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And let’s have a look at some political podcasts launched in the past few weeks.

The i Podcast, which is brought to you by The i newspaper, has launched a new series called Labour’s Plan for Power. Presented by their chief political commentator Paul Waugh, the four-part series looks at the policies the Labour Party could introduce if they beat Rishi Sunak at the next general election. Looking at the north-south divide, the NHS, the economy and Brexit, there’s a central question running throughout: would they be able to do much differently?

Another new series is Eight Years’ Hard Labour from the news producer Tortoise. It looks at the last eight years of Labour: from the election defeat of Ed Miliband, to the rise and fall of Jeremy Corbyn and the subsequent reshaping of the party by Keir Starmer. “It’s a story about a double revolution inside just eight years, that helped shape Britain as it is today and may well shape it tomorrow,” says the show’s host Tortoise political editor Cat Neilan. There’s six episodes in the series, with early access given to subscribers of Tortoise+.

Former diplomat Arthur Snell has recently launched a new geopolitics podcast called Behind the Lines. There’s in depth discussions with policy experts, journalists and parliamentarians, with recent episodes looking into the Ukrainian war as winter settles in, the political influence taking place in the world of football and the importance of scrutinising legislation within the British parliament.

Meanwhile Pod Save The UK looks at Greek-UK relations in regards to the Elgin Marbles. And the latest Political Currency featured a tribute to former Chancellor Alistair Darling, who passed away this week. The news broke whilst hosts George Osborne and Ed Balls, who have been Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor respectively, were recording their weekly episode. "He really wanted to change things,” said Balls. “Underneath Alistair Darling's calmness, he was a radical.”
What we've been listening to this week:
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Podcast Pick 1
The Rest is Entertainment
Following on from Rory Smith and Alistair Campbell with politics, and Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook with history, quiz master and television expert Richard Osman and Guardian columnist Marina Hyde have now teamed up together to dissect the world of entertainment.

The show is a hoot, because both Osman and Hyde bring in their own expertise and insights about dealing with or reporting this unpredictable industry. The first episode features the duo talking about how the arrival of Squid Game: The Challenge is shaking up the tired game show formats and the implications for channels when the likes of Farage and Boris Johnson join. 

“They get him in a golden handcuffs deal and then it is them wearing the handcuffs,” quips Hyde.
Podcast Pick 2
Heirs of Enslavement
An interesting new series looking at enslavement and reparatory justice, hosted by Clive Lewis MP, a descendant of enslaved people in Grenada and Laura Trevelyan, a descendant of slave owners. 

Trevelyan has recently publicly apologised to the surviving descendants of Grenada for her family’s historic role in enslaving more than 1000 people and said that she will donate £100,000 in reparations from her forthcoming pension. Meanwhile Lewis has spoken in the House of Commons about the need for the UK to enter negotiations with leaders of Caribbean nations to pay reparations for our historic involvement in the slave trade.

In this series both Lewis and Trevelyan head to the West Indies to speak to the people of Grenada on its history and the difference that reparations could make.
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Podcast Pick 4
A History of the World in Spy Objects
A lovely little history season, brought to you by the team behind the popular series True Spies, looking at espionage and the genius gadgets spies have used.

From poison-tipped umbrellas to reversible outfits that allow you to easily disguise. And for premium subscribers, there’s also an exploration into a real-life Miss Moneypenny with the acclaimed screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
Podcast Pick 5
Sidetracked with Annie and Nick
We mentioned this podcast in this newsletter shortly before its launch and now, several months in, this music podcast hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac has become one of my firm favourites. 

Each episode reviews the week in music, and Annie and Nick’s chemistry is unmatched. Somehow, they’ve managed to make a podcast that has the energy of a live radio show, in podcast form. New episodes are out weekly.
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