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Best UK Current Affairs podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best UK Current Affairs podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
Hosted by Anushka Asthana, Today in Focus brings you closer to Guardian journalism. Combining personal storytelling with insightful analysis, this podcast takes you behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news, every weekday
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday.
 
The Spectator's flagship podcast featuring discussions and debates on the best features from the week's edition. Presented by Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast.
 
The Audio Long Reads podcast is a selection of the Guardian’s long reads, giving you the opportunity to get on with your day while listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer, including in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more
 
The UK Column is an independent news organisation analysing the information war.
 
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
 
Matt Chorley and a selection of leading Times writers and columnists give their perspective on major national and international stories. If you like what you hear, then read more at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/
 
Time-poor? Never get around to watching or reading the news? Aware you’re not quite as on top of what’s happening in the world as you should be? Well, The Daily News In Brief from SheerLuxe.com is the weekly podcast bringing you the scoop on the breaking news and current affairs you need to know. Subscribe, keep listening and stay informed. You can also get your daily dose of news sent straight to your inbox each morning by signing up to The Daily News In Brief newsletter here
 
Showcasing BBC Radio 5 Live's news specials, including in-depth interviews and documentaries.
 
The podcast version of a documentary & interview series on war and inequality from the heart of Empire hosted by Abby Martin. Empire Files is donor-funded, independent and add free. Help keep us going by becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/empirefiles. Follow: @EmpireFiles and @AbbyMartinLike: www.facebook.com/TheEmpireFiles
 
Stephen Nolan's no nonsense approach to confronting the biggest issues of the day: an unmissable mixture of news, phone ins and entertainment. From BBC Radio Ulster
 
Ian Hislop and Private Eye magazine venture into the world of audio with a brand new podcast. Available from Private Eye at www.private-eye.co.uk or on iTunes, Spotify, Acast and Soundcloud.
 
Surprising stories from unusual places. With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about the environment and politics, culture and society.
 
What has been happening in the UK and beyond today? The Sky News Daily podcast will bring you up to date with the top news stories and in-depth analysis from our team of specialist reporters.
 
Small Changes is a podcast series of one-on-one interviews with people who've seen a problem in the world and set out to change it – often in small and unexpected ways
 
Extended reports and podcasts from the team at Sky News Radio - the biggest news supplier to UK commercial radio.Contact us at radio@sky.uk
 
A weekly companion to PM where the expertise and insights of the BBC Radio 4 audience shape a programme that sees news differently. Presented by Luke Jones.
 
One man with too much to say, procrastinators, chatterboxes and geeks of the world unite.
 
The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.
 
Our guide to the world of food, drink and entertaining, The Menu serves up interviews with the world’s most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.
 
What in God’s name is happening in Spain? Simon Hunter, editor of the English Edition of Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS, tries to explain it all to his beloved English-speaking audience.
 
Newsnet.scot's regular podcast is a popular feature of Scottish political debate. reflecting the views of the pro-independence audience, but also tackling UK and international issues. Chaired by former broadcaster Derek Bateman and guests, it aims to encourage discussion of politics without the confrontational tone favoured by today political programmes.
 
Oh Hai World! is a discombobulated popdcast about pop culture and stuff. Two Brits from Northern England filter through random conversations that encompass tv, film, books, music, weird discoveries from the internet and so much more.
 
Two friends with very different political opinions... George Kup and Callum Gurr discuss the biggest stories of the week from current affairs and pop culture and invite listeners to share their opinion. Don't miss the live broadcast every Sunday from 8pm (UK) on W!ZARD Radio Station to take part in the live votes!
 
A weekly wrap of the “must-know” developments in Marketing, Media, Agency and Technology for leaders and emerging leaders in the industry. Veteran industry journalist and Mi3 Executive Editor Paul McIntyre talks each week with guest marketers who are in the know on what matters at the nexus of marketing, agencies, media and technology. Powered mostly by Human Intelligence (HI).
 
With a straight down the middle approach, Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive on Newstalk ZB delivers the very latest news and views to New Zealanders as they wrap up their day.
 
Listen to interviews, features and community stories from the SBS Radio Italian program, including news from Australia and around the world. - Ascolta le interviste, i servizi e le storie del programma in italiano di Radio SBS, con notizie dall'Australia e dal resto del mondo.
 
Hi. I’m Paul Adamson, the founder and editor of E!Sharp, an online magazine about the European Union and its place in the world. These podcasts are me “in conversation with” personalities that I think have interesting things to say and who may not be known to wider audiences. The conversations are deliberately informal and are designed to be illuminating as well as, hopefully, entertaining.
 
A fortnightly podcast from Nathan Blackaby and Carl Beech
 
Podcast by PostDesk
 
Chris A. has recently immigrated (or *brexited) from the UK to Norway and finds herself in the process of acquiring a new language and culture. Knut M. is a native Norwegian who never has a good answer to the question "where're you from"? In this podcast they investigate all the minor differences that may bring their worlds closer together.
 
RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.
 
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What lessons do previous pandemics provide about how we should treat the new coronavirus? David Aaronovitch tracks the disease's origins in China, explores its spread. He considers how dangerous this virus is and asks how prepared we are for an outbreak in the UK. Contributors: Professor John Oxford, Howard Zhang, Dr Nathalie McDermott, Josie Goldi…
 
As France enters its 62nd weekend of protests, President Macron’s honeymoon is well and truly over. But has he found a new friend in Boris Johnson (00:45)? Plus, what is the problem with the Labour leadership race (12:35)? And last, what’s killing Britain’s wild salmon (25:20)? With Jonathan Miller, Charles Grant, James Forsyth, Gloria de Piero, Mi…
 
Trump's impeachment trial begins and a deadly virus spreads in China. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
 
On today's Daily podcast we examine the Saracens salary-cap scandal as Sky News obtains the full report into the breach by the rugby union Premiership club. Also, as Boris Johnson's Brexit withdrawal deal gets royal assent, we look at what it means and what's still to do before the UK leaves the EU.By Sky News
 
A private Czech foundation has decided to donate an unprecedented sum ofmoney in the history of Czech philanthropy to science. Hana and DalimilDvořák, both leading chemists, have pledged to contribute 200 millioncrowns over the next two decades to dozens of chemistry and sciencestudents. The money comes from patent royalties from antiviral drugs us…
 
How do you achieve net-zero carbon emissions in just fifteen years? In Finland, a fisherman-turned-climate scientist believes he has part of the answer: re-wilding the country’s peat fields. Gabriel Gatehouse travels to the country's frozen north to meet Tero Mustonen, as he battles lobbyists and vested interests in government and the peat industry…
 
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš joined world leaders from 49 countriesat the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel, commemorating the 75thanniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Duringthe visit the prime minister held a series of bilateral negotiations andmet with CzechHolocaust survivors.…
 
The pay is due to rise from £49,500 to £50,500 under rules set by the Independent Financial Review Panel.And they're due another £500 rise in April. Assembly members have no input to the panel's decisions on pay and expenses.Some MLAs have already offered to donate their increase to charity.Joining Stephen was the commentator Amanda Ferguson,the fo…
 
Isabel dos Santos is the billionaire daughter of the former president of Angola and Africa’s richest woman. She claims to be a self-made businesswoman. But more than 700,000 documents, recently leaked from her business empire, suggest otherwise. The emails, charts, contracts, audits, and accounts in the so-called Luanda Leaks have put her under int…
 
The picturesque Georgian village of Kvenobani, nestling in the foothills ofthe Caucasus Mountains, is a long way to go to discover the secret of tea-making. But the experience is authentic and those adventurous enough tohead there can make up their minds between spending a whole month to carefor their “own” tea-garden, to grow and process their own…
 
New Zealand's population growth over the past year will be slower than previously thought, with Statistics New Zealand slashing its estimates for gains from migration. Since New Zealand abolished departure cards at border security in late 2018, Statistics NZ has been using a new method to calculate whether people are short-term visitors or migrants…
 
$100,000 is up for grabs in the richest prize for literature in Australia - the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
 
Overnight in the UK, Boris Johnson's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed parliament.
 
There's a battle brewing between Consumer New Zealand and the group representing insurance brokers. This week, Consumer NZ released a survey that found that people who buy insurance through their bank or broker are much less likely to be a satisfied customer. Just 47 per cent who bought house insurance from a bank and 51 per cent who bought from a …
 
On Research Filter, we find out how these species of shark developed the ability to walk and how they do it.
 
Oxford economist Daniel Susskind examines the past and peers into the future with his new book, 'A World Without Work' and shares why this centuries old fear could be unwarranted.
 
Iconic Monty Python quotes are being shared all over the world today, as we mourn the loss of UK comedy legend Terry Jones.
 
Police say they now hold grave fears for a missing mine worker on Tasmania's west coast.
 
Australians are being told to reconsider their need to travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan following the outbreak of Coronavirus.
 
Two hundred and sixty million dollars has been donated to charities and appeals since the bushfire crisis started.
 
Three US crew who were working with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service have died after a large water-bombing aircraft crashed while fighting a blaze in the Snowy Monaro area in southern NSW.
 
Only a revolution in the way the global economy and financial markets work can save the planet from the climate crisis and secure future prosperity, Prince Charles warned on Wednesday. "We can't go on like this, with every month another record in temperatures being broken," he told CNN in an exclusive interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos,…
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is promising that this year's election will not descend into mudslinging and scrapping, telling Labour MPs and media Labour will run a "positive campaign" in 2020. She also revealed that some of the Government's previously announced $12 billion infrastructure package will be spent on New Zealand's fight against climate…
 
KIWI BARISTA MICHAEL CAMERON WHO WORKED ON THE STUDY TALKS WITH HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN ABOVE Text by Jamie Foster, University of Portsmouth and Christopher H. Hendon, University of Oregon Have you ever wondered why the coffee you make at home tastes different from the drinks you buy in cafes? Or why coffee from the same place can taste different …
 
The Government is defending its record on benefits amid the release of new figures which show the number of people receiving them is still soaring. The Ministry of Social Development figures show 15,000 more people were on a benefit by the end of the December 2019 quarter compared with the same time the previous year. The number of people on Jobsee…
 
The Minister of Health has pushed back against claims health authorities are not properly preparing for a potential arrival of the deadly coronavirus and says the Government is "alert but not alarmed". There have been 17 deaths and more than 540 confirmed case of the flu-like virus in China, with the city of Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak, shutt…
 
A huge dust storm that swept across South Australia has reached parts of Victoria and New South Wales, dropping red dirt on homes as far east as Melbourne. Skies turned orange as thunderstorms stirred up dry soil in the outback and strong winds carried it over entire towns. In Melbourne, the city’s iconic Yarra River turned a dark, muddy brown as t…
 
Ngāti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana wants to stop gang violence in Hawke's Bay by turning "gang colours to hi-vis colours". Māori leaders around the region have come out in support of Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura's frank admission that police cannot stop the gangs on their own. "This is well beyond police," she said on …
 
Marco Springmann, a public health expert, tells Anushka Asthana why cutting out animal products is the best route to a healthy diet – and why veganism is good for the planet. Plus: Alex Hern on the Guardian’s exclusive story of how the Amazon chief, Jeff Bezos, allegedly had his phone hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message apparently sent from t…
 
As new cases of the coronavirus appear across the world, we ask how dangerous really is this new illness?By Sky News
 
European Commission vice president Věra Jourová, whose portfolio includespromoting EU values, transparency and the rule-of-law, called out Russialast week for “distorting” the history of World War II. Specifically,the former Czech minister objected to attempts “to paint victims, likePoland, as perpetrators”. We look into the ongoing war of words be…
 
UK Column News Podcast 22nd January 2020 by UK ColumnBy UK Column
 
They were due to receive the extra money over the past three years, but the increase was blocked by the former Secretary of State Karen Bradley because Stormont was suspended.MLAs pay is set by an independent body. But do you agree with the pay rise? Vinny heard from Political Correspondent Enda McClafferty, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan, Businessman M…
 
This week we discuss the latest trial covering the 2017 events in Catalonia, and examine far-right Vox’s plan for a so-called “parental pin.”
 
In connection with this year’s 75th anniversary of the end of World WarII, the Czech Embassy in London has just launched a special projectentitled Never Forgotten. During this year Ambassador Libor Sečka plans tolay flowers at every known grave and memorial of Czechoslovak soldiers whodied in the UK in the war years, as well as gathering informatio…
 
Teplice, the oldest spa town in central Europe, this autumn plans tosend the relics of a clergyman martyred in the 4th century to Dubai. Theskull of St. Clari – the patron saint of spas and so-called ‘hothealing’ – will feature prominently at the Czech national pavilion atExpo 2020. While Teplice is a popular destination also for visitorsworldwide,…
 
India and China have a complex and troubled modern history – including a fully-fledged war in 1962. Today Indian consumers seem to love all things Chinese, from the cheap plastic toys to smartphones and apps like Tik Tok. Some Indians think this success is a result of unfair trade. They think that Chinese imports are taking advantage of the relativ…
 
Why do we hold our opponents in contempt? Former British politician Douglas Alexander believes that disagreement is good - it is how the best arguments get refined. But, today, public discourse has become so ill-tempered, snide and lacking in respect that we are no longer engaged in a battle of ideas but a slanging match. Time to dial down the rhet…
 
Heather du Plessis Allan Drive is launching a new segment this year. On the Business Hour each week, Heather will look at some of the thorny issues that small Kiwi businesses are facing. The aim is to get expert help for listeners and business owners. CEO of Business Mentors New Zealand Craig Garner will be joining Heather to serve as a ‘business d…
 
Thirty years ago Bran Nue Dae became the first ever Indigenous Australian musical comedy to hit the stage. It's back on stage with two whole new generations of performers.
 
Opening arguments were today presented to the US Senate on the first day of President Trump's impeachment trial, and it proved to be a tough start for the Democrats.
 
On Tech Head, Australia's financial watchdogs air concerns with the Federal Government about the impact of crytocurrencies on the Australian dollar.
 
Shine Lawyers has launched a class action in the Federal Court in Victoria, alleging members of CBA's super provider Colonial First State were forced into insurance policies with CommInsure.
 
A new FDA study shows chemicals in sunscreen are being absorbed into the body at a more saturated rate than we previously thought, but is it really cause for concern?
 
Prime Minister Scott Morison visited the historic New South Wales town of Batlow today without any media attendance, and took the time to meet farmers seeking assistance.
 
The $100 million sports grant saga is becoming a growing headache for the Government and frontbencher Bridget McKenzie.
 
The death toll from the Coronavirus has risen to nine today, and one case has been detected in the United States.
 
Britain's Parliament has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to rethink part of his key Brexit bill and restore a promise to reunite child refugees with family members in the U.K. Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, voted 300-220 on Tuesday to ensure that post-Brexit Britain continues letting unaccompanied migrant children elsewhere in E…
 
The 5G debate is back on the table, and all eyes are on Britain. The UK are set to decide this week whether to let Huawei build their 5G network or not. It's speculated that if Boris Johnson decides to let the Chinese company in, Canada and New Zealand will follow. The US and Australia have decided to turn down Huawei, so a move in the tech giant's…
 
There’s a new service looking to get on board the 'on demand' economy: petrol that comes to you. If you hate filling up your car, one Christchurch company is happy to bring the fuel to you for the same price you'll pay at the pump. The service is called 'Fill'. Co-founder Tom Evatt told Heather du Plessis-Allan that people just need to use the app …
 
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