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Walescast Podcast

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 63 episodes, 1 day, 19 hours, 7 minutes
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BBC Wales Politics Editor Felicity Evans and Political Correspondent James Williams chew over the week in the world of Welsh politics, as eyes turn to the Senedd Election in May.
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"The doctor will see you now..."

Felicity Evans and James Williams examine the news that hospital doctors are pausing strike action for further pay talks with the Welsh Government with BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke. And with three weeks to go until elections for Police and Crime Commissioners to the four Welsh forces, former deputy PCC Sophie Howe explains what the job is all about.
4/11/202433 minutes, 9 seconds
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First Readings

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by politicians past and present for a book club special. Labour MP Sir Chris Bryant discusses his latest work of history, "James and John: A True Story of Prejudice and Murder". Plaid Cymru MS Delyth Jewell's pick is the epic historical fantasy "Babel" by R F Kuang. And the former Conservative AM Suzy Davies champions "Pearl", the debut novel of the Welsh poet Siân Hughes
4/4/202447 minutes, 3 seconds
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New First Minister, new direction?

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis and Jo Kiernan, special adviser to former First Minister Carwyn Jones, to look back at Vaughan Gething's successful campaign to succeed Mark Drakeford and explore what to expect from the new man at the very top of Welsh politics
3/21/202434 minutes, 47 seconds
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The UK Covid-19 Inquiry in Wales

As its hearings in Cardiff conclude, Felicity Evans takes a deep dive into the evidence presented to the Welsh module of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry in the company of BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke and WalesOnline's Welsh affairs editor Will Hayward
3/14/202457 minutes, 54 seconds
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"I commend this statement to the House..."

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas and Steffan Evans, director of policy at the Bevan Foundation, to sift through the details of the Chancellor's Budget and examine what they mean for Wales
3/7/202434 minutes, 28 seconds
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Food for Thought

Felicity Evans and James Williams dig into the issues that prompted Welsh farmers to protest outside the Senedd with Dr Hazel Wright of the Farmers' Union of Wales and Andrew Tuddenham of the Soil Association in Wales. And BBC Wales social affairs correspondent India Pollock reflects on the opening week of evidence to the Welsh leg of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
2/29/202434 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Candidates

Felicity Evans and James Williams look back at the performance of the two men vying to succeed Mark Drakeford in a special BBC Wales Live debate with the programme presenter Bethan Rhys Roberts and fellow BBC Wales political reporter Cemlyn Davies. How did Vaughan Gething and Jeremy Miles come across and where did their pitches differ?
2/22/202434 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Art of the Political Interview

Felicity and James discuss the art of the political interview with the TV journalist Rob Burley, who has distilled his lengthy career making politics programmes into a book about the challenges of trying to get straight answers from ministers and Prime Ministers
2/15/202434 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ruffled Feathers

Following claims of a stitch-up, James Williams discusses the latest developments in the contest to become the next First Minister and leader of Welsh Labour with fellow podcaster Matt Hexter. And BBC Wales political reporter David Deans explains how nesting ospreys have led to ruffled feathers in the Senedd
2/1/202426 minutes, 41 seconds
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State of the Union

Wales' leading trade unionist Mark Serwotka is retiring after more than two decades as general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union. Having seen seven Prime Ministers come and go, he talks to Felicity Evans and James Williams about the personal and professional challenges he has faced at the helm of the union that represents nearly 200,000 civil servants - and reflects on his legacy
1/31/202432 minutes, 1 second
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Still talkin' 'bout the Constitution...

Felicity Evans and James Williams discuss the work and final report of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales with its co-chair Professor Laura McAllister
1/25/202423 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tata Steel special

Felicity Evans and James Williams explore the employment, environmental and political ramifications of Tata's Steel decision to close the two blast furnaces at its Port Talbot plant - and build an electric arc furnace in their place - with BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas and environment correspondent Steffan Messenger
1/24/202429 minutes, 15 seconds
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"Talkin' 'bout the Constitution..."

BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis takes Felicity Evans and James Williams through the findings of the final report of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales. And health correspondent Owain Clarke reflects on the state of the NHS in Wales as junior doctors end a 72-hour strike and the latest performance statistics are released.
1/18/202439 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Year Ahead

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis and education and family correspondent Bethan Lewis to look ahead to what's in store in 2024 in the worlds of Welsh politics, education and the economy
1/11/202439 minutes, 52 seconds
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That was the year that was - and to come

Felicity Evans and James Williams sit down for an end-of-year chat with BBC Wales long-serving Welsh Affairs editor Vaughan Roderick. They look back at Vaughan's return to work after a life-changing illness and forward to what promises to be a dramatic year in politics - with a new First Minister due by Easter and a Westminster General Election also looming on the horizon.
12/28/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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Budget Lines

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by the finance minister Rebecca Evans, the Welsh Conservative's Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies and the leader of Plaid Cymru Rhun ap Iorwerth to analyse the Welsh Government budget, look back at the rest of the political year and look ahead to 2024
12/21/202339 minutes, 29 seconds
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Drakeford Stands Down, Who Will Stand Up?

The dust has settled somewhat after the surprise announcement that Mark Drakeford is standing down as First Minister and Welsh Labour Leader. Joining Felicity and James to discuss what, why and who's next is Political Lecturer Dr Jac Larner from Cardiff University and BBC Wales' Political Editor Gareth Lewis. They also reflect on the legacy of Mark Drakeford and what the future of Welsh Labour will look like without him at the helm. Julie Morgan, one the FM's Deputy Ministers and long term friends, and Carwyn Jones, former First Minister for Wales, look back at his time in office.
12/14/202342 minutes, 8 seconds
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Another chance to hear "In the Park with Mark Drakeford"

Following the announcement that Mark Drakeford is to stand down as First Minister and leader of Welsh Labour after five years in the job, here's an archive episode of Walescast from April 2021. In the middle of that Spring's Senedd election campaign, Felicity Evans and James Williams caught up with Mr Drakeford in the sunshine of a Cardiff park for a wide-ranging chat which took in his love of cricket, what he grows on his allotment and his memories of the late First Minister Rhodri Morgan
12/13/202340 minutes, 46 seconds
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Walescast Extra: "Drakeford to Stand Down!"

As the dust settles on the surprise announcement that Mark Drakeford is to stand down as First Minister and leader of Welsh Labour by next Easter, Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis for an unscheduled episode to reflect on the timing of the news - and on Mr Drakeford's legacy
12/13/202318 minutes, 31 seconds
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Leaning into Pisa

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales education correspondent Bethan Lewis and Institute of Fiscal Studies research fellow Luke Sibieta to assess the performance of Welsh pupils in the most recent set of Pisa tests - the international maths, reading and science assessments carried out every three years. The latest results from the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment - and the first since Covid - saw Wales' performance fall to its lowest level ever in all three disciplines, with Wales also scoring the lowest of all the UK nations.
12/7/202329 minutes, 29 seconds
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Airing Differences

Daniel Davies and Teleri Glyn Jones are joined by Joseph Carter of Healthy Air Cymru to discuss the Air Quality and Soundscapes Bill, which is awaiting Royal Assent after completing its passage through the Senedd. The legislation - described as "world-leading" by ministers - is designed to cut deaths and illness from toxic air. But what it might mean for motorists and solid fuel users, amongst others?
11/30/202326 minutes, 24 seconds
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An Ode to the Autumn Statement

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis and Guto Ifan of the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University to dig into the details of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement - and what it means for Wales
11/23/202332 minutes, 57 seconds
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Getting Down to Brass Tax

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by colleague Daniel Davies and David Phillips of the Institute of Fiscal Studies to discuss the Welsh government's plans for council tax reform. Why do ministers think change is necessary? When might it happen? And who will be winners and who will be losers?
11/16/202332 minutes, 37 seconds
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War in the Middle East and the King's Speech

Felicity Evans looks back at the Senedd debate on the conflict in Israel and Gaza with BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis before Sian Jones - a former special advisor to the Conservative cabinet minister Philip Hammond - helps them put the King's Speech in context
11/9/202333 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tata Steel and Drug Consumption Rooms

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas to discuss the future of Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant after the last-minute cancellation of an expected announcement of the closure of its two blast furnaces with the potential loss of 3,000 jobs. And Martin Blakebrough, head of the substance misuse charity Kaleidoscope, explains how he hopes to push ahead with new services for the most vulnerable drug users in Wales after the UK's first Drug Consumption Room was approved in Scotland.
11/2/202335 minutes, 6 seconds
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Winter is Coming

In the wake of the Welsh Ambulance Service declaring an "extraordinary incident" last weekend, Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke and senior figures from the service to discuss the challenges it faces as winter looms - and what can be done to ease pressures at the hospital front door.
10/26/202333 minutes, 24 seconds
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It's (Number) Crunch Time

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by BBC Wales political editor Gareth Lewis and Guto Ifan from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University to crunch the numbers following the unveiling of cuts to parts of the Welsh Government's budget which ministers say are needed to balance the books in the face of inflationary pressures and also put more cash into the NHS and Transport for Wales
10/19/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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Conference Pairs

Two party conference reviews for the price of one. Felicity and James are joined by BBC Wales Westminster correspondent Shelley Phelps and the shadow cabinet member and Torfaen MP Nick Thomas-Symonds to look back at Labour in Liverpool. Plus political correspondent Daniel Davies and Dwyfor Meirionnydd MS Mabon ap Gwynfor on Plaid Cymru's Autumn get-together in Aberystwyth.
10/12/202348 minutes, 19 seconds
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A Platform for Change?

Felicity Evans reviews the Conservative Party conference and that HS2 announcement with the Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones and BBC Wales Westminster correspondent Catrin Haf Jones - who both spent the week in Manchester. Will Rishi Sunak's speech lead to a revival in his party's fortunes? And business correspondent Huw Thomas reflects on the news that a major employer in the south Wales valleys - UK Windows and Doors - is to close, with the loss of 500 jobs.
10/5/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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Signing Up, Up, Up

With the number of signatories to a petition calling on the Welsh Government to rescind its new 20-mph law breaking all records, James Williams and Felicity Evans are joined by the chair of the Senedd's petitions committee, Jack Sargeant MS and Cristina Leston-Bandiera, professor of politics at the University of Leeds, to investigate the value of parliamentary petitions. And fresh from her party conference, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in Wales, Jane Dodds MS, reflects on her party's standing as a General Election looms.
9/28/202337 minutes, 28 seconds
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Reforming the Senedd and reframing Net Zero

The Minister for the Constitution, Mick Antoniw MS, joins James Williams to discuss the Senedd Reform Bill, which paves the way for the enlargement of the Senedd for 60 to 96 members. BBC Wales environment correspondent Steffan Messenger explains what the changes to to the UK government's approach to achieving net zero by 2050 - announced by the Prime Minister - mean for Wales. And Dr Jac Larner of Cardiff University runs through the results of the most recent Welsh opinion polling.
9/21/202347 minutes, 27 seconds
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Is 20 Plenty?

James Williams speaks to the Deputy Minster of Climate Change in Wales, Lee Waters, about the imminent arrival of the default 20mph speed limit. Also, with the help of BBC Wales' Political Editor Gareth Lewis, he analyses the latest Welsh Government announcement about the multi-million pound overspend by NHS Wales.
9/13/202333 minutes, 49 seconds
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"There may be trouble ahead..."

Budget cuts, public sector pay and the road to Net Zero. Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by a trio of Senedd members - Labour’s Hefin David, Conservative Natasha Ashgar and Luke Fletcher of Plaid Cymru - to discuss the big issues facing their parties as the new political term approaches.
8/23/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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When we met Rhun ap Iorwerth at the National Eisteddfod

The Plaid Cymru leader and Ynys Mon MS joins Felicity Evans and James Williams at the National Eisteddfod to reflect on a career which spans both journalism, politics and a little bit of showbusiness. In a wide-ranging interview he discusses growing up as the son of a musical collaborator with Dafydd Iwan, the four big decisions he's had to make in his political career - and the records he would take to a desert island.
8/15/202358 minutes, 37 seconds
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When we met Jeremy Miles at the Gnoll Estate Country Park

From Ystalyfera comprehensive school to Wales’ education minister via Oxford and the law – the Labour MS for Neath, Jeremy Miles, has an impressive c.v. and skills set. But when Felicity Evans and James Williams met him at the Gnoll Estate Country Park in the heart of his constituency for a wide-ranging interview covering the experiences that have shaped his politics, they discovered how he met his match - in the shape of a former attorney and First Lady, diplomat and US presidential candidate turned relationships counsellor.
8/9/202355 minutes, 32 seconds
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When we met Fay Jones at the Royal Welsh Show

The Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire joins Felicity Evans and James Williams at the Royal Welsh Show to reflect on her political career. In a wide-ranging interview she discusses growing up as the daughter of an MP and government minister, why she is confident of retaining her seat at the next General Election and how she approaches representing Wales's largest constituency
8/2/202352 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Long Road to a General Election

Felicity Evans and David Deans look forward to Westminster after the summer break and a general election looming. They are joined by former director of strategy and chief speechwriter to Theresa May, Chris Wilkins and Jim Pickard the deputy political editor at the Financial Times. Felicity and David also speak to BBC Wales environment correspondent Steffan Messenger, who is at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, where a row over the number of trees farmers will need to plant to access future subsidies has dominated proceedings.
7/27/202345 minutes, 9 seconds
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By-election Blues, Reds and Oranges

James Williams analyses the results of the week's three Parliamentary by-elections with the help of the former Welsh Conservative chief of staff, Anthony Pickles and Tom Hamilton, a former head of research for the UK Labour Party. James is also joined by BBC Wales education and family correspondent Bethan Lewis and Laura Doel, director of the National Association of Head Teachers in Wales, to look back at the academic year.
7/21/202352 minutes, 56 seconds
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End-of-term Senedd reports - and reporters

As the Senedd heads into its Summer recess, James Williams and Huw Thomas are joined by political commentator Martin Shipton for an end-of-term report on the parties and their leaders. Harry Thompson of Cynnal Cymru gives his take on the latest Welsh unemployment figures, And the editor of the Caerphilly Observer, Richard Gurner, explains why he will soon be employing a journalist - paid for by public money - to report on the Senedd
7/13/202347 minutes
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The NHS at 75

James Williams and BBC Wales health correspondent Jenny Rees examine the vital signs of the National Health Service as it turns 75 with the help of former health board chair Professor Marcus Longley and junior doctor representative Dr Georgie Budd. Also, following the evidence given to the UK Covid-19 inquiry by Welsh Government ministers and officials, how prepared is the health service for another pandemic?
7/6/202347 minutes, 44 seconds
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Bills, Bills, Bills

Felicity Evans, James Williams and guests work through the highlights of the Welsh Government's list of eight new laws it plans to bring forward in the next 12 months. Adam Keen of Adventure Travel explains what the promised bus bill might mean for both industry and passengers while Luke Young of Citizens Advice Cymru explores the implications of council tax reforms for households. Auriol Miller of the Institute of Welsh Affairs also joins the conversation to discuss the plans for Senedd enlargement and gender equality. Fliss and James then hear from Shereen Williams of the Boundary Commission for Wales which has just completed the process of re-drawing the map of Parliamentary constituencies as the number of MPs Wales returns to Westminster falls from 40 to 32 at the next General Election.
6/29/202341 minutes, 5 seconds
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Under New Management

Felicity Evans and James Williams discuss how the new leader of Plaid Cymru, Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, will approach the challenges facing his party with Plaid MP Ben Lake and former Plaid MP and family friend Elfyn Llwyd. Fliss and James also discuss the latest inflation figures and what they may mean for interest rates ahead of the monthly meeting of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee
6/21/202348 minutes, 33 seconds
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The UK Covid-19 Inquiry and the road to Net Zero

James Williams hears from Anna-Louise Marsh-Rees of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Cymru following the opening statements to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry. Jessica Hooper of RenewableUK Cymru gives her reaction to the publication of Welsh Government's Infrastructure Bill, which ministers describe as an important step towards delivering on renewable energy targets. Plus BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas on calls from the chairman of Tata Steel UK, Henrik Adam, for a "level playing field" as it seeks UK government subsidies to decarbonise its Port Talbot steelworks.
6/14/202331 minutes, 6 seconds
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An Admiral Job

Felicity Evans learns the lessons of Henry Engelhardt's 40-year career in business which saw him build Cardiff-based Admiral Insurance - Wales' only FTSE 100-listed company - into a global concern worth £9 billion. What's the secret of being a good boss? How to succeed at interview. And why a 10-year plan is the secret to a good retirement.
6/8/202347 minutes, 49 seconds
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A Duty of Care?

Felicity Evans and Cemlyn Davies discuss the policy of housing asylum seekers in hotels with the former Commissioner for Racial Equality for Wales, the Rev Aled Edwards. Environment correspondent Steffan Messenger explores what achieving Net Zero could mean for Welsh farms and those who work on them. And social affairs correspondent India Pollock reflects on a major piece of work by Senedd members into children in care.
6/1/202348 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ely: the aftermath

Felicity Evans and James Williams explore the political fallout from the unrest in Ely with the local MP, Cardiff West's Kevin Brennan, while Professor Howard Williamson brings his 50 years of experience of the community to the questions of why it happened and how further repeats can be avoided. And Dr James Griffiths of the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University runs through the findings of the latest YouGov opinion polling in Wales.
5/25/202345 minutes, 9 seconds
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Lights. Camera. Inaction!

With the latest job figures showing that nearly one in four of the working age population in Wales are economically inactive, Felicity Evans and James Williams explore the causes and effects of this long-term feature of the Welsh economy with the help of Joshua Miles, the Welsh director of the Work and Learning Institute and the occupational health expert and Bevan Commissioner Professor Ewan Macdonald. The pair also take a trip through the looking glass into the topsy-turvy world of VAT on food to discover why the Chancellor of the Exchequer would prefer us to eat chocolate digestives and potato crisps over plain biscuits and tortilla chips.
5/18/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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Priced Out

Felicity Evans and James Williams are joined by Cardiff University's Professor Richard Wyn Jones as the dust begins to settle on Adam Price's resignation as the leader of Plaid Cymru following a critical report into the culture of the party. What's changed in the week since that report was published? What legacy does Adam Price leave behind? And where now for Plaid?
5/11/202340 minutes, 12 seconds
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Conservatively Speaking

Felicity Evans and Daniel Davies look back at the Welsh Conservative's Spring conference in the company of the Tory MS for Clwyd West Darren Millar and WalesOnline's Welsh Affairs editor Will Hayward
5/3/202332 minutes, 42 seconds
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Corrections and Clarifications

Felicity Evans and James Williams ask if the First Minister has successfully drawn the line under a row over whether the Senedd was misled over the decision-making process that saw the north Wales health board Betsi Cadwaladr taken out of special measures in 2020. And Environment Correspondent Steffan Messenger charts the end of the line for opencast mining in Wales, following a council decision not to grant an extension to the gigantic Ffos-y-Fran site in Merthyr Tydfil.
4/27/202323 minutes, 24 seconds
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Food for Thought

With food price inflation at a 45-year high, Felicity Evans and James Williams explore the implications for food producers with Welsh farmer Llyr Jones - and for hard-pressed households with James Smith of the Resolution Foundation. In the wake of the announcement that Cardiff Council is to explore introducing a "road user payment" scheme to cut congestion and improve air quality, Silviyia Barrett of the Campaign for Better Transport outlines the impact similar schemes have had on cities across the UK. And Fliss and James also unpack the latest developments in the row over whether the First Minister misled the Senedd over the decision-making process that saw the north Wales health board Betsi Cadwaladr taken out of special measures in 2020.
4/20/202343 minutes, 31 seconds
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Operation Strike

As junior doctors strike in England, James Williams meets Dr Iona Collins, the chair of the Wales council of the British Medical Association. Here in Wales junior doctors aren't on strike, they're in work. Why is that? Pay negotiations start with the Welsh government next week, but if Westminster doesn't settle with the English doctors, where will the money come from for a separate settlement in Wales? Plus… a big shift in the UK class system that most people are unaware of. Sociologist Dan Evans joins James to talk about the new Petite Bourgeoisie. Who are they? What do they want? And how can Porthcawl help us to understand them?
4/13/202342 minutes, 24 seconds
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Fliss and James take a look at the state of Wales’ rivers and waterways

Welsh Water released sewage into rivers, lakes and the sea around Wales for almost 600,000 hours last year, according to the latest data. The worst hit rivers in 2022 were the Garw, Tawe, Teifi, Usk, Rhymney and Taff. To find out why, Fliss and James talk to Welsh Water's CEO Peter Perry and Gail Davies-Walsh from Afonydd Cymru.
4/7/202339 minutes, 25 seconds
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Lines of Inquiry

As the first new trains for the South Wales Metro are officially rolled out, James Williams and Daniel Davies quiz the head of Transport for Wales, James Price, on that project's timetables and increasing costs as well as TfW's plans for the rest of the country and the future for bus services. Plus Huw Irranca-Davies MS, chair of the Senedd's Legislation, Justice and Constitution committee, on concerns that UK government legislation to scrap EU-era rules and regulations could undermine devolution.
3/30/202341 minutes, 35 seconds
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One, Two, Freeports

Following the announcement that two freeports are to be created in Wales - one in Anglesey and the other centred around Milford Haven and Port Talbot - Cemlyn Davies works through what it all means for the two areas, and the wider Welsh economy, with BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas. Senedd watcher David Deans looks back at the vote of No Confidence in the health minister Eluned Morgan. And political correspondent Daniel Davies explores the content of the Welsh government's long-awaited clean air bill.
3/23/202335 minutes, 53 seconds
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Budget boxes and conference calls

Felicity Evans and James Williams run through the numbers in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Budget with BBC Wales business correspondent Huw Thomas before being joined by Labour MS Jack Sargeant and WalesOnline's Welsh Affairs Editor Will Hayward to look back at Welsh Labour's Spring conference in Llandudno
3/16/202345 minutes, 31 seconds
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When we met Vaughan Gething at Lisvane Cricket Club…

The Welsh Government’s economy minister joins Felicity Evans and James Williams in the pavilion of Lisvane Cricket Club to talk about his love of the game, his time as health minister during the Covid pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Questions about his future ambitions are met with a defensive, straight bat but he does open up on his go to karaoke tune. This episode includes a personal account of discrimination, with graphic racist language, which listeners could find upsetting.
8/23/20221 hour, 7 seconds
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When we met Virginia Crosbie at the Anglesey Show...

The Conservative MP for Ynys Mon Virginia Crosbie joins Felicity Evans and James Williams at the Anglesey Show to reflect on her late-blooming political career. In a wide-ranging interview she discusses how her approach to life has been shaped by personal trauma and her priorities for her island constituency.
8/16/202248 minutes, 11 seconds
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When we met Dafydd Wigley in Llanberis…

The former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley joins Felicity Evans and James Williams at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis to reflect on half a century in frontline politics. Now in the House of Lords, he looks back at the highs and lows of his political career, from the dying days of James Callaghan’s Labour government in 1979, through to the high drama of the devolution referendum of 1997 and beyond. And then there's his connection to a 1930s Chicago gangster and Public Enemy Number 1.
8/9/20221 hour, 49 seconds
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When we met Simon Hart in Pendine Sands...

Welsh Secretary and MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Simon Hart joins Felicity Evans and Dan Davies at a static caravan in Pendine Sands Holiday Park to talk about his day job as a minister, what's next for the future of the Union and why bird enthusiasts from across the UK flocked to his garden. He also recalls how he and other senior politicians feared for the PM's life after he was admitted to intensive care with Covid, during the height of the pandemic. Producer: Emilia Davies
8/25/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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When we met Leanne Wood in the Rhondda...

Fliss and James catch up with former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood who reflects on her time with the party, how she first got involved in politics and what she plans on doing next. She also recalls what happened in the green room moments before her and other party leaders appeared on a televised debate during the 2015 general election. Producer: Emilia Davies
8/17/20211 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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When we met Kirsty Williams on the farm...

Felicity Evans and James Williams join former education minister and Welsh Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams on her farm in Brecon to chat about her life in politics, why she became an MS and what it was like to hold such a prominent position in the Welsh Government during the pandemic. She tells the team what she plans on doing next and recalls a memorable moment meeting the former US President Barack Obama. Producer: Emilia Davies
8/10/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 19 seconds
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When we met Julie James in the park...

Wales' Climate Change minister, Julie James joins Fliss and James in a sunny park in Swansea to talk about her new role in government, her globe-trotting childhood and what it’s like to have a famous brother. She also tells them how one tragedy changed her life forever. Producer: Emilia Davies
8/3/202152 minutes, 24 seconds