The Bunker

The Bunker

By Podmasters

THE BUNKER is fearless, free-range political talk from the team behind REMAINIACS, the hit independent Brexit podcast.

 

Every week we examine the big issues with expertise, humour and fierce independence. We cut through the claptrap, help you make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on. Think of it as Remainiacs, just without quite so much Brexit. And now there’s a BUNKER DAILY every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday where we talk one-to-one with experts, authors, troublemakers and interesting people from across the spectrum.

 

That’s THE BUNKER, out every Wednesday morning… or earlier, if you’re lucky.

 

The Bunker regulars are…


Alex AndreouIan DuntAndrew HarrisonAyesha HazarikaHelen LewisDorian LynskeyAhir ShahNaomi SmithArthur SnellRos Taylor


Episodes

Belarus: Rebelling against a “democratic” dictatorship

Belarus is convulsed by pro-democracy demonstrations, the opposition leader has fled in fear and the EU is threatening to reimpose sanctions. Yet pig-farmer turned strongman Alexander Lukashenko shows no sign of relinquishing his 26-year grip on power. Professor Andrew Wilson of UCL, the author of Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship, talks to Dorian Lynskey about how Lukashenko rigs elections, the prospects for bringing real democracy to Belarus, and who’s keeping “Batka” in power. “There’s YouTube video of someone shouting ‘Just swap the votes!’” “Lukashenko was shocked by Putin’s attack on Crimea. Even dictators want to stay in power.”“Lukashenko hasn’t done anything clever. It’s just the police vs the demonstrators.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/08/2016m 32s

DIRTY CASH: How to stop dark money destroying our politics

Since before the Referendum, rivers of untraceable money have flowed through our politics, washing away accountability and benefiting secretive and powerful people. Peter Geoghegan of openDemocracy joins us to discuss the revelations of his new book Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics – and explore what we need to do when technology outpaces the law. Plus: Which zone is your home? Why the Government’s plans for planning won’t solve the housing crisis. And the future of Lebanon.Presented by Andrew Harrison with Nina Schick and Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and branding by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/2053m 39s

Going Underground: Paranoia, prepping and the world beneath our feet

There’s a world going on underground. Ethnographer, archaeologist and author of the eerily prescient Bunker: Building For The End Times BRADLEY GARRETT is fascinated by tunnels, chambers and hidden realms – and what drives people to populate them. He tells Ros Taylor about the allure of the subterranean, the hidden city under Wiltshire – and the Doomsday Preppers who wanted to buy it – and the cocktail of modern dreads that make humans refuge underground.Hold tight for Bunker on bunker action… with a Rees-Mogg connection too. “COVID has revealed how fragile the society we’ve built over the past 30 years is. We created COVID’s pathways around the world.” “The city is archaeology in reverse… the newest has to be the deepest.” “If you’re heavily invested in societal collapse, and you’re in power, you might want to bring that collapse about.” Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/2030m 10s

IMMIGRATION: Reasons to be cheerful? Ian Dunt talks to Jonathan Portes

Priti Patel might be trying to stoke fears with her ludicrous ‘Clandestine Channel Threat Commander’ but as the Brexit madness recedes, is the environment for immigrants moving in an inexorably more liberal direction? Professor Jonathan Portes of KCL takes Ian Dunt on a deep dive into the economic realities of immigration and finds that not only will we need more immigrants to deal with the post-COVID challenges… but that we may have passed the high point of xenophobia in Britain.Listen up for what Dunt is calling “my first-even optimistic Bunker Daily…” Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/2025m 42s

Creasy’s the word: STELLA CREASY MP on making misogyny a hate crime

Some good stuff DID get done during the chaotic COVID Parliament that’s just ended. Walthamstow MP STELLA CREASY tells Ayesha Hazarika about her fight to get misogyny reclassified as a hate crime as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill, why women have been left out of the Government’s COVID response… and all the gigs that the Right Honourable Member for Indie Rock missed because of the Pandemic. “The Chancellor hasn’t got a Scooby about how COVID affects pregnant women. He started telling me about self-employment instead.”“We’re trying to get people back into pubs, but we’re not getting three-year olds back into childcare.”“One MP told me not to worry about coming back to work after having a baby because there’ll be a nanny. Well there ain’t.” Presented by Ayesha Hazarika. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/2024m 58s

Daily: What we owe to JOHN HUME, with Claire Hanna MP

When JOHN HUME died earlier this week, presidents and political leaders across the spectrum eulogised him as nothing less than the father of peace in Northern Ireland. How did this quiet, determined man find a way to bring about the impossible, and sideline violence within Irish nationalism? South Belfast MP Claire Hanna tells Naomi Smith why John Hume is her political hero, and what we can still learn from him.  “People used to joke about John Hume’s ‘single transferable speech’… but he used to say the problem hasn’t changed so the solution hasn’t changed.”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/08/2026m 7s

For Services To Brexit, I Mean Cricket… plus guest DAVID GAUKE

With the Grand Reopening leading inevitably to the Great Re-Locking, is No.10’s rule-by-snappy-slogan no longer fit for purpose? Has Boris Johnson’s back-scratching Dissolution Honours finally made Lords Reform inevitable – and should we fear a shake-up if it happens? And our special guest, former minister and rebellious leader of the Gaukward Squad David Gauke, gives perhaps the most entertaining account of losing an election we’ve heard… and speculates if we’ll ever see one-nation Conservatism ever again. “On COVID, the British public seem to be far more sanguine than writers for mid-market tabloids.” – Ian Dunt“If you’re a Muslim, your mum starts cooking for Eid three days ahead… And that late lockdown made Muslims feel really unvalued.” – Ayesha Hazarika“There’s been too many occasions where the Prime Minister has been too keen to deliver good news that turns out not to be correct… and that undermines trust.” – David Gauke“Everybody talks about Lords reform until they become leader.” - Ayesha Hazarika“Even as an ex-MP I was bombarded with angry emails saying Dominic Cummings should go.” – David GaukePresented by Dorian Lynskey with Ayesha Hazarika and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and branding by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/2056m 5s

“The Banksy of money”: Is CRYPTOCURRENCY out of control?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were supposed to overturn the tyranny of the banks and give consumers new power over their money. This financial Wild West is still plagued with fraud, scams, pyramid schemes and doomed start-ups. But as entrepreneur, investor and follower of the crypto/blockchain market PHILLIP NUNN explains, the “Internet of Money” is coming whether governments like it or not. Can it become a force for good in the economic revival?“When people say if Pablo Escobar were around now he’d be using Bitcoin, that’s just not true.”“At first crypto was kids in their bedrooms just trying stuff. Now it’s got billions and billions of market cap.”“To hack one chain of Bitcoin you’d need 30 times the power of Google’s servers.”Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/2026m 14s

How Not To Waste The Next Four Years: MIATTA FAHNBULLEH explains

If we’re stuck with a hard right government for the next four years, how should progressives best use this time? Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation MIATTA FAHNBULLEH talks to Alex Andreou about the opportunities amid the chaos, how it’s impossible to triangulate where the Johnson government is going, and what Starmer needs to do right now to build the platform that can win in 2024. “It’s just not clear what the ideology of Johnson is. They’re more opportunistic than anything.”“These moments come up once in a couple of generations, where everything is thrown up in the air.” “We need to come together and say we need change. When people come together, politicians will have to listen.” Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2029m 57s

Probing the Pandemic: LAYLA MORAN on MPs’ independent COVID inquiry

Britain can’t wait for the Government’s Public Inquiry into COVID. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus is seizing the initiative and examining every aspect of the crisis. Its chair, Lib Dem MP and leadership candidate LAYLA MORAN, explains to Naomi Smith how MPs are outpacing the government in understanding the virus, why mental health is the neglected aspect of COVID, and how we can prepare for a second wave.  “I’d love Boris Johnson to come before us and answer our questions. I very much doubt that he will.”“There are some things more important than the Lib Dem leadership contest, would you believe…”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/2025m 3s

Private Investigations: BELLINGCAT and open source inquiries

From unmasking suspects in the Salisbury poisoning to exposing money laundering and Russian involvement in the shooting down of flight MH-17, investigative collective Bellingcat is at the forefront of a new kind of investigative journalism. Founder ELIOT HIGGINS explains to Dorian Lynskey how “open source” investigations work – why conventional media still doesn’t understand the reach of state disinformation – and how to deal with “vicarious trauma” when you have to watch multiple videos of horrific acts in the pursuit of truth. “I’ve seen so much terrible stuff from across the world that I can prepare myself. You learn what not to look at.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/07/2028m 21s

Oh My Darling, Quarantine

Is the summer tourist season already a write-off for Europe – and will the traditional foreign holiday become history? Are you ready to start paying more tax from the age of 40 to fund your own social care? And as COVID continues to hollow out city centres, is urban living on the way out? Ros Taylor, Ahir Shah and special guest Yasmeen Serhan of The Atlantic join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length Bunker. Listen closely for live interventions from Andrew’s cat. “The summer months are the lungs of Europe.” – Yasmeen Serhan“When the people who make decisions about health and social care can opt out with private insurance, they don’t experience the consequences of their own decisions.” – Ros TaylorProduced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and branding by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/2052m 10s

“The Golden Age of Incompetence”: Ian Dunt meets TV comedy writer Jason Hazeley

“We’ve been kettled with our own thoughts.” Comedy writer and friend of the podcast JASON HAZELEY – Screenwipe writer and co-creator of everything from the grown-up Ladybird books to Philomena Cunk – talks to Ian Dunt about what the pandemic has done to TV, the live sitcom that is Great Britain, and the dismal poverty of Boris Johnson’s terrible, feeble jokes. “Have I Got News For You in lockdown just looks like a series of hostage videos.”“The last thing the world needs right now is a golden age of monologue.”“Boris Johnson is an ambassador of the trivial and inconsequential… but your Prime Minister should not be a figure of fun.”Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/2028m 8s

The Great Deceleration is coming, says DANNY DORLING

We’re conditioned to think that economic development will get faster and faster. But it turns out that many key indicators from population growth to GDP expansion are slowing down. DANNY DORLING, social geographer and author of Slowdown: The End Of The Great Acceleration and Inequality And The 1%, talks to Ros Taylor about the coming Great Deceleration – why inequality is clearly the strongest indicator of mental wellbeing – why most of we hear about the Brexit-hungry “left behinds” is nonsense – and why our slow future was already taking shape before the COVID lockdown. “Important indicators like population are rising – but not as fast we think they are.” “Acceleration was so lauded in the past because we were improving living standards… but we’ve gone way past that. Simply consuming more won’t make us happier.” “Half of the British population is on the edge of being financially insecure and in fact destitute in the near future.” “If your told since birth that you’re the best in the world, then seeing your kids incapable of supporting or housing themselves is hard to accept.” “We’re living under a misconception that this is an age of acceleration. Compared to our grandparents’ time, it’s an age of slowdown.”Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/2033m 56s

Daily: JARVIS COCKER is born again

A pop career is for life. Art explorer, national treasure and former Pulp frontman JARVIS COCKER talks to Andrew Harrison about his return to the music fray with new band Jarv Is… and new album Beyond The Pale. On the agenda: the musical concerns of the mature gentleman, what celebrity does to the unwary mind, the legacy of ‘Common People’, and how pop is a way of asking yourself the questions you really ought to answer. “Celebrity is like pornography. It takes something great, like sex, and grosses it out.”“The post-war dream was a classless society… and now that seems to have totally disappeared.” Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/2022m 56s

Building back better with MOLLY SCOTT CATO of the Greens

Can Europe really build back better after the pandemic? How does the EU’s response to COVID look when you’re one of Britain’s former MEPs? Molly Scott Cato, former Green Party MEP and the party’s current Brexit and Finance spokesperson, joins Alex Andreou to talk over plus the Russia Report, the financial conduits that make corruption possible, and what we do now that Vote Leave runs the country “These people drove the Brexit boat and are now in government, and we don’t really know where their loyalties lie.”“In British society we hide our dirty laundry – but the laundry is still dirty.” “The main problem of the Eurozone is that some countries can tell others how to spend their money.” Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/07/2025m 53s

Russia Report: It’s A Vladi Disgrace

“In Moscow, inquiry closes YOU.” As the Russia Report confirms the Conservatives’ wilful blind eye to Putin’s interference in UK elections, where do we go from here? If we rage about the Russians supposedly tipping the Referendum or the General Election, are we looking at the wrong things? Plus, why the left needs to stop gloating over The Guardian’s money woes… and hands off Bill Gates. Can’t a guy just be a munificent billionaire without everyone getting on his case?Naomi Smith subpoenas Helen Lewis, Ian Dunt and Alex Andreou to give evidence on this week’s full-length Bunker. Also – sirens! “We can’t have another election with half of the country believing they’re going to be cheated” – Alex Andreou“Russia is trying to encourage wedge issues and the Vote Leave government is exacerbating that.” – Ian Dunt“The same backbenchers who are losing their shit about a Chinese wire in their phone are completely relaxed about Russia running electoral interference.” – Alex Andreou“Russian influence has become so embedded in the UK that the intelligence community can only shrug.” – Alex Andreou“The new elitism is packing the Lords with your mates.” – Ian DuntProduced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and branding by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/2054m 9s

Why Corona is a feminist issue

Coronavirus has put women out of work more frequently than men, led to a spike in domestic violence, pushed women’s healthcare down the list of priorities, and set the scene for a mental health crisis for women. Yet politicians appear blind to the pandemic’s gendered consequences. Dr Clare Wenham, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy at the LSE, talks to Helen Lewis about how the pandemic has hit women hardest, and what we will need to learn from it. “We’re seeing exactly what happened with Zika and Ebola – but on a global scale.”“Female-dominated industries are the ones hardest hit by pandemics. What it means is, women lose their jobs.”“British exceptionalism means we haven’t learned from what happened during pandemics in the rest of the world.”Presented by Helen Lewis. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/2030m 1s

Oh, Those Russians: IAN DUNT on Russia Report Week

The Intelligence report into Russian interference in British elections and the Referendum is finally published this week – but what will it mean? Why are Brexiters so keen to discredit it? And are Tory backbenchers finally growing a spine? Ian Dunt sets the scene for what looks like a momentous week in British politics. “Eskimos supposedly have a thousand words for snow – and the Russian government has a thousand words for lie.”“The Russians are banking on domestic tribalism to prevent any serious response to their interference.”“The Tories are up to their necks in Russian donations.”“The Raab leak shows how inept and cynical the Government’s response to Russian interference has been.”Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/2023m 8s

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Troll: LUKE HARDING on Russia’s new Code War

Hold the front podcast page! The infamous Russia Report could well come out next week. What will it reveal? The Guardian’s Russia correspondent LUKE HARDING, author of Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem And Russia’s Remaking Of The West and first British journalist to be expelled from Russia since the end of the Cold War, joins Dorian Lynskey to look at what Putin really wants. How did Russia influence Brexit? Why did Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s Russian collusion flop so badly? Whatever happened to the classy, erudite KGB of old? Oh, and the Secret Plot against Chris Grayling.“You have to ask, why have Johnson and Cummings burnt so much political capital on suppressing this report?”“Donald Trump is seen in Moscow as the greatest success in Russian espionage history.”“The message of Salisbury was, You may forget about us but we will never forget about you.” “Robert Mueller was like a boy scout going into Trump’s gambling den.”“Russian interference in Brexit definitely happened – whether you believe it was determinant or not.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/2031m 25s

Dirty deals with demagogues: ANNE APPLEBAUM on democracy’s betrayers

Why do former democrats and intellectuals so often make the squalid journey from liberalism to hardline nationalism? Historian ANNE APPLEBAUM’s new book Twilight Of Democracy: The Failure Of Politics And The Parting Of Friends describes why once-liberal people make deals with devils of demagoguery. She talks to Nina Schick about the revenge of the second-raters, the lure of performative rage, how toxic nostalgia feeds authoritarianism and worse… and what we can do about it. “If you despair that your society is coming to an end, you will embrace desperate measures.”“When Trump tweets ‘LAW AND ORDER’ what he’s saying is, I can shut these people up.”“Brexit was a coup carried out by one part of the elite against another part of the elite.”“The defeat of Donald Trump is absolutely the most important thing that needs to happen for the world to move forward.”Presented by Nina Schick. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/07/2030m 31s

“A Season Of Insanity”: Republicans against Trump

As America faces the dire prospect of a Trump second term, the hardest-hitting, most brutal and effective anti-Trump ads come from the rebel Republicans of Super PAC the Lincoln Project. Former George W Bush and John McCain strategist Steve Schmidt of The Lincoln Project joins us to explain the scale of the stakes, the depths of Trump’s betrayal, and what British listeners can do to unseat America’s worst president. Plus, fun with cancel culture! Ayesha Hazarika and Alex Andreou join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length Bunker roundtable. “In a choice between a sociopath and a socialist, in America the sociopath is going to win seven days a week.”“We have gone full Banana Republic in the US in the past four years.”“Democracies can’t flourish when the truth and a lie are indistinguishable.”“It took 240 years to discover the design flaw in the American system.”“Grievance is the high-octane fuel of Trumpism. No grievance, no Trumpism.”Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/2049m 15s

Peak Hour: How Corona will change TRAVEL IN CITIES

How will transport in cities change after the COVID wave subsides? Will financial worries make high-frequency public transport a thing of the past, just when we need it most? And will we even WANT to live in cities any more? Jonn Elledge of urban nerdery site CityMetric talks to Ros Taylor about the future of trains, buses and bikes… and why we might have missed the COVID opportunity to rethink transport. “Uber isn’t even good for Uber drivers. The company clearly wants to phase them out.” “The Government is going to have to subsidise London’s transport again. If it doesn’t the city will grind to a halt.”“If London life no longer exists as it once did, what’s the point of spending a fortune to live there?” “I do worry that anything we were going to do about traffic, the moment has now passed.” Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2022m 33s

“Long COVID” – A new and hidden crisis

Not everyone with COVID ends up in hospital. Sufferers are beginning to report a disturbing post-viral syndrome of deep, extended fatigue, weakness, “brain fog”, anxiety and weird physical sensations that they’re calling “Long COVID”. Paul Garner of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine tells Naomi Smith about his own strange and debilitating ten-week experience with Long COVID – and explains why employers and medical professionals need to take it seriously. “I felt very fatigued, with brain fogs, my heart was racing… it felt like my life was draining out of me.”“I used to do an hour of intense yoga regularly. Now I do 15 minutes and I’m floored for two days.” “This disease messes with your head. I’ve woken up in a very low mood, in tears… then later in the day I’ll be fine.”“This is very similar to ME and long-term fatigue… And patients are not being believed by employers and health professionals.” Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/2029m 16s

Daily: COVID, MS and the coming charity crash

COVID’s impact on people with multiple sclerosis has been cruel beyond even the privations experienced by the rest of us. Our panelist Ros Taylor has never spoken about her own MS diagnosis before. In conversation with David Martin, CEO of the MS Trust, she discusses the astonishing hardships faced by people with MS during the pandemic, why all charities are facing a potential extinction event… and what listeners can do to rescue essential charities that face total ruin.Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/2020m 25s

Daily: MASHA GESSEN on Trump, Putin and the Power Lie

Donald Trump annihilates the language of democracy even as he campaigns to destroy its institutions – and in this, he’s just like Putin. In a podcast unlike any we’ve recorded (complete with live thunderstorms), the author of Surviving Autocracy MASHA GESSEN talks to Dorian Lynskey about the lies designed to purely to bully, the perils of the next Trump… and why we might come out of the populist mess better than we went in.Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/07/2017m 35s

Karma for Police? UK cops in the spotlight

As #BlackLivesMatter puts law enforcement under microscope worldwide, policing expert and former Met officer Peter Kirkham gives the view from inside British policing. Plus, what does Beijing’s draconian crackdown on free speech mean for Hong Kong citizens – and will Britain’s offer of BNO passports make any difference? And what are you going to spend your £500 government stimulus voucher on? Nina Shick and Arthur Snell join Dorian Lynskey for this week’s full-length Bunker podcast. “Lockdown isn’t a policing issue. It’s a government and a health issue. Portraying it as a policing issue just shows how shambolic the Government’s response has been.” – Peter Kirkham “Any organisation put together by white males will put the interests of white males first. We have to ask ourselves how we deal with that.” – Peter Kirkham Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/2048m 41s

Protest and Survive with guest PETER TATCHELL

From Bermondsey to Zimbabwe to Moscow and beyond, PETER TATCHELL has been fighting for human rights for over 50 years… and the LGBT rights that got him pilloried by the tabloids in 1983 are now the stuff of the mainstream. As we enter the most dangerous moment for democracies since the end of WWII, what should we be fighting for – and how? Peter talks to Andrew Harrison about populism’s crisis moment, the failure of Corbynism, and how we can still follow the COVID crisis with a once-in-a-century renewal. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/2032m 48s

Carry On COVID with stand-up comic CARL DONNELLY

Recorded before the Government’s announcement on support for the arts… Last Friday Naomi Smith talked to stand-up comedian and host of the Two Vegan Idiots podcast CARL DONNELLY about the battered state of comedy and the arts under the COVID onslaught. Then on Sunday Rishi Sunak announces £1.57bn of aid to the arts. Who says The Bunker doesn’t get things done, eh? Listen in as Naomi and Carl discuss what’s needed to fix crisis that has cost the arts £74bn and threatens 400,000 jobs. “The arts isn’t just left-wing comedians banging on about Nigel Farage… These venues employ thousands of people.”Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/07/2022m 49s

Arias of concern: Can OPERA come back from Corona?

Extended culture upgrade special! Like all live music, opera has been floored by COVID-19. Can an art form that thrives on crowds and projecting your voice (and your breath) survive this game-changing crisis? Will opera houses face bankruptcy? How is the industry negotiating the nightmares of rescheduling, social distancing and insurance companies that won’t pay up? And when will audiences finally get to experience the thrill of live opera again? Alex Andreou raises the curtains on an all-star Corona Crisis special from the opera world, featuring Michael Moody, co-founder of the Grange Festival, Hampshire; Australian lyric soprano and multiple competition winner Kiandra Howarth; and National Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor John Andrews (whose Very Brief History of Opera on YouTube has been a blessing on lockdown). The music for this special edition is Kiandra performing Crepusculo at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. “As sins go, bringing a respiratory disease to an opera festival is right up there.”“As opera buffs, we’re always dealing with tragedy…”Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/2045m 4s

Dine Another Day? JAY RAYNER on restaurants’ COVID reckoning

GRAVE RESERVATIONS: Britain’s restaurants will unlock this weekend in a life or death moment for an industry that employs almost a million people. Will diners embrace their freedom or will FOGO keep them away? How has the COVID lockdown changed our relationship with eating out? Which restaurants will innovate their way out of trouble? And if a No Deal Brexit happens, will it all have been for nothing? The Observer’s renowned food critic JAY RAYNER joins Andrew Harrison to talk about the most momentous meals we may ever eat. Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/07/2028m 23s

Leadership lessons from Keir and Klopp

Was Keir Starmer right to defenestrate Rebecca Long-Bailey and will this reset the DAYS SINCE LABOUR BUST-UP clock to zero? Special guest Philip Seargeant, author of The Art of Political Storytelling, explains how narrative crowded out truth in politics and what we can do about it. And what can everyone learn from Liverpool FC’s Jürgen Klopp – even if they hate football? Helen Lewis and Ahir Shah join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length Bunker podcast. “The thing about the Labour Left’s anger on social media is, Twitter is what they’ve got left.” – Helen Lewis“It's hard to find models of masculinity that aren’t brittle or blokey. But Klopp is authoritative and also quite caring too.” – Helen LewisPresented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/2045m 5s

Censors Working Overtime: How NO PLATFORM became culture war catnip

Is there a real free speech crisis in universities or is it just another confected Culture War squabble? With people like Amber Rudd banned from speaking simply for having been in government, is No Platform overreaching itself? And how did a bunch of defrocked Marxists end up the main advocates of a very conservative vision of free speech? British-Australian academic EVAN SMITH, author of No Platform, talks to Dorian Lynskey about the tangled roots and “mission creep” inherent in the practice of shutting people up. “Nigel Farage was exposed to the sunlight of debate pretty regularly. How well did that work out?”Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/2020m 22s

Communication Breakdown: The MEDIA vs Coronavirus with Raymond Snoddy

Is the pandemic an extinction event for news media, or a strange opportunity? Is trust in journalism really collapsing in the age of populism? And is the BBC still top of Dominic Cummings’ To Destroy list? Don of media analysts RAYMOND SNODDY – ex media editor at the Times and FT – talks to Andrew Harrison about the media’s COVID-born existential crisis.Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/06/2031m 13s

The COVID cost of the Hostile Immigration Environment – with MINNIE RAHMAN of the JCWI

Immigration is the topic most guaranteed to drive good sense out of the room. Will opinions be changed by COVID’s sobering reminder of the irreplaceable work that immigrants do? Has Black Lives Matter shown us the progress we’ve made – or the progress we haven’t? And will the Government use COVID quarantine as cover for even more repressive immigration rules? MINNIE RAHMAN of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants talks to Alex Andreou about the myth of the immigrant freeloader and the unforeseen cruelties of the Hostile Environment.“Let’s face it, any migrant is just one lost document away from becoming a victim of the Hostile Environment.” “You can’t have a two-tier system where some people can access services and some can’t. We’re only as healthy as our neighbours.”Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/2031m 58s

Daily: Why can’t we go SWIMMING yet?

If shops and pubs can reopen, why can’t pools? Swimming saves the NHS and social care some £357m a year, yet the Government’s mishandling of community sport is a microcosm of its muddled approach across Coronavirus. How badly will this affect young swimmers? And how does COVID-19 fare in chlorinated water anyway? Swim England chief exec JANE NICKERSON explains as enthusiast swim fan Ros Taylor goes off the deep end. “If we’re working on science, what makes a cinema or a pub better to open than a swimming pool?”“The children who are missing swimming lessons now could become a lost generation.”“We talk about protecting the NHS. Well keeping people fit and healthy IS protecting the NHS.” Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/06/2015m 35s

Mask Hysteria! plus We’re Only Quarantining Nigel

Are you wearing your facemask? If not, WHY NOT? Plus: Has Britain’s shambolic response to COVID exposed something worse than bad leadership: a deep-seated rot in the British state itself? What’s going to happen when mass unemployment hits the sharp-elbowed, politically-engaged middle classes? And most importantly, when can we finally, finally get our highlights done? Ros Taylor welcomes Ayesha Hazarika, Nina Schick and Alex Andreou into our specially-hardened Bunker for this week’s panel show. Stay tuned for Alex’s deep-dive on anti-COVID “moustache and beard snoods” and PPE niche porn… “There are people now who’ve only heard of older people as a burden… We wheel out our veterans and then let them drown with COVID.” – Alex Andreou“The infamous Red Wall is a blessing and a curse for Boris Johnson.” – Ayesha Hazarika“Britain needs to complain more and whinge less.” – Alex AndreouPresented by Ros Taylor. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/2052m 25s

Gigs might fly: LIVE MUSIC’s last chance?

Hundreds of thousands of people should be heading to Glastonbury right now. Instead the live music industry is hanging on by its fingernails, hundreds of venues are threatened with closure, and the Government hasn’t included music in its ‘Cultural Renewal Taskforce’. Music agent JAMES WRIGHT of United Talent Agency talks to Andrew Harrison about what this multi-billion pound industry needs to survive. “Music is this country’s cultural background. And it’s being taken away from people.”“Our business just doesn’t work with ANY social distancing in place.”Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/2027m 22s

Daily: HONG KONG rages against the machine

As China tries to impose its authority on Hong Kong, can the former British colony retain some semblance of independence? What’s behind the creeping authoritarianism of Beijing’s Fugitive Offenders Bill? And are Britain’s moves on British National Overseas passports anything more than a gesture? Professor KERRY BROWN, Professor of Chinese Studies at King’s College London and Director of the Lau China Institute, talks to Naomi Smith about Hong Kong’s moment of truth. “China’s definition of ‘what is terrorism?’ can be incredibly extensive.”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/06/2018m 35s

Daily: INDIA’s twilight of democracy

In India, Narendra Modi’s populist BJP government has stripped back rights further than in almost any advanced democracy. The country’s COVID response has caused nightmarish problems for the world’s most populous country. And now we’ve seen a bizarre hand-to-hand clash with Chinese troops on the Himalayan border. Is India on the verge of historic trouble? The Guardian’s southern Asia correspondent HANNAH ELLIS-PETERSEN explains the BJP’s mix of religious fanaticism and 21st century troll politics to Dorian Lynskey. “Modi’s COVID response has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in 50 years.”“COVID has been branded a ‘Muslim disease’… The BJP are calling it ‘Corona Jihad’.” “The BJP is accusing democracy protestors of being terrorists.”“Even before Coronavirus, India’s healthcare was already on the brink of collapse.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/2027m 43s

“We don’t need another racism inquiry. We need action.” MARSHA DE CORDOVA MP speaks

What will it take to translate the unprecedented debate on racism and bias into action? Battersea Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities MARSHA DE CORDOVA talks to Naomi Smith about a moment that could change Britain. “Each of us has a responsibility to ensuring that this moment is a catalyst for change.”“Don’t call it Black History. It’s just history.”“No-one could look at that video of George Floyd and be the same again.” “We don’t need any more reviews. I am reviewed out. We need action.”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2029m 23s

Spike Island

As Britain zealously unlocks its shops and zoos (but not its schools), are we knocking over the norms that we’ll need to deal with a second wave of COVID? What are we going to do after the pandemic when AI and automation take all the jobs? Guest Daniel Susskind, author of A World Without Work, joins us to look at what all these people are going to do all day. Plus the torrid secret life of George Eliot. “Defending” statues with the Jacamo Freikorps. And who’s really behind the purging of problematic TV comedy?Ahir Shah and Helen Lewis join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“The Government are like, Exercise your judgment… but not like THAT.” – Ahir Shah“History is a process. It’s about what we choose to remember. It’s not an objective science at all.” – Helen LewisPresented by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/2047m 40s

Liberté, Egalité, Acrimonie: FRANCE’s Coronavirus comedown

Emmanuel Macron continues to suffer from France’s traditional disdain for its leader. How has the pandemic affected France’s notorious febrile politics? Why is France so unhappy with Macron? Will Black Lives Matter finally force change on the notoriously racist French police? And whatever happened to the Gilets Jaunes? JOHN LICHFIELD, former France correspondent for the Independent, explains all to Ros Taylor. “In my 20 years in France, every French leader has been instantly unpopular.” “It’s the fate of centrists everywhere to be hated by both sides.”“Everyone’s claiming to be De Gaulle without ever stopping to consider how De Gaulle would have reacted to today’s problems.”“There’s a visceral dislike of Macron in France that in many ways is unfair. But that’s normal French politics.”Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/2021m 47s

Injury time: FOOTBALL’s risky return with Phillippe Auclair

The country’s hunger for football has become desperate during lockdown – but will we even recognise the game when it returns this week? What have ten weeks of isolation done to the minds and bodies of top players? And will the game’s elite finally accept that they need to support the game’s desperately-threatened grassroots? France Football’s England correspondent PHILIPPE AUCLAIR talks to strung-out Liverpool fan Andrew Harrison as we enter the riskiest and most unpredictable weeks in football’s history. “If we don’t ensure that the world outside of the Premier League is taken care of, the consequences could be really dire.”“We don’t know how players’ bodies will react to an enforced rest of three months – which they have never, ever done.”“The whole fabric of English football is in danger now. The whole fabric.” Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/06/2030m 35s

Daily: The coming COVID reckoning with Dr Sarah Wollaston

The British Government’s COVID response has been assessed as literally the joint-worst in the world. How did we get here? DR SARAH WOLLASTON, former Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee and ex-Conservative, TIG and Liberal Democrat MP for Totnes, gives Naomi Smith a righteous take on the Government’s stubborn refusal to accept it could have done anything wrong… on the streams of misleading data… the looming medical supplies crisis… and what needs to happen to restore public trust. “There’s no sign of the Government admitting that anything could have been done differently.”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/2026m 43s

Daily: The truth about SYRIA with Oz Katerji

The nine-year civil war in Syria is among the most atrocious yet misunderstood and neglected conflicts in human history, with many westerners flatly ignorant of what happened and why. Writer, film-maker and Middle East expert OZ KATERJI explains how deliberate misinformation, Western complacency and realpolitik created a humanitarian catastrophe – and where we go from here. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/06/2024m 51s

A Rolling Ball of Chaos with special guest AMY POPE

From Washington to Whitehall to Bristol harbour, Black Lives Matter protests are dramatically reshaping politics across the world before our eyes. Former Obama homeland security advisor and US senate counsel AMY POPE joins us to discuss what this tumultuous fortnight means for Trump, Biden, American policing and American democracy. Plus, Britain grows a spine in its dealings with China. With a No Deal Brexit looking, is Johnson storing up trouble for our free-booting free trade future? Ian Dunt and Arthur Snell join Dorian Lynskey for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“It’s hard to observe social distancing when you’re pushing a statue into a harbour.” – Dorian Lynskey“I’ve prosecuted cases across the United States and I can tell you that the problem of police brutality is endemic.” – Amy Pope“Trump isn’t interested in solutions. He’s interested in abuse.” – Arthur SnellPresented by Dorian Lynskey with Arthur Snell and Ian Dunt. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/2052m 29s

Daily: ILL MANNERS with comic Sindhu Vee

What’s it like to actually have COVID-19? Stand-up comedian SINDHU VEE tells Ian Dunt about the experience of being laid out by the virus – how to be an “Indian Mum Bad Cop” in trying circumstances – and what she learned along the way. “When you can’t really breathe, your body is like, HOLY SHIT.”“I totally reached my target weight with COVID, though. And it lasted about two weeks.”“When you’re Indian, you have doctor friends coming out of your ears.”Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/2020m 37s

DEBORAH MEADEN: Escape from Downturn Abbey

Which businesses could dig Britain out of the COVID recession? What will industry need to do to adapt to a new, socially-distanced reality? What are all those people involved in hospitality, services and entertainment going to do for a living? And is this a good time to start a business? Entrepreneur, investor and original mother of dragons DEBORAH MEADEN talks to Alex Andreou about the blank slate that is post-COVID business.“There are very few moments in business where everything changes. And this is one of them.”“We might find that we’ve changed forever how we go out and socialise in pubs or restaurants.”“My businesses have been through a scary moment. But now it’s become an exciting moment for us.”“You NEVER do everything at once in business. And with Brexit the Government is trying to do exactly that.” “There’s no point in having your money sitting in the bank right now. Get it out. Get it working.” Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/06/2029m 3s

The Fire This Time: Inside America’s week of chaos

The death of George Floyd has triggered an outpouring of protest in the US and a surge of unprecedented violence from police. Could these astonishing events really change the direction of politics and race in America? Journalism teacher and ex-Washington Post writer and editor MARCIA DAVIS reported on Ferguson and the nascent Black Lives Matter movement. From Washington DC she talks to Dorian Lynskey about a tumultuous week in the United States – and what needs to happen next. “It’s got to be more than a hashtag this time.” “This has been time of fear and worry but also joy and excitement for many of us – because maybe things are changing” “There’s nothing good about the death of George Floyd… but it has galvanised people of all races in an unprecedented way.” “Many young people are saying yes, Biden IS better than Trump… but they want more.” Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/2021m 32s

Matthew Parris: “Boris Johnson is afraid of Parliament”

We love Parris in the springtime. Times columnist, much-admired old school Tory and now Conservative exile MATTHEW PARRIS talks to Ros Taylor about the extraordinary place the Government has got itself into. What’s left of old-fashioned Toryism? Have we got to a place where people are happy for Government to make their decisions for then? And will the existential shock of the pandemic finally draw the Brexit poison out of Britain? “It’s going to be harder and harder to make the case that there isn’t a magic money tree.”“Boris Johnson is afraid of Parliament. I think he suffers from imposter syndrome.” “Boris Johnson is having to behave like a schoolmaster when he doesn’t even do his own homework.” Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/06/2019m 55s

We Shall Fight Ourselves On The Beaches – Special guest MARK WATSON

Comedian Mark Watson is this week’s special guest as Britain sacrifices public health for sunbathing and access to flatpack furniture. Are we mentally ready to get back out and be normal? Will FOMO be replaced by FOGO – Fear Of Going Out? What is the meaning of masks? Who’s behind the attacks on “Scum Media” and what are they trying to achieve? And what is ‘British Common Sense’ anyway? Ayesha Hazarika and Helen Lewis join Ros Taylor for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“What you’re allowed to do seems like a blokey charter… football, fishing, cars…archery?” – Ayesha Hazarika“Opening car showrooms should be very good for the nation’s optical health.” – Mark Watson“Dominic Cummings promised to unite the country and to be fair, he did achieve that. Everyone hates him.” – Ayesha HazarikaThis government feels like people with gardens making rules for people who live in tower blocks.” – Helen LewisPresented by Ros Taylor with Helen Lewis and Ayesha Hazarika. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/2049m 27s

Don’t cry for me Academia, with Glen O’Hara

When term starts in autumn, universities won’t look like what we’re used to. What will “bubble learning” look like? What sort of hole will the pandemic knock in University finances? Will there be a socially-distanced bar and/or Animal Rights Soc disco? And will Government bail out colleges – or let some fail in an orgy of academic Darwinism? Dorian Lynskey talks to Oxford Brookes History professor and commentator Glen O’Hara about higher education’s upcoming crisis – and why even that £9,000 per term fee doesn’t cover the cost of tuition. “I wouldn’t use the term belt-tightening. I’d say blood-letting.” “Blended learning is definitely the new black.” “The biggest hit will be felt at the biggest institutions like Leeds or King’s… The big boys will really suffer.” “Universities are large-scale businesses with cafes, accommodation, bars and so on… In terms of income this is a perfect storm.” Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/2029m 8s

The future is unionised says FRANCES O’GRADY of the TUC

There’s a nightmare economic downturn on the cards, but unions were deeply involved in the emergency bailout plans. Is organised Labour about to re-enter policymaking for the first time in over 40 years? What can unions do for women workers in an economy in turmoil? And how can we rebuild better? TUC General Secretary FRANCES O’GRADY tells Ayesha Hazarika about the role unions can play not just in fixing the economy, but in transforming it. “Seven in ten care workers are on less than £10 an hour. What has gone wrong?”“Women are realising their own value. And that public support has been really important.” “Let’s be ambitious for ordinary working people.”“The public mood has changed, when we’ve got so many so-called self-employed delivery drivers who don’t have those key rights.” “This can’t all end with the clapping on Thursday nights.” Presented by Ayesha Hazarika. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/06/2036m 5s

THE MIGHTY THAW? How to wake up a frozen economy

What buttons can government push to wake up a comatose economy, and will they work this time? Will this formerly Conservative government need to go full Keynesian with a bonanza of giveaways to stimulate activity? Or if fear of persistent virus stops us returning to “normal”, might Government withdraw its support measures to force us back to work? Alex Andreou talks to DR GEMMA TETLOW, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government, about the fiendishly complex task of bringing the economy back from suspended animation. “Ten years of focus on greater efficiency drove out some of the resilience that might have been there.” “If we come out of this with people holding on to their money then Government may need to stimulate the economy even more.” Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2033m 27s

DAILY: Anand Menon and Ian Dunt on the COVID-Cummings Clusterfiasco

Where does this week of chaos leave the Government’s authority? Will it affect our staggering progress towards the cliff edge of a failed negotiation with the EU? Ian Dunt talks to ANAND MENON of UK In A Changing Europe about the Johnson government’s self-inflicted problems. This podcast recorded on Tuesday 26 May. “With unemployment and a recession coming, will people finally stop thinking about politics and say just fix the sodding economy?” – Anand Menon“When cut-through REALLY cuts through, it becomes the emotional framework that everyone remembers. And that’s what’s happened to Cummings.” – Ian Dunt“It suits the Government to walk from the talks in November, so that sense of outrage can carry us through the first queues at Dover.” – Anand MenonPresented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/05/2021m 5s

Mini-Daily: Troublesome tides for BRITISH FISH

Got a bonus one for you: Britain’s fishing industry has long been an emotional hot button for Brexiters and a seaborne sticking point for our trade negotiators. What exactly is going on in Britain’s coastal waters? And what would a No Deal Brexit mean for fishermen who’ve been promised so much – and used as symbols – over the past five years? Ros Taylor talks to IAIN SPEAR of Devon scallop suppliers Coombe Fisheries about the fate of the Great British Fish.Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2012m 21s

Herd Impunity

Dom Under Siege, Day Five: Has the Prime Minister’s incomprehensibly immovable Rasputin done enough to save his skin? And is a 60-mile car trip really the best way to test your eyesight? Plus guest John Appleby of health think tank the Nuffield Trust joins us to scope out how the NHS will change after COVID lifts. And why does the Government’s “Cultural Renewal Taskforce” contain no-one from the music, books, museum, heritage or fashion industries? Ahir Shah and Ros Taylor join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“This is not going away as long as you know what a Zoom funeral is.” – Ahir Shah“This won’t be what breaks the Johnson Government. But the doubts have now been sown.” – Ros Taylor“In terms of lockdown, anyone can cite the Cummings Caveat now.” – John ApplebyProduced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2047m 9s

PRICE GOUGING – Who’s cashing in on COVID?

Coronavirus has provided a golden opportunity for unscrupulous online and offline retailers to jack up their prices on essential goods. Who are the worst culprits for COVID price gouging? Who are the victims? And what should government be doing to stop them? ADAM FRENCH, Senior Consumer Rights Editor at the consumer advocate Which?, talks to Andrew Harrison about pandemic profiteering.Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/2022m 17s

Emergency DomCast: Requiem for a MegaMind?

Should he stay or should he go now? Audio of our Emergency Dominic Cummings podcast, recorded on Zoom at 1pm today, Sunday 24 May with Dorian Lynskey, Ros Taylor, Alex Andreou and Andrew Harrison. You can just about get it listened to before the PM’s press conference at 5pm when, gosh, who know who’ll get sacked? Video of this podcast is coming soon on our Patreon page too. Sign up for full access.Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2048m 25s

CSI: Coronavirus with DAVID ALLEN GREEN and Ayesha Hazarika

The Government’s emergency measures to keep public places empty are proving to be a rat’s nest. Even senior police officers and prosecutors don’t fully understand the law. Prosecutions are falling apart. And civil liberties groups are calling for a review of all penalties. Constitutional expert and Remainiacs regular DAVID ALLEN GREEN talks to Ayesha Hazarika about bad law made in haste, and what we can look forward to in the inevitable Public Inquiry.“We’ve enforced public health legislation as if it were public order emergency.”“The regulations that created perhaps the widest-ranging prohibitions in peacetime never had a parliamentary vote.” “It may well be that the litigation will go on longer than the virus did.”“We’re supposed to nod along in a public health emergency… but how much are we nodding along?”Presented by Ayesha Hazarika. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2035m 22s

There’s something RIGHT with human nature, says historian Rutger Bregman

There’s only one problem with the widely-held belief that humans are fundamentally amoral and selfish, says Dutch historian RUTGER BREGMAN: it’s rubbish. His new book Humankind: A Hopeful History argues that the record shows humanity’s superpower is its unique aptitude for altruism and co-operation. He tells Andrew Harrison why everything from Lord Of The Flies to the story of the Blitz is teaching us to draw the wrong conclusions about the human race – and explains who benefits from spreading the myth of human selfishness.“Catastrophes bring out the best in people”“Individual humans are not all that smart or strong – but we can cooperate on the level no other species can match.”“The idea that most people are pretty decent is actually a revolutionary idea.”“Cynicism is a form of laziness.”Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/05/2027m 24s

Pin the Blame on the Donkey Farmer

On this week’s full-length podcast: Keir Starmer, Donkey Farmer. Be a hero, or else: The Government frogmarches teachers to the frontline. Futurist Mark Stevenson joins us for some big ideas on how to change everything when the COVID mess starts to abate. Corona-ing up the Culture Wars. Should we give in to travel guilt? And which of the panel will defend David Cameron? Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“THE WORLD HAS JUST BEEN GIVEN A CRASH COURSE IN SYSTEMS CHANGE.”“If you want to see real innovation, go to the places where the world is broken.”“Every nation has been given an exam called COVID. And the grades are coming in.”“Being vindicated about something you always knew was going to be a shit show is not a great feeling.” Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2052m 21s

Daily: HILARY BENN on the UK’s dash to No Deal

FROST/BARNIER: As Britain’s negotiators issue ultimatums out of thin air and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier pronounces the talks “very disappointing”, is there anything to save Britain from the catastrophic No Deal we were promised would never happen? We talk to HILARY BENN, Chair of the Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union, about the Brexit brinksmanship that could blow up in Britain’s face. Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/2030m 10s

Daily: The last picture show? COVID vs CINEMA

Hollywood bowled over: Coronavirus has thrown the entire movie industry into suspended animation. Are the studios strong enough to withstand this unprecedented shock? Will smaller movies become collateral damage in the shutdown? Will straight-to-streaming become the new norm for even blockbuster movies? And anyone for Tenet? Is Christopher Nolan’s mind-scrambler really going to save the movies business? Nick de Semlyen of EMPIRE magazine explains the industry’s travails to Dorian Lynskey.“I don’t think the cinema experience is going to die. But it’s definitely under threat.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2026m 6s

Daily: FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION with economist Dr Garry Young

The Government’s emergency measures have saddled Britain with levels of debt unseen outside wartime – and a possible future of mass unemployment. How can we rebuild the economy for a post-COVID future? What’s the scale of the task? And which industries could thrive after the shutdown and which are doomed? DR GARRY YOUNG, co-Deputy Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, sets out our possible futures to Andrew Harrison.Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2031m 18s

DAILY: Into the Uncanny Valley with video games writer EDWARD STERN

As we disappear deeper into virtual worlds both for work and relaxation, what are the political dimensions of the technologies we depend on to connect? Videogame scriptwriter Edward Stern, who has worked on Dirty Bomb, Gears Of War and other “shooty bang” games, explains to novice Ros Taylor why games will be increasingly important in our distanced future… what makes a good game tick… why they aren’t as gendered as you thought … what their ascendancy can teach us about our modern world… and how to present yourself on Zoom.  “For people with disabilities, a game that lets you fly when you can’t walk is quite a big deal. That’s existentially redefining.” “Reality is quite badly written at the moment. The characters are bad. You have very few actions available to you. And you’re stuck in one place for far too …” Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/05/2027m 20s

“We shall fight them in the garden centres”

Are YOU staying alert? If not, WHY not? We look at the Government’s confusing (and possibly self-serving) re-do of its COVID advice. UCL Global Politics professor and presenter of the Power Corrupts podcast Brian Klaas explains why we’re asking the wrong questions about Trump’s shambolic Corona response. And is this the most disappointing apocalypse ever if you happen to be a guy visiting Subway with a bazooka? Ros Taylor and Ahir Shah of The Mash Report join Dorian Lynskey for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“Socially-distanced congas are at least preferable to eating the neighbours.” – Ahir Shah“Blithering on about garden centres is not a sensible way to run a country.” – Ros Taylor“This virus really doesn’t listen to the will of the people at all…” – Dorian Lynskey“Every time you don’t directly say ‘Don’t do this’, a portion of the population is going to do that thing.” – Brian KlaasPresented by Dorian Lynskey with Ros Taylor and Ahir Shah. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2057m 7s

DAILY: After the end of the world, with historian ALWYN TURNER

Coronavirus has changed everything – and maybe inaugurated a strange new era of history that nobody anticipated. What can we learn from past existential crises, from the oil shock to the world financial emergency of 2008? Will 2020 be a turning point like 1945 or 1979? And what good could come from this great upheaval? Historian ALWYN TURNER, author of Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s, Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s and the upcoming All In It Together, talks to Andrew Harrison about life on the hinge of history. “Whether we like it or not, this is the dawning of a new era.” Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/2033m 31s

Never mind the Bolsonaro: Could COVID push Brazil over the edge?

Meanwhile, in Brazil… Extreme populist President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissive response to the Corona crisis makes even Trump’s look vaguely reasonable. Could the anti-lockdown sentiment he’s fomenting push Brazil into real crisis? And how does this homophobic, military fetishist, formerly marginal far-right figure maintain power? Rio-based British journalist DOM PHILLIPS talks to Dorian Lynskey about wild times in the world’s sixth-largest country. “A professor in Rio once described Bolsanaro as just a troll… but he has a very popular touch. And he’s very, very extreme.” “The stuff I saw during the elections, it’s absolutely staggering that a mainstream politician would say these things.” Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2030m 47s

DAILY: Give me liberty AND give me death?

Who’s up for some philosophy? COVID is shaping up as a crucible for the very idea of freedom – and an ultimate test for populism and libertarianism. Ian Dunt talks to TOBY BUCKLE of the Political Philosophy Podcast about what freedom means, who owns it, what the lockdown is doing to international notions of liberty, and whether Boris Johnson is, if possible, even worse than Trump. “Look at the evidence. Don’t look at your intuition. What seems obvious to you won’t be obvious to someone from another part of the country.” “Politics isn’t about policies. It’s about disagreements about the meaning of words.” Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2025m 33s

DAILY: Home School Never Ends

How is the Great Home Schooling Experiment going? Is distance learning exposing the holes in Conservative eduction policy – and the gulf between wealthy pupils and state students without laptops and iPads? Do we need to stop treating schools as a national childcare service? And will we see the end of traditional summer holidays? Education journalist LAURA MCINERNY who runs Teacher Tapp talks to Dorian Lynskey about the ongoing class struggle. “Nine in ten vulnerable children are now NOT at school.”“Those in the poorest areas are reporting that their children are doing the least and have the least resources.” “Motivation is a massive issue. If something you’ve spent five years working towards is taken away, you might just think ‘I’m never going to work for anything again’.” Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/05/2031m 8s

“The most serious science policy failure in a generation”

Britain’s COVID response is now officially the worst in Europe – yet somehow Boris Johnson is getting away it. How? Plus: The NHS triumphant. Health policy expert Roy Lilley on how the service must change after the Corona ordeal. And what have we learned on our enforced retreat into inner space? Gavin Esler and Ayesha Hazarika join Andrew Harrison for this week’s full-length BUNKER.“Everyone’s an epidemiologist nowadays.” Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2048m 1s

HARD REBOOT: Turning the economy off and on again?

After an economic shock that’s unique in human history, how can we rebuild Britain’s businesses and public finances? How are we going to pay off a national debt unseen outside of wartime? Ian Mulheirn, Chief Economist of Renewing the Centre at the Tony Blair Institute, tells Naomi Smith about the hard choices ahead in a world without rules. “This is the first time ever that governments have actively decided to switch the economy off.” “We won’t be as worried about paying this debt off as we might have been in the past. We’ll just have to live with it.” “This is what the State is for. It’s for safeguarding livelihoods and lives in times of crisis.” Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/2021m 28s

Law versus Justice: Is POLAND’s democracy self-destructing?

Donald Tusk is telling Poles to boycott their presidential elections out of “basic human decency”. Is Poland’s ruling Law And Justice using COVID to intensify its anti-liberal direction? How are ordinary Poles coping with Corona? And could Law And Justice really get Poland expelled from the EU even though Poles are the most pro-EU people in Europe? Sociologist ROCH DUNIN-WĄSOWICZ of the LSE explains the crisis in democracy in the EU’s seventh-largest country. “If the Presidential elections were to take place they would not fulfil the democratic conditions of being free, open and transparent.”“This amounts to the complete control of the judiciary by the executive.”“In Poland the UK is being showcased as Europe’s worst case of handling COVID. And that makes the Polish community in the UK worried.”“A lot of promises were made to Britain’s Polish community, and those promises were broken.”Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2024m 9s

DAILY: Standing Zoom Only with comedian ATHENA KUGBLENU

Zoom fatigue, virtual pubs, the Baby Johnson… Standup comic and comedy writer ATHENA KUGBLENU purges all her lockdown neuroses while Ian Dunt hides behind the microphone. Is Captain Tom being politicised? Why do we have to see everything through the prism of the Second World War? And why do we still treat posh upper class white guys with such respect? “A lot of stuff is going on under our noses while we’re all, y’know, juggling for the NHS.” “Congratulations to Boris Johnson, babies are wonderful… but he’s a politician who’s come back to work. So he’s fair game.” “I wouldn’t have put it has Boris Johnson to time this kid so he got an extended Easter break.”Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2031m 56s

Daily: The COVID mental health challenge

The lockdown is impacting everyone differently but it’s hitting people with pre-existing mental health issues especially hard. Demand for help with depression and anxiety are up by 30% worldwide, and the impending once-in-a-century recession is likely to make it worse. Will Higham of the charity Rethink Mental Illness talks to Naomi Smith about the post-COVID crisis in mental wellbeing – and how it affects young people especially. Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/04/2019m 25s

The Laissez-Failure Edition

As Boris Johnson returns to work, will we see a chastened lockdown hawk or will he revert to his laissez-faire instincts? With trust in journalists plummeting, who decided that it’s the media’s job to ask “helpful questions” of government? Plus Conservative MP Robert Largan joins us to discuss whether infrastructure is the silver bullet to fix the Corona-hit economy.“We are watching unprecedented deaths… To talk about ‘success’ right now is obscene.” – Ian DuntPresented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith and Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2047m 13s

Daily: Leaves mean leaves! LOCKDOWN GARDENING with James Wong

Put that sourdough starter away… Lockdown is the perfect opportunity to enrich the soul by discovering the mystery and magic of gardening. Superstar ethnobotanist JAMES WONG tells Alex Andreou how to start growing at home, and the hacks that can make it work for you. Why is being around stuff that’s growing so good for our mental wellbeing? What’s the gateway drug to horticulture? And which of the 400,000 plants on Planet Earth should you be planting right now?“We don’t know how or why gardening is so good for us. All we know is, it works.” “We’ve got time on our hands now that we may never have again.”“Supergluing plants? Are you kidding me?”Presented by Justin Quirk. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/04/2026m 44s

Daily: REBELS WITHOUT A CLUE The psychology of Corona rage

Bleach! 5G! Bats! Why would anyone march with a banner that reads “Sacrifice the Weak”? Is the political reaction to COVID really being influenced by conspiracy theory? And can a democracy function when many voters simply reject facts in favour of comforting delusion? Political psychologist STEPHAN LEWANDOWSKY talks to debut presenter Justin Quirk about the irrational energies driving the Corona crisis.“Whenever people feel they’ve lost control they invariably resort to conspiracy theory.”“People take lies from a politician as a nudge and wink that they are on their side. That’s what happens with Trump.”Presented by Justin Quirk. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2027m 20s

Daily: Can AVIATION survive isolation?

The airline and travel industries are suffering the most serious crisis in their history: worse than 9/11, the 2008 financial slump and the Icelandic volcano combined. Can air travel survive COVID? And given its carbon footprint, do we even want it to? Aviation writer JOHN WALTON tells Andrew Harrison how airlines will have to change, why the industry can’t operate on a financial knife edge any longer… and if it’s right for bearded billionaires with private islands to get the begging bowl out.Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2033m 51s

DAILY: What are we going to do about TAX?

Britain’s tax system was already a mess before the COVID-19 emergency sent the public finances into a crisis of wartime proportions. Is this a moment to radically re-engineer government revenue? Are we taxing the right things, activities… or people? Will those who got off lightly in 2008 have to pony up rather more this time around? And in the post-Corona world, does even a Tory government have any choice about moving us to a European-style high tax economy? GILES WILKES of the Institute for Government explains all to baffled layman Andrew Harrison.Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2026m 22s

Daily: Sweden’s Corona gamble

While the rest of Europe locked down, Sweden took a different and much looser path on dealing with COVID. Is their controversial approach working? Is Sweden right to measure itself against a longer-term tally of suffering caused by the virus’s economic consequences, and not just the immediate death toll? Andrew Brown, author of Fishing in Utopia: Sweden and the Future that Disappeared talks to Ros Taylor about the biggest COVID gamble in Europe. “There’s a view that everyone is pursuing the Swedish strategy, whether they know it or not.”“This is a fairly brutal way of doing it. But Sweden’s view is that the facts are brutal.” “Swedish opinion is like a shoal of herring. They all head in the same direction together – but that direction can change suddenly.”“The Swedish government can be extremely bossy – but part of the technique of social control was to deny that it existed.”Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/04/2022m 7s

Nothin’ But A 5G Thang

After the Sunday Times exposé of Johnson’s indolent initial response to the COVID crisis, is the Government’s infantile “rebuttal” an attempt to rewrite the facts of what happened? Hard Lockdown vs Soft Open: economics writer Frances Coppola joins us to scope out the far future of post-plague Coronanomics. Gove-building and Hancock-smashing. And it’s high times for conspiracy theorists. What are we going to do about Bill Gates’s 5G weaponised virus bats? “Who’s giving up on market-led economics right now? The markets themselves.” – Frances Coppola“Eamonn Holmes might think he’s ‘just asking questions’. But they’re asking the wrong questions.” – Nina Schick“With Johnson indisposed they’re terrified of creating a rival. What if Rishi Sunak becomes the face of Government?” – Alex AndreouPresented by Dorian Lynskey with Nina Schick and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2053m 6s

Daily: SCIENCE VS POLITICS. The Empirical Strikes Back?

After years of rubbishing expertise, politicians are now turning to science in humble desperation. Buzzfeed and Telegraph science writer TOM CHIVERS, author of The AI Does Not Hate You, talks to Ian Dunt about the uneasy alliance between science and politics… why immunity passports are probably a non-starter… and why we should have a sliver of sympathy for Matt Hancock and even Boris Johnson. “The hardest thing in writing about science? Explaining uncertainty.”Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/2030m 43s

Daily: Will COVID take meat off your plate?

We’ve all heard about the “wet markets” in Wuhan. How connected are COVID-19 and dangers of future pandemics to the world meat trade? JULIET GELLATLEY of vegan charity Viva! explains how indiscriminate mixing of species and neglect of hygiene in meat markets creates the perfect breeding ground for another viral emergency. Is giving up meat – or eating less of it – no longer a matter of personal choice but world public health?“More and more diseases are emerging from animals and crossing over to human beings… Three in four new diseases come from animals.”Presented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2030m 35s

Daily: Can MUSIC survive Corona?

Music makes life worth living for some of us, and live shows are the only way many artists make a living. As Corona puts the music industry in an induced coma, TOM GRAY of Gomez talks to Dorian Lynskey about the monumental challenges that music faces. Will we see the return of concerts in 2020? Will we even want to get together in large numbers? If streaming your favourite band all night is not the answer, what is? And should we nationalise Ed Sheeran?“There are people who are not going to be able to survive this. Their income is going to be annihilated.”“Recorded music went away in the Noughties. Touring was the lifeblood, and now it’s gone.” “There will people in the couple of months who’ll be wondering what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2027m 3s

Daily: CHINA CRISIS with Dr Yu Jie

How did China really perform in the biggest global health disaster in 100 years? Chatham House China and diplomacy expert DR YU JIE gives Alex Andreou the inside story on the PRC’s response to Corona. What was behind the infamous silencing of warnings about the virus from local doctors? Will the Crisis threaten the Party’s rule? What it’s like to live with China’s stringent, ultra-personal monitoring programme? And how do things feel different for a Chinese person in the West now?“China needs to let the scientific evidence speak for itself, rather than orchestrating a propaganda campaign to tell its narrative.” “Chinese social media is not particularly kind about Chinese people returning home. They say ‘Why are you bringing the virus home to us?” “The 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party comes in 2021. China will need an economic success story to tell its population.”Presented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/04/2019m 39s

Labour’s bin-fire reignites

The Labour antisemitism leak: what does it mean and is anyone going to jail for a data breach? Plus, how long can lockdown continue? Why herd immunity isn’t a scare phrase but in fact the only way we’ll beat COVID. The magical, corporeally-fixated incantations of the Johnson fan-press. And how Corona is changing technology. Who’ll win out if the emergency forces the battle of the streaming titans to a grand season finale?Ian Dunt, Helen Lewis and special guest Stuart Dredge, tech writer for The Guardian, convene to sort it all out. “At no point did [the Labour Left] confront the idea that people didn’t like their candidate or their policies… If it’s always someone else’s fault, what are you going to change next time?” – Helen Lewis“People talk about how good Hong Kong’s response was. But in Hong Kong, if you test positive they take you away and put you in Covid Butlins.” – Helen LewisPresented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2053m 49s

Daily: Can POETRY help us handle the Plague?

Who knew that poetry would join videoconferencing and sourdough-making as one of the key ways we got through the COVID lockdown? SARAH CROWN, Director of Literature at the Arts Council and senior reviewer for the Guardian and the TLS, talks to Ros Taylor about why poetry’s stillness and conciseness is perfect for pressured times. Plus, how to find the right poetry for your lockdown experience. And do poets cope better with solitude – or does solitude turn you into a poet?“Poetry isn’t about escape. It’s about recognition, and achieving meaning in your life.”“In a pandemic we don’t look for happiness. We look for meaning. And poetry really delivers on that.” The poem that Sarah reads on this episode is Spring by Edna St. Vincent MillayPresented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/2026m 18s

DAILY: Among the Apocalypse Addicts with author Mark O’Connell

It’s the end of the world as we know it and… some people are quite into that, it seems. Why are so many people so keen on the end of everything? What do doomsday preppers, alt.right catastrophists and billionaire plutocrat antidemocrats like Peter Thiel have in common? And is the communal response to COVID proving their worst ambitions wrong? We talk to Mark O’Connell – author of new book Notes From An Apocalypse: A Personal Journey The End Of The World And Back – about the dark fantasy of the End Times.  Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2028m 33s

DAILY: Corona Fraud and how to beat it – with ALEXIS CONRAN

The COVID lockdown has provided scammers, fraudsters and cybercriminals with a golden opportunity to find new ways to steal. Now ALEXIS CONRAN, presenter on The Real Hustle and talkRadio, tells Naomi Smith about the new scams they’re using, and how to defeat them. What are the telltale signs of a con? What are the worst counterfeit products out there? How can you spot fake Coronanews? Plus why the Cabinet ought to be worried about their Zoom chat logs – and why you should bin passwords for passphrases, “When there’s panic and fear, people stop using logic and they’ll try anything.” – Alexis ConranPresented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2030m 35s

DAILY: “This is the NHS’s day and this is its hour” with health expert ROY LILLEY

COVID-19 has put the NHS under the spotlight as never before but how many of us really understand the true state of this national treasure? ROY LILLEY is one of the most influential voices in the world of public health. Today he explains the catastrophic errors on the road to Corona, what the outpouring of love and respect for NHS workers means for its future, how the NHS compares to other health systems worldwide… and what must happen if the NHS is to survive. WARNING: Andrew Lansley should probably not listen to this podcast. “I travel the world and the one thing everyone says to me is, We wish we had your system.”“The NHS is holding its collective breath as to what’s to come.”“This is the biggest challenge since 5 July 1948 when the NHS was born. This is its day and this is its hour.” “That round of applause changed the status of the NHS forever. There is no politician who can touch it now.” Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/2035m 30s

Crisis management with DAVID LAMMY, Shadow Justice Secretary

Newly-promoted Shadow Justice Secretary DAVID LAMMY joins us in an unprecedented week in British politics. Has Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation finally brought home the seriousness of COVID-19 to the hosts of secret barbecues and birthday parties? Does new Labour leader Keir Starmer’s cabinet re-do amount to socialist distancing? What needs sorting in the criminal justice system? And why all Bunker guests get immediate promotions…“If you’re in a war, the time to question the generals is not in the middle of the battle.” – David LammyPresented by Naomi Smith with Ayesha Hazarika and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2052m 1s

DAILY: Work-life balance on steroids with GABY HINSLIFF

WFH? WTF! As the world adjusts to flexible working, will we ever go back to offices, meetings and “presenteeism”? GABY HINSLIFF, Guardian writer and author of Half a Wife: The Working Family's Guide to Getting a Life Back, talks to Ros Taylor about COVID’s seismic changes to working life. Will the crisis change our attitude to screentime for children? Will it be a wrench to go back to “normal”? And what happens when your kids wander into that critical Zoom conference with the CEO of Omni Consumer Products?NB This podcast was recorded before the news about Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation. “For women, WiFi has been as revolutionary as the pill.” “Adults are using Houseparty, Zoom and FaceTime… we’ve stolen all the teenagers’ apps.” “I never imagined this situation in my wildest dreams, or nightmares.” There’s a BUNKER DAILY every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and the main full-length panel show every Wednesday morning. Lockdown conditions mean we’re having to use available audio tech, so please bear with our variable sound quality. We’re working on it. Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/2023m 26s

Daily: NIGELLA LAWSON’s lockdown kitchen

Domestic Goddess NIGELLA LAWSON comes to the nation’s aid in a Lockdown Kitchen conversation with our own Alex Andreou. What’s her emergency back-of-the-cupboard recipe for when the chips are down (and there aren’t any chips)? Is isolation reminding us to value our food culture a little more? Plus top kitchen tips – yes, it turns out you can freeze cheese – and a titanic clash of potato-peel crisp techniques between Nigella and Alex. “They say the Italians are extravagant with food but not wasteful. I’m a lot like that.” – Nigella Lawson“For someone like me, not having lots of people to cook for is strange. But it does make you reflect on exactly what cooking means to you.” – Nigella LawsonPresented by Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2026m 54s

DAILY: Inside apocalypse fiction with NAOMI ALDERMAN

What’s so seductive about the end of everything? What happens when you’re writing a novel about an apocalyptic future, and then an apocalyptic future arrives? NAOMI ALDERMAN, author of bravura sci-fi gender reversal novel The Power and now showrunner for its upcoming TV adaptation, talks to Dorian Lynskey about the appeal of Armageddon fiction in the midst of an actual global disaster. Plus, a guide to the end-of-the-world novels that are really worth reading… and why our best guide to the current crisis is Groundhog Day. “Every Utopia is a dystopia for somebody” “Every death is a tragedy, and this is a serious time. But it’s worth remembering that many of us are going live through the most luxurious plague humanity has ever experienced.” “Maybe it’s time for the return of the Utopia. I could certainly use one now.” Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Audio production by Alex Rees. Produced by Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2034m 12s

DAILY: Extend EU transition, says Tory exile LORD COOPER

Exiled Tory moderniser LORD ANDREW COOPER talks to Naomi Smith about the grave consequences of ignoring Brexit because of COVID-19, why the crisis government is neither “socialist” nor “conservative” but populist nationalist, and why Johnson’s stubborn refusal to extend Transition would devastate an economy already enfeebled by the Coronavirus. “Brexit turned the party from a mainstream project into a sort of cult. They’ve become an English Nationalist party… and they know the crisis has transformed the landscape on which they have to govern.” – Andrew CooperWe’re recording remotely and still working on our sound, so please excuse our audio quality for the moment. Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Helen Lewis and Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/04/2023m 1s

Coronanomics and Intensive Keir

As the Corona Age sets in, will it change our politics and economy more fundamentally than your average here-today-gone-tomorrow World Existential Crisis? What does the outpouring of national gratitude towards the NHS mean for its future? And will the Government’s fumbling of the EU ventilator bulk-buy develop into a full-blown scandal? Plus special guest Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, joins us to explain what the Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will look like. “We’ve seen a lot of self-defeating austerity in recent years, where things that were supposed to save money ended up costing vast amounts more elsewhere. That’s what we need to stop.” – Helen Lewis“Everyone’s talking about the Second World War, but we’re not trying to mobilise people. We’re trying to demobilise them.” – Arthur SnellWe’re recording remotely and still working on our sound, so please excuse our audio quality for the moment. Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Helen Lewis and Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2053m 6s

BUNKER DAILY: Horrible Historian GREG JENNER on crisis, Corona and celebrity

He advises on the BBC’s Horrible Histories and now he’s podcasting to keep kids from going stir-crazy on lockdown. Historian GREG JENNER tells Ian Dunt what the Plague in 17th Century Florence can tell us about public emergencies, why past crises are no guide to what could happen in this one, and his new book Dead Famous: An Unexpected History Of Celebrity From Bronze Age To Silver Screen. It seems political celebrity is 300 years old, and one Dr Henry Sacheverell was the incendiary Nigel Farage of 1709…“I’ve seen people on Twitter asking ‘Is this how socialism arrives?’ Are these the test conditions for things like Universal Basic Income? This is not a normal crash.” “As a historian I’m fascinated, but as a person I have no idea what’s going to happen next.” There’s a BUNKER DAILY every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and the main full-length panel show every Wednesday morning. Lockdown conditions mean we’re having to use available audio tech, so please bear with our variable sound quality. We’re working on it. Presented by Ian Dunt. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/2031m 35s

BUNKER DAILY: Post-Corona and post-Corbyn with guest ELLIE MAE O’HAGAN

Guardian columnist ELLIE MAE O’HAGAN talks to Dorian Lynskey about how the Corona wrecking ball will reshape society, the big changes coming in the Labour Party, and her upcoming book The New Normal. What does Labour need to jettison from the Corbyn era and what should it keep? What will people want from politics after the end of the Crisis? Plus, why baking sourdough is the new “writing your King Lear”…“The material circumstances of this era show that we can’t go back to the supposed stability of the past.” – Ellie Mae O’HaganSubscribe for a BUNKER DAILY every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday plus the main full-length panel show every Wednesday morning. Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2021m 35s

BUNKER DAILY: Wigan warrior LISA NANDY on Corona’s consequences

“Corona has shown us that weakness anywhere is weakness everywhere.” Labour leadership candidate LISA NANDY tells Naomi Smith how the crisis has utterly transformed politics in Britain. Do we need a National COBRA drawing on talent from outside party politics? Plus this former opponent of a second EU referendum says refusal to extend transition will devastate British companies. And how did last night’s amazing national round of applause for the NHS feel in Wigan?“This is a moment when we could go either way as a country. We could pull together as a country or will we decide to go it alone?” – Lisa NandyPresented by Naomi Smith. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2029m 33s

New BUNKER DAILY: The Corona Bill and your rights

NEW: A daily Bunker mini-cast for the duration of the lock-in, and maybe beyond.On today’s debut edition, the emergency Corona Bill changes our rights in ways unthinkable in normal times, with extra ministerial powers, suspension of protections for mental health patients and “huge, swingeing powers” for police to disperse gatherings and detain people for testing. Ros Taylor talks to human rights barrister ADAM WAGNER about the grave implications of this necessary but daunting legislation. “When we see major crises, societies tend to turn in and look for strong and decisive action. There’s often universal approval for restrictions on the way we live… For me, that rings alarm bells.” – Adam WagnerPresented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER DAILY is a Podmasters production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/03/2020m 13s

Corona My House – plus a climate change reset?

How’s your lockdown? What tipped Johnson and Cummings over the edge from “herd immunity” to total shutdown? Why is the Government that spent £100m on Brexit adverts not committing a penny to public health advertising on social media? And what is Rishi Sunak going to do now he’s Prime Minister? Plus, is Corona the unexpected reset moment we needed on climate change? Campaigner Natalie Fee has thoughts. And will culture and creativity be COVID-19’s collateral damage?“If any other party were in power it would not be getting off as lightly for their failure to get to grip with this.” – Naomi SmithWe’re recording remotely and still knocking the kinks out of the system so please excuse our sound quality. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with script and assistant production by Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2050m 58s

COVID-19: Life during wartime

LO-FI REMOTE RECORDING, completed right before Sunak’s £330bn announcement… Corona bites harder. Can Boris Johnson persuade us to trust the science after so many years of telling us not to trust experts? What’s more likely to motivate people to self-isolate: a sense of duty or outright fear? Should the British government’s go-it-alone approach provoke confidence? And have we inadvertently trained people to stockpile? Plus, will the eventual reconstruction of the world economy mean the much-criticised Utopian ideal of Universal Basic Income will become mainstream policy? Campaigner Jonny Ross-Tatam of Basic Income North thinks so. “Johnson has abused and broken down people’s trust in him. And now he wants it, I’m not surprised that the reaction is, why the hell should we listen to you now?” – Ros“This is making us all nostalgic for Brexit. I’d kill for the Malthouse Compromise now, and not a real-life scene from ‘Contagion’.” – Ayesha Hazarika Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Ayesha Hazarika and Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer: Jacob Archbold. Audio production: Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2050m 17s

I Can See Keirly Now – plus football’s murky future

If Keir Starmer’s victory is a done deal, what battlegrounds should Labour’s new leader choose? Standard/Buzzfeed/Telegraph journo Marie le Conte and former Labour MEP Rory Palmer debate the future of Starmerism. Plus Marie explains what the hell’s happening in France – and the don of football writing Philippe Auclair explains why despite a frenzy of busts and exposés, world football’s corruption problems are worse than ever. Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with script and assistant production Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2050m 32s

The Coronavirus Conundrum – plus Bernie vs Biden vs Bloomberg

Wily virus comes in like a wrecking ball… Are poor leadership and bad information hampering the UK and US fight against the Coronavirus? Bernie, Biden, or Bloomberg on Super Tuesday. To beat Trump do you need someone as crazy as, well, Trump? Or will any shouty billionaire do? Priti Patel’s nasty regime. And was South Park the Nirvana to the alt.right’s Nickelback?Self-isolating in The Bunker this week with Dorian Lynskey are Ayesha Hazarika, Ian Dunt and special guest Brian Klass, political scientist at UCL, Washington Post columnist and host of the Power Corrupts podcast. “Most of the things America has gotten away with are simply because Trump’s own stupidity hadn’t caught up with him.” – Brian KlaasPresented by Dorian Lynskey with Ayesha Hazarika and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Alex Rees. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2050m 5s

Wrong arm of the law? Roughing up the justice system

With Dom’n’Priti at the controls, is Britain’s failing justice system ready to be reformed within an inch of its life? Inside points-based immigration for the world’s unemployed Mandarin-speaking violinists. And with Starmer on course to lead Labour, we play Shadow Cabinet Fantasy Football to predict who’ll make the team – and who’s leaving on a free. Oh, and we have some exciting news from the live arena too… This week’s panel is Helen Lewis of The Atlantic (new book Difficult Women out this week) and Ros Taylor of LSE “B”-word blogs, with special guest Sashy Nathan of Commons Legal and 89Up. “If you want to get involved in men’s rights then get into prison reform. It is the biggest male-based injustice in the country.” – Helen LewisProduced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Helen Lewis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2050m 30s

“YES in my back yard?” A housing revolution

“Here are we living in a tin can…” If NIMBY helped create Britain’s housing nightmare, is YIMBY the answer? We talk to the grassroots disrupters who are trying to turn Britain’s development-phobia on its head with the battlecry “yes in my backyard.” Plus: the Democrat Primaries. Is the party about to make the same mistake as Labour and nominate a kindly old grandpa who just can’t get the votes? And what the hell is TikTok? Why is every 12 year old in your life using it to hog the broadband? All this and more on the Brexit-free* podcast from the makers of Remainiacs. This week’s panel is comedian Ahir Shah (on tour now, fans of fun) and Best For Britain CEO Naomi Smith with special guest John Myers of London YIMBY. “The unfortunate truth is that if don’t build flats that bankers want to live in, then bankers are going to price YOU out of that affordable home YOU wanted to live in.” – John Myers* MostlyProduced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith and Ahir Shah. Audio production by Alex Rees. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/2045m 44s

Rough Trade: Can Britain bully its way to an EU commerce deal?

As Michael Gove dumps the frictionless trade we were promised into the memory hole, will good old-fashioned belligerence get the Government the EU commerce settlement it wants? And what DOES it want anyway? Trade expert Dmitry Grozoubinski explains it all. Plus, Cath Haddon of the Institute for Government on Classic Dom’s preparations to reform the British Constitution (with an axe?). And why does the rest of Britain hate London? All on the (mostly) Brexit-free podcast from the makers of Remainiacs.“From the very moment Boris Johnson entered No.10 it’s been very hard to work out the objective truth on what’s going on. And that’s a strategy.” – Ian Dunt“No conversation that begins with ‘The thing about trade is…’ will ever get you a telephone number at the end of the night.” – Dmitry Grozoubinski Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt. Audio production by Alex Rees. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/2048m 35s

Did Boomers steal tomorrow?

This week on the Brexit-free podcast from the makers of Remainiacs… What are Baby Boomers so angry about? And will they always hoard the lion’s share of political power? Vladimir Putin, Original Populist: how he remade Western democracies in his own image. Marie Stopes sends her poetry to Hitler. And when is it right to deprive someone of the most sacred right of all: a Twitter account?Crammed into the bunker this week are Helen Lewis of The Atlantic magazine, ex-diplomat and foreign policy expert Arthur Snell, and good old Ian Dunt of politics.co.uk. “Especially in America, populists’ argument is that private enterprise is great and government is useless. So by getting into government and being useless, they get to prove their own point.” – Helen LewisProduced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Ian Dunt, Helen Lewis and Arthur Snell. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/2047m 25s

Impeachment for Dummies (and Presidents)

Welcome to THE BUNKER, the new weekly politics podcast from the makers of Remainiacs. This week we’re joined by former Obama homeland security advisor Amy Pope to discuss the Trump Impeachment latest and the suddenly pivotal role of “Evil Ned Flanders” John Bolton.Plus: If Keir Starmer wins the Labour leadership, will his first big fight be with Boris Johnson or with Continuity Corbynism? And can the BBC survive a Dominic Cummings-inspired hit on the TV licence fee?“[The Senate Trial] suggests that America is so polarised that people are unwilling to look at the facts as they come in… There’s not even a pretence of a fair hearing here.” – Amy PopeProduced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Ros Taylor and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickenson. Logo and artwork by Mark Taylor. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters production.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/2047m 32s

The Bunker: Trailer

THE BUNKER is fearless, free-range political talk from the team behind REMAINIACS, the hit independent Brexit podcast.Every week Ian Dunt, Naomi Smith, Dorian Lynskey and Alex Andreou plus special guests examine the big issues with expertise, humour and fierce independence. We cut through the claptrap, help you make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on. Think of it as Remainiacs, just without quite so much Brexit.That’s THE BUNKER, out every Tuesday evening.Subscribe now, wherever you get your podcasts.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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