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The Bunker
The Bunker
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Your daily Need To Know on news and politics. Every morning The Bunker cuts through the noise to make sense of what’s... more

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Episodes

Lettuce from America – Liz Truss tries to conquer the United States

Liz Truss is looking to spread her particular brand of chaos to the United States after trashing her reputation in... more

01 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Who is the real Keir Starmer? – Tom Baldwin tells Ros Taylor

Most people know who Keir Starmer is – but don’t know much about his character. Who is the Labour leader... more

29 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
‘I was Putin’s speech writer. I don’t recognise him anymore’

Abbas Gallyamov wrote scripts for Vladimir Putin for 3 years from 2008. He describes Vladimir Putin in that time as... more

28 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Has Alexei Navalny's death doomed Russia's future? – Chris Jones asks Dr. Jan Dollbaum

The death of Alexei Navalny sent shockwaves across the world. Has Russia’s hope of a brighter future, beyond the reign... more

27 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Whip-off merchants – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Lee Anderson has lost the whip – will any other horrid MPs follow this week? And there’s the by-election in... more

26 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Russia-Ukraine two years in: The defining war of the 21st Century

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began two years ago. Hundreds of thousands have died and more will follow. What is... more

23 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
When will America be ready for a gay president?

America’s presidents have generally been straight, white, old men. Barack Obama bucked that trend, but the United States is yet... more

22 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
The post-logic election year – Does anybody vote rationally?

It’s a massive election year, with billions voting worldwide. But will those casting votes do so logically? Has voter psychology... more

21 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Has China’s power peaked? – Alex Andreou asks Michael Beckley

After decades of unprecedented economic growth China’s rise seems to be slowing down. Has the nation’s power reached its peak?... more

20 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
What next for Russia? — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Gavin Esler

The killing of Putin’s high profile rival, Alexei Navalny, has sparked outrage. Will this convince the UK and US to... more

19 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
What Joe Biden needs to do to win in 2024 – Gavin Esler asks Molly Jong-Fast

Biden’s economic and immigration policies are under relentless fire from Trump and Republicans, and his approval ratings are dire – but... more

16 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Why self-help isn’t helping – with Alex Andreou and Vincent Deary

The global ‘self-help’ market is worth over £30 billion. And yet, it seems no amount of books, apps or podcasts... more

15 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
Why are so many MPs obsessed with sex? With Kate Lister

It's often said that politics is showbiz for ugly people. So why has parliament produced so many sex scandals? Today... more

14 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
Bonus: What Tucker Carlson's Putin interview really means – Ian Garner explains

Former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson’s two-hour sit down with Vladimir Putin has grabbed headlines worldwide. But can we really... more

13 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Is Benjamin Netanyahu losing control?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s power is faltering. From losing international support, to the charges of fraud and bribery that he’s facing –... more

13 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
By and by-elections — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

This week: By-elections will prove yet another test for Sunak – but things aren’t smooth sailing for Labour either. Plus,... more

12 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Why are Americans dying so young? – Gavin Esler asks Dr Steven Woolf

The US life expectancy is at its lowest point in more than two decades – and behind that of some... more

09 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Why we should be grateful for chaos – Brian Klaas on how randomness shapes our lives

We like to imagine society is structured by rationality and reason. But, really, isn’t everything a matter of chance? Ros... more

08 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The knife crime 'epidemic': What's really going on?

Britain’s knife crime crisis is regularly called a “pandemic” in the media. But just how serious is the problem?  Who... more

07 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Why Putin's rigged Russian election still matters

Russia’s presidential election doesn’t take place until March – yet we already know the result. Vladimir Putin will beat the... more

06 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Holy Scrap — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

This week: Rwanda rows continue as James Cleverly drags the Church of England into the migration dispute. Plus – Could... more

05 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The increasingly weird world of Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson’s getting weirder. Hard to believe it, we know. From promoting shamed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ return to interviewing... more

02 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Can pranks change the world? – with chaos agent Oobah Butler

British politics can be laughable. But can poking fun at it actually spark change? Marie Le Conte speaks to professional... more

01 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Britain’s hero, India’s war criminal: Churchill’s maddening legacy – with Ahir Shah

Sir Winston Churchill’s legacy is often discussed – but is usually more complex than conversations suggest. Some call him one... more

31 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Why can’t politicians quit while they’re ahead like Klopp did?

Jürgen Klopp impressed the football world with his honest reasons for quitting as Liverpool manager. But how come so few... more

30 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Friends without benefits — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

It’s a bad Brexit news week as new regulations are put in place. Plus, Sunak’s woes continue – but Hunt’s... more

29 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
100% Faithful? What The Traitors can teach us about politics

Hit reality TV show The Traitors reveals how great some people are at lying – and how bad others are... more

26 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Beyond Biden and Trump: What really matters to US voters? – with NPR's Susan Davis

The US election is being fought on many fronts, but what does the American public really care about most? Is... more

25 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
What really matters most to British voters? – New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker explains

What do people care most about at the moment – and how will this affect their votes in the upcoming... more

24 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Mr. Bates vs. The Post Office rocked the Government. How do dramas like this make it to TV?

Few TV dramas have had such an instant seismic effect as ITV’s miniseries on the Horizon scandal, Mr Bates vs... more

23 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
DeSantis Destroyed – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler

“Ron DeSanctimonious” is out of the Presidential running meaning a two-way race between Trump and Nikki Haley in this week’s... more

22 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Bunker USA: From true believers to chaos addicts – The 5 types of Trump voters

Donald Trump once said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and his supporters wouldn’t care. Not only does polling... more

19 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Why everyone is wrong about migration – Hein de Haas joins Ros Taylor

Migration is one of the most divisive issues in the UK – socially, politically, and economically. But a lot of... more

18 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Inside Russia’s plot to put Trump back in the White House – with Gavin Esler and Joseph Webster

The 2024 US Presidential election will likely see Biden and Trump back on the ballot. And, if previous elections are... more

17 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
The Kids are Alt-right – What’s radicalising a new generation of extremists?

Young people, particularly young men, are increasingly becoming radicalised toward the far-right. Often chronically online and extremely vulnerable to manipulation,... more

16 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Rebel strikes — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

PM Rishi Sunak faces the commons today to explain military action against Houthi Rebels. Plus – the Rwanda bill is... more

15 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Iran, the Houthis and war in the Red Sea explained – Special edition with This Is Not A Drill

A special crossover episode with This Is Not A Drill, our geopolitics podcast. Why are UK and US navies defending... more

12 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Are politicians trying to brainwash you? – Alex Andreou and Daniel Pick on the new era of thought control

Brainwashing has been utilised as a political tool for centuries. How exactly is it weaponised today? Daniel Pick, author of... more

11 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
The digital hacks Sunak and Starmer will use to fight the election – with Ros Taylor and Kate Dommett

Internet culture has changed a lot since the last general election – so the way politicians use it will have... more

10 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Farage and Reform UK: Should the Tories really be worried? – Michael Crick explains

Once known as the Brexit Party, Reform UK wants to mortally wound the Tories in the General Election. Do its... more

09 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Fuel to the binfire — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

Rishi Sunak faces more backbench backlash as Parliament returns. Plus – will an emergency summit give closure to the 700... more

08 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Trump vs. Biden: Is America set for its most chaotic year yet? – with Gavin Esler and Sarah Isgur

There’s pretty much only one certainty in US politics in 2024: chaos. Trump faces a reckoning with the law, but... more

05 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
The Economy: Five things you need to know in 2024 – with Giles Wilkes and Andrew Harrison

Britain’s damaged economy will dominate this election year but it’s a sprawling topic. We’ve broken it down into five key... more

04 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
How AI will change the world forever in 2024 – for better or worse. With Dr. Kate Devlin and Kyle Taylor

AI took the world by storm in 2023 – and has the potential to fundamentally change it in 2024. But... more

03 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
2024 Vision — Start Your Year with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

New year, same old Sunak. Alex Andreou joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss the latest misjudgements from the PM and the... more

02 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
Chaos theories: Why are we never prepared for disasters? – Ros Taylor asks Jeff Schlegelmilch

From pandemics to natural disasters, terror attacks to global warming, it seems the world is becoming more disastrous by the... more

28 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
From Charlie Chaplin to Fleabag: How outrage shaped political comedy – with Seth Thévoz and David Stubbs

We’ve come a long way as society but has progress hindered our ability to have a laugh? Seth Thévoz is... more

27 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Bunker Gold: Ding Dong Merrily on High– How to win Christmas arguments

On today’s Bunker Gold, a Christmas throwback from 2022…  What do veganism, Donald Trump and Brussels sprouts have in common? They’re... more

24 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Led by little donkeys: Why Christmas is more political than you thought

Our political debate stops at Christmas — but this hasn’t always been the case. It was only in the Victorian... more

22 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Revealed! The 20 weirdest moments of 2023

On our latest panel edition: It’s been a weird year in the world of politics. From accusations of bunny murder,... more

21 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
Will the Israel-Hamas war revive terrorism in the UK?

Terrorist activity is surging across Europe since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, and UK police are... more

20 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Covid Inquiry latest — 5 key moments from Sunak, Johnson and Gove with Prof. Christina Pagel and Alex Andreou

The Covid Inquiry continues to throw out news lines with Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove appearing since our last... more

19 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
Mone Alone — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Michelle Mone has admitted to lying to the media over her links to a PPE firm. What fallout will happen... more

18 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Bunker USA: How rural rage fuels Trump’s power

Donald Trump’s hold over rural voters is priceless to the Republican party. But how did this real life caricature of... more

15 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
DisInfo-Wars: Why defeating online lies is a battle we have to win

The internet has become a theatre of war, with lies and disinformation being radically weaponised. The UN has responded with... more

14 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Will Russia run out of money before Putin can win in Ukraine?

We know the human cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine – with estimated fatalities reaching half a million. But what... more

13 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Meeting the men behind Britain’s violent extremist groups – Dr. Elizabeth Pearson tells Marie Le Conte about her experiences

Most extreme movements seem to have one thing in common: angry men. Do misogyny and radicalisation go hand-in-hand? Extreme Britain:... more

12 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Sunak’s nightmare gets worse – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

It’s Rishi Sunak’s nightmare week as he faces the COVID Inquiry and his own restive MPs over Rwanda. How will... more

11 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Bunker USA: How Trump became a messiah for America’s “least understood” Christians — with Tim Alberta.

Donald Trump commands extreme support from evangelicals in America – despite seemingly lacking Christian values. How has this support developed... more

08 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
How junk food giants are trying to take over the world – Alex Andreou asks Eduardo J. Gómez

Despite governments pushing to make people healthier, the junk food industry continues to thrive. How do the corporations in charge... more

07 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Elon Musk could really bankrupt Twitter. Here's how – with Ryan Broderick.

Elon Musk’s calamitous time at Twitter, or X as he wants to call it, has wrecked the platform. But could... more

06 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Different Class: A proles' guide to the elite private schools that churn out our leaders – with Andrew Harrison and Robert Verkaik

Private schools have been responsible for educating a broad spread of political leaders. What’s going on in this weird world... more

05 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Boris Johnson’s question time — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

All eyes will be on Boris Johnson as he faces the Covid Inquiry this week. What bombshells? Plus – Keir... more

04 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
How Brexiteers and Trump weaponised shame to corrupt our politics – Alex Andreou speaks to David Keen

We’ve all felt shame. But it’s more than an emotion – it’s also a political weapon. All manners of politicians,... more

03 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Bunker USA: The 5 key Donald Trump dramas you need to focus on

Donald Trump is never out of trouble. And it’s hard to keep up with his latest wrongdoing. Jacob Jarvis is... more

02 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
‘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
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Desperate Tradwives: How far-right women weaponise social media – with Marie Le Conte and Eviane Leidig
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The far-right is often associated with angry white men — but their female counterparts might be even more dangerous.  Dr Eviane Leidig, a... more