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The Guardian's political editor, Heather Stewart, and deputy political editor, Jessica Elgot, are joined by commentators, experts and politicians to unpack the week's biggest stories in politics. In Politics Weekly Extra on Fridays, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland invites guests to help analyse the latest in US politics
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This week, Joe Biden spoke to the UN General Assembly for the first time as president. After watching him oversee a disastrous exit from Afghanistan and sign up to a controversial nuclear submarine deal with the UK and Australia, Jonathan Freedland and Dr Leslie Vinjamuri discuss how the world views Biden. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Rowena Mason is joined by Heather Stewart in the US to discuss the prime minister’s UN speech and meeting with Joe Biden in the White House. Plus Larry Elliott and Torsten Bell discuss the politics of an energy crisis. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Jonathan Freedland hosted a special Guardian Live event where he spoke to the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. As the US commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks last weekend, the pair talked about her memories of the day, given she was the senator for New York at the time; how US politics has changed since then; and whether or not retaliation by American forces has made the US and the world a safer or more dangerous place. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
There’s a new cabinet in town – or at least a different one than yesterday. Aubrey Allegretti and Rowena Mason look at the winners and losers of Boris Johnson’s reshuffle. Plus, Jessica Elgot and Rafael Behr analyse the government’s Covid winter plan. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
On Thursday night, the US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the US Justice Department would launch a federal lawsuit against Texas over the extreme abortion law that the state introduced last week. Jonathan Freedland speaks to Moira Donegan about what all of this means for Roe v Wade. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Heather Stewart and Zoe Williams discuss the prime minister’s announcement of a £12bn healthcare levy to be introduced through a rise in national insurance contributions. Plus, Libby Brooks and Peter Walker look at the state of Green party politics in the UK. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
As the last of the US troops took off from Kabul on Tuesday, Jonathan Freedland spoke to Thomas Kean. Kean co-wrote the 9/11 commission report, detailing who was to blame for the events of September 11, and making recommendations to prevent a subsequent attack. He shares his thoughts on the end of America’s longest war. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
In the last episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot asks her guests: Who is the elusive David Frost? When did he become such a Eurosceptic? And how will the continuous fallout from Brexit affect his legacy?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Jonathan Freedland revisits an enlightening conversation with Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican national committee, who campaigned for a Joe Biden victory in last year’s US presidential election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
In the third episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: who is the first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford? Is it his politics, or his character, that drives his success? And what would he like his legacy to be?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Taking a break from our summer series, Jessica Elgot and Dan Sabbagh discuss what the UK government can do after the Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan much more quickly than many ministers were expecting. How do they plan to help thousands of stranded Afghans looking for asylum?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Analyst David Shor and Jonathan Freedland look at the data and the polls and discuss why the Democrats should be worried – and what they need to do to improve their chances of winning the next presidential election. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
In the second episode of our special summer series, Rowena Mason asks her guests: is Angela Rayner the politician that can get Labour back to winning ways? How has her now well-known backstory informed her politics? And should the Tories be worried about where she goes next?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Jessica Glenza and Jonathan Freedland discuss how party politics is playing a role in helping – and hindering – public health messaging. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
In the first episode of our special summer series, Jessica Elgot asks her guests: who is the new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid? How did he rise to the top? What makes him tick? And is he as funny as some claim he is?. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Last December, a month before his inauguration, Biden announced he was naming former secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever presidential envoy for climate as part of his plan to deal with the crisis. Joan E Greve talks to Oliver Milman about what Biden’s climate change plans are, what challenges he’s up against and if he and John Kerry can lead the way in solving the climate crisis.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Heather Stewart and Rafael Behr discuss ‘crime week’, as the government attempts to shift the narrative. Plus, Katy Hayward, Daniel Boffey and Jess Sargeant look at what’s behind the latest tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Republican lawmakers have introduced the highest number of anti-trans bills to be filed in a single year in 2021. Joan E Greve speaks to Sam Levin about why some in the GOP are trying to ban transgender children from certain sports teams and limit their access to gender-affirming healthcare.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
Jessica Elgot and Polly Toynbee discuss a purge of so-called far-left factions from the Labour party. Plus, as Boris Johnson again delays the social care overhaul, Heather Stewart, David Gauke, Jill Rutter and Ryan Shorthouse look at the future for his premiership goals. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
It’s been 50 years this month since Henry Kissinger, the then national security advisor, made a secret trip to the People’s Republic of China. Joan E Greve talks to the Guardian’s China affairs correspondent, Vincent Ni, to find out how the current diplomatic relationship compares with 1971. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/politicspod
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Comments (26)

Ian Comley

Good as usual but please no Owen Jones

Jun 30th
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Midnight Rambler

Lil the guy can barely walk or talk

May 12th
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Andrew Browne

Politics Weekly interviews a GOP grifter

May 7th
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Andrew Browne

A Lincoln Project interview? Good thing you didn't send a female reporter to interview the grifter. Did you donate money to them and u are now trying to justify your stupidity

Mar 27th
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Midnight Rambler

lol what bs

Mar 21st
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Midnight Rambler

no just bored of middle class lefties

Mar 21st
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Midnight Rambler

oh the salty tears😂

Mar 19th
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Toby Latto

Great podcast. Good to hear a Republican make the case for an alternative to trumpism.

Mar 7th
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Patrick America

This is plain stupid Bye bye

Feb 15th
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Andrew Browne

Ginna Miller helped create the divide.

Jan 25th
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Alison Sneddon

Did a really just hear a human being utter the words "an idealised version of the working class version in their own heads"?!

Dec 18th
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Tim O'Donoghue

Stop saying "bayzickly"

Dec 9th
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David Pointer

another out and out anti Corbin diatribe rapidly loosing my patience with this podcast

Nov 29th
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Nick

This Remainer show is full of crap..All they care about is a 2nd Referendum..which they will loose. Many of Labour swing targets & Marginals are in Leave areas... so if it were simple as yr making out he would have gone for new referendum from the start.

Apr 17th
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Twist Olly

whens the next episode/podcast as havent hadone come up since last week?

Feb 26th
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Bryan Lorigan

Just listened to this (hands free) while driving. The two correspondents contributing by phone were unintelligible. If they can't be in the studio can I suggest that you use landlines rather than mobiles.

Jan 18th
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Richard H

Katy Balls is a liar

Dec 21st
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Richard H

Awful episode by the guardian, why do I bother

Dec 14th
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David Edwards

It's time to put a stop the these Tories they are not up to the job and it is frightening making important decisions by people we didn't even vote in. May is putting fear into people. Families homeless sick disabled homeless. Enough is enough is enough for goodness sake.

Nov 30th
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David Edwards

how to down load ?

Nov 18th
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