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Goalhanger Podcasts

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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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
Francis Fukuyama: Trump, Modi, and ‘The End of History’

What was the worst political mistake in modern history? How do religious Republicans bring themselves to support Trump? Was it... more

10 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
Michael Ignatieff: Fighting Orban's Global Conservative Cabal

What's it like to know how your obituary will read? What makes the democratic system the best for fighting against... more

03 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
John Major: The Gulf War, Black Wednesday, and Populism (Part 2)

What was it like fighting New Labour? Why did Black Wednesday happen? How did Ian McKellen help bring the campaign... more

26 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
John Major: From Brixton to Downing Street (Part 1)

Why is Sir John Major a Tory? How did he make it from Brixton to 10 Downing Street? What was... more

19 Jun 2023 · 51 minutes
Kate Raworth: Doughnut economics and thriving in balance

In the 21st century, the impact of financial and environmental crises can be felt by all. But how do we... more

12 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Mary McAleese: Building bridges as the President of Ireland

For former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, the personal is the political. Growing up in Belfast with a deeply personal... more

05 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Jonathan Powell: How to negotiate with terrorists

The role of Downing Street Chief of Staff was created for him, and he was the only senior advisor to... more

29 May 2023 · 57 minutes
Leo Varadkar: Ireland's Taoiseach on NATO, China, and Joe Biden

How does the Irish Taoiseach feel about Brexit? Would Leo Varadkar consider himself a Tory in the English parliamentary system?... more

22 May 2023 · 39 minutes
George Osborne: Austerity, Boris Johnson, and the UK's next Prime Minister

Does George Osborne regret leaving politics? Does he think Sunak can win the next general election? What did he admire... more

15 May 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Gerry Adams: The Troubles, Margaret Thatcher, and the IRA

How much do you know about Thatcher's back channels with Irish republicans during the Troubles? What are Gerry Adams' emotions... more

08 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Tony Blair: Taking insults, swallowing pride, and negotiating with both sides

How was peace achieved in Northern Ireland? What was it like speaking to the IRA, loyalist paramilitary groups and victims... more

01 May 2023 · 45 minutes
Hillary Clinton: Fighting Putin, the Return of Trump, and the Killing of Osama Bin Laden

Will Donald Trump return to the White House? What happened behind the scenes during the killing of Osama Bin Laden?... more

24 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
David Miliband: The Age of Impunity

Why did David Miliband leave British politics? How did he get involved in the New Labour project? And what does... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Brian Cox: Succession, socialism, and Scotland

What do the Murdochs think of Succession? Should the SNP change its name? Why do some actors swear by method... more

10 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
David Baddiel: God, Anti-Semitism and the Y-Word

How aware are you of anti-Semitism in Britain? Comedian and author David Baddiel tells Alastair and Rory about his family,... more

03 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
Gary Lineker: Politics, football and the BBC

Gary Lineker is regularly told to 'stick to football'. Now, after recently tweeting his views on the Government’s refugee policy,... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Leo Varadkar: Ireland's Taoiseach on NATO, China, and Joe Biden

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How does the Irish Taoiseach feel about Brexit? Would Leo Varadkar consider himself a Tory in the English parliamentary system? Does Ireland... more