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Welcome to Season Two of ELECTION, the Cambridge politics podcast, still tackling the biggest questions from new angles.  For this series we will be going international, to look at the US Presidential election and other elections around the world as we explore the current state of democracy and the many challenges it faces in 2016.  And we'll continue to take the temperature of British politics, after last year's remarkable election and the even more remarkable events that followed.  Can Corbyn hold the Labour Party together?  Will Britain be leaving the EU?  Where is opposition to the government going to come from?  All this and much more.

With David Runciman and our regular panel of Helen Thompson, Finbarr Livesey, Aaron Rapport and Chris Brooke, plus new voices and a new series of guests, bringing insights from the worlds of science, history, philosophy and beyond.  A new episode every Thursday: please join us for the most interesting politics conversation out there.


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Episode 18 - 21/01/2016

Jackie Ashley

Jackie Ashley on Corbyn, Labour party splits and riding the wave of anti-politics.


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Episode 19 - 28/01/2016

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter on America's place in the world and the prospect of the first woman President.


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Episode 20 - 04/02/2016

Bill Janeway

Bill Janeway on Silicon Valley, inequality and presidential politics in the age of Google. 



Episode 21 - 11/02/2016

Athene Donald

Athene Donald on women in science, scientists in politics and why Britain needs to stay in Europe.



Episode 22 - 18/02/2016

Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle on police power and paranoia in US politics, plus we talk Uganda.


McWilliamsEp5.jpgEpisode 23 - 25/02/2016

David McWilliams

David McWilliams on Ireland, talking bail-outs and the blame game.


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Xenia Wickett

Xenia Wickett on America's place in the world and what the world makes of this extraordinary election.



Episode 25 - 10/03/2016

Jeremy Cliffe

Jeremy Cliffe of the Economist on Brexit, the future of the UK and the fate of David Cameron.


Episode 26 - 17/03/2016

Sean Trende

Leading US polling analyst Sean Trende on what Trumpism really means for American democracy.


Episode 27 - 24/03/2016

Jim Naughtie

Jim Naughtie with his tales from the primary campaign trail.


Episode 28 - 31/03/2016

John Judis

John Judis on 'the emerging Democratic majority' and the perils of predicting where America might be heading.


Episode 29 - 07/04/2016

Anand Menon

Anand Menon on how to sort fact from fiction in the EU referendum debate.



Episode 30 - 14/04/2016

Paul Cartledge

Paul Cartledge on democracy ancient and modern: what can we learn from Greeks?


Episode 31 - 05/05/2016

Indiana decides: it's Trump! David Runciman and the panel reassembles to discuss what comes next.


Episode 32 - 25/06/2016

The UK decides; it's Brexit!

The panel reassembles on the morning after the night before to start sifting through the implications of this momentous decision: What does it mean for Labour? For UKIP? For Scotland? For the rest of Europe? 


Episode 33 - 01/07/2016

It's Brexit! One week on

On the morning Gove joins the race (and just before Boris drops out) we try to catch up with the news. The panel discusses the civil war in the Labour party, the Theresa May project, and what the referendum means for politics in Northern Ireland. We also take a step back to ask how serious things now are: just how bad could it get?



Episode 34 - 08/07/2016

David Runciman talks to Dr Glen Rangwala the day after the publication of the Chilcot report. Glen exposed the 'dodgy dossier' at the time of the Iraq war and is a leading expert on the politics of the region. They discuss what lessons to learn from Chilcot and why the problems extend beyond a few individuals. They also examine Tony Blair's claims about what Iraq would be like if Saddam were still there. Plus, was Jeremy Corbyn the right person to apologise?