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andrewbetts
 Dec 6, 2021
Great balance of news, culture and discussion with regulars and Interesting guests.


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 Oct 6, 2021
good past with a very mixed content with excellent interviews with interesting project

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 Feb 12, 2021
A great way to stay informed. Interview format with high quality guests. George Saunders says Dorian Linsky is a great interviewer and I agree. Now Daily!


 Jan 17, 2021
Interesting & informative interviews with a diverse range of people

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News and politics unlocked, from the producers of Oh God, What Now? The Bunker is fearless, independent politics talk for Britain and beyond. We examine the big issues with humour and expertise, cutting through the claptrap to make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on. Every day we release explainers, penetrating interviews, fresh perspective and under-reported stories to rescue you from everyday Punch & Judy news coverage. It's the only way to start the day…  Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Miatta Fahnbulleh • Andrew Harrison • Ayesha Hazarika • Marie le Conte • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith • Arthur Snell • Siân Pattenden • Justin Quirk • Ros Taylor. • Sign up to support the podcast and get episodes ad-free and early: patreon.com/bunkercast. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.

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Wrong numbers: How bad data leads us astray
1872
Statistics dictate policy – but what if our data sets are wrong? How are numbers manipulated for political gain? These are questions that House of Commons Library statistician Georgina Sturge answers in her new book Bad Data: How Governments, Politicians and the Rest of Us Get Misled by Numbers. She tells Alex Andreou about how data is used to make policy, how it is being manipulated, and how to tell good data from bad.  “Numbers can’t speak for themselves.” “Governments are presenting data as if it is free of ideology.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2022
Deal or No Deals – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Jacob Jarvis
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A Tory MP exodus rolls on as the Government looks to turn public opinion against striking workers as more walkouts loom. Is there any chance of deals ahead of Christmas action? And the Online Safety Bill returns to the Commons, while Labour has its say on the Lords. Plus, we look at the latest from protests in Iran and China, as well as US political rumblings. Ros Taylor joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss the week ahead.  "Morale is very low in the Tory party.”  “Presenting striking workers as grinches ruining Christmas is ridiculous.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Ros Taylor. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
Fresh prince: The new face of the Green Party
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Climate change remains a key political issue. But with multiple crises mounting, are the Greens a one policy party? Ros Taylor is joined by Zack Polanski, deputy leader of the Green Party, to talk about what they want and what's missing from mainstream political discourse. “Only two countries used FPTP – Belarus and the UK.” “Too often politics operates in silos – and we are interested in systems thinking and change.” “People are sick of the two party system.” “We need a positive message on immigration.” “Keir Starmer won’t talk to us, even though the environment is a crucial issue.” “It's irresponsible for a leader to say they will get to net zero on technologies that don’t exist yet.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Music: Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2022
Bunker USA: Republican revenge – How the GOP will target Biden 


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Joe Biden is set for a tough couple of years with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. How will the GOP look to hurt the president? Dr Thomas Gift, director of UCL’s Centre on US Politics, joins Jacob Jarvis in to tell us about how Biden’s enemies will enact their revenge.  • “Anything Joe biden wants to get done between now and the next 2 years is just not going to happen” • “Republicans can basically block any piece of legislation that Joe Biden puts to the floor” • “A lot of Republicans think this is time for payback, this is time for revenge.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music and Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2022
No kidding: Why we can't afford to have children
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Is the cost of having children making parenthood feel impossible? With childcare through the roof, insecure housing and the cost of living crisis starting to bite, it’s an anxious time for parents. Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, joins Ros Taylor to highlight how the poor provision for parents harms us all.  “Ironically I was sacked from a children's charity for wanting a baby.”  “Every ten minutes a woman is pushed out of their job.” “We have created a system where dads aren’t allowed to be more active in the family.” “Children aren’t a lifestyle choice, we are literally reproducing the labour market.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
“When workers win, we all win” – Frances O’Grady on striking for Britain
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From postal workers to nurses, we face a winter of strikes. What do they want and why should we all be invested in their cause? Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the British Trades Union Congress, joins Jude Rogers to discuss the problems faced by Britain’s workforce – and whether those taking action can pull together for a better future.  “With real wages falling and living standards stagnating there is a coordinated offensive against working people.” “There is no light at the end of the tunnel unless we stick together.” “When striking workers win, we all win.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Jude Rogers. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Winter is coming. Can the NHS survive it?
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It’s hard to remember a time when the NHS wasn’t at ‘breaking point’. But with more than 7 million people in England on the NHS waiting list, real-term wage decreases, over-stretched ambulance services, and impending strike action from nurses – can it make it through the winter? Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research at the Health Foundation, joins Siân Pattenden to weigh up if there is any hope of saving it. “The NHS staff are wracked with trauma post-Covid.” “We ran the NHS hot at the edge of capacity before the pandemic.” “Pay is far from the central factor of low staff morale, they haven’t felt valued for years.” “A lot of hospitals are now running food banks for their staff.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Siân Pattenden. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
Bang to rights: How to fix the British constitution
2011
Our unwritten constitution relies on our politicians acting in good faith. But with recent political crises leaving it creaking at the hinges, do we still benefit from its flexibility? Andrew Blick, co-author of The Bonfire of the Decencies: Repairing and Restoring the British Constitution, talks to Alex Andreou about how to fix the rules that rule us. “Our flexible constitution can adjust in times of public emergency.” “The ‘good chap’ phrase is as outdated as the theory.” “Our constitution isn’t codified, but there are more checks and balances.” “We have lost faith in politicians behaving themselves.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Music: Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Operation Get Stuffed – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Jacob Jarvis
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As Sunak embarks on a mission to “get tough” this week – is this another Tory vanity project avoiding the real issues? With pressure over the situation in Manston, more strikes looming and the economy still in turmoil, where should his focus actually be? Plus, mass unrest is shaking China – how will it play out? Yasmeen Serhan joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss the week ahead.  “Sunak isn’t being compared to a lettuce, yet.” – Jacob Jarvis  "A draconian approach has sparked mass protests across China." – Yasmeen Serhan  “There are big strikes on the horizon.” – Yasmeen Serhan Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Falling short: Can migration fix the UK’s labour crisis?
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The UK has a jobs crisis – too many vacancies, and not enough people to fill them. Is migration the fix? The end of free movement of EU workers is partially to blame for the worker shortage – and filling the swathes of roles across the NHS, social care, hospitality and construction is not an easy task. Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, tells Ros Taylor what the Government can do to fix the situation. “In the past the availability of some of those EU workers to fill jobs had papered over the problems.” “Low pay is effectively baked into the system by policy.” “From a purely mercenary perspective, the UK benefits a lot from bringing in people that it didn’t pay to train.” “The government hasn’t done enough to plan the workforce effectively” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2022
Bunker USA: What the Fox – Who is Tucker Carlson?
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Tucker Carlson is the most-watched cable news host in America. Who is he, why is he so popular and what makes him tick? He’s praised Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban, perpetuated the “stop the steal” nonsense, and regularly fills the airwaves with rhetoric to enrage the Republican right. Dan Cassino, author of Fox News and American Politics, joins Jacob Jarvis to discover what Carlson’s influence means for the future of the United States. “If he makes a mention of a candidate – either positively or negatively- that candidate moves up in the polls the next day.” “Tucker Carlson is a troll. He is a right-wing troll. He is someone who is saying the things that will get people upset because he believes that's the way to get attention and to have influence. The worst thing is, he’s not wrong.” “If I can make an extreme argument, once you respond to me, I’m in control. I’m the one setting the agenda.” “I’ve no doubt if that populist wing of the Republican party comes into disarray, that he’ll rebrand himself. “ Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER USA is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2022
There’s no magic money Xi: Inside China’s economic turmoil
1858
As one of the world’s biggest economies, trouble in China means trouble for us all. China’s stringent Covid policy has seen businesses lock down, having a huge prolonged impact on trade and international relations. From global development to the war in Ukraine, George Magnus, author of Red Flags: Why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy joins Alex Andreou in The Bunker to tell us how the ripples of Chinese intervention spread far wider than we may imagine. "We’re all worried and thinking a lot about what’s going on in China. It's a huge economy and it has a huge impact on trade and international economic relations." “You’d need huge political reform as well and that’s just not going to happen, especially not under Xi Jinping” www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2022
“There’s got to be hope on the horizon” – Lisa Nandy on the change Britain needs
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Lisa Nandy talks to Dorian Lynskey about the people and places left behind in modern Britain – and how to empower them. The shadow secretary of state for communities and local government discusses the communities that give her hope, the missteps of recent Governments and what shifts she’d like to see – as outlined in her new book All In: How We Build a Country That Works.  “Everywhere you go there is this feeling that everything is falling apart.” “People know that this country could be better… they’re very angry that for a long time they’ve been saying things haven’t been working.”  “People need hope. There’s got to be hope on the horizon.” “Change is inevitable. People won’t put up with the system anymore.”  Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Musk could kill Twitter. Was it doomed already?
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Musk’s Twitter takeover is leading to a mass exodus from the site. But is this just the Elon effect, or was that bound to happen anyway? Jacob Jarvis is joined by Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Lecturer in Creative Digital Media at SOAS and author of Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media, about what the decline of the Twittersphere means for how we participate in politics – and to discuss whether this was an inevitability, regardless of who ran the platform.  “Musk is known for entrepreneurial pseudo-logic.” “Musk represents the death of the political.” “We all skip ads, so it’s not a viable way to fund social media.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Music: Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
“You knew people were already dying” – Luke Harding on the moment Russia pounced
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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the world forever, but what was it like to be in Kyiv as the first bombs fell? Luke Harding, foreign correspondent at The Guardian, joins Arthur Snell to reveal all about the grim reality of Putin’s war, and the unheard human stories behind the headlines, covered in his new book Invasion: Russia’s Bloody War and Ukraine’s Fight for Survival. “A mum and two kids came into my shelter with colouring books, and you just knew people were already dying.” “Russian occupation means terror and murder.” “Deep down Putin is a coward, and I would be surprised if he used a nuclear bomb.” “Crimea is where Ukrainians used to go on holiday, but Russia has turned it into a ghastly military garrison.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
Let’s take lots of money – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan
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Hunt’s cuts bonanza faces dissection from angry MPs this week. How will he handle the pushback? Plus, there are rumours of a Swiss-style EU deal – could this possibly happen? Then we cast an eye to the US, with ripples still coming from the midterms and Trump’s presidential announcement. And with the Qatar World Cup underway, what has reaction been to the tournament so far? Yasmeen Serhan joins Alex Andreou to discuss the news to look out for in the days ahead.  “There’s some buyers' remorse with Brexit and the economic impact we’re starting to feel… the elephant in the room is the B word.” – Yasmeen Serhan “I think people are quite fearful of spending cuts… there’s room for a clash between public perceptions of what the public thinks and the Government thinks.” – Yasmeen Serhan “It seems to me the budget is slowly unravelling, there’s lots of noise from low tax Tories.” – Alex Andreou Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Is there any hope after austerity 2.0?
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Hunt’s cuts upon cuts have left the nation worried, depressed and frightened. Is there any hope beyond austerity 2.0? Marc Stears, director of the UCL Policy Lab, author of Out of the Ordinary and former Ed Miliband speechwriter, speaks to Ros Taylor about the state of Britain and its future prospects. “The reality of the economy is an extraordinary living standards squeeze that people confront in their daily lives.”  “Anger, rage, unpredictability – you see that everywhere at the moment, but particularly in the Conservative backbenches.” “We’re probably overly gloomy as to where we might be able to get, but not gloomy enough about where we are now.”  “People are fed up with overly grandiose stories which turned out to have nothing in them.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jet Gerbertson and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2022
Bunker USA: Don’t write off the Trump cult
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It’s official, Trump is running for President in 2024. Does anyone really want him to – or is it foolish to underestimate him? Julie Norman, Co-Director of the UCL Centre on US Politics, joins Jacob to tell us why calling Trump the underdog could play straight into his hands.  “As much as Trump gets leverage in promoting himself, bashing Biden also plays well with his base.” “I think Trump knows that what is appealing about Trump is himself - and it's why some of the Trump backed candidates didn’t do so well. He has a cult of personality around him that is bigger than his children and the people around him.” “Whether one loves or hates Trump it’s important not to discount him.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Jade Bailey. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER USA is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2022
How filthy is Britain's air?
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Dirty air filing homes across the UK is leading to an increase in asthma and lower life expectancy. But just how filthy is it? And are we doing anything meaningful about it? Ros Taylor talks to David Green, senior research fellow in the aerosol science team at Imperial College London.    “Scientists have found particles from polluted air in unborn babies.” “Some of the highest levels of pollution are experienced in cars.” “Government anti-pollution measures benefit the public purse in the long term because we spend less on things like childhood development.” “Outside of London, industrial hubs contribute a huge level of air pollution – Port Talbot’s factories make it the most polluted place in the UK.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
“The main parties benefit from a broken system” – Gina Miller on rebooting politics
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Gina Miller, described as an “establishment wrecking ball,” speaks to Alex Andreou about battling Brexit and her desire to “reboot” the system. After rising to prominence taking on the Government’s authority to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament, her fight has been taken to the stage in the play Bloody Difficult Women. She’s gone on to launch the True & Fair political party, and is aiming to oust Chris Grayling from his Parliamentary seat.  “Because everyone was talking about sovereignty, I thought people would be supportive of my case.”  “If someone is abusing me and not what I’m saying – I’ve probably won.”  “The whole system of government is not fit for purpose. And the main parties will not go as far as I think is needed to reboot it.”  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Changing the Channel – How to fix the Asylum System
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Suella Braverman has called the asylum system broken – but she’s probably focused on the wrong parts. What needs fixing? Home Office incompetence has led to a backlog in processing claims – while the Government is focussing on a new deal with France to reduce people crossing the Channel in small boats. Colin Yeo, a barrister specialising in migration issues sits down with Arthur Snell, to tell us just how Brexit broke the asylum system – and how to speed it up once and for all.  “I think it boils down to incompetence when it comes down to it.” “Instead of refocussing resources they’ve just ignored it and it’s made things worse.” “If someone is from Syria it doesn’t take long to realise that they’re probably a refugee” “I don’t trust the Home Office when they start quoting statistics that aren’t in the public domain.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
Jailed for a bike lock? The new protest laws should worry you
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As climate activists ramp up provocative protests, the Government is cracking down by bolstering police powers. How far will this go? Ros Taylor is joined by David Mead, professor of UK human rights law, to discuss the incoming public order bill – and how it could impact groups such as Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion.  “There’s certainly been a step up of climate activists over the last couple of months.”  “These groups have a deliberate tactic of being arrested. In their view they need more provocative actions to get publicity. They’ve had a step up.” “We should be very worried here of a chilling effect.”  “Peaceful protest does include serious disruption.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
Black Hole Sum – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou
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Britain braces itself for “eyewatering” cuts to cover the £60bn bill for Trussonomics. And Jeremy Hunt braces himself for the howls of the Tory Right. Plus: Braverman turns bagwoman to sign a migrants deal with France. And good news! The Democrats take the Senate and Trump gets the blame! Alex Andreou gives Jacob Jarvis the run-down on the coming week. “We’re now trying to fill a much bigger hole caused by the Truss-Kwarteng fiasco.” “The cuts will have to go much further simply because the markets no longer trust us.” “To impose cuts on this scale when you know they will kill people is just immoral.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by lead producer Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
The war on the BBC and how to save it
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The BBC is constantly under siege – how can it survive the 360 degree onslaught it faces? Does it make a rod for its own back? Or is stuck in a perennial catch-22? Siân Pattenden is joined by Patrick Barwise author of The War Against the BBC, to discuss the embattled broadcaster.  “People pay for far more services that they don’t use than paying for the BBC.” “What is contested is impartiality.” “The organised attacks on the BBC come from the Right.” “It is a miracle it's so productive given how tightly it has been squeezed.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2022
Bunker USA: What Biden could learn from AOC – with Anand Giridharadas
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What tips could Biden take from left-wing star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to help bridge America’s political divide? How do activists and politicians convince opposing groups of the same message? Writer and political commentator Anand Giridharadas talks to Ros Taylor about his new book The Persuaders: Winning Hearts and Minds in a Divided Age.  “The left needs to be better at creating an inclusive movement.” “It shows a lot about politics that AOC might not stay in it.” “Elon Musk is a limited man who behaves like an 11 year old boy.”  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Jade Bailey. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2022
How to be Home Secretary with Alan Johnson
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What would Alan Johnson do differently if he was in Suella Braverman’s shoes? The former Home Secretary, who held the post from 2009 to 2010, gives his take on the current crises – and sets the record straight on which party really handles crime better out of Labour and the Tories. “Suella is taking on the Priti Patel mantle… talking about the problems but doing nothing to resolve them.” “It’s the Tories who have really failed on crime and borders.” “When you’re 12 years in you can no longer blame the last Labour government.” “We need the relations with Macron to be really good, because that’s part of the problem.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Arthur Snell. Producers: Jet Gerbertson. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Can Jeremy Hunt fix this mess? – with IFS director Paul Johnson
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Jeremy Hunt’s key task is fixing the damage of Truss and Kwarteng’s mini-budget – can he get us out of this mess? From freezing the wages of nurses and teachers, to adding VAT to Jaffa Cakes – what options does the Chancellor have? Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies joins Ros Taylor to look at what taxes might increase, how the Government can tempt the over 55s back into the workforce – and if there’s any cause for optimism. “Hunt probably has to look at the serious taxes… though it remains to be seen if this is politically feasible.”  “You can’t raise very large amounts of money from inheritance or capital gains tax.” “Younger people have seen very poor earnings growth – the last 15 years have been pretty much the worst since the industrial revolution.”   Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
New Gov – Michael Crick on the MPs of tomorrow
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When there is finally a general election, what will the next batch of MPs look like? With parties deep into selection processes, who is going to be thrust upon us – and who’s being blocked? Journalist, author and Channel 4 legend Michael Crick, who runs Tomorrow’s MPs on Twitter, talks to Andrew Harrison about our future parliamentarians.  “The left is doing appallingly within the Labour selections.”  “Starmer can’t be seen to interfere too much – that can be the kiss of death for a candidate.”  “There is a process of weeding people out on the grounds of their politics.” “When local parties are choosing members of Parliament, they’re also choosing potential future ministers.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees and Jet Gerbertson. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
Where the Bank of England’s going wrong – with Richard Murphy
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Is the Bank of England working in our best interests – and what could it do differently that might serve us better? While the last recession was met with a response of ‘quantitative easing’, the next is due to be met with ‘quantitative tightening’. Richard Murphy, professor of accounting practice at Sheffield University, author of the book Money For Nothing and king of the Twitter macroeconomic mega-thread, talks to Justin Quirk about what the central bank is up to. “Quantitative tightening is the opposite of quantitative easing – this means the government spends into the economy.”  “Quantitative tightening really shows that the Bank of England doesn’t care.” “Rishi Sunak doesn’t want there to be a recession, because he won’t win the next election.” “The public don’t know how to ask or answer big questions – and politicians aren’t helping.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
Exit Through the Grift Shop – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou
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The US midterms could see Biden hamstrung by his political enemies – as the prospect of a 2024 Trump run looms. Is America headed for another period of turmoil and deadlock, with the Republicans controlling the Senate and the House? And in the UK, the political sack race is on between Gavin Williamson and Suella Braverman. Will Sunak ditch either of them – or wait until a more convenient time? Plus, the world turns its eyes to COP27. Andrew Harrison is joined by Alex Andreou to tee up the week ahead.  “If the Democrats lose both the House and Senate they could be in for two years of very rough battles.” – Alex Andreou  “The Republicans can make a hellscape and know voters will primarily blame Biden for it.” – Alex Andreou  “If Sunak is inclined to get rid of Braverman or Williamson, he will do it one day after the budget – while they’re getting slated for their measures.” – Alex Andreou  “There is no doubt that for the next two years we will be paying for the Conservatives cock up.” – Alex Andreou  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou. Producer: Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Pay up or meltdown: COP27 explained
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World leaders are jetting into Sharm El-Sheik in Egypt this week for COP27. But as wild weather continues and predictions are that we have already passed the point of no return – what will we learn from COP27? Andrew Harrison is joined by Madeleine Cuff, environment reporter at the New Scientist to give you the heads up on what the big issues will be, who might derail discussions and what we can do to solve our environmental woes. “A lot of work needs to be done to get this problem under control.” “Under the Paris Agreement the pledges aren’t binding.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Producers: Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2022
Bunker USA: How did America’s politicians get so dumb – with Andy Borowitz
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Over the past fifty years, America’s politicians have grown increasingly allergic to knowledge. Why is this? Writer, comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz joins Dorian Lynskey to discuss his new book Profiles in Ignorance: How America's Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber, which looks at why ignoramuses make it to the top of US politics, from Dan Quayle to George Bush, Sarah Palin to Donald Trump.  “Politicians have been the greatest comedians of the last 50 years.” ”Dan Quayle was just as ignorant as Reagan, but he lacked any talent to mask it.” “George Bush opened the door for Sarah Palin, who lead to Donald Trump.” “Donald Trump speaks in shorter words than any other president.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production and Music by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2022
Should we choose our leaders at random?
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We’re not on a great run of political leaders at the moment – is the problem how we pick them? And what if we simply… didn’t? Rather than choosing between a bunch of self-serving, pound-crashing Westminster drones – could democratic lotteries be the answer? Brett Hennig, author of The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy and director of the Sortition Foundation discusses how we pick our representatives, and how we could change it, with Jacob Jarvis. “Politicians often come from a subset of people who aren't best placed to make laws.” “People will only participate in politics if they feel represented.” “The House of Lords is a dinosaur and ripe to be replaced.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
The women who vanished from history – with author Kate Mosse
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How do we put women back in the history books? Author, playwright, co-founder of The Women’s Prize for Fiction and member of the executive committee of Women of the World, Kate Mosse joins Siân Pattenden to talk about balancing out Margaret Thatcher and Barbara Castle, and her new book, Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries - How Women (Also) Built the World. “Women were often incredibly well-known in their day. It’s what happens to them after that.” “We talk about Florence Nightingale as a nurse and carer - but never a statistician.” “This isn't about men versus women. It's about patriarchy, a system, that benefits a tiny number of men.” “Women's place in history cannot be about likeability.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warrior-Queens-Quiet-Revolutionaries-Women/dp/1529092191  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Could Russia revolt against Putin?
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The worse Russia’s invasion of Ukraine goes, the more Putin doubles down. Is he truly unhinged? And could his citizens turn on him? Marc Berenson, senior lecturer at the Russia Institute at King’s College London and the author of Taxes and Trust: From Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia and Ukraine, talks to Justin Quirk about Putin’s changing worldview, why the President sees Eastern Europe as a “massive DMZ”, and if the Russian people really support his regime.  “The truth is that Putin is rational – but with completely different preferences to ours in the West.”  “The best outcome for Putin from this war would be him going to jail.” “The West needs to help Russia. If we don’t, we’ll pay for it in the long run.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
Atomic smitten? The case for nuclear power
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Could nuclear power be the answer to our doomed energy sector? It remains controversial – but why? Ahir Shah talks to Francis Livens, professor of radiochemistry at the University of Manchester and academic director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute about how nuclear works, how the sector has changed, and how hitting net zero carbon by 2050 might be impossible without it.  “Without nuclear energy, hitting net zero will be impossible.” “Patronising scientists haven’t created a dialogue with the public about nuclear energy.” “Thinking about old nuclear factories is like comparing cars from today with those from the 1970s.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
But Their Emails! – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Ros Taylor
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The Home Secretary plays fast and loose with her email security. The former PM’s phone is so compromised that it’s been locked in a secure location. Interest rates are about to go up and the Chancellor is about to tax everything. But hey, at least Bolsonaro lost in Brazil! Yasmeen Serhan fills Ros Taylor in on the events of the coming week. “Twitter was already a hellscape but it looks like it’s going to become an even worse one.” “You have to ask, why are ministers using private phones to conduct government business?” “The silence you hear is Bolsonaro mulling his options.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Lead producer: Jacob Archbold. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Brazil: Can the world risk another Bolsonaro term?
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Brazil’s presidential elections go to round two today. Ahead of Latin America’s most consequential vote in decades, what should we be looking out for? Dr. Christopher Sabatini, senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, talks to Alex Andreou about how Bolsonaro broke Brazilian politics, Lula’s prospects and the environmental impact on the Amazon. “The last four years can be seen as a triumph of institutions. Brazilian institutions are strong and they've survived, despite Bolsonaro.” “Lula's campaign is all about beating Bolsonaro. That's not a long-term winning bet.”  “Bolsonaro's election strategy is Bible, beef and bullets.” “For Brazilians, the Amazon is their crown jewel.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2022
Bunker USA: You can’t handle the Truth Social – Inside Trump’s alt Twitter
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After being banned from Twitter, Donald Trump set up Truth Social, his own social media platform. What can you expect to find on the site? Is it just a mouthpiece for the former President? Kayla Gogarty, associate research director at Media Matters America, joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss Trump’s online echo chamber. “Truth Social is a way for Trump to get back online and to avoid moderation.” “It’s an echo chamber of conspiracy theories and harmful rhetoric.” “As the midterms approach we’re seeing election misinformation ramp up.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production and Music by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2022
Degrees of Debt – How university fees went wrong
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When university fees shot up to £9,000 in 2012 they triggered violent protests. Now Britain’s universities are expecting redundancies and even bankruptcy – and they’re hooked on lucrative foreign students. Can we carry on funding education from fees, or is it time for a graduate tax? And do we need to rethink what students get for their money? Ros Taylor talks to Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute think tank. “Lifelong learning was hit hardest by the increase in fees.” “The fee cap hasn’t gone up in a decade. Universities are losing money on home students.” “Despite how big the fees seem, university staff are being hit hard.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
Doomsday Watch – new series out now
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Like The Bunker? You’ll love Doomsday Watch – and there’s a brand new series out right now. Hear former diplomat and Bunker regular Arthur Snell explore more faultlines and danger zones that threaten global stability. From the balance of power after the Ukraine invasion to the scattered conflicts that spawn bigger confrontations to American’s democratic death spiral, these are the flashpoints of the future. Hear Ep.1 right now here, plus Patreon supporters get every episode a week early. Visit doomsdaywatch.co.uk and sign up to get Episodes 1 and 2 immediately, and subsequent editions a full week early. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Who’s the real Sunak? Matthew Parris tells us
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The Conservative psychodrama has given us a new PM, a new cabinet and a whole lot more restive MPs. So what should we expect from the party’s latest iteration? Commentator and former Tory MP Matthew Parris talks to Ros Taylor about the “pleasant” Prime Minister Sunak, “appalling” Suella Braverman and what we can expect from his premiership.  “The Conservative Party has a sense of burnout.” “Beyond the commentariat, people don’t want a general election.” “Without Sunak’s patronage, Suella would be more or less finished.” “The Home Office destroys everybody. Let’s hope it destroys Suella in a few months.” “I wouldn’t be surprised if Sunak doesn’t surprise us at all, but plods on in a sensible way.”  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
What’s left to cut?
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With Rishi Sunak keeping Jeremy Hunt in post as Chancellor, the prospect of a new era of austerity looms. But what is left to cut? From hospitals, to prisons and schools – public sector services are at breaking point. And with workers across struggling institutions already threatening strikes, how much worse can it get? Nick Davies from The Institute for Government think tank talks to Justin Quirk about where the government will make cuts and how to assess the damage. “We are looking at a lost generation of public services.” “Now is a very bad time to be unwell.” Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
“Ukraine will fight and Ukraine will win”
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After Ukraine’s stunning battlefield successes, Putin responds with missile attacks on civilians, power and transport infrastructure – adding to his toll of war crimes. How is Ukrainian morale eight months into the war? And what happens next? Andrew Harrison talks to Ukrainian journalist, Reuters Institute fellow and disinformation expert Olga Tokariuk about life in Kyiv, Western democracies’ role in the struggle, and whether a cornered Putin would really use a nuclear weapon.  “Russia is deliberately and clearly attacking civilian targets.” “Putin is threatening nuclear weapons as blackmail tactics.” “You don’t have to be ethnically Ukrainian to feel close to Ukraine.” Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
How Sunak is now? – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Justin Quirk
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After Johnson’s exit from the leadership race (he definitely had 102 backers), will it be a coronation for Sunak? Or is it going to roll into a bout between him and Mordaunt? Plus, we look at what actual politics is set to happen in Parliament… We also cast a glance over the Chinese Communist Party congress fallout, and unpack what’s next for Musk’s on and off and on again Twitter buyout. Justin Quirk talks to Ros Taylor to chart the days ahead.  “Johnson’s astonishingly egotistical statement basically blamed Tory MPs for blocking him.” – Ros Taylor  “This is a Government that is not going to be able to push anything remotely ambitious through.” – Ros Taylor  “There is no overarching agenda apart from survival for the Conservative Party now.” – Ros Taylor “There will be more pain, there will be more austerity. Anyone who thinks there will be a massive turnaround is kidding themselves.” – Ros Taylor  Presented by Justin Quirk with Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Talking Trash with Count Binface
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How would an alien fix Britain? We hear from Count Binface, who resisted the urge to vapourise Alex Andreou despite some tough questions. The Count discusses standing against Tories like Theresa May (as Lord Buckethead) and Boris Johnson, why he’d junk First Past the Post for PR, plus his new book, WHAT ON EARTH?. “I was passing Earth and it seemed to be the most deranged planet of the lot.” “The Brits play the game, and occasionally write down things.” “You don't have to be a human being to stand for election.” “As a Recyclon, I hope to reuse the best policies from across the galaxy.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  geni.us/whatonearth  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2022
Bunker USA: Worse than Trump? Ron DeSantis wants the presidency
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As 2024 approaches, could Florida Governor Ron DeSantis be the heir to Donald Trump? Or his strongest opponent? Politico Florida bureau chief Matt Dixon joins Andrew Harrison to discuss the man who could be the next Republican flag bearer, his controversial time as Florida Governor, where he stands on the big issues, and if he really is worse than Trump. “DeSantis has captured the imagination of conservatives and Republicans nationwide.” “It’s the worst kept secret in America that DeSantis wants to be President.” “DeSantis is Donald Trump without the charisma.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2022
How to start your own country
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As separatist movements across the globe try to establish new nations, how do you actually go about creating a new country? What is the project management plan for independence? Political science professor Matt Qvortrup joins Ahir Shah to discuss how a new state is made in the 21st century, covered in his new book I Want to Break Free: A Practical Guide to Making a New Country. “Independence referendums are won by appealing to people’s heart strings.” “The Scottish independence referendum is good example of what not to do in an independence referendum.” “Becoming independent is not a panacea.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Brady Gaga: The weird world of the 1922 committee
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The 1922 committee is the secretive, unofficial voice of the Conservative party. Who are these Tory ‘men in gray suits’? Former BBC politics correspondent and political editor of the New Statesman, and host of Rock & Roll Politics Steve Richards talks to Alex Rees about prime ministers being held to ransom, the 1922 mindset, and Graham Brady’s secrets. “Tory MPs are more rebellious than ever, so the 1922 committee gets ever more relevant.” “The 1922 committee represents ‘honesty’ for Conservatives – toothless messengers of political truths.” “Graham Brady loves the role, he sees his duty as being to the Party rather than factions.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Minford and Sons: How one economist mesmerised the Tories
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Patrick Minford faded from view in the 2000s – but since Brexit, he’s returned to the fore of Tory economic policy. So who is this Arch-Thatcherite economist and what does he stand for? UCL policy fellow Laurie Macfarlane talks to Andrew Harrison about how he became an icon of the IEA set, and what his cult worship means for Liz Truss’ government, and the cost of living crisis. “Most economists like markets but Minford is extreme.” “The mini-budget was an experiment of Minford in practice.”  “There's a risk that we lunge to the other extreme and a return to Osbornite austerity.” “Minford claims to care about government budgets, but he's fine with tax cuts for the wealthy.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
New era? The political vibe shift is here
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It feels like something is changing in the country – but is a real shift occurring? A vibe shift, if you will... Poll fiend and senior data journalist at the New Statesman Ben Walker talks to Ros Taylor about whether the political mood of the UK has fundamentally changed, with Brexit, culture wars, climate change and COVID.  “If the Labour Party used Take Back Control, it would do well as a slogan.” “Younger Brits are more inclined towards personal, not national, identities. But it's the same thing – belonging.”  “Anxiety over the environment is just as high in the Red Wall as in the inner city, but the way you go around solving it is different.”  “A lot of voters feel strained by the old rules. COVID showed things can change.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Taking Out The Truss – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou
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It’s the first new look Bunker, and as Jeremy Hunt prepares for a big budget announcement, are we ready for Austerity 2.0? And if Liz Truss is really done for, who could replace her as PM? Plus, Trump on trial, and China’s zero COVID response - Jacob Jarvis and Alex Andreou set out the days ahead. “Truss now looks like a stress dream made reality.” “Ben Wallace won’t want to take over the Titanic after it’s hit the iceberg.” “No-one with half a brain would want the job of PM now.” “Trump is an experienced litigant. He's experienced in keeping his mouth shut in legal settings.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Jacob Jarvis and Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Bunker Bonus – Swearing by It: Why We #?#!ing Love to Curse
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Plenty of us enjoy blasting out a few swear words – but what makes it feel so good? Richard Stephens, a senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University and author of Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad, tells Jacob Jarvis how swearing can stop pain, make us stronger and help us form closer friendships.  “Swearing does appear to make you stronger.” “People are more disinhibited after swearing.”  “Swearing can be a social bonding tool.” “You can enjoy a well placed swear word, can’t you? You can think, ‘That was skillful.’”  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2022
There Xi Goes: China's Leader Locks in His Power
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China’s leader Xi Jinping is poised to smash precedent and take on a third term. But how has he consolidated his power? And what role have stringent regional Covid lockdowns played in him tightening his grip? Alex Andreou discusses this with Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute and regular contributor to the China in Context podcast.   “China’s lockdown policy has increased the ability of the communist party to gain control.” “Xi likes the narrative that China is the only country to win the fight against Covid.” “The Chinese government can’t accept that its vaccines are less effective.” “China has a sort of health nationalism.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2022
What the Hell are Gilts and Bonds Anyway?
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If talk of gilt markets, securities, and liabilities leaves you baffled – then fear not, we’ve got you covered. In just twenty minutes, Giles Wilkes, former economics special adviser to Theresa May and Vince Cable and now a senior fellow at the Institute of Government, explains to Alex Andreou what gilts are and why they are at the centre of the current economic storm.   “The gilt market has never reacted this badly to anything in my memory.” “Interest rates play a billion roles in the economy…too many to point at one and say, it's better that it's higher.” “Market confidence will be restored. Eventually. But serious damage has been done in the eyes of international markets.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2022
What’s Going Macron? The New Special Relationship
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Has France replaced the UK in the so-called ‘special relationship’ with the US? Journalist and European Research Fellow Rym Momtaz talks to Ros Taylor from Paris about the similarities between Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron, that awkward AUKUS moment over submarines, and why Macron might become the “Obama of France”… “When Trump was President, Macron tried to set up a bromance.” “It's a misconception that Democrats get along better with their European counterparts.” “Macron is trying to be seen as driving the EU response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
I Voted for Stupid: Why Acting Dumb Pays Off for Politicians
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From Trump, to Johnson, and Truss – are politicians really stupid? Or are they just pretending to be so that we’ll vote for them? Siân Pattenden delves into the state of our political psyche with Dean Burnett, neuroscientist and author of The Idiot Brain, to find out the science behind why we vote for stupid politicians. “Calling politicians ‘idiots’ defangs them. It makes us feel reassured instead of terrified.”  “Sounding clever doesn’t connect politicians to the electorate.”  “Politics really suffers when it becomes the reserve of the rich and powerful, because it becomes a game.” Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
What the Frack? Drilling Down Into a Doomed Energy Plan
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Why does Liz Truss think fracking holds the answer to our energy crisis when so many experts disagree? Will it blight our ‘green and pleasant land’ – or does it simply not work in Britain? Ros Taylor talks to Jon Gluyas, director of the Durham Energy Institute at the University of Durham, about earthquakes, flammable water and where our energy policy is going wrong.    “We have known fracking doesn’t work in the UK for decades.” “We are global leaders in wind technology. So, let’s focus on that.” “We need a well thought through energy policy, something we haven’t had for fifty years.” “Offshore oil fields provide far more of an opportunity than onshore fracking.” Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Over a Barrel: The New Oil Crisis – Weekly Edition
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In a shock move, OPEC oil-rich nations cut back their production. Are we in for a 1974-style oil crisis? And has the Middle East just sided with Putin? Plus, the heroic protests in Iran where young women rebel after the killing of Mahsa Amini. At home: what next for Truss as she evolves from u-turns into donuts? And the end of the World Service as we know it.  Special guest Dr. Julie Norman, associate professor in politics and international relations at University College London, joins us in The Bunker for high-level politics talk… and some big news about the podcast.  “With this move OPEC has laid down its cards with Russia – it’s a slap in the face to the US and Europe.” – Julie Norman “What is so striking about the protests is it is fundamentally a women-led movement.” – Yasmeen Serhan "If you spend a decade purging a party of moderation, you don't get one kind of crazy, you get loads." – Alex Andreou Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
The Binfire Strikes Back – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk
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Truss’s tailspin of u-turns is due to continue as she tries to charm her MPs when Parliament returns. What more chaos with Liz can we expect this week? And, with peerages to be confirmed – what nasty surprises will end up in the Lords? Plus, we look at the latest from Ukraine as strikes hit Kyiv. Justin Quirk talks to Alex Andreou to plot out the days ahead.  “If Truss thinks she can ask the country to reward her to fix a problem she’s created, she’s getting really terrible advice.” – Alex Andreou  “They’re trying to make the tax cuts they already made add up…They are reaching a stage where they will have to start u-turning on them.” – Alex Andreou  “Liz Truss wants to avoid any by-elections because there’s no such thing as a safe Tory seat.” – Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Justin Quirk with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
Rocket Fuelled: Why space has answers to Earth’s problems
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The planet is burning. So does it make sense to pour billions (and tons of carbon) into space exploration? Or could it help solve Earthly problems – including climate change? On the eve of the first moonshot in 50 years, Tereza Pultarova of Space.com joins Andrew Harrison to weigh up the pros and cons of extraterrestrial research, from the space industry’s carbon debt to moon treaties, space junk and the coming turf war on the Moon. “Space rockets often create mini-punctures in the ozone layer. It’s a big worry.”  “We are flying plants into space and hoping they will mutate and become drought resistant.”  “Incredible amounts of energy goes into avoiding the rubbish that now litters earth’s orbit.”  “China is flexing its space muscles, and the West can’t afford to fall behind.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2022
The U-Turner Prize: When Politicians Backtrack
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Why do we see so many political u-turns? What makes politicians turn 180 – and why are some so against it? After Liz Truss’s budget flip flop laid waste to the Thatcher comparison she dreamed of, Ros Taylor talks to Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University, about why we see such drastic changes of course in modern politics.    “U-turns are more likely because voters are now less tribal.” “Journalists make a great deal of U-turns, mainly because they facilitate them.” “Boris Johnson could make lots of U-turns because he didn’t believe in anything except himself.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2022
Sex-cluded: What Makes Men Turn Incel?
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They are described as isolated, violent misogynists. So what draws men to the community of “incels” – or involuntary celibates? Do they hate women or are their reasons for rejecting sex more complex? Justin Quirk delves into the dark corners of the internet with William Costello, expert on the psychology of incels at the University of Austin at Texas, to find out how worried we should be about them. “You have a supply and demand problem – a skewed sex ratio.” “The sensationalising of incel violence is a worrying trend.” “The term ‘incel’ first appeared on a lesbian forum in the late 1990s.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2022
Roofless People – The Radical Rethink that Housing Needs?
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A home should be a sanctuary. But for many people, it means sharing a bed, worrying about whether you’ll have a roof over your head, or whether home ownership is even possible. Hashi Mohamed, lawyer and author of A Home of One’s Own, calls Ros Taylor from his home in Wembley, to talk about arriving in Britain as a child refugee, why the planning system is political, and how we can tackle the housing crisis and now.  “The planning system is perceived as a place where ideas go to die. But the reality is more boring.” “Local politics just plays out through the planning system.”  “Your child won't get on the property ladder, your grandchild certainly won't. So how can you both worry about the housing crisis, and say 'not in my back yard'?” “People don't understand that new houses in your area actually leads to the value of your property going up.” “Housing has moved from the place where you lay your head to a pension fund.”  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Home-Ones-Own-Hashi-Mohamed/dp/1800811268/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Mad, SpAd and Dangerous to Know: The Power of Special Advisors
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Who has the new PM surrounded herself with – and how much power do they wield? Alex Rees is joined by columnist, Bunker regular and Westminster gossip maven Marie Le Conte to discuss the cosy coterie of hardcore conservative think tanks shaping her policy, and what it takes for a political obsessive to be by a minister’s ear.  “For junior roles, you need to prove your loyalty from the get-go, and only then are you rewarded.”  “Truss is the continuity candidate of Boris Johnson.”  “Truss is firmly from the small-state side of the party.” “Think tanks have created a space where, in the long run, they can influence policy.”  Written, presented and edited by Alex Rees with guest Marie Le Conte. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2022
Getting Britain Moving (Back In With Mum and Dad) – Weekly Edition
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After U-turning on their mini budget, do Kwarteng and Truss have a vision beyond lining their mates pockets? Plus, with mutiny in the ranks, including from general-election-calling Nadine Dorries, what’s the latest from the Tory conference? And, after Truss’s grilling on regional radio last week, we ask where would we be without local journalism? This week’s guest is Richard Hayton, associate professor of politics at the University of Leeds. “The atmosphere at the Tory conference is weird, but everyone agrees Truss is either out or can’t get any lower.” – Marie Le Conte “This is the first time I have seen the Bank of England rescue a government from its own policies.” – Andrew Harrison “Truss tells a joke and painfully holds out for a laugh which is never coming.” – Marie Le Conte “The good bit of Kwarteng’s speech was that it was very short.” – Justin Quirk https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk, Marie Le Conte and guest Richard Hayton. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Flip-Flop Don’t Stop – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor
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Kami-Kwazi pulls the 45p tax cut as the curtain goes up in flames at Tory Conference. Can Truss style this one out or is she already toast? Plus, what Putin’s criminal annexation of parts of Ukraine means; Bolsonaro does better than he expected in Brazil ; and is Britain finally rowing back from kneejerk Europhobia? Ros Taylor plots out the next seven days with Justin Quirk.  “This u-turn is a massive deal – it’s an embarrassment for all concerned.” “Could Truss even persuade anyone else to be her Chancellor now? Except maybe Mogg…” “This u-turn raises doubts about Truss’s whole raison d’être.” “This Government will be on its knees and exhausted by the time it leaves power.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Justin Quirk and Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Lead producer: Jacob Archbold. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
AI Spy: The New Frontiers in Surveillance
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As surveillance becomes ever more sophisticated, should we be worried? From borderless security guards to Deep Fakes, what do we need to know about the changes to this technology? Jelena Sofronijevic is joined by Kirstie Ball, professor of management at the University of St. Andrews and Pete Fussey, professor of sociology at the University of Essex to discuss the possibilities and pitfalls in this developing digital realm.   “Surveillance is about power, so we really have to ask how that power is being wielded.” – Kirstie Ball “The future of surveillance may look exciting, but it's often taking away rights in the name of convenience. It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.” – Kirstie “Surveillance can really erode interpersonal trust.” – Pete Fussey “It’s important to think about the mundanity of surveillance, because it's the boring stuff that will transform our lives.” – Pete Fussey Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2022
Take a Chancellor on Me: Unpacking Kwarteng and Truss's Big Gamble
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The financial meltdown Truss and Kwarteng have caused has surprised even their greatest detractors. But seriously, just how bad is this? And is there any way to fix it – even if they wanted to? David Blanchflower, former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, Dartmouth economics professor and author, joins Alex Andreou to discuss the situation.  “Markets prevent clueless amateurs doing stupid things… but nobody trusts you, nobody believes you, electorally it’s a disaster. Who actually supports this stuff?  “I have never seen such abject incompetence in my entire life.” “We need sensible people back in the room asking, ‘What can we do to rectify the disaster they’ve created?’” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2022
Stand and Deliver: Speech Lessons for Truss
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Speeches can make or break a politician – so, Liz Truss looks like she’s in trouble. What can she do to improve? Jacob Jarvis is joined by Dr. Henriette van der Blom, the founding director of the Network for Oratory and Politics at the University of Birmingham to discuss the art of political speeches and “deliver, deliver, deliver” some advice to the new PM.  “Truss’s inaugural speech was by far her worst.” “Truss’s speeches have developed, but they haven’t become better.” “Truss is appropriating Thatcher's image but the public will only believe her if she is seen as genuine.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
It’s Meloni at the Top: Who is Italy’s New Right Wing PM?
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As Giorgia Meloni’s victory sparks concern across Europe, we discuss what you need to know about Italy’s new PM. How surprising, and worrying, is it that Italy has moved to the right? Alex Andreou is joined by Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg's Rome-based political correspondent, to explore Meloni’s track record and ask what kind of leader she’ll be.    “She is brushing off her fascist roots to appeal to more people.” “She is woman, but she isn’t a feminist. This isn’t a victory for women.”  “The right are holding power because they are a coalition, but the Italian left is totally fragmented.”  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Power Hungary: How Viktor Orbán Destroyed a Democracy
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How did Viktor Orbán seize total power within Hungary – and what warnings should other nations take from his actions? Doomsday Watch host Arthur Snell is joined by Zsolt Enyedi, professor of political science at the Central European University, to unpack what lessons democracies should take from the Orbán era.        “The public treated the radicalisation of debate as a political gimmick, and now we are seeing the disastrous effects.”  “Orbán is stronger than he was a year ago, and is only getting stronger.”  “Orbán put in an enormous amount of money to change how people inside and outside of Hungary think.”   Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
Pound Robbin’ – Weekly Edition
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The fiscal event of the year has caused the pound to plummet – what, if anything at all, are Truss and Kwarteng thinking? Plus, could Labour have chosen a better time to have their conference with the Tories in turmoil? We discuss Starmer’s vision for a future government. And, we ask what makes a truly great sportsperson after tennis star Federer’s retirement.  "There's no clever strategy behind it. They've just fucked it up." – Tom Peck “The economics announcement left the pundit gang confused that WE didn’t know what the government was doing, but they had no idea the whole time.” – Tom Peck “Every Tory leader thinks they’re a Phoenix, but the Tories have been in power for twelve years. It’s like shitting yourself, getting a haircut and blaming it on someone else.” – Ahir Shah Starmer's problem is that he's facing young people who see radical solutions as the only solution." – Tom Peck https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Ahir Shah, Justin Quirk and Tom Peck. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Death by a Thousand Tax Cuts – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis
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Mini-budget backlash has given Labour plenty of ammunition to use against the Tories as their party conference gets into swing. Just how bad have Kwarteng and Truss’s plans gone down? And what fallout can we expect? Plus, we look at the latest from Russia, as Putin’s draft faces widespread protests. And, we unpack the Italian election results.  “Despite efforts from right-wing client media, market reaction to this budget has been bad.” – Alex Andreou “The one thing that stimulates growth is faith in the Government, and the markets don’t have it.” – Alex Andreou  “”The Ukrainian army has gained more equipment from Russia in the last week than from the West in the last six months.” – Alex Andreou  “When a vast majority turn against you in an autocracy, you tend to lose your head.” – Alex Andreou  Support us on Patreon: www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Tickets to Doomsday Watch Live: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/etmejHAuba Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Gen Zzz: Why Sleep is Political
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Some 75% of adults don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours a night – and one in seven survive on dangerously low levels of sleep. So are we facing a national, or even international, sleep crisis? Lisa L. Lewis and Oxford professor Russell Foster talk to Jelena Sofronijevic about our body clocks, circadian rhythms, and why sleep is revolutionary.    “Sleep is like shoe size. One size does not fit all.” – Professor Russell Foster “The tired brain remembers the bad experiences, but not the good ones.” – Professor Russell Foster “Some leaders think sleep is for wimps.” – Professor Russell Foster “In China, sleep has been politicised. Some people are sleeping on the streets as a form of protest.” – Professor Russell Foster Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Time-Science-Revolutionize-Health/dp/0241529301 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sleep-Deprived-Teen-Teenagers-Parents-Schools/dp/1642507911  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2022
Culture Bunker: Bowie doc Moonage Daydream, author David Keenan… and news for all listeners
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Weekend pop culture! Does Bowie mega-documentary Moonage Daydream do the Dame justice? Cult author David Keenan tells us about his astonishing, cryptic novel of occult hippiedom Industry of Magic And Light. And we’ve got big news for all listeners… plus a lot of new music, TV and movies to tide you over the autumn.  “My father was illiterate, but he could tell the most amazing stories. He had such faith in language and told me ‘You need to read, it’ll change your life’.” – David Keenan  “Making a film about Bowie without mentioning his prodigious intake of cocaine is a bit like mentioning Maradona without mentioning the football.” – Andrew Harrison “Moonage Daydream doesn’t feel like a sellout or a museum piece. It’s designed to feel as real as it felt at the time, not set in amber.” – Sian Pattenden “You should walk through art into life on the other side.” – David Keenan Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Listen to five years of our past incarnation Bigmouth on Apple Podcasts or Spotify – or wherever you get your podcasts.  Our Autumn Almanack: Jelena: Alvvays new album ‘Blue Rev’ coming soon.  Los Bitchos on tour.  Triangle Of Sadness movie.  The Story Of Art Without Men book. Andrew: Plaid new album Feorm Falorx coming in November. Star Wars: Andor is streaming on Disney+ now. As is the mind-blowing Marvel psychedelic epic Legion.  And the spectacular Aussie comedy drama about crime and single dadhood, Mr Inbetween.  Neil Gaiman completes his Miracleman story for Marvel in October. Siân: Gilla Band new album ‘Most Normal’ coming on Oct 7 – and lots of it is here. Movies: Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. Michael Flatley’s unmissable Blackbird. Synthgeek documentary A Film About Studio Electrophonique. And the underrated Atlanta with Donald Glover is on, yes, Disney+. Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison, Siân Pattenden and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Thanks for listening.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2022
Bunker Gold: Buzz Feed – Why Eating Insects Will Save the World
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For this week’s Bunker Gold, listen back to Ros eating insects in September 2021… Chances are you haven’t willingly eaten an insect. But two billion people are already bugging out on this sustainable source of protein. Could insects offer the perfect solution for our post-Brexit and pandemic supply chain problems? Entomologist Brian Fisher and Imperial College London’s Dr. Tilly Collins join Ros Taylor to chew on how we can change perceptions about insects in the West, how health clinics are battling for cricket powder, and why Welsh schools are already using mealworm mince in their insect bolognaise….plus Ros and Tilly snack on crickets live in the studio. “With big animals, we only eat a bit of them. With insects, you eat the whole thing…” – Tilly Collins “Insects are the glue that holds the world together… If we could introduce the Bacon Bug, everyone would love it.” – Brian Fisher “Do you eat prawns? Why not eat a woodlouse?” – Tilly Collins https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
How Energy Wars Are Reshaping the World
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Disputes over energy resources have become a key global issue. How is the way we consume oil and gas reshaping politics across the world? Arthur Snell, host of the Doomsday Watch podcast, is joined by Thijs van de Graaf, associate professor of international politics at the Ghent Institute and author of Global Energy Politics to discuss our changing energy sector. “Oil consumption has peaked in the United States, Japan and Europe, the only way now is down.” “We have kicked out oil from the power sector, something we have worked towards since the oil shocks of the 1970s.” “The growth in oil pre-pandemic was petrochemicals and aviation, but now aviation has changed completely.” “The war has changed everything, Europe is decoupling from Russia – shocks that will be felt for many years.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Rental Health Crisis: The Looming Lettings Disaster
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Bidding wars, rent caps and queues just to view homes. What is going on with rented housing? Far from being a fringe aspect of housing used by students, it's now used by a significant proportion of our population. Ahir Shah is joined by Pete Apps, deputy editor at Inside Housing and author of forthcoming book Show Me the Bodies, on the Grenfell Tower disaster, to discuss navigating the lettings market.     “We are seeing a supply-demand perfect storm.” “With house prices rising, most people really are trapped. They have no option but to rent at extortionate rates.” “The private rental sector isn’t some fringe part of the economy only used by students, it's the main way that many house themselves.”  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Britannia Unbrained – Weekly Edition
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Liz Truss has taken her robotic speaking style too far as she trundles around like a Dalek yelling “deregulate, deregulate!” What red tape are she and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng actually going to cut? Plus, we discuss the Overton Window of protest. Will tighter crackdowns on demonstrators persist as the mourning period ends? And, finally we discuss outdoor brand Patagonia’s owner giving away the company – what’s that all about? “The focus on growth seems completely mad. We’ve had growth – but that didn’t lead to people being better off.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh “The public has high expectations but the government is going to experiment with something that has been tried and failed.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh  “They think leaving money sloshing at the top will have a halo effect on the rest of the economy.” – Alex Andreou “I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is the wrong time, but I’m not saying it is the right time to protest either.” – Alex Andreou  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou, Gavin Esler and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
Never Gonna Give Queue Up – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Justin Quirk
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Politics restarts as the Queen’s Funeral ends the mourning period. Liz Truss heads off to the UN Summit and Kwasi Kwarteng prepares his banker-fluffing Fiscal Event as the Government tries to reboot itself. Plus, we look at the latest from Ukraine, and the increasing pressure Putin faces for his miscalculations. Justin Quirk talks to Arthur Snell to lay out the days ahead.  “Truss has really struggled to live up to the historical importance of this moment.” “I think with Kwarteng’s plans there’ll be plenty to criticise, but plenty more to chew over.”  “The Government just hasn’t been doing governing for the last week.” “The UN agenda is going to be Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine.” “China really doesn’t need the chaotic, pre-Westphalian world that Putin is trying to bring back.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Arthur Snell and Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
RoboDoc: Can You Trust AI with Your Health?
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Should we welcome artificial intelligence in healthcare – or is it the stuff of dystopian nightmares? Jelena Sofronijevic is joined by James Zou, assistant professor of biomedical data science at Stanford University and David Leslie, director of ethics and responsible innovation research at the Alan Turing Institute, to discuss the potentials of AI and the future of health.    "We're building AI to augment, not replace, doctors." – James Zou "We need to work hard to create trust in health data sharing." - David Leslie “Just as like how we as humans are not neutral, algorithms should also not be neutral” - David Leslie  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2022
Culture Bunker: Beatles’ Revolver, 70s singalong pop, Bodies Bodies Bodies, Narco Saints
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Weekend pop culture! We discover The Beatles’ new spruced-up ‘Revolver’ with Giles “Son Of George” Martin. Guest Will Hodgkinson of The Times extols the chirpy-chirpy glories of ’70s bubblegum pop from his new book In Perfect Harmony. And we check out A24 gore-fest Bodies Bodies Bodies and Netflix’s latest Korean import, Narco Saints.  “Revolver is a punk record. The Beatles played hard.” – Giles Martin  “Try writing a song as catchy as ‘Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep’ – it’s not easy.” – Will Hodgkinson “When you listen to ‘Revolver’ you can hear the past, present and future of music.” – Siân Pattenden Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Presented and produced by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2022
Crown Duels: Anthony Seldon on Charles's Daunting Future
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With a new monarch and PM, Britain faces stark change. How will these incoming figureheads handle this? What will this mean for the future of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth? Historian Sir Anthony Seldon joins author and former BBC journalist Gavin Esler to discuss the turmoil we face. “The United Kingdom is actually a relatively new concept.” “The Monarchy, unlike Prime Ministers, embodies continuity.”  “If the call comes to become a republic, it will be hard for Australia to resist it.”  “The United Kingdom is actually a relatively new concept.” “We’ve lost a huge force which was holding the UK together.” “We’ve almost forgotten there’s a new prime minister, in the wall-to-wall reporting.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Are Sanctions on Russia Really Working?
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Six months into the Ukraine crisis, are western sanctions imposed on Russia really working? Dr Richard Connolly, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, joins Ahir Shah to explain the economic war sparked by Putin’s invasion, the effectiveness of Western sanctions, and why this hidden conflict isn’t going as well as expected.  “Russia is quite happy to sell oil cheaply to friendly countries, not so much the West.” “The Rouble is strong at the moment, but that doesn’t mean sanctions aren’t working.” “Russia have been preparing for this, we have not.” “Russia will get poor, but Europe will be getting a hell of a lot poorer because of the downgrading of energy relations.” “Regime change is always implicit behind sanctions.” Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Last Orders: The Fate of Pubs with Tom Kerridge
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Pubs are a cornerstone of British culture. But with increasing numbers closing, and a long winter ahead, what can we do to save them? Ros Taylor is joined by Michelin star chef and hospitality champion Tom Kerridge to discuss how pubs are under threat and ways they may change in the future.    "Even if pubs look busy, they are working to incredibly tight profit margins." "As people have become more health conscious, they don't go to pubs during the day – so pubs really need to change." "The days where pubs open at 12pm, turn on the fruit machines and wait for people to come are gone." https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
How the Queen was Forced to Change
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Queen Elizabeth II’s reign coincided with huge cultural and social shifts, so how did she respond to these changes? Following the Queen’s death, Ros Taylor is joined by Stephen Bates, former royal correspondent for The Guardian and author of Royalty Inc. Britain's Best-Known Brand to discuss changes seen in the Elizabethen era.    “The Queen had to be persuaded to do things, and then she went along with them.”  “The monarchy is very careful about its resources.” “There was a huge backlash against the monarchy in the 90s, especially around them not paying tax.” “The royals want to preserve the succession, so Charles will be a small c conservative king.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Pomp Will Eat Itself – Weekly Edition
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Pageantry, pomp and poignancy have flowed in abundance since the Queen's death, while mourning has put democracy on ice. The panel unpacks the nation’s reaction – and tries to decipher what it all really means. Plus, the latest from the Ukraine counter-offensive, as it firmly appears the tide is turning against Russia.  “We rarely knew The Queen’s feelings on anything, a tough act for Charles to follow.” – Arthur Snell “There has been a lot of self-policing, but as far as I can tell there has been very little McCarthyism around The Queen’s death.” – Marie Le Conte “Truss’s speech about The Queen was really bad, but I have sympathy for her.” – Marie Le Conte “Russia has had a terrible war, it’s a war they can’t even admit they’re in.” – Arthur Snell Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell, Justin Quirk and Marie Le Conte. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison.  The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
The Mourning After – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan
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With the nation in mourning following the death of the Queen, what can we expect to happen in the next few days? A state funeral will be held next week, and hundreds of thousands are due to visit London. Elsewhere, we discuss the situation in Ukraine, and the counter offensive there. Plus, the Met faces scrutiny after the shooting of Chris Kaba by a firearms officer. Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan lay out the week ahead.  “People seemed to be more shocked by how it had hit them, they perhaps weren’t expecting to be as moved as they were.” – Yasmeen Serhan “It’s exposed quite how emotional the connection is to the monarchy, it’s a bond formed very early from childhood.” – Alex Andreou  “Liz Truss is going to be doing a lot in recent days, but the crises are not going to wait for a period of mourning to pass.” – Yasmeen Serhan  "You don't need to be a monarchist to understand the impact the Queen had." – Yasmeen Serhan www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Chancellor Would be a Fine Thing: The Power of No.11
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As Kwasi Kwarteng becomes Britain’s latest Chancellor, how much power really lies behind the door of No.11? Howard Davies, chairman of the NatWest Group and author of The Chancellors: Steering the British Economy in Crisis Times, joins Alex Andreou to discuss the influence of previous Chancellors, and the challenges facing Kwarteng as he takes his place at the Treasury. “The treasury is unique in that it’s the only department not solely focused with spending Government money.” “A good Chancellor will be prepared to stand up to the Prime Minister.” “Sunak came into the treasury thinking Brexit was a good idea. That was a problem.” patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
How a Novel Poisoned America’s History
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American society is in crisis, but can the iconic story Gone with the Wind explain the divisions ripping the US apart today? Professor Sarah Churchwell talks to Arthur Snell about her new book The Wrath to Come, which re-examines the controversial legacy of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, and what it tells us about American history and culture today. “Gone with the Wind does reject the idea that war is romantic, that is where it’s more modern.” “During the insurrection a white supremacist flag was carried in the US Capitol for the first time since the civil war.” “Anyone outside of the US sees Biden as centre-right. In America he’s painted as a socialist.“ “Democracy in America hasn’t been achieved. It’s something we have to constantly fight for.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Liz-teria Outbreak – Weekly Edition
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Stop pinching yourself, this isn’t a bad dream – Liz Truss will be Prime Minister. She’s sworn she’ll deliver – but how? And will she stick to her campaign stances or, unlike her icon Thatcher, will she be for turning? Plus, we look across the pond and assess Biden’s new combative stance. From being set for a midterm wipeout, has the tide turned?   - “Truss has a litany of things she has to deal with in a relatively short period of time.” – Yasmeen Serhan  - “Truss is going to have a very modern work honeymoon – it’ll be one week long.” Yasmeen Serhan - “People that worked for Theresa May are saying Truss has an awful in-tray.” – Yasmeen Serhan - “We aren’t in for the most scintillating PMQs over the next two years.” – Justin Quirk   https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast    Presented by Alex Andreou with Ahir Shah, Justin Quirk and Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
When Two Become One – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Ros Taylor
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The Groundhog Day of the Tory leadership race is over and Liz Truss is due to become Prime Minister. Does she truly gasp the size of the task at hand? And is there any hope for competence in her Cabinet? Plus, more strikes and protests are due this week. And we take a look at the latest from the conflict in Ukraine. Arthur Snell lays out the week ahead with Ros Taylor. “If you could think of the worst time to become Prime Minister, this would be it.” – Arthur Snell  “Even Liz Truss in a terrible economic climate will get a bit of a bounce.” – Arthur Snell "You’d think she’d want to hit the ground running, instead, she’s just going to hit the ground, as she said.” – Arthur Snell "Britain has reached that stage on the international arena, where we’re just the guy who’s going through a midlife crisis.” – Arthur Snell  “Liz Truss has said there will be no rationing of energy – that’s fine until we’re having blackouts later in winter.” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
Requiem for a Slob Clown with James O’Brien
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Finally, it’s time to say it… Good riddance, Boris Johnson. With the egomaniac-in-chief due to leave Number 10, Ros Taylor is joined by LBC’s James O’Brien to pick through the wreckage. What will be his legacy? Could things have ever gone differently? Join us for a cathartic farewell to the man who wanted to be king – but failed resoundingly as Prime Minister.  “In terms of personal political performance Johnsonism is very similar to Trumpism. It’s opportunism devoid of conscience.” – James O’Brien  “It’s an absence of shame that I think defines him.” – James O’Brien  "He pursued monuments to his ego – like the Garden Bridge – but these also acted as distractions from his utter failures." – James O'Brien "Even on his way out of the door, he's detonating explosives that will be felt for a generation to come." – James O'Brien https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2022
Culture Bunker: Suede guest - plus Lord of the Rings on Amazon, and House of the Dragon
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Your pop culture update: We are joined by Brett Anderson and Mat Osman of resurgent rock’n’roll noir institution Suede to discuss their upcoming new album Autofiction, how it feels to return to the delinquent racket of their teenage years, and life as music’s most literate band. Plus we armour up for Amazon’s new adaptation of Lord of the Rings, and the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, now well into its run on Sky.   “This is our punk record, not a punk record.” - Brett Anderson “Every few years we have to burn it all down and start again.” - Mat Osman  “I wanted to make the rock record of a 55 year old man. It's not a record about the arrogance of youth, but the vulnerability of being middle aged.” - Brett Anderson “I'm determined not to become comfortable and irrelevant.” - Brett Anderson “I experience just as much anxiety as a 50 year old as when I was a teenager. The problems are just different.” - Brett Anderson “When you're an audience member, you've got a role in the performance.” - Brett Anderson Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Presented and produced by Siân Pattenden, Andrew Harrison and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2022
Bunker Gold: Is There Life After Power? Tales of the Ex-Leaders
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In this week’s Bunker Gold, listen back to an episode from December 2020. BBC Radio producer and author of The Ex-Men: How Our Former Presidents and Prime Ministers are Still Changing the World, Giles Edwards talked to Ros Taylor about what ex-leaders get up to when they leave office. They discussed what happens behind the closed doors of members-only clubs – and how these ex-men (and women) still shape public life without us even knowing. “You can get more done in fifteen minutes as Prime Minister than fifteen months as a former Prime Minister.” “Clinton touched something in the Democratic Party soul that Obama didn’t.” Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
Doom Decade: Why Do the ’70s Still Obsess Us?
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The 1970s is frequently referenced as a period of turmoil – and one we must avoid Britain returning to. But is our memory of the decade accurate? And why is it continually referenced by politicians and newspapers? Historian Lawrence Black, co-editor of Reassessing 1970s Britain, joins Jacob Jarvis to discuss why the era is so maligned. “For better or worse, it was much easier to go on strike in the 1970s.” “Thatcher won the political battles of the 1970s - but she lost the culture wars.” “It’s in no political, or popular press interest to change the image of the 1970s.” “There was a crisis in the political economy, for many the system just wasn’t working – and isn’t today.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Sting music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. Additional sounds and music from Epidemic Sound. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Liz Miserables – Weekly Edition
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With Liz Truss set to be crowned Prime Minister – who will be in the backbench Tory cabal keeping her on her toes? What will they pressure her on? Plus, we assess how Boris Johnson and his fellow journalists-turned-politicians have warped the media during his time in office. And ahead of the return to school, we discuss what education changes we’d make. This week’s guest is actress, screenwriter and author Emma Kennedy.  “For somebody who’s said she’s going to stand up to Putin it’s strange Truss is scared of Nick Robinson.” – Emma Kennedy  “The list of Truss’s failures are extensive, I can’t think of anything she has done that has improved my life.” – Gavin Esler “You can’t balance people who tell the truth with people who lie. The BBC has to take that seriously.” – Gavin Esler  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Justin Quirk with Arthur Snell and Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Heat Nowt to Help Out – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Justin Quirk
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Energy saving tips roll in ahead of a coming bill tsunami – what cost of living omens await this week? Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has warned middle earners will struggle with payments, and broke with colleagues by suggesting that people limit their usage. Plus, the latest from Ukraine, amid a counter-offensive in the Kherson region. And, back home, further strikes are due to be held. Justin Quirk and Yasmeen Serhan discuss the week ahead. "It feels like there hasn’t really been much of a Government the last few weeks.” – Yasmeen Serhan  "You put people in this precarious position where they ask, ‘Am I going to heat my flat or put it towards other groceries?’” – Yasmeen Serhan  “Boris Johnson made a point wanting to stay on, but in that time it hasn’t felt like he’s wanted to lead.” – Yasmeen Serhan “If you’re going to have a leadership contest this long, you need to have plans in place so government continues.” – Yasmeen Serhan https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Justin Quirk with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Epic Fail: The Lessons of History's Biggest Blunders
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Is failure always bad – or should we look at it as an essential on the path to innovation? Samuel West is the director of the Museum of Failure, which exhibits unsuccessful products and services from across the world. He speaks to Ahir Shah about how accepting when things don’t work out, being brave enough to fail and going through the dustbin of history. “Most charities are terrified of failing at things - but the paradox is that if they don’t innovate they are probably doing the wrong things.” “There are thousands of solutions - many of which will fail but we must take risks to answer huge questions.” “Some CEOs keep projects alive through artificial respiration ,sometimes you need to know when to bail.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Trump vs the FBI
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This episode was recorded prior to the Mar-a-Lago search affidavit being released on Friday... The FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort made headlines worldwide. What will the fallout be – legally and politically? Julia Azari, professor of Political Science at Marquette University, joins Justin Quirk to discuss what the raid means for Trump and US politics more widely, and why it has taken so long for the law to catch up with America’s 45th President. “This has somewhat overshadowed the January 6th hearings.” “How do we find political peace but also ensure people are equal under the rule of law?”  “Even if Trump is given the Nixon treatment, the debates around Trumpism won’t go away.” “Even if the Republicans take control of Congress, this won’t go away.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2022
War of the Words: Is your phone changing how you think?
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Our always-on digital world is changing how we read, which means it’s altering how our minds work. Literary critic Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, tells Andrew Harrison how the act of reading is fundamentally different when the printed word is just part of an ever-changing multiplex – and why the state reading puts you in is more important than the words on the page (or the screen).  “A book used to be an escape, but now the outside world is always insistently present.” “It’s harder to get inside your own head when there is so much to escape from.”  “Audiobooks are fine but you can’t process a literary sentence at the speed of a voice.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2022
Bunker Gold: Among the Apocalypse Addicts
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Listen back to an edition from our archives with The Bunker Gold. This week we’ve chosen an episode from April, 2020.  It’s the end of the world as we know it and… some people are quite into that, it seems. Why are so many people so keen on the end of everything? What do doomsday preppers, alt.right catastrophists and billionaire plutocrat antidemocrats like Peter Thiel have in common? And is the communal response to COVID proving their worst ambitions wrong? We talk to Mark O’Connell – author of book Notes From An Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back – about the dark fantasy of the End Times.  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
Danger! High Voltage: The Dark Side of Electric Cars

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Electric cars have been sold as an answer to green, clean travel. But is the reality that clear-cut? Henry Sanderson, author of Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green, joins Ahir Shah to discuss whether they’re really a climate-friendly solution, resource mining and de-coupling energy reliance from China. “A lot of green products mask dirty supply chains.” – Henry Sanderson “China is present at all stages of the supply chains: from mine to processing.” – Henry Sanderson “With mining resources - nothing comes for free.” – Henry Sanderson “The DRC is the Saudi Arabia of cobalt – they know they have one chance to get this right.” – Henry Sanderson https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
A Scholz in the Dark: How is Germany’s Chancellor Doing?
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After replacing Angela Merkel at the end of last year, how is German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s tenure going? Alex Andreou discusses the problems he faces with German author and journalist Annette Dittert.  “Scholz has come to power by imitating Merkel, by promising no surprises.”  “Scholz doesn’t seem to be able to make decisions when they need to be done.”  “He is coming from this old school, appeasement policy towards Russia.”  “People are still missing Merkel, Scholz cannot pull the EU together the way she could.” “In such a time of crisis, there is just not room for populism.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Blood, Sweat and Sneers – Weekly Edition
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All work and no play makes… the basis of Truss’s Thatcherite utopia. We unpack the likely PM-to-be’s “graft” remarks. Plus, six months since the invasion of Ukraine, how is the conflict shaping up? And, with the end of the £10 flight inbound, award-winning transport journalist John Walton joins us to discuss the future of the aviation industry. “On Brexit, Truss will always be the great political half-and-half scarf.” – Tom Peck “It doesn’t really matter what Truss believes in, because the main thing she believes in is herself.” – Tom Peck “The dystopian leadership contest nightmare has been so bad that voters might even remember it in two years!” – Tom Peck https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Justin Quirk with Arthur Snell, Marie Le Conte and Tom Peck. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Murder in Moscow – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler
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How will Russia react after the car bomb killing of a key Putin ally’s daughter? Is Ukraine set for intensified attacks, despite denying involvement? Plus, sewage spewed across beaches dirties the Government’s record further as the Tory leadership contest dribbles on. Is it too late for them to clean up their act and the country – even slightly? Gavin Esler lays out the week ahead with Andrew Harrison. "Just because you don't want to sound like Russian state media, doesn't mean there aren't conspiracies involved."  "You could do a decline of man cartoon from David Cameron to Boris Johnson."  "It's Armando Iannucci I feel sorry for. How do you satirise this lot?" “The Conservatives seem to be keen on finding someone they think is even worse than Boris Johnson.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Why We Can’t Help Falling in Love
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Apparently, all you need is love – but why? What makes it fundamental to our survival, and why doesn’t heartbreak put us off it? Jacob Jarvis speaks to Dr. Anna Machin, an evolutionary anthropologist and author of Why We Love: The New Science Behind Our Closest Relationships.  “The reason we crave love is that it fulfils a fundamental survival need which is to meet other people.”  “Humans are the most cooperative species on the planet. That’s the basis of love.”  “To love at the cost of somebody else, while damaging for them, doesn’t harm you.”  “In the first weeks of a relationship, your brain can’t notice a bad partner. Love is blind.” “There has to be an unpredictable nature to keep us on our toes.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2022
Culture Bunker: Oscar-winner Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords, Hot Chip’s new album, plus Bolton’s Black Mirror, Red Rose on TV
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Your pop culture update: We are joined by the rhyme-nocerous himself, one half of Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie! New Zealand’s finest joins us to talk about making music with the Muppets and the Simpsons, and his debut solo album 'Songs Without Jokes'. Justin Quirk joins to chew on Hot Chip’s new album, FREAKOUT/RELEASE and Bolton’s answer to Black Mirror, Red Rose, out now on BBC Three.    “I like the juxtaposition between sweet melodies, and saying the world is screwed.” - Bret McKenzie “Winning the Academy Award was the one night that Hollywood felt glamorous and not depressing.” - Bret McKenzie “FOTC was a student film production that just ended up on HBO.” - Bret McKenzie “The Simpsons is almost the fabric of television.” - Bret McKenzie “There’s always something about Hot Chip that feels a bit like an academic exercise to me.” – Justin Quirk “Red Rose captured the duality between our lives online and our lives offline.” - Bret McKenzie Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2022
Bunker Gold: Despatch From Kabul
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In this week’s Bunker Gold, listen back to Arthur Snell’s discussion with one of his contacts in Afghanistan in the aftermath of Kabul’s fall in August 2021. Originally released a year ago today, the pair discussed what the situation was like after the Taliban’s astonishingly swift takeover–while the person, who we chose not to identify, was in hiding.   https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  “Kabul has been left without anything.” “Everything is closed down. You would think it is the Stone Age in Kabul. You wouldn't have seen this a week ago.”  “This was a win-win for Russia.” “The Taliban have made fake promises to the international community. Of course they have not changed.” Presented by Arthur Snell. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Greensill: The Scandal that Exposed a PM's Greed
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When Greensill Capital collapsed it brought down a multi-billion dollar empire and exposed David Cameron's greed. Alex Andreou talks to financial journalist Duncan Mavin about the failed project, which is covered in his new book The Pyramid of Lies.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Lex Greensill was very good at understanding what motivated politicians.” “Greensill Capital was trying to be disruptive.” “David Cameron brought huge credibility to Greensill Capital.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Producer: Jacob Archbold. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Inside Europe's Next Flashpoint
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As tensions between ethnic Serbs and Albanians rise in Kosovo – how will this situation develop? With fears over an escalating conflict in the Balkans, journalist Una Hajdari joins Jelena Sofronijevic to discuss the latest. "Poisonous nationalist rhetoric is being spread by political leaders in Serbia, Croatia, and Kosovo." "Putin is Serbia's ally, but he's accidentally advocating for Kosovo." "Comparing past events to ethnic cleansing now leads to deadly incidents." “Rhetoric can lead to isolated but deadly incidents.” “Any time you hear a leader talking about expanding a country’s territory outside of its borders, you know that’s bad news.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Producer: Jacob Archbold. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Satanic Reverses: The Rushdie Attack – Weekly Edition
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The murder attempt on Salman Rushdie continues to reverberate. What does it mean for tensions with Iran – and for free speech? Plus, the economy’s in the toilet and the Prime Minister’s on a Greek beach. Will anyone get a grip of the cost of living crisis? And if TikTok becomes the dominant social media platform, how do we feel about China owning the arena of political debate? Our special guest is Helena Wadia of the Mediastorm podcast.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Iran’s capacity to stir up trouble remains. Even if they’re not responsible for this attack, they set the tone.” – Gavin Esler “We usually equate emergency with urgency. Somehow that message didn’t get through.” – Helena Wadia “The energy crisis feels like the straw that broke the camel’s back… A big shift has to come because the alternative is unthinkable.” – Ahir Shah “Rushdie has a very wicked sense of humour. And some people, especially the very religious, don’t get the joke.” – Gavin Esler “Didn’t Dominic Raab already prove that you can’t do your job from the beach? When Kabul fell?” – Ahir Shah https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk with Ahir Shah and Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Big Bill Energy – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk
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Coming up in the next seven days: The attack on Salman Rushdie continues to reverberate. Will Keir Starmer’s plan to freeze the energy cap burst Truss and Sunak’s tax-cuts bubble? And Trump’s worries mount as more details emerge of what the FBI found in Mar-a-Lago. Alex Andreou looks at the next seven days with Justin Quirk.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Sunak just needed to sit back and let Truss reveal herself for the idiot she is – but he blew it spectacularly.”  “When it comes to Trump zealots, you’re not dealing with logic but religious fervour.” “It’s getting harder and harder for the government to call these strikers communist loons.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Lead producer: Jacob Archbold. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Split the Difference: India’s Partition Explained with Ahir Shah and Eshaan Akbar
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It’s 75 years since British India was split in two, but what does Partition mean today? Signalling the end of British colonial rule in the subcontinent, and leaving thousands dead and millions displaced – why are we not taught about it in schools? Ahir Shah discusses family histories and second generation identity with fellow British-Asian comedian Eshaan Akbar.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “All you are taught at school is: Henry VIII was a bit of a legend, then World War Two.” – Ahir Shah “Wounds created in 1947 remained open and festering for decades.” – Ahir Shah “You have these two senses of us in your head - I can’t believe WE did this to US.” – Ahir Shah https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Jade Bailey. Audio production by Jade Bailey The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2022
Culture Bunker: Sandman, Woodstock ’99, Danger Mouse’s hip hop classic
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Your pop culture update: Does Netflix smash The Sandman only make sense if you’re a comics geek? Super-producer Danger Mouse’s return to hip hop leaves our panel “totally blown away.” And why does Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 leave such a nasty taste in the mouth? Music business writer Eamonn Forde joins Alex and Andrew.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Tom Sturridge as Dream has an incredibly striking look, like a terribly deprived version of Bernard from Black Books…” – Eamonn Forde “Sandman puts a bunch of myths in a bag and shakes them.” – Alex Andreou “This is a fantastic album… Danger Mouse has done Pop 101 for hip hop and just written bangers.” – Eamonn Forde Get yer free opera classics: https://www.mariacallasmuseum.org/_cetra/cetra.htm Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2022
Bunker Gold: Donald Trump – The Final Word with Mary Trump
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In this week’s Bunker Gold, listen back to Jude Rogers in conversation with Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, from January 2021.  On the last day of Trump’s warped presidency, his niece Mary – psychologist and author of Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man – reflected on the making of a man who impressed his psychopathologies on a nation. How does a person get like this? What is it like when a family member places the entire world in peril? And could a defeated Trump represent an even worse danger to American democracy? “For the first time in his life he can’t spin a loss into a win. And it’s driving him crazy.” “At a very deep level, Donald knows he’s never been truly successful and has no skills.” “When Donald was elected I knew he would do to my country what he and his father had done to my family.” “What shocks me is that there are people on this planet who are weaker than Donald. I didn’t think that was possible” “In the election, if he was going down, he would try to take the rest of us with him. And that’s exactly what he did.” “Failure to live up Fred Trump’s demands got you destroyed. And that’s what happened to my dad.” “If the cameras disappear, Donald ceases to exist.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB Presented by Jude Rogers. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
British Fail: How to Fix Our Broken Train System
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With workers on strike and services cancelled, why are Britain’s railways such a mess? And how can they be fixed? Tom Haines-Doran, research fellow at Leeds University and author of Derailed: How to Fix Britain’s Broken Railways, joins Ros Taylor to discuss the problems with the UK’s train system, and what needs to happen for our railways to get back on track. “Once a new Prime Minister is in place we could see a lot more strike action take place.” “The Government has deliberately shifted the cost of running the railways onto passengers.” “It’s extraordinary the Government would put up prices 13% after a year of turmoil on the railways.” “Railway workers really do have some power.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB  Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Additional sound effects from www.zapsplat.com and AlienXXX via Freesound.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Why China Wants to Crush Taiwan
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Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week has ignited tensions around the island, but why does China want to crush Taiwan? Cindy Yu, host of the Chinese Whispers podcast, joins Alex Andreou to explain the status of Taiwan, why Pelosi’s visit has angered Beijing, and how the situation could develop in the months ahead. “If Taiwan declared independence they would incur the wrath of Beijing.” “The national security law has made a peaceful reunification with Taiwan almost impossible.” “If the West doesn’t want to get into a decoupling situation with China, it needs to be strong on Russia.” “Xi has made it part of his legacy to reunite China with Taiwan.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB  Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
It Ain’t Easy Being Green – Weekly Edition
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As Sunak and Truss argue over cutting taxes, what about emissions? Madeleine Cuff, i’s environment correspondent joins us to pick apart the pair’s climate credentials. Do they have any? Plus, healthcare commentator Roy Lilley takes us through what you need to know about the state of the NHS staffing crisis. And, as spiders are reanimated in an experiment akin to a David Cronenberg movie, we ask… why? "The NHS has the biggest carbon footprint of any institution in Europe." - Roy Lilley "15% of the UK population takes 70% of its flights." - Madeleine Cuff “We should frame environmentalism as the militant wing of the National Trust” - Justin Quirk "Truss and Sunak's campaigns are simply fantasy island economics." - Justin Quirk ​​"It’s really macabre. Some of the language around the utility of the spiders is quite stomach churning. They say they can get about a thousand 'repetitions' out of the carcass." - Madeleine Cuff  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell and Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Save Tunbridge Wells! – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis
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As the cost of living crisis bites, will this week’s Truss U-Turn be “handouts” or an emergency budget? Can the Mail nobble the Privileges Committee before it nobbles Johnson? Tensions rise over Taiwan and the Russians are shelling nuclear plants in Ukraine. Just another week, then… Alex Andreou looks at the next seven days with Jacob Jarvis.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB  “The Government has checked out – not just the ministers but civil servants too… Most departments are on skeleton staff.”  “Their whole goal is to pretend that this is a brand new Government – and that’s hard to do if your first months are consumed with the Partygate probe.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis and Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Lead producer: Jacob Archbold. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Holidays of the Future: Where You’ll Visit in 2035
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Come 2035, what will a trip away look like? Where will we visit when the planet is undergoing increasingly violent change? Siân Pattenden speaks with Tom Hall, vice president at Lonely Planet, about where our travel plans are headed.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Maybe the job of travel writers is different to what it was in the past. We need to have a range of voices.”  “People need different experiences and exposure to as many perspectives as they can.”  “I’m less convinced that the traditional idea of what a holiday is is what people need.”  “The enthusiasm for travel that doesn’t prick your conscience is really strong.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB Presented by Siân Pattenden. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2022
Culture Bunker: Bullet Train, guest Clare Grogan of Altered Images, Predator prequel Prey
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Your pop culture update: “Quentin Tarantino meets Agatha Christie” in Brad Pitt action comedy Bullet Train. Icon of the 80s Clare Grogan joins us for the first Altered Images album in 39 years, Mascara Streakz. And movie monster the Predator goes up against Native Americans in hyperkinetic prequel Prey, out now on Disney+. DJ and journalist Anthony Teasdale completes the panel.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Turns out that the 80s revival has lasted longer than the 80s themselves…” – Clare Grogan “Bullet Train’s great fun… but the problem is, it’s got a never-ending ending.” – Anthony Teasdale “I kept an emergency copy of Hong Kong Garden in my handbag… What do you mean you haven’t heard it? Play it now!” - Clare Grogan Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2022
Bunker Gold: The Last Supper – Is this the end for restaurants?
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Listen back to an archive Bunker from Jan 2022. London’s restaurants are now closing at nearly the double the normal rate as rising VAT, rent, and energy costs add to the weight of COVID, post-Brexit labour issues and supply chain shortages. Corey Mintz, author of The Next Supper, and Eater London’s Adam Coghlan joined Jelena Sofronijevic to chew on why haute cuisine is cooling off, whether takeaway food is really so democratic…and if COVID has called time on the all-you-can-eat buffet.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB   “Restaurants were told to diversify and prepare themselves for the rise of takeaways. But they didn't until the pandemic.” - Corey Mintz “The major delivery companies in the UK are neither economically nor environmentally sustainable.” - Corey Mintz “Today I discovered, ordered, and ate the food from a new restaurant within 30 minutes. Once you've tasted that, you can't go back.” - Adam Coghlan “If you hired an architect to build a restaurant today, they'd ask you where you'd like the Instagram wall.” - Corey Mintz “The £6k given to restaurants which closed over Christmas was mere chicken feed.” - Adam Coghlan https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
State of the Unions: Are they rediscovering their power?
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With strike action in Britain set to intensify over the coming months, what is the state of our trade unions? Can they really force the Government’s hand over the cost of living crisis? Jane Holgate, Employment Relations professor at the University of Leeds, joins Alex Andreou to unpack what unions want, who supports them, and the challenges they face. Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “Trade unionism is all about the imbalance of power in the employment relationship.” “The Government is involved whether it likes it or not.” “Google searches for trade union membership have increased dramatically.” “Thatcher came to power with the purpose of curbing union power, voted in by millions from the working class.” “Given the huge profits companies are making, what workers are asking for isn’t unreasonable.” “If Labour wants to be the party of the working class then it must reflect their interests.” “If you annoy workers enough then you’ll see productivity fall.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Inside the Coming Inflation Crisis with Minouche Shafik
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Thatcher famously proclaimed that inflation is the parent of unemployment. But as shop prices soar, energy bills rocket, and interest rates rise, we’ve all become more aware of the everyday impacts of inflation. So how unique is the crisis we face now? Director of the LSE and former vice-president of the World Bank Baroness Minouche Shafik joins Ros Taylor to unpack inflation. Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “COVID has caused upward inflation because of how it has affected global supply chains.”  “The Bank of England can only control the demand, not supply, side of the economy.” “To get inflation under control, you have to have a period of restraint.” “Inflation is a regressive tax on the population that hurts the poor most.” “There's more room to grow in encouraging women in work.”  “Rich countries spend 10% of their income on food. Poorer countries spend as much as 75%.”  “The last time we had an economic crisis, we saw mass unrest.”  “The term recession is used very loosely. But regardless, we have a difficult year ahead.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
The Beautiful Game-Changer
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The Lionesses’ victory in the Euros inspires a generation of girls. Can it transform football… and society? Meanwhile Sunak flails to out-loon Truss. With popular culture pulling in one direction and a regressive Tory gerontocracy pulling in another, is there any space for a unifying national story any more? Historian Alex von Tunzelmann – author of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Changed History – is our special guest. Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “The Labour Party loves nothing more than hating the Labour Party… A fight between left and right has to happen every new moon.” – Marie le Conte “No wonder Truss and Sunak are promising anything and everything. They are dealing with a membership of Home Counties mad bastards with an average age of ‘ghost’.” – Ahir Shah “If you want to sort the two halves of Britain easily, just ask the question ‘Would you bring back hanging?’” – Alex von Tunzelmann “Anyone who spends 24 hours in France while not being white will know that no, France is not better at decolonising than Britain…” – Marie le Conte https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor with Marie le Conte and Ahir Shah. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
The Lionesses’ Roar Power – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler
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Reset the Years of Hurt Clock… England’s women bring football home at last. Have the Lionesses changed football forever? Meanwhile Rishi Sunak goes down in the most craven manner possible, Johnson aims to pack the Lords with cronies, and everything’s on fire. But never mind! The football! The football! Gavin Esler puts aside his Scottishness for a moment to revel in the pure joy of an historic victory with Andrew Harrison.  Complete our listener survey for a chance to win a Bunker t-shirt: https://bit.ly/3zFSySB “As someone who is male, Scottish, and a bit jaded about football, the final restored my faith in the Beautiful Game.”  "Maybe male spectators will learn that booing the other teams’ national anthem isn’t a good look." “The scandal is that we allowed Boris Johnson to happen… he is taking advantage of a system full of weaknesses.” “There’s no such thing as Conservative values any more. They’re just what you say to make headlines.” “The lasting legacy of the Johnson years is that you can say anything because no one believes that you mean it.” Presented by Andrew Harrison. Producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Assistant producer Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Ep. 666: The Devil You Don’t Know
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On episode 666 of The Bunker, we’re talking all things Satan. Where does our idea of the Devil come from? And why are we so obsessed with him? Jelena Sofronijevic talks to Erin Cülff of the Myth Monsters podcast and Dr. Michael David Barbezat, a research fellow at Australia Catholic University, to explore Satan in pop culture, from the snake in the Garden of Eden, via Dante’s Inferno and heavy metal, to a modern gay icon. “Villains are always easy to work with in storytelling.” – Michael David Barbezat “You see the Devil as an anti-hero in a lot of the stories we tell.” – Michael David Barbezat “I think everyone likes a bad boy.” – Erin Culff “Some of the business we see with devils and demons is also reinvention.” - Michael David Barbezat “The Devil has been drafted to serve many functions of social control." - Michael David Barbezat "Angels are hes, Demons are shes." - Michael David Barbezat https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2022
Culture Bunker: Beyoncé returns. Is Paper Girls the new Stranger Things? And ’80s news-talgia on BBC2
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Your pop culture fix: Will Renaissance be a rebirth for Beyoncé? Amazon’s small-town sci-fi mystery Paper Girls, adapted from the cult comic – can it out-strange Stranger Things? And superior newsroom drama in The Newsreader, on BBC2 and iPlayer now. Telegraph TV critic Michael Hogan is our special guest. Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/77075591-255c-47eb-9062-815c4dd469ef “Beyonce records get freighted with sociopolitical weight, yet she's shrugged that off for a fantastic pop record.” - Michael Hogan “Paper Girls has out-strangered Stranger Things.” - Sian Pattenden “The Newsreader isn’t empty nostalgia. This is, Who remembers when work was like this, and it was awful?” - Andrew Harrison Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2022
Bunker Gold: Harsh Reality – How TV Shaped Modern Britain
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Listen back to an edition from our archives with The Bunker Gold. This week, after Tory leadership hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss went head-to-head in fiery TV debates, we’ve chosen an episode from December 2021, Harsh Reality – How TV Shaped Modern Britain.  We treat TV as the most disposable art form – but for decades it has shaped our world more than we know. From Big Brother to Shameless to Little Britain and Benefit Street, television chose the winners and losers of consumer capitalism, made it OK to sneer at the underclass, and then allowed that underclass a token comeback or two. Author Phil Harrison explores television’s innate cruelty, class dynamics and political subtext in The Age Of Static: How TV Explains Modern Britain. Has TV made our politics worse? And should it just give up on live political interviews altogether?  “A show called Britain’s Hardest Worker pitted benefit claimants against one another. You wouldn’t have written that in a dystopian fantasy.” “Maybe the BBC needs to be in that permanent state of conflict or it’s not doing its job of challenging what we think.” “When Mentorn took over Question Time they promised ‘adrenaline-fuelled Thursday nights’. Is that the purpose of a serious news show?” “Nadine Dorries as a kamikaze Culture Secretary scares the hell out of me.”  Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Producers: Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
High and Fighty: The Return of Football Hooliganism
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English football might be doing well on the pitch, but are we seeing the return of hooliganism off it? Since lockdown eased, there’s been a spate of incidents we thought had been left in the 1980s, so what’s going wrong in football at the moment? Professor Geoff Pearson of the University of Manchester joins Justin Quirk to discuss football’s crowd trouble problem, and what can be done about it. “These are fans who’ve been in lockdown, hitting it a bit harder now they can go to football again.” “The disorder seen at the Euros final was a perfect storm.” “Ultimately, good policing is one of the main pillars behind managing football crowds successfully.” “For the first time the Government is looking at the whole legislative framework around football. It would be nice to see an overhaul.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Covid is Here Forever. What Does That Mean?
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With Covid cases on the rise in Britain, how worried should we be about its resurgence? Tom Chivers, science writer for the i, joins Ros Taylor to discuss the latest uptick in coronavirus cases, what we know about the new variants and the role Covid could play in our lives in the years ahead. “Vaccines are significant when protecting against severe disease, but not reinfection.” “The virus doesn’t have to change very much to avoid your antibody immunity.” “We’ll still get the virus periodically, but our body will become better at fighting it off.” “We’ve only had two winters of covid so far, by 2030 it may well become part of the normal cycle.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
I Married a Tax Murderer – Weekly Edition
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As Truss and Sunak set out their economic plans, we discuss the viability of ‘Trussonomics’ and ‘Hedge Fund socialism’. Plus, what will the next Prime Minister mean for Britain’s standing on the world stage? And ten years after the London 2012 opening ceremony, our panellists look back on the last time the UK felt like a place to be proud of. “Every time they talk about tax cuts, that’s less money for public services.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh “Sunak talks a more credible game, whereas Liz is away with the fairies.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh “Tory politicians don’t care what they do with power, they just want to get their hands on it.” - Tom Peck “The only hope for the country now is Tory defeat in two years time.” - Tom Peck “I can imagine the international reaction to Sunak and Truss is ‘who?’.” - Arthur Snell “The opening ceremony projected Britain at its best. We’ve now fallen so foul of that.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Produced and presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell, Miatta Fahnbulleh and Tom Peck. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
They Think It’s All Dover – Start Your Week with Justin Quirk and Alex Andreou
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The Tory leadership contest rumbles on as Sunak and Truss go head-to-head on TV. Who is destined to win out, and who is on the ropes? Plus, transport logjams at Dover and Folkestone look likely to repeat over the summer, a tentative deal to release Ukrainian grain is reached, and Monkeypox vaccines are rolled out across the UK. Justin Quirk and Alex Andreou set out the days ahead. Support us on Patreon for early ad-free editions, merch and more: www.patreon.com/bunkercast “Tory members are risk-averse after the Johnson period of chaos, so my sense is they’ll go for Sunak.” – Alex Andreou “The whole Government has checked out… They all know their jobs won’t last past 5th September and none of them care any more.” – Alex Andreou “If you're planning on travelling, take a large lunch and a bottle to urinate into.” – Justin Quirk “Everyone’s assessing the consequences of sanctions for Europe. Nobody’s assessing them for Russia – which are penury.” – Alex Andreou Presented by Justin Quirk and Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Simps, Drip and the Ick: Gen Z Translator
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What are young people talking about these days? And what do the unusual words they say mean? In a bid to understand Gen Z, Jacob Jarvis speaks with Olive Pometsey and Jade Wickes of The Face magazine to decipher the latest slang, and to ask how it comes about and why it’s so popular. “What sets us apart is that we’re the first generation to grow up with smartphones.” – Jade Wickes “Nothing is that serious, it’s all just self-deprecating humour.” – Jade Wickes “At its core slang is just like a shorthand and it takes on a life of its own.” – Jade Wickes “Everyone's blending together and that’s a very Gen Z thing, you want to be a bit of everything.” – Olive Pometsey “The Gen Z humour is very ironic and dry and self-referential which is reflected in the slang.” – Olive Pometsey Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2022
Culture Bunker: Who killed the music press? The C86 kids. And heatwave dance music
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Paper Cuts: How I Destroyed the British Music Press and Nige Tassell’s surprisingly warmhearted indie odyssey Whatever Happened To The C86 Kids? Plus we bathe in the glow of euphoric 90s comedown music with ‘Fell From The Sun: Downtempo And After Hours 1990-91’.   Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2022
Bunker Gold: Will we be OK? Facing the Climate Emergency
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Listen back to an edition from our archives with The Bunker Gold. This week, after Britain recorded its highest temperatures on record, we’ve chosen Will We Be OK? Facing the Climate Emergency, first released in September 2020… Could there be cause for optimism on climate change? Do individuals have power over our planet’s future? Paul Behrens, author of The Best Of Times The Worst Of Times, tells Ros Taylor about the best and worst climate scenarios, why women’s rights are the key to a manageable future, meat, flying, renewables… and how to avoid falling into impotent despair about tomorrow.   “We might have been able to save ourselves with minor changes once. Now we need a complete overhaul in the way we live our lives.” “The carrying capacity of a planet of carnivores is very different from a planet of vegetarians.” “There’s a clear path from eco-anxiety to hope, through action.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer: Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Scot Free? Nicola Sturgeon's Final Gamble
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As Nicola Sturgeon’s fight for indyref2 continues, will she get the vote she wants or is she running out of road? What will Boris Johnson’s departure mean for Scotland’s First Minister? Gavin Esler unpacks these issues with journalist Iain Macwhirter, author of Disunited Kingdom: How Westminster Won a Referendum But Lost Scotland.   “Nicola Sturgeon has real problems in the party.” “Sturgeon is going to turn the next election into a de-facto referendum.” “Boris Johnson is the one Englishman you are allowed to hate, he’s extremely unpopular in Scotland - but of course he is gone now, and this poses a problem for the SNP.” “Boris Johnson has been the SNP’s greatest recruiting sergeant.” “Sturgeon is using this theatre of the courts to create more controversy in the run up to the next general election.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Gavin Esler. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic, Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Taken for a Ride: The Uber Files Explained
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Uber has transformed how we travel around cities – what do newly leaked documents tell us about its meteoric rise? The explosive ‘Uber Files’ give an insight into the tactics the taxi giant used to become a household name. Justin Quirk unpacks what these reveal with lecturer Dr. Jimena Valdez, who is working on the project Über-State: The Political Economy of Platform Capitalism.  “The three most striking things are: the utter disregard for the law, the connections to political power, and the very little value they attach to drivers - that they call them ‘supply’.” "Suddenly, we feel like we can't live without our Ubers."  "Uber has become this tag for everything that is wrong, but it's tech companies more widely."  "Politicians and consumers thought that Uber was so cool, that it should be treated differently."  “This is part of the servant economy.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic, Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
In-Fight Entertainment – Weekly Edition
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In a heat-defying lo-fi edition, we discuss the latest blue-on-blue clashes as the race to replace Johnson comes to a head. Did a least-worst candidate emerge? We talk to guest Jamie Susskind, author of The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century about how to regulate the internet. And did those cosmic images from the Webb Telescope make us feel tiny and insignificant… or pretty damn important? “The debates gave me a sinking feeling of despair… It’s just a bunch of angry people talking over each other” – Jamie Susskind  “The country’s entering a time of great crisis and the one thing we’re going to need is a Prime Minister with a grip.” – Jamie Susskind  “We don’t count or matter in the Conservative Party leadership elections.” – Gavin Esler “It’s not a tenable position to be against net zero. Human-induced climate change is impossible to ignore.” – Yasmeen Serhan  Presented by Ros Taylor with Gavin Esler and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Burning Down the House – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou
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The heat is on in the Tory leadership contest. Two finalists are expected this week but could we even have a new PM by Friday? Plus, we look at what will happen in Parliament in the last days before recess. And, we brace for what could be the hottest day on record in Britain. Alex Andreou joins Andrew Harrison to chart the days ahead.  "The more I see the more depressing it gets.” – Alex Andreou  “I suspect Johnson will find a way to get out of his last PMQs.” – Alex Andreou  “It says a lot about Johnson’s fall from grace that nobody wants to be associated with him.” – Alex Andreou  “The momentum is now with Sunak, ironically the least ‘fresh start’ candidate available.” – Alex Andreou  “There’s a Tory hustings at 2pm in an unventilated room. Good luck with that.” – Alex Andreou  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Are the Tories Mad to Cut Taxes?
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As Tory leadership hopefuls pledge tax cuts galore, we ask if this would make any sense. What impact would these moves have? What else could they do instead? Andrew Harrison speaks to Giles Wilkes, a senior fellow from the Institute for Government and former special adviser to Theresa May on industrial and economic policy.  “I suspect they’re hoping the Tory membership don’t have a memory of the 70s and 80s.”  “These people running for the leadership are thinking in a three month timescale.”  “It’s a terrible idea to pump money into the economy right now.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Kasia Tomasiewicz. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2022
Culture Bunker: Lizzo’s Special, The Good Boss with Javier Bardem, Kurt Vonnegut, new music from Working Men’s Club, plus more
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This week we listen to the force of nature that is Lizzo and her brand new album Special. Will it top 2019’s storming Cuz I Love You? Plus OFFICE POLITICA  - film critic Linda Marric joins us to watch workplace drama The Good Boss movie with Javier Bardem directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. And BOO! We listen to Working Men’s Club’s second album Fear Fear. Plus we see Unstuck in Time, Curb Your Enthusiam director Robert Weide’s documentary about American literary icon Kurt Vonnegut.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Siân Pattenden and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2022
Is the Magic Money Tree Real?
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Why have we been told there isn’t a magic money tree? And could such a thing actually exist? Alex Andreou discusses this question and unpacks modern monetary theory with L. Randall Wray, a senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College who has authored several books on the subject.  “For a very long time we've had a view that finance is a scarce resource.” “What we have is this belief that the Government is just like a household and it could run out of money.”  “There appears to be no limit to the private financial sector’s ability to layer up more debt.”  “Politicians are scared to death of inflation… politically, it is a huge issue.”  “We argue we should focus on resource availability and the public purpose.”  “The economy decides what the deficit will be – it takes two to tango.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
The Nazi Billions Hidden in Plain Sight
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BMW, Volkswagen, Allianz and Dr. Oetker are all household names – but how did these German businesses get to be so wealthy? The reality of collaboration, collusion, and the active championing of Hitler and the Nazi regime – during World War II, and beyond – by corporations remains “happily ignored”. So how have global powers let them get away with it? Jelena Sofronijevic talks to financial journalist David de Jong, author of author of Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties.  “The businessmen that I write about pressured Jewish businessmen to sell assets far under their value or there would be more dire repercussions.” “The vast majority of Germany’s business community went through this very flawed legal process called de-Nazification. This saw millions of criminals get off scot-free for their crimes.” “There were farcical legal proceedings that saw Nazi war criminals exonerated.” “The allied thinking that they needed to have a financially West Germany also led to those businessmen keeping their assets.” “Most of the characters in my book are sheer opportunists.” “As we get further away from the atrocities of the Third Reich, this history is receding.” “As consumers the bare minimum we should expect from these families is that they’re transparent.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Britain’s Got Tyrants – Weekly Edition
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As Tory leadership hopefuls try to outdo each other on culture war clout and tax cuts, we assess the would-be PMs. Plus, with Big Dog turning lame duck, the panel looks at what Johnson might do in Downing Street until he is ejected from the building. And as Conservatives set out their stalls, who’s won the battle of the launch video? “He wanted to be Churchillian and his tenure is one of the most embarrassingly short tenures.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “Penny Mordaunt’s pitch is that she’s very telegenic, was in the army and voted leave.” – Marie le Conte  “Grant Shapps’ entire pitch is ‘you will keep your jobs if you vote for me’.” – Ahir Shah https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Ayesha Hazarika and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
The Wacky Races Begin – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Naomi Smith
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As the nation heats up, so too does the Conservative leadership race. There are 11 people in the running so far, what can we expect from them? Plus, the nation’s economic woes continue – we look at what more turmoil is to come. And, could we see record-breaking temperatures this week? Ros Taylor is joined by Naomi Smith to lay out the days ahead.  "If I’m not maniacally laughing at the farce of it, I’m just depressed.” – Naomi Smith “We’ve got Conservative leadership candidates all promising to cut taxes, so how are they going to fund their levelling up agenda?” – Naomi Smith  "New trade deals are not compensating at all for the trade that we’ve lost with the European Union.” – Naomi Smith  “I think we are running into a long hot summer of very hard times for families.” – Naomi Smith  "There are so many female candidates, and so many ethnic minority candidates, and yet everyone is right wing." – Ros Taylor  "Labour's never had a female leader, whilst the Conservative Party might have had three Prime Ministers." – Naomi Smith  "Whoever you want Penny Mordaunt to be, she can be." – Ros Taylor  "Tax cuts on certain groups have no impact on economic growth whatsoever." – Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Johnson’s Demise: The Most Shameful End Ever?
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Johnson’s going and his emphatic collapse in office was no less shameful than expected. But historically, just how abnormal was it? Jacob Jarvis speaks with Rock & Roll Politics host Steve Richards to discuss endgames of the past and where the latest Prime Minister’s ranks in the grand scheme of things – all recorded immediately in the aftermath of Johnson’s Thursday speech.   “Johnson wants to be a Churchillian figure. Instead he will go down as someone who blew a big majority, and he will hate that.” “When Johnson lost Javid and Sunak, I knew we were going to reach the end quite quickly.”  “When choosing a Prime Minister, you have to look beyond whether they can win an election.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2022
Culture Bunker: Thor: Love and Thunder, guests Orbital, Superorganism, and parenthood horror The Baby on Sky TV
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THOR BLIMEY! We talk about Taika Waititi’s latest Marvel creation Thor: Love and Thunder, starring Chris Hemsworth. Techno titans Paul and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital join us to discuss their retro-future-spective album 30 Something, plus the latest from London indie trillsters Superorganism, World Wide Pop. And we watch Sky’s new parenthood horror series The Baby. Where’s the kid come from, what’s he doing, and why is disaster never far away? Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “The Baby is right up our street. An evil baby killing people? That's funny.” – Orbital “Thor is the most metal Marvel movie yet.” – Andrew Harrison Presented and produced by Alex Andreou and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2022
Trump’s Reckoning? The January 6 Bombshells Explained
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Hearings on the Jan 6th attacks have produced some of the most explosive testimony ever heard in Washington – and put Donald Trump in the frame for criminal activity. But what do they actually mean? And what will the fallout be? Dorian Lynskey talks to Julie Norman, co-director of UCL’s Centre on US Politics, about the latest revelations and their potential ramifications.  “We are seeing a person who was not acting in the best interests of the country on that day.”  “I think you’ll start hearing more the question of electability among Republicans.” “Most people who are watching this with an objective lens are actually quite impressed with what this committee has done.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
Nukes of Hazard: 60 Years of Atomic Accidents
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As the world looks to alternative sources of energy, are we ready for the growth of nuclear power? Do we understand the risk that comes with atomic technology? Historian and author Serhii Plokhy joins Arthur Snell to discuss his new book Atoms and Ashes: From Bikini Atoll to Fukushima, which looks at six nuclear disasters that shook the world, and the lessons we can learn from them. “The history of nuclear disasters is very relevant to us today.” “Every nuclear accident produces a pause in the industry as people get scared.” “If we are not prepared to tolerate nuclear accidents then we have to look for alternative energy sources.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Grope Opera – Weekly Edition
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Tory sleaze rumbles on as opera becomes a new frontier in the Culture War and Chris Pincher MP lives down to his name. We unpack the current political turmoil and the latest class row between Raab and Rayner. Plus, the reversal of Roe v. Wade prompts women in the US to delete period tracker apps. What does it tell us about Big Health Data? And as the Fred Perry polo turns 70, we talk about the politics of clothes. Our guest this week is tech journalist and author of Social Warming, Charles Arthur. “I think it’s quite a safe bet to assume there will be another vote of confidence within a year of the last one.” – Marie Le Conte “Codes of class are so nuanced in Britain, but if you haven’t grown up here it probably makes no sense.” – Justin Quirk  “I don’t think the Tories have ever been the party of upward mobility.” – Charles Arthur  “Every office in the country has a woman like Angela Rayner in it, but in Westminster she stands out.” – Justin Quirk https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Marie Le Conte and Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Sleazy Come, Sleazy Go – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan
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Tory sleaze is in focus yet again – how will Boris Johnson handle the backlash this week? Amid the Chris Pincher scandal, can Number 10’s line on the matter stand? Plus, on July 4, we look across to the United States and the latest political fallout there. And what action is needed to tackle the rise in COVID cases? Alex Andreou is joined by Yasmeen Serhan to lay out the week ahead.  "There are a lot of allegations of sexual misconduct involving Tory MPs." – Alex Andreou  "There is a deep desire on the part of Number 10 to say, ‘This matter has been settled.’” – Yasmeen Serhan "There are so many allegations facing the Conservative Party that you could start to think it was normal." – Yasmeen Serhan "The Supreme Court has historically been seen as an ahistoric institution, but no longer." – Yasmeen Serhan “You should brace yourself for running into COVID again." – Yasmeen Serhan  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
What Westminster Gets Wrong
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MPs are increasingly held in contempt by the public. How can Parliament improve its standing? Dr Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government and author of Held in Contempt, joins Ros Taylor to discuss what’s wrong with the House of Commons, and how Westminster can repair its reputation in the wake of recent scandals. “It only dawned on me over the decade I worked there how Parliament wasn’t a normal workplace.” “There’s a small minority of MPs who don’t treat staff well, and there are no consequences for that.” “Most people don’t have much idea of the difference between Parliament and Government.” “The Prime Minister’s main job was to tell the country the rules, if he didn’t understand them he should’ve sorted that out.” “Society has changed a lot, but the Palace of Westminster hasn’t.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2022
Culture Bunker: The Undeclared War, Rolling Stones docs, William Orbit, V**gra Boys and more
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Your pop-culture update: Russia hacks the UK in C4’s The Undeclared War. Does the drama bring the software to life? My Life As A Rolling Stone: new takes on Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie? And where’s Bill? Plus we talk to Lord Chancellor of chillout William Orbit, and V**gra Boys’ “brilliantly stupid” new album stands proud against cave-dwelling conspiracists.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “It's terribly difficult to dramatise hacking and counterhacking…” – Sian Pattenden “Cave World is like being on motorway with all the traffic coming towards you.” – Sian Pattenden Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2022
Long Division: The Crises That Splintered Britain
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Is Britain entering a new era of crisis? And what can we learn from the previous ones? Phil Tinline, author of The Death of Consensus: 100 Years of British Political Nightmares, talks to Dorian Lynskey about the previous occasions when Britain’s ruling consensus broke down, and if current turmoil will force us to change course once again. “When it comes to political futures, we always think of the worst-case scenarios.” “The nature of consensus is that it is a messy compromise.” “There are things Labour is now prepared to advocate because it has lost four general elections.” “In America there is such a consensus on support for Ukraine, perhaps more than most European countries.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Fact Fashion: What Happens to the Clothes You Return?
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The rise of online clothes shopping has also led to the rise of the return. What actually happens to the items we send back? In the last year, 51% of British shoppers sent back items they purchased online - but these goods don’t always end up back on the shelves. Jelena Sofronijevic talks to Dana Thomas, European Sustainability Editor at British Vogue, host of The Green Dream with Dana Thomas, and author of Fashionopolis, and Dr Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainable Fashion at the University of Leeds. “Fast fashion is like fast food. We consume it quickly, then we're hungry for more.” - Dana Thomas “Most brands work hard to get clothes refurbished and back on sale.” - Mark Sumner  “Just because it's more expensive, doesn't mean it's more sustainable.” - Mark Sumner “I'm an advocate of fast fashion - which might seem perverse, as a sustainability lecturer.” - Mark Sumner “There is a whole generation of fashion brands that are strictly online.” – Dana Thomas “Luxury brands will try and retain exclusivity by burning stock, by throwing stock away, ensuring nobody can use those returns.” – Mark Sumner For more, listen to The Bunker Daily: Wild Wild Waste — How the West litters the world with Ruth Michaelson.  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fashionopolis-Price-Fashion-Future-Clothes/dp/1789546060  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
By By Bojo? – Weekly Edition
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Does the fallout from last week’s by-elections show that Boris Johnson is losing touch with reality? Plus, the panel explore what the G7 Summit means for the conflict in Ukraine, how the Supreme Court ruling on abortion will affect American women, and why RMT leader Mick Lynch is the left’s latest pin-up. “The world's two oldest parliaments are in Iceland and the Isle of Man. Neither have anything to do with the Magna Carta.” - Arthur Snell “The whole property market is so out of whack that a treehouse to get little Wilf on the ladder might not be a bad thing.” - Ahir Shah “Johnson has escaped once again, but his problems are far from over.” - Yasmeen Serhan “Since 2016, America has been embarking on the great backslide.” - Yasmeen Serhan “It's not theories and ideologies that are clashing here, but fundamental world views.” - Yasmeen Serhan  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell, Ahir Shah and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Roe Dies, America Divides – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith and Justin Quirk
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As the US Supreme Court strikes down abortion rights, what does the ruling mean for women in America? The fallout from last week’s by-elections and rail strikes continue, where next for the Tories? And G7 leaders meet in Germany this week, with Ukraine, climate change and food security on the agenda. Justin Quirk is joined by Naomi Smith to set up the week ahead. “Abortion access being limited doesn’t stop abortions, it stops safe abortions.” - Naomi Smith “The right to abortion now sits with state legislators.” - Naomi Smith “Johnson will cling on, it now depends on if the cabinet move.” - Naomi Smith “400 million people rely on Ukrainian food supplies, the world will not see an end to rising prices any time soon.” - Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Justin Quirk with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Culture Bunker: Festivals Special – Live from Glastonbury 2022, Leisure Festival with HighSchool, plus the new Elvis film
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This week is a little bit special, as we are joined by Andrew and Siân live from Glastonbury 2022! Keeping it strictly music, we went along to see Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic Elvis, with our special guest Linda Marric. Could we not help falling in love with it or did we get the G.I. blues? And, staying with the festival theme, Jelena and our producer Jade head to Margate Dreamland Leisure Festival, to catch up with its organisers and line-up stars HighSchool. Was the rollercoaster more highs than lows? “The trailers for Elvis are quite bland and dead. They do the film a great injustice” - Alex Andreou “I think Austin Butler was born to play Elvis” - Linda Marric “Elvis is the apex of Baz Lurhmann’s artistic style” - Jelena Sofronijevic “The film really tries to tell a wider story of US consumerism in music” - Jelena Sofronijevic Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Alex Andreou and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2022
“Write the Book Only You Could Write” – Geoff Dyer on His Career and Endings
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Geoff Dyer talks to Dorian Lynskey about his career and new book The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings. In this, he examines the matter of final performances and pieces, through the tales of artists, sportspeople and writers. The pair also discuss how Dyer’s work takes shape, and how he reflects on his own writing. “The sense of not being ideally qualified to write about a subject has been quite enabling for me.”  “Write the book only you could write is the mantra I repeat.”  “Some genre defying stuff now feels a comfortable genre in itself.”  “I think I’ve managed to turn the lack of a readership into some sort of freedom.”  “If you can turn your weaknesses into some kind of strength, that’s a very happy outcome.”  “The writing life has gone hand in hand with the continuation of my self-education.” “If you're able to engage the reader's curiosity and interest they’ll keep on reading.“ https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Days-Roger-Federer-Endings/dp/1838855742  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2022
Reading between the Party Lines – China’s books boom and what it means
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Can China control what its authors write as tightly as President Xi might want? Writers have found dazzling ways to sidestep the “literary president”’s clampdown on free expression. China expert and Times book desk veteran Megan Walsh tells Andrew Harrison how the Chinese are reading everything from world-beating subversive science fiction… to lurid pot-boilers with titles like ‘My Dangerous Billionaire Husband'… to anarchic works of online fiction that often run longer than the Bible. What does it tell us about the world’s rising superpower? “Xi Jinping has put himself forward as literary president.”  “People don't think that fiction from authoritarian regimes is worth reading… but they’re wrong.”  “Chinese readers are very good at reading between the lines.”  “We expect Chinese writers to always be political, but that’s not always why people write.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Heard This One Before? - How Déjà Vu Works
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Have you heard this podcast before? Or are you experiencing Déjà vu? Catherine Loveday, neuroscience professor at the University of Westminster, joins Alex Andreou to explain the strange sensation that you've already experienced something, even when you know you never have, and why for some people it can become a serious problem.  “Déjà vu is the conflict you feel when you don’t remember something but feel that you must.” “The feeling of familiarity helps us find our way in the world. When it goes wrong it can be quite disturbing.”  ”Our brains are fantastic prediction machines.” “Déjà vu is a temporary aberration of our memory system.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Planes, Trains and Awful Deals – Weekly Edition
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From ethics to Northern Ireland to the ECHR to a mysterious disappearing story about his wife’s job prospects, Johnson is mired in legal and culture war battles. But why doesn’t anything stick to the PM? Plus, rail strikes: this is the age of the strain. And as Internet Explorer bows out, what are our fondest memories of the early Internet? Law and policy commentator David Allen Green is this week’s guest. “I don’t think law is a particularly lefty profession, but the work lawyers do is being politicised.” - David Allen Green “The only reason the Government tried to force this through was performative cruelty.” - David Allen Green “If you’re younger than 50, there isn’t that reference point that Labour equals strikes.” - Justin Quirk “I’ve decided to start calling this the Procrastination Madness Government.” - Marie Le Conte “The Government wants to create division and it wants the strikes to go ahead.” - David Allen Green “I remember the internet being a tool for checking false claims. That hasn’t quite worked out…” – David Allen Green https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou with Justin Quirk and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
That ’70s Show – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler
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With 1970s-style strikes due this week, what can we expect the fallout to be? The Conservatives are trying to shift blame anywhere it might stick, while they also face tests in two by-elections. Plus, we look at the Ukraine latest and unpack France’s election results. Andrew Harrison is joined by Gavin Esler to chart the week ahead. "We’ve had 12 years now of Conservative government. Are we any better off?” – Gavin Esler "We are under government by slogan.” – Gavin Esler "Boris Johnson might be Nicola Sturgeon's greatest weapon." – Gavin Esler www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Sound of Silence: The End of Music in Schools?
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Music education in the UK is in a perilous place, with the largest cuts in spending per pupil for 40 years, falling teacher recruitment numbers, and huge drops in GCSE and A-Level uptake. With a new National Plan for Music Education imminent, will it be enough to ensure music matters? Jude Rogers talks to Chrissy Kinsella, Chief Executive of the London Music Fund, about transforming under-served communities, if learning tunes are really less important than science and tech for career prospects, and why some people still think music is more a luxury than a necessity. “Classical music will always be full of elite, old, white people unless we change it.”  “The problem always is and always will be funding.” “Wouldn't it be amazing if every primary school had a music teacher?” “We often focus on academic attainment, but we should also be celebrating music for the joy of music.” “There's such a lack of joined up thinking from central government.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jude Rogers. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2022
Culture Bunker: Ms Marvel, We Own This City, greatest albums and more
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Your pop-culture update: Is the MCU’s first Muslim superhero saga Ms Marvel really a cape-fest or a family comedy in disguise? Will Baltimore crime drama We Own This City match up to its creator’s classic creation The Wire? DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy serves up a Balearic breakfast and on the 40th birthday of ABC’s Lexicon Of Love, guest Clark Collis helps us choose THE greatest albums of all time. Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “I had to have three vodkas before seeing The Joker. And four afterwards.” – Clark Collis “Defining Balearic is like trying to define jazz…” – Cosmo “I can very much empathise with not wanting to go to Comic Con with your parents…” – Clark Collis https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2022
Istanbully: What Does Erdoğan Want?
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You can’t discuss Turkey’s politics without mentioning its strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. What does he want? Gonul Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute's Turkey program and author of the upcoming book Erdoğan’s War, talks to Alex Andreou about Erdoğan’s journey from reformer to autocrat, how his 19 years in power have changed Turkey, and what the future holds for the country and his leadership.  “When Erdogan came to power in 2002 he was a different man, or so he said.” “Erdogan appealed to segments of the country that would traditionally be reluctant to support an Islamist leader.” “Institutions do not matter in today’s Turkey.” “Turkey is a problematic partner for the West, but important in the Ukraine crisis.” “If Turkey held free and fair elections today, Erdogan would lose.“ https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Painting By Numbers: How Do We Put a Price on Art? 
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Who decides the value of a piece of art? And how do they come to their conclusions? In May, Andy Warhol’s 'Shot Sage Blue Marilyn' sold at Christie’s for a record £158 million, making it the most expensive painting of the 20th century – but it is merely the biggest wave in an international tsunami of art sales. Jelena Sofronijevic speaks to Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive at Creative United, and Erling Kagge, polar explorer, former politician, and author of A Poor Collector's Guide to Buying Great Art, to discuss placing a value on creativity.  “The price is reflective of the market, not the value of the artwork.” – Mary-Alice Stack “Now, we don't talk about art, we talk about the art market,” – Erling Kagge “Art fairs are the least best place to buy an artwork.” – Mary-Alice Stack “There was a time when galleries felt like the preserve of the moneyed classes.” – Mary-Alice Stack “There's a sense that if you need to ask the price, you can't afford it.” - Mary-Alice Stack  “Fantastic art is being made every day.” – Erling Kagge “The auction houses are competing against themselves.” – Mary-Alice Stack  “What matters to artists is the creation of the work in the first place.” – Mary-Alice Stack  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://uk.gestalten.com/products/erling-kagge-buying-great-art  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Dom Phillips in conversation with Dorian Lynskey, May 2020
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The disappearance of British reporter Dom Phillips and indigenous people’s campaigner Bruno Pereira has shown how serious the threats to journalists in Brazil are. It appears that the worst fears of Dom’s family may be true and he and Bruno will not be found alive. In tribute to a former colleague of ours and a brave and formidable reporter, here is the podcast that Dom made with Dorian Lynskey in May 2020, at the height of the COVID pandemic. It has not been edited. To donate to Dom and Bruno’s families please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-dombruno-missing-in-the-amazon-rainforest Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Don't Protocol Us, We'll Protocol You – Weekly Edition
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We assess our Groundhog Day Government’s self-imposed Brexit drudgery and unconvincing housing plans. Will the NI protocol wrangling ever end? Are Johnson and his Cabinet of calamity trying to divert from other problems? Plus, we unpack the various aspects of America’s gun violence problems. And, we unpack new cigarette and vape regulations – is the end of smoking nigh?  “If you believe this is going to solve the housing crisis, come walk with me over the Garden Bridge.” – Gavin Esler  “Some of this is just a desperate Boris Johnson trying to come up with clever wheezes.” – Arthur Snell  “This is an English nationalist government." – Gavin Esler "I could give up avocados and frothy coffees and I still wouldn't be able to afford a house." – Yasmeen Serhan “When you kill journalists, you kill the truth.” – Andrew Harrison https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell, Gavin Esler and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Just Plane Wrong – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Justin Quirk
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The Government is courting controversy again with deportations to Rwanda to take place and more NI protocol drama. As legal wranglings continue, deportation flights are due to depart on Tuesday. What will happen next? Plus, as the cost of living crisis worsens, will there be any tangible moves to deal with it? Justin Quirk is joined by Alex Andreou to chart the week ahead.  "I think the Home Office will manage to get that flight to take off, even if it just has two people on it.” – Alex Andreou  "These are emergency moves to ground the flight, not stop the process." – Alex Andreou  "Johnson is so weak that any lever he pulls will damage his position in the party." – Alex Andreou  “There is a really hard year coming ahead.” – Alex Andreou  “The chaos we are experiencing right now is in part deliberately confected.” – Alex Andreou  "How can you claim that the legal mechanism never works if you've never tested it?" – Alex Andreou  "Some will claim that Ukraine is trying to use the emergency to bypass the traditional accession process." – Alex Andreou www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Justin Quirk with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Taking a Mile: The Politics of Measurement
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We refer to measurements almost constantly – but are we truly aware of the power they hold? And why do we accept these rigid measurements of time and space? Ahir Shah speaks to James Vincent about his book Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement, which looks at how we came to define dimensions.  “We still have a flexible approach to measuring time.”  “You get a lot of measurements that are taken from the human body for example.”  “Over time central authorities take the control to define units of measurement.” “If we couldn’t measure, we couldn’t trade, we couldn’t build cities and we couldn’t do scientific research.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2022
Culture Bunker: ABBA Voyage, Swan Song, special guest The Waterboys’ Mike Scott, plus Britain’s working men’s clubs, and more
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We Super Troop down to East London to witness the ABBA VOYAGE live experience. Have any of us been the same since we saw it? Legendary founder of folk rock titans The Waterboys, Mike Scott joins us to talk about about new album All Souls Hill, plus the importance and history of working men’s clubs with Beer Boffin Pete Brown. And FINAL CUT - we watch Swan Song, an indie pic about a retired hairdresser who must undertake the most important hairdo of his life. Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Siân Pattenden and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  https://harpercollins.co.uk/products/clubland-how-the-working-mens-club-shaped-britain-pete-brown?variant=39584522010702  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2022
Inside the Putin Mafia with Catherine Belton
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Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has shone a spotlight onto Russia’s oligarchs. How does the Kremlin exert influence over them? And with sanctions beginning to bite, what does the future hold? Catherine Belton, Russia reporter for the Washington Post, talks to Nick Cohen about the Kremlin’s iron grip on Russia’s elite, and her own run in with oligarchs over her book Putin’s People. “The state propaganda machine can’t cover up the level of casualties forever.” “Putin has an inferiority complex. He needs the external trappings of wealth to believe he is Number One.” “UK newspapers shy away from reporting on these individuals because they know the legal costs are high.” “These oligarchs are hostages to Putin because he has a monopoly over court decisions.” “The Yeltsin tycoons have seen 30 years of empire-building undone in one fell swoop.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Nick Cohen. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
Netflix Fights For Its Life
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Netflix’s share price plunged after it announced the loss of 200,000 subscribers in Q1 of 2022. What has gone wrong? And how can the platform get people subscribing again? Alex Hern, Technology Editor for The Guardian, talks to Justin Quirk about why Netflix’s growth turned static, and what the streaming service should be doing to get viewers back onboard.  “This is a company and an industry that expects subscriber numbers to go up.” “The reason Netflix lost those subscribers is because they pulled out of Russia.” “Other streaming services are now able to compete in areas where Netflix was once miles ahead.” “A service with adverts could help Netflix recover some market share.” “Many households don’t even know they have access to Amazon Prime” “I don’t see a painless way out of the hole Netflix has put itself into.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
The Beginning of the End – Weekly Edition
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Johnson has clung on to power, but with 148 Tory rebels voting against him how long can he continue as leader? What’s next for him and the Conservative Party? In a late-night recording, the panel assess a dramatic result. Plus, Romeo Kokriatski, co-host of the Ukraine Without Hype podcast, shares the latest from Ukraine amid concerns the war is turning in Russia’s favour. And, after the Jubilee festivities, the panel discusses British eccentricity and the future of the Monarchy. “It comes back to a fundamental personality problem about Boris Johnson.” – Marie Le Conte  “The booing came from what Johnson could have reasonably expected to be a home crowd.” – Justin Quirk  “The enormous elephant in the room is that a large part of your party has essentially tried to eviscerate you.” – Justin Quirk  “From the country’s point of view, Johnson staying on is disastrous.” – Justin Quirk  “If they keep promising this gigantic reshuffle, who is going to move in order to make space?” – Marie Le Conte “The bigger issue is that there is a total policy vacuum.” – Justin Quirk  “Things will have to change, the Monarchy will have to change.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “There’s a huge space now for Labour to just say very explicitly, ‘What is it that you actually like about this country?’” – Justin Quirk   https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ayesha Hazarika, Marie Le Conte and Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
No Confidence Man – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Arthur Snell
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After being jeered over the Jubilee weekend, will Johnson now be jilted by his party in a no confidence vote? With this due to be held on Monday evening, how will the results play out? Ros Taylor and Arthur Snell give their thoughts as they tee up the week ahead. Plus, they ask what’s next for the monarchy after the weekend’s celebrations, discuss the Ukraine latest and cast an eye over the Atlantic.  “We will know by the end of today whether or not Boris Johnson has survived this round of attempts to get him.” – Arthur Snell "Surviving a no confidence vote doesn't mean surviving as PM, as Theresa May can tell us." – Arthur Snell  "It wasn't breaking the law in Downing Street, or any other scandals, but being booed at the Jubilee." – Arthur Snell  “Johnson is somebody who will cling on to the absolutely last moment possible.” – Arthur Snell  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
“We’re All Curating Our Personal Cultures” – Talking to Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson tells Dorian Lynskey about her wide-ranging career as a critic. She discusses shedding light on the lives of everyone from Tina Turner to Michael Jackson, being the first Black woman book critic at Newsweek, and writing on race, class and gender at the New York Times. They also discuss her new book, Constructing a Nervous System, and ask can you ever separate art from the artist?  “We're all curating our personal cultures.” "I felt I had to be impeccable to brilliant... there's a certain high standard you don't slip beneath." "I realised I could bring the critics tools of questioning and probing to myself." https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/602237/constructing-a-nervous-system-by-margo-jefferson/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2022
Meta-mind: How Cyberspace Will Alter Our Brains
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As we move into virtual surroundings able to be anywhere, anyone or anything, how will that affect our minds? As the line between online and offline fades further, we look at how our personalities could shift across spaces. Dr. Alison Attrill-Smith, head of psychology online at the University of Wolverhampton, joins Alex Andreou to discuss the potential psychological impact of the metaverse.  “We've had iterations such as second life, and every time something new establishes itself there seems to be a flocking to it.” “Who goes online will depend on what they're wanting to achieve.” “Everything in psychology is about goals and what people want to achieve.” “There's loads of research that shows that people project online the persona that they aspire to.”  “Whether we'll be able to replicate real life interaction in the digital landscape is really debatable.” “The Proteus effect happens when people project their online persona offline.” “We’re already moving towards a world where digital access is a right, whether that becomes a human right, I'm not sure.” “To some extent we are already living in this virtual world and the metaverse is just an extension of that.” “I like to think that virtually reality has actually increased acceptance of who we really are.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Alex Rees, Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production and original music by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2022
Enter the Matrix: Are We Living in a Simulation?
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How do you know the world is real? How do I know I’m real? As virtual worlds expand, our concepts of reality warp. NYU philosopher David Chalmers – author of Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy – talks to Ros Taylor about the etiquette of virtual living, why video game characters deserve moral rights, and how we can know what we think we know.  “Simulated beings could end up outnumbering non-simulated beings. So the odds that YOU are simulated could be high…” “If we’re living in a simulation, all this is still real – and our lives are still full of meaning.” https://uk.bookshop.org/books/reality-virtual-worlds-and-the-problems-of-philosophy-9780241320716/9780241320716 https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic, and Alex Rees. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production and original music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Does the Metaverse Need Laws?
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Can you enforce laws in cyberspace like you can in the real world? Facebook, now Meta, has struggled to moderate its massive platforms for over a decade, battling with national governments over how it should be regulated. Now, it's preparing to be the biggest player in a new arena - the Metaverse. Lorna Woods, professor of Internet Law, joins Ros Taylor: “The one thing we can say about the metaverse, is that it won't be what we think it is.” “Have we thought about how this service can be misused? Rather than sitting in a phase of techno-optimism about the whole thing.” “The transient nature of the content might be good, as you won't have those long shadows cast over you.” “If we want to see this freeing capacity of the metaverse then we don't want to be tied to one identity.” “We're going to have to think more broadly about how we're going to safeguard.” Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Original music by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Everything Everywhere: Your Day in the Metaverse
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What would a normal day look like inside the metaverse? When would we plug in, and would we ever switch off? Charles Arthur, former technology editor of The Guardian and author of Social Warming: The Dangerous and Polarising Effects of Social Media, joins Ahir Shah to talk about the upsides, downsides and the practicalities of striking a virtual to real-world balance. “The day in the metaverse will be a lot of meetings, a bit like zoom.”  “Travel might be a lot better than slogging through a train and people generously giving you their colds.”  “Well, everything gets used for work and porn in the end.” “We’ve all been on Twitter, everyone's all mouth and no trousers.”  “Maybe everyone will want to wear their headset all day long and sit in little cubes.” “Where we start to blend the real world and cyber, is augmented reality, which is where you put on glasses and you have an overlay for the real world.” “How much extra value will you get from a metaverse meeting over a zoom meeting? If that gets unlocked, then it'll all start happening.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Sunak Cost Fallacy – Weekly Edition
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We explore whether Rishi Sunak’s cost of living package is enough to address the long term hardship faced by millions. Or was it yet another political manoeuvre amid Tory turmoil? Plus, we unpack the issues faced by democracies across the globe with our guest Yascha Mounk, political scientist and author of The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure.  “If Johnson can make it to the long summer break, where MPs have weeks away, that might allow people to calm down a little.” – Arthur Snell  “I think the really difficult economic stuff is going to be next winter. It goes from something you worry about to something that fundamentally changes the way you live your life.” – Arthur Snell  "The government has a tendency to respond too late." - Yasmeen Serhan “A lot of discourse would be improved if people were forced to watch one focus group per week.” – Yascha Mounk  “You make better arguments when you know what your opponent means as well.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “I would distinguish between the angry minority and the majority of people.” – Yascha Mounk  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Here We Go Again – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Naomi Smith
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With yet another party allegation, how will the PM deal with another twist in this neverending scandal? With a further inquiry being called for – how might this play out in the coming days? Plus, America’s gun debate remains at the fore across the Atlantic. And in Northern Ireland, can Stormont break the deadlock and nominate a speaker? Alex Andreou talks to Naomi Smith about what we can expect to happen this week.  “Apparently people are beyond accountability now.” – Naomi Smith "It doesn’t look like we’re heading anywhere to where the gun lobby doesn’t have a vice-like grip on American politics.” – Naomi Smith  “People are suffering from all sorts of things other than Brexit in Northern Ireland.” – Naomi Smith  “Businesses are crying out for visas to be handed out to people with all skills and none.” – Naomi Smith www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Why We’re Getting Africa Wrong
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Africa is made up of 54 different countries – so why is it so often talked about as one singular place? Dipo Faloyin, a senior editor at Vice and author of Africa is Not a Country, joins Jelena Sofronijevic to discuss the continent’s diversity and how that’s been erased in everyday discussions. What led to the condensed view of today and how can we properly engage with the region? “People would rather see the entire region as a singular monolith, instead of a region that can be anything.” “Too many people have grown up with this idea of Africa as a singular monolith.” “Often when we talk about Africa we look at it from 1,000 miles up in the air or we look at it through the lens of safari, and that isn’t the reality for people on the ground.” “It’s always just so sad to hear that people when they think of Africa they see it as a problem.” “It’s hard to get people to see Africa in a different way when they’re still bombarded with images of babies with flies around their head.” “The most important thing is that we start to see vast stories of success, failure, love. That’s something that’s really missing across the pop culture landscape.” “The history of Africa is also the history of the UK.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2022
Culture Bunker: Top Gun: Maverick, Liam Gallagher, guest Paul Morley on Island Records, The Midwich Cuckoos, International Booker Prize, plus more
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36 years after the original, Tom Cruise returns for Top Gun: Maverick, plus we don our parkas as we listen to the new album from Liam Gallagher, Come On You Know. Legendary music writer and broadcaster Paul Morley, joins us to talk Island Records, Factory Records, and ALL records, and we get comfy in our nests, to watch the latest major Sky adaptation of The Midwich Cuckoos. And Jelena heads out to the Southbank Centre to speak to International Booker Prize shortlister, Mieko Kawakami.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic and Elina Ganatra. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Islander/Chris-Blackwell/9781982172695  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2022
Monkeypox: What’s the Deal?
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Monkeypox has hit the headlines with its spread in Europe. What is it? How do we deal with it? And should we be worried? With people on high alert to illnesses due to COVID, we unpack the differences and put context around what’s really going on. Dr. Charlotte Hammer, a fellow in emerging infectious diseases at Downing College Cambridge, explains the virus to Jacob Jarvis.  “Monkeypox actually does not come from monkeys, it comes from rodents in central Africa.”  “The symptoms are pretty unspecific. A fever, backache and muscle pain, progressing onto a rash are all common.”  “In medical terms, monkeypox is a mild but unpleasant disease.” “At the moment, there is very limited risk to the general population.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
First Contact: We'll Meet Aliens Soon, Then What?
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As scientists seek extraterrestrial life, what would we do if we actually found it? How would we manage first contact, and could we even communicate with aliens? Franck Marchis, a senior planetary astronomer from the SETI Institute, unpacks the prospect with Andrew Harrison – and the idea aliens might already know we’re here, but we’re too boring for them to care. “The most important question is intelligent life.”  “This discovery will not be a big surprise for a lot of humans on this planet.”  “If we find a civilisation slightly more advanced to us, maybe 100 years, they may be much more intelligent in terms of technology.”  “We may not see them because perhaps their technology is invisible to us.”  “We have been visible as a civilisation for at least 100 years, so they know we are here if they have slightly better technology.”  “I believe that there is microbiological life everywhere, but the key thing is the I in SETI - intelligence.” “It's obvious if you analyse our planet that there is a civilisation there.” “Maybe the future of our civilisation is purely mechanical or technological rather than biological.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Case For the Prosecco-tion
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As the Prime Minister is caught red wine handed, we discuss the crises facing Britain alongside the partygate furore. We unpack the further issues looming as the cost of living situation goes from bad to worse. Is there an end in sight? Plus, why do we still pay so much attention to newspaper front pages? Lord Peter Ricketts, former national security adviser and ambassador to France, is this week’s guest.  “I don’t know why you would bring someone along to photograph your crime.” – Ahir Shah  “The only reason I can see for the Government not introducing a windfall tax is that it’s Labour’s idea.” – Ahir Shah  “It’s always popular with the Tory right to cut the Civil Service.” – Peter Ricketts “There’s one person who sets the culture in Government and that’s the Prime Minister.” – Peter Ricketts  “The world is beset with a whole series of different crises.” – Peter Ricketts “Those who are going to carry the blame for this are the civil servants, they’ve been lined up as scapegoats here.” – Peter Ricketts  “We’ve got a very rocky few years ahead.” – Peter Ricketts  “The frontpage is a news outlet's way of signalling to its readers what they should be paying attention to.” – Yasmeen Serhan https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Fade to Gray – Start Your Week with Justin Quirk and Alex Andreou
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Sue Gray’s final partygate report is due, meaning a long week ahead for Boris Johnson. What can we expect it to contain? Meanwhile, the cost of living crisis continues to deepen. Is a windfall tax on energy companies inevitable? Plus, we discuss Australia’s new Prime Minister and the latest from Ukraine. Justin Quirk is joined by Alex Andreou to tee up the days ahead. “It’s damaging the Government all the time because it has reversed all their soft ratings.” — Alex Andreou  “The charge of dishonesty is really difficult to get out of.’ – Alex Andreou  “A windfall tax is entirely logical.” – Alex Andreou  “Scott Morrison's loss is a blow to Johnson's government." – Alex Andreou "The notion that you're a shyster getting away with stuff sticks with the public." – Alex Andreou Presented by Justin Quirk with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Taster: ORIGIN STORY, the new podcast from Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey
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NEW PODCAST: In a brand new 6-part series, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey explore the histories of the most misrepresented ideas in politics. Here’s a taster of the first episode: McCarthyism. Was it really a crusade against communists or just a grifter’s opportunity that got out of hand? How did a witch-hunt morph into a way to denounce any critic, no matter who? And did Joe McCarthy really write the rulebook for Trumpism? Get the full episode here: https://kite.link/OS1McCarthy Back Origin Story on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/originstorypod Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt. Audio production by Jade Bailey and Alex Rees. Music by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Origin Story is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Injury Time: Sport’s Head Trauma Crisis
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Blows to the head are commonplace in a range of sports – why do the risks often go unspoken? What happens to the brain when athletes take these knocks? Alex Rees speaks to Hana Walker-Brown about her book A Delicate Game: Brain Injury, Sport and Sacrifice, in which she chronicles degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and the tragedies which have gone under the radar.  “There are things that are changing, but they’re changing very slowly.”  “The rules need to come from above and be implemented.”  “It’s important to note, concussion is a brain injury.” “To consider that sport might have to change gets people’s backs up.” “There’s something about the thrill of watching people get hurt.”  “The brain needs to be protected.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by TBC. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2022
Culture Bunker: Kendrick Lamar, Harry Styles, guest Murkage Dave, Mick Head and more
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Pop culture roundup: Can we plumb the depths of Kendrick Lamar’s dazzling, disturbing Mr Morale & The Big Steppers? Has Harry Styles squared the teen idol/suave-pop circle? UK hip-pop talent Murkage Dave joins us. The songwriting genius of Michael Head. And Night Sky, an Amazon drama about the portal to outer space in Sissy Spacek’s back garden. Really. Journalist Johnny Davis of Esquire and The Face rounds out the panel.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Siân Pattenden. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Co-produced by Jelena Sofronijevic and Elina Ganatra. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2022
Autocratic for the People: How the New Tyrants Rule
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Authoritarian leaders are dominating 21st century politics. How did this new generation of strongmen rise to power? Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, joins Nick Cohen to discuss his new book The Age of The Strongman, which covers the rise of the modern-day dictator, and what their leadership means for the world. “There was always going to be a backlash against the ‘end of history’ way of doing things.” “With the West having gone through the financial crisis, it wasn’t hard for China to say ‘we are the future’.” “For the key period of getting Brexit done, Boris Johnson did follow the strongman tradition.” “If Putin had won a quick victory in Ukraine, it would’ve been a huge boost for the strongman ideal.” ”Trump changed the rhetoric of America. He embraced Putin’s arguments.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Nick Cohen. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Inside the Oxford Clique That Warped Our Future
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Eleven of the fifteen postwar Prime Ministers went to Oxford. How did their privileged upbringing change the U.K? The FT’s Simon Kuper talks to Ros Taylor about how the entitled atmospheres of Oxford and Eton shaped modern Britain, detailed in his latest book Chums. “Boris Johnson was probably the best known person at Oxford in his day.” “It’s a great advantage in politics to have a recognisable brand, and Eton encourages that.” “Johnson learnt all his debating tricks from the Oxford Union.” “The problem with being Prime Minister is you have to offer substance, and Johnson can’t do that.” “Daniel Hannan is the Karl Marx of Brexit. He is one of the most important figures in British history.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Grocery Incompetence – Weekly Edition
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We look at the Government’s culture war push as people are told to just work harder to beat the cost of living crisis. What bargain bin policies are being used to shift attention from the hardship so many are facing? Plus, as those struggling are told to budget their way out of poverty, we look at the ludicrous money saving advice being dished out. And finally, the panel marks the end of the iPod. Freelance writer and columnist Hannah Fearn is this week’s guest.  “All politicians, no matter how charmed, reach a point where their luck runs out.” – Justin Quirk “A lot of aspects of poverty have been rendered invisible.” – Justin Quirk  “What I find weird is Britain's fetishisation of poverty.” – Marie Le Conte “Any government that doesn't care that children are growing up in poverty shouldn't be a government.” – Hannah Fearn “People are thinking about how to feed their children, not the Brexit election strategy.” – Hannah Fearn " “Blaming Brexit for what's happening at home won't cut it.” – Hannah Fearn https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
NATO: It’s Scandinavian For Value – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan
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As Finland and Sweden look to join Nato, we unpack the latest from Ukraine as Putin faces consequences for his invasion. How will the Russian leader react amid signs of defeat? Then at home, we discuss the latest Brexit wranglings over the Northern Ireland protocol. Plus, questions of Keir Starmer’s leadership persist. Is he really in trouble? Ros Taylor is joined by Yasmeen Serhan to tee up the week ahead, and glance back at the weekend’s Eurovision contest.  “Ukraine has exceeded people’s wildest expectations.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “Putin has created a larger and more attractive NATO.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “With the protocol it feels like we are back in 2019 again.” – Yasmeen Serhan “I was primed for the UK to not win any points because that’s what I’d been told always happens.” – Yasmeen Serhan  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Under Siege: Can Biden Bear the Onslaught?
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Joe Biden’s poll ratings have been underwater for months. What is the state of his presidency? Dorian Lynskey speaks to Dr. Thomas Gift, founding director of UCL’s Centre on US Politics, to discuss the Democrat’s tenure so far. Is a Trump rematch on the cards, and could Biden win again? And if not him, could anyone else come to his party’s rescue in 2024? Plus, what will the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade mean for the Democratic leader? “If I look at the democratic field right now, I can't see a very deep bench.” “If Trump does run again it becomes less of a referendum of the last 4 years, and more about who voters prefer - Trump or Biden?” “There have also been factors outside of Biden's control that have contributed to his low polling numbers.” “The notion of Trumpism, and what this represents, is just so strong.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2022
Culture Bunker: Eurovision 2022, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, new music from Florence and the Machine and The Smile, plus Conversations with Friends
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk This year’s Eurovision is upon us – but is it full of Boom Bang-a Bangers or a bit of a Waterloo? Linda Marric and Michael Hogan join us to chew on this year’s line up, and new albums from Florence and The Machine AND Radiohead offshoots The Smile, and Conversations with Friends, the latest Sally Rooney adaptation from the BBC   Plus, you wait years for a Multiverse and then two turn up at once - we wrap our minds around new reality-bending epic Everything, Everywhere, All At Once, and chat to directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels.  Join Siân’s Eurovision Live Draw here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sian-Superman-livedraw More What Does Eurovision Mean To You? here: https://twitter.com/sturdyAlex/status/1524695837078654976?s=20&t=EuEE-DWL0IZmrA1KU6mN0g “Scott Mills is like a really bad Graham Norton tribute act and it shouldn’t be allowed.” – Michael Hogan “How often do we see a film being taken in by younger generations, with a heroine over 40?” – Linda Marric on Everything, Everywhere, All At Once “I was cracking my knuckles, expecting to get into it and shred it to pieces, but it's annoyingly good.” – Michael Hogan on Dance Fever “It tasted exactly how you would expect a cocktail with 2/3 Radiohead and 1/3 Sons of Kemet would taste like.” – Alex Andreou on A Light for Attracting Attention Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2022
Journeys to the Edge: Conversations with Extremists
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How do we talk to radicals and terrorists who are bent on reshaping society through violence? Charlotte McDonald-Gibson was at Brussels Airport during a terror attack in 2016, and wanted to understand what drives people to such acts. She joins Justin Quirk to discuss her book Far Out: Encounters With Extremists, where she finds out what lures people into fringe groups.  “The human emotions that lead people to these groups are universal across ideologies.”  “Everybody in the book was under 25 when they went through that radicalisation process.”  “The feeling of alienation remained the same, whatever the circumstances were.”  “Self-radicalisation happens online now.”  “We can’t ignore people who’ve been drawn to extremist beliefs.”  “I don’t think we’ve seen the full impact of COVID on extremism.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://granta.com/products/far-out/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Explained: The War on Roe v. Wade
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With the prospect of Roe v. Wade being overturned, we unpack the movement against abortion rights in the United States. A leaked draft Supreme Court decision indicates the landmark decision is set to be struck down – what would that mean for American society? Iowa-based writer Lyz Lenz joins Ros Taylor to discuss how the country reached this moment of reckoning, and what could happen next. “Since 1973 we have seen a slow erosion of the ability to access abortion services.” “There has been a Conservative plan to appoint judges that would overturn Roe v. Wade.” “The justices are pushing a minority viewpoint in overturning Roe v. Wade.” “Other rights could be up for debate, such as the right to gay marriage.” “A lot of Americans were very comfortable and thought this day would never come.” “Being able to access the pill saved my life and my career.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Keep Korma and Curry On – Weekly Edition
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What was spicier, Starmer’s curry or its aftermath? We discuss the Labour leader’s standing and his bluff-calling gamble. Plus, who were the real local election winners and losers? Then, as the cost of living bites, the panel unpacks just how out of touch the Government is with working people. Jamie Driscoll, the Labour Mayor of the North of Tyne, is this week’s special guest and Belfast-based journalist Amanda Ferguson also drops in to unpack the Northern Ireland assembly results.  “People don’t trust Johnson, but there is also an element of them not trusting anyone at all.” – Jamie Driscoll “Labour are one-nil up at half time, but the Tories might be about to take their captain off.” – Jamie Driscoll “Two million people had to skip meals last month, but here we’re talking about a guy having a curry.” – Jamie Driscoll  “The scenarios aren’t all good for Keir Starmer, but they are good for Labour.” - Marie Le Conte “What people want is some hope, they want a way out.” – Jamie Driscoll  “I heard Boris Johnson is cutting back and he’s only going to have silver wallpaper now.” – Jamie Driscoll “The alternative to saying ‘try own-brand products’ is telling people ‘you’re on your own’.” – Ahir Shah https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou with Ahir Shah and Marie Le Conte. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
The Calm Before the Stormont – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler
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Brexit tensions spike in the wake of Northern Ireland’s assembly elections – what will come of the fallout? Plus, Putin is to address Russia on the nation’s Victory Day – how will he look to reframe his ongoing invasion of Ukraine? Then, back at home, the Queen’s Speech is due this week. Andrew Harrison is joined by Gavin Esler to tee up the days ahead.  “This has all been done as part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit derangement syndrome.” – Gavin Esler “If you really think Boris Johnson has built 40 hospitals, then come walk with me over the Garden Bridge.” – Gavin Esler  “Starmer didn’t go to Durham to have his eyes tested, like somebody else.” – Gavin Esler  "Culture wars are about creating, not solving, problems." – Gavin Esler "Putin's regime is rotten to the core." – Gavin Esler “It would be hardly surprising if whatever Putin says is a pack of lies.” – Gavin Esler www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Andrew Harrison with Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Robin Leeburn. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Free Speech Inc.: Will Musk Break Twitter?
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News of Elon Musk buying Twitter has enraged some users – but what could he actually do with the platform? Could he break it in the ways some fear? Alex Andreou is joined by Charles Arthur, former technology editor of The Guardian and author of Social Warming: The Dangerous and Polarising Effects of Social Media, to discuss what the billionaire tech mogul might do with the site.  “You have to distinguish between the Musk you see on Twitter and the one who's in business.” “Twitter does have enormous value to it, but no one has found a way to extract that value.” “Don't listen to what he says, watch what he does.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast     Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2022
Culture Bunker: Dr Strange, guests xPropaganda, Soft Cell, Dubstar, The Penteverate
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In our pop culture roundup: Does the new Dr Strange go a multiverse too far? Reunited Deutsche electro legends xPropaganda join us as our special guests. New albums from sophisticates of seediness Soft Cell and the Smiths you can dance to, Dubstar. And does Mike Myers’ conspiracy comedy The Pentaverate hit the spot? And Katie Puckrik of The Word fame joins the panel too… Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “You need a PhD in Marvel to understand what’s going on in Dr Strange – but luckily I have one.” – Andrew Harrison “This is the best album Dubstar have made. The production is perfect and feels timeless.” – Siân Pattenden “I absolutely love this xPropaganda album. I’ve been listening to it non-stop.” – Katie Puckrick Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2022
China's Power Grab? The Truth About Belt and Road
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You may have heard of China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, but what actually is it? And what are Beijing's underlying motivations? Jelena Sofronijevic speaks to Eric Olander, co-founder and managing editor of The China Africa Project, and Raffaello Pantucci, a co-author of Sinostan - China’s Inadvertent Empire, to uncover the truth about Chinese economic investment abroad.    “The BRI, in many respects, is like a Rorschach test, where you can see anything you want into it.” - Eric Olander “If you had to boil it down to one central idea that defined the BRI, I'd have to say connectivity.” - Eric Olander “The BRI is China's way of expressing its foreign policy.” - Raffaello Pantucci “China's saying, let’s all just make money together. And underlying that, there’s an idea that has worked at home, that if we can make everyone rich and prosperous we can all get stability.” - Raffaello Pantucci “What bothers me a lot about the discourse surrounding Belt and Road, is that we take all the agency out of the host country.” - Raffaello Pantucci “China looks at Africa in far more political terms than economic terms.” - Eric Olander https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast     Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Local Votes for Local People – Weekly Edition
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With the Tory tractor bogged down in scandal, can diversion tactics help them at the local elections? We look at the latest Westminster sleaze and whether Boris Johnson’s party is set for a reckoning. Plus, we cast an eye to Russia and unexplained explosions amid their invasion of Ukraine. And, with an open call for new emojis – what does our panel think is needed? This week’s guest is Daily Mirror senior political correspondent Rachel Wearmouth.  “The expectation management from all parties is insane.” – Rachel Wearmouth  “The briefings are all just ridiculously dramatic.” – Rachel Wearmouth  “They’re supposed to be the party of law and order, the Tories, and the Prime Minister broke the law.” – Rachel Wearmouth  “I think Labour will win Wandsworth and that will be the story.” – Rachel Wearmouth “There is this feeling that ‘they’re all as bad as each other’ and that could cut through.” – Rachel Wearmouth https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk and Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Fatal At-Tractor-tion – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan
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We assess the latest political rumblings as local elections loom. How will the latest scandals sway public opinion? Will the results be a litmus test of Boris Johnson’s campaigning clout? Plus, certain news outlets’ obsession with Angela Rayner and Keir Starmer, the PM’s upcoming address to Ukrainian parliament and cast an eye to Supreme Court controversy in the United States. Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan tee up the days ahead.  “It’s going to be a performance review on both leaders.” – Yasmeen Serhan "The local elections will be a big stress test for the Conservatives." – Yasmeen Serhan "The Conservatives are more vulnerable to lose in cities." – Yasmeen Serhan  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Disaster Expert: The Woman Who Plans for Catastrophes
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Someone has to pick up the pieces after a disaster. What’s it like to deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe? Siân Pattenden talks to Lucy Easthope about her new memoir When the Dust Settles: Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster. Lucy has been first at the scene of countless major crises over the last twenty years, from 9/11 to the Grenfell fire. She discusses planning for emergencies, and her belief most of the world's tragedies can be prevented.  “I'm not letting people off the hook, disasters are often a source of state or agency failure, and they can be prevented.” “Grenfell was a return to those dark days, it was a systemic failure that never should have happened.” “Fukushima was the first time I really saw proper fear in my colleagues' eyes.” “I am a child of the indomitable city of Liverpool, where tragedy and activism are wired into the blood.” “Austerity really does start to bite on a service that people don't know about.” “The world has always been perilous.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant Producer: Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/lucy-easthope/when-the-dust-settles/9781529358247/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Local Elections: John Curtice on the Key Battles
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Ahead of the local elections, we look at the key political battles across Britain. Could a bad set of results force Boris Johnson out? Sir John Curtice, politics professor at the University of Strathclyde and BBC election night expert, joins Ros Taylor to discuss what to keep an eye on, and who the likely winners and losers might be. “Not all of the England is voting, and that is crucial.” “If Boris Johnson had to pick a set of elections to defend, this would be it.” “The Lib Dems principle challenge is to hang onto what they’ve got.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees and Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2022
Culture Bunker: Röyksopp, J Dilla, Shining Girls on Apple TV+ plus sci-fi author Adrian Tchaikovsky guests
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Our pop culture roundup. This week, time twists in new Apple TV+ thriller Shining Girls with Elizabeth Moss. How hip hop producer J Dilla turned music itself inside out. New cosmic explorations from electronic explorers Röyksopp. And much more. Breakout star of British science fiction Adrian Tchaikovsky is our special guest.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Start reading Adrian Tchaikovsky with Dogs Of War. Buy Dan Charnas’s Dilla Time.  Watch Röyksopp’s ‘Profound Mysteries’ films here.  “This is science fiction music.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky on Röyksopp “I have no idea where it's going to go, and I absolutely love it.” – Andrew Harrison on Shining Girls “German hip-hop music videos are having a renaissance of really bizarre, innovative visuals.” – Adrian Tchaikovsky Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison and Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2022
Daily: Can We Prosecute Putin’s War Crimes?
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Atrocities in Ukraine have sparked calls to prosecute Vladimir Putin for war crimes. Could that happen? Dr. Maria Varaki, lecturer in international law at King’s College London, talks to Alex Andreou about what constitutes a war crime, and the complex system of international courts that could bring the Russian president to justice. “Civilians have immunity from targeting, but in Ukraine they have been targeted.” “Crimes against humanity can be committed both in peacetime and wartime. This is a major difference with war crimes.” “What’s going on in Mariupol where civilians are trapped, this is an indication that some war crimes might have been committed.” “The Ukrainians were extremely active in collecting evidence from the very first moment.” “This war, like every war, is a victim of disinformation and misinformation.” "We have to be realistic, but I would expected arrest warrants to be issued.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Election: Why France’s Far Right Isn’t Beaten Yet
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Emmanuel Macron may have defeated Marine Le Pen – but that doesn’t mean France’s far right is finished. Where is the nation headed now? Emile Chabal, author of France, dials in from the country’s south to talk to Ros Taylor about why some Brits are so fascinated by the French President, what’s next for his defeated rivals, and what became of the gilet jaunes protests.  “I struggle to imagine a far right in France that isn't attached to the name Le Pen.”  “The gilets jaunes movement has evaporated.”  “The French are very demanding when it comes to their politicians.”  “It's better to think of Mélenchon as a unity left figure, despite himself.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.amazon.co.uk/France-Polity-Histories-Emile-Chabal/dp/1509530029  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Notes on a Small Island
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What’s worse about the Mail’s attack on Angela Rayner? The sexism or the clumsy vindictiveness? Plus, Macron squeaks the French presidential election. Should we think twice before ordering Deliveroo? And exactly what sort of country is Britain becoming? Political journalist Moya Lothian-McLean – who’s written for Gal Dem, the New York Times, the BBC, The Guardian and VICE – is our special guest for the week.  “If Basic Instinct is your sexytime reference, I mean, come on. I’m getting a strong Alan Partridge vibe from this story.” – Ayesha Hazarika “We’re in the age of cut and paste politics. They can’t even write their own excuses any more.” – Gavin Esler “We depend on the good chaps theory… but we haven't got good chaps in government.” – Gavin Esler https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Ayesha Hazarika and Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Mightier than Le Pen – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Arthur Snell
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In France Emmanuel Macron has won again. What challenges will he face in his second term? And what does the result mean for Britain and the rest of Europe? Meanwhile, the UK continues to shirk responsibility over Ukrainian refugees, and the Mail reaches new lows with a disgraceful article about Angela Rayner. Ros Taylor is joined by Arthur Snell to look at the week ahead. “This is a story about the success of a liberal, internationalist politician in arguably the most important country in Europe.” “Macron’s big challenge for his second term is to look after those left-behind voters.” Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Daily: Fool Britannia – Our tumultuous path to Brexit
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Brexit came as a shocking nadir in British politics for many people – but looking back, was it really a surprise? In his latest book, All In It Together: England in the Early 21st Century, historian Alwyn Turner weaves politics and popular culture from the Millennium through to the EU referendum. He talks to Nick Cohen about the UK’s long hangover after Cool Britannia, why UKIP wielded such influence, and the impact of the internet and social media. “Often at the beginning of a century there is a sense of confusion and people feel they need a new version of faith.” “The internet started to create its own identity, social media changed everything.” “Nigel Farage had a bigger impact than any politician elected to Westminster during this period.” “Devolution was brought in to buy-off the Scottish nationalists, but it went wrong and has changed the country forever.” “England is not a Labour country and it never has been.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Nick Cohen. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2022
Culture Bunker: Russian Doll S2, Let’s Eat Grandma, Steve Coogan in Chivalry and more with guest KATHRYN WILLIAMS
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Pop culture polemic with guests folk-pop-chanson visionary Kathryn Williams and journo Jude Rogers, whose new book The Sound Of Being Human shows how music hardwires our brains. Will Russian Doll Season 2 match its timewarping predecessor? Steve Coogan’s Chivalry sails close to the #MeToo wind. Smart female-powered pop from Let’s Eat Grandma… and a lot more  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Jude’s book The Sound Of Being Human: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929 “I thought I was the first teenager to write songs, read Oscar Wilde and listen to The Smiths in cemeteries” – Kathryn Williams “Elbow patches at literary events are my niche porn.” – Kathryn Williams “Chaise Longue is the Culture Bunker’s unofficial anthem.” – Sian Pattenden “I didn’t hate Chivalry, but it made me feel quite… tired. It got me an hour closer to death.” – Kathryn Williams Presented by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2022
Daily: How to fix a world wrecked by Putin and Trump
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How do we tackle new international threats from terrorism to forced migration as people flee climate change? Does diplomacy still work? How has big tech changed the game for global security? Former British ambassador, Oxford University Principal, and The Naked Diplomat author Tom Fletcher talks to Arthur Snell about his new book, Ten Survival Skills for a World in Flux… and why old school “maps and chaps” won’t cut it any longer. “The diplomatic system has been orphaned by Trump, and vandalised by Putin.” “We should stop analysing Putin as some master strategist. He’s just willing to out-kill us.”  “COVID has forced young people to make fewer, but deeper, relationships on campus.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees and Martin Bojtos. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://harpercollins.co.uk/products/ten-survival-skills-for-a-world-in-flux-tom-fletcher?variant=39456637714510  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Vice Signalling with Priti Patel
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Priti Patel cements her position as honorary Minister for Outrage while Johnson apologises, but doesn’t, once again. We pick apart the Rwanda asylum scheme and assess the PM’s outrageous display in the Commons. And as the cost of living crisis bites, which streaming services will be first to go? Comedy writer Jason Hazeley is our guest this week.  “If everyone had behaved like Downing Street behaved, you’d be looking at another 50,000 people dead.” – Alex Andreou “As more penalty notices pile up, Johnson just starts to look like the Archbishop of Bullshit.” – Jason Hazeley  “All of these contortions are to do with the UK trying to evade its responsibilities under international law.” – Alex Andreou “This looks like it will cost an enormous amount of money, and not work.” – Alex Andreou “Number 10 made me feel like a mug and I’m not the only one.” – Ahir Shah “We’re in an abusive relationship with our Government.” – Jason Hazeley “All of these contortions are to do with the UK trying to evade its responsibilities under international law.” – Alex Andreou “We are going to have elections very soon where I think Boris is going to get a massive electoral kicking.” – Ahir Shah https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Alex Andreou’s review recommendation. Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou and Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees, with research by Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Another Fines Mess – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith
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The PM faces a partygate reckoning amid the Rwanda refugee plan backlash. What more Government chaos is due this week? Boris Johnson will be in the Commons for the first time since his fine was confirmed, while Priti Patel is yet again courting controversy. Naomi Smith and Andrew Harrison unpack the latest and tee up the days ahead.  “It’s one thing to have attended a party. It’s another to have destroyed evidence about it.”  “Priti Patel is probably pretty close to being reshuffled.” "Sending refugees to Rwanda is not a value for money policy."  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Bridgen article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dishonest-mp-bridgen-lied-about-conduct-in-family-dispute-hplmlxmmx Presented by Andrew Harrison with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Daily: Auntie Matter – The BBC’s 100-year battle with government
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The BBC: nest of woke lefty propaganda or tame right-wing mouthpiece? Or something more complex? As the BBC marks its 100th birthday and Nadine Dorries tries to kill off the Licence Fee, Simon Potter – author of This Is The BBC: Entertaining The Nation, Speaking For Britain? – talks to Andrew Harrison about the Corporation’s tangled roots, clouded future, much-contested purpose… and why politicians from left, right and centre always seem to hate it.  • “Once you let broadcasting into politics, you’ll never get politics out of broadcasting.” • “The BBC has a mission to expand its empire into every single media possible.” Written and presented by Andrew Harrison. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer: Elina Ganatra. Lead producer: Jacob Jarvis. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Daily: Britain’s Busted Flush - How Gambling Took Over
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How did Britain come to be one of the largest gambling markets in the world? Rob Davies, investigative journalist and author of Jackpot: How Gambling Conquered Britain, talks to Nick Cohen about how technology, advertising and liberalised laws combined to target some of the most vulnerable in society, the influence of the gambling lobby in British politics, and the urgent reforms the industry needs to make. “In a world where technology was evolving rapidly, gambling regulation simply wasn’t fit for purpose.” “For every person who is a gambling addict, six other people are affected by that.” “People get huge amounts of hospitality lavished on them when they can be relied on to lose thousands of pounds.” “For some people, the dopamine rush of putting their money at risk is irresistible.” “The gambling lobby has MPs in the contact book like you wouldn’t believe.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Nick Cohen. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2022
Culture Bunker: Guest WILL YOUNG, Fontaines DC, Catherine Tate on Netflix and Apple’s feminist Black Mirror
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On our pop culture round-up: Special guest Will Young tells us about the art of mind maintenance, a life in pop, and more. Plus hard-bitten Dublin rock’n’roll from Fontaines D.C., Catherine Tate’s Netflix prison comedy Hard Cell splits the panel, and futurist feminism in new Apple TV+ sci-fi anthology Roar. Journalist Craig McLean of The Face and the Telegraph joins Siân and Alex in The Bunker.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “My desert island mental health advice is don’t expect something from people they're not willing or capable of giving.” - Will Young  “My therapist also said, if I was your boyfriend I’d dump you’ - Will Young “As a man, watching ‘Roar’ I felt uncomfortable, but in a good way.” - Alex Andreou “For me, this wasn’t a ‘Roar’, more like a squeak.” - Craig McLean “I'm a bit disappointed with Skinty Fia as the rattling punk energy in the first two records is gone… maybe they’ve lost some of their spark since moving away from Dublin.” - Craig McLean “The main thing about ‘Hard Cell’ is that I just didn’t find it funny; it falls a bit flat.”- Siân Pattenden  Presented by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Daily: Navalny the Movie – The truth about the man Putin fears
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Anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny is the man Vladimir Putin fears most. Now a new documentary tells his story. Director Daniel Roher joins Arthur Snell to discuss his latest film Navalny, which tells the story of one man and his struggle with an authoritarian regime, and what the future holds for Russia and Putin in light of the invasion of Ukraine.  “Navalny’s people were just waiting for that knock at the door.” “How can this guy who does this dangerous work not think about his mortality? The rest of the of the world does.” “Navalny showed the Russian people that they don’t have to be afraid of Putin.” “Navalny reminds us that we must not be apathetic. Evil proliferates when good people do nothing.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Daily: The Future of Ageing
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We live in a culture obsessed with the spectacle of youth. One in five Britons will be over 65 by 2030 – with the fastest-growing age group being the over-85s. What are the implications for us as a country with an increasingly ageing population? What are the issues that need challenging and policies that need changing? And how should we think about ourselves as ageing people? Tim Whitaker, Vice-Chair of Positive Ageing London, talks to Jude Rogers about the future of ageing.  “When you're 100, you normally get a letter from the Queen. That will have to change.” “Older people contribute to society in different ways than younger people.” “There's a danger of ghettoising older people by sending them into care homes.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Jude Rogers. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Get Rishi Or Die Tryin’
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Is Johnson’s hit job on Sunak distracting from a Tory brand that’s falling apart? Does the West have the stomach for sanctions that will really bite on Russia? New Statesman editor Jason Cowley goes in search of the must mysterious country on Earth: England. And while Channel 4 is still around, what are the C4 programmes we love? Zoe Williams of The Guardian and Justin Quirk join Andrew Harrison for this week’s roundtable Bunker.  “How is it sexist for Akshata Murthy to be asked to pay taxes in our own country? The sexism defence is just a ju-jitsu deployment of our own values against us.” – Zoe Williams “It was legally correct for Sunak’s wife to have non-dom status, ethically dubious – and politically ridiculous.” – Jason Cowley “It’s really puzzling what it takes for the British public to riot, and what it takes for the authorities to take it seriously.” – Zoe Williams “What Gareth Southgate showed is that you don’t have to choose between Englishness and tradition.” – Jason Cowley https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk and Zoe Williams. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic . Assistant producer Elina Ganatra. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Le Pen: Another victory for Putin? – Start Your Week with Gavin Esler
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As the far right’s Marine Le Pen runs off against Macron, could France fall to extreme populism? Plus the briefing war against Sunak, Johnson’s photo op visit to Kyiv and Russia resets its war aims. Gavin Esler sets up the week ahead with Andrew Harrison.  “A Le Pen presidency in France would be another victory for Putin.”  “The real scandal in British politics is not what is illegal, it’s what is allowed.” “It is possible that Le Pen could win if the French decide, like America did, that they just want a bit of entertainment.” Presented by Andrew Harrison. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Assistant producer Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Daily: Inside Britain’s Broken Care System
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Britain now removes more children from their parents than ever before. Is it possible to mend broken families? Polly Curtis, journalist and author of Behind Closed Doors, talks to Ros Taylor about complex factors that lead to families being split up, how the system fails both mothers and fathers, and what can be done to make sure it works for everyone. “We probably all know someone who has had a brush with the social services system.” “A lot of these kids don’t want to be separated, they just want their parents to change.” “There is going to be a new leap in transparency in the family courts, and that will open our eyes to these cases.” “Being told by the state you’re a failed parent is laden with the most horrific shame.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2022
Culture Bunker: Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake guests – plus BBC Gazza doc, Horace Andy, Slow Horses
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On our pop culture round-up: BBC2’s “genuinely moving” Paul Gascoigne documentary, reggae legend Horace Andy returns, and is Apple TV+ spy drama Slow Horses a Tinker, Tailor for the 21st Century? Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake joins us along with legendary beer writer Pete Brown – new book Clubland: How the Working Men’s Club Shaped Britain available for pre-order now.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “I found ‘Gazza’ incredibly moving and upsetting. I was watching it in tears.” – Pete Brown on ‘Gazza’ “The best part of ‘Gazza’ is you see that this gift is really a curse.” – Andrew Harrison on ‘Gazza’ “It’s the sound of a band knowing they’re creating something glorious but not sure that they can control it, like the wheels could fall of at any minute” – Pete Brown on New Order’s Temptation  Presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2022
Daily: The Million Dollar Question - How Does Money Work?
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Money makes the world go round, but how does it actually work? With economies across the globe in flux, understanding cash, currencies and crypto has never been more important. Gavin Jackson, lead writer for the Financial Times, joins Ahir Shah to talk about his new book Money in One Lesson: How it Works and Why, which covers the most important questions about money and how it shapes our societies. “Money is something we all believe in, but we’re not entirely sure why.” “We didn’t start with barter, the first money was actually made out of clay tablets.” “Hyperinflation only happens when a government decides something is more important than stopping hyperinflation.” “Bitcoin is an attempt to opt-out of the banking system we’ve become used to.” “Deflation, when prices fall, is actually a lot worse than inflation as our debts don’t change.” “If you’re interested in people, you should be interested in money. It tells us so much about who we are.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Daily: The Secret Influencer Economy
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For millions of people, social media isn’t a source of entertainment or information, but a way to reinvent themselves. So what if you could stop being a loser of our economic system by winning the internet’s attention? Channel 4 reporter Symeon Brown talks to Justin Quirk about his book Get Rich or Lie Trying, his gripping expose of fraud, exploitation, misogyny, environmental destruction, and the dodgy financial traders of Instagram. “Anyone promising guaranteed returns is almost certainly a scammer.” “The Wolf of Wall Street is just hip hop in a film.” “Influencer traders rule the platforms, and the platforms are almost unable to respond.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Justin Quirk. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://atlantic-books.co.uk/book/get-rich-or-lie-trying/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Russia’s Atrocities Revealed
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Russia’s withdrawal from some areas of Ukraine has unveiled new depths to the atrocities committed under Putin. With horrific images showing civilians’ bodies in the streets of Bucha, the panel unpacks what will come of these revelations. Plus, we look at how the cost of living crisis is biting those who might have been insulated so far. This week’s guest is The Independent’s political sketch writer Tom Peck.  “All the cards are not in Putin’s hands. Putin has got immense problems.” – Gavin Esler  “Putin has put himself in a trap of his own making.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “It’s hard to imagine seeing worse images than the ones we saw in recent days.” – Yasmeen Serhan  "The battle for Ukraine is not being won or lost on the front pages of British newspapers." – Tom Peck “Historically, when things get difficult for the middle classes, things get difficult for the Tories.” – Tom Peck  "When you cut Universal Credit, you clobber the powerless and the voiceless." – Tom Peck Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Gavin Esler and Yasmeen Serhan.  Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
War Crimes and Punishments – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell
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With Russia accused of massacring civilians in Ukraine, we look at the world’s reaction, and what will come next. How can nations push harder to punish Putin? Plus, we unpack the Hungarian election results, with Viktor Orbán having won a fourth term. And back home, partygate continues to rumble on. Alex Andreou and Arthur Snell look at the week ahead.  "Billions of Euros are sent to Russia for gas. Banning it would have a huge impact on Russia’s economy in the medium term.” – Arthur Snell  “One hoped that Orban’s closeness to Putin might have changed the outcome of the election.” – Arthur Snell  “If you’re in a town which doesn’t vote for Orban, then you’ll find yourself starved of resources.” – Arthur Snell  “I don’t think the British public have moved on over partygate.” – Arthur Snell Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Daily: Detained for Democracy
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What is life like for Hong Kong activists detained then forced into exile after daring to defy Beijing? Simon Cheng was imprisoned in 2019, and fled to Britain later that year, establishing the expat group Hongkongers in Britain. He talks to Ros Taylor about his brutal experience in detention, his new life and the threat to democracy in his home city. “Increasingly the younger generation in Hong Kong don’t think they are Chinese.” “Provided the regime isn’t changed, I have no chance of going back to Hong Kong.” “I miss my hometown, my friends and my family, but I need to be able speak out freely.” “One day if the regime changes, we could be back in Hong Kong with democracy and freedom.” “I will continue to speak out for those people who can’t speak in Hong Kong.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2022
Culture Bunker: Indie pop footballer PAT NEVIN guests plus Wet Leg, Moon Knight, Coda
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We welcome indie-rockin’ winger Pat Nevin (Chelsea, Everton, the Camden Falcon) to talk music and his new book The Accidental Footballer. Plus Wet Leg’s long-awaited debut album, Marvel’s Egyptological psycho-drama Moon Knight, Oscar-winning deaf family dramady Coda, an erotically-charged Ruth Wilson in True Things AKA 9½ Weeks In Ramsgate… and much, much more.   Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “I once managed to fit four Camera Obscura references into one sentence of commentary.” – Pat Nevin “Ruth Wilson’s character feels like a real woman… If not yourself then definitely someone you know.” – Anna Smith “The truly ignorant person is the one that thinks they know everything.” – Pat Nevin Presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic with Elina Ganatra. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2022
Daily: Surviving Auschwitz – A family’s remarkable story
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Jacques Peretti’s mother, Alina, survived World War Two in Poland, Siberia, and finally, Auschwitz. They talk to Siân Pattenden about their book, Little Bird of Auschwitz, coming to terms with how Alina understood the Holocaust as a child, finding the courage to put harrowing memories to paper …and how the investigative journalist learned more about the woman who would never let him call her “Mum”. “My mum took a Zhivago-esque Odyssey across Europe.” - Jacques Peretti “I wasn't brave enough to write this book myself, but my son gave me the opportunity.” - Alina Peretti “People assume that the Holocaust was a Jewish experience. But the degenerate category extended to anyone the Nazis didn't like.” - Jacques Peretti “The debate between Hitler and his officers happened right in front of my mum.” - Alina Peretti https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Siân Pattenden. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/jacques-peretti/little-bird-of-auschwitz/9781473646438/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Daily: The Secret Power of Being Alone
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Loneliness is something we’ve all felt at some point in our lives, particularly throughout COVID. But it can also have great value for society. Philosopher and social human rights expert Professor Kimberley Brownlee guides Ros Taylor through the important questions about being alone. Is solitary confinement an effective form of punishment? Have isolation policies been effective during the pandemic, or have they exposed care homes as “warehouses” for the elderly? And is loneliness really a moral injustice?  “Our social needs are needs with a capital N. We thirst for connection.” “In China, children have a legal duty to visit and engage with their elderly parents.”  “We risk becoming socially malnourished without even being aware of it.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Eat the Rish
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 What a difference a week makes. Rishi Sunak’s stock has plummeted dramatically, how far can it fall? We unpick the Chancellor’s sorry Spring Statement. Plus, while COVID cases are rising, free tests are being ditched in England. What could possibly go wrong? And with three-time grand slam champ Ash Barty retiring from tennis, we weigh up the pros and cons of quitting while you’re ahead. “Sunak had an absolute shocker. Day one the headlines were awful from both sides.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh “I don’t think Sunak expected this backlash, which shows how out of step with the country he is.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh “I think this is worse than the Osborne years.” – Miatta Fahnbulleh “It’s very easy to get popular shoving money into people’s mouths.” – Ahir Shah “We’re seeing the real Rishi Sunak, and people are horrified.” – Ahir Shah “Hospital workers having to pay for their own tests to make sure they’re safe to work is insane.” – Justin Quirk Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Justin Quirk and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Rishi No Mates – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou
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As fallout from Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement boosts tensions in Government, we look at how this might unravel further. And with Zelenskyy suggesting Ukraine could consider Russia’s neutrality demands, is there hope for an end to the war? Plus, rising COVID cases, Prince William’s reflections on his Caribbean tour and a controversial night at the Oscars. Ros Taylor and Alex Andreou look at the week ahead.  “This seems like a very slow-moving war of attrition, that Russia is losing." – Alex Andreou  "Even allies on the same side of a war have different objectives." – Alex Andreou  "The UK still sees itself as the dominant entity in the Commonwealth." – Alex Andreou  "Will Smith's actions have overshadowed the achievements of other people." – Alex Andreou Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Daily: Wild Wild Waste — How the West litters the world
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Just 9% of all the plastic ever produced on planet Earth has been recycled. So where does the other 91% go? Despite our demand for disposable goods, the UK is hardly a plastic mountain. From litter on the Turkish littoral, to the second-hand textiles that flood Africa’s markets and South America’s deserts, there’s a chasm between where environmental damage is created, and where its impact is most destructively felt. Istanbul-based journalist Ruth Michaelson tells Jelena Sofronijevic about how we can tackle the West’s problem with waste, without simply outsourcing the climate crisis overseas… “There is a whole global chain of underpaid labour that suffers when you put your plastic bottle in the recycling bin.” “If we were not exporting our plastic waste, we would have to think about what we are doing with it.”  “There's a whack-a-mole quest to find new destinations for plastic waste.”  “The countries that claim to recycle the most also export the most waste.” “Environmental responsibility should fall on individual companies, not countries.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2022
Culture Bunker: Aldous Harding, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, Super Greed: The Fight For Football
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This week’s pop culture review: Aldous Harding’s couture cocoon-pop, bizarre Betamax horror in new movie Broadcast Signal Intrusion, and Sky doc Super Greed charts the fiasco that was the European Super League. Journo, DJ and football fiend Anthony Teasdale helps Siân and Andrew run the VAR van of entertainment.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “Somehow the horror is more horrifying because it taps into childhood fears.” – Sian on Broadcast Signal Intrusion “What’s more rebellious and punk rock than building a warm and furry barrier against the outside world?” – Andrew on Aldous Harding Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2022
DAILY: History Through Fiction
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How can historical fiction be relevant to today’s society but faithful to the facts of the past? Author Laura Shepherd-Robinson joins Nick Cohen to discuss her approach, as she talks us through her novel Daughters of Night, a crime thriller set in the brothels of Georgian London. “When writing my books I choose to focus on issues that still have great resonance today.” “Many MPs declared that their main reason for going in Parliament was to defend slavery and those who practiced it.” “An average prostitute in Georgian London could make in one night what a housemaid made in a year.” “The Georgian period was a time when we were turning our minds towards liberal democracy.” “Working in politics you see power dynamics close up, and that helped when writing this book.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Nick Cohen. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
DAILY: Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
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The pandemic and a decade of underfunding has ground courts to a halt in England and Wales. How can this be fixed? Joanna Hardy-Susskind, of Red Lion Chambers, joins Ros Taylor to unpack the issues. As criminal barristers prepare to take industrial action over levels of legal aid funding, they address the implications for those in the legal system, and what the Government needs to be doing. “This is not action criminal barristers want to take, and we don’t take it lightly at all.” “The backlog in the justice system has created a perfect storm, with many barristers now leaving.” “It’s a ticking time bomb, this profession could easily slip backwards in terms of diversity.” “We don’t have enough barristers, there are trials taking place where the defence or prosecution chairs are empty.” “Sometimes I represent people who are innocent, and the wait for justice is crippling.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
Trust Me, I’m a Dictator
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As a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine is discussed, could Vladimir Putin’s word possibly be trusted? Is his sway both in and outside his nation waning? We look at the chances of an agreement and what one might look like. Plus, we assess economic crises and talk about the prospect of more prescriptive healthcare in a world changed by COVID. Dr. Marc Berenson, senior lecturer at King’s Russia Institute, is this week’s guest. "It’s hard for Ukraine to give anything up because they haven’t done anything wrong.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “Putin has solidified the unity of the EU.” – Ayesha Hazarika  “Ethics don’t pay the bills, and governments around the world are seeing gas prices soar.” – Yasmeen Serhan Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou with Ayesha Hazarika and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Caught in the Crunch – Start Your Week with Justin Quirk and Naomi Smith
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With ongoing devastation in Ukraine and a biting cost of living crisis here at home, the outlook remains bleak. The Government remains under ever-increasing scrutiny – is there any indication of positive change, or just hints at political manoeuvres? Will those in need continue to face the brunt of the hardship? Justin Quirk is joined by Naomi Smith to look at the week ahead. “We’re failing refugees the world over, I’m afraid.” – Naomi Smith “In organisations with a bad culture, a bad output, the fish rots from the head.” – Naomi Smith “We have seen precisely nothing of a substance that will help to level up the country.” – Naomi Smith “We need an intervention that isn’t just about tax cuts but also help for those on low incomes.” – Naomi Smith Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  Presented by Justin Quirk with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Daily: Making Sense of Nigel, with Michael Crick
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Whatever you think of him, Nigel Farage has been one of Britain’s most influential politicians. His campaign to take the UK out of the EU went from a fringe viewpoint to government policy, but how did he do it? Political journalist Michael Crick joins Dorian Lynskey to discuss his latest book One Party After Another, which takes a deep dive into the life of one of Britain’s most controversial political characters. “Farage is the most important politician of this century.” “I wouldn’t write off the idea of this net-zero referendum happening.” “You can understand why Farage admires Vladimir Putin, he uses many of the same methods.” “The Conservatives were terrified of Farage getting into the House of Commons.” “Farage’s GB News contract has meant fewer appearances on other broadcast outlets.” “Farage is addicted to public attention, he would rarely turn down an interview.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2022
Culture Bunker: The Anchoress, Upload Series 2, new music from Jenny Hval, and Balkan buzz film, Hive
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Dr Catherine Anne Davies, AKA Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress, joins us on the rerelease of The Art of Losing – and for an album whose central theme is loss, there are as many bangers as you can wave a stick at. Plus, death on the installment plan - podcast producer Rob Fitzpatrick talks about series two of Upload on Amazon Prime, and Classic Objects, the new album from Norwegian musician and novelist Jenny Hval. And there’s a buzz around Balkan cinema, as Siân and Jelena see award-winning Kosovan post-conflict movie HIVE. “My songs are not Nick Cave mournful ballads, but Dylan Thomas rages against the dying of the light.” - Catherine Anne Davies “I thought that rock stars couldn't have PhDs. But I'm also proud of myself for my lyrics rhyming Monopoly and misogyny.” - Catherine Anne Davies “Amazon Prime series often poke fun at the platform that sustains them.” - Sian Pattenden “Religion was the way we made sense of life and death, and now we do it with TV.” - Catherine Anne Davies “I found a sonic freedom and enjoyment in Jenny Hval's Classic Objects.” - Rob Fitzpatrick Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Alex Andreou. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2022
Daily: How Britain Embraced the Super-Rich
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Why is Britain so accommodating to the super-rich? Oliver Bullough, author of Butler to the World talks to Ahir Shah to discuss how our nation came to assist kleptocrats to the extent we see today. As question marks over oligarchs’ riches hit the headlines, we look at how we got here. “There is this deeply ingrained service industry that helps anyone with money do anything.”  “Whoever they are, if they’ve got money, we’ll take their money and help them solve their problems.” “We don’t stop people doing things, we help people do things.”  “The problem isn’t Russian money, it’s money. And if it wasn’t Russian money it would be someone else’s money.”  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Daily: Can Art, Sport and Brands Beat Russia?
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Cultural organisations are becoming more assertive in boycotting Russia. But how effective are their sanctions? Can these moves compare with economic clampdowns? Jelena Sofronijevic talks to Professor Andrew Bertoli about how sports influences international security, whether sanctions hurt individuals more than states, and whether these actions are really useful for Ukraine.  “The IOC and FIFA have had very cosy relationships with Putin in the past.” “The three times Putin has launched an invasion have always followed the Olympics.”  “Even weaker or mixed signals from international organisations will be stronger than those sent by individual states.”  “Cultural sanctions don’t stop military action directly, but they do signal support to those affected.” “For big organisations, the damage that would come from remaining neutral far outweighs the damage that stems from taking a side.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
An Abdication of Responsibility
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The Government has been bounced into doing more for Ukrainian refugees, but are new plans just shifting responsibility? Plus, we discuss how Russia is trying to win the information war – and dissect the facts from fiction. And finally, we take a look at what’s going on with Spotify, after a major outage and dip in subscribers. Mathilda Mallinson, of the Media Storm podcast and co-founder of Refugee Media Centre, is this week’s guest.  "There's such a bad faith approach in the right-wing media reporting on refugees." – Arthur Snell "This is a very racist lesson as to why we haven't been treating other populations as refugees." – Mathilda Mallinson “What we have in Calais now is a two-tiered system.” — Mathilda Mallinson “I imagine a lot won’t be able to go home… for many it will be because the lives that they had are not available for them to return to.” — Arthur Snell  "For all Russia's craziness inside Ukraine, I still don’t think they're crazy enough to do something inside a NATO country." — Arthur Snell  Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell and Ahir Shah. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
How Can This End? – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Gavin Esler
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The horror of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to shock the world. Is more involvement from the West inevitable? What might that look like? Meanwhile, the UK’s position on refugees is shifting, while sanctions have also been bolstered. But is the Government doing enough? Alex Andreou is joined by Gavin Esler to look at the week ahead.  “One stray missile lands in Poland and who knows where we’ll be.” – Gavin Esler “Putin must be asking what success looks like now, and I don’t know the answer to that.” – Gavin Esler “The Government is hamstrung by its own rhetoric over migrants and channel crossings.” – Gavin Esler “Russia is a country of incredible cultural riches, and it’s become a money making machine for certain people.” – Gavin Esler “It seems to be that Putin has lost the international information battle.” – Alex Andreou  Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Daily: 21st Century Nuclear War
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Nuclear war is back in people’s minds after Vladimir Putin put Russia’s deterrent on high alert. How real is the threat? And if an atomic conflict did break out, what would it look like? Dr Matthew Harries, Senior Research Fellow in Nuclear Policy at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), joins Ros Taylor to discuss the likelihood of atomic warfare, and what Putin’s threat really means. “Russia is a nuclear armed state, so we have to take escalation very seriously.” “Vladimir Putin knows nuclear weapons are scary, and talking about them is a tactic designed to intimidate.” “A no-fly zone would NATO in direct conflict with Russia. They would respond.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2022
Culture Bunker: Electribe 101, Telefís, The Adam Project and more with Grant from Feeder
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Our pop culture review: Dancefloor existentialists Electribe 101, Microdisney mastermind returns with Telefís, Netflix comedy sci-fi The Adam Project and more with guest Grant Nicholas of Feeder. Journalist and author of Leaving the Building: The Lucrative Afterlife of Music Estates Eamonn Forde joins Grant of skate-surf rock-punk survivors Feeder to discuss a great lost album of British dance music, “theocratic electropop from the Irish diaspora”, Netflix’s attempt to do Spielberg… and much much more.  Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b “Not only did the Catholic Church control the country, but so too did RTÉ…” – Eamonn Forde on Telefís  Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2022
Daily: Wonder Drug or Placebo - Does Social Prescribing Save Lives?
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We often hear that laughter is the best medicine. But healthcare providers in Bristol have taken the message seriously and are now prescribing comedy courses to help people recover from PTSD. It’s just one case of “social prescribing” that’s sweeping throughout practices across the country. Jelena Sofronijevic talks to Professor Gurch Randhawa and former service user Debs Teale about what constitutes “social medication,” why there’s no magic pill for long-term problems in politics and big pharma, and how housing and education impact health today.   “Social prescribing will only be successful when it is rolled out in a consistent way.” - Gurch Randhawa “The beauty of social prescribing is that it can be anything creative.” - Debs Teale “I get nervous when systems privilege the medical model of becoming unwell and receiving a prescription to manage it.” - Gurch Randhawa  “It's not a National Health Service, it's a National Sickness Service.” - Gurch Randhawa https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Special: Despatch from the White Helmets in Northwest Syria
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Western coverage of the bloody civil war in Syria might indicate that the conflict is over. But in the northwest, rebels are still fighting back against Bashar al-Assad, and the war crimes against civilians committed by his deadly regime. Ammar al Selmo is a member of the White Helmets. He dials in from northwest Syria to tell Arthur Snell about the organisation’s humanitarian efforts, how working as a first-responder is “like a drug”…and why continued Western support is critical for the region. This edition recorded before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Now that the regime is using drones and laser targeting, they can't claim that attacks on civilian targets like hospitals and schools are accidental.” “What's happening in Syria affects what's happening in Ukraine. We are connected.” “Those who physically survive the war in Syria still have psychological rubble.” “We must remember these war crimes to keep history alive, and hold people accountable.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.whitehelmets.org/en/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Putin vs. the World
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Among Putin’s missteps has been underestimating the support Ukraine would muster. Why is he losing the information war? Meanwhile, Russia faces a raft of sanctions from the West. We analyse the wider impact of those actions, and the moves taken by our Government. Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, of King’s Russia Institute, and Tatton Spiller, the founder of Simple Politics, are this week’s guests.  “Zelenskyy is the most media trained President in history.” - Tatton Spiller  “Since 2014, Putin has portrayed Ukraine as having a fascist government.” - Gulnaz Sharafutdinova  “Where the UK is falling short is sanctions that target individuals.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh  “In Russia, prices on electronics have risen by 30% due to sanctions.” - Gulnaz Sharafutdinova  “Putin is fighting two wars, one in Ukraine and one in Russia.” - Gulnaz Sharafutdinova Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor with Miatta Fahnbulleh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
We Must Do More – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Yasmeen Serhan
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Harrowing scenes of families fleeing Ukraine have seen the Government pressured to do more for them. Will it? As Russia’s bombardment persists, it emerged the UK had only issued 50 visas to refugees escaping the invasion. Home Secretary Priti Patel has faced pointed criticism – are there any excuses? Will new proposals be enough? Alex Andreou is joined by Yasmeen Serhan to look at the week ahead.  “Kyiv is still standing, it’s still Ukrainian, but it’s an incredibly dire situation.” – Yasmeen Serhan  “People don’t want to leave their homes, people want to go home… but they also want to be safe, they also want to live.” – Yasmeen Serhan  "The resolve of the Ukrainian people and government has been incredible to witness." – Yasmeen Serhan  "The government is underestimating the extent to which Brits would be willing to help." – Yasmeen Serhan Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/  www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Daily: Weapons of Mass Distraction - Inside Tek Fog
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Imagine an app able to dictate social media trends at the click of a button. Digital researcher Ayushman Kaul talks to Alex Andreou about ‘Tek Fog’ – software he reports can do exactly that. They discuss corrosive impacts already seen in India, tracked in a nearly two-year long investigation for The Wire, and worrying implications for democracies the world over.  “Operators who use this app can manipulate social media trends en-mass, including on Facebook and Twitter.” “There is a global industry emerging in this grey space between tech and politics, where disinformation for profit services are being offered.” “Using platforms like Tek Fog, you can target people in a way that you could never target them before.” “I wish there was a silver bullet to cure this disinformation epidemic that we’re facing.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2022
Culture Bunker: Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, The Dropout and The Batman, plus new music from the Weather Station
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk After a sneaky single drop from their new album A Bit of Previous, Scottish indie pop megastar Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian joins us to talk about making floating music festivals and his Sundance Award-winning film. Crime writer par excellence William Shaw speaks to Siân and Jelena about The Dropout on Disney Star starring Amanda Siegfried as disgraced biotech billionaire Elizabeth Holmes, and The Weather Station’s latest album, How is It That I Should Look at the Stars, and Andrew Harrison and Linda Marric go to see The Batman. Plus, we listen to the the new Butcher Boy anthology 'You Had A Kind Face'. It’s available to order at https://needlemythology.tmstor.es/ - and the first ones in get a limited edition postcard set. “Songwriting is moaning to music - and I've been doing it for 26 years now.” - Stuart Murdoch “We're in the age of the newsroom drama. It's a new kind of history-making.”- Jelena Sofronijevic  “My Buddhist nun appeared to me in a dream, and helped me pick the songs from the album to turn into singles.” - Stuart Murdoch “This Weather Station album sounds like it's recorded in a room where's she afraid of waking the neighbours.” - William Shaw Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2022
Daily: The Cryptocurrency Cult
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Cryptocurrencies have boomed in recent years, but are they here to stay? Amy Castor, an independent journalist whose work focuses on cryptocurrency and financial fraud, talks to Justin Quirk to explain some of the myths around crypto, if e-currencies really can work as an alternative to the normal financial system, and the strange world of NFTs. “Crypto was designed as an e-currency, but it’s mainly used for speculation.” “There is mind-boggling amounts of money going into this space, in the hope more will come in.” “Bitcoin is a cult, there are those who believe it will save people in Argentina.” “The people that will lose in this are the unsophisticated investors who join the game too late.” “Those who invested in Bitcoin in November have already lost half of their investment.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Justin Quirk. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Daily: Despatch from Kyiv with John Sweeney
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What’s the situation like on the ground in Ukraine? Nearly a week after Russia invaded, veteran war correspondent John Sweeney dials in from Kyiv to give Arthur Snell the lowdown on Europe’s first ground war since 1945, and why Putin’s gamble might have backfired. “From day one I thought Putin had made a mistake, and this invasion is not going well.”  “This feels to me like Twilight of the Gods, Putin has made a miscalculation.” “Putin is pulling the military levers and they’re not working.” “Putin is a rational actor, blundering around in a dark bunker of his own making.” “It feels like this war is very 20th century. Putin is a Tsar, entirely out of touch with his people.” “I think Putin is finished. His regime has reached the beginning of the end.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Arthur Snell. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
A War Putin Can’t Win – But Daren’t Lose
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Is a humiliated Putin even more dangerous than a victorious Putin? Can the incredible bravery of the Ukraine and President Zelensky win out? And how many fronts can Putin fight on, at home, globally and in the economic sphere? In a week where Russia tried to pin a potential nuclear war on Liz Truss, ex-diplomat and security expert Arthur Snell, The Atlantic’s Yasmeen Serhan and former Labour spin doctor Ayesha Hazarika join Alex Andreou to get the latest on the most serious crisis in Europe since the Second World War.  Find resources to help the Ukrainian people here: https://ukrainewar.carrd.co/ “It’s being widely said that Putin can’t win this war without committing atrocities.” – Arthur Snell “Putin is acting on emotion and that’s really worrying.” – Yasmeen Serhan “Ironically for someone who funded the Brexit movement, Putin has done wonders for EU integration.” – Arthur Snell “Liz Truss looking like she’s got under the Russia’s skin will be a huge help for her leadership campaign.” – Ayesha Hazarika https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Alex Andreou with Ayesha Hazarika, Yasmeen Serhan and Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Swift Retribution – Start Your Week with Arthur Snell and Ros Taylor
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Setting up the week ahead: Putin threatens nuclear war, EU sanctions bite Russia, French presidential elections. Would Putin really use a nuclear weapon to salvage his collapsing war on Ukraine? Will EU sanctions and plans to supply weapons to Kyiv damage the Russian regime’s plans? Plus the French presidential elections, the Policing Bill and more. Arthur Snell and Ros Taylor set up a worrying week. “Putin has deeply underestimated Zelensky… He has proven to be a formidable wartime leader.” “If Putin can’t take Kyiv on a small scale, will he simply pulverise the city?” “Putin is smart enough to know that using nuclear weapons could mean the end of Russia within days” www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Jade Bailey and Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Daily: The Disturbing Past and Present of Eugenics
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Eugenics might be considered a horrific relic of the past, but the concept still has its advocates today. Dr Adam Rutherford, science writer and author of Control, talks to Dorian Lynskey about efforts by the powerful to dictate reproduction throughout history, the legacy of eugenics in our language and literature, and present day conversations about tinkering with the DNA of unborn children. “Winston Churchill drafted numerous bills which included mass sterilisation.” “If you only engage in science to the point where your political views are reinforced, then you’re not doing science right.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faster-Stronger-Smarter-Troubling-Eugenics/dp/1474622380  Presented by Dorian Lynskey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2022
Culture Bunker: Brit-Metal Babylon, Wuthering Heights, Johnny Marr and more
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This week’s pop culture review: Untold tales of British metal, the star of the National Theatre’s astonishing Wuthering Heights, new Johnny Marr and more. Journalist and author of Denim And Leather: The Rise And Fall Of The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Michael Hann tells untold tales of rock’s most unfairly despised genre. Actor and cabaret phenomenon Lucy McCormick on her stunning role as Emily Brontë’s original riot grrrl of the moors Cathy in Wuthering Heights. And what’s Johnny Marr’s new album like? Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b "All extreme metal comes from Venom." - Michael Hann "I love haunting the stage. It feels so goth." - Lucy McCormick "These metal bands did it all for themselves right up until the record labels signed them." - Michael Hann "Death and comedy is basically my thing." - Lucy McCormick Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2022
Daily: The Age of Chaos – Why we live in turbulent times
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We live in a world of chaos, with Western democracies facing overlapping geopolitical, economic, and political crises. How did we get here? Professor Helen Thompson is co-host of the Talking Politics podcast – and she was Ahir Shah’s Director of Studies at University. They unpack her new book Disorder, how the fault lines in the Sino-American relationship, NATO, and the EU have all been decades in the making, and the “crisi-tunities” for years to come. “Most of the commentary on Brexit and Trump was far too superficial.” “So long as oil has a place in our energy supply, then the geopolitics of oil come with it.” “There's a genuine political fear in Washington that the geopolitical winner of green energy will be China.” “We're living in a world where supply and demand is much more complicated.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Ahir Shah. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Daily: On Thin Ice – Can we green the Olympics?
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Beijing 2022 was the first Winter Olympics to rely almost exclusively on fake snow – at great cost to the environment. But is it possible to make sports more sustainable, and will we even be able to have the Winter Olympics in the future? Dr. Madeleine Orr is a sports ecologist at Loughborough University London, and the founder of The Sport Ecology Group. She tells Jelena Sofronijevic about why pollution impacts competition, how international organisations exercise total control over local laws and taxes…and whether 2022 was really the “greenest and cleanest” Games yet.   “When we think about sports, we’re not thinking about the environments where they take place.” “The more we use artificial spaces, the more original biodiversity loss.”   Written and presented by Jelena Sofronijevic. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
The Real Northern Powerhouse
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This edition recorded before Putin’s speech and the Russian incursion into Ukraine. “Levelling up” is a mantra for Boris Johnson, but what is his government actually doing about it? Our special guest Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire and former MP, joins us to discuss tackling inequalities between regions. Plus, we discuss moves to tackle “legal but harmful” content online. What does that mean? And what career best prepares you for politics? Spoiler alert: it isn’t being a Telegraph columnist. “The government must stop putting metro mayors into beauty competitions to bid for small pots of money.” – Tracy Brabin “Michael Gove is a bit of a disruptor who wants to deliver. But his levelling up plan has no new money and the same old story.” – Tracy Brabin “MPs are completely in the thick of online abuse on every form of social media… they get the worst of the internet every day in their inbox.” – Marie Le Conte https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Justin Quirk and Marie Le Conte. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Recorded by Jade Bailey, audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Waiting For Someone To Blink – Start Your Week with Yasmeen Serhan and Alex Andreou
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The threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is still looming. Can further diplomacy prevent war? There are reports of a summit between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. What could it achieve? Plus, COVID restrictions are due to be ditched in England, and MPs return to Parliament after a recess. Where will their focus be? Alex Andreou is joined by Yasmeen Serhan to discuss the week ahead. “It feels like we’re waiting for someone to blink. There’s a lot of mixed narratives.” – Yasmeen Serhan “Any diplomacy is better than the alternative.” – Yasmeen Serhan “If you are serious about living with COVID, the monitoring aspect of it is key.” – Alex Andreou "Johnson has squashed the scandal sombrero by stretching out these inquiries." – Alex Andreou "The government has to focus on crises closer to home – like the weather." – Yasmeen Serhan www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou with Yasmeen Serhan. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Daily: From A to Xi - What will China do in 2022?
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What will China do in 2022? Cindy Yu, The Spectator’s broadcast editor and host of the Chinese Whispers podcast, joins Alex Andreou to take a look at the direction of travel for the world’s most populous nation. What does a policy of ‘zero-covid’ mean for China? How will relations with America and Russia turn out? And is Xi Jinping lumbering up for conflict with Taiwan? “Sport has always been a good way for a controversial government in China to build bridges.” “Zero-covid is another barrier between China and the rest of the world.” “Putin and Xi share values when it come to how they run their countries.” “If China is going to invade Taiwan, what’s happening in Ukraine will not affect that.” “The idea of China overtaking America is too simplistic. Very rarely do you have a unipolar world.” “The more the West bashes China, the more the Chinese media whip that up into an anti-China narrative.” Presented by Alex Andreou. The Group Editor is Andrew Harrison. The Lead Producer is Jacob Jarvis. The producers are Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2022
Culture Bunker: Sea Power live plus Metronomy, Half Man Half Biscuit, Severance on Apple TV+
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Lakeland poets of “high church rock’n’roll” Sea Power play songs from their magnificent new album Everything Was Forever and explain how it felt when they dropped the word “British” from their name, to the ire of GB News. And Mojo magazine’s Ian Harrison joins us to discuss new waxings from Half Man Half Biscuit and Metronomy plus new Apple TV+ series Severance – what The Office would be like if created by Aldous Huxley.  “People are pretty sceptical of any band that puts too much thinking into their lyrics…” – Yan from Sea Power Written and presented by Siân Pattenden and Andrew Harrison. Producer Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Our rolling playlist on Spotify: https://bit.ly/CultBunk And now Tidal too: https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/1aea7525-7891-4a88-8474-a08c45ea064b Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2022
Daily: The fastest growing religion you’ve never heard of
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How did a Christian movement, founded at the turn of the century, become the fastest growing religion today? Pentecostal Christianity has 600 million followers, with 35,000 new adherents a day. So what’s behind the remarkable rise of this religious movement? Elle Hardy, author of Beyond Belief, tells Arthur Snell about her mission to report its rise across twelve different countries, from South America to Africa and Australia, how Pentecostalism provides community to the rootless and marginalised in a fragmenting world…and its toxic connection to populist authoritarianism. “There will be more Pentecostals than Catholics in Brazil in the next ten years.” “Anyone can become a prophet in Pentecostalism.” “You can fit six Vaticans in the biggest Pentecostal church in Nigeria.” “Pentecostalism is the ideology of the new right in America.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/beyond-belief/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Why accents speak louder than words
2001
A strong accent can lead us to make many assumptions about a person. We ask why, and the impact of these judgements. Linguistics experts Dr. Alex Baratta and Dr. Dominic Watt join Jelena Sofronijevic to explore whether RP has been replaced with a new “standard” accent, why some professions are still demanding flat accents…and if the Queen’s English is really dead.  “Your accent is a flag or badge of your social standing." - Dominic Watt  "We exist in an accentist society." - Dominic Watt “Right at the top of the social pinnacle we have people who more or less speak the same as each other. - Dominic Watt “Accent bias is more of an issue in certain professions, the reason is it goes back to certain perceptions.” - Alex Baratta “I think there’ll always be a perceived need to have a standard accent.” - Alex Baratta https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
Russian Roulette
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Russia’s threatening moves on the borders of Ukraine have led to a frantic diplomacy blitz. Can Vladimir Putin be urged back from the brink? Plus, as COVID rules are due to be ditched in England, is that the right call? Or simply a distraction for Boris Johnson? And, with Futurama returning to and Neighbours leaving our screens, we choose the TV shows we’d like to resurrect and others to scrap. Financial Times journalist and author of Britain Alone: The Path from Suez to Brexit Philip Stephens joins our weekly panel. “Nobody knows what Putin wants.” – Arthur Snell “The City is well-known as the London Laundry, and the Russians are the best users of that.” – Philip Stephens “There aren't many big beasts left prowling in the Tory forest.” – Philip Stephens “More Brits have been vaccinated than watched the Euros final.” – Yasmeen Serhan Support The Bunker on Patreon for early, ad-free episodes and more: https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Arthur Snell and Yasmeen Serhan. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
The Met’s Commission Impossible – Start Your Week with Naomi Smith
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Following Cressida Dick’s resignation, we look at the looming clashes over who will become the next Met police chief. What are the priorities for whoever gets the role? Plus, the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine persists. Is war imminent? And after Boris Johnson was handed a police questionnaire over Partygate, what can we expect next? Justin Quirk is joined by Naomi Smith to discuss the week ahead.  “The fish rots from the head and a bad leader… is one that will mean that awful culture pervades and that cascade happens through an organisation.”  “We’ve got to hope and pray that we can have a force we can be proud of.” “Changing the culture within an organisation can take years, and the Met will be no exception.”  “After Brexit and Trump, Putin knows that the West isn’t as united as it has been.”  “Much of the left in Western politics have a blind spot when it comes to Russian imperialism.” www.patreon.com/bunkercast  Presented by Justin Quirk with Naomi Smith. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production: Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Daily: Slave to the algorithm
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We all want control over our lives. But as we make more decisions digitally, the impact of algorithms on our choices grows. They help to sort the information presented to us and limit the options we see – shaping the products we buy, films we watch and even the partners we end up with. Andrew Harrison discusses the future of such technology with Kartik Hosanagar, author of A Human's Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control.  “Many people believe that algorithms are just providing us information and we comb through that and make our own choices… research shows otherwise.” – Kartik Hosanagar “They are not just helping us make the decisions that we would have anyway made… they are also influencing the decisions themselves.” – Kartik Hosanagar “These algorithms could be making choices in more personal and more important aspects of our lives, and also they could be making them autonomously.” – Kartik Hosanagar “Let’s make sure that for high stakes decisions, they are made by human beings.” – Kartik Hosanagar “Individually, it’s hard for us to stop this algorithmic tsunami.” – Kartik Hosanagar https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2022
Culture Bunker: Director Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE on Riot Act and LGBT+ History Month, This Is Going to Hurt, Bacon and Bourgeois on Beasts, plus Pam and Tommy
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk Writer, director, actor, singer, dancer - THE NOTORIOUS RBB Rikki Beadle-Blair joins us to talk Riot Act, LGBT+ History Month, and a lifetime of activist art.  Jelena, Alex, and Siân don their scrubs for This is Going to Hurt, the BBC’s new med-drama with Ben Wishaw. And the meat goes on with Pam and Tommy on Disney, and two new mega-shows - Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois – for this week’s Art Corner special on BEASTS. “Equality means equality of opportunity to be idiots.” - Rikki Beadle-Blair “The constant self-portraiture on Instagram is irritating.” - Rikki Beadle-Blair “This is Going to Hurt makes the NHS feel so fragile. It made me ask what I can do to help the Adam Kays of this world.” – Siân Pattenden “The talking penis in Pam and Tommy felt weirdly Disney to me, like something out of Beauty in the Beast!” – Alex Andreou Written and presented by Alex Andreou, Siân Pattenden, and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2022
Daily: Thinking Beyond the Sea - A Blue New Deal
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With environmental destruction threatening our oceans, what might a fresh plan to protect them look like? Chris Armstrong, political theory professor at the University of Southampton, joins Ros Taylor to discuss his new book A Blue New Deal, which outlines a manifesto for protecting our seas. “Our reliance on the ocean has diminished, before air travel we had to use it to get to the other side of the world.” “Although the ocean absorbs most the carbon we emit, it has limits and we are reaching them.” “We need to engage in radical thinking in order to save our oceans.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Daily: Why the West is complicit in China’s rise to power
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Christine Lee’s recent designation as a Chinese agent of influence by MI5 has breathed new life into calls to reassess the country’s influence in Westminster. Yet as the world’s second-largest economy, China is widening its reach across the globe – and democratic nations are complicit. Journalist Joanna Chiu, author of China Unbound, tells Arthur Snell about its murky “United Front” and New Silk Road projects, whether Western ignorance equals wilful involvement in China’s authoritarian regime…and why Chinese immigrants should be better protected overseas. “Chinese politicians are expected to self-report.” “You have to feel sympathy for anyone trying to work within the Chinese legal system.” “China has designed laws to make its businesses complicit in its security regime.” “Western leaders created a narrative to justify and excuse their engagement with a foreign, authoritarian power.” “Chinese immigrants aren't welcomed for their expertise. They're treated with suspicion.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Written and presented by Arthur Snell. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/china-unbound/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Big Bills and Bad Energy
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Amid a profound and worsening cost of living crisis, we discuss whether the Government is rising to the challenge. Is the public being shortchanged? Plus, with the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a huge courts backlog, Evening Standard courts correspondent Tristan Kirk joins us to talk about the pressures on the justice system. And after Facebook reported its first ever drop in daily users, what’s next for the social media giant? “It feels like the Chancellor, with all his riches, hasn’t understood the gravity of the situation.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh  “If you want a quick way to solve this issue, increase Universal Credit and don’t raise the cap as much.” - Miatta Fahnbulleh “If Sunak doesn’t get into Number 10 before the pain arrives, then he might miss his moment.” - Tom Peck “Myself, and I assume the Downing Street police officers, would think No.10 would be following their own rules.” - Tristan Kirk  https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Ros Taylor with Tom Peck and Miatta Fahnbulleh. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. The Bunker is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
No.10 Drowning Street – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou
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With Boris Johnson’s senior team in chaos, we discuss what comes next as we brace for yet another calamity-packed week. Letters of no confidence continue to be sent – but will the number hit the 54 needed to spur a vote? Meanwhile, ongoing border check disagreements are causing turmoil in Northern Ireland. And on her Platinum Jubilee, the Queen kept busy, declaring her wish for Camilla to become Queen consort. Andrew Harrison is joined by Alex Andreou to forecast the days ahead.  "February 2022 to February 2022 doesn't look great on a CV."  "Satisfaction will turn into dislike very easily."  "The mess of Downing Street is leaking into the legislature."  "This is political, not constitutional. The DUP are drowning in the polls."  "The Queen is in a process of tidying up the Royal Family." Presented by Andrew Harrison with Alex Andreou. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Givan Take - Inside Northern Ireland’s Political Crisis
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Northern Ireland has been plunged into political turmoil following DUP first minister Paul Givan’s resignation over Brexit border controls. What does this mean for Stormont? And how will it affect May’s assembly elections? Belfast-based journalist Amanda Ferguson joins Naomi Smith to explain the crisis, and what could happen next. “The DUP will say this is about the protocol, the other parties will say this is about the election.” “The only way Northern Ireland’s position in the UK can be changed is if people vote for it.” “While some people are supportive of the DUP, a lot of the public are aghast at what they’ve done.” Presented by Naomi Smith. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2022
Culture Bunker: Composer Howard Goodall, The Souvenir Part 2, Cate le Bon’s Pompeii plus Van Gogh Self-Portraits
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Hear all the music on our rolling playlist: https://bit.ly/CultBunk EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall tells us about his new remembrance cantata ‘Unconditional Love’, a career of composing pretty much every memorable British comedy theme tune ever, Brexit’s effect on musicians and much more. Howard joins guest Sophie Harris plus Alex and Jelena (for the first time) to explore the many folds of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II – a movie about a movie within a movie about a movie, Cate Le Bon’s latest album, Pompeii, plus we head into the Courtauld to find out what’s behind their new exhibition Van Gogh Self-Portraits. “Streaming should have democratised music. But there's very few people at the party.” – Howard Goodall “Cate le Bon’s Pompeii refers to a life interrupted. It's the perfect lockdown album.” – Sophie Harris “Young people have sacrificed a lot to keep us alive during COVID. Now we must pay them back by listening to them.” – Howard Goodall  Written and presented by Alex Andreou and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2022
Daily: Hatchback to the Future - Will the Car Survive?
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The car is one of history’s most important inventions, but with changing ownership patterns and the climate crisis, will the vehicle we’ve all grown up with survive the next few decades? The FT’s Motor Industry Correspondent Peter Campbell and futurist Rohit Talwar join Andrew Harrison to discuss the direction of travel for cars, from electric vehicles, to ones that drive themselves, and maybe even some that are capable of flying… “We’re dealing with completely new technologies, and there’s no guarantee the big manufacturers are going to be the winners.” - Rohit Talwar “Demand for electric cars is being driven by regulation, rather than consumer choice.” - Peter Campbell “Last year electric car sales overtook diesel cars. That was unthinkable a couple years ago.” - Peter Campbell “Changes in the car industry could bring down governments.” - Rohit Talwar “People say the car industry is at a fork in the road, it’s rather at the entrance to a labyrinth.” - Peter Campbell “The winners in this new marketplace might be those who can find value in the data, rather than manufacturers themselves.” - Rohit Talwar “The car that you’ll drive in 20 years time may well be from a Chinese brand you’ve never heard of before.” - Peter Campbell https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Daily: Baby Boom or Bust? The new population crisis
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With the global population set to hit 8 billion in 2022, are we really in the midst of a new population crisis? Or do climate change and migration mean the problem today is underpopulation, not overpopulation? Jelena Sofronijevic talks to anthropologist Anna Walnycki and Bryan Walsh of Vox’s Future Perfect about the dark, discriminatory debates over birth rates, why governments are cutting migration just when we need more people than ever before…and how pro-natal policies are curbing human rights in Hungary, Poland, and China. “We're seeing anti-immigration policies at the time when immigration is more important than ever in balancing out the global population.” - Bryan Walsh “Overpopulation doesn't happen in countries, it happens in cities.” - Anna Walnycki “Scenes of overpopulation are really scenes of poor planning.” - Anna Walnycki “Governments should be making it as easy as possible to be a parent with pro-family, not pro-natal policies.” - Bryan Walsh “Scandinavia is simply a better place to be a parent and a child.” - Bryan Walsh https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented and produced by Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Sorry, Not Sorry
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Boris Johnson’s apology after Sue Gray’s “update” on Downing Street parties was followed by a shameful bout of obfuscation from the Prime Minister. While he dithers and delays, something he’s bemoaned in the past, can his crumbling defences hold? And with the Winter Olympics due to start in Beijing, amid suggestions the event may serve as a “sportswashing” exercise, we look at the collision between the games and politics. Andrew Harrison is joined by Ahir Shah, Justin Quirk and Yasmeen Serhan for a much-needed session of group catharsis.  “I’m continually surprised by quite how low he can go … some of it just seemed deeply, deeply odd.” - Ahir Shah “Much of Johnson’s strategic calculation seems to be ‘I can stay defiant longer than you can stay angry.’” - Justin Quirk “China is trying to whitewash Xinjiang as a Winter Wonderland." - Yasmeen Serhan https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Andrew Harrison with Ahir Shah, Justin Quirk and Yasmeen Serhan. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. The Bunker is a Podmasters production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Worried About Gray – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Gavin Esler
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The wait for the Sue Gray report goes on–with the word “imminent” having been redefined of late. If it is finally released, what impact might it have? As Boris Johnson faces consistent pressure and splits within his party, the government wants to shift focus with pledges for so-called “Brexit freedoms.” What’s the reality, compared to the rhetoric? Meanwhile, Russia-Ukraine tensions persist, with further interventions due from the Prime Minister and foreign secretary Liz Truss. What can we expect? Alex Andreou and Gavin Esler take a look at the week ahead.  “This is not a government which does governing, this is a government which does marketing.” - Gavin Esler  “If Sunak were to quit over National Insurance then that would be the end for Johnson.” - Gavin Esler  “Liz Truss does not want to be seen as the one who caused Johnson to fall, as there’s a political price to that.” - Alex Andreou  “The idea that Boris steps in and saves the Ukrainian people from the Russians is nonsense.” - Gavin Esler  “Putin cannot accept a democratic Ukraine becoming richer than Russia.” - Gavin Esler Presented by Alex Andreou with Gavin Esler. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
Daily: Follow the Money - How COVID loan fraud spiralled
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Conservative minister Lord Agnew’s dramatic resignation due to his dissatisfaction over efforts to tackle COVID loan fraud drew stark focus to the issue last week. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been forced to defend his handling of pandemic support schemes, amid mounting criticism. Financial journalist and executive director of TaxWatch, George Turner, joins Alex Andreou to explain the problem, the consequences for the Government, and why such concerns need to be taken more seriously. “HMRC has always had a policy of ‘pay now, check later’, but they didn’t have the capacity to check with Covid.”  “For HMRC, going through with Brexit in the middle of the pandemic was madness.” “We need to invest a lot more in law enforcement for fraud, and the Treasury has a big role to play in that.” “We never thought about fraud as a big problem, the pandemic will hopefully change that.” https://www.patreon.com/bunkercast Presented by Alex Andreou. The Group Editor is Andrew Harrison. The Lead Producer is Jacob Jarvis. The Producers are Jacob Archbold, Jelena Sofronijevic and Alex Rees. Audio production by Robin Leeburn. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 202