Politics

Republic to Empire | The Politics of Ancient Rome
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
317

Republic to Empire | The Politics of Ancient Rome

Ancient History
Romans
European history
Politics
Philosophy
Nov 22, 2022
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24
minutes

The political systems of Rome have a profound impact on modern political theory and showed remarkable foresight.

In this episode, we examine how Rome worked politically, and look at the legacy it has left on the modern world.

Guantanamo Bay | America’s Worst Prison
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Episode
313

Guantanamo Bay | America’s Worst Prison

Prison
USA
Terrorism
21st Century
US politics
Nov 8, 2022
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24
minutes

It’s a small enclave of Cuba that is used by the United States to detain and interrogate terrorist suspects.

But how did this small part of Cuba become an important asset in the “War on Terror”, what actually happens there, and will any US president manage to close it down?

By Ballot Or By Bullet | The Life of Malcolm X
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Episode
294

By Ballot Or By Bullet | The Life of Malcolm X

Racism
USA
Civil rights
Politics
US politics
Sep 2, 2022
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28
minutes

He was the American civil rights leader who was a prominent spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Yet he grew too powerful and was killed by the same organisation he had represented.

In this episode, we look at the amazing life, impact and legacy of Malcolm X.

Chess & The Cold War
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
292

Chess & The Cold War

Russia
The Cold War
USA
1960s
Politics
Aug 26, 2022
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29
minutes

The game of chess played a vital role during the Cold War, allowing Russia and the United States to fight intellectual battles over a board game.

In this episode, we'll explore how the game of chess was used in a world where nuclear weapons could not.

What’s Happening In San Francisco?
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Episode
266

What’s Happening In San Francisco?

USA
Drugs
Income inequality
21st Century
Poverty
May 27, 2022
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19
minutes

It is one of the most influential cities in the United States but has recently been accused of falling into disrepair, with rising homelessness and open drug dealing.

In this episode, we'll look at what is happening in San Francisco, what has caused this, who and what is thought to be responsible, and what is being done to change it.

Niccolò Machiavelli & The Prince
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Episode
253

Niccolò Machiavelli & The Prince

Politics
The Renaissance
Italy
War
Morality
Apr 12, 2022
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26
minutes

He was the Florentine diplomat and political theorist who proposed that a statesman should do whatever was necessary to obtain and hold on to power.

In this episode, we'll explore the life and theories of the man who famously wrote "the ends justify the means", and look at his most influential work, The Prince.

The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson
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Episode
240

The Rise and Fall of Boris Johnson

UK politics
21st Century
Life in the UK
Great Britain
London
Feb 25, 2022
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24
minutes

From a young age, he believed he was destined for greatness, and he became the UK's prime minister at the age of 55.

Discover how Boris Johnson's rise to power was unusual and full of contradictions, and how his fall was entirely predictable.

Brexit: Part 3
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Episode
205

Brexit: Part 3

Politics
UK politics
European history
Great Britain
Life in the UK
Oct 26, 2021
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25
minutes

In the final part of our three-part mini-series on Brexit, we look at what has happened since the UK referendum on EU membership on June 23rd, 2016.

Brexit cost the political careers of two prime ministers and has caused arguments up and down the country.

In this episode, we'll ask ourselves whether it was actually all worth it in the end.

Brexit: Part 2
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
204

Brexit: Part 2

Politics
UK politics
European history
Great Britain
Life in the UK
Oct 22, 2021
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20
minutes

Part Two of our Brexit mini-series focuses on the Brexit vote itself.

In this episode, we'll look at why the UK held a referendum in the first place, how the campaign was fought, who voted for and against Brexit (and for what reasons), and why it was ultimately the vote to leave the European Union that proved successful.

Brexit: Part 1
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
203

Brexit: Part 1

Great Britain
European history
Politics
UK politics
Life in the UK
Oct 19, 2021
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28
minutes

In Part One of our three-part series on Brexit, we look at the history of the complicated relationship between the UK and Europe.

From the arrival of The Romans in 55BC through to fighting with and against Europe through the past two millennia, we ask ourselves whether Britain was ever really part of Europe.

Occupy Wall Street
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Episode
194

Occupy Wall Street

Economics
Revolution
New York
Capitalism
US politics
Sep 17, 2021
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18
minutes

On September 17th, 2011, hundreds of people descended on a park in the heart of New York's financial district.

Their aim? To protest against the global financial system and its effects on  99% of the population.

On this 10th anniversary of the protests, we take a look at what happened, what they achieved, and what impact they might have in the future.

American Exceptionalism
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
189

American Exceptionalism

USA
US politics
War
Philosophy
Politics
Aug 31, 2021
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22
minutes

The United States has a higher proportion of citizens who believe that they live in the best country in the world than anywhere else.

In this episode we'll explore the reasons why Americans are more likely to believe this, to be patriots, and to believe that their country is truly "exceptional".

Winston Churchill & The English Language
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
180

Winston Churchill & The English Language

Great Britain
World War II
UK politics
Politics
20th Century
Jul 30, 2021
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29
minutes

He is considered by many to be the greatest public speaker in British history, and his words and speeches were a defining force in the British war effort.

In this episode, we'll learn all about how Winston Churchill used the English language to inspire a nation.

The War On Drugs
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
72

The War On Drugs

Drugs
USA
Alcohol
Crime
Economics
Jul 17, 2020
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19
minutes

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared The War On Drugs. Almost 50 years later, in a war that has cost the US over a trillion dollars, we take a look at the effect that this war has had on society.

Why was it declared, what actually happened, and who are the real winners?

Human Rights
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
70

Human Rights

Philosophy
Environment
Politics
Human rights
Jul 10, 2020
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22
minutes

In 1948 the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which set out the 30 'inalienable' rights that all humans on Earth should get at birth.

But where did this come from? How effectively does it actually work?

And what comes next for human rights?

Margaret Thatcher
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
57

Margaret Thatcher

UK politics
May 26, 2020
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20
minutes

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the UK during the 1980s, and left a lasting impact on the country.

She was "perhaps the most admired, hated, fascinating, boring, radical and conservative leader in the Western world."

In this episode we talk about what she did, what it meant, and why she divided opinion so much.

The Taliban
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
46

The Taliban

The Cold War
The Middle East
Terrorism
Apr 21, 2020
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22
minutes

From sharia law to public executions, The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with a iron fist.

In this episode we look at the origins of this group, what life was like under its rule, how it has managed to survive so long, and what the future might have in store.

The Countries That Sell Their Passports
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
42

The Countries That Sell Their Passports

Corruption
Economics
Russia
Malta
Apr 7, 2020
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23
minutes

The passport sales industry is booming, and is worth around $1 billion a year.

In today's episode we take a look at how it all works, how much it all costs, and the people and countries that make it all possible.

Who Owns The Sky (And Why Does It Matter)?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
8

Who Owns The Sky (And Why Does It Matter)?

The United Nations
Space
Dec 13, 2019
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12
minutes

Part 2 of our 3-part series on who owns the sea, sky and stars.

Ever wondered who actually owns the sky?

Today we'll discuss who owns it, why it's still not clear who does own most of it, and why that doesn't actually really matter.

Who Owns The Sea (And Why Does It Matter)?
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
7

Who Owns The Sea (And Why Does It Matter)?

The United Nations
Malta
USA
China
Japan
Dec 10, 2019
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18
minutes

Part 1 of our 3-part series of who owns the sea, sky and space.

Every wondered who actually owns the sea?

Learn about who actually owns 2/3 of the surface area of the world, why countries want to claim ownership of rocks in the middle of nowhere, and why this matters.

What is Soft Power (and why does it matter)?
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Episode
5

What is Soft Power (and why does it matter)?

USA
Donald Trump
China
Great Britain
Dec 2, 2019
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18
minutes

How do other countries win the political game without force?

Why is language such a fantastic tool to project power across the world? What is Donald Trump doing for US interests outside the US?

Learn about how soft power is a vital tool in the global diplomatic toolbox.

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