Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
218. FIRST THEY IGNORE YOU: part one—- the creation of the NHS
Season 1, Ep. 218
We're doing a little shimmy, into the past. In the first part of our mini-history series on how progressive victories were won, we're looking at the NHS. How did this complex institution, that's beloved in the UK and revered around the world, manage to even get off the ground? Who were the key players? How did they win over opposition (and why was some of that from doctors)? And what role did the crisis of world war play in shifting hearts and minds?To help us unpick the past we're joined by historians and experts on policy Sally Sheard from the University of Liverpool and Nick Timmins, author of The Five Giants, A biography of the Welfare State, then to help understand where the NHS goes from here is Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation.Plus, find out about Ed's latest sartorial swimming accessory as we welcome him back to earth from planet Cop and spare a thought for Geoff as he very publicly misjudges his choice of outfit.
217. ONE STOP COP (26) SHOP: the verdict
Season 1, Ep. 217
Ed's been in Glasgowagain this week as COP26 comes to a close. He digs in to get the verdict. He speaks to young Kenyan activist Elizabth Wathuti, then friends of the pod, Pete Betts, multi-hatted climate wonk, and Farhana Yamin, adviser to vulnerable countries,for their takes on the outcome. Plus the revelation that RTBC has hit the big time, featured on a real, mainstream TV quiz show, and how even Ed can have enough of being recognised in public places.
216. YOUR ONE-STOP COP(26): One week in
Season 1, Ep. 216
Ed’s spent the week in Glasgow at COP26. He brings you the voices of young activists demanding change, including Anna, a young Glasgow climate striker. Then he talks to Simon Stiel, Minister for Climate Resilience in Grenada and Pete Betts, former top UK civil servant on climate negotiations, now a leading voice on the state of the play. Plus Geoff pitches in with his impressions from the outside and Ed tells us what a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom is and who he shared one with this week.
215. FOLLOW THE (CITY) LEADER: the power of local action on the climate crisis
Season 1, Ep. 215
Hello! As COP26 kicks off, we’re exploring how cities and towns are leading the way on tackling the climate crisis. Mark Watts from C40 Cities talks us through how some of the world’s largest cities — from Milan to Seoul — are taking urgent action to reduce emissions. Polly Billington from UK100 tells us what local leaders are up to in the UK. And deputy mayor of Paris Celia Blauel is back to tell us about the city’s ambitious climate plan.
214. PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE: the future of public libraries
Season 1, Ep. 214
Hello! Libraries are about far more than borrowing books. We’re exploring how libraries around the world serve their communities and are adapting to changing needs. Sociologist Eric Klinenberg explains why libraries help build social solidarity and should be a priority for government investment. Marie Østergård tells us about libraries in the Danish city of Aarhus, home of the world-renowned Dokk1. And Isobel Hunter from Library Connected gives us reasons to be cheerful from the UK, despite more than a decade of cuts.Plus poet Henry Normal on his new tour, The Escape Plan.
213. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE IF WE WERE OLDER: creating age-friendly communities
Season 1, Ep. 213
Hello! We know the UK’s population is getting older, but what should that mean for our towns, villages and cities? We’re talking about ‘age-friendly communities’ — places where people of all ages can live healthy and active lives. Natalie Turner from the Centre for Ageing Better explains the idea. Paul McGarry from Greater Manchester Ageing Hub tells us how the city region has lead the way on putting it into practice. And Anne Berit Rafoss gives us the view from Norway.Featuring special guest co-host, Sara Barron!
212. WARMER HOMES AND LOWER BILLS: time to get retrofit
Season 1, Ep. 212
Hello! Millions of homes across Britain need retrofitting with insulation and low carbon heating to meet our climate goals. We chat to Josh Emden from IPPR about the many benefits of a national retrofit programme and how government can make it happen. Then Aneaka Kellay from Carbon Coop explains how they’re piloting a people-powered approach to retrofitting homes in Manchester. AND we chat to writer and director Matt Woodhead about Who Cares — his fantastic play about young carers, currently on tour around the country.
211. WHO GETS ON IN MODERN BRITAIN: breaking the class ceiling
Season 1, Ep. 211
Hello! Sociologist Sam Friedman has spent years exploring how class shapes our society. He argues Britain faces a powerful ‘class ceiling’ that affects who can access certain jobs and then progress in them. We chat to Sam about why that is and what we can do about it. Then Isabel Farchy from the Creative Mentor Network tells us how her charity is working to widen access to careers in the creative industries.
210. HAVE I GOT TOOZE FOR YOU: Adam Tooze on Covid, climate & learning from history
Season 1, Ep. 210
Hello! We’re chatting to incredibly prolific historian Adam Tooze about his new book ‘Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy’. We talk to Adam about the response to Covid around the world and what it means for everything from the rise of China to the future of the Green New Deal.PLUS Fiona McIntyre on her mission to open up the wonders of dolphin spotting on the coast of Aberdeen.