Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
Thank you, next: breaking up with the job for life
Hello! Geoff’s off this week and friend of the pod and writer Melissa Benn is practicing what we preach in this episode by trialing a new vocation as podcast co-host. This week, sparked by the news of the resignation of Jacinda Ardern and Nicola Sturgeon - we’re talking all about what happens when you take a step back from a high-pressure job. What comes next? And why is the way we think about careers all wrong? We talk to four guests about navigating new career paths, having a mid-career gap year, and whether the dream job really exists.
Plus: Ed’s gone down a new internet rabbit hole. What is it this time?
Dr Ali Budjanovcanin, Senior Lecturer in Work Psychology and Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and Career Coach (@AliBudj)
Katie White, taking a career break from her role at WWF (@KatieJWhite)
Jaega Wise, Co-Founder and Head Brewer at Wild Card Brewery, London (@jaegawise)
Follow Melissa on Twitter (@Melissa_Benn)
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Ready to quit your job? Here are 17 things to ask yourself first. (Opinion, Guardian, August 2021)
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315. 6th anniversary special: Comfort Eating with Grace Dent45:04Happy 6th birthday to us! And just like a young child who hasn’t learned a sense of self-restraint we’re reaching for the Ferrero Rocher with restaurant critic Grace Dent. Join us for a conversation about comfort eating, the title of her podcast and new book. What do we eat when nobody else is watching? And why are some foods so steeped in nostalgia?PLUS: Geoff and Ed reminisce about the past 6 years and Ed has been checking out a new bandWe’ll be back with another episode next Monday, but keep your ideas and suggestions coming in. Get in touch with us via our website or on our social media. We love to hear from you!GuestGrace Dent, columnist, broadcaster and author (@gracedent)More informationPre-order a copy of Grace’s book Comfort Eating, published by Faber & Faber on October 5thRead Grace’s restaurant columns in the GuardianListen to Comfort Eating the podcast, new season starting on Tuesday 26th September!
Reasons Revisited: Rent Control11:54How do we tackle the housing crisis? It’s a question we’ve looked at several times over the years, but it hasn’t become any less pressing. This week, new statistics showed that rents are rising at their fastest rate in almost a decade. We delve into some of the potential solutions, from rent control to long-term tenancy agreements. We hop into our RTBC time machine and go back to 2017, where we speak to Grace, a tenant in a rent-controlled flat and Greg Beales from housing charity Shelter. Last year we also talked to Maria Vassilakou, the former deputy mayor of Vienna, to ask whether we can learn anything from the city’s approach to social housing.See you on Monday for our next episode of Reasons to be Cheerful!Listen to RTBC Episode 4: Take back (rent) control: All power to the tenants! (2017)Listen to RTBC Episode 265: Home sweet (social) home (2022)Learn more about the work of Shelter and their recent research, including information on the Renters Reform Bill
314. Apocalypse (not) now: is AI an existential threat?50:14Depending on who you speak to, AI is either going to plunge us into the abyss or improve every aspect of our lives immeasurably. The hype around AI can be disorientating, so let the RTBC team steer you away from the grim end-of-humanity inevitability, as we explore a more nuanced version of the AI story. Our guests Mustafa Suleyman, Dr Mhairi Aitken and Lauren M. E. Goodlad discuss whether the benefits of AI will ever outweigh the risks, why AI hype can serve as a distraction from some very pressing issues, and whether Geoff can ever replace Ed as a more obedient podcast host.Plus: Despite the technological advances of AI, why are Ed and Geoff still hung up on Ceefax?GuestsMustafa Suleyman, Co-founder of Inflection AI and author of The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century's Greatest Dilemma (@mustafasuleyman)Dr Mhairi Aitken, Ethics Fellow, Alan Turing Institute (@mhairi_aitken / @turinginst)Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Critical AI Initiative at Rutgers University (@CriticalAI)More informationBuy a copy of Mustafa’s book hereLearn more about Inflection AI hereLearn more about the Alan Turing Institute and the work Mhairi is doing on children’s rights and AILearn more about Rutgers University’s Critical AI Initiative with the journal’s inaugural issue to follow in October 2023
Reasons Revisited: Beyond GDP13:17Stop the press! We're bringing you an extra dose of RTBC each week, as we dig back into our audio archives and brief you on a big idea that's having a moment. This week the UK's GDP estimates showed the economy shrunk in July, sparking fears of a recession. But what if there was a different way to measure a country's economic success? We spoke to Katherine Trebeck, Annie Quick and Kate Raworth about the alternatives, from doughnut economics to New Zealand's Wellbeing Budget. Can we move beyond our obsession with growth? And where do we go next?See you on Monday for our next episode of Reasons to be Cheerful!GuestsKatherine Trebeck, from the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (@ktrebeck)Annie Quick, formerly at the New Economics Foundation (@anniequick)Kate Raworth, founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab (@KateRaworth)Listen to RTBC Episode 91: Who's Afraid of GDP (2019)Listen to RTBC Episode 195: A Big Idea to Rethink the Economy (2021)Let us know what you think about Reasons Revisited! Get in touch with us via our website or on social media (@cheerfulpodcast)
313. It's fun to stay at the YHA: who gets to access the outdoors?44:18We’re back! Over the summer the Youth Hostel Association announced it was selling off some of its properties in a bid to stay afloat. It seems like a cruel irony at a time when many of us had reconnected with nature over the lockdowns. The charity has long been committed to opening up the outdoors to more people, especially children and young people, says Sally Nutland. But is there a way to save the YHA hostels? We talk about what the loss of these hostels means with Talia Randall and Haroon Mota, and why it's so important that everyone can access nature in rural and urban Britain.Plus: What made one listener throw up in their cornflakes??GuestsSally Nutland, Communications Manager, Youth Hostel Association (@YHAOfficial)Haroon Mota, Founder Muslim Hikers and the Active Inclusion Network (@Haroon_Mota / @Muslim_Hikers)Talia Randall, Writer, performer and podcaster (@TaliaRandall)More informationRead more about the sale of the 20 YHA properties in this John Harris column (Guardian)Support the YHA's No Child Left Behind Campaign for children who are unable to afford a school residentialVisit YHA Boggle HoleLearn more about and support Muslim HikersListen to Talia’s podcast 'Blossom Trees and Burnt Out Cars' on BBC SoundsLearn more about the Right To Roam campaign and listen to our episode on it Read more about the benefits of parks and green spaces and research by Natural England on engaging under-represented groups in nature
312. Loss, love and a calling to nature: Ben Goldsmith34:00Ben Goldsmith’s daughter Iris was killed in a tragic accident when she was only 15 years old. Hopeless in grief and searching for answers, he turned to nature in his darkest moments to find a way through. Ben speaks movingly about his grief for Iris, how he sought connection to her in the year after her death, and why he's hopeful that nature restoration will not only be a central part of tackling the climate crisis, but for finding solace and healing for ourselves too.GuestBen Goldsmith, financier, environmentalist and author (@BenGoldsmith)More informationBen Goldsmith is the author of God Is An Octopus: Loss, Love and A Calling to Nature, published by Bloomsbury Wildlife. You can buy a copy here.Listen to his podcast series 'Rewilding the World with Ben Goldsmith' here.
- 32:51Crispy duck, chow mein, and sweet & sour pork. Many of us have a narrow understanding of Chinese food, its rich history, and the sophisticated culinary culture surrounding it. Chef and author Fuchsia Dunlop is on a quest to show us that there's so much more to Chinese food than our usual Friday night takeaway, and that there's immense joy (and health) to be drawn from it too. Fuchsia tells us about how her love of Chinese cookery began, her experience as the first westerner to train as a chef at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine and her recommendations for how to order in a restaurant. And can she really salvage Ed's doomed tofu cookery?GuestFuchsia Dunlop, Chef and Author (@fuchsiadunlop)More informationPre-order a copy of Invitation to a Banquet: The story of Chinese food here, published by Particular Books on 31st August
310. How to fix the broken food system: Henry Dimbleby30:05The global food system is one of the most destructive industries on earth. Of course, we all need to eat. But is there a way of doing so that doesn’t come at a cost to our health and to our planet? If that's all sounding a bit heavy, then step forward: Henry Dimbleby. Formerly the government’s food tsar, he’s been exploring the secrets of the global food system for decades and he's hungry for change. Henry talks to Ed and Geoff about the secrets behind the ultra-processed egg sandwich, the glory of Japanese food culture and why Liz Truss once banned him from attending meetings. What's changed about the food we eat today, and what can we do about it?GuestHenry Dimbleby, author of Ravenous: How to Get Ourselves and Our Planet Into Shape (@HenryDimbleby)More informationBuy a copy of Henry's book, published by Profile BooksRead the National Food Strategy and the School Food Plan We love hearing from you. If you have views on this episode, or ideas for future shows you can contact us via our website, our social media (@cheerfulpodcast) or write us an email (email@example.com)
309. What about men?: Caitlin Moran34:39Is the patriarchy also screwing over men too? Caitlin Moran thinks so. Twelve years on from the publication of her hit book ‘How to Be a Woman,’ the journalist and author turns her attention to men, and why she thinks the lack of an equivalent movement to feminism has left many young men and boys struggling. Ed and Geoff dig deep on the topic of modern masculinity, whether it can be inclusive of cardigan wearers, and how to tackle issues that predominantly affect men, such as addiction and suicide.GuestCaitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran)More informationCaitlin’s book ‘What about men?’ Is out now and published by Ebury Press. Order a copy here.