The Pod Delusion

by James O'Malley (editor@poddelusion.co.uk) · · · · 72 subscribers

The Pod Delusion is a weekly news magazine podcast about interesting things. From politics, to science to culture and philosophy, it's commentary from a secular, rationalist, skeptical, somewhat lefty-liberal, sort of perspective.

This week we calibrate our worries about the potential for World War 3 by talking to former Middle East minister and Chair of the Intelligence Committee Kim Howells - who tells us about his personal experience negotiating with Iran. We also dig into Dominic Cummings' plan to reform the civil service, and celebrate the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement by learning about what has now been bumped down to number two on the list of Britain's biggest foreign policy disasters: The Suez Crisis. Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad. Follow …

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Ho, ho, ho! A festive Winterval special where we, umm, go in deep on the election result and - horrifyingly - learn why it could be even worse next time. We speak to pollster Matt Singh and political historian Prof Steven Fielding about why the polls wer...
This week we steer clear of the general election - so this podcast won't go out of date! Instead, we talk about a referendum that took place on the other side of the world, on the island of Bougainville, which has just voted to leave Papua New Guinea. Th...
This week we tackle the most important question raised by the London Bridge attack: We ask two of the world's most eminent narwhal scientists if their tusks make good weapons. Plus! We dig into a new report on freedom of expression and, horrifyingly, fin...
This week we speak to Tom Hamilton, a former advisor to Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn on how a politician can go into an interview with the likes of Andrew Neil or Emily Maitlis and come out alive. We also dig into some big, meaty issues and get the low-...
This week we fast-forward to the results of the 2022 Monarchy referendum, in which Britain votes to dump King Charles and turn Britain into a Republic. But how easy is it going to be? What are the complexities that make it an impossible task? We speak to...
This week we finally go all Jeremy Paxman on the Liberal Democrats and their questionable use of bar charts by holding Mark Pack, who is running for the party's Presidency, to account. We also had a lovely chat with him about the challenges of digital ca...
This week we explore the government's plan to host a big "Festival of Brexit", to celebrate the biggest foreign policy disaster since World War 2, and figure out how the terror threat level is actually calculated. Plus! We speak to cartoonist Darryl Cunn...
What polling pitfalls can we avoid this election season? And what's it like being a candidate on the campaign trail? We speak to pollster Matt Singh and first time Labour candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale Lizzi Collinge about what being a candidate i...
This week we figure out the process for joining the EU (hey, it might be important soon), and discover if the conventional wisdom that winter weather is bad for election turnout is actually nonsense. Plus we learn about a Prime Minister who went to Europ...
The Pod Delusion is having a week off while James and Dr Liz are on holiday, but we’ll be back as normal next Friday!
This week we go from the serious to the absurd. We find out what the Kurdish region of Syria is actually like, we take Owen Jones’s suggestion of a National Restaurant chain seriously, get down to a Brexit Disco, and ask an actual goose behaviour scienti...
This week we ask a question that could prove as tricky as Brexit: If Northern Ireland votes to join with the Republic of Ireland... has anyone actually thought through how that might work? We speak to Irish border expert Dr Katy Hayward about what the ne...
This week we do some hardcore political science, but don't be scared - it explains whether Britain can survive the current shitshow or not. Also! Whether a four day week could actually work, why normal people think about politics way differently to us ne...
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Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad.Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Follow your host, James O'Malley, on Twitter. Join Humanists UK today.Seb Dance MEP.Dr Kirsty Hughes’ Thinktank, The Scottish Centre on ...
It's really happening. THE POD DELUSION IS BACK!Join our Patreon and support a voice of sanity in a world that has gone mad:https://patreon.com/poddelusionFollow us on Twitter and Facebook:https://twitter.com/poddelusion/https://www.facebook.com/Pod...
Returning In September! July 31, 2019
Your ears are not deceiving you! The Pod Delusion returns in September! But to make it happen we need your help - please join our Patreon to support the show!https://patreon.com/poddelusion/
A special preview of Liz Lutgendorff's new science fiction podcast. Find the full show and subscribe on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Science from Winchester!