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The Bunker

Politics and culture, locked down. From the producers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker is fearless, independent political and culture talk for... more

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Culture Bunker: Top Gun: Maverick, Liam Gallagher, guest Paul Morley on Island Records, The Midwich Cuckoos, International Booker Prize, plus more

36 years after the original, Tom Cruise returns for Top Gun: Maverick, plus we don our parkas as we listen... more

28 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Monkeypox: What’s the Deal?

Monkeypox has hit the headlines with its spread in Europe. What is it? How do we deal with it? And... more

26 May 2022 · 27 minutes
First Contact: We'll Meet Aliens Soon, Then What?

As scientists seek extraterrestrial life, what would we do if we actually found it? How would we manage first contact,... more

25 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Case For the Prosecco-tion

As the Prime Minister is caught red wine handed, we discuss the crises facing Britain alongside the partygate furore. We... more

24 May 2022 · 54 minutes
Fade to Gray – Start Your Week with Justin Quirk and Alex Andreou

Sue Gray’s final partygate report is due, meaning a long week ahead for Boris Johnson. What can we expect it... more

23 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Taster: ORIGIN STORY, the new podcast from Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey

NEW PODCAST: In a brand new 6-part series, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey explore the histories of the most misrepresented... more

23 May 2022 · 10 minutes
Injury Time: Sport’s Head Trauma Crisis

Blows to the head are commonplace in a range of sports – why do the risks often go unspoken? What... more

22 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Culture Bunker: Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles, guest Murkage Dave, Mick Head and more

Pop culture roundup: Can we plumb the depths of Kendrick Lamar’s dazzling, disturbing Mr Morale & The Big Steppers? Has... more

21 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Autocratic for the People: How the New Tyrants Rule

Authoritarian leaders are dominating 21st century politics. How did this new generation of strongmen rise to power? Gideon Rachman, chief... more

19 May 2022 · 36 minutes
Inside the Oxford Clique That Warped Our Future

Eleven of the fifteen postwar Prime Ministers went to Oxford. How did their privileged upbringing change the U.K? The FT’s... more

18 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Grocery Incompetence – Weekly Edition

We look at the Government’s culture war push as people are told to just work harder to beat the cost... more

17 May 2022 · 1 hour,
NATO: It’s Scandinavian For Value – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan

As Finland and Sweden look to join Nato, we unpack the latest from Ukraine as Putin faces consequences for his... more

16 May 2022 · 23 minutes
Under Siege: Can Biden Bear the Onslaught?

Joe Biden’s poll ratings have been underwater for months. What is the state of his presidency? Dorian Lynskey speaks to... more

15 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Culture Bunker: Eurovision 2022, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, new music from Florence and the Machine and The Smile, plus Conversations with Friends

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk This year’s Eurovision is upon us – but is it full of... more

14 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Journeys to the Edge: Conversations with Extremists

How do we talk to radicals and terrorists who are bent on reshaping society through violence? Charlotte McDonald-Gibson was at... more

12 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Explained: The War on Roe v. Wade

With the prospect of Roe v. Wade being overturned, we unpack the movement against abortion rights in the United States.... more

11 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Keep Korma and Curry On – Weekly Edition

What was spicier, Starmer’s curry or its aftermath? We discuss the Labour leader’s standing and his bluff-calling gamble. Plus, who... more

10 May 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
The Calm Before the Stormont – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler

Brexit tensions spike in the wake of Northern Ireland’s assembly elections – what will come of the fallout? Plus, Putin... more

09 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Free Speech Inc.: Will Musk Break Twitter?

News of Elon Musk buying Twitter has enraged some users – but what could he actually do with the platform?... more

08 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Culture Bunker: Dr Strange, guests xPropaganda, Soft Cell, Dubstar, The Penteverate

In our pop culture roundup: Does the new Dr Strange go a multiverse too far? Reunited Deutsche electro legends xPropaganda... more

07 May 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
China's Power Grab? The Truth About Belt and Road

You may have heard of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, but what actually is it? And what are Beijing's underlying... more

05 May 2022 · 38 minutes
Local Votes for Local People – Weekly Edition

With the Tory tractor bogged down in scandal, can diversion tactics help them at the local elections? We look at... more

04 May 2022 · 57 minutes
Fatal At-Tractor-tion – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan

We assess the latest political rumblings as local elections loom. How will the latest scandals sway public opinion? Will the... more

03 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Disaster Expert: The Woman Who Plans for Catastrophes

Someone has to pick up the pieces after a disaster. What’s it like to deal with the aftermath of a... more

02 May 2022 · 36 minutes
Local Elections: John Curtice on the Key Battles

Ahead of the local elections, we look at the key political battles across Britain. Could a bad set of results... more

01 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Culture Bunker: Röyksopp, J Dilla, Shining Girls on Apple TV+ plus sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky guests

Our pop culture roundup. This week, time twists in new Apple TV+ thriller Shining Girls with Elizabeth Moss. How hip... more

30 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Daily: Can We Prosecute Putin’s War Crimes?

Atrocities in Ukraine have sparked calls to prosecute Vladimir Putin for war crimes. Could that happen? Dr. Maria Varaki, lecturer... more

28 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Election: Why France’s Far Right Isn’t Beaten Yet

Emmanuel Macron may have defeated Marine Le Pen – but that doesn’t mean France’s far right is finished. Where is... more

27 Apr 2022 · 34 minutes
Notes on a Small Island

What’s worse about the Mail’s attack on Angela Rayner? The sexism or the clumsy vindictiveness? Plus, Macron squeaks the French... more

26 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Mightier than Le Pen – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Arthur Snell

In France Emmanuel Macron has won again. What challenges will he face in his second term? And what does the... more

25 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
Daily: Fool Britannia – Our tumultuous path to Brexit

Brexit came as a shocking nadir in British politics for many people – but looking back, was it really a... more

24 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Culture Bunker: Russian Doll S2, Let’s Eat Grandma, Steve Coogan in Chivalry and more with guest KATHRYN WILLIAMS

Pop culture polemic with guests folk-pop-chanson visionary Kathryn Williams and journo Jude Rogers, whose new book The Sound Of Being... more

23 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Daily: How to fix a world wrecked by Putin and Trump

How do we tackle new international threats from terrorism to forced migration as people flee climate change? Does diplomacy still... more

21 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Vice Signalling with Priti Patel

Priti Patel cements her position as honorary Minister for Outrage while Johnson apologises, but doesn’t, once again. We pick apart... more

20 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Another Fines Mess – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith

The PM faces a partygate reckoning amid the Rwanda refugee plan backlash. What more Government chaos is due this week?... more

19 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Daily: Auntie Matter – The BBC’s 100-year battle with government

The BBC: nest of woke lefty propaganda or tame right-wing mouthpiece? Or something more complex? As the BBC marks its... more

18 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Daily: Britain’s Busted Flush - How Gambling Took Over

How did Britain come to be one of the largest gambling markets in the world? Rob Davies, investigative journalist and... more

17 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest WILL YOUNG, Fontaines DC, Catherine Tate on Netflix and Apple’s feminist Black Mirror

On our pop culture round-up: Special guest Will Young tells us about the art of mind maintenance, a life in... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Daily: Navalny the Movie – The truth about the man Putin fears

Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny is the man Vladimir Putin fears most. Now a new documentary tells his story. Director Daniel... more

14 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Daily: The Future of Ageing

We live in a culture obsessed with the spectacle of youth. One in five Britons will be over 65 by... more

13 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Get Rishi Or Die Tryin’

Is Johnson’s hit job on Sunak distracting from a Tory brand that’s falling apart? Does the West have the stomach... more

12 Apr 2022 · 58 minutes
Le Pen: Another victory for Putin? – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler

As the far right’s Marine Le Pen runs off against Macron, could France fall to extreme populism? Plus the briefing... more

11 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
Daily: Inside Britain’s Broken Care System

Britain now removes more children from their parents than ever before. Is it possible to mend broken families? Polly Curtis,... more

10 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
Culture Bunker: Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake guests – plus BBC Gazza doc, Horace Andy, Slow Horses

On our pop culture round-up: BBC2’s “genuinely moving” Paul Gascoigne documentary, reggae legend Horace Andy returns, and is Apple TV+... more

09 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Daily: The Million Dollar Question - How Does Money Work?

Money makes the world go round, but how does it actually work? With economies across the globe in flux, understanding... more

07 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Daily: The Secret Influencer Economy

For millions of people, social media isn’t a source of entertainment or information, but a way to reinvent themselves. So... more

06 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Russia’s Atrocities Revealed

Russia’s withdrawal from some areas of Ukraine has unveiled new depths to the atrocities committed under Putin. With horrific images... more

05 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
War Crimes and Punishments – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell

With Russia accused of massacring civilians in Ukraine, we look at the world’s reaction, and what will come next. How... more

04 Apr 2022 · 34 minutes
Daily: Detained for Democracy

What is life like for Hong Kong activists detained then forced into exile after daring to defy Beijing? Simon Cheng... more

03 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
Culture Bunker: Indie pop footballer PAT NEVIN guests plus Wet Leg, Moon Knight, Coda

We welcome indie-rockin’ winger Pat Nevin (Chelsea, Everton, the Camden Falcon) to talk music and his new book The Accidental... more

02 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Daily: Surviving Auschwitz – A family’s remarkable story

Jacques Peretti’s mother, Alina, survived World War Two in Poland, Siberia, and finally, Auschwitz. They talk to Siân Pattenden about... more

31 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes
Daily: The Secret Power of Being Alone

Loneliness is something we’ve all felt at some point in our lives, particularly throughout COVID. But it can also have... more

30 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Eat the Rish

What a difference a week makes. Rishi Sunak’s stock has plummeted dramatically, how far can it fall? We unpick the... more

29 Mar 2022 · 59 minutes
Rishi No Mates – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

As fallout from Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement boosts tensions in Government, we look at how this might unravel further. And... more

28 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Daily: Wild Wild Waste — How the West litters the world

Just 9% of all the plastic ever produced on planet Earth has been recycled. So where does the other 91%... more

27 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Culture Bunker: Aldous Harding, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, Super Greed: The Fight For Football

This week’s pop culture review: Aldous Harding’s couture cocoon-pop, bizarre Betamax horror in new movie Broadcast Signal Intrusion, and Sky... more

26 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
DAILY: History Through Fiction

How can historical fiction be relevant to today’s society but faithful to the facts of the past? Author Laura Shepherd-Robinson... more

24 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
DAILY: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The pandemic and a decade of underfunding has ground courts to a halt in England and Wales. How can this... more

23 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Trust Me, I’m a Dictator

As a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine is discussed, could Vladimir Putin’s word possibly be trusted? Is his sway... more

22 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Caught in the Crunch – Start Your Week with Justin Quirk and Naomi Smith

With ongoing devastation in Ukraine and a biting cost of living crisis here at home, the outlook remains bleak. The... more

21 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Daily: Making Sense of Nigel, with Michael Crick

Whatever you think of him, Nigel Farage has been one of Britain’s most influential politicians. His campaign to take the... more

20 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
Culture Bunker: The Anchoress, Upload Series 2, new music from Jenny Hval, and Balkan buzz film, Hive

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Dr Catherine Anne Davies, AKA Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress, joins us on... more

19 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Daily: How Britain Embraced the Super-Rich

Why is Britain so accommodating to the super-rich? Oliver Bullough, author of Butler to the World talks to Ahir Shah... more

17 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
Daily: Can Art, Sport and Brands Beat Russia?

Cultural organisations are becoming more assertive in boycotting Russia. But how effective are their sanctions? Can these moves compare with... more

16 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
An Abdication of Responsibility

The Government has been bounced into doing more for Ukrainian refugees, but are new plans just shifting responsibility? Plus, we... more

15 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How Can This End? – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Gavin Esler

The horror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to shock the world. Is more involvement from the West inevitable? What... more

14 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Daily: 21st Century Nuclear War

Nuclear war is back in people’s minds after Vladimir Putin put Russia’s deterrent on high alert. How real is the... more

13 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
Culture Bunker: Electribe 101, Telefís, The Adam Project and more with Grant from Feeder

Our pop culture review: Dancefloor existentialists Electribe 101, Microdisney mastermind returns with Telefís, Netflix comedy sci-fi The Adam Project and... more

12 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Daily: Wonder Drug or Placebo - Does Social Prescribing Save Lives?

We often hear that laughter is the best medicine. But healthcare providers in Bristol have taken the message seriously and... more

10 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Special: Despatch from the White Helmets in Northwest Syria

Western coverage of the bloody civil war in Syria might indicate that the conflict is over. But in the northwest,... more

09 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Putin vs. the World

Among Putin’s missteps has been underestimating the support Ukraine would muster. Why is he losing the information war? Meanwhile, Russia... more

08 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
We Must Do More – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan

Harrowing scenes of families fleeing Ukraine have seen the Government pressured to do more for them. Will it? As Russia’s... more

07 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Daily: Weapons of Mass Distraction - Inside Tek Fog

Imagine an app able to dictate social media trends at the click of a button. Digital researcher Ayushman Kaul talks... more

06 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Culture Bunker: Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, The Dropout and The Batman, plus new music from the Weather Station

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk After a sneaky single drop from their new album A Bit of... more

05 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Daily: The Cryptocurrency Cult

Cryptocurrencies have boomed in recent years, but are they here to stay? Amy Castor, an independent journalist whose work focuses... more

03 Mar 2022 · 31 minutes
Daily: Despatch from Kyiv with John Sweeney

What’s the situation like on the ground in Ukraine? Nearly a week after Russia invaded, veteran war correspondent John Sweeney... more

02 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
A War Putin Can’t Win – But Daren’t Lose

Is a humiliated Putin even more dangerous than a victorious Putin? Can the incredible bravery of the Ukraine and President... more

01 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Swift Retribution – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Ros Taylor

Setting up the week ahead: Putin threatens nuclear war, EU sanctions bite Russia, French presidential elections. Would Putin really use a... more

28 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
Daily: The Disturbing Past and Present of Eugenics

Eugenics might be considered a horrific relic of the past, but the concept still has its advocates today. Dr Adam... more

27 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
Culture Bunker: Brit-Metal Babylon, Wuthering Heights, Johnny Marr and more

This week’s pop culture review: Untold tales of British metal, the star of the National Theatre’s astonishing Wuthering Heights, new... more

26 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Daily: The Age of Chaos – Why we live in turbulent times

We live in a world of chaos, with Western democracies facing overlapping geopolitical, economic, and political crises. How did we... more

24 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Daily: On Thin Ice – Can we green the Olympics?

Beijing 2022 was the first Winter Olympics to rely almost exclusively on fake snow – at great cost to the... more

23 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
The Real Northern Powerhouse

This edition recorded before Putin’s speech and the Russian incursion into Ukraine. “Levelling up” is a mantra for Boris Johnson,... more

22 Feb 2022 · 53 minutes
Waiting For Someone To Blink – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Alex Andreou

The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is still looming. Can further diplomacy prevent war? There are reports of... more

21 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Daily: From A to Xi - What will China do in 2022?

What will China do in 2022? Cindy Yu, The Spectator’s broadcast editor and host of the Chinese Whispers podcast, joins... more

20 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Culture Bunker: Sea Power live plus Metronomy, Half Man Half Biscuit, Severance on Apple TV+

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Lakeland poets of “high church rock’n’roll” Sea Power play songs from their... more

19 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Daily: The fastest growing religion you’ve never heard of

How did a Christian movement, founded at the turn of the century, become the fastest growing religion today? Pentecostal Christianity... more

17 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
Why accents speak louder than words

A strong accent can lead us to make many assumptions about a person. We ask why, and the impact of... more

16 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
Russian Roulette

Russia’s threatening moves on the borders of Ukraine have led to a frantic diplomacy blitz. Can Vladimir Putin be urged... more

15 Feb 2022 · 58 minutes
The Met’s Commission Impossible – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith

Following Cressida Dick’s resignation, we look at the looming clashes over who will become the next Met police chief. What... more

14 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
Daily: Slave to the algorithm

We all want control over our lives. But as we make more decisions digitally, the impact of algorithms on our... more

13 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
Culture Bunker: Director Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE on Riot Act and LGBT+ History Month, This Is Going to Hurt, Bacon and Bourgeois on Beasts, plus Pam and Tommy

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Writer, director, actor, singer, dancer - THE NOTORIOUS RBB Rikki Beadle-Blair joins... more

12 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Daily: Thinking Beyond the Sea - A Blue New Deal

With environmental destruction threatening our oceans, what might a fresh plan to protect them look like? Chris Armstrong, political theory... more

10 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Daily: Why the West is complicit in China’s rise to power

Christine Lee’s recent designation as a Chinese agent of influence by MI5 has breathed new life into calls to reassess... more

09 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Big Bills and Bad Energy

Amid a profound and worsening cost of living crisis, we discuss whether the Government is rising to the challenge. Is... more

08 Feb 2022 · 1 hour,
No.10 Drowning Street – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

With Boris Johnson’s senior team in chaos, we discuss what comes next as we brace for yet another calamity-packed week.... more

07 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Givan Take - Inside Northern Ireland’s Political Crisis

Northern Ireland has been plunged into political turmoil following DUP first minister Paul Givan’s resignation over Brexit border controls. What... more

06 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Culture Bunker: Composer Howard Goodall, The Souvenir Part 2, Cate le Bon’s Pompeii plus Van Gogh Self-Portraits

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall tells us about... more

05 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Daily: Hatchback to the Future - Will the Car Survive?

The car is one of history’s most important inventions, but with changing ownership patterns and the climate crisis, will the... more

03 Feb 2022 · 36 minutes
Daily: Baby Boom or Bust? The new population crisis

With the global population set to hit 8 billion in 2022, are we really in the midst of a new... more

02 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Sorry, Not Sorry

Boris Johnson’s apology after Sue Gray’s “update” on Downing Street parties was followed by a shameful bout of obfuscation from... more

01 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Worried About Gray – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Gavin Esler

The wait for the Sue Gray report goes on–with the word “imminent” having been redefined of late. If it is... more

31 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
Daily: Follow the Money - How COVID loan fraud spiralled

Conservative minister Lord Agnew’s dramatic resignation due to his dissatisfaction over efforts to tackle COVID loan fraud drew stark focus... more

30 Jan 2022 · 33 minutes
Culture Bunker: The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon guests, Nightmare Alley, Eels, Framed

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk A mash-up of Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker and Michael Nyman for the... more

29 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Daily: The hidden dirty work that props up our economy

From drone pilots and prison guards, to the undocumented migrants who man industrial slaughterhouses, it takes an army of workers... more

27 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Daily: The Last Supper - Is it the end of restaurants?

Despite Dishy Rishi’s best intentions, restaurant culture has been hit hard by COVID. Lockdowns and cancelled reservations, social distancing and... more

26 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
You’ve Got Blackmail

As we await Sue Gray’s report, the scandals continue to pile up for the Government. With allegations of blackmail and... more

25 Jan 2022 · 59 minutes
Gray Zones – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Arthur Snell

As Russia is accused of plotting to install a pro-Kremlin government in Ukraine, what will NATO’s next move be amid... more

24 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
Daily: Wordle Gets Around - Why Tiles Took Over Twitter

If you’ve been on Twitter in the past month, you might have heard of ‘Wordle’, the new Mastermind meets Scrabble... more

23 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Culture Bunker: Yard Act, Linda Marric’s movies of 2022, plus Japanese drama, The Journalist

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk As Yard Act Overload us with new tunes, Jim Butler and Linda... more

22 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Daily: Dubai, Cruel World? The dark side of the UAE

As the Arab Spring rippled across the Middle East, many looked to the relative calm of Dubai and the United... more

20 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
Daily: Hungarian Democracy - One Minute to Midnight

Hungary’s election on April 3rd is seen by many as the last chance to rid the country of autocratic leader... more

19 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
Big Dog Goes To Live On A Farm

What will be sacrificed to protect self-designated Big Dog Boris Johnson: the BBC, migrants, a swathe of civil servants or... more

18 Jan 2022 · 1 hour,
Red Meat, Blue Murder – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

So much for Veganuary. It’s Red Meat Week, apparently, as the Government throws the BBC, migrants and their own staff... more

17 Jan 2022 · 33 minutes
Daily: Paranoid About Androids? - Living with Robots

Robots make our cars, deliver our food, and soon they’ll be commonplace in our homes and at work, but what... more

16 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest Bernard Butler on Andy Warhol, Years And Years, new world cinema

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Guitar hero, super-producer and long-suffering Arsenal fan Bernard Butler tells us about... more

15 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Daily: Why do politicians get stuff wrong? – Demos’s Polly Mackenzie on making better policy

Politicians don’t always give us what we want. So why do they get their decision-making so wrong? Polly Mackenzie is... more

13 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
Daily: The Famous Grouse – How the Wealthy Prey on Birds of Prey

Rare, endangered animals are under attack from rich, powerful people who operate above the law. But this isn’t a story... more

12 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Thwack! Advantage COVID!

Why is the NHS struggling so badly if Omicron is less severe than previous COVID wave? And how come the... more

11 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Testing Ditch Face – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith and Justin Quirk

The Government toys with pulling free lateral flow tests and mass vaccination. Are they giving in to the hard right... more

10 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Daily: Inside ‘Sweet Bobby’ – The most bizarre catfishing story in podcasting

Warning! Major spoilers! DO NOT listen unless you’ve already finished Sweet Bobby. How well do you know the person you... more

09 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest Omid Djalili, Hillsborough drama Anne, Bowie’s lost album, BBC1’s The Tourist

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Comedian and actor Omid Djalili joins us to talk about the joy... more

08 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Daily: Does POWER make BAD PEOPLE? With Brian Klaas

How would you behave as the dictator of Turkmenistan? Are bad people the only ones who get power - or... more

06 Jan 2022 · 39 minutes
Your 2022 Cheat Sheet: The Year Ahead In Depth

In the UK the country’s falling out of love with Johnson, the economy’s in crisis and the Conservative government is... more

05 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Brace yourself for 2022 – Start Your Year with Ros Taylor and Gavin Esler

What does 2022 have in store? It’s crunch year for three massive British institutions that have defined our lives: the... more

04 Jan 2022 · 19 minutes
Daily: Enter Stage Left – Playwright James Graham on drama, politics and presidential debates

From 1970s Westminster, to the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? scandal, James Graham is one of the UK’s most... more

22 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
One Lord Frost A-Leaving – plus 2021 in Review

Anyone for cheese and whine? The noble Lord Frost scuttles away from his Brexit mess as it emerges that real... more

21 Dec 2021 · 59 minutes
Frost Bitten, Truss Shy – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith

It’s going to be a cold Christmas at No 10, as Lord Frost resigns as Brexit Minister, Simon Case recuses... more

20 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
Daily: Season’s Brie-Eatings! Christmas cheese’n’crackers with Ned Palmer

A festive homage to the fromage… Nothing says Christmas like cheese, so in a sequel to Ros’s insect-eating special she... more

19 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
Culture Bunker: More Best of 2021 feat. Self Esteem, Bicep, Tyler the Creator

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk We round off 2021 with more picks of the best of the... more

18 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Daily: Harsh Reality – How TV shaped modern Britain

We treat TV as the most disposable art form – but for decades it has shaped our world more than we... more

16 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Daily: Great Expectations – How Your Mindset Can Change Your Life

We’ve all heard of the placebo effect, but what about the Expectation Effect? What we think will happen can change... more

15 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
Quizzee Rascal

As the leaks about illicit parties and quizzes pile up, and the Tory right wing fly into a rage about... more

14 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Omi-shambles – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor

It’s Crunch Week (again) for Boris Johnson as he tries to get Plan B Corona restrictions past a mob of... more

13 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
Daily: Libya and our Global Disorder

Our world is no longer governed by international coordination, with superpowers instead promoting ‘Enduring Disorder’. Jason Pack, non-resident fellow at... more

12 Dec 2021 · 35 minutes
Culture Bunker: Special guest NIGELLA LAWSON plus Succession Series 3

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk The holidays are almost upon us, and... more

11 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Daily: Islamic Thought - A Short History with Dr Fitzroy Morrissey

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim, so if we are to fully understand the modern world, we... more

09 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
Daily: France’s Far-Right Firebrand

Last week far-right TV pundit Eric Zemmour announced he was running in next year’s French Presidential election, but who is... more

08 Dec 2021 · 28 minutes
Corridors of Powder: Cocaine in the Commons

The Government announces a performative war on middle class drug users just as cocaine traces are discovered in the Commons... more

07 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
PCR & R – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell

Omicron cases continue to rise, but will new travel rules actually stem the tide of infections, or is it too... more

06 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
Daily: Into The Time Machine – Biographer Claire Tomalin on H. G. Wells

With The War of The Worlds, H. G. Wells catapulted to international literary success. But how did his adolescence shape... more

05 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest Jane Weaver plus Best of 2021

Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk It’s the first of two Best Of 2021 editions where we choose... more

04 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Daily: Inside the Channel Crisis

Last week 27 people tragically drowned trying to cross the Channel from France, and 2021 has seen a record number... more

02 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Daily: Clean Hands, Dirty Money – Transparency International’s Frank Vogl on Corruption

Laundering the dirty cash of kleptocrats is labour-intensive work. So who are the Western bankers, lawyers, accountants, and realtors enabling... more

01 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
Omicron And On And On

This week’s panel show out early for Patreon people… Oh good, there’s a new variant in town. Is this really the... more

30 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Omicron: Christmas Cancelled Again? - Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Yasmeen Serhan

The new Omicron variant is here in Britain, but how worried should we be about it? Will the Government be... more

29 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
Daily: Charlotte Raven on Life with Huntington’s Disease

Charlotte Raven was in her mid-30s when she discovered her father was suffering from Huntington’s disease. For her and her... more

28 Nov 2021 · 30 minutes
Culture Bunker: Special guest SUGGS from Madness plus House of Gucci, The Beatles: Get Back and Hawkeye

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk In this week’s show, Madness frontman SUGGS... more

27 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Daily: Are the Balkans on the brink of war?

Over 130,000 people were killed in the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, with most deaths concentrated in Bosnia. But 26... more

25 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
Daily: Fighting for Hong Kong in Exile

Around the world democratic values have been in decline, with Hong Kong’s struggle against Beijing one of the clearest examples.... more

24 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
Isle of Dogs: Has Britain gone Barking Mad?

This week’s panel show out early for Patreon people… And you can hear our new series DOOMSDAY WATCH here: https://kite.link/doomsday  The... more

23 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Integrated FAIL Plan - Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith

Northern Powerhouse trains might be derailed, but as the CBI convenes across the country, levelling up is back on the... more

22 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
Daily: Marathon Man - Paul Tonkinson on Breaking the 3-Hour Mark

Running a marathon is no easy feat, but to run one in under 3 hours puts you in the top... more

21 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Culture Bunker: Adele’s 30, plus The Power of the Dog, Freakscene, and Slade in Flame

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk What a difference Adele makes. As Adele’s... more

20 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Daily: “Democracy isn’t just about voting” – Politics in a Pandemic

COVID may have suspended parliamentary debate, but important decisions were still being taken behind the scenes. So how did we... more

18 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
Daily: The End of America’s Parties?

The Republican Party might be the party of Donald Trump, but how did it get to this place of uncompromising... more

17 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
COPITULATION: Did Glasgow Deliver?

The curtain has fallen on Glasgow’s climate conference, but is the overtime pact agreed enough to steer the world away... more

16 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
A COP Out? – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith and Ros Taylor

COP26 came to a close at the weekend, but did India and China scupper an opportunity for real progress on... more

15 Nov 2021 · 22 minutes
Daily: England’s Lost Land

In England, 50% of the land is owned by just 1% of the population, but how did such a small... more

14 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guests Peter Capaldi, Dr Robert and Cold War Steve

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk The artist otherwise known as Malcolm Tucker... more

13 Nov 2021 · 1 hour,
Daily: Albanian Rhapsody – Fighting for freedom in Stalinism's last bastion

Albania in the 1980s was the last bastion of Stalinism in Europe. It was difficult to visit, and a place... more

11 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
Daily: “Cheat codes for capitalism” - Is the GIG ECONOMY fit for purpose?

When you think about the gig economy, you probably imagine an Uber driver. But one in seven Brits are part... more

10 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Against the Trump Machine: Guest Fiona Hill on power and populists

British-born US intelligence analyst FIONA HILL, America’s top Russia expert, became an overnight hero when she demolished Donald Trump’s Ukraine... more

09 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Sleazy Like A Monday Morning – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

As Johnson scuttles away from the Owen Paterson debacle and fresh sleaze oozes out, will new Commons regulations mean that... more

08 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
Daily: The Nature Behind Orwell’s Politics

George Orwell was a keen gardener, but did his love of nature influence his politics? Inspired by her encounter with... more

07 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest GUY GARVEY of Elbow plus Abba, Passing, Spencer

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk The Wordsworth of Bury GUY GARVEY of... more

06 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
COP26: Your Day at Net-Zero

The phrase ‘Net Zero’ has become increasingly prominent in our discourse around climate change, with most countries and businesses pledging... more

04 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
COP26: Live From The End Of The World

As the world banks its hopes on COP26, we talk live from the conference to the FT’s SIMON MUNDY about... more

03 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
COP26: The Greenwash Conspiracy

As climate change becomes a bigger issue, more companies are trying to prove they’re eco-friendly, but are they actually as... more

02 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
COP26: Untold Tales from The Edge of Climate Science

Climate change is the existential challenge of our time – but do we fully understand the depth and complexity of... more

01 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
COP26: What You Need to Know

As COP26 kicks off in Glasgow, what do you need to know about a summit that’s being described as the... more

31 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Culture Bunker: Guest BILLY BRAGG plus Last Night In Soho, The War On Drugs, French psychedelic pop

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Original Essex Man BILLY BRAGG joins us... more

30 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Daily: Steven Pinker on the Rationality Trap

As the human race reaches new heights of scientific understanding, why then does it seem to be losing its mind?... more

28 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
Daily: Inside the ‘Data-Demic’ with Professor David Spiegelhalter

The COVID pandemic has seen us bombarded with statistics like never before, - case numbers, excess deaths and vaccination rates.... more

27 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
Mislaid Plans and Anti-Social Media

Is Plan B really happening or what? Does the Government grasp the magnitude of the NHS crisis that’s coming? And... more

26 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
The Effluent Society: Budgets, Beaches and Plan B – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

Metaphor time! Rishi Sunak strains over a painful Budget while Conservative MPs are hammered for voting to allow raw sewage... more

25 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Daily: The Bored Middle Class that's Destroying Democracy from Within

t’s often said that the crisis in Western democracy is caused by those left-behind, but is the greatest threat to... more

24 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Culture Bunker: Special guest STEVE DAVIS, Dune, Self Esteem, French Dispatch, Beatles

Hear all the music on our podcasts in full on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk This week: Snooker star turned cosmic DJ... more

23 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Daily: Plan B panic stations on COVID

It’s COVID Groundhog Day with cases spiking, the Government dithering and the NHS under critical pressure all over again. As... more

22 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Daily: Gene Genius? The pros and cons of DNA modification

Is gene-editing – replacing sections of DNA to make plants and animals more fertile or resistant to disease – really our escape route... more

21 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
Are MPs Safe?

The horrific murder of Sir David Amess has put MPs’ personal security into sharp relief. But should the Government tighten... more

21 Oct 2021 · 57 minutes
Daily: The Kids Aren’t Alright – Why children need a post-COVID plan

Children lost an average of 115 days of schooling under last year’s lockdowns, but that doesn’t capture the scale of... more

21 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
The Killing of Sir David Amess MP – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor

A second MP in five years is killed during the performance of constituency duties. Will the death of Sir David... more

18 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Daily: 660 AD and All That: The Anglo-Saxon Mystique

The Anglo-Saxons represent one of the most vital and important periods in English history, but then why do we know... more

17 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Culture Bunker: Succession Series 3, Duran Duran, Chilean horror on Netflix

We’ve got a bit less music on this week’s podcast than we’d like but you can hear it in full... more

16 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Daily: The city that never sleeps? – Waking up urban spaces after COVID

Cities are slowly coming back to life after COVID. But has the pandemic permanently changed our urban spaces, and how... more

14 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Daily: Supervillain Billionaire – Peter Thiel wants to reshape the world

Enigmatic Californian tech investor and libertarian Peter Thiel is best known for his controversial ‘spy tech’ company Palantir and for... more

13 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
No Raabs Before Marbs – or, Where In The World Is Boris Johnson?

As Britain surges forward into the 1950s, the Prime Minister goes on holiday – again. Will fuel costs, supply chains,... more

12 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Sausage War II, Spies and Polexit – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell

Unelected Brexit panjandrum David Frost gets ready to blow up the Northern Ireland deal that he and Johnson sold to... more

11 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Daily: Bond On The Run – Does Britain still need 007?

DANGER, SPOILERS! James Bond finally returns to cinemas in a world where questions about sexism, racism and Britishness have seldom... more

10 Oct 2021 · 34 minutes
Culture Bunker: Squid Game, Beatles in India and more with Public Service Broadcasting’s J Willgoose

Remember you can hear the music from every Culture Bunker in full on our rolling playlist.  Joining us for this week’s... more

09 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Daily: Jews and the Left – Why antisemitism isn’t over

Antisemitism remains one of the Labour Party’s most painful problems. It’s an issue with deep roots, dragged up by Corbyn,... more

07 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
Daily: Why public schools warp children’s futures — and ours

Should we feel more compassion towards men who are send to public schools? And what do boarding school books reveal... more

06 Oct 2021 · 23 minutes
From Panic Buying to Panic Lying

Britain staggers into another Winter of Discontent but the atmosphere in the Conservative Party Conference is serenely unworried, says our... more

05 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Manchester, So Much To Answer For – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith

As the Conservatives convene for their Manchester conference, are there sufficient supplies of Churchillian cosplay, blather about levelling up and... more

04 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
Daily: The Artificial Brain and What It Means

In a groundbreaking study, a team of scientists at the University of Dusseldorf have grown mini brains, each with their... more

03 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Culture Bunker: John Cooper Clarke, Foundation, Y: The Last Man, Trunk Records, Shep Pettibone’s 80s bangers

Remember you can hear the music from every Culture Bunker in full on our rolling playlist. On this week’s pop culture... more

02 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Daily: Road-trip to the Red Wall – Sebastian Payne and Nick Cohen on Labour’s lost direction

The Red Wall has been the backbone of Labour's vote in the Midlands and the North of England. But in... more

30 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
Daily: Why “Hobby Politics” is failing us all

For many of us, politics is a hobby. We soak in the gossip, eat up the statistics and tweet our... more

29 Sep 2021 · 27 minutes
That Petrol Commotion

Out early for Patreon people… When a government fails to deliver the basics – like getting petrol to the pumps –... more

28 Sep 2021 · 57 minutes
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Antisemitism remains one of the Labour Party’s most painful problems. It’s an issue with deep roots, dragged up by Corbyn, and left... more