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Chit chat and debate about politics and culture in the US and UK, with Host Roifield Brown, UK based journalist Jonn Elledge and US historian Rob Monaco with occasional guests.

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Ep: 4-73 Elizabeth Warren runs and far right vitriol in British politics (Jan 11th, 2019)

Today we are joined by my favourite senior political editor at Salon Amanda Marcotte in New York as Alice Thwaite is looking after her poorly Dad. We wish him a speedy recovery.


In a week that has seen President Trump address the nation and then 2 days later say he'll 'probably, almost definitely' declare a national emergency, we ask Does Elizabeth Warren have what it takes to win the Democratic party nomination to become its next president?

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Ep: 4-72 Working People with Maximillian and Zac Alvarez (Dec 23rd, 2018)

Today we speak to Maximillian Alvarez is a dual-PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, a columnist for The Baffler magazine, and host of the podcast Working People and his brother Zachary Alvarez who is a writer and economist from the University of Chicago.


The GM layoffs now (as part of a 30-year process of de-industrialization) show that labor's concessionary bargaining model of negotiating higher wages has shown its insufficiency. Labor should have stuck with a more militant, postwar ...

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Ep: 4- 71 Why are we scared of Immigration? (Nov 29th, 2018)

Today we are joined by writer and foodie Doug Levy in San Fransisco and by the voice of the north Mike Holden in Preston, England.


In a week that has seen The British PM cling on to office by her fingertips we question why immigration is so important a topic on both sides of the Atlantic.


Fear of immigrants and Immigration was the not so secret sauce that led to Trump's Presidential victory and that made the UK vote to leave the EU in 2016. The outgoing Republican Congress largely supports Trum...

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Ep: 4 - 70 Who will run in 2020 and when will we stop remembering Remembrance Sunday (Nov 15th, 2018)

Today we are joined by my favourite senior political editor at Salon, Amanda Marcotte in New York and by writer Alice Twaite in Kent in England.


On the day that Theresa May is fighting to convince her cabinet that her Brexit deal is the best one for Britain, we ask after the midterms just who will run to be the Democratic nominee for 2020?

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Ep: 4-69 Trump the nationalist and the end of austerity in Britain (Nov 1st, 2018)

In a week that has seen Lewis Hamilton win yet another F1 world championship, we ask what is the world coming to when the president of the United States can call himself a nationalist?


Last week, Trump declared himself a "nationalist" at a campaign rally in Houston. "You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It's called a 'nationalist.' "You know what I am? I'm a nationalist, OK? I'm a nationalist." What does that mean in 2018?

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Ep: 68 Nicki Arnold-Swindle runs for the 36th Alabama state district (Oct 25th, 2018)

Nicki Arnold-Swindle talks to Roifield about running for the 36th Alabama state district. Nicki talks about healthcare, defunding public schools and the working class voting against their own economic interests in the deep south. Donate to her campaign here http://www.votenicki.com

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Ep: 4 - 67 David Shields - 'Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump' Interview (Oct 21st, 2018)

NOBODY HATES TRUMP MORE THAN TRUMP: AN INTERVENTION is perhaps the only genuinely original thing you have read yet about Donald Trump. It can be read in a variety of ways: as a psychological investigation of Trump, as a philosophical meditation on the relationship between language and power, as a satirical compilation of the “collected wit and wisdom of Donald Trump,” and above all as a dagger into the rhetoric of American political discourse. https://thoughtcatalog.com/book/nobody-hates-trum...

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Ep: 4-66 Trump's backing state sponsored murder and is this Mays last stand? (Oct 17th, 2018)

Today we are joined by the eloquent Brexit naysayer Femi Oluwole and liberal US sage Doug Levi


In a week that has seen the man-boy that is the president of the United States call a woman a horse face, we ask where is the moral leadership at the heart of the US administration?


“I think we have to find out what happened first,” Trump said isn't that right Saudi Arabia should be guilty before proven innocent?


"Intensive work" is needed to overcome differences on the Irish border and reach a Brexit ...

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Ep: 4-65 Should men just shut up about me too and has May done enough to hold on to power (Oct 4th, 2018)

Today we are joined by our friend the writer in Philly Nathaniel Popkin and by writer and wag Mic Wright in Norwich. As rape allegations surface against Ronaldo we look at the man who was once part of 100 Kegs or Bust fraternity and his attempt to became one of the most powerful men in America and the whirlwind of allegations against him.


With Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi rally as supporters cheer and Republican Jeff Flake calling Trump’s speech ‘appalling’ while Ford’s l...

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Ep: 4-64 An Irish opinion on Brexit - William Campbell of Challenging Opinions (Sep 26th, 2018)

When the history books are written about Britain in the early 21st century this will be the period where the raw soul of the country will be remarked upon. We have always been able to hide behind a Whiggish view of history that progress was and is inevitable and that we are an ordered and people. Brexit has but a lie to that fallacy.


The idea of this show was to look at the Irish perspective of Brexit with podcaster William Campbell along with the issue if the Irish border but we veered off in...

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Ep 4-63 Venezuela Teetering on the Brink and The South China Sea with Tim Marshall. (Sep 24th, 2018)

Venezuela Teetering on the Brink

According to the United Nations, approximately 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their country over the last several years.


Extreme shortages of food and medicine, coupled with hyper-inflation that could approach one million percent, are pushing Venezuelans to flee to neighbouring Ecuador, Colombia, and elsewhere.


There are no real prospects for positive change in the foreseeable future, with the Maduro government beginning its second term by simply blaming the U...

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Ep: 4 - 62 Kavanaugh's me too moment and the calls for a second referendum on Brexit (Sep 20th, 2018)

Today I’m joined by Alice Twaite of the Echo Chamber club in Kent and Amanda Marcotte of Salon in Brooklyn New York. In a week that has seen the Austrian EU Presidency propose a special Brexit Summit in November, we ask just what does the Kavanaugh’s me too movement say about sexual politics and power in America today?


Kavanaugh’s Supreme court confirmation, seemed certain, was cast in doubt after Dr Christine Blasey Ford said in an interview published Sunday by The Washington Post that a drun...

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Ep: 4-61 Trump vs Obama and Johnson vs May (Sep 12th, 2018)

Today we are joined by our friend the writer in Philly Nathaniel Popkin, and by writer and wag Mic Wright in Norwich.


In a week that has seen the release of Bob Woodward's book 'Fear' on the Trump White House, we look at two feuds either side of the Atlantic?

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Ep 4-60 Trumps beef with McCain and racism in British politics (Aug 31st, 2018)

Today we are joined by the happy curmudgeon that is the New Statesman's Jonn Elledge somewhere in London and by Salon's political editor Amanda Marcotte in Brooklyn, New York.


In a week that has seen Theresa May strike trade deals with Malawi to replace our membership of the EU, we ask was John McCain the saint the press would have us believe?

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Ep: 4 - 59 Draining the swamp of American lobbyists and Boris Johnson's burkha broadside (Aug 9th, 2018)

Today we are joined by the journalist of a thousand quips Mic Wright in Norwich, England and by that sensible man of the left who likes good wine Doug Levy in San Francisco California.


In a week that has seen Another warning bell for Republicans In the shape of the closeness of the special election in Ohio we ask who will ever drain Washington’s swamp.


Boris Johnson has an appeal to white working class voters, who are traditional Labour voters but who backed Brexit, so his cozying up to right w...

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Ep: 4 - 58 Trump the Traitor and could there be a National Government because of Brexit (Jul 26th, 2018)

Today we are joined by the woman that Time magazine described as "an outspoken voice of The Left Amanda Marcotte in Brooklyn New York and in Burnley sometimes called the renaissance capital of Lancashire with have Donald Trump’s favourite tweeter Mike Holden.


In a week that has seen the 40th birthday of the world's first test tube baby we ask is Donald Trump a double agent?


President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday that he was "very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to ha...

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American History Tellers Revolution an introduction (Jul 20th, 2018)

Imagine it's 1754. The British had developed thirteen colonies along the eastern seaboard of the American continent. Meanwhile, the French had quietly colonized a strip down the center, with a line of settlements along the Mississippi River.


This threw the American colonies in the middle of a global power struggle between England and France that eventually led to a revolution.

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Ep: 57 - Russia's geopolitical position (Jul 17th, 2018)

In a week that has seen a France beat Croatia 4-2 to become champions of the globe, we ask has this World Cup been Putin’s biggest triumph?


There were fears that world cup would be racked by hooliganism and racism, and an instead travellers to Russia in 2018 were confronted by smiles, streets parties and have learnt to not define a people by its politicians. Tim Could this world cup be as effective way of disrupting our perceptions of Russia as the GUR’s campaign to disrupt the 2016 US electio...

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Ep: 56 - Trump dodges the baby Trump Blimp and World Sport (Jul 13th, 2018)

Today we are joined by that most gentle of journalists, that sensitive soul in Norwich Mic Wright and we call onto the field of battle our super sub pundit Doug Levy in San Fransisco!


In a week that has seen England lose yet another semi final we ask, why is Donald Trump over here upsetting us all?

 

Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for a four-day visit which will feature talks with our embattled PM Theresa May, crumpets with the Queen and a giant Trump baby blimp being flown over Westminster....

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4 - 55 Huckabee Sanders is asked to leave and the English feel good about the World Cup (Jun 27th, 2018)

Today we are joined by the journalist of a thousand quips Mic Wright in Norwich and by the woman that Time magazine described as "an outspoken voice of the left Amanda Marcotte in Brooklyn New York


In a week that has seen a California woman threaten to call police on an eight-year-old black girl for selling water we ask is it right to refuse to serve a politician in public?

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