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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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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!

Very nice show

By BFranke11 - Jan 16 2018
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These guys are really easy to listen to. It's almost like we're in the room with them. Great topics, informative, never dry - very nice show.

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
57
7
0
0
1

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!

Very nice show

By BFranke11 - Jan 16 2018
Read more
These guys are really easy to listen to. It's almost like we're in the room with them. Great topics, informative, never dry - very nice show.
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Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

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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.

Rank #1: 99. WRITTEN IN THE STARS: the argument for a codified constitution

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Hello! Summer’s here and the time is right for… the first of our episodes recorded live at the Underbelly Festival. Britain is one of the only countries in the world without a codified constitution. Is it finally time to do something about it? Professor Jeff King & Dr Hannah White discuss how our constitution works, its role in Bre**t and whether this could be an opportunity for reform. Jeff with a J talks us through his democratic argument for adopting a written constitution (spoiler: includes sortition!).

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Comedian Nish Kumar wants to ban the term "climate change" in favour of a term that sounds more urgent, an age based social media expiry, and a NO MORE politicians on comedy panel shows

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Aug 11 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #2: 1. FREE MONEY FOR ALL? The Universal Basic Income

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Hello! Welcome to the first episode of Reasons to be Cheerful. In this edition, we'll explore Universal Basic Income (UBI) with Scott Santens.

Find out about Ed's exercise humiliation, a near-visit to the Oval Office, and why Geoff's toilet is causing such a stir.

AND We're joined by comedian Gráinne Maguire, who brings her ideas to make the world a better place. Think cows in hats, shame by search history and explaining the "joke".

FURTHER READING

A great article from Scott Santens A\

guide to UBI for people who also enjoy animated video

A UK report on UBI by the RSA

The RSA Citizen's Basic Income Trust

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Sep 24 2017
40 mins
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Rank #3: 98. SMELLS LIKE COMMUNITY SPIRIT: bridging the intergenerational divide

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Hello! This week we talk to two inspiring organisations getting people involved in their communities to break down divides and tackle loneliness. We’re joined by Alex Smith from the Cares Family, a charity bringing young professionals together with older people, and Ivo Gormley from GoodGym, which encourages people to combine exercise with doing good. Then Emma and Joyce from Bristol tell us about the impact that GoodGym has had on them.


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Comedian Joe Bor want's to see a hairier Love Island, no drinking pressure, no more joke theft and financial incentives for getting fit

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Aug 04 2019
57 mins
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Rank #4: 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

FURTHER READING

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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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
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #5: 62. LIFE OVER DEATH: the global campaign to end capital punishment

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Hello! The death penalty still operates in many places around the world, although the good news is the number of countries using capital punishment is falling. Sevan Doraisamy, Executive Director of Human Rights Organisation SUARAM talks about the Malaysian government’s recent announcement that it intends to abolish capital punishment and Anna Yearley and Maya Foa from Reprieve talk to us about their campaigns to end the death penalty and how your voice can make a difference.


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Comedian Lauren Pattison fights for children to be banished to another train carriage, Taco Tuesdays and more politicians on reality TV

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Nov 26 2018
55 mins
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Rank #6: 75. REASONS TO BE ICELANDIC: gender equality, 6 hour days and 'hidden people'

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Hello! Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s off to Iceland they go. Geoff and Ed went for a weekend and came back with tales aplenty to be cheerful about. World-leading gender equality six-hour working day experiments, punk rockers turned politicians and stories of trolls, elves and the ‘hidden people’. Hear the lessons we should learn from the Icelandic Prime Minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, and many others in this special episode. 

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Feb 25 2019
55 mins
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Rank #7: 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
52 mins
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Rank #8: 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
50 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 18. TACKLING THE NHS CRISIS: The 1% solution *BUMPER EPISODE*

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Hello! With the NHS turning 70 this year, we take some time to really appreciate how far it's come and do our best to come up with solutions to turn the tide and get the NHS back up to health. Our guests Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, a junior doctor on the frontline, Anita Charlesworth from The Health Foundation and Lord Nick Macpherson, former Treasury Permanent Secretary tell us what needs to be done. Spoiler alert: we need to spend more of our national income on the NHS if we want to turn things round.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joins us from New Zealand to tell us about her cheerful plans and reflections on her first 100 days.

 FURTHER READING

http://www.health.org.uk/our-people/anita-charlesworth

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Jan 22 2018
1 hour 55 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 22. WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH OUR KIDS — not another brick in the wall

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Hello! This week we're sitting down, facing the front of class, and taking notes as James Graham, Jez Bennett and Madeleine Holt teach us how we're failing to tutor the next generation adequately, in particular failing to put creativity at the centre of the curriculum. They tell us what needs to be done.

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Comedian Alice Fraser joins us to put forward the case for sex licenses, house swapping and the power of sport (not all at once!) 

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Madeleine Holt - https://twitter.com/meetparents

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Feb 19 2018
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #11: 52. THE QUIET RENEWABLES REVOLUTION

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Hello! This week we’re looking into the sky, the sea and all around us for our energy and talking about the good news that we see in the revolution in costs and take up of renewables around the world. And we’’ll be asking our guests Jeremy Leggett from SolarCentury and Juliet Davenport from Good Energy what more we should be doing in the UK and globally.


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Comedian Sooz Kempner addresses dressage, compensatory crisps and dips for date rejections, start school term with the rest of the rest of the film you started watching at the end of term, parental rent paying fairness, free school dinners for EVERYONE, The Purge but for one day a year men can't tweet.

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Sep 16 2018
55 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour
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Rank #13: Episode 2. DON'T BE EVIL! Taming the High-Tech Giants

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Hello! Ready for episode two of Reasons to be Cheerful? In this edition, we'll explore the dominance of the high-tech giants like Uber, Google, Amazon and Facebook, whether we should curb their power and how with our guest Nick Srnicek. We also discuss Nick the Flying Brick, Quiz Master Ed, and terrible dancing. AND Comedian Bec Hill brings us her ideas to make the world that little bit better. Beds, school discipline for those naughty MPs, harassment, and being muted by Elon Musk.  


FURTHER READING

This, written by Nick Srnicek,

in The GuardianOwn your social-media data

And this in the Financial Times

Oh... and Bec Hill & Jay Foreman's song about Elon Musk


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Oct 01 2017
41 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 16. #EPICRAILFAIL: Ending the great train robbery

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Reasons to be Cheerful train service from here to the Geoffocracy. Yes, we're talking trains. How have we gotten into ourselves here? Billions of government subsidies and eye-watering prices. What is to be done? Andrew Adonis, who used to be Transport Secretary, Anton Valk, who used to help run the Dutch public railway & Nicole Badstuber, academic expert join us to reason it out. Plus Geoff tells all about his trainspotting past.

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Comedian Ahir Shah joins us to share his ideas of what could keep us cheerful this year.

FURTHER READING

http://www.transportforqualityoflife.com/u/files/120630_Rebuilding_Rail_Final_Report_print_version.pdf https://open.spotify.com/user/21kairhjm62hs7kuhpbogmi7y/playlist/2TEVp3NPQOj5JSEuYSxhD9 http://theconversation.com/the-case-for-re-nationalising-britains-railways-45963 http://podcast.londonreconnections.com/ https://twitter.com/lonrec https://twitter.com/GeorgeLakoff/status/948424436058791937

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Andrew Adonis - https://twitter.com/Andrew_Adonis

Nicole Badstuber - https://twitter.com/NicoleBadstuber

Ahir Shah - https://twitter.com/AhirShah

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Jan 08 2018
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #15: 47. IDEAS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE: humankind respecting the Earth

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Hello! We took a trip to Latitude festival. While there Professor Simon Lewis joined us on stage to talk about the book he's co-authored called The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is the new planetary age we're in which sees Earth being fundamentally altered by human activity. He tells us what we need to do now.


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Comedian Jen Brister joins us to pitch ending period poverty and introducing emoting classes for boys and we hear ideas from our audience.

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Aug 12 2018
51 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 19. GET OUT OF JAIL: Time for prison reform

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Hello! Our prison system is in crisis. Overcrowding, re-offending, self-harm and riots. What is to be done? Our guests tell us there is reason to think things can change for the better. Nils Oberg tells us how they do it so much better in Sweden, Vicky Pryce tells us what the economics teaches us, and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer tells us how we can navigate the politics.

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Comedian Glenn Moore shares his ideas to make the world a better place. 

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Vicky Pryce - https://twitter.com/realvickypryce

Lord Falconer - https://twitter.com/lordcfalconer

Glenn Moore - https://twitter.com/TheNewsAtGlenn

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Jan 29 2018
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #17: 88. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (ONCE): tackling fast fashion

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Hello! Fast fashion means more clothing is being produced at lower prices, with huge environmental and social costs. What is driving this trend and what can we do about it? We talk to environmental journalist Lucy Siegle about changes in the industry and how the ‘slow fashion’ movement has responded. Orsola de Castro tells us about founding the Fashion Revolution campaign. Then Labour MP and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh explains their recent inquiry into the fashion industry and what government should be doing to address the issues.


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Comedian and impressionist Josh Berry caps Russell Brand's media appearances, teaches philosophy to children, declares a national holiday in Andy Murray's name, and fact checks Jacob Rees Mogg

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May 26 2019
55 mins
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Rank #18: 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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Mathew Lawrence - https://twitter.com/dantonshead

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Apr 01 2018
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #19: 45. BLOCKCHAIN PARTY: Can it be a force for good?

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Hello! We're getting technical in this episode, we're finding out why many are claiming blockchain to be the technology which could free us from monopolies and grant us better democracy. Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University and UCM in Madrid, and Alice Casey, Head of New Operating Models, Nesta, join us and get us up to speed with what blockchain is all about and whether the hype is true


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Comedian Vikki Stone groups the noisy neighbours together, shares ownership of tools and other household stuff, and suggests a way to overcome procrastination

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Jul 29 2018
53 mins
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Rank #20: 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
59 mins
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