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English, Political, 1 season, 530 episodes, 1 day, 9 hours, 50 minutes
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Novara Media is an independent media organisation addressing the issues – from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change – that are set to define the 21st century. Within that context our goal is a simple one: to tell stories and provide analysis shaped by the political uncertainties of the age, elevating critical perspectives you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Driven to build a new media for a different politics, our journalism is always politically committed; rather than seeking to moderate between two sides of a debate, our output actively intends to feed back into political action. Follow the team on Twitter – @novaramedia – or hit up the website at novaramedia.com to catch up with our wide range of video, audio and text articles.
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Novara FM: Living Through the Chinese Miracle w/ Yuan Yang

No country has ever changed so fast as China. From the west, we see only the dazzling headline figures – 15% growth in some years. But it’s on the ground, in the huge shifts in the patterns of daily life, where the story comes alive. Journalist Yuan Yang’s first book Private Revolutions provides just that insight, […]
5/16/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 58 seconds
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Downstream: Individualism is Destroying Our Freedom w/ Grace Blakeley

Common sense tells us that free-market economies maximise freedom and that planned economies, typically found under socialist governments, curtail it. But what if this is completely the wrong way around? On this episode of Downstream, Aaron is joined by economist and author Grace Blakeley to discuss Henry Ford, Boeing and the nature of democracy. You […]
5/13/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 23 seconds
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Novara FM: Know Your Enemies w/ Matthew Sitman & Sam Adler-Bell

George Bernard Shaw once joked that the US and the UK are “two countries divided by a common language.” Can the same be said of their conservatives? As we brace for a joint election year, Eleanor Penny talks to Sam Adler-Bell and Matthew Sitman, two expert guides to US conservatism via their podcast Know Your […]
5/10/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 30 seconds
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Downstream: George Galloway’s Plan to Destroy the Labour Party

George Galloway has been elected as a member of parliament for four separate constituencies – with only Winston Churchill beating him. Perhaps more remarkably still, he won on three of those occasions while not being a member of a major political party. Most recently, he became the MP for Rochdale in the north of England. […]
5/5/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 44 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Reactionary Democracy w/ Aaron Winter & Aurelien Mondon

How do mainstream politicians and pundits contribute to the normalisation of far-right ideas, even as they claim to reject racism and populism? That’s one of many vital questions asked by Aaron Winter and Aurelien Mondon in their book, Reactionary Democracy. Following ACFM’s recent Trip about Fascism, Keir and Jem speak to Aaron and Aurelien about […]
5/5/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 48 seconds
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Novara FM: Your Neighbour Kills Puppies w/ Tom Harris

In the ’00s, animal rights protestors nearly won their battle to ban vivisection in the UK, shutting down multiple breeding farms that were supplying laboratories with cats, dogs and guinea pigs. But at the last moment, the government made a dramatic U-turn, blocking their attempt to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences and throwing activists in […]
5/2/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 17 seconds
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Downstream: How Austerity Harms Britain’s Most Vulnerable Children w/ Teresa Thornhill

Teresa Thornhill is an author and former child protection lawyer. Throughout her long career, working for both local authorities and advocating on behalf of parents, she has been a first hand witness to how the system fails parents, social workers and, most importantly, children. Teresa sat down with Aaron to talk about the untrained volunteers […]
4/29/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 41 seconds
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Novara FM: Read Some Effing Jameson! w/ Sianne Ngai and Matthew Beaumont

The exhortation to “read some effing Orwell!” is an old chestnut of the online left, whether ironic or sincere, or somewhere in between. But if we’re looking for a writer whose body of work truly anticipates the world we live in now – globalised, postcolonial, postmodern – we might instead turn to the American Marxist […]
4/25/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 2 seconds
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Downstream: This Is How Israel Controls Palestinians w/ Eyal Weizman

It’s not what you know; it’s what you can prove. For years, Forensic Architecture has exposed state crimes against civilians, nature, and humanity. This week on Downstream, Ash Sarkar meets its director Eyal Weizman to discuss Israel’s settler colonial project, the police killing of Mark Duggan, and how the testimony of blindfolded torture victims helped […]
4/22/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 40 seconds
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ACFM Trip 42: Fascism

A lot of people are saying that fascism is on the rise. But what are we pointing to when we call a system, or a person, fascist? On this Trip, Nadia, Keir and Jem map out a complicated ideology, from its roots in 19th century industrialisation to its resurgence in ethnonationalism and eco-apartheid. Exploring how […]
4/21/20241 hour, 52 minutes, 49 seconds
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Novara FM: London’s Endless Appetite w/ Jonathan Nunn and Amardeep Singh Dhillon

London is a foodie metropolis: undoubtedly one of the best places to eat in the world. But eating in London is also, like everything else in the city, shaped by its history as the capital of a globe-spanning empire. How did the contraction of this formal empire change infamously terrible British cuisine? How did multiculturalism […]
4/18/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 8 seconds
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Downstream: The West is Poor, Africa is Rich w/ George The Poet

George The Poet is a poet and author best known for his acclaimed BBC audio series, Have You Heard George’s Podcast? He joins Ash for an expansive conversation about his journey from grime MC to poet to academic, how Black music lost its radical politics, and how his politics was radically reshaped when he started […]
4/15/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 3 seconds
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Novara FM: Colonial Capitalism Has Made Us Sick w/ Rupa Marya & Raj Patel

Centuries of colonial capitalism have reordered life on the planet and inside our bodies, from industrial farming and the uneven advances of modern medicine, to night shifts, chronic stress and inflammation. Has the system made us sick? That’s the concern of Rupa Marya and Raj Patel, who join Eleanor Penny to talk about the history […]
4/11/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 10 seconds
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Downstream: Israelis Want Genocide w/ Abby Martin

Abby Martin is an American journalist and activist, host of the interview series The Empire Files, and a co-founder of the citizen journalism website Media Roots. She joins Ash Sarkar to discuss her political journey after 9/11, working for the state broadcaster Russia Today, how Israelis really talk about Palestinians, and why she believes the […]
4/8/20241 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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Novara FM: What’s Really Causing the Housing Crisis? w/ Nick Bano

Why is it so expensive to rent in the UK? In a divisive new book, barrister Nick Bano places the blame squarely on price-gouging landlords, rejecting the conventional wisdom that calls for more new housing as a solution to the crisis. He goes head to head with Novara Live’s Michael Walker to explain the thinking […]
4/4/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 3 seconds
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Downstream IRL: This Ideology Threatens Our Fundamental Freedoms w/ Judith Butler

For a special edition of Downstream IRL, Ash Sarkar is joined by philosopher, author, and one of the world’s most cited academics, Judith Butler. Their new book, ‘Who’s Afraid of Gender’ charts how a transphobic moral panic morphed into an all-our war on so-called ‘gender ideology’. Together, Ash and Judith explore how Britain became TERF […]
4/1/202455 minutes, 8 seconds
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Downstream: We Are Getting Foreign Policy Very Wrong w/ Steve Coll

With hindsight, the wars waged by the US and Britain in Afghanistan and Iraq look like terrible failures, both strategically and politically: the Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan, and living standards are worse in Iraq than they were before Saddam Hussein. In his new book The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the United States […]
3/25/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 48 seconds
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Novara FM: Critical Theorists Hate This One Weird Trick w/ Anna Kornbluh

We’re living in a world of hurry and shortcuts, of intimacy on tap and just-in-time production. Immediacy, according to Anna Kornbluh, is the link between flow-states and Fleabag, between food delivery apps and a mistrust of political systems. She joins Richard Hames to explain the thinking behind her new book – Immediacy: Or, The Style […]
3/21/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 58 seconds
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Downstream: On Gaza, Grammar Schools and British War Crimes w/ Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist whose contrarian takes on drug policy, education and foreign policy have found him occupying a singular place in the British media – with his brand of conservatism often angering audiences who would consider themselves staunchly conservative. He sat down with Aaron to discuss grammar schools, Gaza and Britain’s […]
3/18/20241 hour, 34 minutes, 19 seconds
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ACFM Trip 41: Trust Your Gut

From fecal transplants to the yoghurt-industrial complex, we’ve never been more absorbed in the workings of our gut. But can we trust it? Nadia, Jem and Keir investigate the mysterious connections between mind and body, reason and instinct. How did capitalism separate our minds from our bodies? Is a belief in intuition filling the gap […]
3/17/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara FM: The Untold Histories of Black Gay Britain w/ Jason Okundaye

Researching Black British history “often feels like a rescue effort, a race against time,” writes Jason Okundaye. In his first book, he narrates the mingled histories of seven astonishing lives in the Black gay community of South London during the 1980s. The narrative he pieces together from oral history, archival research and even gossip (a […]
3/13/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 21 seconds
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Downstream: Retired Major-General on Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan w/ Charlie Herbert

Major General Charlie Herbert has stood out in recent months for his vociferous condemnation of Israel’s war on Palestinians. His media appearances have proven vital in synthesising a moral and strategic critique of war in which civilians are treated in a manner he characterises as unprecedented. He sat down with Ash to talk about serving […]
3/11/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 56 seconds
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Novara FM: Not Westminster’s Whipping Boys w/ Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram

Less than 20% of the promised levelling-up projects for England have been completed. The problem lies not only with the current government, but with the whole way the UK’s political system is set up, with its whips and Lords and not a constitution in sight. So say Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the mayors of […]
3/7/202456 minutes, 24 seconds
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Downstream: Britain’s Economy Will Only Get Worse Forever w/ Gary Stevenson

Gary Stevenson went from being Citibank’s most profitable trader to one of the world’s most incisive critics of the financial system. Gary sat down with Aaron to discuss the lightbulb moment that led him away from trading, why economists can’t predict anything and why the UK middle class is doomed.
3/4/20241 hour, 57 minutes, 50 seconds
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Novara FM: Russia After Navalny w/ Tony Wood

As the war in Ukraine enters its third year, the question of what Russia is really thinking remains as crucial, and mysterious, as ever. To paint a picture of the current political climate, Richard Hames talks to Tony Wood, author of Russia Without Putin and an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado […]
3/1/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 12 seconds
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Downstream IRL: We Are in a New Cold War w/ Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist and author who served as Greek Finance Minister in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crash. Since then, he has become one of the most sought after public speakers on the left. He joined Aaron Bastani for an IRL edition of Downstream at EartH in Hackney, North-East London to […]
2/26/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Aliens On Screen

Last time on ACFM, the gang explored the impact of UFOs on politics, from deep-state conspiracies to the Posadists. But to really understand how aliens influence our thought – and what our belief in E.T. says about ourselves – we have to go to the movies. In this Microdose, Keir, Jem and Nadia sweep through a […]
2/25/20241 hour, 42 minutes, 6 seconds
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Novara FM: The Nasty Noughties w/ Owen Hatherley & Ash Sarkar

The 2000s in Britain was a decade of education, regeneration, falling inequality and Dizzee Rascal. But beneath the fleeting prosperity lurked a culture of cruelty. It was palpable in politicians’ disdain for single mothers, in the media’s vilification of chavs, and in TV producers’ obsession with pointing and laughing at just about everyone – but don’t […]
2/22/202459 minutes, 9 seconds
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The US Must Stop Funding Israel | Bernie Sanders meets Ash Sarkar

Bernie Sanders needs no introduction. Ash caught up with the senator to talk about his new book ‘It’s OK To Be Angry About Capitalism’, the speed of political change and whether what is happening in Gaza constitutes a genocide.
2/20/202417 minutes, 54 seconds
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Downstream: Israel Will Never Be Safe While Occupying Palestine w/ Yousef Alhelou

Yousef Alhelou has spent the four or so months since October 7th covering the Israeli assault on Gaza through his Instagram account. In that time, his audience has grown by hundreds of thousands. Aaron sat down with Yousef to talk about international law, the genocide in Gaza and Britain’s complicity in it.
2/19/20241 hour, 31 minutes, 31 seconds
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Novara FM: Can International Law Protect Gaza? w/ Rob Knox

As Israel extends its bombardment of Gaza into Rafah – a supposed safe zone where 1.7 million Palestinians are seeking refuge – the limits of the “laws” of war seem horribly apparent. Following South Africa’s case against Israel at the ICJ last month, legal scholar Rob Knox joins Eleanor Penny to offer an urgent account of […]
2/15/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 46 seconds
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Novara FM: How To Be Honest About Empire w/ Sathnam Sanghera

Certain historians and politicians like to claim that the British Empire was “on balance” a good thing. Slavery was evil, they admit, but abolition was good. Racism was wrong, but free markets are desirable. In his new book Empireworld, journalist and historian Sathnam Sanghera rejects this “balance sheet” reading of history in order to wrestle […]
2/8/202457 minutes, 13 seconds
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Downstream: Why No One Should Have More Than £10 Million w/ Ingrid Robeyns

Should there be a cap on how much wealth one person can have? If we’re serious about tackling poverty, the answer can only be yes, says Ingrid Robeyns, author of Limitarianism: The Case Against Extreme Wealth. Robeyns tells Ash Sarkar what a wealth cap could do for the world, how the global north is living […]
2/5/202457 minutes, 37 seconds
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ACFM Trip 40: UFOs

Should the left care about the existence of aliens? The ACFM gang explore the impact of UFOs on political thought in this Trip. Keir, Jem and Nadia discuss the connections between UFO conspiracies and right-wing thought, why some communists think aliens will bring about world revolution, and whether Fermi’s paradox means we’re not alone, with […]
2/4/20241 hour, 25 minutes, 35 seconds
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Downstream: Would the World Be Better Without Religion? w/ Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar

Twenty years ago, it was taken for granted that on average, people globally were shrugging off the shackles of organised religion. The world was destined for secularism. But with demographics trends in many countries pointing towards a growing religious population and with secular liberal politics failing to offer solace from falling living standards, we should […]
1/29/20241 hour, 40 minutes, 8 seconds
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Novara FM: Who Dares To Rewrite 40,000 Years of History? w/ David Wengrow

This episode was first released in November 2021. In the bestselling book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, archaeologist David Wengrow and the late anthropologist David Graeber offer a radically different story of our social evolution. Drawing on groundbreaking research gathered over a decade of collaboration, the book challenges just about everything […]
1/25/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 42 seconds
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Downstream: Everything You Know About The Global Economy is Wrong w/ Philip Pilkington

We are in a drastically different world from the one most of us grew up in. This has been proven by the rapid escalation in the events in the Middle East over the last six weeks. No longer are we in a world where, essentially, the US run the show. And this has huge global […]
1/22/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 38 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Plugged-in Protest w/ Jeremy Gilbert

Music has the uncanny power to stir up big feelings, which makes it an obvious vehicle for political statements of hope, anger, despair, or how to cast your vote. In this Microdose episode to accompany ACFM’s recent Trip on Protest, Jem takes us through 60 years of plugged-in protest music – no strumming folkies or […]
1/21/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 13 seconds
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Novara FM: The Novels That Inspired Class War w/ Mark Steven

What role does literature play in revolution? If the question seems bizarre to you and the answer obvious, you’re not alone. Yet some of the most important revolutionaries in history have turned to literature in times of crisis. Mao Zedong started writing poetry during the Chinese Red Army’s retreat, adopting traditional Chinese forms to do […]
1/19/20241 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds
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Downstream: We Are in the Post-Climate Change World w/ Gaia Vince

Discussion of climate change mainly focuses on mitigating rising temperatures, de-carbonising and getting to ‘net zero’. Author and broadcaster Gaia Vince argues that we also need to focus on how we’ll deal with with’s already happening and about to get much much worse: huge swathes of the planet becoming uninhabitable and 2 billion people needing […]
1/15/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 35 seconds
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Novara FM: Escaping the Tourism Trap w/ Dean MacCannell

January is historically the busiest month of the year for holiday bookings. But if you’ve ever felt uncomfortable with the idea of being a tourist, you’re not the first. Back in 1976, anthropologist Dean MacCannell theorised both our drive to see the world and its manipulation by capitalism in his book The Tourist: A New […]
1/11/202453 minutes, 20 seconds
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Downstream: White Holes and Radical Politics w/ Carlo Rovelli

From his radical youth in 1970s Italy to his research as one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, Carlo Rovelli is as comfortable talking politics as he is explaining quantum theory. He sat down with Aaron to talk about the future of Europe, his theory of white holes, and why we’re not actually living in […]
1/1/20241 hour, 28 minutes, 7 seconds
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Novara FM: The People Vs Football w/ Juliet Jacques & Tom Williams

Is football the place for political struggle? Is there a limit to the success of fan-owned clubs? How disappointed can we be when pundits and players turn out not to be comrades? Cultural critic Juliet Jacques and Pro Revolution Soccer host Tom Williams unite for a conversation inspired by Mickaël Correia’s book, The People’s History […]
12/28/202357 minutes, 6 seconds
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Downstream: 2023 Year in Review

For this end-of-year edition of Downstream, the Novara Media team look back on the biggest stories of the year. Ash Sarkar is joined by Moya Lothian-McLean, Michael Walker and Owen Jones to talk about the Labour Party, the climate crisis, the rise of AI and the war on Gaza. From clouds brightening to prospects dimming, […]
12/24/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: A Festive 50 For 2023

The ACFM gang get together for the last time this year to deliver a Festive 50. Keir, Jem and Nadia select the best bits of culture and politics from 2023, from music, films, books to games, strikes and actions. Unwrap to find sci-fi blaxploitation, comedy history, gobby glam-punk, Judge Dredd analysis, a fresh angle on Silicon […]
12/22/202356 minutes, 12 seconds
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Novara FM: It’s A Wonderful Life w/ James Butler

Released in 1946, Frank Capra’s fable of Christmas despair in small town America has become – rather improbably – a staple of festive television. Starring Jimmy Stewart as virtuous everyman George Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life is not just a feelgood tale of moral redemption, but a clue to the shifting social terrain of post-war America. Is […]
12/21/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Downstream: The Plan To Privatise Everything w/ Brett Christophers

Asset management companies like Blackrock, Vanguard and Macquarie have avoided real scrutiny for decades, but their secretive activities are starting to attract attention from political researchers and academics. What do these companies do, and what risk do they pose to society? Author and academic Brett Christophers sets out to answer this question in his new […]
12/18/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 29 seconds
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ACFM Trip 39: Protest

Millions have protested against the bombing of Gaza by taking part in marches, boycotts, sit-ins and other demonstrations. But what difference does it make, either to the world or to ourselves? The gang confront a contentious topic in this Trip. Do “A to B” marches ever achieve anything? What about joining hands around an RAF […]
12/17/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 2 seconds
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Novara FM: Palestine 2048 w/ Basma Ghalayini

Science fiction isn’t a mode usually associated with Palestinian literature, perhaps because dreams of the future seem like a luxury when you can barely hold onto your past, or even present. In 2019, translator and editor Basma Ghalayini asked 12 Palestinian authors to imagine their world in 2048 – a century after the Nakba that […]
12/15/202354 minutes, 10 seconds
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Downstream: This Damage Cannot Be Reversed w/ Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy has had a front row seat at some of the most consequential peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine in the last two decades, as president of the U.S./Middle East Peace Project and as an adviser to former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak. He sat down with Ash Sarkar to talk about the failure […]
12/11/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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Novara Live Extra: Israel’s Illegal War w/ Norman Finkelstein

On Novara Live this week, Michael Walker spoke to renowned political scientist and activist Norman Finkelstein about Israel’s assault on Gaza and the collapse of the ceasefire. In this extended interview, they discuss the relationship between Hamas and Hezbollah, the use of human shields, and whether US pressure can restrain Israel’s “high-tech massacre”. Subscribe to […]
12/7/202356 minutes, 20 seconds
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Downstream: We Don’t Understand History w/ Blindboy

Blindboy Boatclub is the Irish broadcaster, author and musician behind The Blindboy Podcast, a massively popular podcast mixing short fiction, comedy and interviews. His new short story collection, Topographia Hibernica, is inspired by the human, animal and emotional geography of Ireland. Blindboy sat down with Ash for a freewheeling discussion about everything from Eminem’s ’90s […]
12/5/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 49 seconds
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Novara FM: Fascism Is Not The Exception w/ Alberto Toscano

In recent years we’ve spent a lot of time arguing about fascism – what it means, what it looks like, and how we would know if it had returned. That typically brings us back to the European fascism of ’30s and ’40s, with its uniforms, symbols, marches and camps. But the philosopher Alberto Toscano, currently teaching […]
12/1/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 9 seconds
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Downstream: The History of Israel’s War on Palestine w/ Rashid Khalidi

To really understand what’s going in Israel, you need to get your history straight. Rashid Khalidi is one of the foremost historians of the Middle East and the author of several books on the region’s history, including The Hundred Years’ War On Palestine. On the day of the ceasefire in Gaza, he guides Ash through […]
11/27/202353 minutes, 13 seconds
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Novara FM: New Cities, Old Scams w/ Quinn Slobodian

Business is booming for architects and property investors right now, with masterplans being unveiled for dozens of new cities around the world. The hi-tech promise of NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s proposed new desert metropolis, is only the most discussed of these visions – others are being drawn up in Indonesia, China and Senegal. What sets these […]
11/23/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 54 seconds
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Downstream: Does the Labour Party Care About Palestine? w/ Zarah Sultana

Zarah Sultana is one of the youngest MPs in Parliament and has faced intense hostility from the right of the Labour Party since Keir Starmer’s ascent to leader. The MP for Coventry South sat down with Ash Sarkar to talk about the reality of being a Muslim woman in the Labour Party, her interactions with […]
11/20/202356 minutes, 35 seconds
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Novara FM: Why Posh People Have Bad Taste w/ Nathalie Olah

Dolly Parton was right, as usual, when she revealed that “it costs a lot of money to look this cheap”. But who decided rhinestones were tacky in the first place? Style is a matter of taste, yet taste itself is a a matter of money, morality and identity, as the writer and critic Nathalie Olah […]
11/16/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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Downstream: The Future of Money w/ Brett Scott

We’re heading towards a cashless society. With the dominion of Visa and Mastercard showing no sign of shrinking, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to scrutinise what this shift towards virtual money really means. Brett Scott is an author and former banker who is deeply committed to evaluating the dangers of removing cash as a payment system. […]
11/13/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara FM: Engine of Immortality w/ Jeff Jarvis

For 500 years, societies have been shaped by the authority and permanence of the printed word. What do we have to lose – or gain – when the internet renders print culture obsolete? Jeff Jarvis thinks we should look to the early print era, when Johannes Gutenberg’s invention caused a moral panic across Europe, for clues […]
11/10/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 54 seconds
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Downstream: We Must Get Ready For An Emergency w/ Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is perhaps the most famous living Marxist philosopher. This year he will publish three books on topics ranging from the nature of freedom to his deeply pessimistic view of the future. Slavoj sat down with Aaron for a typically provocative, freewheeling and humorous conversation spanning ideas from Stalinism to Zionism to Eurocentrism. He […]
11/6/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 53 seconds
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ACFM Trip 38: Movement and Stillness

Ever feel like there’s too much change these days? Don’t worry, you’re not (necessarily) becoming more conservative. On this Trip, Nadia, Jem and Keir think about the ebb and flow of political currents, social movements and our inner lives. What’s the difference between being still and being stuck? When does a campaign turn into a […]
11/5/20231 hour, 51 minutes, 34 seconds
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Novara FM: In Search of Red Africa w/ Kevin Okoth

In the second half of the 20th century, revolutionaries across Africa were striving towards a decolonised future that never fully materialised. Folding together Marxism and Black radicalism, the global project of Third Worldism envisaged complete liberation, not only from colonial powers but from every kind of oppression. Kevin Okoth, a political theorist who grew up […]
11/2/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 40 seconds
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Downstream: How Protest Movements Fall Apart w/ Vincent Bevins

The 2010s were a time of mass protest, from the Arab Spring uprisings to Occupy Wall Street, Euromaidan and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. Many of these movements shared a ‘horizontalist’ or leaderless approach, and most of them ended in failure. Why? American journalist Vincent Bevins talks to Ash about the pitfalls of protest and what […]
10/30/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 46 seconds
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Novara FM: Emergency Brake! On The Road With Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Oil is a group focused on climate change. So what were they doing blocking the path of a coachload of migrants last week? It all has to do with the effects of a warming world and predictions about the displacement of millions of people. In this episode, Richard Hames follows JSO activists as […]
10/25/202355 minutes, 48 seconds
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Downstream: Philosophy’s Biggest Pessimist w/ John Gray

John Gray’s writing on political philosophy is not easily pigeonholed. Over the last half century he has explored ideas that span the whole political spectrum, and pissed off just about everybody with his central thesis that growth and progress are not inevitable. In his latest book, The New Leviathans, his attention turns to the changing […]
10/23/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 49 seconds
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Novara FM: Truth That Only Fiction Reveals w/ Pankaj Mishra

After 9/11, the writer and essayist Pankaj Mishra found himself losing faith in journalism’s ability to convey the complexity and nuance of the situation. Much of what he knew of the world, he realised, from history to political psychology, had originally been gleaned from fiction. Since then, Mishra has published several novels – including last year’s Run […]
10/19/202353 minutes, 4 seconds
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Downstream: The Left Is Traumatised w/ Gary Younge

From his early career following Nelson Mandela on the campaign trail to his stint as US correspondent for the Guardian, Gary Younge has long been one of the most thoughtful and compassionate voices on the British left. He joins Ash Sarkar to discuss his eventful career in journalism, his experiences of reporting in Soviet Russia, […]
10/16/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 41 seconds
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Novara FM: Crossing the Class Divide w/ Lynsey Hanley

Born and raised on an ‘overspill’ estate in Birmingham, the writer Lynsey Hanley has experienced what a politician would call social mobility. In her books on housing estates and the British class system, she uses her own life to think through the psychosocial dimensions of crossing the class divide. In the third episode of our […]
10/12/202357 minutes, 10 seconds
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Downstream: Europe Is Over w/ Yanis Varoufakis

In his new book, ‘Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism’, Yanis Varoufakis explores how giant tech firms, both in the US and China are expanding their control over the planet. His analysis is that, whilst material resources certainly matter, the real battle ground is over digital real estate. Aaron sat down with Yanis to talk about how […]
10/9/202357 minutes, 10 seconds
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ACFM Trip 37: Surrealism

Things get weird on this Trip into Surrealism, a subject of great interest to ACFM and all historians of the weird left. Nadia, Jem and Keir follow a thread of off-kilter expression from Dadaism and André Breton’s manifesto through to Situationism, punk and Afrosurrealism. The gang explore the importance of surrealism to socialist thought and […]
10/8/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 17 seconds
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Novara FM: Trillions of Tiny Flying Particles w/ Jay Owens

Last month it was revealed that 98% of Europeans are breathing toxic air. We’re slowly realising that the modern world is covered in the dust of environmental devastation, from particle air pollution to nuclear fallout and dried-up lakes. And as life on Earth gets hotter and drier, it’s going to get even dustier. As Jay […]
10/5/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
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Downstream: Into The Mirror World w/ Naomi Klein

When we were in lockdown, conspiracy theorists went on the march. The emergence of anti-vaccine scaremongering coupled with virulent antisemitism was disconcerting for all of us. But it was even more nuts for renowned journalist and author Naomi Klein, who noticed that she was being constantly getting mixed up with another author: Naomi Wolf. Klein […]
10/1/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 20 seconds
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Novara FM: The Other Enlightenment w/ Kenan Malik

For the second episode of our series on class, writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik takes us through three centuries of thought to explain the origins of identity politics. It all starts with Haitian Revolution and its contribution to the radical Enlightenment – a movement that sought to overcome the racism inherent in the other, liberal […]
9/28/20231 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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Downstream: Big Pharma’s Secrets w/ Nick Dearden

Nick Dearden has been an economic justice campaigner for over 20 years, and his attention was on the pharmaceutical industry when Covid-19 hit. But as the world began to sing the praises of pharmaceutical companies, Nick saw an unprecedented PR coup. Giant corporations capitalised on the crisis, tightening their stranglehold over the health of the […]
9/25/20231 hour, 19 minutes, 4 seconds
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Novara FM: Is It Time For Post-Doom Politics? w/ Jem Bendell

The politics of ‘deep adaptation’ is as intriguing as it is controversial. Jem Bendell, a former professor of sustainability leadership, launched the Deep Adaptation movement in 2018 by claiming that social collapse is not just a plausible outcome of climate change, but an extremely likely one. He sat down with Richard Hames in Berlin to […]
9/22/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds
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Downstream: Empire, Austerity and Why Corbyn Was Right About Iraq w/ Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart has led a colourful life: diplomat in Indonesia, governor in post-invasion Iraq, founder of an NGO and a Member of Parliament. He’s also run for London Mayor and leader of the Conservative Party. But his latest occupation is podcaster, hosting ‘The Rest is Politics’ with Alastair Campbell. Rory sat down with Ash Sarkar […]
9/18/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 12 seconds
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Novara FM: What Does Class Mean Now?

We’re going back to basics on Novara FM this autumn with a series about the big one: class. What does it mean to look at the world through the lens of class in the 2020s, an era of precarious work, rising inequality and elusive social mobility? Three classy thinkers join FM to investigate: political researcher […]
9/15/202354 minutes, 43 seconds
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Downstream: Here’s How Power Really Works w/ Grace Blakeley

Most people know that the game is rigged. Those who set the rules – win the game. Grace Blakeley has made a career of studying the rules, exposing the exploitative ways in which powerful institutions govern our lives and figuring out ways in which we can beat the banker and resist the game itself. Grace […]
9/11/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 45 seconds
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Downstream: Oligarchs Are Ruining This Country w/ Sam Bright

Who exactly is the ruling class? The conspicuous top hat and tailed Bullingdon Club still exert dominance, but their era is waning. There are new folks in town. They can’t beat the obscene wealth of petrostate oligarchs, so they’ve joined them in ransacking the country. Ash is joined by Sam Bright, author of Bullingdon Club […]
9/4/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 11 seconds
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ACFM Trip 36: Festivals

Festivals. The perfect embodiment of the ACFM aesthetic, and even social politics… or are they? As the season comes to a close, Nadia, Jem and Keir ask themselves what festivals are really about. Is it music? Camping? The breakdown of everyday hierachies? Or is it just 20,000 people standing in a field? With help from […]
9/3/20232 hours, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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Novara FM: Will We Still Be Mad After Capitalism? w/ Micha Frazer-Carroll

Mental illness is endemic to life under capitalism, yet it’s still largely talked about as a personal and medical issue. But what if we ditched the campaigns to “raise awareness” and instead turned our attention to criticising the systems that make us mad? Micha Frazer-Carroll is a journalist and the author of Mad World: The […]
8/24/202352 minutes, 56 seconds
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Keir Starmer in Workers’ Rights Row After yet Another U-Turn

Keir Starmer has made yet another U-turn leaving the Labour party in a new row over workers rights. Plus: An update on the situation with the conflict in Ukraine; and the right-wing freakout over drag queens continues. With Michael Walker and Mike Bankole.
8/18/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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A Level Results See Record Fall in Top Grades, Israeli Forces Targeting Paramedics

A-level results have seen a record fall in grades following the government’s pledge to return the system to normal after the pandemic. Plus: the international chess federation have banned trans-women from women-only competitions; and how hard-right Tories are pushing for a net zero referendum. With Moya Lothian-McLean and Rivkah Brown.
8/17/202352 minutes, 52 seconds
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Novara FM: The Art of the Psyop w/ Trevor Paglen

We live in exciting times for ufology. We’re also coming to realise that many of the modern-day myths around visiting spacecraft were in fact planted by our own intelligence services. But how to tell fact from fiction? Trevor Paglen is an American artist known for investigating the invisible through the visible. His practice has taken […]
8/17/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tories Try to Take Credit for Lower Inflation

Annual Inflation has fallen, and the Tory government are trying to take credit. Plus: the Home Office have come up with a new way to mistreat migrants; and a new development in the captain Tom Moore family farce. With Dalia Gebrial and Ash Sarkar.
8/16/202353 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tory Funding For Crumbling NHS Branded A “Sticking Plaster”

Rishi Sunak’s government have announced an extra 250 million pounds for the NHS. Labour say this isn’t nearly enough. Plus, police forces across the UK have leaked data, Vice News is accused of blocking stories that offend the Saudi Arabian government and Humza Yousaf has spoken out about the need for men in positions of […]
8/15/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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Braverman’s “Thoughts and Prayers” After Migrants Drown, Labour U-Turn on Clean Air

After six afghani men drowned in the channel after their boat sank, home secretary Suella Braverman has given them her “thoughts and prayers.” Plus: Tony Blair is still taking money from Saudi Arabia; and some shocking contributions from the public on small boat crossings. With Aaron Bastani and Mike Bankole.
8/14/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Deadly Bacteria Found on Tory Barge for Asylum Seekers

An outbreak of legionella bacteria has forced all migrants to leave the government’s Bibby Stockholm barge. Plus: Hugh Grant speaks out about everything wrong with the British media; and a controversial video of an arrest made by West Yorkshire Police has gone viral. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
8/11/202359 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sunak’s Tories Preside Over Record High for NHS Waiting Lists

The number of people waiting for routine treatment on the NHS in England has just hit 7.6 million people – smashing all previous records. Plus: home secretary Suella Braverman says that a group of teenagers should be hunted down; and a certain Tory MP tells Michael Walker to solve his renting problems by simply buying […]
8/10/202350 minutes, 44 seconds
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Novara FM: The Oxygen of Democracy w/ Amy Goodman

“Democratic media is the oxygen of democracy.” That’s the maxim that motivates Amy Goodman, award-winning American journalist and longtime host of Democracy Now!, the daily news show that has blazed a trail for alternative media in its nearly three decades on air. Whether reporting on East Timor’s independence movement or following the pipeline protests at […]
8/10/202350 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jenrick and Anderson’s Shameful Cruelty Competition

A split has opened up in the Conservative party after Tory chair Lee Anderson has said Sunak’s government have “failed” on immigration. Plus: tragedy in the Mediterranean as 41 migrants die after a shipwreck; and a certain Tory peer has announced he may end up voting Labour. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
8/9/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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Braverman Goes After Lawyers Defending Asylum Seekers, Electoral Commission Hacked

Home secretary Suella Braverman has announced a new taskforce to catch immigration lawyers who she has branded as “immoral”. Plus: the electoral commission announce they were hacked; and a look at the influences and finances behind the Tony Blair institute. With Aaron Bastani and Sam Bright.
8/8/202354 minutes, 29 seconds
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Downstream: A History of Sex Scandals w/ Steven Methven

The media and the public seem to be fixated on sex scandals this year, from household names in the headlines to salacious rumours spread on social media. But haven’t we always been intrigued by the private lives of those in power? Ash Sarkar is joined by Novara Live researcher Steven Methven to delve into the […]
8/8/20231 hour, 42 minutes, 18 seconds
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Braverman’s Barge Begins Housing Migrants, Coup in Niger

The first group of asylum seekers to be housed on the Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset have today been taken onboard. Plus: Pro-car activists attack ULEZ cameras whilst anti-SUV activists deflate Land Rover tyres. With Michael Walker and James Meadway.
8/7/202352 minutes, 49 seconds
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ACFM Trip 35: The Internet

In this bumper Trip, the gang survey the totalising modern phenomenon that is The Internet. Nadia, Keir and Jem dredge up their early interactions with a primitive web and explain how the dream of free and open communication was displaced by closed networks of e-commerce and data harvesting. Following Keir’s recent Microdose episode with Malcolm […]
8/6/20231 hour, 53 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mayors Line up to Back Khan Over ULEZ, Ocean Temperatures Hit New Record

As new climate records are broken, mayors from around the world have urged Sadiq Khan not to back down on ULEZ. Plus: GB News storm the offices of Greenpeace; and Dan Wootton is dropped by the Mail. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
8/4/202355 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sunak’s Mansion Taken Over by Greenpeace, Another Interest Rate Rise

Rishi Sunak’s residence in north Yorkshire has been protested by climate activists from Greenpeace. Plus: A tory cabinet minister thinks over 50s should start riding for Deliveroo; and the Bank of England raise interest rates yet again. With Ash Sarkar and James Meadway.
8/3/202350 minutes, 26 seconds
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Donald Trump Indicted Over Attempt to Overturn 2020 Election

Donald Trump has been charged with attempting to overturn the 2020 U.S presidential election. Plus: Rishi Sunak blames the NHS backlog on industrial action and calls out Nadine Dorries for squatting as an MP after saying she would resign. With Michael Walker and Emma Dabiri.
8/2/202349 minutes, 36 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Californian Capitalism w/ Malcolm Harris

Ahead of an ACFM Trip about the internet, Keir Milburn is joined by Malcolm Harris to talk about the unique political history of his hometown of Palo Alto, the intellectual laboratory for a century of American hegemony. The Kids These Days author tells a story that connects the founding of California, the violent removal of its […]
8/2/202355 minutes, 34 seconds
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Miliband Slams BP’s £2bn in Profits Amid Climate Crisis, Tory Says Jail Shoplifters

Fossil Fuel giant BP have recorded profits of over £2bn amid ongoing climate change. Plus: Boris Johnson has a new nemesis; and a Tory minister has declared that the government are prepared to build more prisons to jail shoplifters. With Dalia Gebrial and Mike Bankole.
8/1/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hundreds of Oil & Gas Licenses Announced, Tensions Between Starmer & Labour Mayors

Rishi Sunak has announced the government will grant hundreds of new oil and gas licenses. Plus: should Labour get a free pass just to get the Tories out of power? and rifts begin to emerge between the Labour leadership and the parties mayors in devolved English regions. With Ash Sarkar and Maurice Mcleod.
7/31/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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Downstream: Social Mobility Is A Lie w/ Dan Evans

Has the left misunderstood the state of our nation? Sociologist and trade unionist Dan Evans thinks so. He talks to Aaron the unexpected power of the petty bourgeoisie – the insecure class between the working class and the bourgeoisie – and how its Thatcherite values of home ownership and entrepreneurialism have reshaped British politics in the last few […]
7/31/20232 hours, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sadiq Khan Sees Down The ULEZ-Haters With High Court Ruling

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has won a high court battle brought against his expanded ULEZ scheme. Plus: the home office are preparing yet another awful way to treat migrants; and wild claims are coming out of a congressional hearing in the United States. With Ash Sarkar and Mike Bankole.
7/28/202351 minutes, 17 seconds
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Novara FM: The Empty Promise of Ethical Meat w/ Amber Husain

The global meat industry has grown fivefold since the 1960s and is still growing. Yet sales of vegan and so-called ‘plant-based’ alternatives are soaring, as more of us question our relationship with meat and our attitudes towards animal life and the planet’s health. In her provocative new book Meat Love, writer Amber Husain plucks examples […]
7/28/202350 minutes, 13 seconds
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UN Chief Says “Global Boiling” Has Arrived As Energy Companies Record Profits

The parent company of Britain’s biggest energy supplier British Gas have recorded record profits. Plus: the allegation surrounding GB News presenter Dan Wootton reach shocking new levels; and the high court rule that the Home Office’s use of hotels for housing unaccompanied child asylum seekers is unlawful. With Dalia Gebrial and Kojo Koram.
7/27/202350 minutes, 46 seconds
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NatWest CEO Resigns Over Farage Debanking, UK Rental Hell

The CEO of the NatWest Group has resigned over the Nigel Farage debanking scandal. Plus: Jamie Driscoll hits back at Rachel Reeves; and new data lays bare the terrible state of the UK rental market.   With Michael Walker and Mike Bankole.
7/26/202344 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sunak Makes Toxic Tweet About Labour While He Wobbles on Climate Pledge

Rishi Sunak has said that the Labour party are on the “same-side” as criminal gangs in relation to channel crossings. Plus: the latest on the allegations facing GB News host Dan Wootton; and the BBC apologise to Nigel Farage over their coverage of his ‘de-banking’. With Aaron Bastani and Maurice Mcleod.
7/25/202359 minutes, 16 seconds
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Sunak & Starmer Wobble On Climate

As the world exceeds multiple heat records, our politicians are going backward on climate. Was this weekend final proof that our politics is broken? Plus: Spanish elections have ended in deadlock with neither major block receiving a governing majority. We speak to the Progressive International’s David Adler in Madrid.
7/24/202359 minutes, 48 seconds
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Downstream: Going Undercover With Extremists w/ Julia Ebner

Since 2016 we’ve seen mainstream politics take a turn for the weird, epitomised by the surprise success of populist projects like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Since then, fringe views have continued to muscle into the middle ground, with conspiracy theories and far-right talking points trickling into political discourse. Julia Ebner has been […]
7/24/202356 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tories Clobbered in Triple Byelection, Labour Fail to Take Uxbridge

Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani break down the results from three byelections across England.
7/21/202355 minutes, 7 seconds
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Byelection Preview: Triple-Threat Thursday for Sunak

Rishi Sunak is facing a potentially historic bruising today as voters go to the polls in three English constituencies. Plus: JSO are counterprotested and even violently attacked; and former Labour leaders Blair and Corbyn both weigh in on the two-child benefit cap. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Rivkah Brown.
7/20/202354 minutes, 39 seconds
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Novara FM: We Were Promised Robot Butlers w/ Helen Hester & Nick Srnicek

Once upon a time we dreamed of a world free from household drudgery, helped by robot butlers, self-cleaning appliances and “smart” homes that saved energy and tidied after themselves. Yet despite decades of high-tech innovation in the home, we’ve barely reduced our workload – and no one’s managed to automate the folding of laundry. So why […]
7/20/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 51 seconds
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Labour Attacked on Child Benefit Plan by SNP, European Heatwave Causes Havoc

The SNP have attacked Labour’s continued stance over child benefits after Starmer refused to abolish the two-child cap. Plus: the Tories have selected an awful candidate to challenge Sadiq Khan for London Mayor; and the heatwave hitting southern Europe is wreaking havoc. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
7/19/202359 minutes, 46 seconds
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Starmer Digs His Heels in As Labour Backlash Continues

As the backlash continues around his stance on the two-child benefit cap, Keir Starmer sits down for an interview with Tony Blair. Plus: Tobias Ellwood comes out for redeveloping relations with Afghanistan; and GB News host Dan Wootton faces damning allegations. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
7/18/20231 hour, 32 seconds
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Jamie Driscoll Resigns From Labour, Raises £50k+ to Run As Independent

We speak to North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll on why he has resigned from Labour and his campaign to become independent north-east mayor. Plus: a row has broken out in Labour over another U-turn from Starmer; and the met have paid out millions to the family of Daniel Morgan. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Ash […]
7/17/202355 minutes, 51 seconds
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Downstream: What Have We Got Wrong About Antiracism? w/ Arun Kundnani

After the summer of 2020, the liberal consensus was that in order to tackle racism, white people would have to look inside themselves and ‘do the work’. In 2023, this idea has spread from well-meaning allies on Twitter to the HR departments of corporate behemoths – all while the institutions that consolidate and expand systemic […]
7/17/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Hole in Rishi Sunak’s Plan, the Heatwave Hitting Europe

Rishi Sunak takes heat for his below inflation pay offer to public sector workers, and for his failure to rule out more cuts. Plus: Hollywood actors walk out of their own premiere as a strike begins; and should MP’s really have second jobs? With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
7/14/202357 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sunak Gives Public Sector Pay Offer, Longest Doctors Strike in NHS History

Rishi Sunak has accepted recommendations on public sector pay from independent pay review bodies. Plus: Junior doctors walk out for the longest strike in NHS history; and Nadine Dorries is releasing her vengeance in the form of a new book. With Michael Walker and Emma Dabiri
7/13/202343 minutes, 28 seconds
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Novara FM: Revenge of the Commoners w/ Jon Moses

Several years ago, Jon Moses realised that the stunning nature he could see from his house in rural Herefordshire was inaccessible to him. From the nearby riverbanks to the local oak woodlands, the countryside revealed itself to be a private fortress. Now, as an organiser of the Right To Roam campaign, he’s leading the call […]
7/13/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Huw Edwards Named by Wife As Suspended BBC Star

Huw Edwards has been named by his wife as the BBC star accused of paying £35,000 for explicit photographs of a teenager. Plus: Theresa May attacks the government’s illegal migration bill; and students at Edinburgh University give heartening solidarity with their lecturers. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
7/12/202350 minutes, 52 seconds
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Second Person Says Threatened by BBC Unnamed Host

A second young person has come forward accusing the unnamed BBC star of threatening messages. Plus: mortgage rates have hit a 15-year high; and the NATO summit sees a division among member states over Ukraine membership. With Aaron Bastani and James Meadway.
7/11/202353 minutes, 20 seconds
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Downstream: Is It Time for a Universal Basic Income? w/ Will Stronge

Most people’s lives are defined by the exchange of labour for a wage. But what if the state gave us all a regular wage, with zero strings attached, to spend as we wish? That’s the core idea behind universal basic income, or UBI. With England’s first UBI pilot programme now underway, Aaron talks to Will […]
7/11/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds
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BBC in Unnamed Host Sex Pics Scandal, Labour Say Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

A new lawyer’s statement throws doubt on the Sun’s three day campaign against an unnamed BBC star. Plus: Labour give even more reasons to lower expectations of how transformative an incoming Starmer government would be; and the latest ‘civility in politics’ debate is the most ridiculous one yet. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
7/10/202358 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jenrick Is a Tory Villain, Teachers Strike Again in England

Teachers across England have walked out for their seventh nationwide strike action since February. Plus: Johnny Mercer has a terrible time trying to defend the Tories on the NHS; and the BBC apologies for a combative interview with former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
7/7/202358 minutes, 55 seconds
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Keir Starmer Heckled: “Stop Doing U-Turns!”, Govt Lose Court Case on Covid Inquiry

Labour leader Keir Starmer’s speech on education has been interrupted by climate activists demanding he stop making U-turns. We speak to one of the activists involved – Sophia Coningham from Green New Deal Rising. Plus: a landmark supreme court ruling might see police officers more held to account; and Sunak’s government have a bad day […]
7/6/202354 minutes
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NHS Facing Collapse for 75th Birthday, Govt Drop Key Climate Pledge

On the 75th anniversary of its founding, the NHS is on its knees. Plus: Sunak’s government have dropped a key climate pledge; Nick Ferrari gets triggered by a pro-Palestine caller. With Michael Walker and Moya Lothian-Mclean.
7/5/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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Sunak Squirm In Front Of MPs, Labour Abstain On Anti-BDS Bill

Rishi Sunak has been grilled by MP in a session of the commons liaison committee. Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker break down the moments that matter. Plus: Labour abstain on the government’s anti-bids bill, and Sajid Javid says MPs pay should be doubled.
7/4/202353 minutes, 14 seconds
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Israel Raids West Bank, New Tory Group Have Awful Migration Plan

While Israel launches its biggest incursion into the west bank in twenty years, the UK government are bring an anti-BDS bill to parliament. We speak to Ben Jamal from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
7/3/202338 minutes, 3 seconds
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Downstream: Leaving London’s Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community w/ Izzy Posen

Izzy Posen grew up in London’s Hasidic Jewish community in Stamford Hill, receiving the bare minimum of secular education in a school that still practiced corporal punishment. Even with the strictures of this insular community, he developed an acute curiosity about the world, resulting in him teaching himself English and eventually leaving the community to […]
7/3/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tory Minister Resigns Blaming Sunak’s Climate Failure, Riots in France

Tory peer Zac Goldsmith has resigned from Rishi Sunak’s government, citing failures to tackle to tackle the climate crisis. However, Sunak has said he was dismissed for other reasons. Plus: France sees the third consecutive night of rioting after a teenager was shot by police; and Piers Morgan’s royalism gets torn apart on his own […]
6/30/202359 minutes, 9 seconds
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Braverman Humiliated Over Rwanda Scheme, Shocking Spycops Revelations

Suella Braverman’s Rwanda deportation policy has been ruled unlawful by the court of appeal. We speak to Sile Reynolds from Freedom From Torture who brought the case. Plus: the Spycops inquiry has released a new report highlighting shocking undercover tactics by Met police officers; and a new podcast is launching with fronted by centrist politicians […]
6/29/202358 minutes, 22 seconds
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Thames Water On Brink Of Collapse, Labour U-Turn On Rent Controls

Britain’s privatised water industry has reached new levels of failure with Thames Water on the brink of collapse. Plus: Labour make another U-turn – this time on rent controls; and Just Stop Oil invade the cricket at Lords. With Michael Walker and Mike Bankole.
6/28/202351 minutes, 53 seconds
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Matt Hancock Appears At Covid Inquiry, IMF Blame Corporate Greed

Former health secretary Matt Hancock has appeared before the Covid inquiry to give evidence. Plus: the IMF come out agreeing with the left on the cause of inflation; and Labour rule out universal free school meals. With Aaron Bastani and Moya Lothian-Mclean
6/27/202359 minutes, 15 seconds
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Labour Backslide Yet Again, Met Issue Another Apology Over Stephen Lawrence

The Met police have issued another apology over the murder of Stephen Lawrence after a BBC report has identified a new suspect. Plus: Labour have backslides on yet another policy; and Rishi Sunak’s interview with Laura Kuenssberg sees him as slippery as ever. With Ash Sarkar and Aaron Bastani.
6/26/20231 hour, 3 seconds
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Downstream: Can The Green Party Transform British Politics? w/ Zack Polanski

The Green Party of England and Wales has made extraordinary gains in the last two decades, especially in the last round of local elections. As well as its one MP – Caroline Lucas – the Greens are also the biggest party on several councils and have a majority on Mid Suffolk District Council. Aaron is […]
6/26/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 16 seconds
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ACFM Trip 34: The Outdoors

As the longest day arrives in the northern hemisphere, Jeremy, Nadia and Keir ponder our obsession with the great outdoors. How did parks become political? Why do we seek out the strenuous discomforts of hiking, camping and cold water? And what does Jem have against music festivals? They look back on a century of changing […]
6/25/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jeremy Hunt’s AWFUL Advice To Mortgage Holders, Sunak Rules Out Tax Cuts | #NovaraLIVE

As interest rates continue to skyrocket, Rishi Sunak has now ruled out tax cuts and public sector pay increases. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hunt is offering lacklustre advice to struggling mortgage. Plus, the Titan submersible implosion and Keir Starmer’s secret past as an ice cream outlaw. With Ash Sarkar and Mike Bankole.
6/23/202357 minutes, 55 seconds
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Sunak: “It’s Going To Be Ok, I’m On It!”

The Bank of England have increased their interest rate for the thirteenth time in a row. But it’s okay because Sunak says everything is fine. We speak to Fran Boait from Positive Money. Plus: Starmer’s Labour refuse to break ties with Mandelson despite damning new revelations; and the Telegraph are having a moral panic about […]
6/22/202354 minutes, 53 seconds
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Cost Of Living Just Got Worse, Barbican Apologise For Silencing Palestinians

Core Inflation has hit it’s highest level for 31 years and massive firms aren’t paying their workers the minimum wage. We discuss the cost of living crisis in Britain with James Meadway. Plus: the Barbican has been forced to apologise after cancelling an event discussing Palestinian liberation; and one year into the RMT’s dispute, Mick […]
6/21/202356 minutes, 27 seconds
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Britain’s Housing Nightmare, Braverman Wants More Stop & Search

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has refused to help mortgage holders with increased interest rates, saying that to do so would be “inflationary”. Plus: Online Misogynist Influencer Andrew Tate has been charged with sex trafficking; and The Sun attempt to thwart net zero climate efforts. With Michael Walker and Femi Nylander.
6/20/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sunak Misses Vote Sanctioning Johnson, Starmer Fleshes Out Green Plans

MPs are debating the privileges committee report into Boris Johnson and partygate, but Rishi Sunak is nowhere to be seen. Plus: Keir Starmer gives a speech setting out Labour’s plans for a greener future; and David Cameron appears to give evidence to the Covid inquiry. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
6/19/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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Downstream: How To Predict the Future w/ Peter Turchin

History is not just one thing after another. Historians spend lifetimes figuring out how X event in medieval France impacted Y event in 20th century Polynesia, but none of them have truly ‘done the math’ like this week’s guest. Coming from a background in applied mathematics, Peter Turchin has gathered an unprecedented amount of historical […]
6/19/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 28 seconds
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Boris Johnson’s New Job

Less than a week after resigning as an MP, Boris Johnson has a new cushty job as a Daily Mail columnist. Plus: Hundreds are missing and dozens dead after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean sea near Greece. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
6/16/202355 minutes, 58 seconds
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Liar Johnson Hit By Damning Report

Boris Johnson has been officially denounced as a liar in a privileges committee report into partygate. Plus: Abortion Laws in the UK are under scrutiny after a mother of three has been jailed; and former Labour MP and award winning actress Glenda Jackson has passed away. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Shon Faye.
6/15/202354 minutes, 32 seconds
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Novara FM: Let’s Go Outside

There are few ideas for addressing climate change more alluring than rewilding: the idea that nature, gently supported at first and then left more or less alone, might be able to heal itself and save us from our planetary woes at once. But even in such verdant visions of the future, the old question of […]
6/15/202357 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jeremy Hunt Says More Pain Ahead, NHS Doctors Walk-Out

Junior Doctors in the NHS have begun a 72-hour strike after they previously rejecting a 5% pay offer from the government. Plus: Jeremy Hunt says there’s more pain ahead for the UK economy and that interest rates will rise; and Labour disappoint many with a new announcement backtracking on childcare policy. With Michael Walker and […]
6/14/202350 minutes, 4 seconds
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Inquiry Into Shambolic Covid Response Begins, Hunt’s Austerity Delusion

The official inquiry into the government response to the Covid-19 pandemic has begun. Plus: Ofcom announce they will be assessing the situation with politicians presenting television news shows; and Nadine Dorries explains why she thinks she was blocked from becoming a peer. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
6/13/202359 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bye Bye Boris Johnson, the Arrest of Nicola Sturgeon

Boris Johnson has formally resigned as an MP following the findings of the privileges committee. Plus: Former Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon is arrested and released without charge; and Labour’s scandal around Jamie Driscoll drags on. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
6/12/202355 minutes, 30 seconds
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Downstream: The British Media Is Broken w/ Moya Lothian-McLean & Michael Walker

For a Downstream family special, Ash Sarkar is joined by Moya Lothian-McLean and Michael Walker – both contributing editors at Novara Media – to discuss their lives as journalists, the combustion of media companies Vice and gal-dem, the scandal surrounding Nick Cohen, and why Novara is taking on the mainstream media in the UK.
6/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 48 seconds
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Labour Waters Down Green New Deal Pledge

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has dropped a pledge of £28bn a year in green investment from day 1 of a Labour government. Plus: Noam Chomsky appears on Piers Morgan’s show to discuss China’s relations with the west over Taiwan; and Nadine Dorries sets the house on fire after not getting a peerage. With Michael Walker […]
6/9/202355 minutes, 37 seconds
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Novara FM: Wave of Automation w/ Aaron Benanev

We’re living through a rapid acceleration in AI capability, a development that feels as scary as it is stunning. At the end of 2020, James Butler was joined by writer and researcher Aaron Benanev, author of Automation and the Future of Work, to talk about the current wave of automation in the context of a long […]
6/9/20231 hour, 48 seconds
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Should Novara BUY The Telegraph? Caroline Lucas To Step Down

Owners of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph the Barclay Brothers are selling up due to financial woes. Should they have bought less avocados? Plus: Green MP Caroline Lucas has announced she will be stepping down; and New York City is hit by a toxic smog. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
6/8/202351 minutes, 13 seconds
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Covid Inquiry: Sunak’s Desperate Bid To Hide Johnson’s Messages

Rishi Sunak is still trying to keep whatsapp messages from the Covid Inquiry. What is he hiding? Plus: Starmerite MPs struggled to defend the farce around Jamie Driscoll’s treatment; and a whistleblower has claimed covert US programmes have UFO aircraft. With Michael Walker and James Meadway.
6/7/202354 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ukraine Hit By Floods After Dam Explosion, Sunak On Artificial Intelligence

Large parts of southern Ukraine are currently facing catastrophic flooding following the destruction of a hydroelectric dam. Plus: Rishi Sunak travels to Washington to discuss artificial intelligence with Joe Biden; and BBC Newsnight air a bizarre segment over Labour blocking Jamie Driscoll. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
6/6/202359 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Labour Mayor Blocked By Keir Starmer

After Labour blocked him from re-standing as North of Tyne Mayor, we speak to Jamie Driscoll about how he will respond. Plus: Will Stronge from Autonomy explains the first UBI trial in England; and Rishi Sunak is trying to claim a victory over his migration policies. With Michael Walker and Mike Bankole.
6/5/202352 minutes, 38 seconds
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Schofield BBC Interview, Will Labour Help Students & Graduates?

Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani discuss the Philip Schofield scandal, Labour’s offer to graduates, and Andy Burnham’s call for PR.
6/2/202355 minutes, 27 seconds
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Labour MP Suspended, Tory Group Want to Scrap Inheritance Tax

Labour MP Geraint Davies has been suspended after sexual harassment allegations have come to light. Plus: a group of Tory MPs want to scrap inheritance tax entirely; and a homeless shelter in east London has been raided by riot police. With Aaron Bastani and Barnaby Raine.
6/1/202346 minutes, 10 seconds
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Novara FM: The Mute Compulsion of Capitalism w/ Søren Mau

Capitalism’s power over us can feel mysterious, abstract. Not only is it baffling that a system rocked by crises can be so robust, but the terms used to describe it in Marxism can also be convoluted. Søren Mau, a young communist philosopher from Denmark, has set out to solve both problems: cutting a clean path […]
6/1/202355 minutes, 46 seconds
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Rail Strikes Hit England, Sunak Weighs In On AI Warning, Disability Benefit Shocker

Rail strikes have again hit services across England, with ASLEF and RMT unions taking industrial action over pay, job security and passenger safety. Plus: a shocking story about the DWP rejected disability benefit claims; and artificial intelligence experts have delivered their strongest warning yet about the developing technology. With Richard Hames and Ash Sarkar.
5/31/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Media Cover-Ups: Nick Cohen’s Sexual Misconduct & The Philip Schofield Scandal

Accusations of cover ups at ITV and the Guardian – is British media finally undergoing its #MeToo moment? Plus: surprise! The government hasn’t handed over Boris Johnson’s unredacted WhatsApps. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Shon Faye.
5/30/202342 minutes, 13 seconds
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Are Food Price Caps Coming For Britain?

Rishi Sunak is reportedly drawing up plans to introduce price caps for basic foods. We speak to James Meadway about what this means. Plus: the Met police have announced they will stop answering mental health calls; and Labour announce a great policy on fossil fuels. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Dalia Gebrial.
5/29/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Downstream: How Corporations Control the Government w/ Matt Kennard

Many people would agree that corporations have undue influence over our democracies. But exactly how this influence is exerted is tricky to work out – and that is by design. Behind innocuous-sounding acronyms and worthy-sounding trade agreements are the real cogs that allow the global corporate machine to corrupt societies. Our guest this week Matt […]
5/29/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 44 seconds
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Drakeford Slams UK Government, Clueless Hunt Says More Economic Pain ‘Acceptable’

Jeremy Hunt has said he would find a recession “acceptable” in order to fight inflation. Plus: Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford has slammed the UK government in the wake of riots in Cardiff; and a London borough council has become the first local authority to role out a particular transformative policy for young people for […]
5/26/202353 minutes, 55 seconds
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Robert Jenrick Exposes Tory Agenda on Migration

Net migration to the UK has hit another record level, but are record migration figures really a cause for concern? Plus: will the new Ofgem energy cap lower your bills? And does Ron DeSantis stand a chance at being the Republican nominee for US president? With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Mike Bankole.
5/25/202345 minutes, 51 seconds
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Novara FM: Palestine as Showroom

Israel needs friends. And one of the main tools it has used to get them is its arms industry. The 10th biggest in the world, it increasingly specialises in the kind of digital surveillance technology European governments love to pretend they never use. Such powerful technology has not only forced many of its former adversaries […]
5/25/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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Boris Johnson Under Fire Again, Police Give Statement After Cardiff Riots

Boris Johnson is back in the spotlight after new claims he broke lockdown rules whilst he was prime minister. Plus: the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission is under investigation for transphobia; and South Wales Police give a statement outlining the events that led to the death of two teenage boys in Cardiff, […]
5/24/202355 minutes, 16 seconds
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Braverman In Yet ANOTHER Scandal, Riots In Cardiff See Cars Ablaze

Home secretary Suella Braverman is finding herself in yet another scandal – this time over undeclared links she has to Rwanda. Plus: Chaotic scenes as Fossil Fuel giant Shell see their AGM disrupted by climate protestors; and the government are trying to make British rail travel even more worse. With Aaron Bastani and Barnaby Raine.
5/23/202339 minutes, 38 seconds
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Suella Braverman In Another Scandal, Lula’s Comments On Ukraine War

Home secretary Suella Braverman is facing questions over whether she broke the ministerial code in her handling of a speeding offence. Plus: Just Stop Oil receive a surprising new backer; and Lula’s appearance at the G7 sparks debate over the Ukraine war. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
5/22/202354 minutes, 59 seconds
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Downstream: God-Like AI Is Closer Than You Think w/ Ian Hogarth

Ian Hogarth has invested in more than 50 artificial intelligence companies and is co-author of the annual State of AI report. And he’s worried. Not only about the disruptive consequences of machine learning for human employment, but about the potential rise of an ‘AGI’: artificial general intelligence. For Hogarth, the prospect of a machine able […]
5/22/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 59 seconds
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Starmer Leaves Black Labour MPs Scared of Losing Whip

Black MPs have told Channel 4 News they’re too scared to speak out about racism for fear of losing the Labour whip. What the hell is going on in Keir Starmer’s party? Plus: a viral video shows Just Stop Oil protestors assaulted; and Matt Hancock insists he is a human being. With Michael Walker and […]
5/19/202356 minutes, 3 seconds
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We’re All Being Screwed By Water Companies, Corbyn Gets Good News

Water companies have issued an apology over sewage dumping and announced higher consumer bills will pay for infrastructure improvements. Plus: BT have announced tens of thousands of job cuts and are set to replace a fifth of them with artificial intelligence; the cost of living crisis continues, but Tory MP Brendan Clarke Smith has the […]
5/18/202345 minutes, 47 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Sitcoms At Work

After last week’s look at the politics of comedy, this time the gang turn to the gogglebox for a Microdose about sitcoms. Specifically, we’re watching comedy shows set in the workplace – from shoddy B&Bs to big-box superstores, from Wernham Hogg to Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. What lies beyond the double entendres and cheap sexism […]
5/18/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rent Reform Finally on the Horizon, 1.5C Warming Now Inevitable

Michael Gove has finally announced reforms he says will protect renters from dodgy landlords. Is it good enough? Plus: 1.5C of warming to global temperatures is now inevitable according to climate scientists and record temperatures are almost guaranteed over the next five years. We speak to Climate scientist Ella Gilbert. With Michael Walker and Dalia […]
5/17/202350 minutes, 30 seconds
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Novara FM: Tout Le Monde Déteste La Police

The French left is in its most explosive state for a generation. In response to the pension reforms pushed through by Emmanuel Macron’s government, the Yellow Vests, unions, students and environmentalists alike are linking up their struggles. The tactical vocabulary has expanded: strikes and official protests have been supplemented by blockades, ‘wild demonstrations’ and power […]
5/17/202344 minutes, 56 seconds
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Gove & Fascism at Shambolic National Conservatism Conference

The second day of the National Conservatism conference has seen eyebrow raising speeches from Douglas Murray and warm words about the event from Michael Gove. Plus: A record number of people are out of work due to long-term illness; and how should online misogyny be tackled? With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Ash Sarkar.
5/16/20231 hour
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Suella Braverman’s Immigration Agenda, Turkey’s Presidential Election

Suella Braverman has used the brand new National Conservatism conference to bash her own immigration policies. Will the move wash? Plus: Keir Starmer says he doesn’t care if he sounds Conservative; and we speak to Cihan Tugal about the initial results of the Turkish presidential election. With Michael Walker and Kim McIntosh.
5/15/202358 minutes, 49 seconds
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ACFM Trip 33: Comedy

What’s the point of comedy? Stand-ups were at the forefront of the cultural backlash against Thatcherism, but today’s meme-driven lols are rarely in the service of left-wing politics. Meanwhile, the world’s most powerful people seem intent on having a laugh, from podcasting politicians to presidential comedians. In this Trip, Jeremy Gilbert, Nadia Idle and Keir […]
5/14/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 34 seconds
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Starmer Says UK Migration System Is “Broken”

Keir Starmer has said the UK migration system is “broken” after new figures have predicted net migration could have been nearly a million in 2022.  Plus: Alastair Campbell goes nuclear on Newsnight; and Ash Sarkar drops truth bombs on BBC Question Time. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
5/12/202359 minutes, 38 seconds
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Novara Live: Tory Brexit Headbangers Turn On Badenoch & Sunak

Kemi Badenoch has taken heat from Brexit headbangers after confirming the government won’t be repealing all EU laws by the end of the year. Plus: The Bank of England raise interest rates yet again; and CNN conduct a town hall debate with Donald Trump. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
5/11/202356 minutes, 3 seconds
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Novara Live: Another Met Police Shocker

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked the government for their awful migration policies, but home secretary Suella Braverman is pushing ahead. Plus: James O’Brien gets it wrong again; and Piers Morgan is in hot water after the high court hears he knew about phone hacking at the mirror group. With Michael Walker and Barnaby Raine.
5/10/202358 minutes, 10 seconds
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Novara Live: The Met’s Disgraceful Apology

After arresting peaceful protestors at the King’s coronation, the Met police have now issued an apology. Plus: the Tory government are due to house 500 migrants in a floating barge; and GB News get another OfCom complaint upheld. With Dalia Gebrial and Amardeep Singh Dhillon.
5/9/202351 minutes, 6 seconds
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Novara Live: Met Police In Yet Another Disgrace – Republicans Arrested At Coronation

The metropolitan police are again finding themselves amid scandal after arresting dozens of republican protestors at the King’s coronation. Plus: so-called ‘free speech defender’ Lee Anderson comes out against free speech, and will the Lib Dems prop-up a Labour minority government? With Ash Sarkar and Mike Bankole.
5/8/202357 minutes, 10 seconds
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Downstream: The Country Where Communism Almost Worked w/ Katja Hoyer

In 1990, the Berlin Wall came down and the experiment of communist East Germany came to an end. Yet for a while it was a successful project, raising living standards against massive odds and providing stability for the first time in half a century. So is it time to reassess Europe’s most wealthy, and advanced […]
5/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 54 seconds
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Novara Live: Sunak’s Tories Take A Beating

The 2023 local elections have seen the Conservatives losing hundreds of seats across England. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani analyse the results and what it means for Sunak’s government, Starmer’s Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens. Plus: the WHO say that Covid-19 is no longer an international health emergency, and Peter Hitchens takes on […]
5/5/202356 minutes, 49 seconds
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Novara Live: Voter ID Arrives In England

New laws brought in by the Tories have seen ID requirements appear for the first time in English local elections. Plus: David Starkey makes more shocking and racist comments on GB News, and another oil and gas giant record enormous profits. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Ash Sarkar.
5/4/202354 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara FM: Much More Freedom Is Necessary W/ Sophie K. Rosa

Despite the gains won by a century of feminism, the conveyor belt of normie life still pushes us towards the nuclear family and the picket fence. We can sense that our freedom is still limited by our material conditions – the prohibitive cost of housing, for instance – but is it also limited by our lack […]
5/4/202356 minutes, 53 seconds
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Downstream: How the Media Lies About Palestine w/ Mohammed el-Kurd

Palestinians don’t often get to tell their own stories, and on the rare occasion they do it’s on highly limited terms. Ash Sarkar speaks to writer and poet Mohammed el-Kurd, Palestine correspondent for The Nation, about growing up in occupied territory and why journalists fail to tell the truth about Israel.
5/3/20231 hour, 27 seconds
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Norava Live: Slippery Starmer Ditches Another Pledge

Keir Starmer has broken yet another of his 10 pledges made when he was running for Labour leader. Plus: Briton’s are being told to swear an oath to the king; and BP see yet more record profits. With Aaron Bastani and Barnaby Raine.
5/2/202355 minutes, 48 seconds
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Novara Live: Tory Stooge Richard Sharp RESIGNS As BBC Chair

Richard Sharp has resigned as BBC chair after failing to declare that he had helped facilitate a loan for Boris Johnson, the then Prime Minister who appointed him. Plus: we speak to David Broder about Giorgia Meloni – the far-right leader of Italy who has visited Rishi Sunak. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
4/28/202358 minutes, 26 seconds
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Novara Live: Starmer’s Labour Still Defending Gambling Donations, RCN Strike Cut in Half

The long-awaited white paper covering regulation of the gambling industry has been published. Should Labour be accepting money from gambling giants? Plus: just how bad is the newly passed Public Order Bill? And the RCN lose a court case to the government, halving the length of their upcoming industrial action. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Shon […]
4/27/202350 minutes, 44 seconds
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Novara FM: Atomic Split w/ Matthew T. Huber and Andrea Vetter

Since the 1950s, nuclear power has been met with a resounding “nein danke!” from many left-wing campaigners, even as it has become a fixture of the energy mix, powering 15% of the UK grid today – down from 25% in the 1990s. Supporters on the left say nuclear is a necessity if we stand a […]
4/27/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 30 seconds
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Novara Live: Tories Ramp up the Hate on Refugees, the Evacuation of Sudan

With the government’s illegal migration bill back in parliament, Tory ministers have been back on the airwaves stoking anti-migrant sentiment. Plus: we speak to Khalid Mustafa Medani about the conflict in Sudan. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
4/26/202359 minutes, 47 seconds
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Novara Live: Tory Sewage Scandal Continues, Gullis Blames Covid For No Dentists

Britain is in the grip of a dentistry crisis, with millions of people unable to receive dental care. Plus: the Tory sewage scandal continues; and Joe Biden announces his candidacy for reelection. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
4/25/202347 minutes, 36 seconds
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Downstream: Is the World Really Run by a ‘Leftist Elite?’ w/ Matthew Goodwin

Everyone rails against the elite, but who are they? The left would say it’s the billionaires, the media barons, the oil tycoons, and the 1% – those who control our economy, our housing, and basic necessities. However, the right increasingly insists on the existence of a “new elite” of woke corporations, “social justice warrior” celebrities, […]
4/25/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 34 seconds
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Novara Live: Diane Abbott’s Suspension, Extinction Rebellion’s Ultimatum

Diane Abbott has had the Labour whip suspension following a letter sent to the Observer that has been branded antisemitic. Plus: Tucker Carlson is out from Fox News; and we speak to Extinction Rebellion about their set of demands they have put to the government. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
4/24/202354 minutes, 23 seconds
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Novara Live: Raab Resigns, Extinction Rebellion’s “Big One”

Dominic Raab has lashed out at civil servants after resigning for bullying them. Plus: Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket explodes four minutes into flight, and we speak to Extinction Rebellion about their four days of action dubbed “the big one”. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
4/21/202354 minutes, 55 seconds
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Novara FM: How to Blow Up The Box Office w/ Jordan Sjol

What if Das Kapital was made into a Marvel movie, with a team of workers fighting the supervillain ‘Capital’? Or if Silvia Federici’s Wages Against Housework had been a kitchen sink drama? That’s roughly the proposition of How to Blow Up a Pipeline, a slick new action movie based on Andreas Malm’s 2021 polemic. Heeding […]
4/21/202359 minutes, 10 seconds
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Novara Live: Raab On The Ropes, Women’s Institute Message To Transphobes

Dominic Raab’s future is on the line as Rishi Sunak is delivered a report into bullying allegations. Plus: how much are we paying for the coronation of King Charles? And Labour MPs Lisa Nandy and John McDonnell clash on TV over Labour’s attack ads. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.
4/20/202356 minutes, 25 seconds
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Novara Live: UK Has Worst Inflation in G7, the Latest Scandal Housing Scandal

Inflation is still high, food prices have rocketed, and Britain looks like the sick man of Europe. We speak to economist James Meadway. Plus: In the US, the blockbuster trial between Fox News and Dominion is settled, and the Daily Mail go after a student doctor for ridiculous reasons. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
4/19/202356 minutes
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Novara Live: SNP Treasurer Arrested, JSO’s Big Break Into The Media Cycle

The SNP’s treasurer Colin Beattie has been arrested amidst an investigation into the party’s finances. Plus, Just Stop Oil activists disrupt the World Snooker Championship and Ofgem still won’t ban prepayment meters. With Aaron Bastani and Barnaby Raine.
4/18/202350 minutes, 18 seconds
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Novara Live: Rishi Sunak Under Investigation, Nurses Strike With Dave Carr

Has Rishi Sunak’s flagship maths policy been a massive miscalculation? Plus an ethics investigation into the prime minister, maternity mortality rates and more nurses strikes loom. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Dave Carr.
4/17/202358 minutes, 4 seconds
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Novara Live: Fresh Nurses Strikes After Pay Offer Rejected, Pentagon Leaks Suspect Arrested

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to reject the government’s latest pay offer, defying the advice of union leaders. Plus, the FBI have arrested a 21-year-old national air guardsman on suspicion of leaking classified Pentagon documents and Keir Starmer faces an expenses scandal. With Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar.
4/14/202353 minutes, 58 seconds
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Novara FM: Eat Sleep Protest Repeat

What’s it going to take to save the planet? After another year of extreme temperatures and limp promises, climate activists are at a strategic crossroads. Extinction Rebellion has declared a shift away from disruptive tactics. Splinter groups like Just Stop Oil remain committed to direct action, even at huge personal cost. And in Germany, the […]
4/14/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 34 seconds
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Novara Live: Sunak Won’t Rule Out Return of Johnson, French Protestors Storm Luxury Store

Rishi Sunak has refused to rule out the return of Boris Johnson to cabinet. Plus: French protesters destroy a luxury store owned by the world’s richest man. With Moya Lothian-Mclean and Shon Faye.
4/13/202342 minutes, 35 seconds
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Novara Live: Joe Biden Speaks In Northern Ireland, Liz Truss’s Bizarre Speech

As Joe Biden visits Northern Ireland to commemorate the Good Friday Agreement, we speak to Sarah Creighton about its legacy, and the current strains on peace. Plus: former prime minister Liz Truss gives a bizarre speech in Washington; and we speak to Dr Parth Patel on the junior doctors strike. With Michael Walker and Dalia […]
4/12/202349 minutes, 39 seconds
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Novara Live: Steve Barclay Refuses to Stop Junior Doctors’ Strike

Junior doctors are on strike, but Health Secretary Steve Barclay says he isn’t prepared to negotiate. Plus, CBI boss Tony Danker has been sacked amid allegations of misconduct. With Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar.
4/11/202359 minutes, 41 seconds
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Novara Live: Keir Starmer Doubles Down, Elon Musk Vs BBC Again

Keir Starmer has doubled down on his misleading Tory attack ad and “tough on crime” rhetoric. Will it pay off for Labour? Plus: Elon Musk winds up the BBC; and a new research project has found ethnic and religious minorities in the UK are experiencing “strikingly high” levels of abuse. With Michael Walker and Mike […]
4/10/202350 minutes, 16 seconds
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Downstream: How We Ended Up With The Worst Media In The World w/ Ash Sarkar and Aaron Bastani

In The UK, the last few decades have shown the steepest decline in trust in the media globally, second only to Egypt. How did we get here? Is it as simple as Rupert Murdoch wielding his malice more fervently here then elsewhere? Or are there insidious cultural factors that meant our newspapers, and increasingly our […]
4/9/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds
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Novara Live: Labour Meet The Tories In The Gutter, BBC Bias On Palestine

In the leadup to the local elections, Labour have joined the Tories in the gutter. Plus, Mohammed El-Kurd exposes pro-Israel bias on the BBC and a Nike ad campaign sends transphobes into a tailspin. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
4/7/202358 minutes, 4 seconds
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Novara Live: 500 Asylum Seekers To Be “Imprisoned” On Barge, More Allegations Against CBI Boss

Aaron and Barnaby Raine discuss why refugees are becoming prisoners, the CBI scandal, a Tory MP media sting, and transphobes attacking Harry Potter’s girlfriend.
4/7/202359 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara Live: Sturgeon’s Husband Arrested, Exclusive Interview With The Palestinian Ambassador

Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell has been arrested following an investigation into the SNP’s finances. Plus, Michael Walker speaks to Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot about the storming of the Al-Asqa Mosque by Israeli police.
4/5/202358 minutes, 23 seconds
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A Message From Michael…

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4/5/20231 minute, 18 seconds
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On The Frontiers of Deviance w/ Sita Balani

If we don’t believe that race is a scientific fact, why can’t we shake it off? The answer, according to Sita Balani, a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, has to do with how race is made through sexuality, and sexuality through race – like the two sides of a Möbius strip. Drawing on […]
4/5/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 5 seconds
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Novara Live: Social Care Budget Slashed

The government has now halved the amount it says it will invest in care workers and Donald Trump is appearing in court. Plus, Moya and Ash discuss whether the government’s new plan for tackling water pollution – and wet wipes – be enough to clean up Britain’s rivers.
4/4/202358 minutes, 51 seconds
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Novara Live: Teachers Reject Government’s Pay Offer, Braverman in Car Crash Interview

Teachers have voted against accepting an “insulting” pay offer and the government is blaming police failures on woke culture. Plus, Braverman is humiliated in an interview with Laura Kuenssberg. With Michael Walker and Kim Mcintosh.
4/3/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Downstream: The Housing Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think w/ Vicky Spratt

Vicky Spratt is a London-based journalist and campaigner who writes on housing and the rental crisis. Her book Tenants is out now with Profile Books.
4/3/20231 hour, 33 minutes, 16 seconds
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Novara Live: Trump Indicted, Awful April

Donald Trump has been indicted. Michael and Aaron discuss whether this could backfire for the Democrats. Plus, upcoming council tax and utility bill hikes have been dubbed “Awful April” and Elon Musk is now the most followed person on Twitter.
3/31/202358 minutes, 8 seconds
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Novara Live: Government’s Climate Strategy

The UK’s disappointing new climate strategy contains no new commitments to government spending. Plus, the Chris Kaba case has been referred to the CPS, a right-wing think tank is spreading anti-trans propaganda and a new poll reveals 25% of private tenants are afraid to ask their landlord for repairs. With Moya Lothian-McLean and Shon Faye.
3/30/202357 minutes, 57 seconds
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Novara Live: Home Offices Announces “Prison Ships” Plan, NHS Satisfaction Hits Record Low

The Tories’ latest plan for asylum seekers is to house them on barges. Can this government get any lower? Plus, public satisfaction with the NHS hits an all time low and we discuss whether Jeremy Corbyn should run as an independent candidate.
3/29/20231 hour
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Novara FM: Planet Of The Cops w/ William I. Robinson

The world is drowning in cops. From uniformed guards in supermarkets to private security contractors in war zones, policing is increasingly being carried out by companies, not states. Who are they protecting? William I. Robinson, professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, believes that the root of global over-policing is what he […]
3/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 6 seconds
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Novara Live: Ed Miliband Throws Jeremy Corbyn Under The Bus

Labour has officially banned Jeremy Corbyn from standing as party candidate with Ed Miliband backing the suspension. Plus, food inflation hits an all-time high, Royal Mail bosses threaten insolvency and a damning report reveals structural racism in Britain’s newsrooms. With Aaron Bastani and Maurice Mcleod.
3/28/202349 minutes, 45 seconds
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Novara Live: Rishi Sunak Gets Tough On Petty Crime, Humza Yousaf Elected SNP Leader

Rishi Sunak is getting tough on petty crime. In the middle of a historic cost of living crisis, why are politicians obsessing over laughing gas? Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss. Plus, Humza Yousaf is elected SNP leader and Matt Hancock asks a fake company to pay him £10,000 a day.
3/27/202359 minutes, 35 seconds
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Downstream: We Must Ban Private Schools w/ Richard Beard

Britain is unique in the way that public schools (that’s private schools to anyone outside of Britain) have a stranglehold on the establishment. Alumni of these schools are massively overrepresented in the upper echelons of society – so is it any wonder that the media, the judicial system and the political class treat normal people […]
3/26/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 49 seconds
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Novara Live: Starmer Quotes Thatcher, Tories’ Dodgy Israel Deal

Starmer embraces his cop energy in his latest speech and the Bank of England hike interest rates yet again. Plus, Johnson’s media sycophants and Sunak’s dodgy deal with Israel’s right-wing. With Michael Walker and Barnaby Raine.
3/23/20231 hour, 1 second
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Novara FM: The Long, Long Arm of the Law w/ Mark Neocleous

In the wake of another report depicting the Metropolitan Police as institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic, the idea of reform seems increasingly futile. Can the police ever be held to account? This week on Novara FM, we’re republishing James Butler’s conversation with Mark Neocleous, Professor of the Critique of Political Economy at Brunel University. Through […]
3/23/20231 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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Novara Live: Boris Johnson Faces Evidence Committee, Sunak’s Windsor Framework Survives First Test

Did Boris Johnson’s three-hour grilling finally end his career? Michael Walker and Maurice Mcleod discuss. Plus, Louise Casey weighs in on responses to her Metropolitan Police report and Sunak releases his tax returns.
3/22/202355 minutes, 43 seconds
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Novara Live: Another Damning Met Police Report, IPCC Sounds the Climate Alarm

An investigation led by Baroness Louise Casey has declared the Met to be institutionally racist, sexist and homophobic. Plus, we speak to activist Mikaela Loach about the latest IPCC report and Partygate makes a comeback. With Dalia Gebrial, Michael Walker and Ife Thompson.
3/21/202354 minutes, 52 seconds
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Novara Live: Emmanuel Macron Faces No Confidence Vote

Protests have erupted across France as Macron faces a no-confidence vote. Meanwhile in the UK, the RMT have accepted a pay deal from Network Rail. Plus, Suella Braverman visits Rwanda and the SNP’s finances are under scrutiny. With Moya Lothian-McLean and Ash Sarkar
3/20/202359 minutes, 41 seconds
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Downstream: Billions Will Die If They Don’t Listen To Us w/ Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam was released from jail a few weeks before this interview. He was held on remand for 109 days after being charged with ‘conspiracy to cause a public nuisance’ – simply for giving a speech. He has been part of some of the most influential activist groups of the last few years including Extinction […]
3/20/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 17 seconds
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Novara Live: Arrest Warrant Issued For Vladimir Putin, How Do Strikes End?

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani the significance of this move. Plus, UN inspector says Bush and Blair should be tried at the Hague and new Labour Files revelations.
3/17/202357 minutes, 44 seconds
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Novara Live: Unite Reject the Tories’ NHS Pay Deal, Hunt’s Budget for the 1% Slammed

Unite’s general secretary Sharon Graham has announced the union will not be recommending their members accept the government’s new 5% pay offer to NHS workers. Plus: more reaction to Jeremy Hunt’s budget for the 1%; and Mick Lynch once again runs rings around the British media. With Moya Lothian-McLean and Shon Faye.
3/16/202346 minutes, 10 seconds
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Novara Live: Jeremy Hunt’s Budget Explained, Massive Day of Strikes

Jeremy Hunt’s budget promised changes to childcare, tax allowances and disability benefit. We’ll ask Miatta Fahnbulleh to explain it all, and assess Labour’s response. Plus, half a million workers go on strike and leaked communications reveal Downing Street’s influence on the BBC. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial.
3/15/202354 minutes, 58 seconds
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Novara FM: Infrastructure for the End of the World w/ Laleh Khalili

A train derails, spilling its toxic cargo over a rust belt town. Unknown saboteurs blow up a critical undersea pipeline. A hydroelectric dam raises the risk of nuclear war. In short, infrastructure is always political, as the academic Laleh Khalili urgently reminds us in her writing. If the world operates as it does because of […]
3/15/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 32 seconds
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Novara Live: Braverman Bill Gets Overwhelming Tory Backing

Suella Braverman’s Illegal Migration Bill passed its second reading in the house of commons without a single Tory voting against it. Plus, new data reveals the shocking scale of allegations of police violence towards women and the UK government pours money into Australian submarines. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
3/14/202356 minutes, 59 seconds
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Novara Live: The BBC’s Humiliating Own Goal, Junior Doctors on Strike

The BBC has been humiliated in its stand off with Gary Lineker. Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss what his victory means. Plus, junior doctors go on strike and Fiona Bruce leaves charity after Question Time blunder.
3/13/202359 minutes, 25 seconds
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Downstream: We Are on a Path Towards Authoritarianism w/ Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is one of the most prominent political journalists in the US. He talks to Aaron Bastani about the challenges facing the world today: authoritarianism, the role of media in shaping public opinion, and the need for a more equitable society. His new book, “Win Every Argument” is out now.
3/13/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 47 seconds
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ACFM Trip 32: Myth

From the epic of Gilgamesh to the archetypes of Carl Jung, the mysterious power of myth is at hand. Is Genesis as mythical as Oedipus? How did the fantasy of Brexit become a reality? And what stories underpin the emerging theory of Gilbertism? In this Trip, Jeremy, Nadia and Keir explore the alternate realities created […]
3/12/20231 hour, 31 minutes, 56 seconds
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Novara Live: BBC In Meltdown Over Gary Lineker

In a dramatic U-Turn the BBC are taking Gary Lineker off air over a tweet – and now even David Attenborough shows are under threat. Is no-one safe from the tyranny of cancel culture at the BBC? Plus: new theories about the Nordstream pipeline explosion emerge; and Sunak meets with Macron over channel crossings. With […]
3/10/202357 minutes, 12 seconds
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Novara Live: Braverman’s Bill Receives Support From European Far-Right

Suella Braverman’s illegal migration bill has received support from European far-right leaders. Plus: the Tories promoting a new moral panic around sex education in schools; and how much money has GB News lost in a year? With Moya Lothian-McLean and Ash Sarkar.
3/9/202352 minutes, 53 seconds
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Novara Live: Braverman Is Lying About Her Migration Bill

Suella Braverman has been out on the airwaves promoting her new immigration bill, and she couldn’t stop lying. We speak to asylum and immigration expert Lou Calvey. Plus: the first televised SNP leadership debate sees harsh attacks between the candidates; and the newsagents podcast reveals the truth about BBC bias. With Michael Walker and Dalia […]
3/8/202355 minutes, 1 second
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Novara Live: Suella Braverman’s Migration Bill Branded “New Low” For Tories

Suella Braverman has outlined the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill in Parliament, while Rishi Sunak has given a speech about boat crossings. But can the government’s plans work, and are they even legal? Plus: Matt Hancock contemplated pulling a learning disability hub to discipline a dissenting backbencher, Mike Gapes rejoins the Labour party and Elon Musk […]
3/7/202355 minutes, 27 seconds
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Novara Live: Rishi Sunak’s Gross Immigration Bill

Rishi Sunak has announced plans to ban asylum seekers crossing the channel from ever getting the right to stay in Britain. It’s against international law, but can he get away with it? Plus: A crisis lawyer supposedly hired by Matt Hancock has a car-crash moment; and Boris Johnson has decided to knight his father. With […]
3/6/202352 minutes, 22 seconds
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Downstream: The Truth About Snowflakes w/ Ash Sarkar, Aaron Bastani and Dalia Gebrial

The media is awash with allegations of censorship. The works of Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming have been combed through to rid them of offensive tropes and language. Who is this seemingly gratuitous raft of cultural editing in service of? A lot of the media will have you believe that it’s the ‘snowflake’. The younger […]
3/6/20232 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds
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Novara Live: Partygate Probe Corners Johnson

Boris Johnson is in the dock again with the privileges committee publishing their interim findings on partygate. Plus: Lee Anderson comes out with another terrible take on refugees; and the inquiry into the manchester arena bombing releases its report. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani.
3/3/202359 minutes, 33 seconds
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Novara Live: Tories Slag Off Teachers

Does Gavin Williamson hate teachers? And is the menopause ‘leftwing’? According to Kemi Badenoch… perhaps. With Moya Lothian-McLean and Shon Faye. If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this episode contact Samaritans: 116132 | www.samaritans.org
3/2/202343 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara Live: Hancock Faces Covid Allegations After His Whatsapp Leaked

Was Matt Hancock giving a journalist all of his WhatsApp messages the stupidest move in modern political history? And what do the leaks show about the government’s Covid response? Plus: Brexiteers want your pity now that they have got what they want; and a new row has broken out about shoddy BBC journalism. With Michael […]
3/1/202359 minutes, 15 seconds
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Novara Live: A&E Waits Causing Thousands Of Deaths

Now that Rishi Sunak has announced his Northern Ireland deal with the EU, he has to sell it to MPs – most of all the DUP and his own backbenchers. Plus: A&E waiting times are being linked to thousands of deaths; and a Novara Media exclusive explores how bailiffs are cosplaying as police officers.
2/28/202358 minutes, 36 seconds
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Novara Live: Sunak Announces Northern Ireland Deal

Rishi Sunak has brokered a deal with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. What will it mean for the people of Northern Ireland? Plus: dozens have died after a boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean; and Ofgem announce the new energy price cap.
2/28/202355 minutes, 17 seconds
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Downstream: The Big Con w/ Mariana Mazzucato

The management consultancy industry is worth around a trillion dollars, yet few people on the street could tell you what all that money is for. Much of it is spent by governments, with the UK leading the charge. A huge range of services are contracted out to these huge, opaque companies. And in the long […]
2/28/202351 minutes, 27 seconds
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Novara Live: The Ukraine War 1 Year On

Michael Walker looks back at the Russian invasion of Ukraine, featuring interviews with Taras Fiderko and Anatol Lieven. Plus: Bernie Sanders is in the UK – but shadow health secretary Wes Streeting isn’t impressed. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: novaramedia.com/support
2/24/202355 minutes, 24 seconds
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Novara Live: How Undercover Cops Ruined Lives

Keir Starmer has dropped the ten pledges he made in his Labour leadership election and replaced them with five totally different missions. But why should we trust him to stick to them this time around? With Michael Walker and Sam Bright. Read more from Tom Fowler on spycops here: https://spycops.info
2/23/202355 minutes, 38 seconds
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Novara Live: Shamima Begum Loses Appeal

A judge has ruled that the revocation of Shamima Begum’s British citizenship was lawful. Will the UK get away with absolving ourselves of a problem Britain created? Plus: Britain’s banks are making record-breaking profits; and new voter ID laws are impacting Britain’s democracy. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
2/22/202353 minutes, 46 seconds
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Novara FM: Liberty, Democracy, Piracy w/ Marcus Rediker

What was the Enlightenment? A time of wigs, books and noble thoughts? Or was it a little more swashbuckling than that, and perhaps wearing an eye patch? The final book by David Graeber is concerned with pirates and their lives: nasty, brutish and short, for sure – but also free and strikingly egalitarian. In Pirate Enlightenment, […]
2/22/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 51 seconds
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Novara Live: How the Media Harassed Nicola Bulley’s Family

Social media has been criticised for its frenzied reaction to the disappearance of Nicola Bulley, but was legacy media much better? Plus: Kate Forbes car crash campaign continues; a 4 day week trial seems promising; & Matt Hancock is now selling… NFTs. With Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker.
2/21/202349 minutes, 1 second
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Novara Live: SNP Election Shapes Up

The race to replace Nicola Sturgeon as SNP leader and Scotland’s first minister is narrowing. Do the candidates remaining mean the party will shift to the right? We speak to Hamish Morrison from The National. Plus: Emily Thornberry’s guardian interview paints a labour party that aren’t excited about gaining power; and Penny Mordaunt delivers more […]
2/20/202351 minutes, 7 seconds
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Downstream: Britain Is Being Scammed by Landlords w/ Michael Walker

Britain is in the grip of a generation-defining housing crisis. Private renters are being forced more and more into living in accommodation of a lower and lower standard – that’s if they can find somewhere to live in the first place. To discuss the problem, and how it can be fixed, Aaron Bastani is joined […]
2/20/20231 hour, 32 minutes, 16 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Strikes On Screen

The ACFM groupmind went into overdrive on last week’s Trip, a wide-ranging conversation about the long and violent history of strikes. This time, Nadia, Jem and Keir take a closer look at cultural representations of worker organisation – that is to say, they sat themselves down with a huge stack of old movies and an […]
2/19/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 1 second
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Novara Live: Starmer’s Dodgy MP Candidates

Keir Starmer blocked top left wing talent, and let through right wing liabilities. Plus: the labour right go on a incestuous media tour; why the spy balloon wars are ridiculous. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: novaramedia.com/support
2/17/202357 minutes, 55 seconds
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Novara Live: Who Will Replace Nicola Sturgeon?

With Nicola Sturgeon resigning as First Minister, who will replace her as the next SNP leader? We go through the candidates in the running. Plus: Keir Starmer is a hypocrite according to former Labour Executive Director of Policy Andrew Fisher; Centrica announces record breaking profits amid a spike in energy prices. With Dalia Gebrial and […]
2/16/202348 minutes, 37 seconds
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Novara Live: Nicola Sturgeon Resigns

Nicola Sturgeon’s surprise resignation is a bombshell dropped on British politics. We speak to Laura Webster from The National, and Ross Greer from the Scottish Greens. Plus: Keir Starmer has banned Jeremy Corbyn from standing in the next general election; and Riley Quinn explains why the US might mint a trillion dollar coin. With Michael […]
2/15/202356 minutes, 25 seconds
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Novara Live: The Rise Of Sexlessness In The UK

Press censorship in India has reached the BBC. We speak to SOAS academic Subir Sinha about the fallout of raids on the British broadcaster and rising media repression by India’s ruling party. Plus: is declining sexual intimacy a political concern? And Lee Anderson outlines the 2024 Tory election strategy (spoiler: transphobia). With Moya Lothian-Mclean & […]
2/14/202356 minutes, 38 seconds
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Downstream: The Truth About Conspiracies w/ Nicky Woolf

From covering mass shootings as US Correspondent for The Guardian to investigating QAnon for a year for the podcast ‘Finding Q’, Nicky Woolf has been plumbing the grimmer depths of the American psyche for a long time. He joins Ash to discuss the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Making Nazis Afraid Again. You […]
2/14/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 7 seconds
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Novara Live: Trans Teenager Killed

The shocking killing of Brianna Ghey has put a spotlight on transphobia in Britain. We speak to journalist Ugla Stefania about the significance of the tragedy, and the hostile environment transgender people face. Plus: a racist riot takes place outside a hotel housing asylum seekers in Knowsley; and we speak to Academic Cihan Tugal about […]
2/13/202349 minutes, 17 seconds
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Novara Live: RMT Rejects Latest Offer

The RMT have rejected their latest offer from Network Rail and train operators. We speak to a train driver and union rep. Plus: Seymour Hersh publishes claims that Biden ordered sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines and Nadine Dorries won’t stand again as MP. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
2/10/202357 minutes, 10 seconds
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Novara Live: Sturgeon’s SNP Lose Scotland ‘billions’ In Seabed Selloff

Have Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish government cost the country billions of pounds in a historically bad public asset sell off? With Moya Lothian-McLean and Ash Sarkar.
2/9/202335 minutes
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Novara Live: Zelensky Visits Britain

On Zelensky’s surprise visit to parliament he asked MPs to send Ukraine fighter jets. Should Britain send them? We speak to Luke Cooper. Plus: GB News faces more criticism for conspiracy theories; and a review of the government’s counter-terrorism programme prevent comes up with exactly the answers they wanted. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. […]
2/8/202351 minutes, 56 seconds
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Novara FM: Abolition Pending Revolution w/ Shanice McBean and Aviah Day

Are the police running out of excuses? Police wearing body cameras still kill unarmed Black people. Sexual violence remains rife after inquiries and exposés. As reforms fail, the case for much more than piecemeal change builds. But at the same time, capitalism seems to have run out of other ways to maintain social control. Real […]
2/8/202356 minutes, 41 seconds
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Novara Live: Rishi Sunak’s Reshuffle

As poor polls continue to plague the government, Rishi Sunak has attempted to gain control through a cabinet re-shuffle. That includes the promotion of controversial MP, Lee Anderson, to the position of Conservative party deputy chair. Plus: BBC Chairman Richard Sharp gets grilled by the culture committee over his financial relationship to Boris Johnson; BP […]
2/7/202343 minutes, 27 seconds
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Downstream: Why Britain Needs To Ditch the Monarchy w/ Graham Smith

With Charles’ coronation approaching, it’s time to scrutinise not just the man himself but the monarchy as an idea. Joining Aaron to explore all things royal – from how they fund their luxurious lifestyles to the ways they secretly exert political influence – is Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, a pressure group driven by a […]
2/7/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 58 seconds
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Novara Live: Biggest NHS Strike Ever

Today is the biggest strike day in NHS history with nurses and ambulance workers both going on strike. Plus: Liz Truss attempts to rewrite history over he disastrous premiership; and a former Israeli Prime Minister has suggested the West blocked a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine. We speak to Jacobin’s Branko Marcetic about what […]
2/6/202355 minutes, 55 seconds
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ACFM Trip 31: Strikes

In the midst of Britain’s biggest wave of industrial action in years, the gang turn their attention to the long and bloodied history of strikes. Who do we find on the picket line? Nadia, Keir and Jeremy explore a lineage that stretches back hundreds of years, from matchgirls to miners, from 1840s century Chartists to […]
2/5/20232 hours, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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TyskySour: Britain’s Energy Nightmare

From Shell’s record profits to British Gas breaking into poor peoples’ homes, energy companies are taking us all for a ride. Plus: Rishi Sunak is epicly unpopular 100 days into his premiership; and economists aren’t heeding Hunt’s calls for positivity about the British economy. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for […]
2/3/202348 minutes, 21 seconds
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TyskySour: Half A Million On Strike

500,000 public sector workers have taken part in the biggest strike action in a decade. Michael Walker speaks to Daniel Kebede from the NEU on why teachers are on strike, and to Dalia Gebrial about the significance of the day. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
2/1/202352 minutes, 46 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak’s NHS Pay Lies

Rishi Sunak has promised more beds and ambulances for the NHS, but until he pays NHS workers properly he’ll have no-one to staff them. Plus: Sunak desperately tries to claim decisive strength after finally sacking Nadhim Zahawi; and we speak to Dr Yara Hawari on further violence in Palestine. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. […]
1/30/202352 minutes, 34 seconds
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Downstream: Science Isn’t Truth w/ Adam Rutherford

One of the most powerful justifications for racism in the 20th century was eugenics. Based on pseudo-scientific certainties cherry-picked from the messy world of genetics and behaviour, belief in eugenics led to some of the most profound horrors humans have ever experienced. So why are so many aspects of race science coming back alive today? […]
1/30/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 42 seconds
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TyskySour: Hunt’s Economy Speech

Jeremy Hunt has today begged businesses and journalists to cheer up about the British economy. Can a positive attitude really save us all from 13 years of Tory-induced decline? Plus: Nadhim Zahawi gets slammed by everyone over his tax affairs; and Michael takes on a landlord. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
1/27/202355 minutes, 51 seconds
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TyskySour: Asylum Seeker Children Kidnapped

The Home Office has allowed hundreds of children seeking asylum to go missing. We speak to refugee and aslyum specialist Lou Calvey to find out what’s going on. Plus: the Richard Sharp scandal at the BBC gets worse; and Sunak faces yet more criticism over Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. […]
1/25/202359 minutes, 6 seconds
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TyskySour: Zahawi On The Ropes

Nadhim Zahawi’s political career is on the ropes, and Rishi Sunak is not enjoying a renewed focus on super-rich people who try and avoid tax. Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss the latest Tory scandals. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
1/23/202357 minutes, 37 seconds
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Downstream: The Sexual Marketplace w/ Annie Lord

Dating might seem a trivial subject in an era of rising inequality and climate crisis. But finding romantic love – or learning how to live without it – is a big part of all of our lives, and how that happens, from the rise of dating apps to the liberalisation of divorce, has been transformed […]
1/23/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 1 second
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TyskySour: Starmer At Davos

Keir Starmer has spent the week schmoozing big banks in Davos. Michael Walker & Aaron Bastani discuss his love affair with the world’s elites. Plus: Gary Stevenson calls out the Tories economic record; and Aaron Bastani talks at TED. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
1/20/202357 minutes, 19 seconds
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Novara FM: Havens in a Heartless World

The work that keeps us clean, fed, clothed and ready to go to work each day is known as social reproduction. Without this unwaged labour, capitalism would collapse. Yet the daily drudgery of cooking, cleaning and raising children is underpinned by our most sincere expressions of love and care. Writer and organiser Alva Gotby refers […]
1/19/202358 minutes, 1 second
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TyskySour: Nurses On Strike

Rishi Sunak’s deflections from the NHS crisis aren’t fooling anyone. On the day of another nurses strike, Michael Walker and Rivkah Brown discuss Britain’s Tory-created mess. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: novaramedia.com/support
1/18/202352 minutes, 22 seconds
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Downstream: Tories Don’t Think w/ Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens is something of an iconoclast. Among his colleagues on the right, the Mail on Sunday columnist stands out as a heterodox thinker – yet he’s perhaps one of the few who could be described as a genuine conservative. Aaron Bastani meets him to discuss his previous life as a Trotskyist and a Moscow […]
1/18/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second
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TyskySour: Anti-Strike Law Showdown

As MPs debate new strike laws – and trade unionists protest them – we ask a legal expert whether the government’s arguments for minimum service rules stack up. Plus: Sunak blocks the new Scottish gender reform; and another Met Police officer has admitted to countless horrific crimes. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support […]
1/16/202356 minutes, 51 seconds
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TyskySour: Doctors Tear Into The Tories For NHS Collapse

With the NHS at breaking point, Junior doctors attack the government on BBC Question Time, while the Tory minister present denies the health service is in crisis. Plus: Shocking recordings of Andrew Tate’s misogyny are revealed as the internet celebrity faces sex trafficking charges in Romania. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
1/13/202352 minutes, 8 seconds
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TyskySour: Ambulance Workers On Strike

After a decade of Tory under-investment, ambulance workers are the latest group to strike to defend the NHS. We speak to one of them on the show. Plus: Two Tory MPs go on mad rants; and Mick Lynch tells a Tory MP the reality of Britain’s railways. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gerbil. __________________________________________ Support […]
1/11/202353 minutes, 43 seconds
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TyskySour: Union Talks Break Down

Meetings between government ministers and union leaders have ended in deadlock. Have the Tories quashed any hope of avoiding months of public sector strikes? Plus: Supporters of the far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro storm Brazil’s Congress. We speak to David Adler in Sao Paulo. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little […]
1/9/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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TyskySour: Right To Strike Under Threat

Rishi Sunak’s proposed new anti-strike laws have provoked outrage from the labour movement. Tonight we speak to Riccardo La Torre from the FBU. Plus: Prince Harry’s has drawn criticism after saying he killed 25 people in Afghanistan; and Keir Starmer makes a bizarre election pledge. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for […]
1/6/202355 minutes, 51 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak’s Lame Duck Speech

Rishi Sunak’s promise of more maths education is a pitiful response to Britain’s new status as an international basket case. Plus: Mick Lynch calls out more Tory lies regurgitated by transport secretary Mark Harper; and shocking reports arrive of record breaking temperatures across Europe. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for […]
1/4/202356 minutes, 5 seconds
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Downstream: Novara’s 2022 Roundtable Review

Ash is joined by Novara’s own Aaron Bastani, Moya Lothian-McLean, Michael Walker and James Butler to talk about what was bugging them in the year 2022. From landlordism to normativity and a nasty turn in identity politics and from the declining fortunes of Europe to the absolute state of the discourse, the Novara team summarises […]
12/28/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 57 seconds
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TyskySour: The Year of Strikes

2022 saw three prime ministers, two monarchs and a shed load of industrial action. Michael Walker and Owen Jones discuss the year that was. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
12/23/202258 minutes, 24 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: A Ghost Story For Christmas

Ghosts have already got their own festival: Halloween. So why do they spook us at Christmas too? Do they represent forces of goodness and charity, or some nameless demonic evil? And what gifts have they brought? Jeremy Gilbert shields his eyes from the ghostly apparitions of Jacques Derrida, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and M.R. James as […]
12/22/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 21 seconds
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TyskySour: Massive Strike Wave

With more strikes announced, December is now the biggest month for walkouts since 1989. Plus: the Scottish parliament debates historic gender recognition reforms and Piers Morgan platforms Andrew Tate. With Aaron Bastani and Nihal El Aasar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
12/21/202248 minutes, 8 seconds
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Novara FM: A Christmas Carol W/ James Butler

Cutting-edge research has recently revealed that festive movie The Muppet Christmas Carol is actually based on a book. Many are now speculating that there may even be historical context at play. But what could it be? To unwrap the politics of A Christmas Carol, Eleanor Penny is joined by James Butler, co-founder of Novara Media […]
12/20/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 15 seconds
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TyskySour: High Court Rules Rwanda Plan Legal

Britain’s High Court has ruled that it is legal for the government to send migrants to Rwanda. Will it now actually happen? Plus: Twitter users want Elon Musk gone and Jeremy Clarkson makes a vile attack on Meghan Markle. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Explainer: What Does Qatar Really Want? https://youtu.be/oZelNG85va4 __________________________________________ Support […]
12/19/202244 minutes, 20 seconds
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Downstream: Our Own Cynicism Is the Left’s Biggest Enemy w/ Billy Bragg

Throughout his 30-year career, Billy Bragg has never shied away from politics. From playing benefit gigs for miners in the 1980s to clashing with the BNP in his hometown of Barking, he has always used his influence to help those who need it. Ash recently sat down with Billy to discuss his 2006 book, The […]
12/19/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 12 seconds
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ACFM Trip 30: Gifts

Adam Smith claimed that “the propensity to truck, barter and exchange… is common to all men”, but anthropologists know that this isn’t the case. In fact, humans tend towards the opposite. So why do we feel compelled to give away our wealth? Nadia, Jem and Keir unwrap the cultural and economic pressures on doing pressies […]
12/18/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 47 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer Ep 5: Where Do We Go From Here?

As the Qatar World Cup draws to a close, Tom Williams and Keir Milburn wonder about the future of international football and ask the most important question of all: what is to be done? On the final episode of Pro Revolution Soccer, they’re joined by David Wearing, political journalist and lecturer in international relations at […]
12/16/202248 minutes, 55 seconds
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TyskySour: Four Die In Channel Tragedy

Four tragic migrant deaths in the Channel, a Qatar corruption scandal and the London Fire Brigade in ‘special measures’. Plus: an exclusive interview with Mick Lynch. With Moya Lothian-McLean, Aaron Bastani & Polly Smythe. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
12/14/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds
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Downstream: Twitter’s Toxic Downfall w/ Richard Seymour

What is it about Twitter that turns us into such objectionable creatures? What has social media done to the language we use and the way we interact with each other? Ash Sarkar talks to Richard Seymour, author of The Twittering Machine, about the state of social media: tweets, memes, grief trolling, outrage porn, duckface, Spidermen […]
12/13/20221 hour, 32 minutes, 5 seconds
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TyskySour: Army Called In To Break Strikes

Instead of negotiating with striking workers, the Tories are calling in the army. A report backed by Michael Gove takes aim at Novara Media. Plus: Jonathan Portes debunks Tory economic lies. With Michael Walker & Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
12/12/202255 minutes, 56 seconds
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TyskySour: More Strikes

As Rishi Sunak threatens to crack down on striking workers, he’s giving a bung to millionaires in the city. Plus: renters getting screwed and the right wing backlash to Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary. With Michael Walker & Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
12/9/202256 minutes, 57 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer Ep 4: Why Do We Love Football So Much?

Football elicits some of the most intense emotions we’re capable of feeling, from the hug-a-stranger joy of winning trophies to the phone-in misery of relegation. At the end of the day, it’s only a game – but maybe games are more serious than we think? To discuss the emotional and social meaning of football, Keir […]
12/9/202241 minutes, 32 seconds
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TyskySour: Christmas Strikes Announced

Another day, another wave of strikes. UK Border Force, the Fire Brigades Union and ambulance workers are just some of the many strikes set to clash with Christmas. Plus: Rishi Sunak U-turns on his pledge not to build onshore wind farms. With Michael Walker & Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
12/7/202251 minutes, 50 seconds
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Novara FM: 1971, the Year Britain Became White

What if all of Britain is stolen goods? In the 1970s and 80s, a series of Acts of Parliament defined who did and who didn’t count as a citizen. ‘The Law of Patriality’ might sound like an obscure detail in a dusty tome, but, argues legal scholar Nadine El-Enany, it’s fundamental to modern Britain. These […]
12/7/20221 hour, 1 minute, 31 seconds
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Downstream: Everything We Think We Know About Human History Is Wrong w/ David Wengrow

New research shows our distant ancestors enjoyed a far more complex – and creative – existence than we had ever imagined. If humans have always experimented with ways of being, why are we told all the problems of our world are the result of inevitable progress? David Wengrow is an archaeologist and the co-author, with […]
12/7/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 3 seconds
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TyskySour: Labour’s Plan to Abolish House of Lords

Keir Starmer has today committed Labour to abolishing the House of Lords. How radical will Labour be when it comes to the UK constitution? Plus, Nadhim Zahawi hits a new low and we ask Aghileh Djafari-Marbini if Iran will follow through with disbanding the morality police. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
12/5/202250 minutes, 1 second
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TyskySour: Tories Stare Into Defeat

After a by-election trouncing for the Tories, Sajid Javid is the latest MP to announce he’ll be standing down. Are MPs already fleeing from Sunak’s sinking ship? Plus: Kanye West goes full-blown Nazi and a GB News host’s defence of royal racism falls flat on Question Time. With Michael Walker & Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support […]
12/2/202248 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer Ep 3: Should You Support Your National Team?

As Wales crash out of the World Cup after defeat against England, Keir Milburn and Tom Williams question their dedication to international football. After all, how can you support a national team if you don’t believe in borders? On the third episode of Pro Revolution Soccer, Keir and Tom are joined by writer and broadcaster […]
12/2/202246 minutes, 50 seconds
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Novara FM: From Plantation to Platform w/ Dalia Gebrial

After the 2008 financial crisis, a vast number of people were booted from the formal labour market. Many of them ended up in the gig economy: Uber, Deliveroo, Fiverr. Their exploitation at the hands of these platforms is well known, but often overlooked are the processes of racialisation that contribute to this reorganisation of labour […]
12/1/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 2 seconds
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TyskySour: Strike Wave Britain

Royal Mail workers, lecturers and sixth-form teachers are all taking industrial action today. We speak to Polly Smythe about Britain’s latest strike wave. Plus: Rishi Sunak defends private schools, racism at Buckingham Palace and the far right freak out over census data. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little […]
11/30/202257 minutes, 20 seconds
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Downstream: How to Hide a Billion Pounds w/ Oliver Bullough

Imagine you had a few million ill-gotten pounds, dollars or rubles. Where would you stash it? You’d need to make sure no one knew it was yours, or where you’d nabbed it from. It turns out that the best place in the world for these money-stashing services is the UK. Oligarchs from all over the […]
11/29/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 37 seconds
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TyskySour: Protests In China

Opposition to zero-COVID policies has sparked the biggest wave of protests in China in decades. We speak to Yuan Yang about their significance. Plus: Rishi Sunak faces Tory rebels, Matt Hancock leaves the jungle and Just Stop Oil’s latest protests. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 […]
11/28/202259 minutes, 6 seconds
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ACFM Trip 29: Sleep

We don’t get enough of it. We take drugs all day to fend it off. We’ll do it when we’re dead. And it’s our last line of defence against 24/7 capitalism. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast! The ACFM crew rouse themselves from slumber to wokeness in this month’s Trip, exploring the political and […]
11/27/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 3 seconds
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TyskySour: Nurses To Go On Strike

After a decade of falling pay, nurses have announced dates for their first national strikes in 106 years. Can they take on the Tories and win? Also on the show, the glamorous Tory peer secretly profiting from a PPE company and the latest in Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ […]
11/25/202254 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer Ep 2: What Does Qatar Want?

Trophies. Glory. Trade deals. Kudos. What does Qatar really want from the World Cup? In the second episode of Pro Revolution Soccer, Keir Milburn and Tom Williams reflect on the opening week of the tournament and dig deeper into the political and sporting flashpoints so far. They’re joined by Kate Mason from the Football Ramble, […]
11/25/202243 minutes, 36 seconds
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TyskySour: Supreme Court Rules Against Indyref

The Supreme Court have today confirmed that Scotland can’t legally hold an independence referendum without Westminster’s permission. Will this simply increase the case for independence? Plus: Suella Braverman crumbles under pressure. Meanwhile, Mick Lynch keeps his cool. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebriel. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
11/23/20221 hour, 41 seconds
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Novara FM: There Was No Theory, It Was All Action W/ Sarah Schulman

The Aids Coalition To Unleash Power, better known as ACT UP, is one of the most effective social movements in American history. New York City author and activist Sarah Schulman has returned many times to the lessons and provocations of this radically decentralised, unapologetically confrontational direct action group, which was founded in 1987 with one […]
11/23/202258 minutes, 10 seconds
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TyskySour: World Cup Controversy

From bizarre FIFA speeches to LGBT wristband bans, Qatar 2022 continues to be marred by controversy. Plus: Labour’s “corrupt” reselection process and Joe Lycett’s challenge to David Beckham. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
11/21/202259 minutes, 2 seconds
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TyskySour: Hunt Won’t Save Britain’s Economy

Jeremy Hunt has blamed tax rises & spending cuts on the war in Ukraine and Covid-19. In reality, it’s the result of 12 years of economic failure. Plus: Twitter in chaos & World Cup controversy. With Michael Walker & Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
11/18/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer: Should We Boycott the Qatar World Cup?

Welcome to Pro Revolution Soccer, a football podcast that doesn’t leave politics at the turnstile. In the first episode of a five-part series, Keir Milburn and Tom Williams confront the most corrupt, rapacious and deadly World Cup in sporting history. Repulsed by football’s hyper-capitalism but compromised by their desire to watch Wales v England, Keir […]
11/18/202239 minutes, 5 seconds
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TyskySour: Inflation Highest In 41 Years

Rishi Sunak is using record inflation to justify austerity 2.0. We ask James Meadway if that makes economic sense. Plus: Trump launches his 2024 presidential election bid; and the shameful neglect by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing that led to the death of a 2-year-old. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
11/16/202245 minutes, 38 seconds
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Downstream: Labour are as Bad as the Tories on Immigration w/ Maya Goodfellow

We’re told by the Conservatives and their acolytes in the media that the Labour Party is — and always has been — soft on immigration. Little could be further from the truth. Ash Sarkar meets Dr Maya Goodfellow to talk about New Labour’s inhumane immigration policies, the problem with the term ‘economic migrant’ and how […]
11/16/20221 hour, 25 minutes, 25 seconds
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Pro Revolution Soccer: Coming This Friday

On Sunday, the World Cup kicks off in Qatar. How did a tiny dictatorship with a dismal human rights record, deadly summer temperatures and barely any football infrastructure end up hosting the world’s biggest tournament? And what’s a leftwing fan going to do about it? Keir Milburn (Leeds United) and Tom Williams (Southampton) tackle the […]
11/15/202256 seconds
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TyskySour: UK-France Deal

Suella Braverman’s headline-grabbing migrant deal is a re-heated version of policies that have already failed. Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss the farcical nature of migration politics in Britain. Plus: Keir Starmer plots to block Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
11/14/202239 minutes, 21 seconds
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TyskySour: Musk Creates Twitter Chaos

Is Elon Musk trying to kill Twitter? Moya Lothian-McLean and Ash Sarkar discuss the company’s public meltdown – and what this means for politics. Plus: Kwasi Kwarteng attempts to re-write history and Dominic Raab makes the Westminster pest list. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
11/11/202248 minutes, 49 seconds
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TyskySour: Surprising US Midterm Results

Pro-Trump candidates fall short and abortion wins big in the US midterm elections. We discuss the results with Sarah Jaffe. Plus: Gavin Williamson resigns from Rishi Sunak’s government after his abusive texts are leaked; and nurses are set to go on strike in Britain for the first time ever. With Dalia Gebrial and Michael Walker. […]
11/9/202243 minutes, 22 seconds
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Novara FM: History’s Biggest Benefits Cheat

The welfare state was founded in the postwar period, seemingly as payment for a profound national sacrifice. Strengthening it has been a goal of the left for decades. The argument is as simple as it is radical: the wealth of the nation must be shared among its people. But where did that wealth come from? […]
11/9/20221 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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Downstream: It’s Now or Never w/ Chris Packham

Chris Packham is a national treasure. A naturalist, photographer and author, he’s best known for bringing nature into our living rooms as host of The Really Wild Show, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. He’s also an environmental campaigner and an anti-hunting advocate who has been targeted by threats and arson for his views. Aaron Bastani talks […]
11/8/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 22 seconds
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TyskySour: Hunt Plans Extreme Austerity

Sunak’s flip-flop on attending COP-27 has already embarrassed Britain, but what’s really at stake during at the climate talks? We speak to Simon Lewis at the conference in Egypt. Plus: Keir Starmer says the NHS employs too many foreign workers; and is Jeremy Hunt is set to unleash austerity 2.0? With Michael Walker and Ash […]
11/7/202252 minutes, 13 seconds
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TyskySour: Tories Defend Immigration Abuses

Tory minister Chris Philp has said it is “a bit of a cheek” or asylum seekers to complain about conditions at processing centres. Plus: Elon Musk’s twitter takeover hits stumbling blocks; and the World Cup sees FIFA try to silence critics of Qatar. With Ash Sarkar and Michael Walker. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
11/4/202255 minutes, 51 seconds
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TyskySour: Tories Defend Manston Conditions

As Sunak continues to defend Braverman’s decisions over Marston, the Home Office is dumping asylum seekers in London without anywhere to stay. How low can this government go? Plus: Netanyahu is back in power after general elections in Israel; and Matt Hancock’s decision to go on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. With […]
11/2/202243 minutes, 11 seconds
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Novara FM: Identity Politics Hijacked w/ Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

What is identity politics? Recent definitions have strayed some distance from the ideas laid out by the Black radical feminists of the Combahee River Collective. In their original 1977 statement, the Boston collective established a simple but undeniable truth: what you know depends on who you are. The problem, as American philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò […]
11/2/202259 minutes, 56 seconds
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TyskySour: Lula Wins Brazil Election

After Lula’s close re-election as president of Brazil, we speak to Vincent Bevins in São Paulo about a historic political comeback. Plus: Liz Truss and Suella Braverman are criticised for security leaks; and a migrant detention centre in Kent is hit by a shocking terrorist attack. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
10/31/202252 minutes, 44 seconds
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ACFM Trip 28: Horror

ACFM reunite for spooky season with one thing on their minds: the horror, the horror! Nadia, Jeremy and Keir embark on a historical, literary and cinematic exploration of scary stuff. Why do (some) humans love to be terrified? What can horror teach us about the nature of the universe? What do the latest crop of […]
10/30/20221 hour, 29 minutes, 3 seconds
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TyskySour: Musk Buys Twitter

Elon Musk has finalised his purchase of Twitter. What does it mean for free speech, corporate power, and the next US presidential election? Plus: Julia Hartley-Brewer spouts climate denial nonsense on BBC Question Time; and Rishi Sunak is challenged by an elderly woman on nurses pay. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
10/28/202258 minutes, 21 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak’s First PMQs

Rishi Sunak has defended his appointment his appointment of Suella Braverman as home secretary during his first PMQs. Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial discuss how Sunak fared against Starmer. Plus: Nadine Dorries makes car-crash debut on TalkTV; and Richard Murphy explains how Rishi Sunak’s economic agenda is dangerous. __________________________________________ Read Richard Murphy’s analysis on Sunak’s […]
10/26/202252 minutes, 32 seconds
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Novara FM: The Unfinished Fight w/ Camilla Fitzsimons

In 2018, Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment of its constitution, which stated that a person and the foetus living inside their body had an equal right to life. Yet the struggle around abortion is not over in Ireland, or indeed anywhere else – a fact underscored by the dramatic overturning of Roe v. […]
10/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 38 seconds
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TyskySour: Robo-Rishi Becomes PM

Rishi Sunak has made his first speech as prime minister and picked his cabinet. What have we learned about how he’ll govern? Michael Walker and Owen Jones discuss. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support  
10/25/202232 minutes, 47 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak Is New PM

After Johnson and Mordaunt bailed, Rishi Sunak will become Britain’s next prime minister. Are we about to be hit by austerity 2.0 from an unelected technocrat? Plus: Welsh actress is Rakie Ayola hits back on ridiculous ‘woke’ questioning; and Nadhim Zawahi is left high and dry by Johnson With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ […]
10/24/202251 minutes, 25 seconds
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TyskySour: Boris Plots Comeback

Less than two months after leaving office in disgrace, Boris Johnson is plotting his return to Downing Street. Could it really happen? Plus: Britons want a general election now; and the controversial exit payment, expenses, and Lord’s appointments that Liz Truss will get after leaving Number 10. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support […]
10/21/202257 minutes, 47 seconds
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TyskySour: Braverman Resigns

In less than five days, Liz Truss has lost her chancellor and now her home secretary. Will Suella Braverman’s downfall hasten the end of the prime minister? Plus: As the show is live the Tory party descends into chaos amid a Commons vote on fracking. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media […]
10/19/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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Novara FM: Time to Say the F-Word? w/ David Broder

In October 1922, fascists came to power in the March on Rome. 25,000 Blackshirts swarmed through the streets and the King invited their leader — Benito Mussolini — to form a cabinet. Now, almost exactly a century later, Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) is about to become the next […]
10/19/202248 minutes, 30 seconds
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TyskySour: Hunt Reverses Mini Budget

Jeremy Hunt has overseen a decisive u-turn on the Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget. How long can Truss last as prime minister? Plus: Maurice McLeod talks about his experience being blocked by the Labour party to stand as a candidate. With Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
10/17/202239 minutes, 47 seconds
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Downstream: Food Culture Is Making Us Anxious w/ Ruby Tandoh

Eating is supposed to be fun, so why does food culture – from our table manners to the promise of “clean eating” – trigger so much anxiety? Ash Sarkar meets Ruby Tandoh, former Great British Bake-Off contestant and author of Cook As You Are, to talk about the new wave of food writing and her […]
10/17/202243 minutes, 43 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss Makes Humiliating U-Turn

Kwasi Kwarteng has become the second shortest serving Chancellor in Britain’s history. Is Liz Truss about to become the shortest serving Prime Minister? Plus: Just Stop Oil throw a can of soup at a Van Gogh painting; the shady right-wing think-tanks who broke Britain. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for […]
10/14/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 48 seconds
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TyskySour: More Chaos In UK Economy

As the Bank of England’s mixed messages have spooked the markets, Liz Truss’s contradictory statements in parliament have spooked just about everyone. We speak to James Meadway to make sense of the chaos. Plus: will Kwasi Kwarteng have to resign as chancellor; and Jacob Rees-Mogg lies through his teeth to defend the government. With Michael […]
10/12/202249 minutes, 49 seconds
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NovaraFM: Choose Your Own Family Adventure w/ Sophie Lewis

Are families, like prisons, obsolete? Even if we might baulk at the comparison, the question can be illuminating. To choose one’s own family was long the dream of radicals. What if, instead of those we happen to be biologically related to, we could surround ourselves with care, freely chosen and freely given? After a thirty-year […]
10/12/20221 hour, 22 minutes, 3 seconds
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Downstream: The Plan is to Make You Permanently Poorer w/ Gary Stevenson

In 2011, while working as a City trader, Gary Stevenson joined the ranks of the ultra-rich with a single bonus cheque. Not long after, he was named one of Citibank’s highest-performing traders worldwide. Stevenson made millions for his employer by betting on one thing: that inequality would worsen and living standards would fall. It made […]
10/11/20221 hour, 31 minutes, 58 seconds
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TyskySour: Sturgeon’s Conference Speech

In her party conference speech today, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon trashed the Tories and re-affirmed her commitment to a second independence referendum. We speak to Jonathon Shafi about the next potential earthquake to hit UK politics. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
10/10/202251 minutes, 9 seconds
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ACFM Trip 27: Magic

We live in irrational times. From the resurgence of interest in astrology, tarot and occultism to the deepening influence of conspiracy theories and positive thinking, culture is experiencing a turn towards the magical. What does that mean for those of us on the “weird left”? Nadia Idle, Jeremy Gilbert and Keir Milburn gather round the […]
10/9/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 2 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss’s Energy Faceplant

With the National Grid warning of energy shortages this winter, Liz Truss is refusing to act. Will Tory libertarianism lead to black-outs? Plus: Joe Biden issues federal pardon for possession of marijuana; and the government taking a whacking on BBC Question Time for their energy crisis failure. With Michael Walker and Gary Stevenson. __________________________________________ Support […]
10/7/202251 minutes, 16 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Fantasy and Conspiracy With Wu Ming 1

In 1999, an anonymous Italian collective published a novel called Q. Imagined by its left-wing authors as an “operation manual for cultural disruption,” the book has had a bewildering political afterlife, with its story arc and the collective’s media pranks around Satanic ritual and paedophilia seemingly providing the basis for alt-right conspiracy theory QAnon. Did […]
10/6/20221 hour, 1 second
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TyskySour: Greenpeace Heckle Truss

Aaron Bastani and Dalia Gebrial discuss Liz Truss’s first conference speech as Prime Minister. Plus: Suella Braverman praises the British empire and dreams of deportations; Rees-Mogg’s fusion fantasies & the latest on the Chris Kaba killing. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
10/5/202256 minutes, 45 seconds
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TyskySour: Kwarteng Performs Screeching U-turn

After a mini-budget that spooked the markets and outraged the public, Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng have been forced into a humiliating U-turn. Are the wheels already coming off their government? Plus: Joana Ramiro reports from São Paulo on the Brazilian presidential election. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
10/3/202259 minutes, 49 seconds
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TyskySour: Tories In Freefall

Liz Truss’ premiership has set the Tories into freefall, but how much damage can the Conservatives do before we get the chance to kick them out? Plus: Vladimir Putin annexes whole swathes of Ukrainian territory; and the third episode of the Al Jazeera ‘Labour Files’ documentary. With Michael Walker and Maurice Mcleod. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
9/30/202252 minutes, 18 seconds
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Downstream: Can Lula Take Brazil Back From Bolsonaro? w/ Sabrina Fernandes

On 2nd October, Brazil will be faced with a stark choice. The incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, has overseen economic calamity and nearly 700,000 Covid deaths in his first term. His challenger, Lula Da Silva, is hoping to regain the presidency – just three years since being freed from prison. To discuss the state of Brazilian […]
9/29/20221 hour, 32 seconds
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TyskySour: Britain Faces Financial Crisis

The Bank of England have been forced to intervene as Kwarteng’s mini-budget continues to cause economic meltdown. We ask economist and former market trader Gary Stevenson what it all means. Plus: Keir Starmer’s conference speech analysed; and Labour MP Rupa Huq loses the Labour whip for comments about the chancellor. With Michael Walker and Dalia […]
9/28/202255 minutes, 35 seconds
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Downstream: People Used Anything to Attack Me w/ Jeremy Corbyn

Two years after resigning as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn catches up with Aaron Bastani to dissect Corbynism and its aftermath. On the table: the Islington North MP’s suspension from the party, the fallout from the anti-semitism crisis, his previous interactions with new Tory leader Liz Truss, and what he thinks of the royal family.
9/27/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 56 seconds
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TyskySour: The Pound Plummets

Michael Walker interviews economist Jo Mitchell on the pound’s plunge, David Broder on Italy’s new far-right government, and is joined by Aaron Bastani to go through the latest from Labour Party conference and Al Jazeera’s ‘Labour Files’ documentary. __________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
9/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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TWT22: Is Political Journalism Broken?

From Dominic Cummings’ cosy texts to Laura Kuenssberg to Boris Johnson having the Telegraph’s editorial board on speed dial, the cohort of journalists who make up the ‘Lobby’ have got a bad rap. Is mainstream political journalism in terminal decline? Or will the rise of independent and alternative media redefine ‘political journalism’ forever? And how […]
9/26/202257 minutes, 24 seconds
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TyskySour: A Budget For The Rich

Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget gives the rich their biggest tax cut in 50 years. It’s also tanked the pound. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani discuss the Tory’s latest gamble. Plus: Putin’s escalation of the war in Ukraine sees him mobilise more of his country; Apsana speaks exclusively to Novara Media on how Keir Starmer has failed […]
9/23/202257 minutes, 28 seconds
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Downstream: Labour Weaponised My Domestic Abuse to Get Rid of Me w/ Apsana Begum

Three months after being signed off sick following a “sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse” from both her ex-husband and her local Labour party, Apsana Begum is returning to politics. In an exclusive interview with Novara Media, Britain’s first hijabi MP tells Rivkah Brown about escaping an abusive marriage, her suspension from the Labour party, and […]
9/22/20221 hour, 17 seconds
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TyskySour: Economic Policies Announced

Liz Truss wants the rich to get richer, and if you don’t like it, she doesn’t care. We speak to economist James Meadway about Trussonomics. Plus: Women are protesting by burning their hijabs in Iran after a 22-year-old woman was beaten to death by morality police. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________ Support Novara […]
9/21/202255 minutes, 5 seconds
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TyskySour: The Queen’s Funeral

The queen’s state funeral had been planned for decades, with millions spent and thousands involved. Will the pomp of it all save the monarchy? Plus: Fake Royals rock up to the Queen’s funeral; the most surreal moments from the lying-in-state queue; and Scottish football fans mock the royals. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________ […]
9/19/202248 minutes, 54 seconds
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Downstream: The Truth About the Monarchy w/ Aaron Bastani & Ash Sarkar

On the eve of the Queen’s funeral, Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar look around at a nation in mourning to analyse the emotional and political impact of the death of a monarch. How did Elizabeth’s 70-year reign help to neutralise Britain’s colonial legacy? What do the UK’s grieving royalists look like to foreign media? And […]
9/19/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 2 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss’s Plan To Uncap Banker’s Pay

While the BBC & Sky deliver wall-to-wall royal coverage, Liz Truss is planning a package of handouts to the rich. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani discuss bonus caps, fracking and sugar taxes. Plus: Therese Coffey’s obsessions with commas; David Beckham appears in the queue to see the Queen lying in state; and the prime minister […]
9/17/202253 minutes, 34 seconds
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TyskySour: The Queen Lies In State

With the queen lying in state, the level of public enthusiasm for the monarchy is being measured in a line along the Thames. Michael Walker and Owen Jones discuss what’s driving people to queue. Plus: King Charles fires his staff; A columnist for the Times thinks we should be ‘frugal’ like the Queen; and we […]
9/14/202252 minutes, 11 seconds
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TyskySour: Ukraine Gains Key Ground

Ukrainian forces have made lightning advances, pushing back Russian forces near Kharkiv. How decisive could this prove to the course of the war? We speak to Professor Paul Rogers Plus: the killing of unarmed man Chris Kaba by the metropolitan police; and the latest royal weirdness. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. ________________________________________________ Support Novara […]
9/13/202250 minutes, 31 seconds
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Downstream: Silicon Valley Fraudsters Are Lying to Us w/ Paris Marx

It’s one of the few things that the late anarchist anthropologist David Graeber and tech billionaire Peter Thiel agreed on: the sci-fi future we were promised has not materialised. Where are the flying cars? Where are the teleportation machines? And why, instead, do we just have 15 different ride-hailing apps to choose from? In this […]
9/12/202253 minutes, 59 seconds
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TyskySour: Britain’s New King

King Charles III has given his first address to the nation following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Plus: Truss’s energy plan comes as news of her Oil company donations; and a Scottish chip shop owner gets attacked for posting a video celebrating the Queen’s death. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. ________________________________________________ Support Novara […]
9/9/202251 minutes, 36 seconds
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TyskySour: The Queen Is Dead

Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar.   __________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
9/8/202238 minutes, 19 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss’ First Day As PM

Michael Walker and Owen Jones discuss the key events of Truss’s first full day as prime minister and her first PMQs against Keir Starmer. Plus: Why Suella Braverman as the new home secretary could be even worse than Priti Patel; Liz Truss hires a climate disaster as an advisor; and bye bye bye Nadine Dorries. […]
9/7/202250 minutes, 32 seconds
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TyskySour: Liz Truss Is Now Britain’s PM

On the day that Liz Truss wins the Tory leadership content and thus becomes Britain’s next Prime Minister, Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar discuss what a Truss premiership means. ________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
9/5/202249 minutes, 28 seconds
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Downstream: The Moral Crisis of Corporate Britain w/ Dave Ward

In the middle of a grave cost of living crisis, bosses at Royal Mail, BT and across corporate Britain are imposing pay rises for workers way below inflation. On Downstream, Aaron Bastani speaks to CWU General Secretary Dave Ward about corporate greed, the shadowy world of CEOs, the return of the working class and how […]
9/5/202248 minutes, 21 seconds
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TyskySour: The End Of Boris Johnson

In one of his last speech’s as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has blamed “short-termism” for the fact that nothing works in Britain. There’s a simpler answer though: We keep being governed by Tories! With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
9/2/202244 minutes, 54 seconds
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TyskySour: Climate Catastrophe Liz Truss

As climate change induced floods devastate Pakistan, Liz Truss has committed to expanding UK oil and gas fields and – apparently – is set to make the climate-skeptic Jacob Rees-Mogg her energy secretary. With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________________________________ Read about the Reach journalists strike: https://novaramedia.com/2022/08/23/daily-mirror-journalists-striking-over-low-pay-were-offered-advice-on-side-hustles-by-publishing-giant/ _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
8/31/202251 minutes, 29 seconds
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NovaraFM: Deep Medicine: Caring Against Capitalism w/ Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

Is colonial capitalism making us sick? From the vast outdoors to the depths of our guts, centuries of colonialism have reordered life on the planet. In its wake have come the dubious efficiencies of big agribusiness and the uneven advances of modern medicine. And our bodies have responded to this colonial condition, in many cases, […]
8/30/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 36 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss’ Terrible Tax Plan

As the Tory leadership race enters its final week, neither candidate looks willing to take sufficient action on the cost of living crisis. Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar discuss the latest Truss proposal to cut VAT. Plus: Laura Kuenssberg back is back to present the BBC’s new Sunday morning show. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for […]
8/29/202245 minutes, 3 seconds
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TyskySour: Tory Energy Cap Meltdown

As record energy bills come into view this autumn, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has advised people to use less energy. Plus: the fightback against soaring costs and Emily Maitlis’ hypocrisy on BBC impartiality. With Aaron Bastani and Harriet Protheroe-Soltani. _________________________________________________________ Watch Aaron Bastani’s latest video on the postal workers strike: _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as […]
8/26/202246 minutes, 40 seconds
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TyskySour: Liz Truss Wants To Cut The NHS

The NHS is in crisis and the likely next PM Liz Truss wants to slash funding even further. What does the future holds for our healthcare service. With Ash Sarkar and Dalia Gebrial.   _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
8/24/202246 minutes, 35 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss’ Useless Future Cabinet

Is there more to Liz Truss than meets the eye? On tonight’s TyskySour, Ash Sarkar is joined by Moya Lothian-McLean to discuss just what we can expect from our probable next Prime Minister. Plus: UK shores are being flooded with sewage amid the failure of water privatisation. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
8/22/202237 minutes, 32 seconds
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ACFM Trip 26: Care

How can we care for each other within a system that doesn’t care about us? In this episode, Nadia Idle, Jeremy Gilbert and Keir Milburn get to grips with birth, death and all the social reproduction in between. When did we start putting our elders in care homes instead of our own homes? What happens […]
8/20/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 31 seconds
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TyskySour: Chaos On Britain’s Railways

Despite what Grant Shapps might believe, London to Manchester train timetables have been cut by 66%. Can the reputation of Britain’s privatised services get any lower? Plus: Truss & Sunak take aim at solar power. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
8/19/202253 minutes, 23 seconds
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TyskySour: Starmer Ignores Abuse Of Apsana Begum

Keir Starmer failed to stop a campaign to deselect a left wing MP despite an expert warning that the process was an “extension of [her] abuse” With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. _________________________________________________________ Read more here: https://novaramedia.com/2022/08/17/a-domestic-violence-expert-warned-keir-starmer-that-labour-was-complicit-in-apsana-begums-abuse-he-did-nothing/ _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
8/17/202246 minutes, 15 seconds
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TyskySour: Starmer’s Energy Price Plan

Keir Starmer has ended his period of silence to announce that Labour would freeze energy bills. Is the policy worth the wait? Plus: One year on from the Taliban taking power in Afghanistan; and the cabinet office are trying to ban critics of the government. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media […]
8/15/202245 minutes, 54 seconds
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TyskySour: The Tories Have Broken Britain

The NHS is at breaking point, barely anyone can afford their energy, and now we’re running out of clean water. After 12 years of Tory rule, is there a single thing in Britain that works? Plus: Owen Jones demolishes Tory lines on energy prices; and Liz Truss comes out with more complete nonsense. With Michael […]
8/12/202256 minutes, 33 seconds
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TyskySour: Cleverly Has No Answers

While Martin Lewis sounds the alarm on energy bills (again), James Cleverly and the Tories are asleep at the wheel. Why is the political establishment failing to offer solutions as prices soar? Plus: Polling shows the Don’t Pay campaign have the public on their side; and workers at Royal Mail announce strikes later this month. […]
8/10/202256 minutes, 5 seconds
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Downstream: The World’s Biggest Political Streamer w/ Hasan Piker

Since Bernie Sanders’ failed attempt to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, there has been a reinvigoration of the left in the USA. This uptick has also been visible in the media, and nowhere more so than with the rise of Hasan Piker – arguably the most influential political voice on livestreaming service Twitch. Aaron […]
8/9/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 31 seconds
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TyskySour: Israel Bombs Gaza

Israeli airstrikes In Gaza this weekend have killed 44 people, including 15 children. Will the ceasefire hold? Plus: Liz Truss’ addiction to U-turns and a new left mobilisation on the cost of living crisis. With Ash Sarkar and Moya Lothian-Mclean. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
8/8/202254 minutes, 32 seconds
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TyskySour: The Incoming Recession

The coming recession will dwarf everything else in British politics this year. We speak to economist James Meadway about the hardship to come, and the government’s response. Plus: Starmer’s campaign pledges catch him out again; Alex Jones screw himself over in court; and Sunak says the quiet part loud. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. […]
8/5/202252 minutes, 42 seconds
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TyskySour: Pelosi Sparks Diplomatic Row In Taiwan

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has intensified tensions between the US and China, but what does it mean for Taiwan itself? We speak to Brian Hioe of New Bloom magazine. Plus: Liz Truss performs a humiliating U-turn and offends the nation of Scotland; Sunak announces a barmy ‘extremism’ policy; and an Australian senator gets rebuked […]
8/3/202254 minutes, 10 seconds
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TyskySour: Football Comes Home

Football has finally come home. But will the Lionesses’ victory be a watershed moment for women in sport? Plus: an interview with CWU’s Dave Ward, Johnson plans to pack the Lords with his mates; and the Don’t Pay UK campaign picks up steam. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
8/1/202250 minutes, 32 seconds
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TyskySour: Sam Tarry Interview

With a summer of strikes continuing to escalate, Michael Walker is joined by Labour MP Sam Tarry to discuss his breach with Keir Starmer. Plus: Martin Lewis latest shocking prediction for the October energy price cap rise; and live reaction to Rishi Sunak’s interview with Andrew Neil. _________________________________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
7/29/202255 minutes, 22 seconds
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TyskySour: RMT On Strike

As the Tories threaten to ban rail strikes, Keir Starmer has sacked a frontbencher for turning up to a picket line. Is it now the unions vs the government *and* the opposition? Plus: Starmer sacks shadow transport minister Sam Tarry; and Jamie Hale speaks on the dangers that still remain for disabled people and Covid-19. […]
7/27/202255 minutes, 51 seconds
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TyskySour: Truss & Sunak’s Refugee Racism

This weekend Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak embarked on a racist race to the bottom. Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar discuss how low it could get. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/25/202255 minutes, 49 seconds
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TyskySour: Britain’s Next Joke PM

Boris Johnson’s demise meant Britain could have had a serious Prime Minister. Instead, we’re likely to get Liz Truss. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani discuss her campaign. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/22/202250 minutes, 50 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak & Truss Make Final Two

It’s official – the next Prime Minister will either be Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss. Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial discuss what that means for Britain. Plus: Aaron Bastani on the findings of the Forde Report, and Martin Lewis issues a stark warning to Tory leadership candidates. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
7/20/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 4 seconds
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TyskySour: Tory Debate Cancelled

The third televised Tory leadership debate has been cancelled after Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss pulled out. Plus: The third ballot of Conservative MPs sees Tom Tugendhat knocked out; and effects of climate change are seen in Britain’s heatwave. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a […]
7/18/202236 minutes, 7 seconds
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ACFM Microdose: Tabletop Role-Playing Games

In a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG), a group of people take a trip into an imaginary world, guided by an MC or ‘dungeon master’. Not limited to the Tolkien-esque themes of the famous Dungeons & Dragons, TTRPGs range from gritty sci-fi scenarios to steampunk heist fantasies, and from everyday life to magic, monsters and vampires. […]
7/17/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 25 seconds
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TyskySour: C4 Tory Leader Debate

All the remaining candidates to the be the next Conservative party leader and Prime Minister take part in their first televised debate. Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani give their live reactions and analysis. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/15/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 24 seconds
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ACFM Trip 25: Games

Games are all around us. They let us escape from drudgery and experiment with other worlds and ways of being. But they can be traps too: apps designed to be addictive, producing only the most hollow sense of achievement. In this Trip, Nadia, Jeremy and Keir throw their polyhedral dice to explore how games shape […]
7/14/20221 hour, 27 minutes, 10 seconds
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TyskySour: Sunak And Mordaunt On Top

The first round of voting by Tory MPs has knocked Hunt and Zahawi out of the race, with Sunak and Mordaunt on top. So who’s set to make it to the final members ballot? With Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/13/202256 minutes, 3 seconds
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TyskySour: Tory Leadership Race

As the race to be next Prime Minister heats up, Ash Sarkar and Michael Walker run through the latest candidates to launch. Plus: Rishi Sunak’s privilege is exposed by a resurfaced documentary clip and Penny Mordaunt releases a bizarre campaign launch video. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/11/202246 minutes, 41 seconds
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Downstream: An Era-Defining Political Comeback w/ Lutfur Rahman

In the 2022 Tower Hamlets local elections, something unprecedented happened. The borough elected a mayor previously banned from taking part in politics. That’s not all. His party, Aspire, not only took the council from Labour but gained more seats than Labour across the whole of England. At the centre of all of this was Lutfur […]
7/11/202249 minutes, 58 seconds
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TyskySour: Tory Leadership Bids

Boris Johnson hasn’t even booked the moving van yet, but Rishi Sunak has already announced his pitch to take over his job. Ash Sarkar and Aaron Bastani go through the runners and riders lining up to be our next prime minister. Plus: Labour leader Keir Starmer is cleared over ‘Beergate’ lockdown breaches. __________________________________ Support Novara […]
7/8/202245 minutes, 39 seconds
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TyskySour: Boris Has Broken At Last

Boris Johnson is gone – but he’s not out of office. What happens next? Plus: the first Tory MP to launch their leadership campaign. With Ash Sarkar and Michael Walker. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as £1 a month: https://novaramedia.com/support
7/7/202242 minutes, 11 seconds
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TyskySour: Time’s Up For Boris

Boris Johnson’s premiership is hanging by a thread after 24 hours of mass government resignations and MPs breaking ranks. After a day of massive reckoning for the Prime Minister, we bring you the key events and the latest news. With Barnaby Raine, Dalia Gebrial and Aaron Bastani. __________________________________ Support Novara Media for as little as […]
7/6/20221 hour, 18 minutes, 6 seconds
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Downstream: Drugs Have Shaped the Last 500 Years w/ Michael Pollan

Over the last few centuries, the global spread of a vast array of different drugs has reshaped how we work, experience pleasure, fight wars, and explore our inner worlds. And from Richard Nixon’s ‘War on Drugs’ to the opium wars to the scuppering of the hippie movement, those drugs have been entangled with politics and […]
7/6/202257 minutes, 12 seconds
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TyskySour: Boris Unravels Over Pincher

All weekend, No.10 have denied Boris Johnson knew of “specific allegations” against Chris Pincher when he promoted him. By lunchtime, that story unravelled. Plus: Ed Balls compares climate activists ‘terrorists’; Covid-19 cases are on the rise; and declining birth rates become the latest moral panic. With Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar. __________________________________ Support Novara Media […]
7/4/202256 minutes, 47 seconds
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TyskySour: Pincher Loses The Whip

Another day, and another Tory MP has had the whip removed for alleged sexual misconduct. What the hell is going on in the UK parliament? Plus: CWU members at BT vote for strike action; Finland & Sweden sell out the Kurds to join NATO; Douglas Murray goes full fascist. With Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani. […]
7/1/20221 hour, 15 seconds
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TyskySour: Sturgeon Sets IndyRef2 Date

After Sturgeon announced her intention to hold IndyRef2 in October 2023, on TyskySour we ask whether it will happen or if it’s just a political play before the next election? Plus: Starmer rips up the Labour party manifesto; and Tory MPs give their shocking views on abortion rights. With Michael Walker and Moya Lothian-McLean.
6/29/202256 minutes, 7 seconds
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Foreign Agent Episode 6: One Last Job

By the 1990s, a faction of Irish republicans were turning away from militancy and setting their sights on peace. A political future for the campaign would require more money, more lobbying, and even deeper engagement with the United States – though not with Irish Northern Aid, now tainted by its long association with the IRA. […]
6/28/202256 minutes, 10 seconds
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TyskySour: Johnson’s Protocol Bill

MPs are debating proposed legislation which would allow the UK to breach the Northern Ireland protocol that Boris Johnson negotiated. But would it put the Good Friday Agreement at risk? Plus: David Lammy gives lame excuses for why he won’t back workers, Criminal Barristers go on strike and Mick Lynch gives a barn-storming speech. With […]
6/27/202253 minutes, 36 seconds