Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
179 and a half. OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Marc Stears on the politics of everyday life
Season 1, Ep. 179
Bonus episode here! It’s our full conversation with Marc Stears about his new book, ‘Out of Ordinary’. We chat about the 1945 government, the dilemmas of big change and how politics can reflect our everyday lives.
212. WARMER HOMES AND LOWER BILLS: time to get retrofit
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.