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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
From SBF to Elizabeth Holmes – Why do frauds thrive in Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley presents itself as a haven for tech start-ups wanting to change the world for the better. But, beneath... more

26 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
How did the Tories become the chaos party?

The Conservative Party was once a unified force, able to steadily maintain power. But today’s Tories are in constant turmoil.... more

25 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
Here's how America's next civil war could happen

The prospect of a new Civil War in the United States is increasingly discussed as political turmoil rips through America.... more

24 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Red, white and boo – Can Labour reclaim the flag?

The Union Jack represents many things for many people, linked to historical pride – but also shame. And, unfortunately, it’s... more

23 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
Menzies Behaving Badly – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou

Sunak has lost another MP after Mark Menzies announced he’s leaving the Tories and won’t stand at the next election.... more

22 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
Inside Biden's plan to stop Trump stealing the election

We know what happened the last time Donald Trump lost – and Joe Biden wants to make sure he’s prepared... more

19 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Putin Vision – How does Russia see the rest of the world?

Vladimir Putin has a tight grip on information in Russia. How does he shape how his nation sees the rest... more

18 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
Capital gains: How Paris is getting it right

Paris is like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it. But it’s changing. Physically, through massive expansions... more

17 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Public enemies: Britain’s greatest political rivalries

Political drama can be tedious but we can all enjoy watching a bitter rivalry unfold. What have been the greatest... more

16 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
The world at war? – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Hannah Fearn

All eyes remain on the Middle East after Iran’s drone attacks on Israel. How will Netanyahu respond? And how are... more

15 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Can Jesus help Donald Trump win in 2024?

Donald Trump needs evangelical Christian voters to back him to stand a chance in November. But can his religious rhetoric... more

12 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Can we really grow the economy forever? – with Daniel Susskind

Every party promises a growing economy as a solution for everything – but can economic expansion carry on forever? On a... more

11 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Hitler – Why are we still obsessed with him?

Adolf Hitler still comes up in conversations startlingly regularly – particularly online. Why? Sir Richard J. Evans, regius professor emeritus... more

10 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
“I watched GB News so you don’t have to” – Gavin Esler on his TV nightmare

Could you watch GB News for a whole month? Gavin Esler did, in the name of research. What he experienced... more

09 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Ukraine in crisis, Gaza ceasefire bid, William Wragg honeytrap – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor

As the Israel/Gaza war reaches stalemate, are hopes of a ceasefire just wishful thinking? Are “peace talks” in Ukraine just... more

08 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
How scared should the West be of TikTok?

Even if you aren’t on Tiktok, you’ll know one of its billion plus monthly users. But how many of them... more

05 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
Myths of the Miners' Strike

Britain’s Miners’ Strike conjures up strong emotions to this day – despite 40 years having passed since the confrontation. But... more

04 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Britain's corrupt police – The inside story

Britain’s police forces seem constantly embroiled in scandal. Where does this stem from and where is most of the corruption?... more

03 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
For whom the bell polls – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

The Tories face electoral obliteration, according to the polls – can Sunak do anything about it? We reflect on the... more

02 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
Are we living through an infertility epidemic?

Collapsing birthrates have inspired dramas from The Handmaid’s Tale to Children of Men, but it isn’t just science fiction any... more

29 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
‘Beyond terrifying’ – What a nuclear war would really be like

Putin’s threats have made nuclear conflict plausible for the first time since the Cold War – but few really understand the... more

28 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Is the Moon the world's next flashpoint? – with A.C. Grayling and Alex Andreou

The Moon is packed with precious resources – silicon for microchips, manganese for batteries, and titanium for missiles. As private... more

27 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
How the mega-rich pay to change the truth – with Cuckooland author Tom Burgis

We think our media is mostly truthful, honest and fearless, but investigative journalism is increasingly stymied by legal threats and the... more

26 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Hack Job – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou

Britain is blaming Beijing for a major cyber attack on voter data – how will this impact relations with China?... more

25 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Who'd want to be Trump's running mate?

With Trump set to be the GOP’s presidential candidate, who will he pick to be his running mate? There’s a... more

22 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Is Britain prepared to fight a war?

Is Britain moving into a “pre-war world”, as Defence Secretary Grant Shapps warned in January? Could we fight a land... more

21 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
From Stalin to Kate – The weird history of faked photos

Kate Middleton conspiracy theories have run rampant since that doctored photo emerged. But, altered photos of public figures are nothing new. Today in... more

20 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
The Conspiracy Trap – How even MPs fall into it

More and more high-profile figures are falling for conspiracy theories. And here in the UK, British MPs are seemingly becoming... more

19 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Penny for your thoughts? – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Gavin Esler

This week, could a backbench rebellion see Penny Mordaunt replace Rishi Sunak before the general election? As online conspiracies run... more

18 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Ranked: The best and worst US Presidents of all time

The history of US presidents is mixed, let’s say. Some achieved incredible things, whilst others have 91 pending criminal charges... more

15 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why is the internet getting so sh*t? – with Ryan Broderick

The internet is getting worse. Google isn’t as helpful as it used to be, all of the best content is... more

14 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
What’s Labour’s answer to the leasehold nightmare? – with Barry Gardiner MP

Problems with leaseholds have ruined lives across the UK. Labour has vowed to end the system, but how? And are... more

13 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Diving headfirst into 'Conspiracyland' with the BBC's Marianna Spring

The world of online conspiracy theorists is daunting and bewildering. The BBC’s Marianna Spring knows that better than most. In... more

12 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
No Money for Old Men — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

Hunt’s budget hasn’t shifted the dial for the Tories like they wanted – what will they try next? Plus, we’ve... more

11 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
The politics of Dune – Fremen of the Land

Warning: major spoilers from the beginning. In a special weekend bonus, we look at the political resonances of Denis Villeneuve’s $200m-grossing... more

09 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Does Joe Biden need to rethink his stance on Israel?

The relationship between the United States and Israel is hugely significant – but it’s under serious strain. Is President Joe... more

08 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Is this Britain’s worst-ever chaos era? – with Steve Richards

British politics is a shambles, from the economy to the cost of living to the NHS and public standards. But... more

07 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Will the public ever trust MPs again? – Ros Taylor asks the IFG's Tim Durrant

Scandal after scandal has eroded public trust in Westminster politics in recent years. Fresh research from the Institute For Government... more

06 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Is our broken NHS really being privatised? – Alex Andreou asks the HSJ's Alastair McLellan

With the NHS in constant crisis, we constantly hear it’s at risk of being privatised. How close to the truth... more

05 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Budget Smugglers — Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Ros Taylor

Jeremy Hunt has promised “sensible tax cuts” in his Budget – but will they be enough to satisfy backbenchers? Across the... more

04 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
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? – Ros Taylor asks Tom Baldwin

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 explains

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