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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

Keir and far: Labour's key foreign policy issues

Keir Starmer has plenty to get on with at home – but amid global turmoil, Labour’s foreign policy is increasingly... more

16 Jul 2024 · 30 minutes
Has the Trump shooting changed everything? — Start Your Week with Hannah Fearn

After the Trump shooting we ask what it means for America and the election. Could the failed assassination win the... more

15 Jul 2024 · 30 minutes
Will Biden quit? – Democrat insider Sidney Blumenthal talks to Gavin Esler

Joe Biden is the US’ oldest ever President – and it’s showing. From his catastrophic performance during the recent debate... more

12 Jul 2024 · 21 minutes
Are Our International Laws Working?

In an increasingly unstable international climate, we need our internal laws more than ever – but they don’t seem to... more

11 Jul 2024 · 31 minutes
Why four countries will shape the US Presidential Election – and Britain is one of them

We think of the US as a universe unto itself, uninterested in the outside world. But according to geopolitics analyst... more

10 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
What’s next for the Tories? – Tim Bale tells Ros Taylor

The Conservatives are out of power for the first time in 14 years. So what does the future of the... more

09 Jul 2024 · 25 minutes
France’s close shave — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Gavin Esler

France’s shock election result: what does it mean and what comes next? Plus, week one of the new Labour government:... more

08 Jul 2024 · 23 minutes
Bunker USA: Debunking America’s toxic migration debate

Immigration is a divisive issue in America, much as it is here in the UK. How did the debate become... more

05 Jul 2024 · 33 minutes
Election '24: Weirdest moments from votes of the past

General elections are pretty unusual events – and they can bring out the weirdest in both politicians and voters. But... more

04 Jul 2024 · 25 minutes
Election ’24: How will the press handle Keir Starmer?

Newspapers aren’t as powerful as they were, but they still behave as if they are – and they remain overwhelmingly biased... more

03 Jul 2024 · 26 minutes
Election '24: Why isn't anybody honest about tax?

Tax consistently ranks as one of the most important issues to voters. So why can’t anybody in politics talk about... more

02 Jul 2024 · 33 minutes
It ain’t over till it’s over — Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

In just three days, Brits will head to the polling stations to vote in the General Election. What do the... more

01 Jul 2024 · 34 minutes
Project Keir: Has Starmer changed Labour forever?

If Starmer wins, just how will his Labour government be different from those of the past? And is the party’s... more

28 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
Ads Nauseam: Which political parties are targeting you online?

Sunak’s cringe moments have received laser focus throughout the campaign. But what about messaging he’s putting out online? Who are... more

27 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
The housing crisis: Can Labour fix the Tories' mess? – with Kwajo Tweneboa

From the rising cost of mortgages to a lack of social housing, the housing crisis is one of the most... more

26 Jun 2024 · 22 minutes
From King Cnut to the Ed Stone: A history of political stunts

There have been plenty of memorable election stunts lately – with Ed Davey stealing the show so far in this... more

25 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
Bet peeves – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

The betting scandal just keeps getting worse for Sunak – will it dominate the week, or will another gaffe knock... more

24 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
The Face of God – How the Challenger space shuttle disaster changed America

On 28 Jan 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off, watched by a worldwide TV audience of millions.... more

23 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
"I'm a surgeon in Gaza" – Prof Nick Maynard's eyewitness account

Professor Nick Maynard says the scenes he has witnessed in Gaza are the worst he’s seen in his 36 years... more

21 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
America vs. China: The new Cold War is coming

Relations between Western nations and China are worsening. The US fears China’s growing global influence, but how far will it... more

20 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
How China uses jails to fight the West – with former prisoner Peter Humphrey

China’s often controversial imprisonments of foreigners has horrified the Western world. But is Beijing doing this as part of its... more

19 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
Election '24: Should Sunak stop obsessing over the grey vote?

Britain’s older generations have historically played a key role in elections. But how pivotal is the ‘grey vote’ ahead of... more

18 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Total Wipeout? – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis

As the Tories bang on about tax, despite it not shifting the polls at all, is the prospect of total... more

17 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
How the Kremlin's spy networks shaped Russia’s history

The Kremlin’s spy networks are well documented – but what’s less known is how they shaped Russian history. In centering... more

16 Jun 2024 · 31 minutes
The Big Risks for Labour Part 2 – NHS collapses, Prisons boil over, Universities go bust

What’s in the list of potential crises that could derail Labour’s first year, drawn up by Keir Starmer’s chief of... more

14 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
The Big Risks for Labour Part 1 – Thames Water goes bust, councils collapse, public pay crisis

A new Labour government could be thrown into chaos by any one of six potential crises, each identified in a... more

13 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
Inside Macron’s election gamble

Is Macron’s snap election an act of desperation or a brilliant bluff? With young upstarts nipping at his heels, unprecedented... more

12 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
Election '24: Who's going to win big in Scotland?

With the SNP in turmoil and the Conservatives deeply unpopular, Scotland’s seats are potentially key to a Labour victory. Is... more

11 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Prepare to Meet Your Macron – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Andrew Harrison

Emmanuel Macron's surprise snap election has shocked politicos. Why did he call it? Alex Andreou and Andrew Harrison discuss the... more

10 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
Fox, Trump and QAnon — Why America can blame ’em on the ’90s

The ’90s was a hugely consequential decade for the United States – for good and for bad. On the down... more

07 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
European elections: How the far-right is surging ahead of the vote

The European Elections are fast approaching – and the rise of the far-right is sparking concern. With some 373 million... more

06 Jun 2024 · 33 minutes
What can Biden learn from Trump's showmanship?

Trump’s dominance of his political space is unprecedented, with the GOP in thrall to him despite all of his faults.... more

05 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
Election '24: How will Sunak and Starmer spend their campaign cash?

Election campaigns are expensive to run, from travelling across the UK, to leaflets to adverts. So how are Sunak and... more

04 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
The first Sunak-Starmer Face-off – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor

As Labour try to brand themselves as the party of defence and the Tories go ever-more anti-woke, it’s the first... more

03 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Should we treat AI as if it’s human?

As AI becomes more intelligent, should we cease treating chatbots like robots and more like humans? Should they be held... more

31 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Election ’24: Does Sunak’s economy gamble make any sense?

Sunak banked on an improving economy when he went for an early general election. But does it matter if people... more

30 May 2024 · 22 minutes
What is England? – Setting seven national myths straight

What is England? Well, that depends on the myths and stories you listen to. Are these tales more fiction than... more

29 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Armed Farces – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Sunak’s election campaign is going as you’d expect – he’s managed to annoy everyone and make himself look like an... more

28 May 2024 · 34 minutes
“The most shambolic campaign launch in history” – Steve Richards on Election ’24

Rishi Sunak’s hapless, rain-sodden election announcement left the country agog. Is this how he means to go on? Why did... more

24 May 2024 · 26 minutes
India votes – Why the biggest election in history matters to you

The upcoming Indian election will be the biggest in history, with one fifth of the world’s population voting. How consequential... more

23 May 2024 · 23 minutes
Extreme Economics – What monetarism meant for Britain, with ex-Thatcher’s advisor Tim Lankester

Say “monetarism” to anyone who was around in the early 80s and watch the chill run down their spine. Margaret... more

22 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Why is everyone suddenly an expert? (Even when they’re not)

Conspiracy theorists and disinformation around issues such as the Coid-19 pandemic have created an army of non-expert experts around the... more

21 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Iranian helicopter crash, infected blood scandal – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

Will the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash destabilise Iran, worsen its conflict with Israel, reignite... more

20 May 2024 · 31 minutes
The quality of Mersey – Why The Boys From The Blackstuff still matters

The most searing drama of the 1980s, Alan Bleasdale’s Boys From The Blackstuff turned Thatcher’s unemployment crisis into unmissable TV.... more

19 May 2024 · 23 minutes
The Kremlin court – how Putin’s inner circle keeps him in power

Vladimir Putin has surrounded himself with loyalists who have kept him in power for 20 years. Earlier this week, Russian... more

17 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Why Britain's spy problem is getting worse – with ex-MI6 boss Nigel Inkster

Britain has a spy problem, with a significant surge in threats from China, Russia and Iran in recent months. What... more

16 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Will bird flu be the next big pandemic? – Alex Andreou asks Prof. Devi Sridhar

You might have seen a flurry of alarming headlines and articles about bird flu in recent weeks. Some reports are... more

15 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Britain abroad – Why do we have such a bad reputation?

Brits have a bad reputation abroad – but what about Britain as a whole? To discuss how other countries look... more

14 May 2024 · 30 minutes
Rishi Sunak, Prophet of Doom – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Andrew Harrison

In your round-up of the week ahead… Rishi Sunak warns that the UK is about to face its most dangerous years... more

13 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Does America basically rule Britain?

Britain and America’s link is often called the “special relationship”. But is it that special anymore – or is it... more

10 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Does politics need a bit more swearing?

Swearing is a part of life. But is there a place for it in politics? Would Parliament function better if... more

09 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Iron Lad – How Thatcherite is Starmer really?

Starmer’s referencing of Thatcher has enraged the left – but is it anything beyond symbolic politicking? And is he really... more

08 May 2024 · 29 minutes
Foregone delusion – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Rishi Sunak is trying to spin his local election trouncing as best as he can – what bluster should we... more

07 May 2024 · 33 minutes
The fandom menace – How politics is shaped by obsessives

Is “fandom” one of the drives behind our dysfunctional politics? That’s the thesis of Dr Phoenix Andrews new book I... more

06 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Extra: A taster of American Friction

The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction... more

03 May 2024 · 9 minutes
“I watched Fox News for a week… here’s what I found out.”

Fox News is regularly criticised for being sensationalist, full of conspiracies and obsessed with Trump. But, what’s it like if... more

03 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Why Donald Trump is truly a cult leader

Trump’s followers are often described as cult-like. But how much does the former president actually act like a cult leader?... more

02 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Having a laugh? Why satire won't die – with impressionist Jan Ravens

Satire has been pronounced dead more times than disco. As the political world has lurched into chaos, satirists have struggled... more

01 May 2024 · 28 minutes
How borders shaped world history – with Jonn Elledge

We live in a world of borders – and often take them for granted. But they’ve shaped the world in... more

30 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
A local election, for local people – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis

It’s the local elections this week – just how bad does it look for Rishi Sunak? As general election rumours... more

29 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
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Having a laugh? Why satire won't die – with impressionist Jan Ravens
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Satire has been pronounced dead more times than disco. As the political world has lurched into chaos, satirists have struggled to match... more