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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

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Best podcast team ever

By Cok Siskoyum - Feb 17 2020
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Yup cannot miss this.

A Breath of Fresh Air

By GO Hetalia!!! - Apr 08 2019
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Absolutely wonderful podcast! It’s informative, funny, charming, and more. Very easy to listen to and it’s very well done. The podcast is quite, as the title suggests, a breath of fresh air!

iTunes Ratings

72 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
7
0
0
1

Best podcast team ever

By Cok Siskoyum - Feb 17 2020
Read more
Yup cannot miss this.

A Breath of Fresh Air

By GO Hetalia!!! - Apr 08 2019
Read more
Absolutely wonderful podcast! It’s informative, funny, charming, and more. Very easy to listen to and it’s very well done. The podcast is quite, as the title suggests, a breath of fresh air!
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Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

Latest release on Feb 24, 2020

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Rank #1: Episode 20. RESCUING DEMOCRACY: From Ancient Athens to Brexit

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Hello! This week we explore how to improve democracy by involving ordinary people in decision-making. Guests David Van Reybrouck, Professor James Fishkin and Sarah Allan tell us how an old idea from ancient Athens---selecting random citizens to deliberate--is making a difference from the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ireland to reform of the Mongolian constitution. And we find out what we could do in the UK.

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Comedian Felicity Ward gives us her ideas. Including free mattresses, colourful houses and panda cafes

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A video by David Van Reybrouck explaining sortition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS9EMvbBq_U

David's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Against-Elections-David-Van-Reybrouck/dp/1847924220

James's book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/democracy-when-the-people-are-thinking-9780198820291?cc=gb&lang=en&

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CONTACT OUR GUESTS

David Van Reybrouck - https://twitter.com/davidvanrey

Professor James Fishkin - https://twitter.com/jfishkin

Sarah Allan - https://twitter.com/SarahAllanUK

Felicity Ward - https://twitter.com/felicityward

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Feb 04 2018

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Rank #2: 40. SILICON VALLEY SERFS: protecting kids from tech overload

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Hello! This week we've looked up from our phones to look down at the generation of children addicted to theirs. In the wild west of the internet, children aren't as safe as you may hope and it's not just from adult content. Our guests this week Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of 5Rights Foundation, and Dr Richard Graham, a Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist, explain why treating children as adults on their technology is such a worry and what we can do about it.


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Comedian John Robins is banning online comments, issuing chip licenses, alcohol pricing and funding to cure minor ailments 

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Jun 24 2018

59mins

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Rank #3: Episode 30. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: what do we do about gentrification?

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Hello! We've been on an adventure again, this time to see the wonderful city of Bristol. With a live audience, we talked about Gentrification and how NOT to price out the locals from their neighbourhoods as a place becomes "cool", "edgy" and "vibrant". Is there more that can be done? Our guests Chris Chalkley, Cllr Paul Smith, Professor Antonia Layard and Delroy Hibbert share their expertise. 


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Musician Gavin Osborn thinks an adult curfew, personal trolleys and comfytecture would make the world a better place. And... gets Ed on the mic for a duet (of sorts). 

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Apr 15 2018

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Rank #4: 121. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: reining in the fat cat pay gap

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Hello! The typical FTSE 100 CEO only had to work until 5pm last Monday (6th January) to earn as much as the average worker in the entire year. We chat to Deborah Hargreaves, director of the High Pay Centre, about rising executive pay and why she advocates including workers on company boards to tackle it. Then legal history whizz Ewan McGaughey explains what we can learn from the history of worker representation in the UK and around the world.


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Fabulous author Nina Stibbe is here to talk about her latest book, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ (nice title…!)


Subscribe to the new Cheerful Book Club feed!


Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March 

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Jan 13 2020

57mins

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Rank #5: 61. YUVAL AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET: a conversation on just about everything with Yuval Noah Harari

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Hello! A special episode with author and all-around thinker extraordinaire and author of multi-million selling Homo Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari. He popped by to talk to us about the ongoing war of technology vs humankind, fake news and more of the 21 lessons from the 21st Century —-his new book. This includes the virtues of 60-day uninterrupted meditation... But how would you do a weekly podcast?

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Nov 19 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 28. FACING DOWN FACEBOOK: how to tackle "surveillance capitalism"

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Hello! Our technology is watching us. We know that now. But what does it all mean? And is there a way to stop companies collecting and selling our data without our knowledge? Our guests Shoshana Zuboff, Aral Balkan and Mat Lawrence join us to explain why we should be concerned and what can be done.


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Comedian Jamali Maddix wants a shorter work day, kids banned from pubs and greater access to all the channels for all.



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CONTACT OUR GUESTS

Shoshana Zuboff - https://twitter.com/shoshanazuboff

Aral Balkan - https://twitter.com/aral

Mathew Lawrence - https://twitter.com/dantonshead

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Apr 01 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #7: 117. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

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Hello! There aren’t many reasons to be cheerful this week, but we thought we’d talk about what the election result means for the big ideas we’ve been discussing over the last couple of years.


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Dec 16 2019

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Rank #8: 73. FOR RICHER, FOR SUPER RICHER: taxing the ultra-wealthy

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Hello! What should we do about the gaping inequalities in our society and the top 1 percent? Can we get them to pay more tax and how? We hear from a member of the top .01% US entrepreneur Nick Hanauer who wants radical measures aimed at people like him and Rutger Bregman, author and historian, who went viral when he called out ‘Davos man’ a couple of weeks back.


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Comedian Rosie Jones wants everyone to have to experience 24 hours of being disabled, Segways for all and a roof on the country

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Feb 11 2019

57mins

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Rank #9: REASONS TO BE PIRATE

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Hello! An extra treat this week for you all. Do pirates deserve to be remembered as fondly as the Levellers? We spoke to Sam Conniff Allende about his new book Be More Pirate, which reexamines the myths and legends around pirates and how we can apply the pirate principles of breaking and rewriting the rules to the modern world. From cooperatives to equal marriage, storytelling to insurance, the truth is quite surprising.

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Apr 27 2018

36mins

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Rank #10: 120. ON FIRE: in conversation with Naomi Klein

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Hello! We’re kicking off the new year with this live recording of Ed in conversation with author and activist Naomi Klein. They talk about the global climate movement, building support for a Green New Deal and Naomi’s latest book ’On Fire’.


Subscribe to the new Cheerful Book Club feed!


Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March 

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Jan 06 2020

56mins

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Rank #11: Episode 31. CHANGING THE CLIMATE: How do we tackle the global warming challenge?

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Hello! This week we look at the most urgent political challenge of all: climate change. Our all-star cast of guests tells us where we are, what the challenge looks like from the one of the most extraordinary parts of our planet, the Arctic, and how we convince people to act with a vision of a better world.With Christiana Figueres, the architect of the historic Paris 2015 agreement,. Kim Holmen, head of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Joss Garman, long-time climate activist and thinker and Leo Barasi who has written a new book entitled The Climate Majority.


Plus our listeners tell us why Geoff is wrong on Facebook and how Ed's name lends itself to (many) puns. 

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Apr 22 2018

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Rank #12: 69. A SOCIAL HOME REVOLUTION: the history and future of council housing

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Hello! This week, with the release of the report from Shelter's cross-party commission (which included Ed) we're looking at the provision of social housing and the need for a transformation in how much we build and who it is for. Historian John Boughton, author of recent book Municipal Dreams, guides us from the past to the future, then we speak to members of the Commission, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, former Conservative Chair, and Lord Jim O'Neill to tell us how the recommendations in the report can transform the fabric of the country.

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Jan 14 2019

52mins

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Rank #13: 97. TREEDISTRIBUTION: shrubtastic reasons to plant

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Hello! Britain has amongst the lowest tree coverage of any country in Europe. This week we’re discussing why we should plant more trees for their many benefits including tackling the climate emergency and cooling our cities. Emi Murphy from Friends of the Earth talks about their campaign to double trees in Britain and tree expert Rob MacKenzie explains his ‘sci fi forest’ experiment in Birmingham. Then Felix Finkbeiner tells us the story of how he began advocating for tree planting at just 9 years old and the Trillion Tree Campaign that his organisation now runs.


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Actor Michael Sheen joins us and talks about the upcoming Homeless World Cup in Wales


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Jul 28 2019

53mins

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Rank #14: Episode 21. TIME TO TALK: Tackling the mental health crisis *LIVE SHOW*

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Hello! We took to the stage and took on the topic of mental health. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem each year, there must be something we can do to support, and where possible treat, these millions. Ruby Wax, George Ezra, and Professor Sir Simon Wessely joined us at the Leicester Square Theatre to talk about their personal and professional experiences with mental health.

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Ayesha Hazarika is BACK! We talk badgers, office pets, and saucy calendars.

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Ruby Wax - https://twitter.com/Rubywax George Ezra - https://twitter.com/george_ezra Professor Sir Simon Wessely -https://twitter.com/WesselyS Ayesha Hazarika - https://twitter.com/ayeshahazarika

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Feb 12 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #15: 39. ENDING JOBS FOR THE BOYS: overcoming the workplace gender divide

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Hello! This week we discuss the issue of "boys jobs" and "girls jobs" and how men being under-represented in care roles and women being under-represented in the sciences is a self-fulfilling prophecy taught from an early age. We're joined by scientist Nia John, Carole Easton of the Young Women’s Trust and Australian gender equality supremo Libby Lyons to discuss the proactive ways we can achieve workplace equality and stop the "leaky pipe" of lost talent.


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Broadcaster Lauren Laverne gets has a gym alternative that would help us keep clean, wants more glitter, access to nature and DOGS.

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Jun 17 2018

54mins

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Rank #16: 102. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: overhauling the history we teach

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Hello! Has our failure to understand Britain’s history played a role in recent political events? This week, we discuss teaching about the British Empire in schools with Professor Gurminder Bhambra, expert in postcolonial studies, and Jason Todd, former history teacher and now lecturer in history education. They give us an overview of the British Empire, before explaining its current place in history lessons and how we could do much better.


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Comedian John Kearns wants MPs paid more, wants fines for people who don't vote, wants a couple of weeks in Portsmouth under witness protection and wants to know where the rich people live

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Sep 01 2019

57mins

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Rank #17: 95. SCHOOL’S OUT: time for LGBT-inclusive education

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Hello! 45% of LGBT young people are bullied in school and 40% say they are never taught anything about LGBT issues. We talk to Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt about the importance of LGBT-inclusive education, how we can support trans young people, and the state of LGBT rights more broadly. Then co-founder of the Time for Inclusive Education campaign, Liam Stevenson, explains how they persuaded the Scottish government to adopt the most comprehensive approach in the world - with LGBT education embedded across the whole curriculum.


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Comedian Lou Sanders wants quiet sirens, quiet sheds, ball pools and monkeys. Can she convince Ed to become the face of her new merch?


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We're going to Clapham, come with us! 28th July https://claphamgrand.com/event/reasons-to-be-cheerful-with-ed-miliband-geoff-lloyd/

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Jul 14 2019

57mins

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Rank #18: 92. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: the case for social ownership

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Hello! England is the only country in the world to have a fully privatised water system. Is it time to bring water back into public hands? We talk to Celia Blauel, Deputy Mayor of Paris, about how the city returned its water system to municipal ownership. Then academic David Hall and Anna Birley from the Coop Party talk us through the problems of the water industry and what the alternative would look like.


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Comedian Stevie Martin has a plan for making wasps better, ends social media and shakes up dress codes

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Jun 23 2019

59mins

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Rank #19: Episode 26. HOUSING FIRST: Tackling Britain’s homelessness crisis

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Hello. So many people are, rightly, deeply troubled by the rise in homelessness. People are living on the streets, or with friends and family, or in bed and breakfast accommodation. But there is something that can be done. Juha Kaakinen tells us how ‘Housing First’ has worked in Finland, plus Matthew Downie from Crisis, and Rebecca Evans AM.



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Comedian Helen Keen brings space trips, coach trips, and unsocial media




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Mar 19 2018

58mins

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Rank #20: 110. (F)AIR MILES: the case for a frequent flyer tax

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Hello! With 15% population taking 70% flights in the UK, is a frequent flyer tax the fairest way to tackle the contribution of aviation to the climate crisis? We talk to Professor Alice Larkin about the problem of aviation emissions and why technology isn’t coming to the rescue any time soon. Then Leo Murray makes the argument for a frequent flyer tax and explains how it would work in practice.


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Filmmakers Ken Loach and Paul Laverty talk about their latest collaboration on ‘I’m Sorry We Missed You’. They discuss the problems of the gig economy, their approach to filmmaking and why they remain optimists despite the issues their films depict.

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Oct 28 2019

56mins

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