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