeremy Corbyn has been up to recently.

If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free …

The US Midterms

November 8th, 2018

33:15

Helen and Stephen discuss the results of the US midterm elections, rumours of a cooling in the relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, …

Unpopular Opinions

November 1st, 2018

45:26

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing fallout from the Budget, a new play about women's football, and answer a pressing question: was Waitrose right to get rid of their magazine editor after an ill-judged joke about …

The 2018 Budget Special

October 29th, 2018

27:45

Helen and Stephen are joined by Sir Howard Davies, chairman of RBS and former deputy governor of the Bank of England, to dissect this year's budget. What has Philip Hammond kept up his sleeve for Brexit? Is austerity …

The Neverending Brexit Story

October 25th, 2018

43:41

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing trials and tribulations of Tory Brexiteers. Then, they're joined by Labour MP and Shadow Treasury Minister …

The Brexit Sanity Test

October 18th, 2018

48:44

Helen and Stephen attempt to bring some calm rationality to the discussion of Brexit and "the backstop" — whatever that turns out to be. Then Helen …

A Weevil in the Shadow Cabinet

October 11th, 2018

49:23

Helen and Stephen have been on a podcast school trip to David Hare's new play I'm Not Running, and they have some thoughts about how accurately it …

Tory Conference Special

October 4th, 2018

39:39

Helen, Stephen and Anoosh digest the happenings at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, discuss Boris Johnson's Telegraph column and the …

Labour Conference Special

September 27th, 2018

26:58

Stephen and Anoosh are straight off the train from the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, and they discuss why the mood felt more upbeat in …

Party Conference Deja Vu

September 20th, 2018

38:53

Helen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to discuss the shaming of Donald Trump by Stormy Daniels, plus why Labour Party conference gives her serious deja vu. Then Jonn Elledge reports back from Lib Dem conference, and hands …

The Struggling Ministers' Hall of Fame

September 13th, 2018

24:49

Helen and Stephen itemise the worst ministers and shadow ministers in politics at the moment and explain why these people are failing so badly at …

Who Is The Real John McDonnell?

September 6th, 2018

37:26

Helen and Stephen are joined by New Statesman editor Jason Cowley to discuss his recent interview with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. Then, …

The No-Deal Brexit Reality

August 30th, 2018

44:48

Helen and Stephen discuss the coming autumn crunch over Brexit and how the parliamentary votes over the deal will go. Then, Helen talks to director Jude Christian about her upcoming production othellomacbeth and the …

Will the Labour Party Split?

August 23rd, 2018

47:25

Helen and Stephen discuss jerk rice and cultural appropriation, interview Emily Andrews from the Institute for Government about the state of …

Jeremy Corbyn's Wreath Row

August 16th, 2018

33:00

Helen and Stephen discuss the row over Jeremy Corbyn's attendance at a 2014 wreath-laying event in Tunis and what it tells us about the current internal state of the Labour Party.

Then, for this week's "anything but …

Boris Johnson and the Burqa

August 9th, 2018

49:14

Helen and Stephen discuss Boris Johnson's Telegraph column about the burqa, talk to Frances Crook of the Howard League about prisons and penal …

Labour's Anti-Semitism Row (part 94)

August 1st, 2018

30:20

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing row over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, as well as the internal politics of the party's NEC elections and …

Review of the year in parliament

July 26th, 2018

58:51

Helen and Stephen look back at the parliamentary year – taking in discussions of new parties, luxury communism and climate change. Then Helen interviews the author Laurence Scott about his new book Picnic Comma Lightning

NS#279: The Brexit Curse

July 18th, 2018

45:05

Helen and Stephen discuss the news that the Vote Leave campaign has been found to have broken electoral law and explore whether Theresa May can face a no confidence vote while Parliament is on summer recess. They …

NS#278: The Tory Psychodrama

July 12th, 2018

35:27

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing resignations and battles in the Tory party over Brexit, and then Stephen is joined by NS political …

NS#277: Emergency Podcast: Cabinet Resignations

July 9th, 2018

23:51

Helen and Stephen react to the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson (and who knows who else by the time you listen to this), and analyse what the upheaval in the Cabinet means for Theresa May's tenure as prime …

NS#276: The World as It Is

July 5th, 2018

41:36

Helen talks to former White House aide Ben Rhodes, who was an advisor to Barack Obama, about Trump, US foreign policy, and the collapse of the Iran …

NS#275: The Blue Wave

June 28th, 2018

31:38

Helen is joined by the New Statesman's US editor Nicky Woolf to discuss the child detention scandal on America's borders and the "blue wave" of left …

NS#274: The Brexit Dividend Debunked

June 21st, 2018

37:24

Stephen is joined by LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers (as Helen is on holiday) to pick over Theresa May's mythical "Brexit dividend" for the NHS, and …

NS#273: The Brexit Vote Explained

June 14th, 2018

32:25

Helen and Stephen discuss the Brexit votes in the Commons this week and how a Lords amendment on the EU Withdrawal Bill will work. Then, they analyse …

NS#272: Political potholes

June 7th, 2018

46:56

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Labour's shift on Brexit, reflect on the year since the 2017 general election, and look at how austerity is affecting people around the country.

Send us your questions for future episodes via …

NS#271: Referendums — Yes or No?

May 31st, 2018

33:47

Helen and Stephen discuss the Yes vote in the Irish referendum on repealing the eighth amendment, and then go head to head on whether referendums are …

NS#270: Punch and Judy PMQs

May 24th, 2018

43:30

Helen and Stephen are joined by Tom Hamilton to discuss the prospect of an early election and the history of PMQs, and then they answer a listener question: is the media in trouble, or better than ever?

Send us your …

NS#269: Brexit Chills and Thrills

May 17th, 2018

34:09

Can you tell your customs partnership from your max-fac? Helen and Stephen untangle the latest Brexit wrangling, and then discuss Stephen's recent trip to Israel and the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem. Finally, …

NS#268: Local Elections Debrief

May 10th, 2018

22:55

Helen is joined by Sienna Rodgers, editor of LabourList, to discuss the local election results — was it a good night or a bad night for Jeremy Corbyn …

NS#267: The New John Major

May 3rd, 2018

29:03

Helen and Stephen discuss the politics of the new home secretary Sajid Javid, yet more Brexiteer nonsense about the customs union, and whether it's …

NS#266: Len McCluskey Speaks His Mind

April 26th, 2018

30:35

Helen and Stephen discuss the Brexiteers' magical thinking on the customs union, Len McCluskey's forthright intervention on anti-Semitism in the Labour party in this week's New Statesman magazine, and the new statue of …

NS#265: Hostile Environment

April 19th, 2018

39:52

Helen and Stephen discuss the immigration controversy now surrounding the handling of the Windrush generation and analyse what Theresa May's "hostile …

NS#264: The Lesser of Two Evils

April 12th, 2018

43:33

Helen and Stephen discuss the conflict in Syria and the tests for any possible UK intervention. Then they take a close look at the return of crime as …

NS#263: What'd I Miss

April 5th, 2018

33:47

Helen is back! She and Stephen discuss anti-Semitism in the Labour party, and then answer a listener question: should there be a new centrist party …

NS#262: Spending and Smears

March 29th, 2018

27:50

Stephen and Anoosh discuss the ongoing story of Cambridge Analytica and the allegations of Vote Leave's overspending during the EU referendum. Then they answer a listener question about whether there is any truth in the …

NS#261: Gone Fishing

March 22nd, 2018

41:19

Stephen is away this week, so Anoosh is at the helm. First, she is joined by Citymetric editor and known Brexit loather Jonn Elledge to discuss the transition deal and why fish were thrown into the Thames at …

NS#260: Contradictory Conservatives

March 15th, 2018

36:58

Stephen and Anoosh discuss the unfolding story of the Russian spy attack in Salisbury, and wonder whether Jeremy Corbyn's previous foreign policy …

NS#259: Build More Houses!

March 8th, 2018

34:12

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Theresa Mays housing speech and the politics of homeowning vs renting. Then, they talk about the polling around awareness …

NS#258: Corbyn's Brexit Tightrope

March 1st, 2018

25:07

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit speech and Labour's new position on the customs union. Then, they talk about the #LabourToo report on harassment in the party and give a brief guide to the left-wing …

NS#257: Corbyn and the Spy

February 22nd, 2018

28:26

Stephen and Anoosh discuss the story of Jeremy Corbyn's alleged meeting with a Czech spy in the 1980s and why it has received so much coverage. Then, they analyse the Labour leader's response, including his pledges to …

NS#256: Boris Johnson's Brexit Bungle

February 15th, 2018

30:34

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Boris Johnson's disingenuous Brexit intervention. Then they talk about a recent trip to see the Labour MP Laura Pidcock in …

NS#255: Theresa May's Suffragette Slip

February 8th, 2018

20:13

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Theresa May's inept speech about the suffragettes. Then they answer a popular listener question: can the Conservatives can …

NS#254: Who will bring down Theresa May?

February 1st, 2018

26:41

Helen and Stephen discuss the controversy surrounding Labour and the Haringey Development Vehicle (no wait, come back, it's really interesting). Then they answer a listener question: how does the Conservative no …

NS#253: The Misogynist Bubble

January 25th, 2018

20:11

Helen and Stephen discuss Boris Johnson's terrible intervention on the NHS before getting very angry about the sleazy all-male fundraiser exposed by the FT this week.

Send us your questions for future episodes via …

NS#252: Follow the Leader

January 18th, 2018

31:28

What do Mary Stuart, Elizabeth Tudor, and the future leaders of both the Conservative and Labour parties have in common? They are all the subject of this bumper discussion between Helen and Stephen about women, power …

NS#251: Reshuffle Special

January 11th, 2018

36:06

Helen and Stephen dissect Theresa May's reshuffle and wonder what on earth the PM was thinking, getting rid of Justine Greening. Then Helen interviews the playwright David Eldridge about his upcoming play Beginning and …

NS#250: Previously on British Politics. . .

January 4th, 2018

34:12

Helen and Stephen look back at everything they missed in politics over the Christmas break and make some predictions for the year ahead.

Contact us …

NS#249: The Year in Brexit (feat. Dorian Lynskey of Remainiacs)

December 21st, 2017

31:45

Helen and Stephen are joined by Dorian Lynskey of the Remainiacs podcast to look back at Britain's Brexit travails in 2017. They pick the best and worst Brexiteers, wonder if they ended the year feeling worse about …

NS#248: The Rebel Alliance

December 13th, 2017

15:54

Stephen is joined by guest host Anoosh Chakelian (get well soon, Helen!) to discuss whether there is anything an MP can do these days to get the sack. They talk about the cases of Anne Marie Morris, Jared O'Mara and …

NS#247: The Brexit Remix

December 7th, 2017

23:32

Helen and Stephen spend the whole episode unpicking the tangled threads of the Brexit negotiations. Why did the DUP wreck Theresa May's plans for the …

NS#246: What do the Brexit elite want?

November 30th, 2017

25:27

Helen and Stephen discuss the Brexit negotiations and the lack of progress on the Irish border question. Then, they wonder what Labour is up to at the moment. Finally, they answer a listener question: how sinister is …

NS#245: The 2017 Budget Special

November 22nd, 2017

21:48

Helen and Stephen are joined by Sir Howard Davies, chairman of RBS and former deputy governor of the Bank of England, to dissect this year's budget. Did Philip Hammond avoid mentioning Brexit? Will the stamp duty change …

NS#244: The Maybot Malfunctions

November 15th, 2017

34:12

Helen and Stephen discuss Theresa May's latest baffling Brexit blunder and the fate of the EU Withdrawal Bill. Then John Crace, parliamentary sketch writer at the Guardian, joins them to talk about parliamentary satire. …

NS#243: Scandal Overload

November 7th, 2017

22:21

Helen and Anoosh discuss the extraordinary pile up of scandals in Westminster, from Priti Patel and Boris Johnson's foreign affairs gaffes to the continuing fallout from the sexual harassment allegations in Parliament. …

NS#242: Fallon's Fall

November 2nd, 2017

39:48

Helen and Stephen discuss the resignation of Michael Fallon as defence secretary, and look more broadly at allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in Westminster. Then, they are joined by the author Nick Harkaway to …

NS#241: MPs Behaving Badly

October 26th, 2017

23:57

How badly does an MP have to behave before they get suspended? Helen and Stephen discuss the case of Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O'Mara and analyse the …

NS#240: It's Brexit Again, Kids

October 19th, 2017

27:12

Why is the government delaying the EU Withdrawal Bill? Helen and Stephen discuss where it all went wrong. Then they look at the trend for setting up new "centrist" parties and wonder if the Lib Dems are screwed for …

NS#239: Deal or No Deal

October 12th, 2017

29:13

Would a "no deal" Brexit really be so bad? Helen and Stephen analyse the likelihood of the UK crashing out of the EU without a plan, and then take a …

NS#238: The Tory Conference Special

October 5th, 2017

35:03

Helen and Stephen discuss the fallout from the Conservative Party conference, and in particular Theresa May's disastrous speech. Then they answer a …

NS#237: The Labour Conference Debrief

September 28th, 2017

30:23

Helen and Stephen are back from the Labour Party conference in Brighton, and they reflect on the party's mood. Then they analyse how successful …

NS#236: The Circle of Boris

September 21st, 2017

35:19

Helen and Stephen are joined by satirist and Private Eye writer Craig Brown to discuss the royal family and his new book about Princess Margaret. Then they analyse the way that Boris Johnson's Brexit intervention was …

NS#235: Brexit's Nigel Farage Problem

September 14th, 2017

28:56

Helen and Stephen discuss Theresa May's dislike of parliamentary scrutiny and Labour's use of opposition day debates. Then we hear what Stephen …

NS#234: Mogg's Momentum

September 7th, 2017

31:32

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 …

NS#233: Do We Have To Talk About Brexit?

August 31st, 2017

34:23

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 …

NS#232: Big Ben's Last Bong

August 24th, 2017

29:58

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 …

NS#231: It's (New) Party Time

August 17th, 2017

27:14

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 …

NS #230: Apocalypse Now?

August 9th, 2017

27:33

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, …

NS #229: Silly season special

August 3rd, 2017

29:09

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 …

NS#228: Fiction and Fees

July 27th, 2017

28:18

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 …

NS#227: Pay and Political reads

July 20th, 2017

27:41

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 …

NS#226: Nish Kumar Special

July 13th, 2017

28:35

In this week's episode, Stephen and Anoosh touch on what makes a good political leader - from Emily Thornberry's impressive performance at this …

NS#225: Markets and Momentum

July 6th, 2017

26:24

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 …

NS#224: Deals and the DUP

June 29th, 2017

35:09

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 …

NS#223: Queen's Speech Special

June 22nd, 2017

33:18

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 …

NS#222: Special - Writing the Internet Age

June 20th, 2017

26:45

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 …

NS#221: Leadership and lessons

June 15th, 2017

37:05

Helen and Stephen digest the election results, with a focus on what can be learned for future campaigns: why Labour outperformed expectations, what …

NS#220: Emergency Podcast

June 12th, 2017

23:54

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 …

NS#219: Results Special

June 9th, 2017

34:27

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.

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NS#218: Campaign Roundup Special

June 8th, 2017

23:28

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 …

NS#217: Elections and extremism

June 5th, 2017

27:04

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 …

NS#216: Broadcasts and forecasts

May 31st, 2017

32:01

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 …

NS#215: Election Special

May 28th, 2017

37:10

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 …

NS#214: Manchester

May 24th, 2017

1:00

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 …

NS#213: Manifestos Special

May 18th, 2017

43:57

Welcome to 2017's epic, Manifesto Special edition of the podcast. Helen and Stephen begin with analysis of the Conservative's latest offerings - from …

NS#212: Voters and Evasion

May 11th, 2017

37:00

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 …

NS#211: Local Elections Special

May 8th, 2017

20:55

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 …

NS#210: Stooge and Stable

May 4th, 2017

21:18

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 …

NS#209: 1997 Election Anniversary Special

April 27th, 2017

45:53

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. …

Special edition: Deep Dive on mandates and manifestos

April 24th, 2017

31:15

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. …

NS#208: Corbyn and Campaigns

April 20th, 2017

23:39

The campaigns are on! Helen and Stephen discuss what are likely to be some of the upcoming election's stand-out themes - from the attacks on Corbyn, to why TV debates are a problem for Theresa May, and Tim Farron's …

NS#207: Snap Election

April 18th, 2017

19:04

Emergency Podcast! Theresa May has called for an election on 8 June. Listen in to learn Helen and Stephen’s first thoughts on what this means for …

NS#206: Airlines and Assad

April 13th, 2017

44:29

Labour has used the Easter recess to announce a raft of new policies - but will they be popular with the electorate? Helen and Stephen analyse their …

NS#205: Cadbury and Ken

April 6th, 2017

37:05

Helen and Stephen discuss what the week's two wars - with Spain and Cadburys - reveal about the political identities behind Brexit. Stephen tells of …

Special edition: Deep Dive on tackling terrorism

April 3rd, 2017

33:16

When does an attack become terrorism? In another special edition of the podcast, Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood explore the the rise of lone-actor terror. They are joined by Sasha Havlicek, CEO of the Institute of …

NS#204: Carswell and Collapse

March 30th, 2017

36:19

Helen and Stephen are joined by Jonn Elledge to lament our exit from the EU, discuss what they feel about the EEA, and decide who they loathe more: Douglas Carswell or Daniel Hannan. Jason Cowley and George Eaton then …

NS#203: Editors and Islamic State

March 23rd, 2017

39:38

In a podcast recorded before the terrible events of Wednesday afternoon, Helen and Stephen discuss George Osborne's new editorship at the London Evening Standard. The BBC's Mike Thomson joins to tell the story of an …

Special edition: Deep Dive with Laura Kuenssberg

March 21st, 2017

37:01

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood are joined by the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg to interrogate the idea of media bias. It’s a phrase that is …

NS #202: Budgets and Bodies (with Sara Pascoe)

March 16th, 2017

50:04

Helen and Stephen reflect on the fallout from last week's Budget, news of a potential second Scottish referendum, and chat bodies with special guest Sara Pascoe

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NS#201: The blinkered budget

March 8th, 2017

21:07

Helen and Stephen sum up today's Spring budget. What happened to the argument for Grammar schools? Where was the preparation for Brexit? And how did …

NS#200: Harman and hate

March 2nd, 2017

38:18

Helen and Stephen are joined by Anoosh Chakelian to chat UKIP's splits: should we finally be writing the party off? Or is its presence a gateway drug …

NS#199: Milo and Macron

February 23rd, 2017

39:40

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the fall of Milo Yiannopoulos. Pauline Bock joins with an update on the French elections and Macron's …

NS#198: By-elections and a bad week

February 16th, 2017

31:11

Helen and Stephen discuss why it has been a bad week for Theresa May, the unravelling of Trump's stated commitment to NATO and other foreign policy …

NS#197: Corbyn and Clive Lewis

February 9th, 2017

36:30

This week, Helen and Stephen ask what Labour got out of the Article 50 vote. Was Clive Lewis right to defy the whip and who might succeed Corbyn as party leader? Jason Cowley, our editor, joins to discuss his interview …

NS#196: Triggers and Troubled borders

February 2nd, 2017

23:46

This week, Helen and Stephen ask whether or not Labour was right to whip its members for the second reading of Article 50. Anoosh joins to review Ken Clarke's striking performance in the debate. And you ask us about …

NS#195: Emergency Podcast

January 30th, 2017

17:35

In this podcast special, Helen and Stephen respond to Donald Trump's immigration ban. They unpick the many ways in which the policy is alarming and …

NS#194: Deals and Donald

January 26th, 2017

29:27

This week, Helen and Stephen list the scary things we have already learnt about Donald Trump's administration. Julia Rampen's …

NS#193: Theresa and Trump

January 19th, 2017

33:56

This week, Stephen and Anoosh explore what Theresa May has said about Brexit, what that means for a second Scottish referendum and what might be …

NS#192: Leaks and Lucas

January 12th, 2017

29:24

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Jeremy Corbyn's relaunch. Will it work and what is the wider outlook for left wing populism? Our Staggers …

NS#191: Movies and McCluskey

January 5th, 2017

29:46

Welcome to 2017! This week, Helen and Stephen talk about foreign aid, their predictions for the year ahead and Len McCluskey's game-plan at Unite. Amelia Tait joins to discuss the power of false memory. And you ask us: …

NS#190: Our Favourite Things of 2016

December 29th, 2016

32:06

Helen and Stephen review things which didn't suck in 2016. Papers Please, One Night Stand and Her Story get shout-outs in the section on video games. Helen became a Hamilton fan. Stephen read a lot of books. And Zac …

NS#189: New Statesman and Talking Politics Part 2

December 22nd, 2016

35:31

It's a crossover episode! Helen and Stephen are joined by David Runciman and Helen Thompson of the Talking Politics podcast for the second part of a …

NS#188: France, faith and fighting talk

December 15th, 2016

35:10

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss French politics: who are the viable candidates for president and what would a Marine Le Pen victory mean for …

NS#187: Porn, PMQs and patriarchy

December 8th, 2016

31:05

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 …

NS#186: Sexting, schools and scripts

December 1st, 2016

40:52

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss sex education, Jeremy Hunt's moves to stop sexting and how technology is changing childhood. George joins with …

NS#185: Autumn Statement special

November 24th, 2016

31:40

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 …

NS#184: Post-election special

November 17th, 2016

43:23

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 …

NS#183: Trump

November 9th, 2016

43:26

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? …

NS#182: Pre-election special

November 7th, 2016

27:07

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 …

NS#181: Momentum, members and McCluskey

November 3rd, 2016

48:06

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 …

NS#180: Resignation, runways and Dr Strange

October 27th, 2016

38:23

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow: is it right that collective cabinet responsibility has been …

NS#179: Brexit, Benn and by-elections

October 19th, 2016

30:30

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 …

NS#178: YouTube, yearning & the yacht

October 13th, 2016

43:05

This week, Stephen and Helen discuss the symbolism of the royal yacht, the American election and their yearnings for a more straight-talking Brexit …

NS#177: Tory Special

October 5th, 2016

34:15

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 naan-bread. Find out why May’s promises don’t work for Helen and whether …

NS#176: Younge, guns and identity politics

September 29th, 2016

23:28

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 …

NS#175: Conference Special

September 28th, 2016

35:44

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 …

NS#174: New Times Special

September 22nd, 2016

39:14

In this New Statesman podcast special we expand on our New Times issue which identifies the political, economic and philosophical shifts shaping our …

NS #173: Mandates, minorities and the Moreno scale

September 21st, 2016

33:51

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 …

NS#172: Swing votes, schools and Snowden

September 15th, 2016

53:55

Helen is back and set to discuss grammar schools, electoral pacts and why Stephen is particularly upset about boundary change. George joins with the …

NS#171: Affection, factions and fandom

September 8th, 2016

29:46

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 …

NS#170: Protections, Polls and Harry Potter

September 1st, 2016

28:54

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian co-host this week’s podcast. Together they discuss the latest YouGov Polls, the feasibility of a Progressive …

NS#169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

August 25th, 2016

38:07

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 …

NS#168: Happy Holidays

August 18th, 2016

6:20

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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NS#167: Mayoral Special

August 10th, 2016

42:40

In the week's second podcast, Helen and Stephen talk Labour politics in relation to Scotland, sexism and mayoral selections. Did anti-Westminster …

NS#166: High noon in the High Court

August 8th, 2016

21:35

It's another emergency podcast! Helen and Stephen discuss the High Court's decision to overturn the ban on new Labour members voting in the leadership election. Will this help or harm Jeremy Corbyn?

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NS#165: Policies, predictions and house prices

August 4th, 2016

33:27

This week, Helen is joined by Anoosh and Julia to play “Whose policy is it anyway?” and predict how new members will vote in the Labour leadership …

NS#164: Summer, splits and social mobility

July 28th, 2016

41:09

This week, Helen and Stephen explore Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal among different parts of the Labour membership, discuss Sarah Champion's return to the shadow-cabinet, and question the value of social mobility as an aim for …

NS#163: Supporters, Smith and Social media

July 21st, 2016

33:05

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the thousands of newly registered Labour supporters, Corbyn’s flair for campaigning and what they feel about Owen Smith. George Eaton reports on Theresa May's very first PMQs. And …

NS#162: Reshuffle Special

July 15th, 2016

18:59

Emergency Politics Podcast! Stephen Bush is joined by NS deputy web-editor, Anoosh Chakelian, and Staggers editor, Julia Rampen, to discuss Theresa …

NS#161: Corbyn, coups and constitution

July 13th, 2016

47:18

In the latest podcast to tackle the week's fast-moving events, Helen and Stephen discuss the coup against Corbyn and how his response contrasts to the actions of Bernie Sanders in America. Also up for debate is Jeremy's …

NS#160: Leadership Special

July 11th, 2016

19:50

🚨 It's an emergency politics update! 🚨 Theresa May is the new Conservative Party leader, and our new PM from Wednesday. We discuss this tumultuous …

NS#159: Inquiry, incumbents and infights

July 7th, 2016

48:49

This week, Helen and Stephen explore whether Labour should split and what kind of party might be left if they did. They also discuss the prospects of …

NS#158: Resignation, risk and leadership race

July 4th, 2016

24:52

In this week’s podcast special, Helen and Stephen discuss Westminster’s latest raft of party contests: who is in the running to replace Nigel Farage? …

NS#157: Michael, May & mayhem

July 1st, 2016

56:41

In this second podcast of the week, Helen and Stephen examine the latest in leadership battles: from the chances of Michael Gove and Theresa May, to the shake-up of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Contributing editor …

NS#156: Leadership, lies and let down

June 27th, 2016

26:28

Today, Helen and Stephen discuss the audacity of the Leave campaign and the extent to which it was dominated by lies and deceit. What will Cameron do …

NS#155: Results special

June 24th, 2016

22:08

NS editor, Jason Cowley, joins Helen and Stephen to examine how the referendum results have broken-down across the country. What will happen next in …

NS#154: Referendum Special

June 21st, 2016

31:57

This week, Helen and Stephen reflect on the death of Jo Cox and how the tragedy has resonated through politics. They also take stock of the EU debate …

NS#153: Intermission

June 16th, 2016

2:13

We're taking a break this week, following the death of Jo Cox MP.

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NS#152: Polls, predictions and Morningside Pie

June 9th, 2016

39:28

This week, Helen and Stephen are joined by deputy web editor Anoosh Chakelian to talk about Europe: are the polls to be believed? Who is making the …

NS #151: Vice, votes and videogames

June 2nd, 2016

40:29

This week, Helen and Stephen get to grips with Jeremy Corbyn’s Vice News documentary. Together they probe Labour’s media strategy and query whether …

NS #150: Englishness, X-men and equality

May 26th, 2016

47:55

This week, Helen and Stephen try their best not to talk about the EU. Instead they turn to Boris Johnson’s media strategy, MP’s expenses, and Labour and the idea of Englishness. They go down-the-line to the Lobby with …

NS #149: Monarchy, mayors and the media

May 19th, 2016

39:03

This week, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush review the Queen’s Speech and discuss candidates for the next mayor of Manchester. George Eaton catches up with the latest from the Lobby. And CityMetric editor, Jonn Elledge, …

NS#148: Welsh Labour, Leave and Lemonade

May 12th, 2016

37:50

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the shake-up in the Welsh assembly: what’s going on with UKIP? And can Labour work with Plaid Cymru? George Eaton explores the lobby’s latest thoughts on Vote Leave. Then Anna …

NS#147: Results special

May 9th, 2016

25:39

Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are joined by our acting Staggers editor, Henry Zeffman, to digest last Thursday’s elections. What do the results mean …

NS#146: Counts, candidates and Captain America

May 5th, 2016

47:14

This week, the NS podcast comes to you on the day the country heads to the polls. Helen and Stephen are joined by acting Staggers editor, Henry …

NS#145: Anti-Semitism, suspensions and Sadiq

April 28th, 2016

40:20

This week, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are joined by Henry Zeffman, our acting Staggers editor, to discuss Labour's anti-Semitism controversy. George Eaton takes the temperature within Westminster. And Anoosh Chakelian …

NS#144: Academies, America and achievable promises

April 21st, 2016

56:55

This week, Helen and Stephen take a break from Brexit coverage to interview two special guests. Laura McInerney, editor of Schools Week, joins to …

NS#143: Election Special

April 14th, 2016

55:48

This week, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are joined by our team of ballot-box buffs from London, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Get set for 5 May with stories, scrutiny and stats straight from the campaign trails. (Stephen …

NS#142: Spies, socialism and the SNP

March 31st, 2016

39:28

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss British politics since the election of Jeremy Corbyn: what has changed and what are politicians over-looking? …

NS#141: Students, lists and Duncan Smith

March 24th, 2016

31:12

This week, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss post-budget ructions in the Tory party. George Eaton considers the fall-out from Labour’s leaked …

NS#140: Budget Special

March 17th, 2016

33:11

This week, Helen, Stephen and George discuss Osborne’s latest budget. Listen in to find out what cola-glugging Stephen Bush thinks about the sugar …

NS#139: Twitter, tax and equality

March 10th, 2016

34:31

This week, Helen and Stephen talk women and the EU (and expensive hovercraft). George Eaton joins down-the-line-from-the-lobby, with Corbyn's latest attempts to rally his party. And tech writer, Barbara Speed, helps …

NS#138: Celebrity, uncertainty, and cinema

March 3rd, 2016

40:35

Helen and Stephen talk plots from Super Tuesday and Europe. George Eaton explores Labour’s latest drama. Then the SRSLY Podcast’s Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss what we love and loathe about the Oscars. You also ask …

NS#137: Boris, Brexit and online abuse

February 25th, 2016

42:43

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Boris Johnson's Vote Leave announcement. We hear from George Eaton on the latest dispatch-box battles. And tech-writer Barbara Speed joins to explore the dark side of online social …

NS#136: Prizes, prejudice and polls

February 18th, 2016

40:37

This week, Helen and Stephen hand out half term report cards to the Tory front bench. George Eaton brings us the latest from Westminster. And Barbara Speed joins to discuss award ceremonies and prejudice in the press …

NS#135: Trident, Tories and tough love

February 11th, 2016

36:32

This week, Helen and Stephen talk Trident: the terrors of nuclear war and the attractions of virility symbols. We hear from George Eaton, …

NS#134: Bernie, Bankers and EU Battle

February 4th, 2016

46:58

This week, Helen and Stephen ask what we can learn from Cameron’s EU renegotiations, and discuss why we need banking to stay in Britain. George Eaton then joins with the latest campaign developments in Westminster. And …

NS#133: Divisions, Dodgy-Deals and Dr Who

January 28th, 2016

36:14

This week, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush talk Labour splits, George Eaton discusses Osborne’s Google tax blunder, and a new feature - ‘You Ask Us’ - sees our presenters place their bets on the next Labour Leader. Plus: …

NS#132: Integration, Inquest, and Autopsies

January 21st, 2016

43:45

This week Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush discuss Labour's post-mortem into its general election defeat, then delve inside the world of forensic …

NS#131: Leadership, Legacy and the Latest in videogames

January 14th, 2016

25:09

This week, co-hosts Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush review the extended Labour reshuffle and discuss David Cameron’s legacy. We also hear from George Eaton, down-the-line from the lobby, on who might be the next Labour …

NS#130: Reshuffle, Revolt and Writing Gender

January 7th, 2016

34:20

This week co-chairs Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush discuss the never-ending Labour reshuffle and are joined by Stephanie Boland to talk about gender in …

NS #129: Star Wars Special

December 23rd, 2015

24:20

We review the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and ask: in what order should you watch the full series? And who might possibly be related to …

NS #128: Christmas Special 2015

December 17th, 2015

32:58

We review the year in politics, and ask the most important of questions: what is your favourite siege? Plus, a festive Joke of the Week. (Helen …

NS#127: Rhetoric, Racism and Reform

December 10th, 2015

20:58

This week, we talk about Momentum: what is it for and what do people fear it is? Then consider Trump's devastating views on Muslims: is this a turning point in his campaign? Also listen out for Stephen Bush's …

NS#126: Benn, By-election and Books

December 3rd, 2015

41:04

This week we discuss Hilary Benn's electrifying speech before the Syria vote and Labour's prospects ahead of the Oldham by-election. We then take a look at Marlon James and prejudice in the publishing industry. …

NS#125: Security and the State

November 27th, 2015

45:54

This week Jason Cowley interviews the philosopher John Gray about the future of the state. We also discuss the spending review, the tampon tax, and finish up with Stephen Bush's joke of the week. (Helen Lewis, Anoosh …

NS #124: How cities will save the world

November 19th, 2015

21:57

This week, we talk about Corbyn's media gaffes, and explain how cities will save the world. (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Jonn Elledge, Barbara Speed)

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NS #123: Isis and the threat to Britain

November 13th, 2015

36:56

Editor Jason Cowley talks to Shiraz Maher about the threat Isis pose to Britain. Plus: we talk Corbyn's week in Westminster, and an interview with …

NS #122: His Dark Materials

November 5th, 2015

26:07

We talk the week in politics and the newly announced BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, …

NS #121: Girls in bands and tax credit cuts

October 29th, 2015

19:37

We talk a taxing week for the Tories and the women in rock and roll. (Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Kate Mossman, Stephanie Boland)

NS #120: Corbyn's China Problem and William Boyd on John le Carré

October 23rd, 2015

32:35

This week, we talk Corbyn's China problem, and William Boyd talks about a new John le Carré biography. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Tom Gatti, William Boyd).

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NS #119: The afterlife of Terence Trent D’Arby

October 16th, 2015

24:00

We talk the fiscal charter, Labour in chaos, and the lives of Terence Trent D'Arby. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz, Kate Mossman)

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NS #118: Cultural Appropriation

October 8th, 2015

29:18

This week we talk Conservative Party Conference, David Cameron's speech, and discuss the problem with "cultural appropriation". (Helen Lewis, Anoosh …

NS #117: Conference Season and Poets' Lives

October 1st, 2015

20:42

This week, we discuss the end of Labour's party conference (and the start of the Conservatives') and a new biography of Ted Hughes. (Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Tom Gatti, Erica Wagner).

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NS #116: Conferences and campaigns

September 24th, 2015

34:27

This week, we discuss the upcoming Labour Party Conference, and ask, when should we start caring about the US presidential race?

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NS #115: Corbynmania Triumphs

September 17th, 2015

12:52

This week, we digest what the success of Jeremy Corbyn means for the Labour party.

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NS #114: Lengthy leaderships

September 10th, 2015

39:50

This week, the Labour leadership contest finally comes to an end and the Queen celebrates a record-breaking reign. Plus, we chat Abel Ferrara's …

NS #113: Europe's refugee crisis

September 3rd, 2015

33:49

This week, we ask whether Cameron will respond to the growing refugee crisis in Europe, discuss the Labour leadership as the election grows ever closer, and discuss Terry Pratchett's final posthumous work.

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NS #112: Going Underground

August 27th, 2015

36:47

This week, we explain why we're backing Tessa Jowell as Labour's candidate for London mayor, talk women-only carriages on the tube, and speak to Tom …

NS #111: Sarah Churchwell on the American South

August 27th, 2015

25:02

Sarah Churchwell talks to Tom Gatti about how nostalgic literature became an agent in American racism.

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NS #110: Love's Labour's Lost

August 20th, 2015

13:58

This week, we talk about the Labour supporters denied a vote in the leadership election, and the Ashley Madison leak. (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Barbara Speed, Helen Thomas).

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NS #109: Cooper v Cumberbatch

August 13th, 2015

30:11

This week we turn to speeches great and good: discussing Yvette Cooper's attack on Jeremy Corbyn and Benedict Cumberbatch's take on the famous Hamlet …

The NS Podcast #108: The day the Tube stood still

August 6th, 2015

15:18

This week, we discuss London's Tube strike and Andy Burnham's recent moves in the leadership election (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Jonn Elledge, Anoosh Chakelian).

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The NS Podcast #107: Corbyn’s Coming

July 31st, 2015

17:00

Jason Cowley, Stephen Bush and Stephen Brasher assess the Labour leadership race and Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise surge.

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The NS Podcast #106: Runners and riders

July 23rd, 2015

21:16

This week, we discuss the Labour leadership race and the US presidential race. (Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Nicky Woolf).

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NS #105: Live from Latitude

July 21st, 2015

1:36:33

This special edition of the NS podcast brings you the highlights of our live events from the literature tent at Latitude festival. Featuring Richard …

NS #104: Parenting penalties

July 16th, 2015

29:27

We discuss the Labour leadership race, as Jeremy Corbyn jumps into the lead, and ask why women in parliament face a double-edged sword when it comes to having (or not having) children. (Helen Lewis, George Eaton, …

NS #103: Budgets and Reddit

July 9th, 2015

30:49

We talk the budget, and what it means for Labour, and the mysterious case of Reddit's disappearing moderators. (Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed)

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NS #102: Budget Special

July 8th, 2015

13:55

From inheritance tax to maintenance loans to the new "living wage", we bring you a run down of this morning's budget. (Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, Helen Lewis).

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NS #101: Athens and airports

July 2nd, 2015

28:57

We talk about the financial crisis in Greece, its domestic ramifications, and ask whether the UK really needs another runway. (Helen Lewis, Stephen …

NS #100: Harry Potter Special

June 29th, 2015

1:10:41

For the 100th episode of the NS podcast, the team explore the politics, economics, and pedagogy of the Harry Potter series. In collaboration with the …

NS #99: Andy Burnham and abortion drones

June 25th, 2015

36:16

This week, we discuss our interview with Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham, and how drone technology could aid women who need abortions. (Helen …

NS #98: A Clockwork Orange is the New Black

June 19th, 2015

25:46

We discuss Labour leadership contests and binge-watching Netflix's Orange is the New Black. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Caroline …

NS #97: What makes us bored?

June 12th, 2015

31:23

This week, we discuss party leadership elections, the problem with the tube map, and why we get bored. (Caroline Crampton, Stephen Bush, George …

NS #96: A limerick and Ali Smith

June 5th, 2015

27:50

We talk about the Labour leadership race and Ali Smith's How to Be Both. Plus, a poem from a reader. (Caroline Crampton, George Eaton, Anoosh …

NS #95: Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

May 29th, 2015

24:45

Singer and artist Amanda Palmer and her husband, novelist Neil Gaiman, talk about their guest edit of the New Statesman.

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NS #94: Left-leaning dramatic readings

May 21st, 2015

26:09

We talk the week in politics (warning: features Tristram Hunt impressions. Listen to the end for a special Easter Egg! (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, …

NS #93: What does the SNP want?

May 15th, 2015

12:33

The changing political scene in Scotland, discussed by NS editor Jason Cowley and writer Gerry Hassan.

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NS #92: Labour leaders and witty women

May 14th, 2015

26:28

We discuss the Labour leadership campaign and the rise and rise of women in comedy. Featuring Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed and Anna Leszkiewicz.

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NS #91: The election post-mortem

May 11th, 2015

17:35

After the election: the post-mortem. We discuss the results, and look to the future - considering the Labour leadership candidates. (Helen Lewis, …

NS #90: The eve of the election

May 6th, 2015

25:38

On the day before the 2015 general election, we talk Scotland (Gerry Hassan, Jason Cowley) and the final polls (George Eaton, Stephen Bush). Hosted …

NS #89: Swing seats and what women want

April 30th, 2015

32:03

This week, Helen Lewis talks to NS editor Jason Cowley and political editor George Eaton about marginal constituencies and the magazine's endorsement …

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Eight

April 22nd, 2015

23:56

This week, Helen Lewis asks Jason Cowley and George Eaton if the SNP are as scary as the Tories say they are, and Stephen Bush and Harry Lambert talk #milifandom

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The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Seven

April 16th, 2015

15:58

This week, Helen Lewis talks to Stephen Bush about the political landscape in Wales, and Jonn Elledge explains why the Tories's Right to Buy scheme …

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Six

April 8th, 2015

10:18

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Stephen Bush discuss an exciting week in politics, from yet more televised debates to those pesky non-doms.

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The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighty-Five

April 2nd, 2015

39:44

This week, Helen Lewis talks to editor Jason Cowley and George Eaton about Labour's approach to business, Harry Lambert and Stephen Bush talk polls, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighty-Four

March 30th, 2015

25:50

In this special edition of the New Statesman podcast, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley speaks to George Eaton and philosopher and contributor John Gray on the question: has Ed Miliband misunderstood the present?

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The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Three

March 26th, 2015

15:17

Helen Lewis speaks to Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ashley Cowburn about the week in politics and the end of term.

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The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Two

March 18th, 2015

13:29

Cost-neutral rabbits alive! It's a special episode of the podcast this week as we get nerdy about all things #Budget2015. Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian and Stephen Bush discuss whether Osborne's budget was purely …

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-One

March 12th, 2015

32:08

This week, Anoosh Chakelian speaks to George Eaton and Stephen Bush about Ed Balls, while Helen Lewis, Stephanie Boland and Jonn Elledge get angry …

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty

March 5th, 2015

20:32

This week, Helen Lewis talks to Stephen Bush and Jonn Elledge about swinging polls and televised debates, and Ian Steadman and Tosin Thompson discuss …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Nine

February 26th, 2015

22:21

This week, George Eaton and Stephen Bush ask if it's too soon to write off Ukip, Ian Steadman tells you everything you need to know about dwarf …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Eight

February 19th, 2015

32:17

This week, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian talk about Labour's plans for the railways and the Tories' plans for welfare, Ian Steadman and Tosin …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Seven

February 12th, 2015

32:10

This week, Barbara Speed and Caroline Crampton ask, is Labour's pink bus really that patronising? Plus, George Eaton and Ashley Cowburn discuss the …

The New Statesman Podcast" Episode Seventy-Six

February 5th, 2015

29:03

This week, Harry Lambert and George Eaton debate the implications of the Ashcroft poll, Ian Steadman and Barbara Speed discuss the measles outbreak …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Five

January 29th, 2015

20:16

This week, George Eaton and Stephen Bush find it's been another bad week for Labour, Caroline Crampton and Jonn Elledge talk girls and Ghostbusters, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Four

January 22nd, 2015

23:42

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Labour's hopes for young voters, Ian Steadman explains the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Three

January 15th, 2015

36:20

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Jonn Elledge discuss the televised election debates, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley and Xan Rice talk to Shiraz Maher about the jihadi threat to Britain, and Ian …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Two

January 9th, 2015

23:08

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian break down the first week of the general election campaign, Ian Steadman discusses a new breakthrough in antibiotic research, and Jonn Elledge and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-One

December 18th, 2014

31:58

On this week's New Statesman podcast: George Eaton, Anoosh Chakelian and Helen Lewis review the year in politics, the year that nobody "won", Ian …

Podcast Special: Neil Gaiman talks to Index on Censorship

December 17th, 2014

54:23

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has a long affiliation with cartoonists, and illustrators, and a history of fighting for them, partly because he spent 12 years on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Here he …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy

December 4th, 2014

38:22

On this week's New Statesman podcast: George Eaton, Anoosh Chakelian and Helen Lewis discuss the fallout from the Autumn Statement (and the ugly cuts …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Nine

November 27th, 2014

31:00

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Harry Lambert, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Ed Miliband on the attack ahead of next year's general election, Ian Steadman asks how much use personal data might be in …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Eight

November 13th, 2014

28:43

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Jason Cowley and Helen Lewis ask what Ed Miliband needs to do next, Philip Maughan talks to Goldsmiths …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Seven

October 30th, 2014

36:54

On this week's New Statesman podcast: Scottish Labour in meltdown, Shiraz Maher explains how he befriended young British Muslims fighting for Isis in the Middle East, and Peter Millar recalls his part in the fall of the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Six

October 23rd, 2014

17:38

On this week's New Statesman Podcast: BIG NEWS For the first time wind power has exceeded nuclear power usage in the UK, though of course, there's more to it than meets the eye PLUS George Eaton, Helen Lewis and Anoosh …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Five

October 17th, 2014

19:45

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Caroline Crampton discuss the troubles facing Labour, and whether the Greens …

Grayson Perry in conversation with Miranda Sawyer

October 14th, 2014

35:32

Artist and New Statesman guest-editor Grayson Perry talks to critic Miranda Sawyer at the Royal Institution, London, on 13 October 2014. They discuss …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Four

October 9th, 2014

38:51

On this week's New Statesman Podcast: as the hangover from the party conference season kicks in, our politics team look forward to the results of two …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Three

October 2nd, 2014

24:22

On this week's New Statesman podcast: our team return from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, where they found the party in an oddly …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Two

September 26th, 2014

17:33

Party conference special: On this week's New Statesman podcast, Caroline Crampton, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian reflect on a disappointing …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-One

September 19th, 2014

29:23

After the referendum: George Eaton reports from Edinburgh with reactions to the No victory in the Scottish independence vote, Helen Lewis, Jonn …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty

September 11th, 2014

37:32

On this week's podcast: New Statesman editor Jason Cowley talks to Scottish writer, academic and independence-supporter Gerry Hassan, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Anoosh Chekelian discuss the panic in Westminster, and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Nine

September 4th, 2014

28:30

MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL: On this week's New Statesman podcast, John Bew, Shiraz Maher, Jason Cowley and Sophie McBain discuss the roots of radicalisation in Britain and instability in the Middle East, while George Eaton and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Eight

August 28th, 2014

14:58

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton, Anoosh Chekelian and Helen Lewis ask how David Cameron will respond to former Tory MP Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP, while Ian Steadman and Fiona Rutherford …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Seven

August 14th, 2014

40:57

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Jonn Elledge assess a strong summer for Labour, Ian Steadman and Juliet Jacques rejoice at the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Six

August 7th, 2014

31:51

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the week's politics, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti and …

The New Statesman Podcast Extra: Mary Beard, Laurie Penny and Helen Lewis on outspoken women

July 31st, 2014

1:08:43

The full audio from the New Statesman's sell-out event with Mary Beard, Laurie Penny and Helen Lewis at Conway Hall on 30 July 2014. The speakers …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Five

July 25th, 2014

28:39

On this week's New Statesman podcast: as parliament rises for recess, George Eaton and Helen Lewis review the year in politics, Sophie McBain tells …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Four

July 17th, 2014

21:40

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Lucy Fisher consider the fallout from the Conservative Party reshuffle, and ask what Labour can do in response. As life returns to normal in Brazil, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Cabinet Re-Shuffle Special

July 15th, 2014

7:20

A special edition of the NS podcast to discuss the Conservative shuffle-kerfuffle, featuring Helen Lewis, Caroline Crampton, and Anoosh Chakelian.

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Three

July 11th, 2014

25:32

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Lucy Fisher discuss the Conservative Party's lady troubles, Mark Lawson tells Kate Mossman why he found the Monty Python reunion so moving and Ian Steadman explains how and why the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Two

July 3rd, 2014

30:53

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton, Helen Lewis and Jonn Elledge ask whether Ed Miliband is better off being a radical, Robin Ince …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-One

June 26th, 2014

25:27

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Caroline Crampton, Jonn Elledge and Lucy Fisher talk about the problems facing the Tory party at home and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty

June 19th, 2014

26:22

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Jonn Elledge discuss Labour plans to restrict benefits to the under-22s; Ian Steadman and Ajit Niranjan look at a surprising study about ant sperm; and Helen Lewis …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Nine

June 13th, 2014

40:14

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Lucy Fisher talk to Caroline Crampton about Labour's need to engage the blue-collar vote, N​S …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Eight

May 29th, 2014

24:25

On this week's New Statesman podcast Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Tim Wigmore and Lucy Fisher discuss the fall of the BNP, Lib Dems in turmoil and the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Seven

May 22nd, 2014

27:05

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the European elections and the Ukip bubble, Ian Steadman unpicks a new book's radical claims about genetics and race, and Yo Zushi …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Six

May 15th, 2014

28:11

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton discuss two disastrous new polls for the Labour Party, Ian Steadman …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Five

May 9th, 2014

24:31

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the prospects for Newark's by-election, sound artist …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Four

May 1st, 2014

27:35

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Caroline Crampton talks to George Eaton and Rafael Behr about Labour's plans for the rental housing market, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Three

April 25th, 2014

24:53

Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton discuss a rather lacklustre week in politics, tragedy strikes on Mount Everest and Sophie McBain asks - why …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Two

April 17th, 2014

34:56

Helen Lewis, Laurie Penny and Caroline Crampton discuss the politics of the BBC zombie drama In The Flesh, Mark Haddon tells Tom Gatti why he's not …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-One

April 10th, 2014

26:42

George Eaton and Helen Lewis file an end of term report card for the parties in Westminster, and discuss the fallout from Maria Miller's resignation, Michael Prodger talks to Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novelist Jim …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty

April 3rd, 2014

35:48

On this week's podcast, Alex Clark talks to Man Booker-winner Eleanor Catton about the New Zealand gold fields and her prize-winning novel The …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Nine

March 20th, 2014

23:50

On this week's podcast: Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Rafael Behr discuss the fallout from the 2014 Budget, Kate Mossman talks to Jude Rogers about her recent encounter with Kylie Minogue and Ian Steadman explains why …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Eight

March 13th, 2014

32:04

On this week's podcast: Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss Labour, the EU and the George Osborne's upcoming Budget, Erica Wagner talks to Tom Gatti about neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, and Ian Steadman, …

Alex Salmond's New Statesman lecture: "Scotland's Future in Scotland's Hands"

March 11th, 2014

1:16:28

On 4 March, Alex Salmond came to Westminster to deliver a New Statesman lecture putting forward his case for Scottish independence. Listen to the …

The New Statesman Podcast Extra: Rafael Behr interviews Ivan Lewis

March 7th, 2014

23:37

NS political editor Rafael Behr spoke to shadow Northern Ireland minster Ivan Lewis - listen to the full interview here.

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The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Seven

March 7th, 2014

35:47

Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the Scottish independence referendum and the situation in Crimea, Helen Lewis and Ed Smith talk about the rowdy …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Six

February 13th, 2014

29:59

On this week's podcast Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton talk Wythenshawe and leadership prospects, Ian Steadman asks why nobody is stating the obvious on climate change, and Laurie Penny describes her …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Five

February 6th, 2014

29:52

Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Caroline Crampton assess David Cameron's future as leader of the Conservatives, Kate Mossman tells Philip Maughan why …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Four

January 30th, 2014

37:22

On this week's podcast David and George Kynaston talk to NS editor Jason Cowley about Britain's 7 per cent problem: the dominance of the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Three

January 23rd, 2014

26:25

Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton discuss the progress of London's Crossrail project and the possibility of a gradual re-nationalisation of …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Two

January 16th, 2014

30:02

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Rafael Behr discuss Labour's drive to be the party of the middle class, Philip Maughan talks to New Statesman film …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-One

January 10th, 2014

29:47

Helen Lewis and George Eaton talk about Ed Balls and Labour's fortunes, Rafael Behr interviews Ryan Shorthouse of Bright Blue about Tory …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty

December 20th, 2013

17:27

Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton discuss the year in politics, and make predictions for 2014, while Sean Anderson and Ian Steadman consider …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Nine

December 13th, 2013

28:14

Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton talk about housing and the London mayoral race, Philip Maughan and Michael Prodger round up the real books of 2013, and Ian Steadman explains the possiblities and potential …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Eight

November 28th, 2013

29:26

A special northern-themed episode of the podcast. George Eaton and Rafael Behr ask - who speaks for the north? Stuart Maconie explains how (not) to write about the north, Philip Maughan reads a new poem by Simon …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Seven

November 22nd, 2013

39:47

Is Labour winning the battle of ideas? Rafael Behr, George Eaton, and Helen Lewis discuss Labour's prospects and the rumbling debate about welfare; we dissect the news that the London Underground is to stay open 24 …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Six

November 15th, 2013

27:50

We discuss the Conservative Party's attempt to erase their pre-2010 speeches from the internet; Caroline Crampton interviews Adam Price, writer of …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Five

November 7th, 2013

29:01

Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Helen Lewis discuss why Iain Duncan Smith is still a government minister despite the trouble many of his flagship …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Four

November 1st, 2013

34:16

George Eaton, Caroline Crampton and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics; Rachel Cooke talks about her book uncovering the amazing career women …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Three

October 25th, 2013

21:47

Russell Brand introduces his guest-edited issue of the magazine; Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics; and Ian …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Two

October 18th, 2013

33:11

Rafael Behr and George Eaton talk about political polls, Labour and the teachers' strike; Caroline Crampton interviews the founder of …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-One

October 12th, 2013

30:47

On this week's podcast: our crack team of political writers consider the week in politics, science writer Michael Brooks tells us about the greatest …

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October 10th, 2013

0:22

The New Statesman podcast is moving to a new location - you can now find us on Audioboo. Your iTunes feed should update automatically, but if not, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty

September 27th, 2013

31:26

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss Ed Miliband's fortunes at Labour conference as well as looking forward to the Conservative extravaganza in Manchester next week, Philip Maughan …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Nineteen

September 19th, 2013

33:36

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the upcoming Labour conference, Philip Maughan and Kate Mossman talk about Elton John's latest album "The Diving Board" and the iTunes festival, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighteen

September 13th, 2013

27:37

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Rafael Behr discuss the week in politics, including the fortunes of the Lib Dems and the New Statesman's interviews …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventeen

September 6th, 2013

29:52

On this week's podcast Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the fallout from the Syria vote and wax political with predictions and opinion ahead of …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixteen

August 16th, 2013

25:15

Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the upcoming Labour reshuffle, Philip Maughan talks with Kate Mossman about aging Tory metalheads Iron Maiden, and Alex Hern talks about Elon Musk's HYPERLOOP.

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The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifteen

August 9th, 2013

24:03

Caroline Crampton and Rafael Behr discuss fracking and the Tory's demographic problem, Alex Hern talks with Kieron Gillen about his comic work, and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fourteen

July 26th, 2013

24:20

George Eaton, Rafael Behr and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics, our Arts Editor and pop critic Kate Mossman talks Philip Maughan about …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirteen

July 19th, 2013

39:52

This week, George Eaton, who edits our politics blog The Staggers, talks to the Conservative campaigner David Skelton, Caroline Crampton grills NS …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twelve

July 12th, 2013

29:44

This week, we discuss reshuffle rumours with Rafael Behr and George Eaton, NS bloggers Alan White and Kate Belgrave talk about their investigation …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twelve

July 5th, 2013

29:44

In this week's podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Rafael Behr discuss Labour's woes in the wake of the Falkirk selection scandal, Caroline …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eleven

June 27th, 2013

11:36

In a special episode of the New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis discusses the Spending Round with George Eaton and Rafael Behr.

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The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Ten

June 21st, 2013

38:28

In this week's podcast, the New Statesman's crack politics squad examine the spending review, guests Willard Foxton and Rebecca Wait explore the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Nine

June 14th, 2013

27:29

On the podcast this week, we discuss our "Ed the Unready" cover story and the Labour Party's readiness to rule in 2015, Philip Maughan and Caroline …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eight

June 7th, 2013

25:33

This week, we discuss Labour’s big week, George Eaton interviews the political scientist Ian Bremmer about his G-Zero magazine cover story and Alex …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seven

May 31st, 2013

18:25

On this week's half-term edition of the New Statesman podcast Sophie Elmhirst talks to George Pitcher about the new Power Christians at work in the …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Six

May 24th, 2013

38:18

In this week's podcast George Eaton and Rafel Behr talk about the failure of David Cameron's modernisation project, Holly Baxter (from the Vagenda) …

New Statesman podcast: Episode Five

May 17th, 2013

21:46

Rafael Behr, George Eaton and the Spectator's Isabel Hardman talk about the future of the Tory party, Helen Lewis and Felicity Cloake discuss this …

The New Statesman podcast: Episode Four

May 10th, 2013

33:38

Featuring George Eaton and Rafael Behr discussing the future of the Liberal Democrats, Sophie Elmhirst speaking to Daniel Dorling about social mobility, Laurie Penny's visit to Iceland to meet the Pirate Party and …

The New Statesman Podcast: Local Elections Special

April 30th, 2013

8:23

Will Ukip break through? Can Labour stay on course? Are the Lib Dems going to be annihilated? In this special episode, NS political correspondents …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Three

April 26th, 2013

34:24

In this episode, we discuss our Len McCluskey interview, ask whether tattoos will ever hang in the Louvre, look at spring books with Jonathan …

The New Statesman Centenary Debates: Did the Left win the 20th century?

April 22nd, 2013

1:39:16

As part of the New Statesman's Centenary Debates series, on 18 April the NS held a debate with the motion "This house believes the left won the 20th century. Speaking for the motion were NS deputy editor Helen Lewis, …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Two - The Centenary Special

April 11th, 2013

53:55

In a special bumper hour-long episode, we celebrate a hundred years of the New Statesman. Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss Thatcher's legacy, Philip Maughan and Jonathan Derbyshire take a trip into the magazine's …

The New Statesman Feminism Debate

April 9th, 2013

1:41:19

What is the most important issue facing feminism today? New Statesman writers Helen Lewis, Laurie Penny, Bim Adewunmi, Juliet Jacques, Victoria …

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode One

April 2nd, 2013

39:19

The first ever episode of the New Statesman podcast, featuring political analysis, cultural reviews, interviews and more. In our first audio outing, …

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