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Rory Stewart and Alastair Campbell, hosts of Britain's biggest podcast (The Rest Is Politics), have joined forces once again for their new... more

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Denmark's former PM on the power of centrist politics, fighting misogyny and joining the Kinnock empire (Helle Thorning-Schmidt)

How can we unite the extreme right and extreme left? What impact can small countries have on global politics? How... more

07 Jul 2024 · 1 hour,
The Man Who Ran Downing Street

What are prime ministers really like behind closed doors? How do you become Britain’s most powerful civil servant? Are special... more

30 Jun 2024 · 55 minutes
Wes Streeting: Labour, privatisation, and the NHS

Could privatising areas of the NHS save it? How easy is it to reconcile one's faith and sexuality? What is... more

27 Jun 2024 · 58 minutes
Alex Chalk, Lord Chancellor: How to fix Britain’s prisons

What are the powers of the Lord Chancellor? How important are friendships in politics? What needs to change to solve... more

23 Jun 2024 · 58 minutes
Bridget Phillipson: Can we save Britain's schools?

Is there a class system in the UK? What is the State's role in redistributing wealth in society? How did... more

16 Jun 2024 · 57 minutes
Nadhim Zahawi: Iraq, Conservatism, and why he backed Boris Johnson

What does the former Chancellor make of the current Conservative election campaign? What was his experience escaping Saddam Hussein's Iraq?... more

13 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
David Blunkett: Education, policing immigration, and the future of the Labour Party (Part 2)

What challenges did David Blunkett face as Home Secretary following 9/11? Does he have any regrets relating to his crime... more

09 Jun 2024 · 52 minutes
David Blunkett: Tony Blair, growing up blind, and where Margaret Thatcher went wrong (Part 1)

How did the loss of industry in the 1980s affect David Blunkett's politics? What was his experience growing up blind... more

02 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
Legacy... Margaret Thatcher

Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan tell the wild stories of some of the most extraordinary men and women ever to... more

31 May 2024 · 5 minutes
Rachel Reeves: Britain’s next Chancellor?

How would an incoming Labour government fund the NHS? How does Reeves and Starmer's relationship compare to Blair and Brown?... more

26 May 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
The Greek Prime Minister vs Rishi Sunak: The Elgin Marbles, immigration, and the EU

Why did Rishi Sunak snub the Prime Minister of Greece? How have Greece solved their immigration issue? How will populist... more

25 May 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Kwasi Kwarteng: Liz Truss, becoming Chancellor, and Britain on the brink (Part 2)

Why did the Tory Party choose to make Liz Truss and Boris Johnson prime minister? How does it feel to... more

19 May 2024 · 54 minutes
Kwasi Kwarteng: Boris Johnson, the British Empire, and Rwanda (Part 1)

"If I were 22 now, I probably wouldn't vote Conservative" - Kwasi Kwarteng In the first of two episodes with the... more

12 May 2024 · 44 minutes
Nancy Pelosi: From JFK's inauguration to fighting Donald Trump

How did Nancy Pelosi rise up to be the most politically powerful woman in America? What was it like to... more

05 May 2024 · 58 minutes
Israel's former PM on why Netanyahu is finished, the settler movement, and corruption - Ehud Olmert

How much do you know about the last serious attempt at a two state solution in the Israel-Gaza conflict?  On today's... more

28 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Sadiq Khan: Faith, power, and the truth about Boris Johnson

How much power does the Mayor of London actually have? Have we moved forward - or backwards - as a... more

21 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The brutal truth about net zero and how to vanquish climate populists, with Dieter Helm

Is net zero 2030 impossible to achieve - and is it a mistake to pursue it? Should governments be more... more

14 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Israel-Gaza: How the conflict divided Britain and the US, with Ed Kessler

What makes international conflicts turn domestic? Does Qatar play the key role in bringing peace to the Middle East? Is... more

07 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
A Tale of Two Spies: The former heads of MI5 and MI6 on the Iraq War, double agents, and the IRA

Should spies be allowed to break the law while undercover? What should the relationship between government and intelligence look like?... more

31 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Antony Gormley: Art, religion, and the battle for culture

Can Britain remain a cultural superpower post-Brexit? How does religion and philosophy inform creativity? How can we prevent arts from... more

25 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo: Vladimir Putin, surviving prison, and Serbia

How did peace come to the Balkans? What was it like to be a political prisoner? Is Serbia more allied... more

18 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Caroline Lucas: Leading the Green Party, leaving politics, and the importance of protest

How hard is it to be a one person party in parliament? What can the left learn from the populist right?... more

11 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Sajid Javid: Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, and Shamima Begum (Part 2)

What is Sajid's biggest regret from his time in politics? What barriers did he come up against in the Shamima... more

08 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
Sajid Javid: Austerity, the Tory leadership contest, and the problem with 'islamophobia' (Part 1)

How are politicians working to combat anti-muslim and antisemitic racism in the UK? How does Sajid maintain friendships across party... more

04 Mar 2024 · 42 minutes
James Rubin: Working for Biden, American intervention, and the fight against Russian disinformation

“You took me to one side and said be very, very careful of these people, these neo-cons. Because they’re going... more

26 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Anthony Scaramucci: What it's like to be Donald Trump's Communications Director

Would a second Trump presidency be far more right wing? What drives the former US president? Is he trying to... more

19 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Robert Sapolsky: The psychology behind Donald Trump, the science of stress, and the illusion of ‘free will’

Why do we get stressed? What are the psychological differences between conservatives and liberals? Is free will a myth? Rory and... more

12 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Humza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon, independence, and his family's escape from Gaza

What is the future of the independence debate in Scotland? How was it to work with Nicola Sturgeon? Have world... more

05 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Tucker Eskew, communications director to George W. Bush and Sarah Palin: Why I'm voting Democrat

What does President Biden need to do to defeat Trump? What went wrong in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Did Republican... more

29 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Bill Gates: Conspiracy theories, AI, and the politician he most admires

How does one of the richest men in the world run a business? Is artificial intelligence going to be as... more

22 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Gillian Keegan: The future of British schools, union 'barons', and Sunak's Rwanda battle

What's it like to be the Secretary of State for Education who left school at 17? How much power do... more

15 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Guy Verhofstadt: Is there a case for a European army?

What's it like to run Belgium for a decade? How many people in the EU actually believe in 'ever-closer union'?... more

08 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
Seb Coe: Corruption, gender, and the geopolitics of sport

Will doping ever be defeated in sport? What was it like going from world class runner to government whip? Are... more

01 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Tom Holland: How religion shaped politics and the Western world

Is the West more Christian than it thinks? Why are so many British prime ministers from religious backgrounds? How does... more

25 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Tim Peake: Will humans colonise Mars?

What is the future of human space exploration? Will people live on Mars in our life time? Are there plans... more

18 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
Angela Rayner: From zero GCSEs to Britain’s most powerful woman?

Could Labour still lose the next election? What really went wrong under Jeremy Corbyn? What do the left actually think... more

11 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Christiana Figueres: COP28, Costa Rica, and surviving the climate crisis

How do countries cooperate to tackle the climate emergency? Is it unusual for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to... more

04 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Simon Sebag Montefiore: The impact of conflicting histories in the Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine wars

Is understanding history a means to peace between Israel and Palestine? Has Putin’s obsession with Russia’s imperial history motivated his... more

27 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Tony Klug: Could the Israel-Hamas conflict restart the peace process?

Is peace possible in the Middle East? What is the difference between a one-state solution and a two-state solution? What... more

24 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Arancha González Laya: The World’s Most Powerful Organisations

Are increased military budgets needed following on from Russia's invasion of Ukraine? Will Europe take the same approach to regulating... more

20 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Introducing... Legacy

Everyone leaves a legacy.  In their new podcast series, produced by Goalhanger & Wondery, Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan tell the... more

15 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
Dr Comfort Ero: Resolving deadly conflicts & reforming the UN

How important is the role of the international community in resolving conflict? Is peace possible in the Middle East? How... more

13 Nov 2023 · 59 minutes
Mark Carney: Bank of England, Trussonomics, and Brexit

Can financial markets help fight climate change? What's the true economic theory behind austerity? What does the Bank of England... more

06 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Trump, Biden, and the American Dream

How do we fix the polarisation in the US? What made him move from Hollywood movies to the world of... more

30 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Sayeeda Warsi: Britain and the Muslim World

How prevalent is islamophobia in the UK? How can we help Jewish and Muslim communities at this time? Why have... more

26 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Reid Hoffman: Bankrolling Biden to beat Trump, the "PayPal Mafia", and Musk's messiah complex

How does life in Silicon Valley compare to the United Kingdom? What was it like working with Elon Musk and... more

22 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Minette Batters: The Most Powerful Farmer in Britain

70% of British land is agricultural - yet we don't speak about farming much. What is the politics of the... more

15 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Theresa May: Donald Trump, David Cameron, and ‘Brexit means Brexit’ (Part 2)

Why did Theresa May prefer Gordon Brown to Tony Blair as a Prime Minister? Does the former PM have any regrets over Brexit?... more

08 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Theresa May: Windrush, police, and the cult of personality (Part 1)

What is Theresa May’s biggest regret from her time as Home Secretary? Why was the Hillsborough disaster such an abuse of power?... more

01 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Chris Hipkins, New Zealand PM: Working with Xi Jinping, fighting to stay in power, and zero covid's double-edged sword

What is it like going from cabinet minister to Prime Minister? Are politicians in New Zealand more courteous than politicians... more

24 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Andy Burnham and Andy Street: A Tale of Two Cities

What is it like to run a metropolitan area? How does devolution impact the citizens of regional areas? Does party... more

17 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Cathy Ashton: Dealing with Putin and Lavrov, Kosovo–Serbia, and 'radical humility'

How do we retain empathy when negotiating with a stranger who has a radically different worldview to our own? As the former High... more

10 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ed Davey: Leading the Lib Dems, fighting the Tories, and a coalition with Starmer’s Labour?

What was it like for the Liberal Democrats in coalition? Would Ed Davey be prepared to work alongside Keir Starmer... more

03 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Mustafa Suleyman: Will AI save or destroy humanity?

How much do you really know about the dangers of AI? Is it the best hope we have of surviving as a... more

27 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Miriam González Durántez: Navigating Silicon Valley, the Cameron-Clegg years, and the fight for gender equality

How can we empower young women to seek positions of power? What was it like having a ringside seat during... more

20 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Yuval Noah Harari: The dangers of AI and the future of humanity (Part 2)

What makes homo sapiens unique from other living creatures? What will happen to society if artificial intelligence dictates culture? Why... more

14 Aug 2023 · 58 minutes
Anthony Joshua: Responding to failure, Saudi Arabia, and Tyson Fury

From raving and "wheeler-dealing" to heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua's story is unmissable. Listen to Rory, Alastair and... more

06 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Yuval Noah Harari: Crisis and tragedy in Israel (Part 1)

‘We are facing spiritual and moral destruction.’  Is Israeli democracy facing the most dangerous moment in its history? Yuval Noah Harari... more

31 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Paul Nurse: The power of genetics, battling politicians, and the fight against cancer

How close are we to finding a cure for cancer? What did the government do wrong - in scientific terms... more

24 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Feargal Sharkey: Teenage Kicks, Bobby Sands, and saving our rivers

Can we reverse the damage done to our polluted rivers and seas? What was it like to write Teenage Kicks?... more

17 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Yuval Noah Harari: Crisis and tragedy in Israel (Part 1)

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‘We are facing spiritual and moral destruction.’  Is Israeli democracy facing the most dangerous moment in its history? Yuval Noah Harari joins Rory... more