Political Thinking with Nick Robinson

BBC Radio 4

Nick Robinson has a conversation with, not an interrogation of, the people who shape our political thinking about what shaped theirs.

  • 38 minutes 18 seconds
    The Victoria Atkins One

    After a damning report into maternity services in England, the Health Secretary opens up about her own traumatic childbirth experience in the NHS.

    Victoria Atkins also speaks to Nick Robinson about a change of tone in dealings with doctors' unions, growing up as child of an MP and what she thought when Natalie Elphicke defected to Labour.

    17 May 2024, 5:00 am
  • 39 minutes 59 seconds
    The Emma Little-Pengelly One

    Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister talks to Nick Robinson.

    7 March 2024, 6:00 am
  • 52 minutes 54 seconds
    The Nigel Farage 2024 One

    Nigel Farage tells Nick Robinson that "timing is everything" when it comes to deciding whether to return to frontline politics. Fresh off the plane from Florida, Farage talks about what he can learn from - and how he can defend - Donald Trump, as well as islamophobia, Liz Truss, and what he would do if prime minister

    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    29 February 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 36 minutes 58 seconds
    The Mariana Mazzucato One

    One of the world's most influencial progressive economists outlines her pitch to leaders across the world - and Starmer's Labour Party - to focus on ambitious 'missions' that can transform society for the better.

    21 February 2024, 6:00 am
  • 45 minutes 8 seconds
    The Emma Runswick One

    The Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association Council talks to Nick Robinson ahead of the latest round of junior doctor strikes.

    She defends the pay demands set out by doctors, tells the story of a life of activism, and opens up about the horrors of working in Covid wards at the height of the pandemic.

    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    16 February 2024, 1:33 pm
  • 44 minutes 31 seconds
    The Shabana Mahmood One

    The Shadow Justice Secretary and Labour's most senior Muslim MP reflects on Gaza, her faith and campaigning for Rishi Sunak's "geek vote" when they were at university

    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    8 February 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 23 minutes 42 seconds
    Bonus episode: The Michelle O’Neill One - Revisited

    Nick looks back at his 2021 conversation with the new First Minister of Northern Ireland

    7 February 2024, 5:40 pm
  • 35 minutes 31 seconds
    The Jeremy Hunt Chancellor One

    Nick Robinson sits down with the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the dining room of No11 Downing Street. They discuss living nextdoor to the Sunaks, how much headroom he will have at the budget, and who he would invite to his dream dinner party

    1 February 2024, 3:10 pm
  • 45 minutes 30 seconds
    The Blair and Hague One

    Sir Tony Blair and Lord William Hague sit down with Nick Robinson to discuss their vision for a new "national purpose". They reflect on facing each other across the dispatch box 25 years ago and how to deal with an unstable world

    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    25 January 2024, 3:42 pm
  • 38 minutes 52 seconds
    The Humza Yousaf One

    The First Minister of Scotland sits down with Nick Robinson in Glasgow to reflect on his first ten months in power and how his family is dealing with the ongoing trauma of being caught up in the war in Gaza

    Producer: Daniel Kraemer

    18 January 2024, 6:00 am
  • 41 minutes 47 seconds
    The Ben Wallace 2023 One

    The former Defence Secretary opens up about the impact of high-pressure government jobs on family relations and tells the behind-the-scenes story of the lead-up to the Ukraine War and his take on the “poison” in British politics.

    24 November 2023, 6:00 am
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