Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Share

A whole new ball game

Season 1, Ep. 268

Hello! This week we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to throw you a bit of an RTBC curveball. Not only are Ed and Geoff venturing gingerly into the world of sport, but they're talking about the fastest-growing game in the US, which is now gaining popularity closer to home: pickleball! We talk to hall-of-famer Jennifer Lucore about the history of the sport and to coach Louise Stephens about its future here in the UK. We also chat to players Jessie Danger and Sam Basford about their pickleball careers to date. But will Ed and Geoff agree to get on the court? And what the heck is 'dinking'? 


Plus: Find out what happened when I’m a Celebrity came calling for Ed...and a special preview of a bonus RTBC episode being released later this week.


More info


Find out more information including where your local courts are on Pickleball England


Learn more about the sport in America at USA Pickleball


Read Jennifer's blog


Learn the rules of pickleball 


Guests

Jennifer Lucore, Professional Pickleball Player and Ambassador, Author of the book ‘History of Pickleball’ (Instagram: @jenniferlucore)


Louise Stephens, Coach and Pickleball England Volunteer of the Year (Instagram: @englandpickleball)


Jessie Danger, Top 8 Sponsored Player and Nationals Women’s Doubles Bronze Medallist (Instagram: @jessieedanger)


Sam Basford, Regional Director for Pickleball England and Master Teaching Professional (Instagram: @sambasford.pb)

More Episodes

1/16/2023

How to talk to a climate denier

Season 1, Ep. 279
Hello! This week we’re talking about climate misinformation and how we tackle it. Mis- and disinformation about the climate crisis is not new: since the 1970s industry players and fossil fuel giants have been denying the reality of climate change in order to sow confusion and polarise public support for taking action. Delay is the new denial, according to Jennie King, who talks to us about some of the arguments used to delay action on climate change. Professor Sander van der Linden tells us about the psychology of misinformation spread and why social media has only turbocharged it. Finally, Sean Buchan talks to us about the grassroots campaign Stop Funding Heat which aims to make climate misinformation unprofitable.Plus: Geoff goes on a gastronomic journey with Ed's latest cooking attempt.GuestsJennie King, Head of Climate Research and Policy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (@jkingy, @ISDglobal)Professor Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Cambridge (@Sander_vdLinden)Sean Buchan, Campaign Director, Stop Funding Heat (@seanforachange, @stopfundingheat)More infoWhat is climate mis-/disinformation?Deny, deceive, delay: documenting and responding to climate disinformation at COP26 and beyond Report from the ISDTaxonomy of climate contrarian claims Academic paper: Coan, Boussalis, Cook, NankoDiscourses of Climate Delay Comic by Céline KellerClimate Action Against Disinformation Pre-order a copy of Sander's book Foolproof: Why we fall for misinformation and how to build immunityStop Funding Heat CampaignOther resourcesDeSmog Journalism to clear the 'PR Pollution' clouding the science and solutions to climate changeSkeptical science Website set up by academic Jon Cook to examine the science and arguments of climate scepticismEd and Geoff mentioned:Three policies making life in Paris better for children
1/9/2023

How to fix our education system

Season 1, Ep. 278
Hello! New year, new term and this week Ed and Geoff are going back to school. Too little has changed about our education system since the Victorian times, and for too many young people it can seem an outdated and rigid system - geared simply towards passing exams - which is letting them down. We speak to three experts who tell us that it doesn't have to be this way: Dr James Mannion, clinical psychologist Dr Naomi Fisher and to Andy Sprakes, the co-founder of Doncaster's most oversubscribed school, about how they're already doing things differently and why it's beneficial for everyone involved.Plus: want a chance to live out your Geoffocracy dreams? We hear from Suzanne Heywood about a new prize looking for our listeners' policy ideas!GuestsDr James Mannion, Director of Rethinking Education, a teacher training organisation (Visit his website or follow him on Twitter @RethinkingJames)Dr Naomi Fisher, Clinical Psychologist (Follow her on Twitter @naomicfisher or subscribe to her Substack)Andy Sprakes, Chief Academic Officer and Co-founder, XP School in Doncaster (@SprakesA & @XPschool) Suzanne Heywood, Chair of the Heywood Foundation (@HeywoodFndation)More infoDo schools kill creativity? TED Talk, Sir Ken RobinsonThe crisis of the last six months has exposed five damaging myths in education Blog, Peter HymanRethinking Education James Mannion's teacher training organisationHow to Change the World James Mannion's TEDxtalk on 'vertical slice politics'Above all compassion, the story of XP School FilmLearn more about the Heywood Prize and enter here.Contact Reasons to be Cheerful via our website, follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Let us know your episode ideas, your comments and feedback!