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Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd
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.
4 days ago
189. IT’S COMING HOME: could fan ownership save football?
Hello! We’re talking about football… but not just about football. Hot on the heels of the European Super League fiasco we’re exploring ideas to change where power lies in football - and asking what they mean for society more widely. Uli Hesse tells us about the ‘50+1’ rule in Germany. Thomas Hanna from The Democracy Collaborative and Vidhya Alakeson from Power to Change explain how to promote fan ownership in the UK. Then footballer turned academic Alex Culvin talks about how to put women’s football at the centre of the conversation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 25, 2021
188. THE DREAM NOT JUST THE NIGHTMARE: a vision for tackling the environmental crisis
Hello! This week we're exploring a vision for how we can address the environmental crisis and build a better society in the process. Friends of the pod Mat Lawrence and Laurie Laybourn-Langton are back to chat about Planet on Fire - their 'manifesto for the age of environmental breakdown'. Then climate justice activist Dominique Palmer talks about building a movement to push for this kind of action. AND we chat to the world's best teacher, Andria Zafirakou! Head to cheerfulpodcast.com for more info on all of our episodes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 18, 2021
187. RETHINKING INFRASTRUCTURE: the case for social investment
Hello! President Biden sparked a major debate when he described spending on social care and childcare as an investment in infrastructure. We’re exploring why the question of what counts as ‘infrastructure’ really matters. US policy expert Julie Kashen talks us through the US infrastructure debate then Professor Sue Himmelweit from the Women’s Budget Group explains why it could have far-reaching implications around the world. Plus author Eileen Jones tells us about her new book ‘How Parkrun Changed Our Lives’ and the unconventional way she launched it… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 12, 2021
186. LEARNING FROM THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY: Reasons to be Finnish
Hello! Finland has just been named the world’s happiest country for the fourth year running. To celebrate, we’re going on a virtual Nordic trip to explore the secrets behind their success. We ask Finnish journalist Anu Partanen and authors of ‘Finntopia’ Danny Dorling and Annika Koljonen what we can learn from Finland about how to build a better society. Then we have our first ever president on the pod: former Finnish leader, President Tarja Halonen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 4, 2021
185. WHAT'S THE GIG IDEA?: fair work in the platform economy
Hello! In February the Supreme Court ruled against Uber in a major case on the rights of its drivers. Could it prompt a shift in working conditions in the gig economy? Former Uber driver and co-claimant in the recent case James Farrar tells us about his legal victory, Kelle Howson from Fairwork talks about what it could mean more widely, then Martin Buttle from ShareAction talks us through the investor response to Deliveroo’s recent IPO. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 28, 2021
184. REASONS TO BE PLAYFUL: protecting children’s right to play
Hello! The ‘right to play’ is recognised by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. How can we make sure all children have the time and space to play? Aled Hanson tells us about his experience of working at Flintshire Playscheme. Marianne Mannello from Play Wales talks about the pioneering Welsh play legislation. Then writer and researcher Tim Gill talks about how ‘child-friendly cities’ around the world design public space to make it easier and safer for children to play. Plus volunteer Jenny Chigwende on how W12 Together in West London has supported the local community during the last 12 months. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 26, 2021
183 and a half. Michael Rosen on his recovery from Covid
Bonus episode: Our extended conversation with poet and children's author Michael Rosen about his new book 'Many Different Kinds of Love'. We talk about Michael's experience with Covid and why he decided to write about it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 21, 2021
183. MEETING THE JOE-MENT: could the Biden presidency be transformational?
Hello! President Biden’s Covid relief package has been described as the most progressive piece of US legislation in the US for decades. Does it mark the start of a transformational presidency? We speak to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro about the historic expansion of child tax credit and her 18 year campaign to make it happen. Lindsay Owens from the Groundwork Collaborate talks us through Biden’s wider economic agenda. And we ask Professor Stephen Skowronek whether this could be the beginning of a new era in US politics. Plus author and poet Michael Rosen on his experience with Covid-19. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 14, 2021
182. OFFICE POLITICS: the future of the workplace
Hello! Is remote working here to stay? How do we deal with the new inequalities that creates? Friend of the pod & home working guru Nick Bloom talks us through his research on the future of workplaces. Claire McCartney from the CIPD explains how employers can make hybrid working work for all. And Claire Carpenter from the Melting Pot in Edinburgh sets out her vision for ‘hyper local’ coworking spaces. You can preorder Ed’s book here: http://bit.ly/3u9CVOL See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 7, 2021
181. PARKS AND REC: green space for all
Hello! Parks and green spaces have been more important than ever over the last year but there are deep inequalities in who has access to them. We’re asking why that is and what we can do about it. Kate Ashbrook from the Open Spaces Society talks us through the history. Then Beth Collier from Wild in the City and Helen Griffiths from Fields in Trust discuss how we can ensure everyone can access to good quality green space. Plus radio host Stuart Maconie on ‘The Nanny State Made Me’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 28, 2021
180. A NEW BEVERIDGE REPORT: remaking the welfare state
Hello! In 1942 William Beveridge published the report that shaped Britain’s welfare state. We’re asking what lessons it offers us nearly 80 years on. Journalist Nicholas Timmins talks us through the history of the original report then LSE’s Tania Burchardt explains how to fix the holes in our welfare safety net today. And for World Book Day we’re chatting to author, vet and children’s TV presenter, Jess French. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 25, 2021
179 and a half. OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Marc Stears on the politics of everyday life
Bonus episode here! It’s our full conversation with Marc Stears about his new book, ‘Out of Ordinary’. We chat about the 1945 government, the dilemmas of big change and how politics can reflect our everyday lives. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 21, 2021
179. GENERATION RENTIER: fixing a broken economic model
Hello! What happens when an economy rewards owning things rather than doing things? Author Brett Christophers argues it’s a recipe for soaring inequality and economic stagnation. We chat to Brett about Britain’s “rentier economy” and what to do about it. Then Pascale Robinson from We Own It explains how the problems play out in public sector outsourcing. AND here’s a taster of our chat with Ed’s former speechwriter Marc Stears about his new book “Out of the Ordinary”. Keep an eye out for the full interview later this week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 14, 2021
178. YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD: a lifelong learning revolution
Hello! What happened to the UK’s thriving tradition of adult education? How can we rebuild it for the 21st century? Union learning rep Sue Mann tells us about her experience and the importance of having opportunities to learn throughout life. Then friend of the pod Melissa Benn and adult education guru Sir Alan Tuckett talk us through their vision for adult education and how to make it a reality. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 7, 2021
177. PB OR NOT PB: participatory budgeting to give citizens control
Hello! We're talking about a BIG idea that's transforming how towns, cities and even schools are run across the world. It's called participatory budgeting (PB) and involves letting citizens decide how public money is spent. We ask Shari Davis what happened when Boston gave young people control of a $1 million budget. Brazilian political scientist Rebecca Abers explains how the city of Porto Alegre pioneered the idea back in 1989. And PB champion Jez Hall tells us why he's such a fan. PLUS legendary filmmaker Adam Curtis on his new series: ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 4, 2021
176 and a half. BONUS EPISODE - THE MEN WHO STARE AT OATS: Encouraging middle-aged men to adopt a more climate-friendly, plant-based diet.
In partnership with Oatly, Geoff and guest co-host Matt Forde dig into how what we eat and drink impacts the environment. Toni Vernelli from Veganuary sets out the link between our diet and the climate crisis, nursery owner Claire Taylor tells the story of what happened when she transformed her business to plant-based, and social psychologist Melanie Joy (author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows) explains what it takes to nudge people towards plant-based eating and drinking - especially men-of-a-certain age! (Oatly's research has found that older men are less likely to consider the environmental impact of what they eat and drink. Read more at http://www.oatly.com/helpdad ) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 31, 2021
176. WHO BUILDS WINDMILLS OFF THE SEA SHORE: lessons from Denmark on offshore wind
Hello! We lead the world on offshore wind power, but not on offshore wind jobs. How can we make sure the green transition delivers good quality work in the UK? Union organiser Hazel Nolan explains the risks of getting things wrong. Thomas Sylvest from Danish Shipping tells us about Denmark’s thriving offshore wind sector. And Chaitanya Kumar from the New Economics Foundation talks us through lessons for the UK. PLUS period poverty campaigner Amika George on her new handbook for activists. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 24, 2021
175. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER: learning from the world’s longevity hotspots
Hello! ‘Blue Zones’ are parts of the world where people live much longer and healthier than average. What’s their secret? We ask journalist Dan Buettner, who came up with the idea after researching longevity hotspots across the globe. Thea Parikos tells us about life in one of the original Blue Zones: the Greek island of Ikaria. And Mayor Betsy Price explains how Fort Worth in Texas has been trying to put the lessons from Blue Zones into practice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 17, 2021
174. ACCOUNT(ABILITY) SUSPENDED: who governs online speech?
Hello! With President Trump now banned from many of the world’s largest tech platforms, we’re exploring who should decide what is acceptable online speech. Do tech CEOs have too much power over the public conversation? Yaël Eisenstat explains how her time working at Facebook left her convinced that we need more accountability of Big Tech. Then Professor Lorna Woods talks us through her proposal to regulate tech platforms like public spaces. Plus comedian Tom Allen on his fab new memoir, ‘No Shame’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 10, 2021
173. TIME CONTROL: a flexible working future
Hello! In the last year we've seen huge, unplanned changes in how lots of people go about their jobs. We’re asking what it means for the future of flexible working. Jane Van Zyl from Working Families talks about how to give people more control over where, when and how much they work. Karen Mattison from Timewise explains why it makes sense for employers. Then Eero Vaara tells us what we can learn from Finland's flexible working culture. Plus chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on cold water swimming, mindful eating and how to look after our guts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 3, 2021
172. BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: Dale Vince on green energy, vegan football & sky diamonds
Happy New Year! This week we're talking to green energy supremo and founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince. Dale chats about his extraordinary journey from a single wind turbine in Stroud to building the world’s first vegan football club. AND his next venture: producing diamonds from carbon the sky. BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: Dale Vince on green energy, vegan football & sky diamonds Happy New Year! This week we're talking to green energy supremo and founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince. Dale chats about his extraordinary journey from a single wind turbine in Stroud to building the world’s first vegan football club. AND his next venture: producing diamonds from carbon the sky. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 27, 2020
171. THE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2020 CHART SHOW
Hello! It’s the end of December, which can only mean one thing: time to unveil our favourite episodes of the year. We’ve listened back, tallied up the scores and meticulously whittled it down to the top 10. What’s made it to the coveted Number 1 spot? All will be revealed... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 20, 2020
170. WE WISH YOU A-M-A* CHRISTMAS (*Ask Me Anything with Ed and Geoff)
Hello! We've got the mince pies out and put our Christmas jumpers on for our first ever AMA (Ask Me Anything). We answer your questions on everything from Christmas dinner to how we first met. And Geoff finally reveals the leisure centre story... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 13, 2020
169. WESTMINSTER DOESN’T KNOW BEST: time to give power away
Hello! We’re asking the big questions about where power lies in Britain. Why is government so centralised? Why are we so regionally unequal? Are the two linked? Local government guru Tony Travers talks us through the history. Then Sarah Longlands from IPPR North and Neil McInroy from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies chat about where we go from here. Before you go: next week we’re doing our first ever AMA! Anything you’ve always wanted to ask Ed and Geoff? Let us know at cheerfulpodcast.com or email email@example.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 6, 2020
168. BEYOND THE LEAN MEAN GOVERNING MACHINE: reimagining the state
Hello! This week we’re talking about rethinking the role of the state. How can we shift power to both frontline workers and citizens? Sue Goss explains why we should ditch the machine metaphors and think about government as a gardener. East Ayrshire Council’s Katie Kelly talks about how they’ve reimagined their relationship with local residents. And Adam Lent from New Local chats about why he thinks ‘community power’ is the future of public services. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 29, 2020
167. YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED: shaping the political conversation
Hello! We all love a good story. This week we’re talking about ‘framing’ - how the stories and metaphors we use shape how people understand politics, the economy and our society. Framing experts Dora Meade and Nicky Hawkins discuss what it’s all about and what progressives can learn. Then California-based Ian Haney Lopez explains how the ‘Race Class Narrative’ can build a coalition for change. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 22, 2020
166. TO B(CORP) OR NOT TO B: a different way of doing business
Hello! A growing movement of businesses argues we need to rethink their role in society. At the forefront of this are BCorps - a new type of business putting purpose alongside profit. We chat to Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, about why they became a BCorp and what he’s calling for next. Then academic Lenore Palladino explains how we could embed these principles more widely. PLUS QI elf Anne Miller on everything from cold sausages to Canadian airports... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 15, 2020
165. SHAKE IT LIKE A POLARISED PICTURE: bridging political divides
Hello! We hear a lot about political polarisation, but is it actually worse than the past? And what can we do about it? Journalist Monica Guzman talks about bridging divides in her own family and her work with Braver Angels in the US. Tim Dixon from More in Common explains fascinating research showing Britain isn’t as divided as we think. And former Danish MP Özlem Cekic makes the case for ‘dialogue coffee’. And best-selling author Ibram X Kendi on his new book, 'Be Antiracist’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 8, 2020
164. DUMP DONALD, SAVE THE WORLD: the road to COP26
Hello! Biden’s victory is a huge moment for climate politics. But with just 12 months until COP26 in Glasgow next year, we’re asking how to ensure the vital climate summit is a success. We chat to architect of the Paris Agreement Christiana Figueres about what’s at stake next year. WWF’s Katie White talks about the role of the climate movement. Journalist Isabel Hilton explains why China’s net zero pledge is such a big deal. And Josh Tregale tells us about the ‘Mock COP’ conference organised by young activists. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 1, 2020
163. DATA, MINE: taking back control from Big Tech
Hello! We hear a lot about the problems of the data economy. How can we take back control? Philosopher Carissa Veliz explains why governments need to step in to protect our privacy. Then Jack Hardinges from the Open Data Institute talks about exciting new ideas to help steward data for the common good. AND broadcasting royalty David Dimbleby is here to discuss ‘The Fault Line’ - his new podcast about the run-up to the Iraq War. We chat to David about politics, podcasting and the art of good interviews. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 25, 2020
162. HOW MOVEMENTS CHANGE THE WORLD
Hello! This year’s Black Lives Matter protests are thought to be the biggest in US history and across the world mass movements are on the rise. But how do these movements shift the national conversation? What works in driving political change? We chat to social movement experts Deva Woodly and Hahrie Han about language, organising and the strategies of success. Plus Twitter sensation Michael Spicer on being the ‘man in the room next door’ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 18, 2020
161. SWEET STREAMS AREN’T MADE OF THIS: what about the musicians?
Hello! Music streaming has made it easier than ever to listen to our favourite artists, but too many musicians earn next to nothing from it. We chat to Naomi Pohl from the Musicians’ Union and Tom Gray from the Broken Record campaign about fixing problems with the industry. But first, violinist Tasmin Little talks about why musicians need more support during the crisis. PLUS Blue Peter legend Konnie Huq on reimagining our favourite fairy tales. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 11, 2020
160. SQUAD SAVE AMERICA: from Ilhan Omar to the Sunrise Movement
Hello! This week we have two VERY inspiring conversations about US politics. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - one of the ‘squad’ of young progressive Democrats - talks about her life, her politics and how she approaches the crises facing America today. Then young activist Will Lawrence explains how the Sunrise Movement are shifting the conversation on climate and why a Green New Deal might be closer than we think. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 4, 2020
159. CTRL ALT-LABOUR: organising in the modern workplace
Hello! What’s the future of workplace organising? This week’s guests are full of ideas. Alex Marshall talks about organising couriers in the gig economy. Michelle Miller explains how Coworker is providing a platform for workers in the US. And New Zealand union supremo Richard Wagstaff talks us through their plan to rebalance power in low paid sectors. PLUS the super cheerful Bernadette Russell talks about hope, kindness and Ed’s karaoke. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 27, 2020
158. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL: the dark side of meritocracy
Hello! We often hear about the idea of meritocracy. But philosopher Michael Sandel thinks it isn’t such a good thing. His new book ’The Tyranny of Merit’ argues the rhetoric of meritocracy is fuelling polarisation and the rise of far right populism. We have a really thought-provoking chat with Michael about his argument and what it means for our attitudes to education, work and our fellow citizens. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 20, 2020
157. WHY DID IT TAKE A PANDEMIC?: valuing the everyday economy
Hello! How can we ensure essential workers are at the heart of policymaking? Here’s an idea that could change our way of doing things: it’s called the everyday or foundational economy. Care assistant Chika and GMB social care lead Kelly tell us what recent months have been like for those on the frontline. Prof Karel Williams explains what the 'foundational economy’ actually means. And Josh Miles from the FSB talks about the difference it’s making in Wales. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 13, 2020
156. BOND BABY BOND: guaranteeing an inheritance for all
Hello! What if everyone was given a bit of wealth as they hit adulthood? That’s the idea behind Child Trust Funds - established back in the 2000s and coming to fruition for the first cohort of 18 year olds this month. Godfather of Child Trust Funds Gavin Kelly explains the story behind them and why we should resurrect something similar today. We ask Kerry McWalter what she plans to do with hers. And Naomi Zewde tells us why a similar proposal for ‘baby bonds’ could make a serious dent on the racial wealth gap in the US. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 6, 2020
155. WHO RUN THE WORLD: Julia Gillard on women in politics
Hello! We're back with a bang from our summer hols. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard joins us from down under to chat about women in politics. She's co-written a fab new book looking at the experiences of women politicians from Jacinda Ardern to Theresa May. We speak about what they’ve found and how we can tackle barriers to equal representation. But first we ask Julia about THAT speech… Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 30, 2020
154. LIVING BETTER: a conversation with Alastair Campbell
Hello! In our latest extended chat we’re speaking to Alastair Campbell about his new book ‘Living Better’. Alastair talks about his experience of depression, the impact it has had on his life and work, and how he has learned to survive with it. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. International helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. Mind offers a range of mental health information, support and advice at https://mind.org.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 23, 2020
153. MY NAME IS WHY: a conversation with Lemn Sissay
Hello! Another summer conversation for you. It’s our extended chat with poet and writer Lemn Sissay about 'My Name is Why' - his powerful memoir about growing up in the care system. Lemn talks about his 30 year battle to access his records and why it was so important to write about his story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 16, 2020
152. ABOLISH SILICON VALLEY: a conversation with Wendy Liu
Hello! Here’s the second of our summer conversations. We speak to former tech insider turned critic Wendy Liu about her new book, Abolish Silicon Valley. Wendy chats about failing in love with tech as a teenager, her experience in the industry and the complex problems of Big Tech. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 9, 2020
151. SEX, POWER, MONEY: a conversation with Sara Pascoe
Hello! We’re doing something a bit different over the next few weeks and giving you extended conversations with some fab guests. This week: comedian and writer Sara Pascoe on her book Sex, Power, Money. Sara chats about the complexity around issues like sex work and porn, how her mind has changed, and why it’s so important to listen to people’s own experiences. PLUS the story of how she ended up working with Robbie Williams’ dad. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 2, 2020
150. 150 NOT OUT: so what have we learned?
Hello! We’ve done it! Reasons to be Cheerful has hit the big the 1-5-0. Reunited at a safe distance in Ed’s garden, we thought it was time for a bit of self-indulgence… We chat about what we’ve learned, pick out the memorable moments, and explore some themes that have come up again and again since that first episode nearly three years ago. PLUS a couple of birthday surprises! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jul 26, 2020
149. WE BUILT THIS CITY ON BIKES AND STROLLS
Hello! In the last few months towns and cities around the world have experimented with closing roads, expanding pavements and pop-up cycle lanes. Does this offer a vision of a better way of using space on our streets? Greater Manchester walking and cycling supremo Chris Boardman talks us through what’s happened in the region and their plans for the future. And former New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explains why this is an important moment to rethink our approach to getting around. Plus very cheerful comedian Josie Long on lockdown, Twitch & the future of live comedy. Read Farhad Manjoo's piece on the vision of a future without cars: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/opinion/sunday/ban-cars-manhattan-cities.html See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 19, 2020
148. CUTTING ZUCK’S BUCKS: can an ad boycott change Facebook?
Hello! It’s a story that brings together Mark Zuckerberg, Nick Clegg and the biggest civil rights groups in the US... This week we’re talking about the incredible success of the Stop Hate for Profit Facebook ad boycott. Jessica González, one of the leading figures in the campaign, explains how they’ve persuaded 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook over a lack of action on hate speech. Digital organiser Melissa Ryan talks about why social media has such a problem with extremist content. And the Centre for Countering Digital Hate’s Imran Ahmed tells us why mobilising advertisers works. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 12, 2020
147. CHILDCARE MATTERS: learning lessons from lockdown
Hello! In recent months, many working parents have had to juggle looking after kids at home with their usual jobs. Research shows this has had a disproportionate impact on working mothers. We talk to researcher Christine Berry and Lucie Stephens from the New Economics Foundation about our reliance on childcare, the crisis now facing the sector, and how to ensure it is truly valued in the coronavirus recovery. Then Mary-Ann Stephenson from the Women’s Budget group discusses the broader economic impact of the last few months on women. Plus singer-songwriter turned CBeebies star Nick Cope is here to talk about his Popcast! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 5, 2020
146. NO ONE SHOULD GO HUNGRY: tackling the scandal of food poverty
Hello! Even before lockdown began, millions of people in the UK regularly struggled to afford to eat and the current crisis has only made this worse. This week we're talking about Britain’s hunger problem. Food bank manager Jon Taylor explains the huge rise in food poverty that he’s seen. Kath Dalmeny from Sustain talks solutions, including the case for a new 'right to food'. And we ask Unni Kjærnes about the situation in Norway. Plus director, screenwriter and king of romcoms Richard Curtis chats about Make My Money Matter - his new campaign on how our pensions are invested. Sign up to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 28, 2020
145. THE SHOW MUST GO ON: why we need to save the arts
Hello! With 70% British theatres on the brink of collapse and hundreds of thousands of arts jobs at risk, we’re talking about the need to save our arts and culture sector. Playwright James Graham sets out the threat to theatres and what government needs to do. Our FDR expert David Woolner is back to explain the huge art programmes in the New Deal. Then Berlin-based journalist Kate Brown talks about Germany’s ambitious culture bailout. Plus poet Lemn Sissay on lockdown, judging the Booker Prize, and his powerful memoir ‘My Name is Why’. Sign up to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 21, 2020
144. WE ARE OUR HISTORY: time to understand our past
Hello! The recent Black Lives Matter protests have led to renewed calls to rethink our understanding of British history. We’re talking about how to address the widespread lack of knowledge of black British history, as well as how the legacies of slavery and Empire shape racism today. Lavinya Stennett talks about how the Black Curriculum is trying to transform how history is taught in schools. Dr Richard Benjamin from the International Slavery Museum explains how museums shape our understanding. And Michelle Gayle and Ruth Ibegbuna talk us through the World Reimagined - an art project opening up the conversation about Britain's past. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 14, 2020
143. NO WORKER LEFT BEHIND: planning a just transition
Hello! How can we support workers in high carbon sectors as we transition to a net zero economy? Phil Asquith tells us about the legendary Lucas Plan in the 1970s, when Phil and his colleagues came up with alternative ideas for production when their jobs were at risk. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera explains how their approach to the 'just transition’ is shaping Spain's recovery from coronavirus. And Tim Page from the TUC talks about what we need to do in the UK today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 7, 2020
142. BLACK LIVES MATTER
After George Floyd's murder, Black Lives Matter protests are again taking place around the world against police violence and systemic racism. We're asking what we can all do to make this a moment of real change. Barrister and former Deputy Mayor of London Matthew Ryder talks about the actions we can take on the specific issue of how black people are treated by the police. And we speak to Professor Kalwant Bhopal about her book, ‘White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 4, 2020
141 and a half. ORDER ORDER: in conversation with John Bercow
Bonus episode here! It’s a longer conversation with former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. We chat to John about life as Speaker, the evolution of his politics & what he’s planning to do next. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 31, 2020
141. THE ZOOM WHERE IT HAPPENS: building a digital society for all
Hello! Over the last few months, we’ve been more reliant on the internet than ever to work, stay in touch with each other, and educate our kids. What impact will this have on the society we build coming out of the crisis? Anett Numa explains why Estonia was better prepared than most countries for living life online. Helen Milner from the Good Things Foundations talks about how lockdown has exposed new digital divides. And we ask Stanford economist Nick Bloom about why home working is here to stay. Plus John Bercow on life as Speaker of the House of Commons. AND buy previous guest Gavin Osborn's song raising money for the NHS - https://mylittleowlrecords.bandcamp.com/track/born-in-the-nhs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 24, 2020
140. MOBILISING A ZERO CARBON ARMY: green jobs for young people
Hello! More than a million young people could be unemployed in the wake of the current crisis. How can we create opportunities for young people to find work and contribute to tackling the climate crisis? Historian David Woolner talks through lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps - established in the US in response to the Great Depression. Youth Futures Foundation’s Anna Smee and the Resolution Foundation’s Kathleen Henehan discuss the problem of youth unemployment today. And Martin Moore explains his exciting idea for a Youth Environment Service. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 17, 2020
139. A MISSION FOR SORTITION: citizens’ assemblies & the climate crisis
Hello! This weekend was the final meeting of the UK’s Climate Assembly. As BIG fans of citizens’ assemblies, we explore how it went and what comes next. Assembly member Ibrahim talks about his experience. Climate expert Becky Willis explains how we can revolutionise democracy to tackle the climate crisis. And Shared Futures' Pete Bryant argues for local climate juries in towns and cities across the country. AND Big Issue founder John Bird on how we can support the magazine during lockdown. But before all that, we have a special guest... Find 'Talking Politics: History of Ideas' here https://play.acast.com/s/history-of-ideas/ Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 10, 2020
138. PEOPLE ARE GOOD: a truly radical idea
Hello! What would society look like if we started from the assumption that people are fundamentally decent? We speak to historian Rutger Bregman about ‘Humankind’ - his new book arguing for a positive view of human nature. Then we talk to COVID mutual aid volunteer Sam Maher about how our instinct in crises is often to help others. And to constructive journalism campaigner Jodie Jackson about why the news should go beyond showing the worst of humanity. Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 3, 2020
137. TACKLING ROUGH SLEEPING: why does it take a pandemic?
Hello! Thousands of rough sleepers have been given a place to stay during the lockdown. If we can do it in a pandemic, why not the rest of the time? We talk to Matt Downie from Crisis and Maggie Brunjes from Homeless Network Scotland about how we can build on the last few weeks to end rough sleeping for good. Then Danny Dorling discusses what this shows about our ability to tackle injustice and why he thinks the world was slowing down even before the current crisis. Listen to episode 26 on Housing First: https://bit.ly/RTBC-26 Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter: https://cheerfulpodcast.com/subscribe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 26, 2020
136. STRINGS ATTACHED: designing better bailouts
Hello! Some sectors are likely to need further support during this crisis. But should government attach conditions to corporate bailouts, or even seek an equity stake in bailed out companies? Danish MP Rune Lund explains why everyone’s talking about Denmark’s approach. Then Common Wealth’s Adrienne Buller and economist Mariana Mazzucato discuss the conditions they’d like to see over here. AND Former table tennis champion turned best-selling author Matthew Syed chats about his book on the importance of diverse thinking. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 19, 2020
135. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING?: learning from crises of the past
Hello! What determines whether crises lead to major social change? We talk to two historians about lessons from the past. Walter Scheidel explains his argument that economic inequality has only ever been significantly reduced by catastrophes and war. Then Theda Skocpol discusses the impact that ideas and social movements can have. Plus ParkRun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt on the story behind its phenomenal success. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 12, 2020
134. A GREEN RECOVERY: the case for a climate stimulus
Hello! We’re talking about the potential for a green stimulus to help power the economic recovery from coronavirus. Economist Michael Jacobs makes the case about why investment in green projects can boost the economy and drive the transition to net zero. Hannah Martin explains what Green New Deal UK are calling for as we emerge from the crisis. And LSE’s Nick Robins talks through lessons from green investment after the financial crisis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 5, 2020
133. IN THIS TOGETHER: global cooperation on a global crisis
Hello! The current crisis has demonstrated how interconnected our world is. So why are countries so divided in their response? We’re talking about the need for global cooperation on tackling coronavirus. Science journalist Laura Spinney explains how the 1918 flu sparked an international approach to public health. Jeremy Farrar from the Wellcome Trust tells us why this is needed now more than ever. Then historian Adam Tooze discusses global coordination on the economic response. AND we chat to Gen Ashley - one of thousands of volunteers using their 3D printers to create face masks for the NHS. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 29, 2020
132. LOOKING OUT FOR OUR KIDS: steering children through difficult times
Hello! This week we're discussing how to support children and young people during the current crisis. We ask educational psychologist Dan O’Hare how to talk to children about Coronavirus and look out for their wellbeing. Headteacher Jayne Kennedy tells us about the amazing work schools are doing for pupils and their families. Then Becky Francis from the Education Endowment Foundation explains how we can minimise the impact on educational inequality. AND Alex Smith and Amy Harvey from the Cares Family on how they’re continuing to tackle social isolation in these tough times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 25, 2020
131 and a half. WHAT ABOUT THE SELF-EMPLOYED?
Extra episode here. We’re following up on this week's chat about the economic response to coronavirus by asking what more government needs to do. The Resolution Foundation's Torsten Bell and journalist Ellie Mae O’Hagan highlight the glaring omission of help for the self-employed and others, then discuss ideas for strengthening our social safety net. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 22, 2020
131. WHATEVER IT TAKES: economics in times of crisis
Hello! We're in different places but will keep bringing you episodes during these strange and challenging times. This week we’re exploring the economic response to coronavirus. Former Obama adviser Jason Furman discusses the scale of the current crisis and his plan for universal cash payments in the US. Economist Birthe Larsen explains why Denmark moved so fast on supporting wages. Then Lord Stewart Wood shares lessons from his time in Downing Street at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. AND podcasting legend Andrew Hunter Murray chats about QI, fish facts and writing his first novel. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 15, 2020
130. COME FARM WITH ME: a sustainable future for food and land
Hello! It’s our first live show of the year (and decade!), recorded last week at Kings Place’s Nature Unwrapped. We’re discussing food, sustainable farming and how changing the way we use land can help tackle the climate crisis. Featuring top guests Belinda Gordon from Green Alliance and Vicki Hird from Sustain. Then the wonderful Robin Ince pitches his ideas on stargazing, newspaper front pages, compulsory knitting and cutting down on our opinions. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 8, 2020
129. YOU SAY YOU WANT SOME DEVOLUTION: a radical plan for giving power away
Hello! Britain is one of the most centralised countries in the world. How can we ensure towns, cities and regions have real power over their areas? We talk to Bristol mayor Marvin Rees about what he could do with more powers. Sarah Longlands explains why IPPR North are calling for radical English devolution. Then Professor Sabine Kuhlmann discusses what we can learn from Germany (a champion of decentralisation). Plus a special visit from friend of the pod and top adviser to Iceland’s PM, Halla Gunnarsdóttir! Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 1, 2020
128. WHY CAN’T I GET MY PHONE REPAIRED?: fighting the tech giants
Hello! Why do our phones slow down with each new update? Why could it be cheaper for Geoff to replace his broken vacuum than get it fixed? We speak to Janet Gunter from the Restart Project and Duncan McCann from the New Economics Foundation about planned obsolescence, our electronics consumption and why we need a ‘right to repair’. Then Adele Chasson explains how French laws are being used to challenge the worst offenders. AND Larry Sanders (Bernie’s big bro!) talks about the presidential primaries, his brother’s first election and why he thinks a democratic socialist could make it to the White House. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March http://bit.ly/RTBCKingsPlace See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 23, 2020
127. MAN ENOUGH: promoting positive masculinity
Hello! What are society’s expectations of masculinity and how can we promote positive expressions of it? We chat to The Guardian’s Iman Amrani about her series on modern masculinity and Ben Hurst from the Good Lad Initiative about the workshops they run exploring these themes. Then Nathan Roberts explains the work his charity, A Band of Brothers, are doing with men involved in the criminal justice system. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March http://bit.ly/RTBCKingsPlace See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 16, 2020
126. THE FOUR DAY FUTURE: building a movement for shorter working hours
Hello! We love the four day week so much that - in a Reasons to be Cheerful first - we’re revisiting the idea. What are the lessons from how it went down in the election? And how we build a movement to make the four day week happen? Friend of the pod Andrew Barnes tells us why he’s travelling the world to promote it. Then Rachel Kay and Will Stronge discuss where we go next in the UK. AND we’re treating you to a preview of this week’s Cheerful Book Club with the wonderful Rachel Maddow! Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to https://podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 9, 2020
125. WALK THIS WAY
Hello! We’ve wrapped up warm and headed outside for a good old stroll... because this week we’re diving into the wonders of walking! We speak to neuroscientist and walking champion Shane O’Mara about why it’s so good for our body and mind. Then Joe Irvin from Living Streets and transport planner Susan Claris talk about how we can redesign our public spaces around people rather than cars. AND we chat to Grace Campbell about podcasting, feminism and why she’d never go into politics. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 2, 2020
124. I'LL HAVE MY CHICKEN UNCHLORINATED PLEASE: a progressive vision for trade
Hello! Now we’ve left the EU, Britain will have an independent trade policy for the first time in decades. We ask Ruth Bergan from the Trade Justice Movement and Nicola Smith from the TUC what progressives should be calling for in future trade deals. Then Todd Tucker explains what we can learn from the trade debate amongst Democrats in the US. AND food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe chats about being vegan(ish) Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to https://podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March http://bit.ly/RTBCKingsPlace See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 26, 2020
123. OIL SEE YOU IN COURT: suing the climate culprits
Hello! Can legal action help fight the climate crisis? In December, the Dutch Supreme Court became the first in the world to force a government to reduce carbon emissions - a major decision in a global wave of climate cases. We speak to Tessa Khan from the legal team behind the Dutch case and Tim Crosland, who’s brought similar action in the UK. Then Pat Parenteau explains how US cities are suing fossil fuel companies for their contribution to the crisis. AND linguist turned podcaster Anat Shenker-Osorio shares what she’s learned about the language behind progressive victories. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to https://podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 23, 2020
Introducing: Cheerful Book Club
We’re launching a new podcast! The first episode of Cheerful Book Club is released today, featuring Rana Foroohar on big tech. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to https://podfollow.com/cheerfulbookclub/ Follow Cheerful on Twitter Like Cheerful on Facebook Let us know what you think See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 19, 2020
122. SCHOOL OF ROCKING THE BOAT: training the activists of tomorrow
Hello! Ed got into a conversion with young campaigners on the tube and was so inspired that it’s sparked a whole episode. Turns out they were involved in Advocacy Academy, a training scheme for young activists in South London. We talk to Advocacy Academy graduates, Rochelle Meaden and Sima Mangal, plus founder Amelia Viney about how it works and the campaigns it’s motivated. Then we turn to Olivia Clarke and Katie Cosgrave at Reclaim, who do amazing work boosting the voices of working class young people in Greater Manchester. Subscribe to the new Cheerful Book Club feed! Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 12, 2020
121. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT: reining in the fat cat pay gap
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. AND 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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 5, 2020
120. ON FIRE: in conversation with Naomi Klein
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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 29, 2019
119. THE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2019 CHART SHOW
Happy New Year (nearly)! It’s that time of year again: we’re counting down our top ten episodes of 2019. What’s going up? What’s going down? And what’s a non-mover? With the traditional special guest introduction from Tony Blackburn! Listen to the full episodes: * BACK TO THE FUTURE: representing the coming generations * TREEDISTRIBUTION: shrubtastic reasons to plant * A SOCIAL HOME REVOLUTION: the history and future of council housing * REASONS TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE * I FOUGHT THE LAW AND... I WON: the art of successful campaigns * LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD: fixing music education * WHO’S AFRAID OF GDP: shifting to a wellbeing economy * THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: pupil climate strikes and the green new deal * BORN TO (PARK) RUN: Geoff and Ed’s excellent adventure * EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: overhauling the history we teach See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 22, 2019
118. CHEERFUL OFFICE XMAS PARTY
Hello! We all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer is playing your favourite podcast for all to hear… Ed and Geoff have each brought a friend along to this year’s Christmas party. Lord Stewart Wood and Paloma Faith join us for mince pies, crackers and a chat about their highlights of 2019. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 15, 2019
117. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 8, 2019
116. YOU HAVE TO VOTE: the case for compulsory participation
Hello! Geoff’s hopped on a train up to Doncaster to visit Ed on the campaign trail. After their catch up, we explore the argument for compulsory voting in elections. Judith Brett tells us about how Australia got compulsory voting back in the 1920s and the impact it’s had on their politics. Then political scientist Sarah Birch argues that it’s time for the UK to follow suit. AND Comedian Glenn Moore returns to share his thoughts on the election news this week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 1, 2019
115. GOING BACK TO MY GRASSROOTS: the return of the ground campaign
Hello! Away from the set piece speeches and TV interviews, British elections are fought by thousands of party activists going door-to-door to speak to voters. But what impact does this really have and why are political campaigns around the world increasingly looking to the ‘ground campaign’? Becky Bond tells us the story of how her team pioneered a new way of involving volunteers in the Bernie Sanders campaign. Then Vincent Pons and Simon Kruschinski explain why door-to-door canvassing has made a return to French and German elections in recent years. AND Comedian Rosie Jones comes back to talk to us about what's keeping her cheerful in the election news this week See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 24, 2019
114. A VOTE FOR THE PLANET: making this the climate election
Hello! The climate crisis is higher on the political agenda than ever before, with more than half of people saying it will influence how they vote in the UK general election. We’re discussing how to ensure that this is the first ‘climate election’ with Alice Bell from climate campaign Possible and Fatima Ibrahim from Green New Deal UK. Then Catherine Abreu talks us through the role of climate policy in Canada’s recent election and what the rest of the world can learn from it. AND Comedian Jen Brister joins us to sift through the more hopefully stories in another week of general election campaigning See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 17, 2019
113. WHY AM I SEEING THIS AD: regulating campaigns in the digital age
Hello! Why are political adverts banned on TV and radio but allowed all over websites like Facebook and Google? Is it time to update our campaign laws for the 21st century? Sam Jeffers explains how campaign group ‘Who Targets Me’ are opening up the black box of online ads in elections. Then digital campaigning expert Kate Dommett talks about why current electoral rules aren’t up to the job and what we need to do to fix them. AND The wonderful Sooz Kempner is here to chat through this week of the election campaign. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 14, 2019
Cheerful Election Daily Preview - 27 DAYS TO GO - NHS distractions and speedier connections
Here's a preview of a new spin off we have with Owen Jones ahead of the general election. Head to https://play.acast.com/s/cheerfulelectiondaily or search for Cheerful Election Daily in your podcast app of choice and subscribe 27 DAYS TO GO Episode 1 sees Owen looking over the country, how the surveys are looking and at the age of voters. Why are the Tories so keen to bring up immigration right now? What's Labour about to announce which could save every household a chunk of cash each month, bring us up to par with other countries around the world and allow people to live out of cities? Is playing into the contrast with Johnson going to be Corbyn's best tactic in the debates? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 10, 2019
112. THE ELECTION WILL BE TELEVISED: leaders’ debates and democracy
Hello! The UK was late to the party on holding TV election debates. What can we learn from other countries about how to do them well? Nick Anstead talks us through why we avoided debates for so long and where we’re still going wrong. US expert Diana Carlin explains the history of presidential debates and why she thinks they’ve been good for democracy. Then Graham Fox discusses Canada’s recent experience of overhauling how their debates are run. Donate to the Reread flood recovery fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/reread-flood Donate to the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Appeal here: http://www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods AND Comedian Pierre Novellie returns to pick apart the first week of the General Election campaigning See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 3, 2019
111. UNIVERSAL JOBS GUARANTEE: 21st century full employment
Hello! What if government promised a job to anyone who needed one at any time? That’s the principle behind an idea gaining traction in the US: the universal jobs guarantee. Economic historian Lord Robert Skidelsky explains how governments have approached full employment in the past and why a jobs guarantee is now the best way to achieve it. Then US expert Pavlina Tcherneva talks about how the policy could work in practice. AND We talk to period poverty activist Amika George. Amika tells us about setting up the Free Periods campaign, how they achieved a shift in government policy, and where it goes next. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 27, 2019
110. (F)AIR MILES: the case for a frequent flyer tax
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. AND 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 20, 2019
109. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU BREAK IT: challenging the spread of disinformation
Hello! From Russian bots to deep fakes, what threat does fake news actually pose and how can we stop it spreading? We hear from social psychologist Sander van der Linden about why we believe fake news and how “prebunking” can help us to spot it. Samantha Bradshaw explains how tech firm business models contribute to the problem. Then Vesa Häkkinen talks us through Finland’s anti-disinformation campaign, which includes using teddy bears to teach toddlers about the media. AND Tom Noble AKA Roger Gammon is here to talk about the book we’ve all been waiting for: ‘Chaos with Ed Miliband’. His account of Ed’s last few years is uncannily accurate… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 13, 2019
108. KEEP IT CIVIL (AND DISOBEDIENT): the power of non-violent direct action
Hello! Is mobilising 3.5% of the population all it takes to achieve political change? As Extinction Rebellion continue their latest action in London, we’re talking about the ideas behind non-violent civil disobedience. We hear from some of those involved in Extinction Rebellion, before spokesperson Zion Lights talks us through their theory of change. Historian Talat Ahmed explains Gandhi’s approach to civil disobedience and how this has inspired movements since. And Serbian activist Srdja Popovic tells us about the principles of effective non-violent strategy that he teaches to campaigners around the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 6, 2019
107. WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE GO HIGH (STREET)
Hello! With around 10% of UK shops currently sitting empty, we’re talking about how communities can lead the revival of our high streets. Are Ed’s make-your-own sandwich shops part of the answer? Our experts aren’t convinced… Professor Cathy Parker tells us about the extent of current problems and why concern about high streets is nothing new. Vidhya Alakeson from Power to Change argues that the future of high streets lies in community businesses. Then ‘Mr Bishy Road’ Johnny Hayes explains the story of turning around Bishopthorpe Road in York. AND Hi-fi tycoon and all-round great guy Julian Richer talks about the lessons he’s learned from decades in business, handing Richer Sounds over to its employees & his vision for ethical capitalism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 29, 2019
106. BACK TO THE FUTURE: representing the coming generations
Hello! When they go short-term, we go long-term… This week we’re talking about how to represent the needs of future generations in decision-making. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, tells us about her job and what the rest of the world can learn from it. Then policy wonks Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Andrea Westall discuss the causes of short-termism in politics, its impact on key issues such as the environmental emergency and how to design new institutions to overcome it. AND Legal eagle Lord Falconer is here to chat about what on earth happened in the Supreme Court last week and what the judgement says about Britain’s unwritten constitution. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 22, 2019
105. SWEET CHILD(CARE) OF MINE: investing in universal provision
Hello! Here’s an episode you’ve been asking us to do for a while: we’re talking about the case for universal childcare. Susanne Garvis explains what we can learn from the childcare utopia of Sweden, where she spends more on pre-school for her puppy than her daughter. Then childcare experts Claire Harding and Jerome de Henau discuss problems with the UK system & how we could achieve universal provision. With benefits from parental employment to child development, it’s a no-brainer… AND Writer Stella Duffy is here to talk about Fun Palaces! First dreamt up in the 1960s, Stella and her team have made the vision of culture for all, and by all, a reality. Turns out it’s not too late to set up your own for the Fun Palaces weekend coming up in October. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 15, 2019
104. MISSING MILLIONS: time for automatic voter registration
Hello! With an election on the cards, we’re talking about voter registration. The Resolution Foundation’s Laura Gardiner explains the relatively recent phenomenon of low youth turnout and Mete Coban tells us about what his organisation, My Life My Say, is doing about it. Then Danielle Root, voting rights expert at the Centre for American Progress, talks us through the success of new ‘Motor Voter’ laws, which have brought automatic voter registration to a number of US states. AND We have a brand new section for you! Anna Taylor, co-founder of the UK Student Climate Network, is our first ever ‘cheerful person’. She chats about her journey into climate activism, plotting in Camberwell’s Costa and why we should all join the Global Climate Strike later this week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 8, 2019
103. THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS: addressing the gambling crisis
Hello! There are 430,000 problem gamblers in the UK, with a further 2 million at risk of developing gambling problems. What’s driving this ‘hidden epidemic’ and what do we do about it? Charles and Liz Ritchie from Gambling with Lives share the story of their son who took his life after problems with gambling and discuss their campaign for reform. Then Henrietta Bowden-Jones, director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, and Jim Orford, Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology at University of Birmingham, talk about the need to take a public health approach to gambling and what this should mean for government policy. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email email@example.com. International helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 1, 2019
102. EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: overhauling the history we teach
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. AND 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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 25, 2019
101. (NET) ZERO TO HERO: tackling the climate emergency
Hello! At this live show recorded at the Underbelly Festival in London we’re talking about the climate emergency, Extinction Rebellion and reaching net zero carbon emissions. What’s the scale of the crisis? How do we reach net zero? And what’s it got to do with Geoff’s favourite mangos? We’re joined by Emily Shuckburgh, a leading climate scientist; Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change; and Farhana Yamin, environmental lawyer turned Extinction Rebellion activist. AND Radio host and fellow podcaster, Emily Dean (and her dog Raymond!), bought us fines for probing questions about childlessness, dogs in every office and grief badges See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 18, 2019
100. LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD: fixing music education
Hello! It's the 100th episode of Reasons to be Cheerful! In this very special show, recorded live at the world’s most famous recording studio, we talk to a fantastic bunch of guests about the power of music education. Deborah Annetts from the Incorporated Society of Musicians and music teacher Jimmy Rotherham discuss the crisis of music education in schools and how much better it could be. Then KT Tunstall, Giles Martin and Rebecca Lucy Taylor tell us about their experiences of education, working in the music industry and recording at Abbey Road Studios. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 11, 2019
99. WRITTEN IN THE STARS: the argument for a codified constitution
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!). AND 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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Aug 4, 2019
98. SMELLS LIKE COMMUNITY SPIRIT: bridging the intergenerational divide
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. AND Comedian Joe Bor want's to see a hairier Love Island, no drinking pressure, no more joke theft and financial incentives for getting fit See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 28, 2019
97. TREEDISTRIBUTION: shrubtastic reasons to plant
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. PLUS Actor Michael Sheen joins us and talks about the upcoming Homeless World Cup in Wales See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 21, 2019
96. TIL DEBT DO US PART: the case for personal debt write-off
Hello! Households in the UK have a combined £1.6 trillion of personal debt and this is growing. What impact does this debt have and what we should we do about it? We talk to filmmaker Dan Edelstyn, creator of the ‘Bank Job’ - a film/art project to write off local community debt in Walthamstow. Laura Hanna explains the ‘Rolling Jubilee’ campaign in the US and what they’re now doing to mobilise those in debt. Then Johnna Montgomerie, author of ‘Should We Abolish Household Debt?’, discusses her ambitious proposal for government to cancel and write down billions of pounds of harmful debt. AND Comedian and Children's Author Olaf Falafel retrains annoying animals, demands free biscuits, feeds his neighbours and votes in a Child PM See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 19, 2019
Cheerful Book Club: The Three Dimensions of Freedom by Billy Bragg
Hello! We’ve got another Cheerful Book Club pilot episode for you. We’re joined by Billy Bragg to chat about his new book, ‘The Three Dimensions of Freedom’. Billy talks about politics in the age of social media, the importance of accountability, and finding principles to guide the kind of society we want. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 14, 2019
95. SCHOOL’S OUT: time for LGBT-inclusive education
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. AND Comedian Lou Sanders wants quiet sirens, quiet sheds, ball pools and monkeys. Can she convince Ed to become the face of her new merch? ALSO We're going to Clapham, come with us! 28th July https://claphamgrand.com/event/reasons-to-be-cheerful-with-ed-miliband-geoff-lloyd/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 7, 2019
94. A QUESTION OF SPORT: the fight for gender equality
Hello! The Women’s World Cup may have captivated the nation, but we are a long way away from gender equality in sport. From media coverage to pay to participation, there is still a large gender gap.The US has just become the first country ever to win the World Cup four times. Does 'Title IX', a US law passed in the 1970s, offer lessons in how to address gender inequality in sport? We talk to Baroness Sue Campbell about her plans for the game in the UK, Kristine Newhall explains the impact of Title IX and then Katee Hui and Kate Nicholson discuss how to tackle the on-going barriers for women in sport. AND Comedian Robin Morgan advocates for better male relationships on TV, an Ed Miliband version of Hamilton, a way to put people off hosting and attending "gender reveal parties" and everyone to get a signed brexit jumper PLUS Tickets for Clapham show on the 28th July http://wegottickets.com/event/473396 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 30, 2019
93. ELECTRIC DREAMS: the end of the petrol and diesel vehicle
Hello! One of the biggest challenges of the climate emergency is that we have to take tens of millions of petrol and diesel cars off the road. How do we do it? We look to Norway where nearly 50% of new cars sold are fully electric - in the UK it’s around 1%. Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, explains what we can learn from from their success. Then transport experts Chaitanya Kumar & Jillian Anable discuss how to overcome the obstacles to further electric vehicle ownership and why we also need to reduce car use overall. AND Comedian Sarah Keyworth brings us joy rooms, breaking up with friends, the ultimate period get out clause, and an age limit on micro scooters ALSO Tickets for the Clapham Live show on the 28th July - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/473396 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 27, 2019
Cheerful Book Club: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Hello! Here’s the second pilot of our new Cheerful Book Club series to see you through the end of the week. Geoff and Ed chat to Reni Eddo-Lodge about her best-selling book, ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’. They discuss why the book was needed, the impact of structural racism in Britain and what Reni’s learnt since writing it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 23, 2019
92. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: the case for social ownership
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. AND Comedian Stevie Martin has a plan for making wasps better, ends social media and shakes up dress codes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 16, 2019
91. WHO’S AFRAID OF GDP?: shifting to a wellbeing economy
Hello! Governments focus on maximising gross domestic product (GDP), but is that really the route to a happy and sustainable economy? This week we talk to New Zealand finance minister Grant Robertson about their new approach: the world’s first ‘wellbeing budget’. Academic Bronwyn Hayward and the New Economics Foundation’s Annie Quick analyse what it means and what the UK can learn. Then GOD himself, former Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell, explains why his experience in government has made him an advocate for wellbeing economics. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 12, 2019
Cheerful Book Club: How to Fail by Elizabeth Day
Hello! We’re treating you to the first of our Cheerful Book Club episodes—-a pilot for our new series. Ed speaks to Elizabeth Day about her new book ‘How to Fail’. They talk about our attitudes to failure, how to break the failure taboo in our society and how to learn to cope with it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 9, 2019
90. THIS LAND IS OUR LAND
Hello! Half of land is owned by less than 1% of the population and the value of land in Britain has skyrocketed over the last two decades. This week we talk to Guardian journalist George Monbiot and academic Beth Stratford about Land for the Many - a major new report about how to spread the ownership and control of land. AND Comedian Harriet Braine edited the genetics to take away gender until you're 18, eradicating pollution, and banning Golf See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 2, 2019
89. DOING RIGHT BY OLDER PEOPLE: free personal care for all
Hello! Is it time to extend the principles of the NHS to social care for the elderly? We discuss proposals for universal free personal care. Joyce Yendole tells us about her experience in Scotland, where personal and nursing care is already free for over 65s. Professor Pat Thane explains what the history of social care tells us about the problems we face today. Then Harry Quilter-Pinner talks us through IPPR’s recent report arguing for social care free at the point of need. AND Comedian Lulu Popplewell wants a VIP section for sober night bus users, a smoking ban, a free name change, and no more £__.99 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 26, 2019
88. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (ONCE): tackling fast fashion
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. AND 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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 19, 2019
87. ADMISSION IMPOSSIBLE: opening up our universities
Hello! Private school pupils are 7x as likely to get a place at Oxford or Cambridge as those from state comprehensives. But why does access to the UK’s top universities matter and what can we do to widen it? This week Vee Kativhu tells us her story of (finally) applying to Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall on their new foundation year scheme. Then academics Vikki Boliver and Lee Elliot Major talk us through solutions to overhaul university admissions - from radical contextual offers to a lottery system to ‘comprehensive universities’. AND Comedian Steve N Allen joins us to advocate for status symbol taxes, banning handles on push doors, and tries to save science education before it gets taken See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 12, 2019
86. I FOUGHT THE LAW AND... I WON: the art of successful campaigns
Hello! How can we all campaign on issues that we care about and make change happen? This week we hear from inspiring campaigners who have done just that. We talk to Gina Martin who successfully campaigned to make upskirting illegal and Matt Zarb-Cousin from ‘Stop the FOBTs’, who won a reduction in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals. Gina and Matt share the stories of how they got involved in their campaigns and lessons from their recent victories. Then executive director of Citizens UK Matthew Bolton explains the theory behind running successful campaigns, before persuading Ed and Geoff to try one of their key techniques. Don’t miss our live show at the Underbelly Festival in London this Sunday afternoon (19th May). Book tickets here: http://www.underbellyfestival.com/whats-on/reasons-to-be-cheerful-with-ed-miliband-geoff-lloyd See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 5, 2019
85. OPERATION BLACK VOTE: the fight for democratic equality
Hello! Unfortunately, Geoff can’t be here this week so Ed’s got a special guest international guest to help him on the intro... In the episode we’re talking about a gaping democratic deficit in British politics: there are still too few black and minority ethnic MPs and councillors, and huge disparities in voter registration. We hear from Simon Woolley, founder and director of Operation Black Vote, who has been campaigning on BME political representation for more than two decades. Simon talks to us about what has been achieved and the huge task still ahead. Then we speak to Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Sanchia Alasia about the barriers facing BME politicians and her experience with OBV. AND Comedian and podcaster Benjamin Partridge pitches a forfeit for Br*x*t delays, limiting hand-driers noise, free theatre, trouser washing research, delaying Christmas, discounted good from Gregs based on their temperature See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 28, 2019
84. ON YOUR BIKE
Hello! What if we told you there was something that could improve people's health, make our cities nicer places to live AND save the planet? This week’s guests argue that cycling can do just that. We discuss the benefits of cycling and what needs to be done to encourage it with transport expert Dr Rachel Aldred and The Guardian’s Peter Walker (author of Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World). And we hear from Manuel Calvo - designer of Seville’s ambitious cycle network, which has revolutionised how people travel around the city. AND Comedian Laura Lexx calls for pedestrian tests, realistic eyebrows in castaway movies, policy tests when voting and realistic models for beauty products See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 21, 2019
83. PREDISTRIBUTION: what the hell does it mean?
Hello! Ed’s been going on about it for years, but we’ve finally agreed to do an episode on his favourite topic: predistribution. It’s all about reducing inequality in the first place, rather than relying on tax and benefits later down the line. We talk to inventor of the term Professor Jacob Hacker to work out what it means. Brazilian academic and politician Roberto Unger argues for predistribution to tackle inequality in the knowledge economy. Then Madeleine Gabriel and Isaac Stanley from Nesta propose policies that we could adopt in the UK. AND We’re joined by comedian Carmen Lynch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 14, 2019
82. FULL ENGLISH: forging a progressive identity
Hello! Why are people reluctant to talk about the nation of England? And does this really matter? This week we’re getting stuck into the debate around English identity. John Denham, director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics and former Labour cabinet minister, discusses the importance of embracing Englishness and proposals for new political institutions. Journalist Sunny Hundal explains how to forge a progressive national identity and reclaim the flag from the far right. Then Green MP Caroline Lucas talks about exploring the relationship between England and Brexit on her ‘Dear Leavers’ tour. AND We’re joined by comedian Rachel Wheeley. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 7, 2019
81. HOPE NOT HATE: changing attitudes to immigration
Hello! With all eyes on Br***t, a surprising and encouraging trend has slipped under the radar over the past few years: polls indicate that attitudes to immigration are getting significantly more positive. This week we’re joined by Sunder Katwala from British Future and Rosie Carter from Hope Not Hate to work out what’s been going on. Sunder and Rosie discuss their recent national conation on immigration and the directions it points to for our approach to policy and how we conduct the debate. AND Comedian Athena Kugblenu wants stupidity to be painful, de-colonisation of art collections, fines for door hanging and a new way to vote on party manifestos. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 31, 2019
80. REASONS TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Hello! Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, Oh I do....BUT, 11 million people live in coastal communities across the UK but for too long they’ve been getting a bad deal. This week we’re exploring the New Economic Foundation’s plans for a major coastal industrial strategy: the ‘Blue New Deal’. We’re joined by Fernanda Balata from the NEF to explain the proposals. Then Nick Taylor from Scarborough and Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast talk about how investing in coastal economies and the natural environment can work in practice. AND Comedian and impressionist Jess Robinson brings us new rules for the Geoffocracy, all difficult topics are now sung, no more automated called, no more dill, no more seeds in raspberries, no more confusion about how many kisses during greetings See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 24, 2019
79. HONEY I SHRUNK THE TECH GIANTS
Hello! Facebook, Amazon, Ed and Geoff… some empires are in the public interest, some not so much.... In this episode we explore an idea gaining traction in the US: using competition laws to break up the tech giants. From the Open Markets Institute, we’re joined by the ‘Captain America of anti-trust’ Barry Lynn and former anti-trust enforcer Sally Hubbard who explain the proposals. Then LSE law expert Niamh Dunne talks us through how it could all work in the UK. AND Comedian Fin Taylor drops by to plug his upcoming wedding, and asked the Geoffocracy to consider national Service to work to save the environment, takeaway breakfasts, ban on chain stores in towns, #hashtagtattoo and quiet carriages in pubs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 17, 2019
78. (LIVING) WAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Hello! What can we do about the scandal of growing in-work poverty in the UK? This week we hear inspiring stories from campaigners both here and across the pond who have pushed employers to end low pay. Tyree Johnson from Fight for $15 talks about winning a $15 minimum wage in Illinois. The Living Wage Foundation’s Lola McEvoy tells us how we can get involved in the living wage campaign in our workplaces. And Ed’s ParkRun pal (and director of the Resolution Foundation) Torsten ‘Torstiekins’ Bell explains what government can do to tackle the problem. AND Comedian Pierre Novellie takes away free journalism, makes statistical lessons compulsory, mouth noises are now banned and cars are licensed like guns now See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 10, 2019
77. THE GREEN WOLF OF WALL STREET
Hello! Do you know where your pension is being invested? The divestment movement has a simple idea: persuade pension funds and others to get out of fossil fuels to meet the climate emergency. Its grown from a student campus campaign to one involving trillions of dollars worth of assets. We discuss divestment and shareholder engagement with Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, Yossi Cadan, Global Senior Divestment Campaigner at 350.org and Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction who explains how you can be part of this global movement. AND Beatboxing comedian Beardyman wants to reset the Earth, change up democracy... and get Ed and Geoff beatboxing See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 3, 2019
76. THE BEVERAGE REPORT
Hello! It's taken us 70+ episodes but we're diving into the question of drink--our country's (unhealthy) relationship with alcohol, which is costing billions of pounds a year and ruining lives. Angela McShane, alcohol historian at the Wellcome Trust, gives us a fascinating history lesson, then Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Health Secretary, tells us his personal story of having an alcoholic parent (a problem that affects at least 200,000 children today) followed by Richard Piper CEO of Alcohol Change with the solutions--from minimum pricing to investing in alcohol services to the end of sober-shaming of non-drinkers by too many people...you know who you are. Bottom line: it's not about preaching but about a massive change in culture and policy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 24, 2019
75. REASONS TO BE ICELANDIC: gender equality, 6 hour days and 'hidden people'
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 17, 2019
74. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: pupil climate strikes and the green new deal
Hello! We got out of Geoff's loft and onto Parliament Square to join the many thousands of young people worldwide protesting about climate change and we also talk about what could be a big part of the answer: A Green New Deal (GND). We explain what it is and how it seeks to put economic and social justice at the heart of the fight against climate change with Ann Pettifor, one of the originators of the idea more than ten years ago and Zack Exley, US Co-Founder of Justice Democrats that supported Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has put the GND on the map in the US, AND Comedian Olga Koch is rebranding cooperation tax, applying the impartiality of football referees to combat fake news and incentivising voting with prizes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 10, 2019
73. FOR RICHER, FOR SUPER RICHER: taxing the ultra-wealthy
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. AND Comedian Rosie Jones wants everyone to have to experience 24 hours of being disabled, Segways for all and a roof on the country See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 3, 2019
72. MORE IN COMMON: Overcoming political polarisation
Hello! This week we're looking into the chasm in our divided nation and wondering if there is a way to bridge the gap...if anyone can help it’s our guests. Jo Hiley who worked for Hope Not Hate helped bring together people from Brixton in London and Boston in Lincolnshire, divided by Brexit, but united by much else. Ciaran O'Connor & John Wood Jr from Better Angels in the United States tell us how they use methods from family therapy as their technique for getting political opponents to find common ground. Plus Marina Cantacuzino from The Forgiveness Project. AND Comedian Imran Yusef wants financial education, first aid taught in schools and a zero tolerance on public nuisances See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 27, 2019
71. THE CASE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL REFORM...AND HOW TO DO IT
Hello! Around 7% of the population is educated in private schools but they are disproportionately represented at top universities and in society's most coveted professions. What is the impact of private schools on our overall education system and our society and what, if anything could or should be done about it? David Kynaston, author of new book "Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem" and Melissa Benn, author of 'Life Lessons' join us. Plus we hear from renowned educationalist Pasi Sahlberg on how Finland dealt with its private school issues and succeeded in achieving both greater equality and educational excellence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 20, 2019
70. 2019: A PUBLIC SPACE ODYSSEY: transforming communities
Hello! When Ed makes a promise, he makes a promise! It might take 6 years to deliver, but now we get to share the discussion with you. What does that all mean? Well, Ed met Architect Christophe Egret while on holiday and needed to finish the conversation they had about the transformative power of public space. He joins us, as does author and academic, Anna Minton, and CEO for the Project for Public Spaces in the US, Phil Myrick, to warn of the dangerous creep of pseudo-public space and what a really well thought out urban space can do to bring together a community. AND Comedian Heidi Regan rewards reading of tedious important governmental documents, unifying all accents to either Southern Belle or Scottish and monochrome tunics for all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 13, 2019
69. A SOCIAL HOME REVOLUTION: the history and future of council housing
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 6, 2019
68. BORN TO (PARK) RUN: Geoff and Ed’s excellent adventure
Hello! We've made our New Year's resolutions, donned the trainers and tracksuits and joined the hundreds of thousands of people who do parkrun to find out what all the hype is about. Can we start our New Year as runners? The Finsbury Park parkrunners (Geoff's local) tell us what it's all about, and give us encouragement, then we're joined by Nick Pearson, Chief Executive of ParkRun who tells us about why the project is about more than running. Then Bella Mackie, author of new book Jog On shares her journey to better mental health through running. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 30, 2018
67. THE OFFICIAL REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 2018 CHART SHOW
Hello! Greetings pod pickers! You’re in for a treat this week. It’s our "Top 10" countdown of our favourite episodes this year. If you haven’t listened to them all or even if you have, here’s a way of getting the best bits in bite sized form—-Cheerful McNuggets. With special guest introducing the whole shebang, the legend that is Tony Blackburn! How can you resist.... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Dec 23, 2018
66. CHRISTMAS CHEERFUL: Chatting 2018 and playing Class Struggle
Hello! We gathered around Geoff's kitchen table, joined by some IRL friends, a copy of the board game Class Struggle and some topics to find the cheerful from this year. Hear Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and director of the new film, "Mary, Queen of Scots", Chris Addison, comedian, writer, actor and director and David Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge and host of ‘Talking Politics’ podcast seek to provide a positive take on America, Democracy, Brexit, and Culture... and find out who wins the game. It will make you feel better...promise....maybe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 16, 2018
65. COMPUTER SAYS YES: humanity and kindness in public services
Hello! Here at Cheerful towers we're talking about how we can enable the human touch to come to the fore in public services and policy and the barriers standing in the way of the people who work in them. Our guest Julia Unwin has been thinking about kindness in public policy, Professor Anthony Costello's new book The Social Edge is about the 'sympathy groups' that transform people's life chances & Dr Agnelo Fernandes talks about his amazing 'social prescribing' experiment in Croydon. AND Comedian Adam Riches wants more sharks, scientifically modified beard, Gerard Butler and... (BOO HISS)... no more podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 9, 2018
64. SHARING AND CARING: the case for paternity leave
Hello! This week we're talking Dads and the time off they have to look after their kids. Turns out more, properly paid paternity leave is better for kids, good for dads, and a very effective tool to close the gender pay gap. Unfortunately Britain lags behind. We speak to Lars Arrhenius about how brilliant Sweden is and how it could be even better, Sam Smethers from the Fawcett Society about how Britain could do better and Sam White and Will McDonald, the UK’s most senior all-male job share (maybe...). AND Comedian Sindhu Vee brings us a handful of "Ted Miliband" university anecdotes as well as teenager truth day, a ban on the Br*xit word, punishment for people failing to pick up their dog's poop, celebratory school run drinks party, double pay and only sunlight working hours in January See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 2, 2018
63. VALUING NEURODIVERSITY: how society needs to change
Hello! Today we speak to two autistic people about what the neurodiversity movement is and what it means to them. Penny Andrews and Georgia Harper join us to talk about their personal experience of living with autism, and how our society, employers and all of us can learn to value and benefit from neurodiversity. AND Comedian Jodie Mitchell would like to tech up the fight against men stealing women's ideas, old tinted glasses for those who believe the olden days were better and a ban on incense for anyone who's not using it for religious purposes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 25, 2018
62. LIFE OVER DEATH: the global campaign to end capital punishment
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. AND Comedian Lauren Pattison fights for children to be banished to another train carriage, Taco Tuesdays and more politicians on reality TV See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 18, 2018
61. YUVAL AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET: a conversation on just about everything with Yuval Noah Harari
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? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 11, 2018
60. GEOFF, GEOFF, GEOFF...OUT OUT OUT: the power of protest
Hello! It’s 50 years since 1968, next year it will be 200 since the Peterloo massacre, so we are discussing the power of political protest, when they work and what it all means for today. French journalist Agnes Poirier chronicles ‘68 and after for us and Guardian columnist John Harris and American author Sarah Jaffe join us to talk about the past, present and future of political protest. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 4, 2018
59. QE OR NOT QE?: printing money for a purpose
Hello! There is occasional bad quality audio on today’s episode for which apologies (tech gremlins). We hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the finer points of Quantitative Easing! II’s a term thrown around which for many of us falls somewhere between the "Offside Rule" and "Quantum Mechanics". But it’s really important we understand it because it is having big effects. Fran Boait and Josh Ryan-Collins get us up to speed with the basics and explain why it matters, and how we could be putting QE to significantly better purposes. AND Comedian Eleanor Morton is taking parliament on the road, giving 18-year-olds an adult box, introducing freelancers discount cards and paying everyone the same no matter what job they do See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 28, 2018
58. PLASTIC, PLASTIC EVERYWHERE: what do we do?
Hello! Aqua once sang "life in plastic, it's fantastic", sure... for Barbie Girl it may be but, for our natural world and ourselves, plastic is an enormous and increasingly understood problem. Catherine Conway, Founder of Unpackaged, and Julian Kirby, Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, join us to bring us hope and practical steps we can take to help put an end to all the waste and damage being done AND Comedian Rich Wilson challenges the Geoffocracy with his Richocracy full of electricity free days, big foam hands for pedestrian safety, hanging out with old people, and a novel (and very literal) way of dealing with nuisance everyday sexism See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 21, 2018
57. THE OWNERSHIP SHIFT
Hello! Do you feel ignored or unrewarded by your firm? How about transferring a proportion of shares in large companies to the workers, as advocated by Labour? Could it make the difference and how does it compare to other ideas of employee ownership? Mat Lawrence and Christine Berry join us to talk us through the issues and thinking behind it. AND Comedian Hayley Ellis brings us her manifesto - drama free soap opera days, a ban on politicians dancing, snoopers headphones. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 14, 2018
56. LAST EDITION? how to ensure quality journalism in the digital age
Hello! The internet is great, Geoff can be in Salford, Ed can be at home, our guests can be as far away as a hotel room in Finland, and we can STILL get a new episode to you... but... has the internet proved to be the catalyst for the end of local journalism and the collapse of the national printed press too? Alan Rusbridger, Emily Bell, Megan Lucero & Dan Hinds bring us their thoughts on the end of the traditional gatekeepers and how we can finance good quality journalism, national and local, when so many are expecting it for free. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 7, 2018
55. LIVING FOR THE (THREE DAY) WEEKEND
Hello! How often do you get back to work after the weekend feeling like it wasn't long enough? Well, a company in New Zealand have been trialling the 4-day working week and finding that their staff are achieving as much as in 4 days as they were in 5. Andrew Barnes, Founder of Perpetual Guadian, the company undertaking the trial, and Kate Bell from the TUC join us to talk about how realistic it is that a 4-day working week could possibly allow a company to continue paying a full wage. AND Comedian Matthew Crosby revolutionises present giving, encourages teaching children to swear, gets rid of those "seen"/"read" notices and gets in a bus with Ed and Geoff to stop people arguing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 30, 2018
54. THE ABC OF AI: How can technology help humanity?
Hello! Artificial intelligence didn't write this description (yet), but it has begun to take over some tasks that humans were responsible for. Are the humans ready, are the computers safely still under our control, what happens when they're not? Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0, and Duncan McCann from the New Economics Foundation joined us to talk about the AI revolution, when it is coming and whether it could be put to positive benefit for society. AND Comedian Amy Gledhill advocates for tax lessons, skill swap street gatherings and law enforced service station signage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 23, 2018
53. PROSPERITY AND JUSTICE: Shaking up the economy for social change
Hello! When the IPPR commission on economic justice took on the economy, promising prosperity and justice, they did it properly. In this episode, we talk to Michael Jacobs, its director, and Sara Bryson, a commission member about the big ideas in the report, why they're so important, and how we make them work. AND Comedian Tania Edwards brings us her ideas, a referendum about whether we should have had a referendum in the first place, some tough talk about offence, maximum wealth, and prison for hot food eaters on public transport See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 16, 2018
52. THE QUIET RENEWABLES REVOLUTION
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. AND 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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 9, 2018
51. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Not for the bin
Hello! Ed and Geoff are back in the same room after their summer holidays / "lads tour". This week we hear from Saasha Celestial-One and Lindsay Boswell about the disgusting situation of food waste the country has gotten in to, despite so many below the breadline going hungry. We look at the Foodshare and Olio programmes and what they're doing to roll us back to the era of making the most of everything we have and hopefully reduce the UK throwing one-third of all food away. AND Comedian Phil Wang takes on groups of pedestrians, inconsistent bigots, Lemsip defaults, Whitewashing, eating at restaurants, Summer, saying "we" when speaking about your favourite sports team... and the School syllabus avoiding teaching about the British Empire See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 2, 2018
50. REVERSING THE CYCLE OF GANG VIOLENCE: Lessons from Scotland
Hello! The final of our "lads on tour" live shows. Here we talk to the Edinburgh Fringe audience about correcting the "recreational violence" cycle many young people get trapped in. Karyn McCluskey is our guest and has an extraordinary story of inspiration and success in tackling the issue. AND Comedian Luisa Omielan shares the heartbreaking story of her mothers sad death (donations welcome for Helena's Hospice foundation - https://www.helenashospicefoundation.org/) and still manages to give us her ideas for how to make the world a better place. Support for early years, mandatory paternity leave, and giving free travel to everyone for a year when they leave school. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 26, 2018
49. BIG DATA CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Hello! Private companies are collecting a lot of information about each of us, but when it comes to our health and wellbeing, that might not be such a bad thing. Mass anonymous data may be the answer to curing many health issues, and provide insights to make sure the right support is on offer for local communities. Mhaari Aitken and Anna Schneider join us to talk us through their research and how it can be taken forward. AND Friend of the show Ayesha Hazarika pops by to reveal more anecdotes about her time working for Ed and we throw to the audience for their ideas of how to make the world a better place See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 19, 2018
48. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: remaking our welfare state
Hello! This week we ventured to Lunar festival and spoke to Hilary Cottam about the welfare state. Her new book Radical Help looks at a how the whole system could be re-designed to better support everyone in society. AND Comedian Bethany Black asks the Geoffocracy for a Pokestop, no more drinking on public transport and for men to require at least two women as chaperones if they're out past 9pm. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 12, 2018
47. IDEAS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE: humankind respecting the Earth
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. AND Comedian Jen Brister joins us to pitch ending period poverty and introducing emoting classes for boys and we hear ideas from our audience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 5, 2018
46. WON’T YOU TAKE ME TO FUNKY TOWN: power and prosperity in towns
Hello! We took a trip to Hebden Bridge, awarded 5th best place to live in the world, to find out how towns and villages can thrive. Lisa Nandy MP and Beth Paramor both know a thing or two about what powers places to success, and what can be done to help those which aren't. AND Comedian Debs Gatenby is all about the empathy. She pitches national service in retail, catering or concessions, enforced work playtime and OAP run call centre's. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 29, 2018
45. BLOCKCHAIN PARTY: Can it be a force for good?
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 AND Comedian Vikki Stone groups the noisy neighbours together, shares ownership of tools and other household stuff, and suggests a way to overcome procrastination See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 22, 2018
44. THE ONLY WAY IS ETHICS: Businesses with a social purpose
Hello! This week we're talking Social Enterprise, the companies whose primary reason for existing is not profit but social or environmental purpose. Karen Lynch, CEO of Belu (formerly of Barclays) and Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, join us to tell us why social enterprise works for business and society and how we can have more of them in the Geoffocracy. AND Comedian and Author Jo Burke advocates for smiley passports, fancy dress, and enforced speakerphone for anyone choosing to make calls on public transport See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 15, 2018
43. LEARNING FOR LIFE: what should a national education service do?
This week we’re talking education and what the big vision should be at our live show at The Politics Festival. We’re joined by Melissa Benn, author of forthcoming book Life Lessons: The Case For A National Education Service and Holly Rigby, a teacher in inner London, who make the case for a broad, lifelong education. Plus comedian Aisling Bea on what we can learn from Love Island, why we need to go into group therapy with strangers and why we all need a social media ‘minder’. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 8, 2018
42. TECH FOR GOOD
Hello! This week we're back to technology, but looking at how it can benefit humanity. Through open platforms and open data, handing the power back to the population can allow some very positive outcomes. We speak to Greta Byrum, Francesca Bria and Adam Greenfield to find out how it's working around the world and what we could try here. AND Comedian Cariad Lloyd brings us her (and her husband's) ideas of providing some empathy to those not backing ending period poverty, traffic lights of percentages of fact and opinion in journalism and fines for bad public transport usage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 1, 2018
41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform society
Hello! This episode, like the companies we're talking about, is owned by everyone who works for it. Cooperative ownership allows the workers to own a stake in the businesses they're working for, allowing them more autonomy and reward for its successes and the understanding and responsibility to help when it's failing. Our guests Joe Guinan from the Democracy Collaborative and Ander Etxeberria from Mondragon Corporation share examples of where this has worked, for the workers, the community and everyone the businesses serve. AND Comedy duo Helen & Ellie from the Scummy Mummies podcast bring us maternity/paternity service, micro-chipped dog shit, relationship MOTs, public transport badges/badgers & political funding transparency See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 24, 2018
40. SILICON VALLEY SERFS: protecting kids from tech overload
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. AND Comedian John Robins is banning online comments, issuing chip licenses, alcohol pricing and funding to cure minor ailments See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 17, 2018
39. ENDING JOBS FOR THE BOYS: overcoming the workplace gender divide
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. AND Broadcaster Lauren Laverne gets has a gym alternative that would help us keep clean, wants more glitter, access to nature and DOGS. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 10, 2018
38. UNIVERSAL BASIC SERVICES: Shaping the 21st century welfare state
Hello! Could providing more services free at the point of access (like the NHS and education) relieve need and tackle inequality? Our guests Henrietta Moore and Jonathan Portes think so and we hear from academic Oded Cats on how one idea — free local transport — has worked elsewhere. AND Comedian Stuart Goldsmith wants to paint the town pink, artist salaries, Japanese plane boarding and mental health lessons in school See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 3, 2018
37. RETHINKING ECONOMIC SUCCESS: beyond the growth obsession
Hello. We started our Festival tour at ‘How The Light Gets In’ at Hay-on-Wye, joined by Doughnut Economics author Kate Raworth. Listen to a fascinating discussion about how we think about economic success, going beyond economic growth to the environment, care, fairness and everything else that matters! AND Comedian Rachel Parris wants legislation for women's toilets, some Internet downtime, jigsaws, and a buddy system for grown-ups. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 27, 2018
36. THE GENERATION GAME: Turning round the fortunes of young people
Hello! This week we went on an outing to speak to Lord David Willetts about the Resolution Foundation's new report into how to tackle the crisis in wealth, housing and life chances facing the younger generation and how to build political support for these ideas. AND Comedian sisters Flo & Joan recommend a service industry national service, school band for everyone and deanonymising social media. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 20, 2018
35. LAW AND DISORDER: fixing the justice crisis
Hello. There is a quiet crisis in our justice system: barristers striking, courts creaking, defendants being denied a fair hearing and victims being callously disregarded. It's high time to talk about what has caused it and what we do to fix it? We have best-selling (anonymous) author, The Secret Barrister, and Penelope Gibbs from Transform Justice to give answers. AND Comedian Alfie Brown joins us, advocating for Philosopy and slower motorways See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 13, 2018
34. WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT MEAT: Reasons to be Vegan?
Hello. This week we are talking about over-consumption of meat which is bad for climate change, animal welfare and our health. Our guests Clare Oxborrow and Sam Calvert tell us what needs to change plus pioneering farmer Illtud Dunsford on whether lab-grown meat is an answer. AND Comedian Steve Bugeja brings his ideas including normal life politicians, BA in Crime and quantitative easing for the people See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 6, 2018
33. UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGED: Reversing market tyranny in higher education
Hello. We’re on the road again—this time in Sheffield at the Festival of Debate. We’re asking what’s to be done about our universities? Our guests Jo Grady, Joshua Forstenzer and Mark Leach want to rescue the public purpose of Universities from the tyranny of the market’s high fees, casualised staff, distorted assessments of research and teaching, and frustrated students. Plus we're joined by comedian Rob Rouse, and our announcer - voice of Reasons to be Cheerful, Gayle Lofthouse. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 29, 2018
Episode 32. ENDING THE BLAME GAME: The case for no-fault divorce
Hello! Sometimes a relationship doesn't work (no, this isn't about Ed and Geoff) and divorce is the only option, but current rules mean that blame has to be thrown around to make it happen, even if that is the last thing the couple (or their children) need. Ayesha Vardag, Nigel Shepherd and Chris Sherwood join us to discuss the case for "no-fault" divorce AND Comedian Catherine Bohart wants some clarification on the word "partner", free toilets and nationalised dogs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 27, 2018
REASONS TO BE PIRATE
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22, 2018
Episode 31. CHANGING THE CLIMATE: How do we tackle the global warming challenge?
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 15, 2018
Episode 30. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: what do we do about gentrification?
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. AND 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). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 8, 2018
Episode 29. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: Community regeneration lessons from Granby, Preston and beyond *Live Liverpool show*
Hello! We're on the road again and this time we've come to Liverpool. On this episode, you'll hear inspiring stories from Theresa MacDermott, Cllr Matthew Brown and Neil McInroy (CLES) about the way people can regenerate and transform their communities and build local businesses and wealth. AND Comedian Tez Ilyas wants slides, a promotion to Doctor and to disprove flat-earthers. CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast CONTACT OUR GUESTS Theresa MacDermott - https://twitter.com/theresamacd Cllr Matthew Brown - https://twitter.com/cllrmattbrown Neil McInroy - https://twitter.com/nmcinroy Tez Ilyas - https://twitter.com/tezilyas See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
Apr 1, 2018
Episode 28. FACING DOWN FACEBOOK: how to tackle "surveillance capitalism"
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. AND Comedian Jamali Maddix wants a shorter work day, kids banned from pubs and greater access to all the channels for all. CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast CONTACT OUR GUESTS Shoshana Zuboff - https://twitter.com/shoshanazuboff Aral Balkan - https://twitter.com/aral Mathew Lawrence - https://twitter.com/dantonshead Jamali Maddix - https://twitter.com/jamalimaddix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 25, 2018
Episode 27. MIND THE (WEALTH) GAP: a social wealth fund for Britain
Hello! For richer, for poorer... the vast inequality of wealth in Britain won't get any better on its own. So, here's an idea... A sovereign or social wealth fund. Other countries have successfully saved the money made from natural resources, invested wisely, and been able to put the resources to productive use, even providing their citizens with a regular share of the income. We're joined by Carys Roberts and Angela Cummines to tell us how it could work here. AND What can we learn from the best city to live in for the 9th year running? Jürgen Czernohorszky from Vienna shares his insight into why the city is so desirable CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS https://twitter.com/carysroberts https://twitter.com/angelacummine https://twitter.com/chairnohorsekey S…
1 hr 3 min
Mar 18, 2018
Episode 26. HOUSING FIRST: Tackling Britain’s homelessness crisis
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. AND Comedian Helen Keen brings space trips, coach trips, and unsocial media CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS Juha Kaakinen - https://twitter.com/JKaakinen Matthew Downie - https://twitter.com/matthew_downie Rebecca Evans AM - https://twitter.com/RebeccaEvansAM Helen Keen - https://twitter.com/helen_keen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 11, 2018
Episode 25. STAIRWAY TO (TAX) HAVEN: cleaning up Britain's dirty money
Hello! What links some of the highest cost house prices, criminals and islands thousands of miles away? Dirty money and tax havens. We speak to Luke Harding, Tom Burgis and Naomi Hirst about the damage being done and how the UK can stop being a home for laundered money. AND Comedian Pippa Evans talks to a witch on a bus, shares sandwiches and takes a peek at what you're listening to. CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS Luke Harding - https://twitter.com/lukeharding1968 Tom Burgis - https://twitter.com/tomburgis Naomi Hirst - https://twitter.com/nfhirst Pippa Evans - https://twitter.com/IAmPippaEvans See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 5 min
Mar 4, 2018
Episode 24. ALL TOGETHER NOW: Unions in the 21st century
Hello! If there's something strange in your workplace, who are you going to call? Trade Unions! But with the decline in membership over decades, power has tilted towards employers, meaning worse working conditions and pay. How do we persuade people to join and the bosses to take them seriously? We're joined by Antonia Bance, Head of Campaigns and Communications, TUC, Nat Whalley, Executive Director, The Organise Platform and Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR AND Comedian Jake Yapp has MANY thoughts about how to make the world a better place. Including legalising drugs for the retired, hydrogen, conditioner & royalty on a budget CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS Antonia Bance - https://twitter.com/antoniabance Nat Whalley - https://twitter.com/natwhalley…
1 hr 12 min
Feb 25, 2018
Episode 23. DING, DING, NEXT STOP: Sorting out the buses
Hello! We're on a bus with Cat Hobbs, Director of We Own It, and our transport expert Nicole Badstuber returns. There's more to buses than fighting for the second deck front window seat. With 5 billion journeys made per year in the UK, we're owed a service that works. But millions of us just don't have one and it hardly ever gets discussed. We find out why and what needs to be done. PLUS Dan Pink, author of When: the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing on when we're at our best and the power of the power nap. AND Comedian Kiri Pritchard McLean joins us to advocate citizens' service for all, criminalising the bystanders and community planting CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS Cat Hobbs - https://twitter.com/CatHobbs Nicole Badstuber - https://twit…
1 hr 33 min
Feb 18, 2018
Episode 22. WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH OUR KIDS — not another brick in the wall
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. AND Comedian Alice Fraser joins us to put forward the case for sex licenses, house swapping and the power of sport (not all at once!) FURTHER READING CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT OUR GUESTS James Graham - https://twitter.com/mrjamesgraham Madeleine Holt - https://twitter.com/meetparents Alice Fraser - https://twitter.com/aliterative See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 22 min
Feb 11, 2018
Episode 21. TIME TO TALK: Tackling the mental health crisis *LIVE SHOW*
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. AND Ayesha Hazarika is BACK! We talk badgers, office pets, and saucy calendars. FURTHER READING MERCH https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast https://www.instagram.com/cheerfulpodcast/ Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS 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.c…
1 hr 21 min
Feb 4, 2018
Episode 20. RESCUING DEMOCRACY: From Ancient Athens to Brexit
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. AND 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& CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.c…
1 hr 33 min
Feb 2, 2018
SEE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL LIVE IN LIVERPOOL 19/02
BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.liverpoolguild.org/events/reasons-to-be-cheerful-podcast-with-ed-miliband-and-geoff-lloyd Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd take their hit podcast, *Reasons to be Cheerful* to Liverpool Guild of Students, Mountford Hall for a special live episode. Expect optimism, ideas, special guests, and stories of Ed's failed interactions with inanimate objects (and Geoff's interactions with animate ones.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 28, 2018
Episode 19. GET OUT OF JAIL: Time for prison reform
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. AND Comedian Glenn Moore shares his ideas to make the world a better place. FURTHER READING https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/cheerfulpodcast/ CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Vicky Pryce - https://twitter.com/realvickypryce Lord Falconer - https://twitter.com/lordcfalconer Glenn Moore - https://twitter.com/TheNewsAtGlenn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 24 min
Jan 21, 2018
Episode 18. TACKLING THE NHS CRISIS: The 1% solution *BUMPER EPISODE*
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. AND 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 CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Jacinda Ardern -https://twitter.com/jacindaardern Dr Hannah Bar…
1 hr 55 min
Jan 14, 2018
Episode 17. ECONOMICS 101: Time for A Reformation in Economic Thinking.
Hello! In this episode we answer The Queen's question... why didn't the economists see the financial crisis coming. Our guests Prof Wendy Carlin, Maeve Cohen and Victoria Waldersee talk about how economics teaching needs to change and is changing plus how economics can be used to improve our world. ALSO We check in with Iceland's Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, asking her about Iceland's new world-leading policy to tackle the gender pay gap. We also discuss her first few months in office, Scandi Noir, and trolls. AND Comedian Zoe Lyons brings us her ideas. She wants to ban the bags, lets in a couple of cars ahead of her and takes the voluntary out of volunteering FURTHER READING http://whatstheeconomy.com/ http://www.rethinkeconomics.org http://www.core-econ.org/the-economy/book/text/17.html#g_W9SsstO9Y CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - sear…
1 hr 30 min
Jan 7, 2018
Episode 16. #EPICRAILFAIL: Ending the great train robbery
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. AND 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…
1 hr 24 min
Dec 31, 2017
Episode 15. GOODBYE 2017 YOU DIDN'T DESERVE US... Hoorah for 2018
Goodbye 2017! On a whole, we wont miss you, but there were *some* reasons to be cheerful, right? With our guests Sofie Hagen and Mark Watson, we review the nicer stories of the previous year before putting it in a box, gaffer taping it and sending it on a one way trip very far away. FURTHER READING Nothing on the reading list today. Have a day off! CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Sofie Hagen https://twitter.com/sofiehagen Mark Watson https://twitter.com/watsoncomedian See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 28 min
Dec 24, 2017
Episode 14. A MILIVERSE CHRISTMAS IN THE GEOFFOCRACY
Merry Christmas! We've invited some people over to play the now legendary board game Class Stuggle. Who will win? Fantastic comedian Bridget Christie, Joel Cornah, of The Miliverse twitter account fame, take on Ed and Geoff. BUT Before that, we get Rachel Reeves MP and Comedian Sarah Millican on to hear how they're making the world less lonely FURTHER READING https://www.jocoxloneliness.org/ https://twitter.com/search?q=%23joinin https://twitter.com/TheMiliverse CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Rachel Reeves https://twitter.com/RachelReevesMP Sarah Millican https://twitter.com/SarahMillican75 Bridget Christie http://www.bridgetchristie.co.uk/ Joel Cornah https://twitter.com/JoelCornah See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 13 min
Dec 21, 2017
SEE REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL LIVE ON STAGE
We're taking to the stage for our first ever live episode recording, with special guests. WHEN: Sunday 28th January, 4pm. WHERE: Leicester Square Theatre, London TICKETS: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873583538/events/128109112/seats?zone=Main+House See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 17, 2017
Episode 13. WORKING 9 TIL ....OVERTIME: Time for time and a half
Hello! It's the most wonderful time of the year... when everyone works double to earn enough to splurge on Christmas presents. But it is all worth it when the only person benefiting from your overtime is the company you work for? Torsten Bell and Heather Boushey join us to talk straight about where Britain is going wrong when it comes to overtime. Geoff cries and Ed wins against Murdoch AND We're joined by Jessica Fostekew who's hacking human biology to create a forgetting serum, shaking up democracy and enjoying the sight of dancing babies FURTHER READING Resolution Foundation report: http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/time-for-time-and-a-half-exploring-the-evidence-and-policy-options-on-overtime/ Washington Centre for Equitable Growth: http://equitablegrowth.org CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podc…
1 hr 5 min
Dec 10, 2017
Episode 12. THE POWER OF CULTURE: Regeneration, Grayson and Kevin the cat
Hello! "Culture" noun: Relating to the arts and to intellectual achievements. But what does it really mean for the towns across the nation? Renowned artist Grayson Perry, Sharon Darley from Goodwin Trust in Hull & Dr Dave O'Brien share their thoughts. Ed & Geoff are taking selfies, swapping awards and treading the boards. AND Helen Monks wants us to talk to each other, more empathy and free tea. AND Kevin the Cat! FURTHER READING http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17530350.2016.1248474 https://policypress.co.uk/after-urban-regeneration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y https://twitter.com/Drug_Science/status/937663875868176389 https://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/powerful-and-coldhearted.html https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/AGMzBtXGoqC1?domain=tandfonline.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9/episodes/downloads https://www.facebook.com/TheSceneVideo/videos/1600937229973624/ https://hbr.org/2015/04/becoming-powerful-makes-you-l…
1 hr 30 min
Dec 3, 2017
Episode 11. WHO WANTS TO TAX A MILLIONAIRE?
Hello! Time to debunk some myths about the millionaires and their tax habits. Spoilers... It's highly likely we can make them chip in a bit more without them upping and leaving. Cristobal Young has the stats to prove it, Karen Stewart is happy to pay more and Prem Sikka is our expert in the UK. Ed & Geoff are reunited and sharing their holiday anecdotes, but NOT the presents that have been misplaced AND Angela Barnes joins us, pleading for - horn variety, flirting lessons, child-friendly carriages and a tour of the cold war bunkers FURTHER READING https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/nov/20/if-you-tax-the-rich-they-wont-leave-us-data-contradicts-millionaires-threats https://patrioticmillionaires.org/who-we-are/ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0AMoBU7lFUA CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS http…
1 hr 21 min
Nov 26, 2017
Episode 10. DON'T MOURN, ORGANISE: The power of community organising
Hello! With Geoff in Chicago, the birthplace of modern community organising, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to discuss the transformative power of community organising and why it’s a Reason To Be Cheerful. We are joined by veteran community organiser Jerry Kellman, who gave a 24 year old Barack Obama his first job as an organiser in Chicago in 1985. We also speak to Dan Firth from We Can Win about the transformative power of community organising in the U.K. Geoff talks grilled cheese and Thanksgiving with the inlaws and Ed discusses parental leave and feminist foreign policy in Sweden. AND We’re also joined by US comedian Emily Galati who pitches her ideas. FURTHER READING More on Jerry and Barack: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/us/17cncwarren.html Want to be a community organiser? Contact We Can Win: http://www.wecanwin.co.uk Swedish Feminist Foreign policy: http://www.government.se/information-material/2017/10/swedens-feminist-foreign-policy--examples-…
1 hr 21 min
Nov 19, 2017
Episode 9. TRANSGENDER RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
Hello! With increasing newspaper scare stories about transgender rights, we thought it might be an idea to give some airtime to the perspective and voice of trans people so those of us who aren't experts on the issue can understand a bit more. We talk to a parent of a trans child, Joe, award-winning writer Paris Lees, and Dr Helen Webberley, a doctor who works with trans young people who explain why advances in trans rights are Reasons To Be Cheerful. Ed and Geoff open the listener art gallery and break up to travel the world. AND Miranda Kane joins us to recommend we haunt political buildings, get Benedict Cumberbatch to her house and shut everyone up after a million words FURTHER READING https://growinguptransgender.wordpress.com/ http://www.allabouttrans.org.uk/ http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/ http://www.wealthandwant.com/HG/the_condition_of_labor.htm https://twitter.com/ShoKon/status/930369286589308928 CONTACT OUR GUESTS https://twitter.com/parislees https://t…
1 hr 25 min
Nov 12, 2017
Episode 8. LAND TAX & THE 'AX'': Land Value Tax plus Obama chief strategist David Axelrod
Hello! In Episode 8 we learn about the tax which has been advocated since the 1800s, was supported by Winston Churchill and is widely regarded by economists as the perfect tax despite being elusive to policy makers. Our guests Joe Sarling & Catherine Cashmore guide us through the pros, cons and challenges of introducing a Land Value Tax Geoff and Ed talk about firing people, getting lost with Boris, and reflect on the team outing AND David Axelrod with frank answers about the successes and failures of American politics. The stories from behind the scenes of Obama's running for office and reflections on Trump FURTHER READING https://commenttoday.org/category/land-value-tax/ https://whoownsengland.org https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/business/behind-monopoly-an-inventor-who-didnt-pass-go.html CONTACT US email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/reasonstobecheerfulpodcast https://twitter.com/cheerfulpodcast Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Ch…
1 hr 34 min
Nov 5, 2017
Episode 7. POWER TO THE (YOUNG) PEOPLE! Voting at 16
Hello! 16-year-olds are allowed to have sex and are made to pay tax... so... should they have a say when it comes to who runs the country? We're joined by Professor Alan Lee Williams, who fought the original battle to bring the voting age down to 18 in the 1960s, Ruth Davidson MSP, who, as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party is pushing votes at 16 agenda, and Anna Barker, Chair of the British Youth Council, puts it the perspective of her youthful peers. Award Nominated Ed and terrible risotto chef Geoff take their shoes off and reminisce about what they were doing at 16 AND Tiff Stevenson wants men to be taught what a compliment is, a ban on the phrase "as a father of daughters", and thinks cat videos can change the world FURTHER READING Votes At 16 Briefing http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN01747 The debate in 1968 on the Bill to lower the voting age to 18 including Alan’s speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1968/nov/18…
1 hr 3 min
Oct 29, 2017
Episode 6. MAKING A HASH OF IT: Time to decriminalise and end the war on drugs?
Hello! Episode 6 is on drugs. Legally? Illegally? Is the war on drugs ever going to end? Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director at Release and Sam Kamin, Professor of Marijuana Law at the University of Denver join us to talk about the merits and pitfalls of decriminalisation. Ed and Geoff talk Cheesecake, Halloween fun and Your Sinclair magazine AND Comedian Ayesha Hazarika thinks the world would be better if we double our dishwashers, provide karaoke-for-all and have less choice. FURTHER READING Release report on decriminalisation (with some helpful infographics) Portugal's model for decriminalisation Home Report comparing different countries approaches to drugs Home Office evaluation on the 2010 Strategy (check out Chapter 5) Release’s events CONTACT US Email us on - firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on FacebookFollow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Niamh Eastwood on Twit…
1 hr 14 min
Oct 22, 2017
Episode 5 and a half. SADIQ KHAN - more answers with London's Mayor
We were pretty comfortable on Sadiq's office sofa, overlooking Tower Bridge and The Thames, so we made the most of Sadiq's time and asked him a few more questions In this bonus, hear Sadiq talking about his all-time hero, wood burning stoves, Brexit and the tragic consequences of a no deal, the relationship between London and the rest of the country, housing, Uber, the strength of diversity, and London being a beacon of the world. CONTACT US Email us on - email@example.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT SADIQ Sadiq Khan on Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 22, 2017
Episode 5. A BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Tackling the air pollution emergency
Hello! Episode 5 is full of pollution, it's in the air and it's shortening lives. What can we do about it? Our wonderful guests this week have ideas. Hear from London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Andrea Lee from ClientEarth & Jens Frolich Holte, Norway's Former Adviser to the Minister of Environment and Climate Geoff and Ed adventurously take on a GIANT revel, take a stroll and take a selfie. AND Comedian Amy Annette wants the world to listen, and us all to be allowed to take up a bit more space. FURTHER READING The Guardian suggests banning cars The Financial Times on Norway's electric car dream ClientEarth website Manic Miner CONTACT US Email us on - firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Sadiq Khan on Twitter Jens Frølich Holte on twitter ClientEarth on Twitter Amy Annette on Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
Oct 15, 2017
Episode 4. TAKE BACK (RENT) CONTROL: All Power to the Tenants!
Hello! In episode 4 we take on the challenge of keeping home rental affordable. Easy task right? Our guests Emmanuelle Cosse, former French housing minister, and Greg Beales from Shelter bring their expertise to the table and we called Grace and asked her about what it's like to have lived in a rent controlled home for over 30 years. We also discuss "CRUMBS!", retro labelers, and pencil rubbers in the ears. AND Comedian Suzi Ruffell brings joy to the world by pretending to be an assistant stage director, she tells us why kids should be banned from Disneyland and wants everyone to have to "come out" to their parents FURTHER READING * A blog from Generation Rent on rent controls * IPPR Report * Resolution Foundation Report * Shelter CONTACT US Email us on - email@example.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Emmanuelle Cosse on Twitter Greg Beales on Twitt…
Oct 8, 2017
Episode 3. WE WANT EQUAL PAY: The Gender Pay Gap
Hello! Here comes episode three! Why aren't women getting paid as much as the men doing the same job... and how do we solve it? We're joined by Victoria Budson and Jess Phillips MP to try and get out head around it We also discuss Theresa's cough, Hell Corner Farm, bedwetting, and the temptation to stop a lift full of tories AND Comedian Sara Pascoe makes the world a better place with balloon cars, religious education, and man tax. FURTHER READING The New York Times on the law against asking your salary in a job interview The Gender Action Portal from Victoria Budson's Women and Public Policy Program CONTACT US Email us on - firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Women & Public Policy on Twitter Jess Phillips MP on Twitter Sara Pascoe on Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 1, 2017
Episode 2. DON'T BE EVIL! Taming the High-Tech Giants
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 CONTACT US Email us on - email@example.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Nick Srnicek on Twitter Bec Hill on Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 24, 2017
1. FREE MONEY FOR ALL? The Universal Basic Income
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 CONTACT US Email us on - firstname.lastname@example.org Like us on Facebook Follow us on twitter Leave us a voicemail on skype - search for "Cheerful Podcast" CONTACT OUR GUESTS Scott Santens on Twitter Gráinne Maguire on Twitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 19, 2017
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