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An occasional political and topical discussion programme hosted by Emma Burnell.

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An occasional political and topical discussion programme hosted by Emma Burnell.

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House of Comments

Latest release on May 02, 2020

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Rank #1: The Local Trust and the Virus

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In this episode, Emma Burnell speaks to Margaret Bolton from the Local Trust about how their Big Local projects are adapting to the 'new normal'. She also highlights their big idea of a Community Wealth Fund.

May 02 2020

30mins

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Rank #2: Warring Fictions

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In this episode, Emma talks to Chris Clarke, author of Warring Fictions - left populism and its defining myths.

Apr 13 2020

46mins

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Rank #3: Uncharted - With author Margaret Heffernan

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In this fascinating episode Emma Burnell talks to author Margaret Heffernan about her book Uncharted - How to Map the Future together, The book looks at the prediction business and how to really plan for an unpredictable future.

The book is available here https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Uncharted/Margaret-Heffernan/9781471179785

and examples of Emma's journalism can be found here https://www.politicalhuman.com/journalism

Apr 08 2020

42mins

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Rank #4: A Left for Itself - Interview with David Swift

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In this special episode, Emma Burnell interviews David Swift, author of A Left For Itself: Left wing hobbyists and performative radicialism. 

You can find the book here: https://www.johnhuntpublishing.com/zer0-books/our-books/left-for-itself

Oct 28 2019

34mins

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Rank #5: Foot Soldiers - Interview with Professor Tim Bale

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Emma Burnell and Professor Tim Bale meet over a (noisy) coffee to discuss his book Footsoldiers - about who joins a political party and why.

Oct 10 2019

21mins

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Rank #6: Contemporary Left Antisemitism

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In this one-off special, Emma Burnell talks to David Hirsh, Sociology lecturer at Goldsmiths University and author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism. They discuss how antisemitism has been mainstreamed within some areas of the left and how it is an essential part of anti-democratic thinking.

The book can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Contemporary-Left-Antisemitism-David-Hirsh/dp/1138235318

Aug 22 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: Not Buying It

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In this one-off episode, Emma talks to Charlotte Henry - author of new book Not Buying It - the Facts Behind Fake News about - well Fake News. But also liberal centrism as default, whether all propaganda is bad propaganda and how to understand structural biases without conspiratorial thinking.

Jul 02 2019

35mins

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Rank #8: The Price of Paradise: Interview with Iain Overton

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Emma interviews Iain Overton, journalist, writer and Director of Action on Armed Violence about his new book The Price of Paradise: How the Suicide bomber shaped the modern age.

Apr 14 2019

38mins

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Rank #9: Who Will Replace Theresa May?

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On 28th March, Emma took part in a Tortoise Media 'Think-in' - an event where panel and audience alike discuss a topic together. This topic was originally "Should Theresa May resign" but events overtook us so it became "Who should replace Theresa May?". This is that discussion.

Apr 09 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: How to set up a new political party

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In this one-off special, Emma Burnell interviews Nick Silver, founder of Radix and author of new book A Guide to New Political Movements: How to do politics in the 21st century. 

They discuss the 'radical centre', leadership, ideology and what it takes to succeed in modern politics.

Apr 04 2019

34mins

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