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Politics chat with the latest goings on at Holyrood and Westminster through the eyes of BBC Scotland journalists. Ready by 5pm Thursday.

Episode Date
Pandemic Planning
As the coronavirus pandemic grows, the team chats about how Governments are responding, including the budget boost announced for tackling the healthcare and economic issues.
Mar 12, 2020
Biden versus Bernie (ft. Prof Christopher Carman)
The team (figuratively) cross the Atlantic with US political expert Chris Carman to discuss the Democratic primaries, and why it was a Super Tuesday for some, less so for others.
Mar 05, 2020
Edinburgh Central Showdown (ft. Marco Biagi)
Is the Edinburgh Central candidacy a local fight, or a battle for the future of the SNP? Former MSP Marco Biagi joins the team to chat about his old constituency.
Feb 27, 2020
Can young people save the World? (Ft. Ross Greer)
Scotland's youngest ever MSP Ross Greer chats about youth in politics and climate change, as the team ask whether young idealism can make a difference, or even save the world.
Feb 20, 2020
Bearer of SpAd News
Jim Connolly joins the pod to talk about Governmental control as Chancellor Javid resigns from his post on reshuffle day, following reports he'd been asked to sack his advisers.
Feb 13, 2020
Mackay Quits (ft. Chris Musson)
Political Editor Chris Musson joins the team to talk about his scoop on Derek Mackay, as the Finance Secretary quits due to the allegations he messaged a 16 year old online.
Feb 06, 2020
On the eve of Brexit day, the team debates musical Parliaments and flag arguments, as well as exactly what will happen on January 31st as the clock hits 11pm and we leave the EU.
Jan 30, 2020
BONUS: Journey to Westminster with Amy Callaghan MP
SNP MP Amy Callaghan shares her path to Westminster, from cancer diagnosis to Parliament, and the shock unseating of Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson in East Dunbartonshire.
Jan 29, 2020
Assembling a Better Scotland?
Ian Davidson and Anne Nisbet from the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland join the show as the project reaches the halfway point with the first meeting of 2020.
Jan 23, 2020
The Generation Game
The PM has formally rejected IndyRef2, but is he generating generation generalisations? The team discuss what "once in a generation" means, as well as Stormont returning.
Jan 16, 2020
New Year, New Politics?
Will the year start with a roar or a squeak? The team finds out if they have 2020 vision as they chat about what's happening this year in Scottish and UK politics.
Jan 09, 2020
Brexit, NHS, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Brexit dominated the Queen's Speech, but what else is the PM wishing for this Christmas? In the last episode of the year, the team talks about politics in 2020.
Dec 19, 2019
Fresh Mandate
The election is over, but the battle for who has a mandate (and for what) has just begun. The team digest the result of the General Election which saw the Tories and SNP win big.
Dec 17, 2019
The Art of The Question
How do you craft a knockout political question? Sarah Smith joins the team to discuss interviewing and debates on the last Podlitical before polling day.
Dec 10, 2019
Gone Loopy
With one week left until the UK votes, the team chat about the past month of campaigning - and discuss one particular saying by former Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Dec 05, 2019
Stuck In The Middle
Pledges for the young and the old, but are politicians forgetting about the middle? Jojo Sutherland and Stewart Weir join the team to chat parenthood and politics this election.
Dec 03, 2019
The team discuss how to get over the general election hump, why you should always take your polls with a large helping of salt and what the political parties' prospects look like.
Nov 28, 2019
The Climate Change Election?
Green pledges are being rolled out, but are these real winds of change or all bluster? The team chat climate change, and whether it's the big issue of this election.
Nov 26, 2019
Get in there, Socrates
Can you believe what politicians say? The team talk trust and truth during campaigning for the election, and try not to get too philosophical in the process.
Nov 21, 2019
Down With The Kids
Marie Le Conte and Joey D'Urso join the Pod to chat about the 'youth vote' this election, and if it's fair to lump all young people into the same group.
Nov 19, 2019
Waiting For The Bus
A very cold Nick keeps the team updated as he waits for Jeremy Corbyn's campaign bus, chatting about latest Labour comments on indyref, and the SNP's response.
Nov 14, 2019
Target Audience
Money is being poured into targeted political ads, but should you be concerned? The Podlitical team find out how political parties take aim at you online, and why they do it.
Nov 12, 2019
Trojan Horseradish?
Can salad be political? Chris Mason joins Podlitical as the election has a rough start, answering pressing questions about salad, BBC hair styling, and all things campaigning.
Nov 07, 2019
Dodgy Bar Chart Season
It's happening! A General Election looms and the Podlitical team try to make sense of it - and whether Brexit will continue to dominate the conversation.
Oct 31, 2019
BONUS: Political Tourists
From historic beheadings to current coups, Podlitical gets a guided tour of Parliament as Phil Sim and Rajdeep Sandhu are shown the nooks and crannies of the Palace of Westminster
Oct 30, 2019
BONUS: Being an MP (ft. Mhairi Black)
Mhairi Black MP sits down for a frank chat with Nick Eardley to share her experiences of working in Parliament.
Oct 29, 2019
Podlitical in Parliament
Deep in the corridors of power, Podlitical takes a real insider look at politics! The team travel down to Parliament, for a rare broadcast from inside the Palace of Westminster.
Oct 24, 2019
Done deal?
PM Johnson has struck a new Brexit deal with the EU, but can it get through Parliament? On a day of breaking news, the Podlitical team chat about what might happen next.
Oct 17, 2019
BONUS: Stress and Politics with Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Brexit getting you down? According to Dr Rangan Chatterjee, you're not the only one. He explains to Phil Sim and Lynsey Bews how the endless news cycle can stress us out.
Oct 15, 2019
Juicy Gossip
Forget Coleen Rooney because we've got gossip of our own, as we reveal that Kezia Dugdale has left Scottish Labour - and there's plenty of hot Brexit chat too.
Oct 10, 2019
Cats versus dogs
The Podlitical team discuss the Prime Minister's proposed Brexit deal and what it all means. Also Gerard Butler and cats versus dogs.
Oct 03, 2019
Brooching the divide
The Podlitical team discuss the resumption of Parliament, where passions have been running high.
Sep 26, 2019
Raising eyebrows with Marie Le Conte
The Podlitical team are joined by journalist Marie Le Conte to discuss an eyebrow raising issue for the Queen, and other big political news.
Sep 19, 2019
BONUS: Indyref 5th Anniversary Special
The Podlitical team are joined by special guests SNP MP David Linden and Conservative Councillor Meghan Gallacher to share their experiences of the 2014 Independence Referendum.
Sep 18, 2019
That's another big question
Parliament may be prorogued, but the Podlitical team still have plenty to discuss, including backstops, a general election, and a bunch of tricky questions.
Sep 12, 2019
It's kind of complicated
Podlitical is back, and ready to tackle a week of political chaos in Westminster and beyond - including lost government majorities, Brexit bills, and a potential general election.
Sep 05, 2019
BONUS: Can climate protests change Government policy?
As a reporter at the Scottish Parliament, Phil Sim has seen his fair share of protests. From the big marches against Donald Trump and Brexit, to smaller ones over local issues like factory closures and rail services. He’s heard all manner of protests songs, witnessed MSPs marching in pyjamas, or in one case, dressed up as a fox, and has seen more ‘down with this sort of thing’ placards than you could shake a stick at. But does any of it have a tangible impact on our politics? In this special episode of Podlitical, Phil examines two of the biggest protests of the day – The School Strikers and Extinction Rebellion, to find if protest can really succeed in changing the course of a government.
Aug 23, 2019
Indy Curious
Northern Ireland correspondent Jayne McCormack and Welsh political reporter Cemlyn Davies join Phil, Nick and Rajdeep to talk about Boris Johnson's first visit to the home nations as Prime Minister. The gang also discuss the impact of the PM's No Deal rhetoric on Welsh Independence and Irish re-unification. Phil tells us about avoiding a man dressed as Jesus.
Aug 01, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
The Podlitical team, chaired by Philip Sim, talk about a wild week in Westminster at the beginning of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's premiership, and what it means for Scotland.
Jul 25, 2019
State of the Union: Devolve and Forget?
Northern Ireland correspondent Jayne McCormack joins Phil Sim, Nick Eardley and Rajdeep Sandhu to discuss the State of the Union following Theresa May's speech in Stirling and before the Conservative leadership hustings in Perth. A political correspondent from Wales was invited but they are all on a stag doo in Strasbourg.
Jul 05, 2019
Personality Politics ft. Kezia Dugdale
The Podlitical team chaired by Philip Sim chat about the importance of personality in politics, and what makes a political leader with Kezia Dugdale.
Jun 27, 2019
Tory Leadership + Climate Change
The Podlitical team talks about who our next Prime Minister will be, as well as naughty neighbours, and why it's probably a good idea to lock your front door.
Jun 20, 2019
Continental Breakfast
The Podlitical team are joined by a guest from Brussels to talk Tory leadership, the First Minister in Europe, and which Parliament has the best food.
Jun 13, 2019
Playing the Trump card
The Podlitical Team discuss former MP Natalie McGarry's jailing and President Trump's state visit - including what it means for Scotland, Ireland, and the NHS.
Jun 06, 2019
The End of May
After a week of political drama, the Podlitical team discuss the Prime Minister's resignation and what it means for Scotland, with a side of macaroni and opium.
May 30, 2019
BONUS EP: Trans Rights
In this bonus episode we take an in-depth look at trans rights and gender identity - something that’s become a prominent and divisive issue in Scottish politics and society as a whole. This comes as the Scottish government is planning reforms to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to allow people to "self-declare" their legally recognised gender and following the appearance of radical Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy at Holyrood. Lynsey Bews and Phil Sim are joined by James Morton (manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance) and Shona Craven (columnist and community editor for The National newspaper).
May 24, 2019
The Holyrood Quiz Special
The Podlitical team are joined by special guests Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh and Political Editor Brian Taylor to test their Holyrood knowledge.
May 23, 2019
Beef City
Lucy Whyte, Nick Eardley, Phil Sim and Lynsey Bews talk beef, Brexit, the European elections and online campaigning. Seriously, there’s a lot of beef. It’s doubtful the word ‘beef’ has ever been used more in any podcast ever. Beef.
May 16, 2019
Entire packet of muffins
Is climate change the new vote winner, and what should you eat on election night? The Podlitical team featuring Lucy Whyte, Nick Eardley, Lynsey Bews, and Philip Sim find out.
May 09, 2019
Not A Real Dinosaur
The Podlitical team, featuring Lucy Whyte, Philip Sim, Nick Eardley, and Jayne McCormack discuss the Huawei leaks, the SNP conference, and bare-behind protesting.
May 02, 2019
A Game of Rounders
Phil gets his keyboard out (again) and the team discuss Indyref2, Brexit and new political parties amongst other things
Apr 25, 2019
Let's go on holiday
Jackie Bird waves goodbye, Glenn Campbell says "hi" and Brexit reporting until we die?
Apr 11, 2019
Cheap chilli and wine
A Brexit question from Mr Hanky, Phil talks political holidays & did the FM outfox Nick?
Apr 04, 2019
Indicative Noes
The future of the PM, "Uh Uh" to indicative votes & Phil's back in court.
Mar 28, 2019
Squeaky bum time
Tonnes of Ask Us Anythings, Brexit chat & a debate over whether it's "Bercoh" or "Bercow".
Mar 21, 2019
Stare Offs
The BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler and Rob Burley, editor of Politics Live, join the team to discuss a momentous week in politics
Mar 14, 2019
Wales and Codpieces
This week the team are joined by Rajdeep Sandhu (The Nine) and James Williams (BBC Wales) to talk about joint motions, Section 30 and Geoffrey Cox's underwear.
Mar 07, 2019
Phil and Nick muse over the question of a second Scottish Independence Referendum.
Feb 28, 2019
A Continental Podlitical
This week's guests take us to Spain & Belgium as we discuss Brexit, Catalonia & short money.
Feb 28, 2019
Split ups and split ends
We discuss the Independent Group, Brexit (obviously), hair and "a long history of beef"
Feb 21, 2019
Fuddle Duddle
Phil, Lucy & Rajdeep talk horse tethering, debating debates & their political Valentine's.
Feb 14, 2019
Anthony & Jayne join the team to discuss digital faux pas & Donald Tusk's strong language.
Feb 07, 2019
Phil can't control his budget excitement, we discuss Piers v Greer &, of course, BREXIT!
Jan 31, 2019
Call the lawyer!
We answer your 'Ask Us Anything' Qs and ask our beloved lawyer "Can we talk about Alex Salmond?"
Jan 24, 2019
"What are you playing at?"
The panel ponder over the Westminster whirlwind & provide the latest on the Alex Salmond row.
Jan 17, 2019
Brexit is in the eye of the beholder
Post-Xmas break, the team return with a Brexit jargon buster & a chat on parliament mice.
Jan 10, 2019
It's beginning to look a lot like Brexit
In our last episode of 2018; we manage to bring music, panto, VAR and lip reading tips to the subject of Brexit. Also, Phil brings us some breaking news.
Dec 20, 2018
Who's got the cojones?
This week, "WTF" is going on with the UK Government, Brexit, the budget & Phil's John Bercow impression.
Dec 13, 2018
The dulcet tones of Geoffrey Cox
This week we put Brexit on the 'front-burner' discussing Geoffrey Cox's voice, the corridor of power's 'seating devices' and Mac 'N' Cheese-gate.
Dec 06, 2018
Bums on seats
Brexitcast's Chris Mason joins us as we chat Brexit TV debates, less meaningful votes & Noel Edmonds' torso.
Nov 29, 2018
A chaise longue time in politics
Nick, Lucy, Phil & Jayne unravel this week's Brexit news ahead of Sunday's crunch summit.
Nov 22, 2018
'We'll look back at this & laugh, Phil?'
As a draft Brexit agreement sparks cabinet resignations, we scramble to record reaction!!
Nov 15, 2018
Show me the money!
This week we discuss campaign spending, Brexit & find out who was called "Nostradumbass".
Nov 08, 2018
We catch up with NPR's Politics podcast host, Tamara Keith, ahead of the US midterms.
Nov 02, 2018
What's in the red box?!
The Budget puts Phil's higher maths to the test & we ask, 'why the red box?'
Nov 01, 2018
Dead Goat-gate & the 1922
We discuss dead goat-gate, Holyrood's musical chairs & ask 'what is a 1922 committee?'
Oct 25, 2018
Brexit Borders & Backstops
We discuss baseball terms for Brexit, the power of celeb tweets & the Gordian knot.
Oct 18, 2018
David Dimbleby joins the chat!
We discuss SNP conference, Willie Rennie’s fighting skills & what next for David Dimbleby
Oct 11, 2018
Everyone's gone prawn crackers
Annie, Nick & Phil chat May's moves, an MP's Bodyguard impression & prawn crackers
Oct 04, 2018
Party Season
Phil, Annie, Nick & Lucy chat reverse ferrets, conference "party season" & shouter outers
Sep 27, 2018
Our first Podlitical
Phil, Lucy, Annie & Nick chat Corbyn, Independence, Referenda(ums) & "go back to school".
Sep 20, 2018
Welcome to Podlitical
Welcome to this new BBC podcast. The first episode will be published within seven days.
Sep 14, 2018