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  • 26 minutes 23 seconds
    The Kremlin court – how Putin’s inner circle keeps him in power

    Vladimir Putin has surrounded himself with loyalists who have kept him in power for 20 years. Earlier this week, Russian defence minister and close ally of Putin, Sergei Shoigu, was removed from his post. But the author of The New Politics of Russia, Andrew Monaghan, says Shoigu’s removal was less of a sacking, as Western media suggests, and more of a promotion. He joins Chris Jones to discuss how Putin’s inner circle operates. 

     

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    Written and presented by Chris Jones. Producer: Eliza Davis Beard and Chris Jones. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.


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    17 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 27 minutes 27 seconds
    Why Britain's spy problem is getting worse – with ex-MI6 boss Nigel Inkster

    Britain has a spy problem, with a significant surge in threats from China, Russia and Iran in recent months. What kind of covert operations are they running? Gavin Esler sits down with former MI6 director of operations and intelligence and director of transnational threats and political risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Nigel Inkster, to find out just how concerned we should be.  

     

    • “We’re seeing a significant upsurge in espionage and other forms of covert activity directed at western countries.” – Nigel Inkster 

    • “At the end of the day, there is always going to be a role for the human source, for secret agents, because you need to know what is going on in the minds of key decision makers… you can’t interrogate a tape recorder or a satellite.” Nigel Inkster 

     

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    Written and presented by Gavin Esler. Producer: Eliza Davis Beard. Audio editor: Jade Bailey. Managing editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson and artwork by James Parrett. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.


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    16 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 24 minutes 40 seconds
    Will bird flu be the next big pandemic? – Alex Andreou asks Prof. Devi Sridhar

    You might have seen a flurry of alarming headlines and articles about bird flu in recent weeks. Some reports are comparing it to COVID-19, and positioning it as the next potential worldwide pandemic. How concerned should we be? Alex Andreou asks Devi Sridhar, Professor and Personal Chair in Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. 


    • “Previously, you’d have to be in very close proximity with an infected bird. That is changing. For the first time, we have now confirmed cow to human transmission – that is a signal that something is different here.” – Devi Sridhar 

    • “It’s like a lottery. There are millions of viruses circulating among animals.” – Devi Sridhar


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    15 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 30 minutes 57 seconds
    Britain abroad – Why do we have such a bad reputation?

    Brits have a bad reputation abroad – but what about Britain as a whole? To discuss how other countries look at Britain, Rafael Behr speaks to FT journalist Michael Peel, author of What Everyone Knows About Britain (*Except the British). 

    • “Looking at Britain from overseas made Brexit easier to see coming.” – Michael Peel 

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    14 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 24 minutes 7 seconds
    Rishi Sunak, Prophet of Doom – Start Your Week with Ros Taylor and Andrew Harrison

    In your round-up of the week ahead… Rishi Sunak warns that the UK is about to face its most dangerous years ever. The Israeli assault on the Gazan city of Rafah is imminent. And, what does Russia’s new incursion into Ukraine north of Kharkiv mean? Plus, the Trump trial continues with testimonies scheduled from his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. And why were EU flags banned from the Eurovision finale?   

     

    • “Rishi Sunak says the challenges of the next few years are so enormous and so scary that only Conservative innovation and Sunak’s own bold ideas can help us face it.”  – Ros Taylor   

    • “Sunak is undoubtedly trying to distract attention from the state that the country is in. If you look at what’s going on in Russia, the NHS will look less depressing.” – Ros Taylor  

     

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    13 May 2024, 8:35 am
  • 24 minutes 47 seconds
    Does America basically rule Britain?

    Britain and America’s link is often called the “special relationship”. But is it that special anymore – or is it actually pretty one-sided? Angus Hanton is a businessman and entrepreneur and the author of Vassal State: How America Runs Britain. He argues that the relationship has changed for the worse – and that Britain has become the 51st state of the United States at great cost to its economy. He joins Gavin Esler in The Bunker to discuss. 

     

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    • “We’re being taken over at scale and the government doesn’t care.” – Angus Hanton 

    • “I think this has contributed to our impoverishment and higher tax rates.” – Angus Hanton 

     

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    Written and presented by Gavin Esler. Producer: Chris Jones. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. 

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    10 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 27 minutes 55 seconds
    Does politics need a bit more swearing?

    Swearing is a part of life. But is there a place for it in politics? Would Parliament function better if politicians were allowed to use a bit more profanity? Alex Andreou discusses this with Philip Seargeant, senior lecturer in applied linguistics at The Open University and author of The Art of Political Storytelling.

    • “Swearing always has a purpose.” – Philip Seargeant

    • “The idea that language can be particularly harmful has come more from the younger generation.” Philip Seargeant 

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    9 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 29 minutes 40 seconds
    Iron Lad – How Thatcherite is Starmer really?

    Starmer’s referencing of Thatcher has enraged the left – but is it anything beyond symbolic politicking? And is he really Thatcherite at all? Andrew Harrison speaks to Robert Saunders, a reader in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London, about the legacy of Thatcher and how it ties in with modern Labour policy. 


    • “It’s worth remembering that Margaret Thatcher herself borrowed ideas from the left.” – Robert Saunders

    • “I think Thatcher would be quite alarmed by what she would see in a Reeves-Starmer manifesto.” – Robert Saunders 

    • “Truss and Sunak were giving two different memories of Margaret Thatcher in the last Tory leadership contest… it was like two branches of the same religion.” – Robert Saunders 

    • “Margaret Thatcher has become a myth. And the nature of myths means every generation can give different tales about them.” – Robert Saunders


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    8 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 33 minutes 17 seconds
    Foregone delusion – Start Your Week with Alex Andreou and Jacob Jarvis

    Rishi Sunak is trying to spin his local election trouncing as best as he can – what bluster should we ignore this week? Plus, the latest from Gaza as Israel strikes Rafah. And, the Trump trial rolls on – while Xi visits Europe for the first time in five years. Alex Andreou talks Jacob Jarvis through the week ahead.  

     

    • “There’s a sort of electoral ruthlessness to the Labour Party at the moment.” – Alex Andreou 

    • “Sunak should call an election, he won’t, but he should.” – Alex Andreou  

    • “If Sunak should do something then that usually suggests he won’t do it.” – Jacob Jarvis 

    • “This is a critical moment for Netenyahu.” – Alex Andreou  

    • “There is a weird mix of entitlement and scattergun strategy going on from Trump in his court case.” – Jacob Jarvis 

     

    Want to hear more about the American election? Then listen to our new podcast, hosted by Jacob Jarvis, ‘American Friction’ – out every Friday in the run up to November’s vote.  

     

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    Written and Presented by Jacob Jarvis with Alex Andreou. Audio production: Jade Bailey. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music by Kenny Dickinson. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

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    7 May 2024, 8:50 am
  • 26 minutes 36 seconds
    The fandom menace – How politics is shaped by obsessives

    Is “fandom” one of the drives behind our dysfunctional politics? That’s the thesis of Dr Phoenix Andrews new book I Heart Politics – who writes about how people power is behind a series of quake moments in recent political history. He joins Andrew Harrison to discuss whether the phenomenon and power of fandom is overlooked in contemporary politics, and how the fandoms of politicians like Trump, Farage and Thatcher affect the cultural zeitgeist.


    “The world feels mad, but finding people with a common passion is uplifting.” – Dr Phoenix Andrews

    “Political fandom is basically Eurovision with consequences.” – Dr Phoenix Andrews


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    Written and Presented by Andrew Harrison. Producer: Adam Wright and Liam Tait. Audio Production: Robin Leeburn. Managing Editor: Jacob Jarvis. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Music: Kenny Dickinson. Artwork: James Parrett. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production.

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    6 May 2024, 3:00 am
  • 9 minutes 59 seconds
    Extra: A taster of American Friction

    The brand new podcast from the makers of The Bunker. Bewildered by the US Presidential Election? Don’t worry, American Friction has got you. Every Friday Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez of Rolling Stone join expert special guests to count down to America’s most rancorous election in generations. 

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    Written and presented by Chris Jones, Jacob Jarvis and Nikki McCann Ramírez. Audio editor: Simon Williams. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. Executive producer: Martin Bojtos. Artwork by James Parrett. Music: Orange Factory Music. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production

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    3 May 2024, 3:56 pm
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