The New Statesman Podcast

The New Statesman Podcast

By The New Statesman

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

Episodes

Ex Pat

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 chairs. Then, You Ask Us turns into You Ask Patrick, as he relives his finest moments at the New Statesman, including the juicy details of how he speared his white whale: Robert Kilroy-Silk.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2026m 14s

My Kingdom for a Dom

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire discuss the story that dominated the bank holiday weekend: Dominic Cummings and his trip to Durham. Then, in You Ask Us, they talk about their experiences in the manufactured world of political punditry. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2034m 38s

Money! I Shrunk the Economy

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 the political foreground. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your question on whether PMQs has any cut-through in the 'real world'.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2027m 43s

Finishing School

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 return, before, in You Ask Us, looking at the lessons that might be learnt from the Liberal Democrats 2019 election autopsy.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.Send us your You Ask Us questions at youaskus.co.uk.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2028m 50s

Oppose and Cons

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea gather to discuss whether Keir Starmer turned PMQs into an effective opposition moment. Then, in You Ask Us, we turn to digital culture writer Sarah Manavis to look at the rise of eco-fascism.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2027m 36s

50 Shades of Stay

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 fantasy political parties and who would lead them.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2028m 50s

Law Baker

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 opinion is impacting the early days of Keir Starmer's leadership.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2034m 5s

Shadow Cast

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Anoosh Chakelian, Ailbhe Rea and Patrick Maguire take a look at the 'constructive criticism' strategy of Keir Starmer's front bench, before putting their collective boffinery to the task of answering your questions on how to avoid reading British politics as a soap opera.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2029m 18s

Paternity and Testing

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 on how the smaller parties – particularly the Lib Dems – are faring during the crisis.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2029m 53s

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

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 emotionally separate weekdays from weekends.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2025m 4s

Woe from Whitty

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 anything, that government has got right. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2025m 15s

Chequered Past

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 You Ask Us, they field your queries on the role of journalists in the current moment, before looking ahead to what an end to lockdown might look like.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2026m 44s

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

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 thorny political question of social care. Then, in You Ask Us, Stephen and Anoosh are joined by the New Statesman's digital culture writer, Sarah Manavis, to answer your questions on the 5G conspiracy theories.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2036m 47s

Spring Leaks

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 what it could mean for the nascent Starmer leadership. Then, in You Ask Us, the team recommend the books, games and activities that have been getting them through lockdown, from babyfoot to Vile Bodies.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2029m 11s

Aggravating Raabery

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 response of the devolved governments, and then, in You Ask Us, they wonder whether things would be better or worse if this crisis were happening at the peak of Theresa May's difficulties. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2031m 23s

I Want To Be In The Zoom Where It Happens

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 questions on subjects ranging from Keir Starmer's shadow cabinet to universal basic income.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2037m 21s

The Cabinet of Dr Keirstarmi

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Ailbhe Rea, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Patrick Maguire connect to dissect the latest from coronavirus's political fallout. Then they look at the unprecedented demand for Universal Credit before, in You Ask Us, taking your questions on who are the most likely faces to pop up in Keir Starmer's cabinet (if he wins).If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2034m 38s

The Struggle for Mastery (of Remote Podcasting)

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 on Labour's deputy leadership race before, in Now For Something Completely Different, Patrick takes us on a tour of the hometown he shares with the historian A.J.P. Taylor. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2031m 24s

Jez Dispenser

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 leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey to discuss her response to the coronavirus crisis, before, in You Ask Us, they take your question on the possibility of a government of national unity. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2053m 10s

Communications Failure

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 tackle the questions around Alex Salmond's acquittal and, finally, Patrick debriefs the team on his upcoming profile of Keir Starmer. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2033m 53s

Podcast Aways

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 is joined by Lisa Nandy to discuss how her leadership campaign is managing the the issues around covid-19 and what responsible leadership looks like during a crisis. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/03/2052m 47s

Budget Special!

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 spread of the coronavirus? Is this really the big spending budget it's being briefed as? And will changes to Universal Credit help during the immediate crisis and beyond?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/03/2030m 7s

Bully Pulp(r)it

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 bullying allegations made against Home Secretary Priti Patel. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on why a Labour leadership candidate would want to actually win, before finally touching (albeit whilst wearing surgical gloves) on the coronavirus panic.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2037m 42s

Hey Big Spender!

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, they take your questions on the supposed ambiguity of Labour leadership candidates' positions, before, finally, looking at the Marmot Review.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/2038m 3s

Talking Points (Based Immigration)

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 take your questions on the role of the trans debate in the Labour leadership race before discussing the new "Britain's Lost Spaces" series which will look at the slow erosion of public space.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/2035m 51s

Reshuffle Special!

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 reshuffle and the shock departures of Julian Smith and Sajid Javid. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your questions on what a Labour party led by Keir Starmer might look like.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2034m 23s

The Sinn Féin Surge

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 setbacks in the rollout of Universal Credit. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your question on scoping out new MPs for gossip fodder, and, finally, Ailbhe reports back from the Republic of Ireland ahead of the upcoming election.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/2036m 35s

The B-word

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 B*****, as the government would have it known) has slipped off the parliamentary agenda. Then, in You Ask Us, they take your question on why Keir Starmer's coronation seems so inevitable, before, finally, turning their attentions to the dual infrastructure conundrums that are HS2 and the nation's 5G system.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/2039m 3s

Jess We Can't

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's route to the top job, and look at the nuclear cockroach of British politics: the Welsh Labour party. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/2036m 30s

Nandy Alexander or Keir Royal?

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 Ailbhe Rea to discuss, first, the Nandy surge and other Labour leadership talking points. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider whether there's a future for the Liberal Democrats before rounding things out with a look at the benefits freeze and other welfare policy issues.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/2051m 5s

Labour Leadership Special!

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 leader of the Labour party. Is it Starmer's to lose? Can Long-Bailey break out of Corbyn's shadow? Or will we see a surge from a Nandy, a Philips, a Thornberry or even a Lewis?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers.If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/201h 8m

Home (Nations) Alone

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 heading for a second independence referendum? Could Northern Ireland's nationalist parties push for a split there? And then, finally, in You Ask Us, they give a first appraisal to the runners and riders in the upcoming Labour leadership race.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1926m 36s

Blue Dawn

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 of the 2019 General Election result. How well did the Tories actually do? What went wrong for Labour? And are the Lib Dems doomed forever?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1936m 3s

Live 2019 Autopsy

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 cast an eye over how the election is shaping up in the week before the country heads to the polls.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1940m 49s

The Tory Manifesto Is [REDACTED]

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 to talk about all things Wales, before, finally, the original gang are brought back together to discuss Labour and the NHS.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1933m 15s

Manifesto Special!

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 International Editor, Jeremy Cliffe, to consider how this election is being viewed across the continent.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1922m 49s

Open To Debate

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 tackle your questions on why electoral pacts fall apart.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1931m 25s

Constituency Hopping

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 up so far, and, in You Ask Us, whether coverage of Northern Ireland will improve with this election.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1935m 23s

The Grid for Gaffes

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 your questions about the new Speaker and, finally, Anoosh runs us through a new report on food banks. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1930m 30s

Justice for Grenfell Reaches Parliament

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 MEP Luisa Porritt about life in the European Parliament, and then, finally, they get onto the subject of the December 12th General Election.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1941m 30s

Live From the Brexit Basement

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are defying technical limitations to bring you the latest updates from a(nother) tumultuous week in Brexit. They also discuss whether a Christmas General Election is becoming more or less likely by the day.  If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/1929m 42s

Four Conferences (& A Fun-recap)

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, they tackle your questions about Boris Johnson's deal and, finally, Ailbhe brings tidings from the candidates to fill John Bercow shoes as Speaker. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.   Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/1927m 18s

The Autumn of Our Discontent

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 questions on subjects ranging from Jeremy Corbyn's successor to whether anyone will bother turning out for a winter election.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.   Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/191h 3m

The Conference Comedown

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 election will be about Brexit, before rounding up by looking at Labour's Universal Credit announcements.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.   Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1927m 27s

Hale Storm

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian have returned (in one piece) from Labour conference in Brighton, which they recap along with the news of the Supreme Court's ruling on Boris Johnson's prorogation of Parliament. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer your question on why the ERG didn't bite for Theresa May's deal. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.   Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1928m 25s

Lib Syncing

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 Bootle about a new BBC app trying to make classical music accessible to the masses.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1928m 29s

The Coronation of the Chicken

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 whether Corbyn ought to shift the dial further towards remain, and what the implications would be for the Lib Dems. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.  Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1933m 15s

An Election Looms

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 review and, in You Ask Us, answer your questions on the the timing and complexion of the country's trip to the polls.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1929m 30s

Johnson Goes (Pro)Rogue

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 whether Jeremy Corbyn is stealthily using the media to his advantage. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/1928m 23s

A Government of National Delusion

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 became part of mainstream political discourse. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider whether we're prepared for no deal and, finally, Anoosh is joined by Emily Bootle to discuss whether comedy panel shows have run their course.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1932m 16s

Election Footing

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 political optimism before Patrick returns for You Ask Us, where this week they're looking at why independent candidates face such an uphill struggle.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/1930m 22s

The Dominant Species

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 is likely to return to the commons, and, finally, they wonder whether writing your dissertation over night is really something to be proud of.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/1926m 15s

Johnson's Tour of the Union

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, tackling your question as to whether the PM could be unseated in his home seat of Uxbridge.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/1931m 14s

Out With The Old, In With The New

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 joined by Sarah Manavis to discuss the New Statesman's new culture newsletter, The Dress Down, and finally, in You Ask Us, Anoosh and Patrick consider whether Prime Minister Johnson might call a second referendum.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1927m 6s

Theresa May's Legacy

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 social care before, in You Ask Us, considering whether (new) Labour should be careful about how it talks about New Labour.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/1926m 0s

An Uncivil Disservice

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 what it means for civil servants' trust in their political colleagues. Then, in You Ask Us, they look at Labour's new Brexit policy and, finally, consider how social care funding has hit the agenda in the Tory leadership race.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/1926m 48s

The Folk of the Magic Money Tree

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 Conservatives could electorally weather a move to the economic left.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/1934m 49s

Bald-faced Lies

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 and Conservatives' deselection issues, before asking whether the Tories are doing enough to combat Islamophobia within their party.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/1936m 12s

The End of an Era

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 comedian Ahir Shah about race, politics and his new show Dots. Then, finally, in You Ask Us they tackle two questions: should parties trash their own records? And what's wrong with political journalism?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/191h 0m

Leaderly Blond

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 is truly the electable behemoth some in his party think, and, finally, they turn their attention to the forgotten leadership race, where Jo Swinson and Ed Davey are facing off for the keys to the Liberal Democrats.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/1930m 35s

Trumps and Rumps

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 of The Lehman Trilogy, about how to dramatise centuries of the financial system, and, finally, in You Ask Us, we say goodbye to (most of) Change UK and answer your questions about whether the remaining MPs can make it to conference season.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/1940m 3s

To Brexit and Beyond

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are analysing the results from the European elections and considering whether there are any broader political messages to be extracted from the wreckage. Then they turn their eye to the question of the next Tory leader, rattling through the rabble of runners and riders (correct as of time of recording!).If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/1935m 29s

Bloody (Minded) May

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 second fiddle to Theresa May and her reluctance to secede. Then, in You Ask Us, they discuss the new political act of 'milkshaking' before finishing with a consideration of Arsenal, Armenia and whether oil money has ruined football.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/1927m 58s

Europe, Change and Jeremy Kyle

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian are discussing the upcoming European elections, and whether the latest polling is more ominous for Labour or the Tories. Then, in You Ask Us, they answer your questions on what's going wrong for Change UK, before considering the end of the Jeremy Kyle show and what provision for mental health aftercare reality TV should offer.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/1927m 44s

The Last D'Hondt Consequential in Edinburgh

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 they can gain traction in a media climate not actively seeking their input.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1939m 14s

Parties Polls Apart

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 there's anything to admire in modern politics, and finally, in You Ask Us, Helen and Stephen return to Brexit in order to answer your questions on whether anything is changing.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1942m 57s

Can they Change (UK) your mind?

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 elections. Then, for something a bit different, Helen Lewis joins Anoosh to discuss Fleabag and the media's outrage cycle.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1929m 39s

Local Heroes

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush are joined by Anoosh Chakelian for an episode looking at politics beyond Westminster – firstly in Wales, and then discussing local elections in Maidenhead and Hartlepool. Then, in You Ask Us, they're recommending ways to enjoy your politics-free week as Parliament heads to recess. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1931m 55s

Brexit Delayed Until Halloween

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 question on how proportional representation would've affected the Brexit process, and, finally, Helen is speaking to actor and writer Andy Nyman about his show Ghost Stories and the Jewish experience in Britain.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1940m 18s

Strange Bedfellows Abound

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 under the microscope: the Lib Dems and Change UK (aka TIG).If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1929m 19s

Theresa May vs Parliament

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 Back Half, where Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman are reviewing Childish Gambino's live show and looking at the 'nonniversary' of the Will Ferrell film Blades of Glory.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1946m 16s

Brexit's Potential Resolutions

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 the possible outcomes to the continued Brexit stalemate. Then, on You Ask Us, Stephen is talking to a real, live parliamentary staffer, Tara Jane O'Reilly, about what her job consists of and whether Parliament has improved its problems with harassment and bullying.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/1926m 44s

Brexit's Mexican Standoff

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 the past week in Brexit and look ahead to the next set of meaningful votes, amendments and other assorted bits of Brexit arcana. Then, in You Ask Us, they consider what the Lords might do if and when a deal does make it through the Commons.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1930m 43s

Knife Crime Myth Busting

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 plays The Twilight Zone and Shipwreck, and what it's like to be a playwright trying to capture Trump's America. And finally, in You Ask Us, Helen and Stephen are answering the unanswerable: what could Christ Grayling do to get sacked?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1925m 30s

Compromise on the menu

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 the question of whether the one month custodial sentence for Fiona Onasanya is doing anyone any good.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1922m 7s

Labour and Tory rebels split the difference

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 case of Shamima Begum, before Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman deliver The Back Half, this week looking at Alan Partridge's return to the BBC and the noniversary of Danny Boyle's adaptation of Alex Garland's The Beach.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1946m 59s

Labour Five Brexit Demands

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 Darling. And finally, in You Ask Us, Stephen and Helen tackle the thorny issue of why Labour's splitters don't simply join the Lib Dems.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1933m 33s

Labour's Russian Doll of Dissent

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, finally, Helen speaks to an SME CEO about the prospect of a People's Vote.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1937m 16s

Universal Credit crunched

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 Brexit deal that could survive the Commons.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1923m 5s

Not Another Brexit Podcast

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 have slipped your attention in You Ask Us, and Helen interviews author John Lanchester about his new book The Wall.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1937m 27s

Theresa May's Historic Failure

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 opposition. And, in a new monthly feature, Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman present The Back Half, an arts and culture discussion where this week they're looking at Stan & Ollie, a new film about the career of Laurel and Hardy. If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/1944m 2s

Brexit Goes To Hollywood

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 by James Graham and starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And in You Ask Us, they consider whether a Labour party led by Yvette Cooper would be quite as pro-European as some seem to think.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/1931m 3s

The Migrant Not-so-crisis

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 on You Ask Us they respond to the prompt: 'Should the Parliamentary Lobby be abolished?'.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.
03/01/1929m 43s

Crisis? What crisis?

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 on You Ask Us they respond to the prompt: 'Should the Parliamentary Lobby be abolished?'.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/01/1929m 43s

New Statesman Podcast Live: 2018 in review

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 to be as surreal and terrifying as the last.On the live podcast panel: our associate editor, Helen Lewis; our special correspondent, Stephen Bush; our political correspondent, Patrick Maguire; our senior writer, Anoosh Chakelian; and our online editor, Jonn Elledge, looking back on yet another tumultuous year in politics and discussing their predictions for the year ahead.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/1832m 55s

Labour's O-turn

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 ministers who resign from the cabinet should be allowed to rejoin in the future. And, finally, Helen is joined by Cariad Lloyd, co-writer of the Lyric Hammersmith's 2018 panto, Dick Whittington, to discuss a very British institution.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1843m 35s

Mayday, mayday!

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 confidence. But what does this mean for the Prime Minister, the Labour party, and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1816m 38s

Brexit's New Norms

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 tackle the thorny issues surrounding the resignation of Labour's Kate Osamor.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1821m 27s

May vs Corbyn

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, currently playing at the Duke of York's theatre in London.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1832m 33s

Brexit Chaos, Explained

Stephen is joined by Patrick and Anoosh to discuss the impossible parliamentary arithmetic of the Brexit deal, and the UN poverty expert's tough criticism of the government's welfare policies.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get advert free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1843m 18s

The Brexit Deal

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 access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1821m 2s

The US Midterms

Helen and Stephen discuss the results of the US midterm elections, rumours of a cooling in the relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, and what might have happened in British politics if the 2017 general election had never happened.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get early, ad free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1833m 12s

Unpopular Opinions

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 vegans?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get early, ad free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1845m 22s

The 2018 Budget Special

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 really 'coming to an end'? And what's the deal with the tax cut for higher earners? All these questions, and many others, answered. Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1827m 42s

The Neverending Brexit Story

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing trials and tribulations of Tory Brexiteers. Then, they're joined by Labour MP and Shadow Treasury Minister Jonathan Reynolds to discuss the upcoming budget. Finally, Jonn Elledge pops in to answer a listener question: is Doctor Who best when it is just trying to be a children's programme?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get early, ad free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/1843m 37s

The Brexit Sanity Test

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 talks to the American author Rebecca Solnit about reporting on Trump and her new book Call Them by Their True Names. Finally, a listener question: what's going on with universal credit?If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get early, ad free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/1848m 39s

A Weevil in the Shadow Cabinet

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 portrays contemporary Labour politics. Then Emily Sargent from the Wellcome Collection joins to discuss buildings, council estates and housing design.If you are a New Statesman digital subscriber you can get early, ad free access to this podcast by visiting newstatesman.com/nssubscribers. If you haven't signed up yet, visit newstatesman.com/subscribe to purchase your subscription.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/1849m 18s

Tory Conference Special

Helen, Stephen and Anoosh digest the happenings at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, discuss Boris Johnson's Telegraph column and the new left media, and answer a listener question: can we still enjoy the work of Kanye West?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1839m 35s

Labour Conference Special

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 previous years and how Labour are handling Brexit. Plus: a listener question — why do people care more about Jeremy Corbyn's euroscepticism than Theresa May's?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1826m 55s

Party Conference Deja Vu

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 out some TV recommendations too.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @anoosh_c, @jonnelledge, or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/1838m 50s

The Struggling Ministers' Hall of Fame

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 their briefs. Then, Helen talks to John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times and chairman of the Room to Read charity, about literacy and activism. Finally, they answer a popular listener question: where are they going on holiday and why?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/1824m 46s

Who Is The Real John McDonnell?

Helen and Stephen are joined by New Statesman editor Jason Cowley to discuss his recent interview with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. Then, Helen talks to the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez about the anti-Brexit Women For A People's Vote campaign. Finally, they tackle a listener question: what's going on with Labour's NEC elections?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Buy Jason Cowley's book, Reaching for Utopia, here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 23s

The No-Deal Brexit Reality

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 ways in which we politicise Shakespeare. Finally, they tackle a listener question: should Vince Cable resign?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:—Helen's cover story on how Britain's political culture turned toxic—Stephen's run down on the Labour Leavers in parliament—The Graham Stringer deselection row explained—Stephen's column on the Lib Dems—More information and tickets for othellomacbeth  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 44s

Will the Labour Party Split?

Helen and Stephen discuss jerk rice and cultural appropriation, interview Emily Andrews from the Institute for Government about the state of Britain's public services, and look at the evidence for a possible Labour Party split.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:—Stephen's cover story on Labour Party splits.—Yo Zushi on cultural appropriation.—The cultural appropriation reading suggestions (from Stephen's Twitter followers).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 21s

Jeremy Corbyn's Wreath Row

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 Brexit section", they are joined by schools expert Laura McInerney (@miss_mcinerney) to talk about the UK's teacher shortage and why excluded pupils tend to be overlooked by policymakers.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:—Stephen on the wreath row—Kate McCann on Corbyn's attitude to the media—Helen on Corbyn in the Observer  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 57s

Boris Johnson and the Burqa

Helen and Stephen discuss Boris Johnson's Telegraph column about the burqa, talk to Frances Crook of the Howard League about prisons and penal reform, and answer a listener question: how radical is Jeremy Corbyn's programme for government?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1849m 9s

Labour's Anti-Semitism Row (part 94)

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 the possible deselection ballots against pro-Brexit MPs Kate Hoey and Frank Field. They also answer a popular listener question: will and should there be a “people's vote” on the exit deal Theresa May eventually strikes with the EU?Further reading:—Jon Lansman's obituary for Vladimir Derer.—Stephen's blog on Pete Willsman.—Could a Labour split stop Brexit?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 17s

Review of the year in parliament

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. And you ask them: should parliament cancel recess to work on Brexit?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1858m 51s

NS#279: The Brexit Curse

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 they're joined by Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University and a regular on the Talking Politics podcast, to discuss how Brexit is affecting other leaders around Europe. Finally, they answer a listener question about the Labour party's adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-semitism.Catch the final episode of the New Statesman's World Cup podcast, Political Football, now — find it at newstatesman.com/podcast or in your podcast app of choice.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 1s

NS#278: The Tory Psychodrama

Helen and Stephen discuss the ongoing resignations and battles in the Tory party over Brexit, and then Stephen is joined by NS political correspondent Patrick Maguire to test out some Labour Party counterfactuals (warning: includes Liz Kendall content).Subscribe to the New Statesman's World Cup podcast, Political Football, now — find it at newstatesman.com/podcast or in your podcast app of choice.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 23s

NS#277: Emergency Podcast: Cabinet Resignations

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 minister and the chances of a Brexit deal with the EU27.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 49s

NS#276: The World as It Is

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 deal. Then, she and Stephen answer a listener question: is there now a stronger chance of a no-deal Brexit?The World as It is: Inside the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes is out now from Bodley Head.Subscribe to the New Statesman's World Cup podcast, Political Football, now — find it at newstatesman.com/podcast or in your podcast app of choice.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 32s

NS#275: The Blue Wave

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 wing candidates winning primaries. Then, they answer a provocative listener question: what's annoying you most at the moment? (Spoiler, it's a lot, and some of it is Brexit-related.)Subscribe to the New Statesman's new World Cup podcast, Political Football, now — find it at newstatesman.com/podcast or in your podcast app of choice.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 38s

NS#274: The Brexit Dividend Debunked

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 to discuss what's going on with Labour's NEC elections. Finally, they answer a pressing question: why is Jeremy Corbyn pushing for a free vote on Heathrow expansion?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 24s

NS#273: The Brexit Vote Explained

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 Paul Dacre's departure as editor of the Daily Mail and what it will mean for the paper. Finally, they answer a listener question: why hasn't the press picked up more on claims of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party?Subscribe to the New Statesman's new World Cup podcast, Political Football, now — find it at newstatesman.com/podcast or in your podcast app of choice.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @stephenkb, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Become a paying newstatesman.com subscriber and get the podcast in time for your Wednesday evening commute, plus lots of other benefits like Stephen's Sunday email at newstatesman.com/subscribe.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 25s

NS#272: Political potholes

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 Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Become a paying newstatesman.com subscriber and get the podcast in time for your Wednesday evening commute, plus lots of other benefits like Stephen's Sunday email at newstatesman.com/subscribeIf you keep listening to the end of this episode, you'll hear a clip from our sister podcast The Back Half — find full episodes of that show at acast.com/thebackhalf.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1846m 56s

NS#271: Referendums — Yes or No?

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 a good way of making political decisions.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 44s

NS#270: Punch and Judy PMQs

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 questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Get a copy of Punch and Judy Politics by Ayesha Hazarika and Tom Hamilton here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 26s

NS#269: Brexit Chills and Thrills

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, they answer a listener question: what would the London mayoral race have looked like if Tessa Jowell had won the Labour nomination?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 6s

NS#268: Local Elections Debrief

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 and the Labour party? Then the American playwright Rajiv Joseph joins to tell us about his new play, Describe the Night, which covers almost a hundred years of Russian political history.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 53s

NS#267: The New John Major

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 possible for a Conservative to be progressive.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 1s

NS#266: Len McCluskey Speaks His Mind

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 Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:Len McCluskey: The Corbyn ulitmatum.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 33s

NS#265: Hostile Environment

Helen and Stephen discuss the immigration controversy now surrounding the handling of the Windrush generation and analyse what Theresa May's "hostile environment" policy could mean for her politically. Then contributing editor Mehdi Hasan joins from Washington DC to talk about Donald Trump's extraordinary run of outrageous scandals. Finally, they tackle a listener question: how did the Lib Dems vote on immigration during the coalition government?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 49s

NS#264: The Lesser of Two Evils

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 a political issue in Britain. Finally, they answer a listener question: are the conditions for a successful new centrist party unique to France?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 29s

NS#263: What'd I Miss

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 and should David Miliband lead it?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis, @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:Stephen's column about Labour and anti-Semitism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 44s

NS#262: Spending and Smears

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 accusation that Labour's anti-Semitism row is a smear. Finally, they look at an example of a dodgy election leaflet from Havering. Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 47s

NS#261: Gone Fishing

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 Westminster. Then, she interviews Francisco Cantú, a former border guard on the US-Mexico border and the author of The Line Becomes a River. Finally, George Eaton answers one of your questions: why is it the convention not to name politicians' spokespeople?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c, @jonnelledge or @georgeeaton, or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú is available to buy now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 15s

NS#260: Contradictory Conservatives

Stephen and Anoosh discuss the unfolding story of the Russian spy attack in Salisbury, and wonder whether Jeremy Corbyn's previous foreign policy statements will cut through to voters. Then they analyse Philip Hammond's Spring Statement and the Conservatives' contradictory position on the economy. Finally, they answer a listener question: is Vince Cable right to say that the Brexit vote was driven by racism?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:Anoosh's interview with Vince Cable.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 55s

NS#259: Build More Houses!

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Theresa Mays housing speech and the politics of homeowning vs renting. Then, they talk about the polling around awareness of Momentum, and whether it's a good attack line for the Tories (spoiler: no). Finally, they answer a listener question: is there any possibility of a second referendum on EU membership?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:Matt Singh's Bloomberg article about renters' votes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 9s

NS#258: Corbyn's Brexit Tightrope

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 blogosphere (can you tell your Canary from your Skwawkbox?). Finally, they answer a listener question: why do Brexiteers care so much about trade deals?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb or join us on Facebook for a live Q&A.Further reading:Stephen's column on Corbyn's speech.Anoosh's interview with Richard Burgon.Anoosh's report on LabourToo.Anoosh's piece on the new pro-Corbyn media.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 5s

NS#257: Corbyn and the Spy

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 crack down on the right wing press and tax exile media moguls. Finally, they answer a listener question: why does Boris Johnson think he is the person to unite Leavers and Remainers?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 24s

NS#256: Boris Johnson's Brexit Bungle

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 Durham, and the art of a good political interview. Finally, they (try to) answer a very good listener question: what actually is the government's plan for the Northern Irish border after Brexit?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 32s

NS#255: Theresa May's Suffragette Slip

Stephen and Anoosh discuss Theresa May's inept speech about the suffragettes. Then they answer a popular listener question: can the Conservatives can win a majority by maximising the white vote?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 11s

NS#254: Who will bring down Theresa May?

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 confidence process work?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 39s

NS#253: The Misogynist Bubble

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 Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading:The FT exclusive about the Presidents Club fundraiser.Helen's piece about the Freemasons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 10s

NS#252: Follow the Leader

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 and political succession.Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 26s

NS#251: Reshuffle Special

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 theatre's problems with diversity and access. Finally, they tackle a big and serious question: how do we fix the NHS crisis?Send us your questions for future episodes via Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading:Stephen on Theresa May's tactical reshuffle.More details about David Eldridge's Beginning, at the Ambassadors Theatre in London from 15 January.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 2s

NS#250: Previously on British Politics. . .

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 with your predictions or questions on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 9s

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

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 politics than they did at the start, and look ahead to what political joys 2018 might bring.Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 42s

NS#248: The Rebel Alliance

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 Damian Green, among others. Then, they address a listener question: what is a "meaningful" vote?You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here or with this RSS feed: http://rss.acast.com/newstatesman, or listen using the player below.Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @anoosh_c or @stephenkb.Further reading:Stephen on Anne Marie MorrisAnna Soubry in the Guardian.Anoosh on Michael Fallon.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 53s

NS#247: The Brexit Remix

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 Irish border? Can the Lib Dems make a comeback as a party? Can the Tories reconcile their political objectives with their desire to leave the EU behind? This bumper special has (some of) the answers. Oh, and Stephen won an award.Further reading:Stephen on Labour and the customs union.Jeremy Corbyn in GQ.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 30s

NS#246: What do the Brexit elite want?

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 the Legatum Institute?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading:Fred Studemann on German politics.Stephen in 2016 on Michael Gove and the single market.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 25s

NS#245: The 2017 Budget Special

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 really help first time buyers? How worried should you be about the downgraded growth forecasts? All these questions, and many others, answered. Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb. Further reading:The winners and losers of the budget.Stephen's take on the budget speech.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 46s

NS#244: The Maybot Malfunctions

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. Finally, they answer a listener question: are the culture wars worse now than ever before?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Relevant links:Stephen in the Standard on Labour and Brexit.John Crace's new book "I, Maybot".Sign up for Stephen's morning email here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 9s

NS#243: Scandal Overload

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. Then they find some glimmers of hope in the latest expert views on Brexit, and finally, they answer a listener question: why does nobody care about the Paradise Papers?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @anoosh_c.Further reading:Anoosh on Priti Patel.Helen on sexual harassment at Westminster.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 19s

NS#242: Fallon's Fall

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 talk about his new book Gnomon and the issues of surveillance and privacy that it raises. Finally, they answer a listener question: why hasn't the NS published the list of alleged "sex pest" Tory MPs?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Stephen on the list of Tory MPs.Helen on how party loyalty is used to silence victims of harassment.Nick Harkaway's new novel, Gnomon.Listen to the NS's pop culture podcast, SRSLY.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 44s

NS#241: MPs Behaving Badly

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 media kremlinology behind it. Then they look at the continuing problems with Universal Credit and explore its failures as a benefits system. Finally, they answer a question sent in by many listeners: could Nick Clegg return to Parliament?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Mary Beard's 2013 interview with the New York Times about online abuse.Stephen's article about Jared O'Mara.Helen's column on Universal Credit.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 54s

NS#240: It's Brexit Again, Kids

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 good. Finally, they answer a listener question: how do you tell if a politician is a rising star, or just a load of hot air?Contact us on Twitter @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Stephen's column about a Brexit that could work for almost everybody.Anoosh on universal credit.Isabel Hardman on Jeremy Browne.Norman Baker's inexplicable single.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 10s

NS#239: Deal or No Deal

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 look at the domestic policy problems brewing with Universal Credit. Then, they answer a listener question: would any of the 2016 Tory leadership candidates have done better than Theresa May?Also, listen out for the introduction of our new Boris Johnson swear jar - let us know what charity we should donate the contents to at the end of the year. Contact us on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Chris Cook on Brexit and "Project After"@shockproofbeats' Twitter thread about the Irish border post-BrexitJess Phillips' Huffington Post piece about her brother's Universal Credit application  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 11s

NS#238: The Tory Conference Special

Helen and Stephen discuss the fallout from the Conservative Party conference, and in particular Theresa May's disastrous speech. Then they answer a listener question: is the Labour Party ready to govern?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading/listening:Stephen on the Conservatives' misunderstanding of Jeremy Corbyn.Mark Wallace at ConHome on the Tories and the 1970s.The Back Half podcast on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 3s

NS#237: The Labour Conference Debrief

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 Jeremy Corbyn's speech was. Finally, they answer a listener question: was Labour right to wargame a run on the pound?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Listen to the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, here.Further reading:Stephen's column with details about Corbyn merch mania.Helen on how Momentum won the internet.The seven things Stephen learned at the conference.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 20s

NS#236: The Circle of Boris

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 amplified by the right-wing media. Finally, they answer a vital question: will Corbynism dominate the Labour party forever?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Listen to the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, here.Further reading:Helen's column about Universal Credit.Craig Brown's book: Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 16s

NS#235: Brexit's Nigel Farage Problem

Helen and Stephen discuss Theresa May's dislike of parliamentary scrutiny and Labour's use of opposition day debates. Then we hear what Stephen learned about Brexit on his recent trip to Poland. Finally, they answer a rather topical question: should former politicians like Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton just go away?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Get tickets for the SRSLY podcast live show here and listen to the first episode of the New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, here.Further reading:Stephen on Angela Rayner's tuition fees vote.The Esquire profile of George Osborne.Helen's piece about Tony Blair.Hillary Clinton on the Pod Save America podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 54s

NS#234: Mogg's Momentum

Helen and Stephen discuss the progress of the legislation formerly known as the Great Repeal Bill, and then assess whether Jacob Rees-Mogg might actually become Tory leader. Then, for the You Asked Us segment, they answer the most vital of all questions: which past UK election should you rewatch?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Helen on why Jacob Rees-Mogg isn't funny.Stephen on why the new Tory leader will probably be really right-wing.Anoosh's report on Moggmentum.The 1997 election broadcast.The amazing theme music for the 1983 election coverage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 29s

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

Helen and Stephen discuss Kezia Dugdale's resignation as Scottish Labour leader and assess what her legacy will be. Then, they (reluctantly) dig into the details of the troubled Brexit negotiations. Finally, they answer an extremely fraught question: can you be friends with a Tory?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Helen's interview with Kezia Dugdale.The current contenders in the Scottish Labour leadership race.Stephen's column about Labour's Brexit policy.Lawrence Freedman's piece about madman theory.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 20s

NS#232: Big Ben's Last Bong

Stephen is back from holiday, and he joins Helen to assess Labour's performance over the summer break. Then, they try to understand the row over Big Ben being silenced for refurbishment. Finally, they go head to head on a very controversial topic: is Game of Thrones still any good?Send us your questions and thoughts for future episodes on Twitter via @ns_podcasts, @helenlewis or @stephenkb.Further reading:Stephen's column about the Tories and Big Ben.Tony Blair on Newsnight making the case for tuition fees.Anna's Game of Thrones recap.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 58s

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

Helen is joined by Anoosh to consider whether a new political party would have any chance of success in the UK. Then they discuss the TV shows everyone really likes to watch but doesn't admit to and analyse why the quality of Don't Tell The Bride has declined. Finally, a bumper You Asked Us section including listener questions on social care, punching Nazis, the Tory economic agenda and more.Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Anoosh @anoosh_cFurther reading:The NS centenary debate from 2013 - did the left win the twentieth century?Meet the Ivanka Voter by Anne Helen Petersen on Buzzfeed.Anoosh on the EDL.Why is Love Island so Tory?How Don't Tell the Bride lost its sparkTake Me Out and the failures of feminism by Alan White.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 13s

NS #230: Apocalypse Now?

Helen and Stephen contemplate the escalation of hostilities between the United States and North Korea from the podcast bunker, and analyse why Venezuela causes such problems for British left. Then, in a new segment, they go head to head to determine which is the best Nineties sitcom: Frasier or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?Follow Helen on Twitter @helenlewis and Stephen @stephenkb.Further reading: Helen on Labour and prisons. Stephen on the left and Venezuela. Helen on Frasier. Stephen on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.Find more information about the New Statesman's podcasts at newstatesman.com/podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 33s

NS #229: Silly season special

Helen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to ponder the fruits of this year's silly season. There's scandal and Scaramucci in Trump's White House. And debate over who should get passes to the UK lobby. They also share their thoughts on upcoming political plays and a new profile of Sadiq Khan. Plus, You Ask Us: Where is Jeremy Corbyn?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 9s

NS#228: Fiction and Fees

Helen and Stephen discuss the row over student fees and what it means for Corbyn's electoral prospects. They also recommend their top TV shows to catch up on this summer. Plus, a selection of our magazine writers pick their favourite political fiction.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 18s

NS#227: Pay and Political reads

Helen is back and, together with Stephen, explores the politics of pay scandal at the BBC. From John Humphrys to Match of the Day, who do they think is worth what? And which non-fiction books do they recommend for the summer break? Plus, you ask us about the Conservatives' attempt to free themselves of the European Court of Justice - is it so they can bring back the death penalty?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 41s

NS#226: Nish Kumar Special

In this week's episode, Stephen and Anoosh touch on what makes a good political leader - from Emily Thornberry's impressive performance at this week's PMQs, to how Vince Cable is faring in his own leadership bid. They are then joined by the comedian and presenter, Nish Kumar, to discuss the racist outburst of Anna Marie Morris and the ethical choices behind satire. Plus, You Ask Us: which future Conservative leader should the opposition most fear? (You can catch Nish's new show, The Mash Report, next Thursday at 10pm on BBC2)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 35s

NS#225: Markets and Momentum

Helen is away, so Stephen is joined by Anoosh Chakelian to discuss the latest rows over single market access and Cameron's defense of his austerity agenda. Amelia Tait then helps explore the gendered world of punctuation. And You Ask Us: should the Conservatives have a Momentum of their own?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 24s

NS#224: Deals and the DUP

Helen and Stephen explore what's going on with the DUP: what's the best response to new investment for Northern Ireland? And how long will May last? They also roam into the mythical worlds of Wonder Woman and Sherlock Holmes. Plus: you ask us: why has there been no final death toll estimate for Grenfell?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 9s

NS#223: Queen's Speech Special

Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 18s

NS#222: Special - Writing the Internet Age

Helen and Stephen are joined by the author and editor Andrew O'Hagan, to explore selfhood in the internet era. Who are the slippery figures who populate our online worlds? Will there be a backlash against this new fluidity? And are these trends changing the way novelists write? Plus: why we love Instagram so much.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 45s

NS#221: Leadership and lessons

Helen and Stephen digest the election results, with a focus on what can be learned for future campaigns: why Labour outperformed expectations, what the tories got wrong, and how should feedback from doorstep activists be best understood? Plus, You Ask Us: was the postal vote deadline too early for Labour?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 5s

NS#220: Emergency Podcast

Doubt, deferral and the DUP: after a turbulent weekend, Helen and Stephen ask what next for the Tories? Could the new relationship with the DUP mean tougher laws on abortion? And is Theresa May's authority safe?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 54s

NS#219: Results Special

Wow. Helen and Stephen are just about still awake - and here with a summary of the night's events (rapping and singing ensue). Plus: we get the reactions of our guests at the NS election night party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 27s

NS#218: Campaign Roundup Special

Election Day is here and so are Helen and Stephen - with a campaign roundup special! From Jeremy Corbyn to Theresa May, and El Gato to Paxman - listen in to find out who they think are the winners and losers of the 2017 election race. Plus: Predictions for tonight.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 28s

NS#217: Elections and extremism

In light of this weekend's terror attack in London and Theresa May's response, Helen and Stephen reflect on the how recent attacks have shaped the election. Was May right to politicise Saturday's events? Is regulating cyber-space even possible? And what are the true causes of extremism?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 4s

NS#216: Broadcasts and forecasts

Helen and Stephen digest the latest from the battle for No.10: from the merits of Corbyn's on-screen performance, to concerns surrounding the Conservative campaign. Plus, You Ask Us: is the Labour poll surge right? And will there be high youth turnout?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 1s

NS#215: Election Special

Join us for the New Statesman on-tour election special! As the polling day approaches, our team of politics writers regale Stephen Bush with news of their travels around the country. From Dover to Derby North, and from St Ives to Sheffield Hallam, via Birmingham, Belfast and Vauxhall - listen in for the interviews and insights near you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 10s

NS#214: Manchester

In light of the attack in Manchester, the NS podcast is pausing its politics coverage until campaigning resumes. Join us next week and, in the meantime, do consider volunteering at your local hospital or donating blood: www.blood.co.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181m 0s

NS#213: Manifestos Special

Welcome to 2017's epic, Manifesto Special edition of the podcast. Helen and Stephen begin with analysis of the Conservative's latest offerings - from the new policy on social care, to their (costly) targets on immigration. Next up is Labour, who get "Marx out of ten" for their ambitious pledges. And finally, You Ask Us: are the polls right?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 57s

NS#212: Voters and Evasion

As the campaigns heat up, our hosts delve into the problems with the Progressive Alliance, the trouble with tuition fees, and Helen's history of rodent control. They also ask whether Corbyn will carry on as leader. And why Theresa May is campaigning in a sealed box (where she can avoid meeting the public). Plus, You Ask Us: is it time to stop using the word "Tribal"?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 0s

NS#211: Local Elections Special

In this bonus edition of the podcast, Helen and Stephen review the results of last week’s local elections: what do they prophesy for the parties of the Left and what does Andy Burnham’s win mean for Labour? Plus: the many ways in which Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France is a good thing – even for Brexit.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 55s

NS#210: Stooge and Stable

Helen is away this week, so Stephen is joined by Senior Writer, Anoosh Chakelian, and Citymetric Editor, Jonn Elledge. Together they explore how Theresa May's latest EU dealings are less strong-and-stable, and more "like being in a car with a drunk driver". Then discuss which candidates to watch out for in this week's local elections. Plus, you ask us: who is your least favourite Brexit minister and why?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 18s

NS#209: 1997 Election Anniversary Special

20 years on from Labour's general election landslide, Helen and Stephen host a special edition looking back at the party's journey. Lord Spencer Livermore describes what it was like to be part of the 1997 campaign team. Kate Mossman reminds us what critics say Cool Britannia was listening to - and what was actually topping the charts (Barbie Girl). And Helen conducts a dramatic reading of our May 2 leader. Warning: deeply optimistic content.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 53s

Special edition: Deep Dive on mandates and manifestos

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises. Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 15s

NS#208: Corbyn and Campaigns

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 views on homosexuality and faith. You also ask us: If Labour suffers a defeat, will Corbyn stay on as leader?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 39s

NS#207: Snap Election

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 Labour and the country. Will the epic Tory poll lead hold? What next for Ukip and the SNP? And can Corbyn’s ratings make a come-back?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 4s

NS#206: Airlines and Assad

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 merits. They also contemplate the (many) fears associated with flying, especially if it's with United Airlines. And you ask us: was Boris Johnson right over Russia?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 29s

NS#205: Cadbury and Ken

Helen and Stephen discuss what the week's two wars - with Spain and Cadburys - reveal about the political identities behind Brexit. Stephen tells of his eggsclusive on Theresa May's egg-hunt beef. Plus, what should we make of the Ken Livingtstone verdict? And what does Helen think of Labour's media operation?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 5s

Special edition: Deep Dive on tackling terrorism

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 Strategic Dialogue, who advises government on how to tackle violent extremism. And by Paul Gill, from UCL's Department of Security and Crime Science.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 16s

NS#204: Carswell and Collapse

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 introduce our special-issue on Labour's collapse. And you ask us: what do we think of the Labour Leave MPs?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 19s

NS#203: Editors and Islamic State

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 escape from the ISIS occupied city of Raqqa. And you ask us: will there be a snap election?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 38s

Special edition: Deep Dive with Laura Kuenssberg

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 thrown around a lot in the age of fake news, including by some powerful politicians, but what does it really mean?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 1s

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

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 4s

NS#201: The blinkered budget

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 the Chancellor's jokes stand up? (Answer: Spreadsheet-Phil did not Excel).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 7s

NS#200: Harman and hate

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 for more extreme parties on the right? Helen discusses her recent profile of Harriet Harman MP. And you ask us: should MPs do a deal to get Corbyn to stand down?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 18s

NS#199: Milo and Macron

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the fall of Milo Yiannopoulos. Pauline Bock joins with an update on the French elections and Macron's performance in London. And Anoosh Chakelian reports on concerns in Copeland. Plus: get your by-election predictions here!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 40s

NS#198: By-elections and a bad week

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 fails. Anoosh Chakelian tells of the apathy she found on the streets of Stoke, ahead of next week's by-election. And you ask us: how is Chris Grayling still a thing?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 11s

NS#197: Corbyn and Clive Lewis

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 with Theresa May and what she did (and did not say) about Donald Trump. And you ask us: what is a three-line whip?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 30s

NS#196: Triggers and Troubled borders

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 sexism in the House of Commons.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 46s

NS#195: Emergency Podcast

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 ask how can Britain best respond.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 35s

NS#194: Deals and Donald

This week, Helen and Stephen list the scary things we have already learnt about Donald Trump's administration. Julia Rampen's back-bencher-of-the-week is David Lammy MP, prompting a discussion of Labour's position on the article 50 vote. And you ask us: will there be a deal on Brexit?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 27s

NS#193: Theresa and Trump

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 Labour’s best line of response. Julia Rampen's Back-Bencher-Of-The-Week is Michael Gove, for his interview with Donald Trump. And You Ask Us: can you get away with anything if you’re on the right?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 56s

NS#192: Leaks and Lucas

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 editor, Julia Rampen, joins to explain why Caroline Lucas is her back bencher (and party co-leader) of the week. And you ask us: what is going on in Northern Ireland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 24s

NS#191: Movies and McCluskey

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: what to make of the latest Star Wars film?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 46s

NS#190: Our Favourite Things of 2016

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 Goldsmith lost not once, but twice. Enjoy!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 6s

NS#189: New Statesman and Talking Politics Part 2

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 discussion about Trump, Brexit and what motivates voters in the new political landscape. Are economics or identity more important? Will Donald Trump start a trade war with China? And did anything good happen in 2016? To hear the first part of this conversation, visit acast.com/talkingpolitics  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 31s

NS#188: France, faith and fighting talk

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 Europe? Also up for debate is Keir Starmer's speech, how Labour should best take on the Tories, and our hosts' own experiences of a vicarage Christmas. And finally, you ask us: Why is Theresa May determined to include students in her immigration targets? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 10s

NS#187: Porn, PMQs and patriarchy

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Emily Thornberry's performance at PMQs and the Tory response to female authority. George joins with a report from the lobby. And writer Emily Witt, author of Future Sex, explores what female sexual freedom might mean today. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Emily Witt)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 5s

NS#186: Sexting, schools and scripts

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss sex education, Jeremy Hunt's moves to stop sexting and how technology is changing childhood. George joins with the latest from the Lobby. Then Stephen and Anoosh pay a visit to James Graham, the writer of the hit West End play 'This House'. And finally, you ask us: who is the most influential person in British politics? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 52s

NS#185: Autumn Statement special

This week, Helen and Stephen are joined by Staggers Editor, Julia Rampen, to discuss the winners and losers in this year's Autumn Statement. How much jam really was there for the just-about-managings? And why is that concept both so inclusive and so un-helpful? Helen and Stephen also discuss Tony Blair - the former Labour leader's credibility problem and why the left must reconcile with its past. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 40s

NS#184: Post-election special

This week, Helen and Stephen are joined by NS contributing editor, Laurie Penny. Together they consider the fallout from last week's US election, and explore what lies behind the urge to normalise the new president-elect. George Eaton joins with an analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's latest PMQs performance. And you ask us: should Nigel Farage be used as the UK's envoy to the US? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Laurie Penny)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 23s

NS#183: Trump

After a long night, Helen and Stephen reflect on the result of America’s 2016 election: how were the polls so wrong? Would Bernie have done better? And what might be the most concerning consequence of all? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 26s

NS#182: Pre-election special

In a special election preview, Helen speaks to Jonn Elledge, who is currently touring the USA. Taking in the view from New England to Ohio they discuss which states are the ones to watch on Tuesday night? Is there such a thing as too much polling? And what are the parallels with Brexit? (Helen Lewis, Jonn Elledge)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 7s

NS#181: Momentum, members and McCluskey

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss Momentum and what its different factions might want the organisation to become. Anoosh joins with the latest from the lobby: what are Gordon Brown’s plans for regional empowerment and what should we make of the court’s decision on Brexit? Then Stephen and Helen look ahead to next week’s US election. Finally, you ask us: who is your favourite President. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1848m 6s

NS#180: Resignation, runways and Dr Strange

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow: is it right that collective cabinet responsibility has been suspended? And what are Zac Goldsmith’s chances in a by-election? Helen then shares her thoughts on the latest Marvel movie (to which Stephen was not invited). And you ask us: if Labour had the same system that it had in the 1970s, who would have won the 2015 leadership race? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 23s

NS#179: Brexit, Benn and by-elections

This week, Helen and Stephen review the list of candidates for the select committee chair announcements, Helen worries that the language around Brexit is turning nasty and Stephen finds Football Manager knows more about Brexit than our politicians. Then our deputy web editor, Anoosh Chakelian, returns from a visit to Batley and Spen to discuss by-elections and what happens next for UKIP. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 30s

NS#178: YouTube, yearning & the yacht

This week, Stephen and Helen discuss the symbolism of the royal yacht, the American election and their yearnings for a more straight-talking Brexit debate. Digital culture writer Amelia Tait joins to talk YouTubers and what might be worrying about their rise. George provides an analysis of PMQs. And you ask us: should Stop The War be protesting outside the Russian embassy?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 5s

NS#177: Tory Special

Stephen joins fresh from Birmingham to discuss the highs and lows of Tory conference - from Theresa May’s speech to Andrea Leadsom’s comments on naan-bread. Find out why May’s promises don’t work for Helen and whether Stephen thinks the message will cut through. You also ask us: where are the weaknesses in Theresa May’s vision? What will she have most trouble getting past her MPs? And how likely is an early election? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 15s

NS#176: Younge, guns and identity politics

Helen and Stephen are joined by author and editor-at-large for the Guardian, Gary Younge, to discuss the findings of his new book: Another Day in the Death of America. Seven kids die every day from gun violence in the US yet very few make the national news. Is there any way to stop Americans becoming inured to the bloodshed? The enraging, incredibly sad and sometimes peculiarly funny stories of ten kids on one unremarkable Saturday attempt to change that trend. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Gary Younge).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 28s

NS#175: Conference Special

Helen and Stephen fight through colds to bring you their first thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn's conference performance. How has the party responded to his re-election? What's the relationship with Welsh Labour? And who made this year's stand-out speeches? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 44s

NS#174: New Times Special

In this New Statesman podcast special we expand on our New Times issue which identifies the political, economic and philosophical shifts shaping our society. The series will run across two episodes with special guests giving their view on what lies ahead for Labour and the left. (Serena Kutchinsky, Jason Cowley, Colin Robinson, George Eaton, Philip Collins, Ros Wynne-Jones)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 14s

NS #173: Mandates, minorities and the Moreno scale

This week, Helen and Stephen review Labour’s pre-conference predicament: will Corbyn be elected with a bigger mandate than last time? They also explore why Labour’s support increases when people see themselves as British rather than English. George joins from the Lib Dem conference in Brighton with thoughts on Tim Farron. And you ask us about the US election: would Bernie have done better? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 51s

NS#172: Swing votes, schools and Snowden

Helen is back and set to discuss grammar schools, electoral pacts and why Stephen is particularly upset about boundary change. George joins with the reaction to Corbyn’s PMQ performance. NS tech editor, Kirsty Styles, explores whether whistleblowers can maintain their credibility - and how far big data is to be welcomed. And you ask us: can Trump win and how? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Kirsty Styles)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 55s

NS#171: Affection, factions and fandom

Anoosh once again joins to co-host this week’s podcast. Shadow cabinet elections and Brexit strategy are both up for debate as Parliament returns from recess. George Eaton discusses the latest thinking on grammar schools. And culture writer Anna Leszkiewicz explores the language of political fandom. You also ask us: Will the boundary changes help Corbyn? (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 46s

NS#170: Protections, Polls and Harry Potter

Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian co-host this week’s podcast. Together they discuss the latest YouGov Polls, the feasibility of a Progressive Alliance and the strategy of the ‘Three-Brexiteers’. Our new digital culture writer, Amelia Tait, joins to review Labour's thoughts on online protection. And you ask us: which Harry Potter houses would Britain’s political leadership be in? (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Amelia Tait)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 54s

NS#169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 7s

NS#168: Happy Holidays

Helen and Stephen are both away this week. But in their absence we've delved into the podcast archive to bring you a highlight from the 2015 Labour leadership race.... (Anoosh Chakelian, Helen Lewis).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/186m 20s

NS#167: Mayoral Special

In the week's second podcast, Helen and Stephen talk Labour politics in relation to Scotland, sexism and mayoral selections. Did anti-Westminster sentiment effect the results? What should we make of Andy Burnham? And who rescued Stephen from a broken lift? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 40s

NS#166: High noon in the High Court

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 35s

NS#165: Policies, predictions and house prices

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 contest. Citymetric editor John Elledge joins to discuss how home ownership rates have fallen around the country. And you ask us: will article 50 ever be triggered and, if so, can it be reversed? (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, Julia Rampen, Jonn Elledge).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 27s

NS#164: Summer, splits and social mobility

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 the Left. You also ask us: When will Labour’s turmoil end? And what do we think about More United? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 9s

NS#163: Supporters, Smith and Social media

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 you ask us: what will happen if Corbyn wins the leadership election for a second time? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 5s

NS#162: Reshuffle Special

Emergency Politics Podcast! Stephen Bush is joined by NS deputy web-editor, Anoosh Chakelian, and Staggers editor, Julia Rampen, to discuss Theresa May's new cabinet appointments, pick their least favourite members, and speculate on what the changes might mean for Britain. (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, Julia Rampen)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1818m 59s

NS#161: Corbyn, coups and constitution

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 popularity among members, the impact of Corbynite memes, as well as the shortcomings of some of his internal critics. And finally, you ask us: Can the Labour rebels form a new party? And how do you get a vote in Labour's leadership election? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 18s

NS#160: Leadership Special

🚨 It's an emergency politics update! 🚨 Theresa May is the new Conservative Party leader, and our new PM from Wednesday. We discuss this tumultuous day in politics. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 50s

NS#159: Inquiry, incumbents and infights

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 the Tory leadership candidates and Ukip's MEPs. George Eaton and Julia Rampen, our new Staggers Editor, then join to talk about the legacy of the Chilcot report. And you ask us: who are candidates for Green Party leader? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Julia Rampen)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1848m 49s

NS#158: Resignation, risk and leadership race

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? Have the favourites for Tory top spot changed again? And what should the Left demand from a Brexit? They also explore why bookmaker odds are no substitute for polls. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 52s

NS#157: Michael, May & mayhem

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 Laurie Penny then joins to help answer questions on Brexit: is it a good idea for Labour to pursue a second referendum? And what does Laurie want from the Labour party now? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Laurie Penny)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 41s

NS#156: Leadership, lies and let down

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 next? What is Labour’s next move? And how angry should we be about Brexit? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 28s

NS#155: Results special

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 Scotland and Northern Ireland? How will the parties react? And can anyone stop Boris Johnson? (Jason Cowley, Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 8s

NS#154: Referendum Special

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 ahead of the country going to the polls on Thursday: what will be the referendum’s lasting legacy and will it hurt UKIP? Stephen reports on the atmosphere in Hull and George Eaton takes the temperature in Westminster. And finally, you ask us: what do we think the result will be? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 57s

NS#153: Intermission

We're taking a break this week, following the death of Jo Cox MP.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/182m 13s

NS#152: Polls, predictions and Morningside Pie

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 positive case for immigration? And will Stephen stick to his earlier referendum prediction? George Eaton joins from the Lobby. Then the tone lightens with a spin around the politics of musical theatre and a very special edition of You Ask Us (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 28s

NS #151: Vice, votes and videogames

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 Ed Miliband should come back. Then, from documentaries to dragons, the parliamentary recess provides an excuse to tackle role-playing videogames – and question why politics fans are often into world-building? You also ask us: when will Bernie Sanders accept that he is not going to win? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 29s

NS #150: Englishness, X-men and equality

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 George Eaton. Then Henry Zeffman joins to discuss the politics of the new X-men movie. You also ask us: what does the future hold for the Women’s Equality Party? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Henry Zeffman)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 55s

NS #149: Monarchy, mayors and the media

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, joins to debate the value of Monarchy. You also ask us: How real is the media conspiracy against Corbyn? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Jonn Elledge)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 3s

NS#148: Welsh Labour, Leave and Lemonade

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 Leszkiewicz joins from the SRSLY podcast to discuss the politics behind Beyonce’s latest album, Lemonade. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton and Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 50s

NS#147: Results special

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 for Labour? How might Sadiq Khan implement his manifesto? And why is Lord Adonis like Pokemon? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Henry Zeffman)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 39s

NS#146: Counts, candidates and Captain America

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 Zeffman, to discuss their predictions for the election and its fall-out. They also pick teams in the week’s other political showdown: Captain America’s superhero civil war. George Eaton explores the atmosphere in Westminster. And you ask us: when will the results be in? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Henry Zeffman, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 14s

NS#145: Anti-Semitism, suspensions and Sadiq

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 questions Zac Goldsmith’s campaign against fellow mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan. You also ask us: is TTIP a reason to vote leave in the EU referendum? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Henry Zeffman, George Eaton, Anoosh Chakelian)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 20s

NS#144: Academies, America and achievable promises

This week, Helen and Stephen take a break from Brexit coverage to interview two special guests. Laura McInerney, editor of Schools Week, joins to talk about academisation and her FOI battle with the Department of Education. Then Ian Leslie discusses the New York primaries, and George Eaton is back with the latest from Westminster. You also ask us: what are the prospects for a Lib-Dem revival? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Laura McInerney, Ian Leslie, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 55s

NS#143: Election Special

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 Bush, Helen Lewis, Stephen Brasher, Jonn Elledge, Anoosh Chakelian, Siobhan Fenton, David Torrance)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1855m 48s

NS#142: Spies, socialism and the SNP

This week, Helen and Stephen discuss British politics since the election of Jeremy Corbyn: what has changed and what are politicians over-looking? Anna Leszkiewicz, the New Statesman pop culture writer, then joins to explore the BBC’s new production of The Night Manager and the enduring appeal of spy novels. You also ask us: Donald Trump or Ted Cruz? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 28s

NS#141: Students, lists and Duncan Smith

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 list. And our Anthony Howard scholar, Henry Zeffman, joins to discuss student politics and the climate of antisemitism. You also ask us: post-election, why did Labour not refer to the “small” conservative majority? (Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Henry Zeffman)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 12s

NS#140: Budget Special

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 tax, what George Eaton’s thoughts are on academies, and why Helen Lewis is outraged about disability allowance cuts. You also ask us: can local authorities handle increased devolution? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 11s

NS#139: Twitter, tax and equality

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 explore the death of social networks. You also ask us: Is the focus on 2020 damaging Labour's duty of opposition today? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Barbara Speed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 31s

NS#138: Celebrity, uncertainty, and cinema

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 us: Has politics been paused? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 35s

NS#137: Boris, Brexit and online abuse

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 networks. You also ask us: How do you explain Donald Trump? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Barbara speed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 43s

NS#136: Prizes, prejudice and polls

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 industry. You also ask us: Who are the MPs to watch? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Barbara Speed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 37s

NS#135: Trident, Tories and tough love

This week, Helen and Stephen talk Trident: the terrors of nuclear war and the attractions of virility symbols. We hear from George Eaton, down-the-line from the Lobby, on the latest speculation over a Tory leadership contest. And the SRSLY Podcast’s Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss the dark side of romcoms (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 32s

NS#134: Bernie, Bankers and EU Battle

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 we hear from Emad Ahmed, our in-house Bernie Sanders fan, on who is more likely to win their respective elections: Sanders ... or Corbyn. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Emad Ahmed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1846m 58s

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

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: CityMetric’s Jonn Elledge joins to debate the Dr Who showrunners. Want to know how the show reflects the Labour party? Listen in to find out... (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Jonn Elledge)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 14s

NS#132: Integration, Inquest, and Autopsies

This week Helen Lewis and Stephen Bush discuss Labour's post-mortem into its general election defeat, then delve inside the world of forensic anthropology (and breeding face-mites) with Stephanie Boland. We also hear from George Eaton about the latest Westminster resignation, in Down-the-Line from the Lobby, and finish up with Stephen's Joke of the Week. (Stephanie Boland, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Helen Lewis)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 45s

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

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 leader. And from Emad Ahmed on the videogames that are making us cry. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Emad Ahmed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 9s

NS#130: Reshuffle, Revolt and Writing Gender

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 confessional writing. We then hear from George Eaton, down the line from the lobby, on the latest from Westminster. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Stephanie Boland, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 20s

NS #129: Star Wars Special

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 whom? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 20s

NS #128: Christmas Special 2015

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 Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Jonn Elledge)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 58s

NS#127: Rhetoric, Racism and Reform

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 joke-of-the-week. (Caroline Crampton, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Jonn Elledge, Barbara Speed)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 58s

NS#126: Benn, By-election and Books

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. (Caroline Crampton, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed, Helen Lewis)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 4s

NS#125: Security and the State

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 Chakelian, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed, Jason Cowley, John Gray)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 54s

NS #124: How cities will save the world

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)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 57s

NS #123: Isis and the threat to Britain

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 Goldsmiths prize-winner Kevin Barry. (Jason Cowley, Xan Rice, Shiraz Maher, Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Tom Gatti, Kevin Barry)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 56s

NS #122: His Dark Materials

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, Barbara Speed.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 7s

NS #121: Girls in bands and tax credit cuts

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)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 42s

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

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).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 35s

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

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)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 0s

NS #118: Cultural Appropriation

This week we talk Conservative Party Conference, David Cameron's speech, and discuss the problem with "cultural appropriation". (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Yo Zushi).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 18s

NS #117: Conference Season and Poets' Lives

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).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 42s

NS #116: Conferences and campaigns

This week, we discuss the upcoming Labour Party Conference, and ask, when should we start caring about the US presidential race?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 27s

NS #115: Corbynmania Triumphs

This week, we digest what the success of Jeremy Corbyn means for the Labour party.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 52s

NS #114: Lengthy leaderships

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 Pasolini.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 50s

NS #113: Europe's refugee crisis

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 49s

NS #112: Going Underground

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 Shone about Woody Allen. (Caroline Crampton, Barbara Speed, John Elledge, Stephen Bush, George Eaton).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 47s

NS #111: Sarah Churchwell on the American South

Sarah Churchwell talks to Tom Gatti about how nostalgic literature became an agent in American racism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 2s

NS #110: Love's Labour's Lost

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).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 58s

NS #109: Cooper v Cumberbatch

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 soliloquy. (Helen Lewis, Caroline Crampton, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 11s

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

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).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 18s

The NS Podcast #107: Corbyn’s Coming

Jason Cowley, Stephen Bush and Stephen Brasher assess the Labour leadership race and Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise surge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 0s

The NS Podcast #106: Runners and riders

This week, we discuss the Labour leadership race and the US presidential race. (Helen Lewis, George Eaton, Stephen Bush, Nicky Woolf).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 16s

NS #105: Live from Latitude

This special edition of the NS podcast brings you the highlights of our live events from the literature tent at Latitude festival. Featuring Richard Curtis, Kate Mosse, John Mullan, Andrew Marr, Kate Fox, Owen Jones, Suzanne Moore, Georgia Gould, Caroline Crampton, and Tom Gatti.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 36m

NS #104: Parenting penalties

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, Stephen Bush, Caroline Crampton).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 27s

NS #103: Budgets and Reddit

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)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 49s

NS #102: Budget Special

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).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 58s

NS #101: Athens and airports

We talk about the financial crisis in Greece, its domestic ramifications, and ask whether the UK really needs another runway. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Matina Stevis, Caroline Crampton, Jonn Elledge, Anoosh Chakelian)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 57s

NS #100: Harry Potter Special

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's new pop culture podcast, SRSLY. (Helen Lewis, Caroline Crampton, Anna Leszkiewicz, Stephen Bush, Stephanie Boland, Barbara Speed, Jonn Elledge)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 10m

NS #99: Andy Burnham and abortion drones

This week, we discuss our interview with Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham, and how drone technology could aid women who need abortions. (Helen Lewis, Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush, Barbara Speed, Caroline Crampton.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 17s

NS #98: A Clockwork Orange is the New Black

We discuss Labour leadership contests and binge-watching Netflix's Orange is the New Black. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Caroline Crampton, Barbara Speed, Anna Leszkiewicz)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 46s

NS #97: What makes us bored?

This week, we discuss party leadership elections, the problem with the tube map, and why we get bored. (Caroline Crampton, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Barbara Speed, Jonn Elledge, Anoosh Chakelian, Tosin Thompson).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 23s

NS #96: A limerick and Ali Smith

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 Chakelian, Tom Gatti, Stephanie Boland.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 50s

NS #95: Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

Singer and artist Amanda Palmer and her husband, novelist Neil Gaiman, talk about their guest edit of the New Statesman.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 45s

NS #94: Left-leaning dramatic readings

We talk the week in politics (warning: features Tristram Hunt impressions. Listen to the end for a special Easter Egg! (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anoosh Chakelian).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 9s

NS #93: What does the SNP want?

The changing political scene in Scotland, discussed by NS editor Jason Cowley and writer Gerry Hassan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1812m 33s

NS #92: Labour leaders and witty women

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 32s

NS #91: The election post-mortem

After the election: the post-mortem. We discuss the results, and look to the future - considering the Labour leadership candidates. (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 35s

NS #90: The eve of the election

On the day before the 2015 general election, we talk Scotland (Gerry Hassan, Jason Cowley) and the final polls (George Eaton, Stephen Bush). Hosted by Helen Lewis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 38s

NS #89: Swing seats and what women want

This week, Helen Lewis talks to NS editor Jason Cowley and political editor George Eaton about marginal constituencies and the magazine's endorsement of Labour, and Caroline Crampton and Anoosh Chakelian ask what do those pesky women voters want?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 3s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Eight

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 56s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Seven

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 spells disaster for the housing crisis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 58s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Six

Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Stephen Bush discuss an exciting week in politics, from yet more televised debates to those pesky non-doms.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1810m 18s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighty-Five

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, and Ian Steadman gets philosophical with John Gray.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 44s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighty-Four

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 50s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Three

Helen Lewis speaks to Anoosh Chakelian, Stephen Bush and Ashley Cowburn about the week in politics and the end of term.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 17s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-Two

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 political, the response from Parliament and what it all means in practical terms.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1813m 29s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty-One

This week, Anoosh Chakelian speaks to George Eaton and Stephen Bush about Ed Balls, while Helen Lewis, Stephanie Boland and Jonn Elledge get angry about the internet, and Ian Steadman and Tosin Thompson evaluate the Apple watch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 8s

The New Statesman Podcast | Episode Eighty

This week, Helen Lewis talks to Stephen Bush and Jonn Elledge about swinging polls and televised debates, and Ian Steadman and Tosin Thompson discuss a fossil discovery that alters our understanding of the origins of man.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 32s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Nine

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 planet Ceres, and Stephanie Boland praises London's Feminist Library.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 21s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Eight

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 Thompson consider whether they'd be willing to die on Mars, and Caroline Crampton and Barbara Speed look to the future of podcasts.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 17s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Seven

This week, Barbara Speed and Caroline Crampton ask, is Labour's pink bus really that patronising? Plus, George Eaton and Ashley Cowburn discuss the rise of the small party, and Ian Steadman warns of the dangers of talking to your TV.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 10s

The New Statesman Podcast" Episode Seventy-Six

This week, Harry Lambert and George Eaton debate the implications of the Ashcroft poll, Ian Steadman and Barbara Speed discuss the measles outbreak in America, and Caroline Crampton and Jonn Elledge find the current housing crisis inescapably depressing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 3s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Five

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, and Stephanie Boland chats to Stuart Maconie about the problem of posh pop.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1820m 16s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Four

On this week's New Statesman podcast, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss Labour's hopes for young voters, Ian Steadman explains the significance of 4chan now its founder, Christopher Poole, is stepping down, and Tom Gatti talks through the first episode of the BBC's Wolf Hall adaptation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 42s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Three

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 Steadman and Alex Hern talk through the decline of Bitcoin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 20s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-Two

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 Helen Lewis talk through what it means that London is now bigger than it's ever been.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 8s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy-One

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 Steadman and Philip Maughan discuss the North Korea hacking scandal, and Caroline Crampton explains why Libby Lane is the perfect candidate to be the Church of England's first female bishop.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 58s

Podcast Special: Neil Gaiman talks to Index on Censorship

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 speaks to Index on Censorship for an upcoming feature in their magazine. “A nice easy place for freedom of speech to be eroded is comics because comics are a natural target whenever an election comes up.”  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1854m 24s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventy

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 that will define government policy after 2015), Daniel Trilling tells Xan Rice about the migrants risking life and limb to enter Fortress Europe, and Jonn Elledge, Philip Maughan and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett discuss the "confidence gap" that separates students at state schools and private schools.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 22s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Nine

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 fight against terrorism, and Jonn Elledge and Caroline Crampton wonder whether private schools deserve charity status.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 0s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Eight

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 Prize-winner Ali Smith, and Ian Steadman explains why it's so important that we landed a probe on a comet.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 43s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Seven

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 Berlin Wall.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 54s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Six

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 Chakelian wonder if the Tories are damaging themselves by trying to emulate Ukip's rhetoric on immigration.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 38s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Five

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Caroline Crampton discuss the troubles facing Labour, and whether the Greens really are poised to split the centre-left vote at the next election. Plus, Helen Lewis and Ian Steadman discuss some worrying news for astronauts hoping to colonise Mars. [Ed: Apologies in advance for some audio quality issues with this week's podcast - gremlins got into the wires.]  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 45s

Grayson Perry in conversation with Miranda Sawyer

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 idea of the "Great White Male", politics, fashion and much more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 32s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Four

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 upcoming by-elections, Elizabeth Minkel and Ian Steadman discuss the pros and cons of becoming involved with a massive online community, while writer Damian Barr discusses sexuality, masculinity and the concept of the Great White Male.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 51s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Three

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 buoyant mood despite being four points behind in the polls. Ian Steadman explains the massive change in copyright law that took place this week and Caroline Crampton explains the concept behind the final work of the British composer John Tavener.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 22s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-Two

Party conference special: On this week's New Statesman podcast, Caroline Crampton, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian reflect on a disappointing Labour Party conference in Manchester, and look forward to the upcoming Ukip and Conservative Party conferences this week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 34s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty-One

After the referendum: George Eaton reports from Edinburgh with reactions to the No victory in the Scottish independence vote, Helen Lewis, Jonn Elledge and Philip Maughan ask whether now is the time to devolve greater power to the rest of the country, while Ian Steadman and Fiona Rutherford mark one giant leap towards private space travel.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 24s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixty

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 Fiona Rutherford and Ian Steadman wonder what's so exciting about the Apple Watch and iPhone 6.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 32s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Nine

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 Anoosh Chakelian ask why the polls are narrowing in the run-up to the Scottish referendum.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 30s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Eight

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 wonder why Amazon would pay $970 million for a social network built around watching other people play video games.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1814m 58s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Seven

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 start of a new football season and Caroline Crampton attempts to convince resident philistines Helen Lewis and Philip Maughan that the Proms are a good thing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 58s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Six

On this week's New Statesman Podcast, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the week's politics, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti and artist Cory Arcangel talk about their new book "Working On My Novel" with Ian Steadman, and CityMetric Editors Jonn Elledge and Barbara Speed go back to basics to ask: what exactly is a city?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 51s

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

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 address the question: why are we so afraid of outspoken women?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 8m

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Five

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 Kate Mossman about a mysterious commission in pre-revolution Libya, and Ian Steadman and Juliet Jacques consider the history of football's most enduring feuds.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 39s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Four

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, Juliet Jacques and Ian Steadman decide once and for all whether this was THE BEST WORLD CUP EVER.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 40s

The New Statesman Podcast: Cabinet Re-Shuffle Special

A special edition of the NS podcast to discuss the Conservative shuffle-kerfuffle, featuring Helen Lewis, Caroline Crampton, and Anoosh Chakelian.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/187m 20s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Three

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 government's emergency data laws came into being.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 32s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-Two

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 explains why he hates Christmas and thinks we should ban it (or not), and Ian Steadman and Ajit Niranjan consider whether Facebook is evil.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 53s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty-One

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 abroad, Ajit Niranjan, Helen Lewis and Ian Steadman wonder whether it's possible to wear Google Glass without becoming a Glasshole, and Philip Maughan talks to Robin Lustig about his German-Jewish grandfather's experiences during the First World War.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 27s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifty

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 talks to Shiraz Maher about the rise of terror group Isis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 22s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Nine

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 editor Jason Cowley explains why Brazil will be the last authentic World Cup tournament, Philip Maughan talks to Baileys and Goldsmiths Prize-winning novelist Eimear McBride, and Yo Zushi interviews Texas-based musician Jerry David DeCicca, frontman of the Black Swans, who plays us out.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 14s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Eight

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 results of the European Elections, Ian Leslie tells the story of a pilot determined to banish avoidable error from the NHS, and Ian Steadman weighs the advantages of "climate change" versus "global warming".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 25s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Seven

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 explains why he's a Bobcat (that is, a die-hard Bob Dylan fan).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 6s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Six

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 explains how the International Space Station became embroiled in a diplomatic ping pong game, and Jonn Elledge argues that London's housing problem should be worrying the Tories even more than it worries Ed Miliband.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 11s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Five

On this week's New Statesman podcast, Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the prospects for Newark's by-election, sound artist Aleks Kolkowski explains why he re-built the Exponential Horn - a device capable of creating "the perfect sound" - and Ian Steadman asks why Nintendo won't recognise gay marriage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 31s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Four

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, Sophie McBain talks to Mona Siddiqui about the "Arabisation" of Islam, and Ian Steadman explains why there are millions of video games buried in the New Mexico desert. (A note on drilling: our neighbours were making a lot of noise while we made this podcast. We apologise, the building work is almost over!)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 35s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Three

Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and George Eaton discuss a rather lacklustre week in politics, tragedy strikes on Mount Everest and Sophie McBain asks - why are we all so anxious?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 53s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-Two

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 just "a nice guy who writes about dogs", and Ian Steadman explains the pros and cons of wearable technology.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 56s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty-One

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 Crace, and Ian Steadman explain why everyone should change their internet passwords.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 42s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Forty

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 Luminaries, Rafael Behr and Helen Lewis discuss the fallout from the Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage EU debate, and Ian Steadman considers the pros and cons of #activism.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 48s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Nine

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 we could, but probably won't, bring back mammoths from extinction.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 50s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Eight

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, Caroline Crampton and Sophie McBain ask how a plane can just disappear in mid air?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 4s

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

On 4 March, Alex Salmond came to Westminster to deliver a New Statesman lecture putting forward his case for Scottish independence. Listen to the full audio of the lecture and the question and answer session, hosted by NS editor Jason Cowley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 16m

The New Statesman Podcast Extra: Rafael Behr interviews Ivan Lewis

NS political editor Rafael Behr spoke to shadow Northern Ireland minster Ivan Lewis - listen to the full interview here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 37s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Seven

Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the Scottish independence referendum and the situation in Crimea, Helen Lewis and Ed Smith talk about the rowdy nature of politics and PMQs, and Rafael Behr interviews Ivan Lewis, the Northern Ireland minister.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 47s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Six

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 experience at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 59s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Five

Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Caroline Crampton assess David Cameron's future as leader of the Conservatives, Kate Mossman tells Philip Maughan why Taylor Swift isn't only for teenagers, and Ian Steadman considers the likelihood that your house will be swallowed by a giant sinkhole.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 52s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Four

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 privately-educated in public life. Rafael Behr and Caroline Crampton ask whether Labour are really bashing the rich and Caroline Criado-Perez discusses reforms to the laws on domestic violence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 22s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Three

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 train network under Labour, Caroline Crampton asks why Lena Dunham's "Girls" is such a lightning rod for criticism, and Ian Steadman tells us about the space probe which has just woken up on a comet millions of miles from the Earth.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 25s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-Two

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 critic Ryan Gilbey about reactions to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, while Ian Steadman explains why America is running out of the drugs it needs to carry out executions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 2s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty-One

Helen Lewis and George Eaton talk about Ed Balls and Labour's fortunes, Rafael Behr interviews Ryan Shorthouse of Bright Blue about Tory modernisation, and Ian Steadman and Laurie Penny join Helen to discuss trolling and internet abuse.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 47s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirty

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 year's best internet memes (with a crib for the uninitiated).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 27s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Nine

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 pitfalls of home genome testing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 14s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Eight

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 Armitage and Ian Steadman explains what the hell is actually happening with the onlinecryptocurrency Bitcoin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 27s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Seven

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 hours a day, but shed 750 jobs; and Ian Steadman and Sophie McBain ask whether we are approaching the end of the age of antibiotics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 47s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Six

We discuss the Conservative Party's attempt to erase their pre-2010 speeches from the internet; Caroline Crampton interviews Adam Price, writer of Danish political drama Borgen; and Ian Steadman reviews a new Science Museum exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 50s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Five

Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Helen Lewis discuss why Iain Duncan Smith is still a government minister despite the trouble many of his flagship welfare reforms are in; Caroline Crampton and Rachel Cooke discuss the year in television; and Ian Steadman tells us about Gravity, one of the best disaster films he's ever seen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 1s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Four

George Eaton, Caroline Crampton and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics; Rachel Cooke talks about her book uncovering the amazing career women of the 1950s; and Ian Steadman tells us about the modular smartphone which could mean you never have to buy a new mobile again.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 16s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Three

Russell Brand introduces his guest-edited issue of the magazine; Rafael Behr, George Eaton and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics; and Ian Steadman tells us about 3D printing and chairs made from fungus.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 47s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Two

Rafael Behr and George Eaton talk about political polls, Labour and the teachers' strike; Caroline Crampton interviews the founder of mediadiversityuk.com Samantha Asumadu; and Philip Maughan talks to Kate Mossman upon her return from two exclusive concerts in New York - Sting and the Coen Brothers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 11s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-One

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 science writer you've never heard of and Philip Maughan and Caroline Crampton discuss some sexy prime time telly new this week on Channel 4.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 47s

We've moved!

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, visit newstatesman.com/podcast for help.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty

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 and Caroline Crampton discuss Breaking Bad, and NS film critic Ryan Gilbey previews the new Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 26s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Nineteen

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, then Helen Lewis speaks to Sarah Ditum and Vagenda-blogger Holly Baxter about their love for One Direction, and teenage sexuality.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 36s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eighteen

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 with Tim Farron and Jeremy Browne. Helen and Raf are then joined by Caroline Crampton for a new segment entitled "Raf got a babysitter and went to the theatre", and finally Alex Hern interviews Hayley Campbell about cheating death as a cyclist in London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 37s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seventeen

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 party conference season, Alex Hern talks to comic book author Keiron Gillen and we discuss the Wikipedia controversy over Chelsea Manning.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 52s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Sixteen

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 17s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fifteen

Caroline Crampton and Rafael Behr discuss fracking and the Tory's demographic problem, Alex Hern talks with Kieron Gillen about his comic work, and we assess the maelstrom around Ask.fm and "cyberbulling".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 3s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Fourteen

George Eaton, Rafael Behr and Helen Lewis discuss the week in politics, our Arts Editor and pop critic Kate Mossman talks Philip Maughan about Spotify, and Alex Hern wonders whether Amazon has finally decided to make some serious money.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 20s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Thirteen

This week, George Eaton, who edits our politics blog The Staggers, talks to the Conservative campaigner David Skelton, Caroline Crampton grills NS science columnist Michael Brooks and junior space correspondent Alex Hern about the search for alien life, our online writer Alex Andreou discusses the current situation in Greece, and Eleanor Margolis rails against the horrors of music festivals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 53s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twelve

This week, we discuss reshuffle rumours with Rafael Behr and George Eaton, NS bloggers Alan White and Kate Belgrave talk about their investigation into the coalition’s secret cuts, and Caroline Crampton, Laurie Penny and Helen Lewis disagree about Jane Austen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 44s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twelve

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 Crampton and Eleanor Margolis thrash out how to make MPs less "moaty" and Alex Hern explains why there are so many "hulks" on Twitter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 59s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eleven

In a special episode of the New Statesman podcast, Helen Lewis discusses the Spending Round with George Eaton and Rafael Behr.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 40s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Ten

In this week's podcast, the New Statesman's crack politics squad examine the spending review, guests Willard Foxton and Rebecca Wait explore the ethics of writing about suicide, Daniel Trilling talks about the continued effects of austerity on Greece, and Alex and Helen discuss Kickstarter. Also Helen calls everyone "Jeffrey".  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 29s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Nine

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 Crampton debate the merits of 3D cinema, our art critic Tom Calvocoressi dissects two new exhibitions at the Tates in London and Alex Hern and Helen Lewis talk about the new Xbox launch.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 29s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Eight

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 Hern and Philip Maughan talk about the different problems of spoilers in TV, films and videogames.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 33s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Seven

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 City of London, we discuss Robert Macfarlane's "Holloway" and the problems with the "new" nature writing and Alex Hern explains the saga of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell's Zenith.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1818m 27s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Six

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) talks about the most important issues facing modern feminism, Sophie Elmhirst and Philip Maughan talk about the return of American novelist James Salter, and Alex Hern explains all you need to know about Tumblr and Yahoo.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 19s

New Statesman podcast: Episode Five

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 week's feature on the politics of fatness, and resident young person Alex Hern says "space" a lot.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 46s

The New Statesman podcast: Episode Four

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 Jonathan Derbyshire talking books for the last time.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 38s

The New Statesman Podcast: Local Elections Special

Will Ukip break through? Can Labour stay on course? Are the Lib Dems going to be annihilated? In this special episode, NS political correspondents Rafael Behr and George Eaton talk to Helen Lewis about the upcoming local elections.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/188m 23s

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Three

In this episode, we discuss our Len McCluskey interview, ask whether tattoos will ever hang in the Louvre, look at spring books with Jonathan Derbyshire, hear about America from Nicky Woolf, and follow up on the role that Reddit played in the hunt for the Boston bombers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 24s

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

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, author and columnist Simon Heffer and NS contributing writer and Huffington Post political director Mehdi Hasan. Opposing were Times comment editor Tim Montgomerie, Institute of Economic Affairs communications director Ruth Porter, and Independent columnist Owen Jones. The chair was New Statesman editor Jason Cowley.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 39m

The New Statesman Podcast: Episode Two - The Centenary Special

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 archives, Daniel Trilling, Yiannis Baboulias and Laurie Penny talk about the reaction to austerity in Europe, Will Self makes the case for a pessimistic world view, Helen Lewis and Sophie Elmhirst discuss the magazine's relationship with poetry, we decide whether or not the Left won the 20th century, and Alex Hern tells you what Bitcoin is.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 55s

The New Statesman Feminism Debate

What is the most important issue facing feminism today? New Statesman writers Helen Lewis, Laurie Penny, Bim Adewunmi, Juliet Jacques, Victoria Smith, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter came together at Conway Hall in London on 4 April 2013 to debate it. Chaired by New Statesman web editor Caroline Crampton, the debate and the audience question session is here in full for podcast listeners to enjoy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 41m
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