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The Bunker

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‘Gun fights and mass graves’ – Inside South Africa’s deadly illegal gold mines

Gun battles, mass graves, and explosions – that’s not a description of a battlefield, but of an illegal gold mine... more

01 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
The AI world is in chaos. Is Sam Altman its hero or villain? – Dr. Kate Devlin explains

We’ve all heard of ChatGPT. But what is the recent drama surrounding the lesser-known parent company OpenAI and its fired-then-reinstated... more

30 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Desperate Tradwives: How far-right women weaponise social media – with Marie Le Conte and Eviane Leidig

The far-right is often associated with angry white men — but their female counterparts might be even more dangerous.  Dr Eviane... more

29 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Mini-budget explained: Was there anything good in Hunt’s autumn statement?

What should we actually pay attention to in Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement, away from the points he wants to spin?... more

28 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Return of the cracks — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Hannah Fearn

The small period of post reshuffle harmony is over and Sunak’s party is back to doing what it does best:... more

27 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Power Elite: How Marvel movies explain 21st Century politics — with Andrew Harrison and Gavin Edwards

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26 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Bunker USA: How JFK's assassination sparked a new era of super-conspiracies

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25 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Xi’s not all that: Is China’s Belt and Road Project faltering? – Alex Andreou asks George Magnus

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24 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
The politics of Doctor Who explained: From Nazi Daleks to lefty Time Lords and beyond

Doctor Who: bold individualist, woke mouthpiece for wet BBC liberalism, interfering Galactic colonialist, sidekick to the Military Industrial Complex… or... more

23 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Here we go again: Do political comebacks ever work out? – with Steve Richards

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22 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
The Covid Inquiry so far: 7 key moments with Prof. Christina Pagel and Alex Andreou

The Covid-19 inquiry is nowhere near halfway through, but already we’ve learned a lot. But there’s been so much to... more

21 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
Careful With That Tax, Jeremy – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

It’s Autumn Statement week and the Tory press are baying for tax cuts. Will they get their wish? Plus a... more

20 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
BUNKER GOLD: Street Life – Why Britain’s homeless need their stories told

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19 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Young Fellas: How Gen Z gangsters are changing the mafia – with Rafael Behr and Anna Sergi

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19 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Bunker USA: Living on a prayer – How false prophets are launching cults across America

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18 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Judge dread: How Rishi Sunak will fight for his Rwanda vision – with Ros Taylor and Joelle Grogan

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17 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
Elon Mess: Is Politics wrecking Musk’s life? – Marie Le Conte asks Max Chafkin

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16 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Crisis management: How financial meltdowns shaped the modern-day Labour Party

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15 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Brothers grim: Inside the Barclays’ weird world

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14 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Braver-gone at last! Start Your Week — Emergency edition

It’s finally happened – Suella Braverman has been fired. In a speedy extra recording, Ros Taylor gives Jacob Jarvis her... more

13 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
BUNKER GOLD - How filthy is Britain's air?

This week's Bunker Gold arrives out of the smog, from 2022... Dirty air filing homes across the UK is leading to... more

12 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Bunker Panel: Love on the political spectrum – Could you date them if you hate them?

On our latest panel edition: The COVID inquiry exposed an undeniably toxic culture of pseudo machismo underpinning Downing Street –... more

12 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
Bunker USA: Red, white and screwed – Was American politics doomed from the start?

American politics is in chaos – but in many respects the US was born that way. Throughout the late 1700s... more

11 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Putin's Puppets: Who are the mercenaries replacing Russia's Wagner Group?

Russia’s use of private military companies (PMCs) is no secret, despite Vladimir Putin’s best efforts. Wagner is the most infamous... more

10 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Kicking and streaming: Can Spotify survive?

Spotify dominates the music industry – but artists struggle to profit from the platform. What if that power balance shifts?... more

09 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Social dynamics: The BBC's Ros Atkins on the evolution of news and the battle for clarity

The BBC’s Ros Atkins regularly goes viral for his news explainers. In our latest episode, he joins Ros Taylor to... more

08 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
How to solve Israel/Gaza – with Middle East analyst Jason Pack

The Israel-Hamas War is the latest horrific episode in what seems like an intractable political-religious conflict. But could there be... more

07 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Laws and disorder — Start your week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

With the final King’s Speech before the election due, is there any point to Sunak’s plans anymore? What can we... more

06 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker Gold: The cult of Guy Fawkes

On this Bonfire night special Bunker Gold, let us take you back to November 2020… Was Guy Fawkes really “the last... more

05 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Suit you, Sir!: Should we care how politicians dress? – Marie Le Conte asks Derek Guy

From Obama’s tan suit to the Emperor’s new clothes – we’ve always been fascinated by politicians’ wardrobes. But should we... more

05 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker USA: Make America hate again - How extremists turned patriotism into violence

The notion of American patriotism has become increasingly controversial — and linked to violence. With no clear-cut definition of patriotism,... more

04 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Stuck in the Middle East with You: What does Iran want?

Questions over Iran’s involvement in the Israel-Hamas conflict have run rampant since the terrorist attacks of October. How would the... more

03 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Digital watch: How tech giants exploit archaic laws to dominate the world

Are tech giants out of control? Our media landscape is dominated by tech titans with unlimited resources and little to... more

02 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
Locked Out: Is there any way to solve our prison crisis? – Ros Taylor talks to Danny Shaw

Prisons across England and Wales are at breaking point. If the system does not change, experts say the number of... more

01 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Pardon my French: Could Marine Le Pen become the next president of France?

The far-right could seize power in the next French presidential election. Marine Le Pen has been flying the flag for... more

31 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Information Blackout — Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Ros Taylor

After a weekend of communication blackouts, circumstances grow more dire for Palestinians. With little hope of a ceasefire, how will... more

30 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
BUNKER GOLD – Lisa Nandy on the change Britain needs

On this week's Bunker Gold, a classic interview from 2022... Lisa Nandy talks to Dorian Lynskey about the people and places... more

29 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Back in Black: The Politics of Goth with John Robb

Despite all odds, Goths have continued to thrive and evolve from Siouxsie and the Banshees to Wednesday Adams. But what... more

29 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
BUNKER USA: Is a United States-China confrontation inevitable?

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the future destiny of mankind relies on how well the US and China get along.... more

28 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Attack the Bloc: Can the EU survive in a fearsome future?

Since its conception in 1993, the European Union has faced multiple political attacks and crises. But it has prevailed through... more

27 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Modern Lawfare: How Oligarchs use courts to silence their enemies

Russian Oligarchs routinely use a process in English courts to silence their critics. It’s called Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation... more

26 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Jeff Off: Are Bezos and Amazon unstoppable? – Ros Taylor finds out

Amazon is so dominant that the US government wants to break it up. Jeff Bezos’s empire has been described as... more

25 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Semi-detached? Will Labour’s housing policy stand up? – with Hannah Fearn and Harry Scoffin

The UK’s housing crisis will be a pivotal issue at the next election. Labour Party politicians have laid out their... more

24 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Wake-up calls — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Rishi Sunak has had prank calls and wake-up calls in recent days. How will he try to turn things around... more

23 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
BUNKER GOLD - British Fail: How To Fix Our Broken Rail System

In this week’s Bunker Gold, let us take you back to August 2022… With workers on strike and services cancelled, why... more

22 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Shock horror: How fear has shaped the course of history – Alex Andreou speaks to Robert Peckham

From the Romans to 9/11, fear has been used to influence our political landscape. But, what makes fear so potent... more

22 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker USA: Biden doubles down for Israel - Julie Norman on what that means

President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel was a clear indication of US support for Netanyahu's war with Hamas – but... more

21 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
From Russia with lies – How Moscow rewrote the rules of propaganda

Russian propaganda has evolved since the invasion of Ukraine. Dr. Ian Garner, historian and author of Z Generation: Into the... more

20 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Cashing in: How dark money distorts our democracy – with Peter Geoghegan

Money talks – and that’s particularly true in politics. Will we ever know where the cash that influences our politicians... more

19 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Self reservations: The problem with identity politics – Ros Taylor talks to Yascha Mounk

How important is your identity to your political beliefs? Yascha Mounk, the author of The Identity Trap argues that over... more

18 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Help yourselves: What can we learn from Cameron’s ‘big society’ failure?

David Cameron pushed his “big society” plan during his time as prime minister – but it didn’t work very well.... more

17 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Gaza invasion looms — Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Ros Taylor

An Israeli ground invasion of Gaza appears imminent – what will this look like? Half a million Palestinians have already... more

16 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
BUNKER GOLD: No kidding – Why we can’t afford to have children

In this week’s Bunker Gold, let us take you back to December 2022… Is the cost of having children making parenthood... more

15 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Toe the Wine: The political history of Booze

How has drinking shaped the history of the UK? From temperance to licensing Britain’s relationship with hooch has defined our... more

15 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: What Matt Gaetz and the chaos caucus want

On the very far-right of the GOP is a small but very disruptive group called the House Freedom Caucus. What... more

14 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker Global: Unpacking Germany’s shocking right-wing surge – with FT’s Guy Chazan

Germany’s far-right is on the rise. Alternative for Germany outperformed all expectations in this week's state elections, increasing their share... more

13 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Cash and grab: Are central banks to blame for all our financial mess? – Alex Andreou finds out

Have central banks ever recovered from the global financial crisis? Alex Andreou sits down with Uuriintuya Batsaikhan, economist for Positive... more

12 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Bunker Bonus: Stella Creasy MP on the Labour Conference and Starmer's speech – live in Liverpool

Straight after Keir Starmer’s keynote speech, Stella Creasy MP joined Jacob Jarvis to give her take on the Labour conference... more

11 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Hot Spots: Matt Chorley and Rafael Behr on the places that shaped our politics

Politics happens all around us, not just in London. Britain’s political map is far more varied than the city of... more

11 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Bonus: Barry Gardiner MP lays out Labour priorities at conference – from Liverpool!

Barry Gardiner MP sits down with Jacob Jarvis to talk through Labour’s priorities, the shift in vibe at this year’s... more

10 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
The UN faces destruction. Can we save it? – with Ros Taylor and Richard Gowan

The United Nations was founded to help maintain international peace and security. The Security Council in particular is supposed to... more

10 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Terror in Israel – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Following a weekend of brutal attacks on Israel, the prospect of a ground invasion of Gaza looms. We take a... more

09 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Gold: First contact – We’ll meet aliens soon, then what?

In this week’s Bunker Gold we revisit an out of this world episode from May 2022… As scientists seek extraterrestrial life,... more

08 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Deep Stately Homes: How country houses shape political decisions – with Professor Kate Retford

From PM’s holidaying at Chequers to the salacious escapades of Downton Abbey, country houses hold a special place in the... more

08 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Bunker USA: How country music soundtracks America's politics – with Dorian Lynskey and Jonathan Bernstein

Country music and political statements often go hand in hand. And many artists find success by charging their songs with... more

07 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker Global: The spies that want to overthrow Kim Jong Un – Seth Thévoz speaks to Bradley Hope

In this week’s Bunker Global, Seth Thévoz is joined by Bradley Hope, the author of The Rebel and The Kingdom,... more

06 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Are the Republicans about to abandon Ukraine? – Dr. Julie Norman explains.

Funding for Ukraine has become a point of contention among the GOP. The Freedom Caucus, led by Republican Rep. Matt... more

05 Oct 2023 · 22 minutes
Brit and miss: Steve Richards on why stubborn leaders botched the UK's foreign policy

The UK is no stranger to getting political decisions wrong – especially in foreign policy. Broadcaster and author Steve Richards,... more

04 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Bad blood: Inside the medical scandal haunting Britain – with Caroline Wheeler and Ros Taylor

The infected blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s saw almost 5,000 people in the UK contract HIV or hepatitis... more

03 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
The Fast and the Spurious — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Rishi Sunak is having a grim time up north as the Tories gather in Manchester for their annual conference. As... more

02 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Bunker Gold: Talking Trash with Count Binface

This week on the Bunker Gold: Let us take you back to the crazy days of 2022, when Liz Truss... more

01 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Panel: Are centrists real? Should politicians still fear the papers? And more...

On our latest panel edition: What does centrism in politics even mean? And why is the government still so worried... more

01 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Bunker USA: Mission Impeachable – Inside the GOP’s latest attack on Biden

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is leading calls to impeach President Joe Biden. Irrespective of whether that’s realistic or not (spoiler... more

30 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: The secret schools giving hope to Afghanistan’s women

In Afghanistan, women and girls have been banned from schools and universities – but underground networks have sprung up to... more

29 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Factory Reset – How AI is driving the new industrial revolution

AI is disrupting systems across the world – and is beginning to completely change global manufacturing. What are the pros... more

28 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
Return to centre: David Gauke wages war on Tory populism

For a few years now the Tory party has been drifting further and further right and it’s not gone well…... more

27 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Between the lines: How cocaine use soared despite the war on drugs

The war on drugs has been going on for decades, yet the use of cocaine has continued to rise –... more

26 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
HS2 little, too late — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Hannah Fearn

Rishi Sunak is set to ditch HS2 plans – how will he handle enraging a huge chunk of the country... more

25 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Animal Farm 2.0: The George Orwell sequel you didn’t know you needed

Animal Farm is one of the 20th century’s most iconic books. So why make a sequel? Dorian Lynskey is joined... more

24 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Bunker USA: Swing both ways - The states that will decide the 2024 election

Bellwether and swing states are often the battlegrounds upon which the US presidential race is won. Historically, Ohio has been... more

23 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: Did India plot a murder in Canada? Europe's next flashpoint and Africa's dying democracy

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has claimed agents of the government of India orchestrated an assassination on Canadian soil. The killing... more

22 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
Creep Fakes: Can I stop AI doing anything it wants with my face?

By now most of us have had hands-on experience with an AI interface. Beyond the sleek exterior of ChatGTP there... more

21 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
China crisis: Is Xi Jinping’s mega-army useless?

With two million active soldiers, China has the largest military in the world. But does it know what it’s doing?... more

20 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
World disservice: Who wins if the BBC loses its global power?

The BBC World Service is under attack. The global broadcaster reaches an audience of over 500 million listeners across the... more

19 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Brand on the run — Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Andrew Harrison

Accusations of sexual assault and rape against Russell Brand will dominate the news this week. Will this open a new... more

18 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Cruel world: How did we become so mean?

Brits seem to be more mean-spirited than ever. This is clear on social media, but also in attitudes towards poorer... more

17 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Bunker USA: From 9/11 hero to Trump lapdog – How Rudy Giuliani trashed himself and America

Rudy Giuliani was once credited for lowering crime in New York and a swift response to 9/11. So how has... more

16 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker Global: Kim and Putin's horror double act, North African disasters and Britain's latest trade blow

This week on Bunker Global: After Vladimir Putin meets with Kim Jong Un – should we be worried? Plus, a... more

15 Sep 2023 · 36 minutes
Machine minds: How outsourcing thought to tech could be humanity's downfall

We’ve built machines to help us make decisions in all sectors of our lives – especially in government. But we... more

14 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Naomi Klein on conspiracy theorists, her doppelgänger, and the malign power of influencers

Being mistaken for Naomi Wolf was once a joke for acclaimed author Naomi Klein. But following the global pandemic, her... more

13 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
The kids aren’t alright: How pandemic policies are still failing young people

Covid-19 caused chaos for a lot of us. For children and young people it completely disrupted their personal growth, in... more

12 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Jailhouse rot — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Britain’s prisons are under the spotlight following Daniel Khalife’s escape from HMP Wandsworth. Alex Chalk did the damage control rounds... more

11 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Tour de farce: How Brexit is crippling the music industry

Following Brexit, performers are consistently losing out on opportunities to perform. How has it gotten so bad – and can... more

10 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Bunker Bonus: How Victor Orbán is manipulating Tucker Carlson’s Hungary obsession

One of Tucker Carlson’s recent interviews is with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán. In the interview Orbán called for Trump... more

09 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Bunker USA: Age concern – Does it matter how old Biden and Trump are? with Molly Jong-Fast

Joe Biden is 80 and his main Republican rival Donald Trump is 77. Opponents of each are ready to use... more

09 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Bunker Global: G20 cheat sheet, Orbán endorses Trump and is Dubai the next Las Vegas?

This week on Bunker Global: The G20 is assembling in India this weekend, what can we expect from this year’s... more

08 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
The price isn’t right: Everything you need to know about inflation

Inflation is one of the hot political topics at the moment. Jeremy Hunt says that keeping inflation at five per... more

07 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Up for the challenge? – The unique test of leading in opposition

Being the leader of the opposition is a thankless task, often described as the worst job in politics. Those that... more

06 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Drain and gain: Inside the sewage scandal poisoning our waterways

We have some of the worst river health standards in Europe – in large part due to raw sewage being... more

05 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Concrete Bungle — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

School’s out indefinitely across the country as many deal with a concrete crisis. But how much did the government know... more

04 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
The devil is in the retail: Why shopping is political

You are what you buy, but how does shopping shape our politics? Can brands be agents of social change? Bobby... more

03 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: The fatal crisis America is ignoring

Over half a million people in America are homeless – and this figure keeps increasing. How can this crisis –... more

02 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: Ukraine’s hidden death toll, UK’s China dilemma and is BRICS the new world order?

This week on Bunker Global: We’re a year and a half into the Ukraine war, and the estimated death toll... more

01 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
Dose Negligence - Why the UK's drug research is failing

There’s a revolution in the way doctors are treating mental health, but the UK could be at risk of falling... more

31 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Back to the 80s: How pop culture shaped our world

Rubik's cubes, leg warmers and Walkmen. How does the pop culture of a decade define it? Looking beyond clichés and... more

30 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Mad, Nad and Dangerous to Know— Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn and Andrew Harrison

Nadine Dorries has resigned. Who did she slate in her resignation letter? Plus Sadiq Khan has introduced the Ultra Low... more

29 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Money talks: what the ruble tells us about about Russia

Money tells us a lot about a country – so what can the ruble tell us about Russia? Exploring a... more

28 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Bunker Panel: Rogues Gallery – Politician Sleaze and Museum Thieves

Are any of our institutions sacred? The latest drama from the British Museum has us questioning the role museums play... more

27 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
Prigozhin’s final flight: What's next for the Wagner Group?

Wagner Group leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, appears to have been killed in a fatal plane crash. Just two months ago, Prigozhin... more

26 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Bunker USA: Trump and Tucker vs the rest - what we learned from the GOP debate.

The race to become the leading GOP candidate has officially kicked off….or has it? Inmate P01135809, better known as Donald... more

26 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Bunker Global: Sweden’s Free Speech Reckoning, Trudeau vs Meta and Britain’s £18 Trillion Reparations Bill

This week on Bunker Global: Qur’an burnings have pushed Sweden’s terror threat to ‘high’, and we bring you the latest... more

25 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Tightening the belt: How is China financing its global ambitions?

China has big global plans – from large infrastructure projects to new economic zones across the globe. How are they... more

24 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Numbers Game: Do the polls give Sunak’s Tories any hope?

If you look at the data, this government has been dreadful. But take a closer look and there’s still a... more

23 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Isolation nation: Why sanctions on Russia are working… and what we must do next.

Over 1.5k Russian people and entities have been sanctioned by the UK over its illegal invasion of Ukraine. A year... more

22 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
The Lionesses and the unicorn — Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Ros Taylor

The Lionesses didn’t manage to win the women’s world cup. Were our heads of state right not to attend? Lucy... more

21 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
No rest for the Wicca: How ‘folk horror’ explains our politics

Creaky pub signs, animal skulls, and empty church yards. The British countryside can be a scary place, but what does... more

20 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
Bunker USA: How white supremacists use hate to manipulate the media

In August 2017, deadly violence broke out between white supremacists and counter protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia. The White supremacists claimed... more

19 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Bunker Global: Hawaii devastated by wildfire, political murders in Ecuador, and latest on Trump’s indictment.

This week on Bunker Global: A roundup of the latest on Trump’s impeachment, as the catastrophic wildfires swept across Maui.... more

18 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Shanghai rises: Could China’s housing crash cause a global financial crisis?

China’s home ownership bubble is less bursting and more deflating. As property company Evergrande announces $81bn of debt, why is... more

17 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Ozempic: The truth about the 'miracle' drug taking TikTok by storm

Ozempic is all over social media. You’ve probably seen dramatic before and after pictures of influencers showing off their weight... more

16 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Peer pressure: The House of Lords is broken. Will we ever fix it?

There have been yet more controversial appointments to the House of Lords. Is it fit for purpose? How can we... more

15 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
The Barge that Flopped — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

The Bibby Stockholm plan has been beset by legionella. Who could have seen this coming? The Tories want us to... more

14 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
Up in smoke: How Big Tobacco is keeping us hooked

The rise of vapes and ever-increasing cigarette regulations are a big threat to Big Tobacco. What new methods have they... more

13 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker USA: Trump trashed the Supreme Court. Can it be fixed?

The US Supreme Court has a huge power grip over America. And, thanks to Trump, it’s now more politicised than... more

12 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Bunker Global: Zelenskyy assassination plot, Niger coup latest and Thai election deadlock

This week on Bunker Global: The coup in Niger rolls on, as US envoys hold talks with the junta. And,... more

11 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
How QAnon is still destroying the internet

QAnon began as a niche conspiracy theory. How did it become a movement for self-radicalisation? How have its dangerous ideas... more

10 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
The Real McMafia: How drug lords cash in on global conflicts

Criminal gangs have gone global. How do they use international networks to increase their power and influence? Far from being... more

09 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Chris Bryant MP on stopping the rot at the heart of British politics

Politics has never been so rife with bad behaviour. Labour’s Chris Bryant MP wants to change that. He sets out... more

08 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
Looming barge — Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Jacob Jarvis

The Government’s plans to house migrants on the Bibby Stockholm barge continues to cause controversy. Why are they going ahead... more

07 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Making a killing: How true crime monetised murder

True crime has never been more popular. Is it uniquely harmful to society, or have we always been fascinated with... more

06 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker USA: Space Oddities – Are aliens being hidden from us?

Are aliens real? That question was brought up again in a high-level Congressional hearing this week. Three former members of... more

05 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Bunker USA: He’s Don it again – Is this game over for Trump?

Donald Trump has been indicted again. There are 4 charges this time around, including Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.... more

05 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Bunker Global: El Salvador’s next level war on gangs, Xi’s nuclear power grab and Russia steals Ukraine’s children

This week on Bunker Global: El Salvador’s war on gangs continues as President Bukele introduces mass trials for accused gang... more

04 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
X marks the rot: Inside Elon Musk’s Twitter branding meltdown

Twitter as we know it is dead. The bird has been sent out to pasture and replaced with a stark... more

03 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
First degree burns: Why Sunak’s wrong on universities

Rishi Sunak’s decision to limit the number of students able to study what he calls “low-value degrees” has sparked backlash.... more

02 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Moving on up: How our view on migration is changing

Attitudes to migration were a key cause of Brexit – but is it still such a major factor in how... more

01 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
Scare traffic controllers — Start Your Week with Gavin Esler

Setting up the stories of the week ahead. Today: Rishi Sunak says he’s “on the side of motorists”. How did... more

31 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Panel: Meat your Maker

Can Artificial Intelligence replace our loved ones after death? Will Gregg Wallace’s cannibalism mockumentary change how we see the future... more

30 Jul 2023 · 42 minutes
Bunker USA: Bloody Murdoch – Is the real-life Logan Roy unstoppable?

Phone hacking, false claims of election hacking and a potential high profile libel case with a maligned BBC newsreader. Those... more

29 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
Bunker Global: Spain's right-wing reckoning, Wagner on the move and Musk stiffs staff

This week on Bunker Global: The Spanish election fallout as a hung parliament leaves Spain in political limbo. Are Wagner... more

28 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Leaving California: The death of Silicon Valley

Are we witnessing the death of Silicon Valley as big tech shifts from physical products to services? And has the... more

27 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Odd jobs: How MPs’ side hustles twist our Democracy

MPs have collectively earned millions of pounds from side hustles in the last few years. From the ‘cash for access’... more

26 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Hammer homes: Would a house price crash be a good thing?

Buying a house in the UK is almost impossible for many people. But house prices could fall by 10 per... more

25 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Fume and Gloom — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer are both on manoeuvres after the by-elections – but what are their tangible plans? As... more

24 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Chamber Potty: Can buildings ruin political debate?

From the Hague to Westminster, buildings shape the politics that happens within them. Does the design of the Chamber in... more

23 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Bonus: Lights, camera, industrial action – Inside the Hollywood strike

For the first time in 63 years, Hollywood has a double strike on its hands. Actors have joined writers on... more

22 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Bunker USA: Here comes the Republican Party's next civil war

The first debate in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee for 2024 is a month away. What should... more

22 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: The World's on Fire, China's Watching You and Meloni on the Rise

This week on Bunker Global: As horror heat consumes the earth – is climate chaos the new normal? Plus, we... more

21 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
Click-hate: How the online rage machine took over society

Social media fuels many emotions, especially anger. And if you’ve followed UK politics for any length of time, you’ll be... more

20 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Libel Bashers: The laws that rein in the tabloids

Libel laws have been around for centuries in England – yet the public and the papers keep falling foul of... more

19 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Does Labour have the plan to dodge climate disaster?

Labour says it will harness the sun, wind, and waves to deliver clean energy by 2030. It’s a very ambitious... more

18 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Electoral dysfunction — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Hannah Fearn

Rishi Sunak’s Tories face three by-elections this week — what will these results mean for the struggling PM? Meanwhile, Keir... more

17 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Work from holiday: How digital nomads are exporting the rent crisis

Are work-from-home jet-setters pioneering of a new way of life or are they just the next generation of gentrifiers? After... more

16 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Bunker USA: Can America solve its mass shooting crisis?

Young people living in America are more likely to be shot and killed than to die in a car accident.... more

15 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: NATO’s Ukraine dilemma, Nigeria’s army out of control – and robots promise not to conquer us

This week on Bunker Global: We ask what it will take for Ukraine to achieve NATO membership following their summit... more

14 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
Thread Alert: Should we be worried about Mark Zuckerberg 2.0?

Mark Zuckerberg has transformed from unsuspecting nerd to an MMA fighter taking on arch tech bro Elon Musk. What has... more

13 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Salt of the Earth: The substances that shaped the course of humanity

The basis of human life is built upon various elements. Have we forgotten how important they are? Sky News’ economics... more

12 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Tapping out: How privatisation wrecked our waterworks

Thames Water recently announced £14 billion of debt. How does an essential utility haemorrhage so much money? More than three... more

11 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Change the channel — Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Jacob Jarvis

The BBC is in turmoil again, over allegations a presenter paid a teenager for sexual photos. How will the broadcaster... more

10 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
Yes, MPs are weird… but is that a good thing?

Politicians are… weird. While it baffles us relentlessly – could it be a good thing? Sunak forgetting how to use... more

09 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: Is RFK Jr.’s conspiracy cult a gift to Donald Trump?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the leading Democratic challenger to Biden for 2024. But is he actually a threat to... more

08 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker Global: Devastation in Jenin, France riot fallout and Hong Kong bounties

On the first edition of Bunker Global: A closer look at Israel’s assault on Jenin, the fallout of the violent... more

07 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
False Economy – Why is Britain so unproductive?

Productivity in Britain is down – is an army of middlemen partly to blame? Ros Taylor sits down with Giles... more

06 Jul 2023 · 24 minutes
The NHS is 75 years old – will it make 80?

The NHS was formed 75 years ago. As it celebrates its diamond anniversary, the service seems to be under more... more

05 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
From Wieners to Warlord: Inside Wagner’s terror machine

The Wagner Group made headlines with its 24-hour revolt against Vladimir Putin. Their leader, Yevgeny Prighozhin, is a shady character.... more

04 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Stop the Boasts – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell

Sunak has a brand new immigration policy which looks just like the old one. Does anyone support it? With train... more

03 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Acid Test: How psychedelics shaped the modern world

Psychedelic drugs are regularly in the news as a fresh generation of scientists researches them. Who knows how they might... more

02 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: How Washington, DC became the Hollywood of politics

Washington, DC is home to the American political elite. Hordes of staff looking to make their names. Lobbyists and think tanks, all... more

01 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Episode 1,000! The Chaos Politics Comedown

The Bunker panel show returns to mark our ONE THOUSANDTH edition. Can voters wean themselves off the dark thrills of... more

30 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Buzz Killed: Who’s winning the viral news war?

The news media is driven by clicks more than ever before. Who is winning the war for online attention? Brands... more

29 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Sick and tired: Is politics destroying the NHS?

The NHS has been squeezed by successive Governments. The Covid-19 pandemic only worsened the crisis, highlighting the need for Parliament... more

28 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
The Patriot Paradox: Can you love your country but not like it?

Patriotism could be the antidote to the divisions created by Brexit. Can you be a proud patriot even when you... more

27 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Rebel Force – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Hannah Fearn

The Russian revolution ended as quickly as it started, where does this leave Putin and the war in Ukraine? Rishi... more

26 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
By the Burke: The man who invented modern-day conservatism

Edmund Burke’s principles have influenced generations of conservative thinkers and politicians. But who was this architect of modern day conservatism?... more

25 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Bunker USA: How an obsession with guns shaped a nation

There are more guns than people in America. How does this obsession shape US society? Gavin Esler is joined by... more

24 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
How China plans to win the technology war

How alarming is China's tech ambition – and is there any limit to their quest for industrial dominance? From contentious... more

23 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
End of the Line? – Why the Saudi super city is doomed to fail

Two years ago, Saudi Arabia announced it was creating a city of the future: known as The Line. Is it... more

22 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Apocalypse How: An expert's guide on dealing with disaster

From earthquakes to terrorism – we live in a world of constant crisis. But are we prepared for it? Drawing... more

21 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
The Only Way is Essex: How the Tories consumed a county

“Essex man” is a notorious caricature of Thatcherite Brits. How did the Conservatives win over the county? And where –... more

20 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
The Afterlife of the Party — Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Alex Andreou

How do you solve a problem like Boris Johnson? Sunak needs to escape the shadow of his predecessor but reciting... more

19 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Hold my Peer! – Alf Dubs on useless Braverman, shabby Tories and electing the Lords

As the Lords come under scrutiny, we’re joined by one of the good ones – Lord Alf Dubs joins Dorian... more

18 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker USA: The horror drug killing thousands of Americans

Xylazine, also known as Tranq, is causing a horrific wave of drug deaths across America. It’s mixed with the opioid... more

17 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Taster 📰 Our new podcast PAPER CUTS

If you haven’t tried our new press review show PAPER CUTS yet, here’s a taster of today’s episode. This time... more

16 Jun 2023 · 8 minutes
Behind the Screens: Inside the mind of a hacker

Our view of hackers has been warped by movie portrayals of hoodie-wearing computer whizzes. But what are they really like?... more

16 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Driven to Madness: How cars are ruining our lives

Cars are making us unhappy and unhealthy. From poor air quality, to mind numbing commutes and gridlocked city centres. Can... more

15 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
EU and I: Have we forgotten what it means to be European?

The question ‘What does it mean to be European?’ is challenging for many Brits, post-Brexit. Author Ben Judah says politics... more

14 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Definitely Maybe: Is Theresa May getting off lightly?

Theresa May is often ranked alongside the worst Prime Ministers ever. But, does she still get off lightly? And have... more

13 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
I don’t know it’s over – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

The Johnson rebellion promised a bang but delivered a whimper over the weekend. What now? Can Starmer capitalise on the... more

12 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Galaxy Quest: Who are the start-ups banking on space?

The sky is no longer the limit for entrepreneurs as they set their sights on space. SpaceX has made science... more

11 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker USA: Biden dodges economic collapse. What now?

Biden proudly told the world his debt ceiling deal averted “economic collapse”. He’s not wrong – but is he in... more

10 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Europe's JFK: Inside the mysterious murder of a Swedish PM

The assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme remains an unsolved mystery. How did a lone gunman manage to murder... more

09 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Stuck in the Midlands with you: Mayor Andy Street on Levelling Up and wrangling with Westminster

Andy Street took a risk in leaving his role as managing director of John Lewis to become West Midlands mayor.... more

08 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Bitter sweet: How sugar became public enemy number one

Sugar became a modern-day bogeyman during austerity. Why? And how did it come to represent personal responsibility? And who has... more

07 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Curious about George: Why is Soros so controversial?

George Soros is a holocaust survivor, one of the world’s richest people and the creator of the Open Society. He’s... more

06 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Money doesn’t grow on inquiries — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis

This week Johnson and Sunak play the blame game over the Covid inquiry. Will a trip to the USA help... more

05 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Grave Intentions: Why Brits are obsessed with the death penalty

The death penalty is supported by a large number of Brits. Why are so many people obsessed with it? And... more

04 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: Is the US drilling itself to oblivion?

The US isn’t delivering on its pledges to reverse climate change. The Willow Project in Alaska, labelled by some as... more

03 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Rule breakers: Is the ministerial code fit for purpose?

The ministerial code is a set of rules members of Government are expected to abide by. But they don’t all... more

02 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
A.I. Will Survive: How not to be replaced by Artificial Intelligence

How secure do you feel in your job? From manufacturing plants to corporate boardrooms, the rise of artificial intelligence has... more

01 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Please Release Me: Can we fix the shameful leasehold scandal?

Tens of thousands of people are demanding an end to leasehold laws in England and Wales. They say they’re trapped... more

31 May 2023 · 26 minutes
What a load of cap – Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn and Jacob Jarvis

The Tories are in-fighting over supermarket price caps – can they agree on anything? And Boris Johnson is back sulking... more

30 May 2023 · 22 minutes
‘My fight to be seen in a harsh world’

Emmett De Monterey was born with cerebral palsy, and as he grew up he realised that he was gay. He... more

29 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Duds Army: Why National Service won’t fix the young’uns

It’s 60 years this month since National Service was abolished – but the idea remains popular. Could it ever work... more

28 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker USA: Is it game over for the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys may not be proud no more after four of its members have been found guilty of seditious... more

27 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Dire Magistrates: Who are Britain’s self-selecting arbiters of justice?

Around 12,000 people in England and Wales volunteer as magistrates. That means they can sentence people to up to a... more

26 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Freedom for Tooting! Sadiq Khan on fighting for London's air, troll wars and Johnson's toxic legacy

Can Sadiq Khan really clean up London? From the Met to the air, the Mayor of London has a tough... more

25 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Love and war: Finding hope in conflict zones

Sherine Tadros reported from war zones across the world. She joins Alex Andreou to discuss her new book Taking Sides:... more

24 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Grin and Behr it: How to survive politics by The Guardian’s Raf Behr

Following politics is tough, especially if you want to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. So how can... more

23 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Suella on Speed – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Andrew Harrison

Suella Braverman has had a busy week with speeding ticket drama. Can the Home Secretary outrun another controversy or is... more

22 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Who run the world? Freemasons? – The truth about your favourite conspiracy

The Freemasons are often blamed when things go wrong. But are they behind a global conspiracy or are they just... more

21 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker USA: How American guns fuel Mexico’s cartels

America has a gun problem, and not just inside its own borders. Thousands of guns cross into Mexico every year,... more

20 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Up and Athens: The Greek elections explained

It’s time to celebrate the birthplace of democracy with a Greek election! With more than 30 parties and coalitions vying... more

19 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Taliban 2.0: Inside Afghanistan’s new hardline regime

The overnight Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021 shocked the world. But who is behind the hardline regime running the... more

18 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Lost the Plot: What makes terrorist attacks fail

How do we stop terrorists before they act? Are our security services operating with expert proficiency or is it just... more

17 May 2023 · 30 minutes
NeverEnding Tory: How come the Conservatives keep getting elected?

Despite endless scandals and psychodramas, the Tories keep getting into power. So why are the British obsessed with the Conservative... more

16 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Blue on Blue Monday – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

Battle lines were drawn this week as the Conservatives held two conferences – whose side are you on? In the... more

15 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Talking Heads: Why do politicians keep lying on TV?

How do you tell if a politician is lying? Their lips are moving. That’s what the old joke would have... more

14 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Bunker USA: The evolution of America's far right extremists

Right wing extremists are often considered lone wolves. But platforms like 4chan have made it easier than ever for extremist... more

13 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Faking it: How dodgy news took over the world

Donald Trump took over the phrase fake news – but dodgy journalism was an issue long before him. Has the... more

11 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Worse than Brexit? Why Cameron and Osborne are to blame for everything

David Cameron entered 10 Downing Street 13 years ago. Since he and his right hand man George Osborne got their... more

11 May 2023 · 29 minutes
Look under the hoods: What really causes antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour is constantly put under the spotlight by politicians. But what really causes it? Nick Pettigrew, author of Anti-Social,... more

10 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Arrested developments — Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn and Jacob Jarvis

Police came out in force for the Coronation. Can the Met ride out accusations of heavy handedness? And the Tories... more

09 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Hard reign: The verdict on Charles III so far

King Charles III has just been crowned. What kind of king has he become? How has he handled the rift... more

08 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Putin on a Brave Face: Russia braces for humiliating Victory Day

Many anticipated a subdued Victory Day – and that was before the Kremlin claimed Ukraine attempted to assassinate Vladimir Putin.... more

07 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Bunker USA: MTG Fibs – What’s going on with Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Marjorie Taylor Greene is one of the most controversial and extreme figures in US politics. Why is she the way... more

06 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Alastair Campbell on fighting populism, his mistakes and the Brexit fallout

Alastair Campbell has a plan to fix the crisis in our politics. Andrew Harrison talks to one of politics’ most... more

05 May 2023 · 40 minutes
Elon for the ride: How has Musk's Twitter dream fallen apart?

Everyone predicted it would fall apart immediately, but it didn’t. Six months later, Twitter seems to be chugging along but... more

04 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Trial by television: Is GB News ungovernable?

GB News positions itself as a noble endeavour to widen the voices in Britain’s national debate. Which is fantastic in... more

03 May 2023 · 31 minutes
Councils Culture – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Alex Andreou

Local elections (for local people) are coming up this week. What would mark a good night for Starmer? And what... more

02 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Taster 🇺🇦 DOOMSDAY WATCH: The Ukraine War

The Ukraine War is reshaping the world. Arthur Snell writes the first draft of its history. In this excerpt from... more

02 May 2023 · 6 minutes
The coast is dear: Our complex love affair with seaside towns

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside. Don’t we? Places like Blackpool, Jaywick and Skegness are among the... more

01 May 2023 · 24 minutes
Pain in the ads: How politics turned social media into a battleground

Labour’s attack ads against Sunak put targeted political advertising back in the spotlight. But the Tories have done more than... more

30 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Bunker USA: What a Tuckin’ week – Carlson’s out, Biden’s in

It’s been a bit of a week over in the US. First, after Fox News paid out almost $1 billion... more

28 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
Knowing XI, Knowing EU: Why Europe is naive to trust China

China’s relationship with Europe is…difficult. But some leaders, like Emmanuel Macron, see China as a conduit for peace in Ukraine.... more

28 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
Force the issue: Can the Met Police ever win back our trust?

Public trust in the Met Police is at a nadir – with a raft of scandals and crimes involving serving... more

27 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Target practice: Why NHS fixes haven’t worked

The NHS reels from crisis to crisis, with a waiting list of seven million and chronic workforce shortages. Why is... more

26 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
How Putin moulded a new generation of fascists

The Kremlin has convinced many of Russia’s young people that its invasion of Ukraine is just. In fact, about 62... more

25 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Dom Disposal Unit – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Jacob Jarvis

Dominic Raab finally resigned (definitely all his own choice) – what does it mean next for Sunak’s clown car Government?... more

24 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Love, sexuality and the true lives of men at war

Memories of the Second World War are often oversimplified through the lens of politicians. A common thread missed is that... more

23 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
Bunker USA: Under the influence – How lobbyists mould America’s politics

Lobbying is a key way in which politicians and pieces of legislation are influenced in the United States. But who... more

22 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Bunker USA: Fox Off – Did Rupert Murdoch dodge a bullet?

BONUS EPISODE KLAXON: Fox News paid out almost $1 billion dollars to Dominion – but despite that, did Murdoch dodge... more

21 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Crude awakening: How MBS wields Saudi Arabia’s oil power

Saudi Arabia is experiencing a once in a lifetime moment of transformation, funded by their control over the world's oil... more

21 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Net Zero intolerance: The Tory faction seeking a “climate referendum”

The Net Zero Scrutiny Group shares ties with the likes of the late Nigel Lawson and his network of “climate... more

20 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Against the rules: Inside the war on financial regulation

Investment zones have been hailed by some politicians as the solution to our economic woes. But what are the risks... more

19 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
“We’re building the answer” – Andy Burnham on the North vs Westminster

Andy Burnham has thrived after switching Westminster for Manchester as a mayor. And he has high hopes for the North... more

18 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
Striking (into the) distance – Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn and Ros Taylor

Strikes are going to go on and on as the Government continues not to strike deals with unions. Will this... more

17 Apr 2023 · 25 minutes
Starship Enterprises: Why space is the next political battleground

Space – the final frontier, and the next political battleground? As nations compete for dominance and resources, Andrew Harrison is... more

16 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker USA: Land of the Fed – The unbridled power of America’s central bank

The Federal Reserve has a huge sway over the US economy – and therefore the world’s. But as well as... more

15 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
From Del Boy to Dogecoin: How we all got hooked on getting rich quick

When did we all start wanting to invest in stock and shares? And who were the winners and losers of... more

14 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Run KGB: How Soviet spies warped the West

The KGB is one of the most notorious intelligence agencies of all time. Though long defunct, how did this Soviet... more

13 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Comfortably Brum: Why do the Tories love Birmingham?

Birmingham plays a key role in the Tory imagination – something that might shock some of its 1.1 million inhabitants.... more

12 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
See if I Keir — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Keir Starmer is staying on the attack while Sunak faces more strike conundrums with junior doctors staging a mass walkout.... more

11 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
Bunker Gold: Slave to the algorithm

This Bank Holiday, enjoy a Bunker from the archives… We all want control over our lives. But as we make... more

10 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
Reading the ruins: What can Britain’s lost villages teach us?

Britain has hundreds of abandoned villages. How did they fall victim to history? And how are the communities that once... more

09 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Made in Manc-hattan: How music built a city

Manchester’s music scene is famous the world over – but did Joy Division, the Haçienda and Factory Records really lead... more

08 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Meeting the Swedish anti-vaxxers who believe ‘Mother Earth protects’

In Sweden most people have a great deal of trust in the state, but in recent years vaccine scepticism has... more

07 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Thatcher, the IRA, and the bomb that changed history

In the autumn of 1984, the Provisional IRA almost wiped out the British Cabinet. Five people were killed in the... more

06 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
Number crunching: How the rich dodge tax

Next to births and deaths, taxes are one of life's only certainties. But with a tax system made up of... more

05 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
Doomed to fail? The hidden traps foiling Britain’s political system

We know what political failure looks like in Britain. But why does it happen? Why do governments pass bad laws... more

04 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Bad hair day — Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Jacob Jarvis

Donald Trump is to be arrested this week – what drama can we expect to unfold? Plus in the UK... more

03 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
How our Cold War fears can prepare us for climate disaster

Cold War fears of nuclear disaster have been replaced for many by the horrific prospect of climate oblivion. How can... more

02 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker USA – Donald Trump is going down (in history)

Trump has been indicted and his arrest looms – what the hell is going on? Will this be his downfall... more

01 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Great Danes: How does Denmark quash corruption?

Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Gert Tinggard Svendsen of Aarhus University explains how Danes... more

31 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
The Knackered Lunch: Henry Dimbleby on fixing the Govt’s food fiasco

Did Henry Dimbleby really quit his role as the Government’s food policy advisor “in disgust”? Why have its attempts to... more

30 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
That Show Isn’t Funny Anymore: Why GB News is no joke

GB News launched with much fanfare two years ago and was swiftly mocked for the seeming ineptitude of its entire... more

29 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
A losing battle: How Brexit fallout tore Parliament apart

Brexit is done — insofar as it ever will be. But the Brexit we got was not the one most... more

28 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Everything’s on Fire – Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn

Mass protests in Israel as secular members of society fear a theocratic takeover from the religious right. Will Netanyahu be... more

27 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Private Trauma: How we’ve let our service people down

How do we support soldiers traumatised by war? And is the public too sheltered from the reality of life during... more

26 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Bunker USA: Moscow Fools – Why is the Republican Party split on Russia?

The Republican Party was once hawkish in its stance towards Russia – but now some within its ranks seem sympathetic... more

25 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Inside Rwanda: The dictatorship Braverman dreams about

Suella Braverman’s plan to send refugees to Rwanda has been described as inhuman. But what is the country actually like?... more

24 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Does the UK face extinction? – Fintan O’Toole on the Union’s future

The UK is “muddling towards extinction”, says the Irish thinker and journalist Fintan O’Toole. Neglected by a Westminster political class... more

23 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
NATO on my watch: Is the military alliance fit for purpose?

NATO’s power has been thrown into sharp focus amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. How does it operate – and what... more

22 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
The Iraq War changed everything. What have we learned?

The Iraq War began 20 years ago – what lessons have been, and what must still be, learned from this... more

21 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
Let’s get ready to grumble – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler and Alex Andreou

Both Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are in hot water – how will each try to wriggle their way out... more

20 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Reasonable doubt: How society got its rules wrong

Most people consider themselves reasonable. But are they? And what rules is that notion defined by? Siân Pattenden is joined... more

19 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Bunker USA: America’s economy faces a Liz Truss moment

As Republicans play chicken with the debt ceiling, could America suffer a Liz Truss-esque financial meltdown? Alex Andreou speaks to... more

18 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The Budget that wasn’t – Hunt’s plans explained

Tax breaks for the 1%, business giveaways that won’t make a difference, free child care that turns out to be... more

17 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Who’s pushing all these Russians out of windows?

The unexpected “accidental” deaths of prominent Russians have become a dark joke in the West. But the truth about ‘Sudden... more

16 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The external forces warping Syria’s civil war

The war in Syria began twelve years ago today. But who are the key players in this complex conflict? And... more

15 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Polycrisis? What polycrisis? – How we’re reacting to a world in turmoil

We are going through a polycrisis – with multiple catastrophes playing out at once. But despite fuel costs, war and... more

14 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
The Revolution could not be televised – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Jacob Jarvis

With the illegal migration bill set for its second reading – how will Braverman and Sunak feel now it faces... more

13 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
Can YouTubers save the world? MrBeast thinks so

Good samaritans or narcissistic egotists: what is behind the rise in YouTube philanthropy? Ros Taylor is joined by Rhodri Davies,... more

12 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker USA: Can the Republican Party come back from the brink?

Donald Trump twisted the GOP beyond recognition during his time as president. What did it stand for before this aberration... more

11 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Oliver’s Army: Can Revolutionary England explain our modern mess?

In the 17th Century the English slaughtered one another, beheaded their king, fought bitterly over religion and politics, and acquired... more

10 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
“Westminster is failing us” – Mhairi Black on the SNP’s future

Mhairi Black joins The Bunker to discuss the future of Scottish independence, her party’s ne leader and the quirks of... more

09 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Lights! Camera! Faction! Inside the warring Tory tribes

From the ERG to the CGG, the different factions within the Conservatives build up a picture of the divisions within... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Major Upset? Will the next election be a 1992 or a 1997?

Labour’s shock General Election loss in 1992 still haunts the party – and nobody wants to tempt fate by mentioning 1997’s... more

07 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
The Grateful Dad – Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn

Sunak tries to dish out some hard right catnip on small boats – but then here’s Johnson offering his rancid... more

06 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Interview: Ex-C4 News head Dorothy Byrne on women in education and the future of news

Lambasted by the Tory press for calling Boris Johnson a “known liar” at the Edinburgh TV festival when she was... more

05 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Bunker USA: Why is Florida so weird?

Florida could well be America’s future. Governor Ron Desantis presides over an increasingly right-wing and combative “loudocracy” and he thinks... more

04 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Better the Kremlin you know: Germany reckons with its Russia problem

Germany seems to have had a blind spot over Russia – why is that? And how has their relationship changed... more

03 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
“I know how much is at stake” – Stella Creasy talks

Stella Creasy, who feels like a Labour grandee these days, talks to Ros Taylor about Brexit, Tory negligence and removing... more

02 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
You’re his-Tory: Why aren’t young people turning Conservative?

There is a generational divide between who votes Conservative and who votes Labour – and it’s a problem for both... more

01 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Come Spy With Me: An insider's look at espionage

Hollywood has shaped how we see spies – but who are these people who secretly walk among us? How hard... more

28 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Kind of a big deal – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

Rishi Sunak is meeting Ursula von der Leyen to seal a new deal to get Brexit done again, again. Will... more

27 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Waiting game: What the rush to private health means for the NHS

As NHS waiting lists get longer, more people are turning to private healthcare. Is this skipping the queue accelerating a... more

26 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Bunker USA: American Dreams (Are Made of This)

The USA is built on ‘the American dream’. But what exactly is it? Does it actually exist? Jacob Jarvis is... more

25 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Volodymyr Zelensky: The comedian who wanted to be President of Peace

Zelensky’s story of a comedian turned President of Ukraine and now war leader is stranger than fiction. So who is... more

24 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
The Spirit of Freedom: A year into Ukraine’s fight for democracy

It’s been one year since the full scale invasion of Ukraine began. From fanning the spirit of freedom, to how... more

23 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Time to grow up: How to boost the economy without Trussonomics

Britain is all but in recession. We’re far less productive than other European countries, and take the industries that do... more

22 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
The Bunker
Come Spy With Me: An insider's look at espionage
The Bunker

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Hollywood has shaped how we see spies – but who are these people who secretly walk among us? How hard is it... more