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Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

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A podcast about ideas. Former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio host Geoff Lloyd talk to smart thinkers from around the world.

157 Episodes
Hello! With 70% British theatres on the brink of collapse and hundreds of thousands of arts jobs at risk, we’re talking about the need to save our arts and culture sector. Playwright James Graham sets out the threat to theatres and what government needs to do. Our FDR expert David Woolner is back to explain the huge art programmes in the New Deal. Then Berlin-based journalist Kate Brown talks about Germany’s ambitious culture bailout. Plus poet Lemn Sissay on lockdown, judging the Booker Prize, and his powerful memoir ‘My Name is Why’. Sign up to the Cheerful newsletter:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! The recent Black Lives Matter protests have led to renewed calls to rethink our understanding of British history. We’re talking about how to address the widespread lack of knowledge of black British history, as well as how the legacies of slavery and Empire shape racism today. Lavinya Stennett talks about how the Black Curriculum is trying to transform how history is taught in schools. Dr Richard Benjamin from the International Slavery Museum explains how museums shape our understanding. And Michelle Gayle and Ruth Ibegbuna talk us through the World Reimagined - an art project opening up the conversation about Britain's past.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! How can we support workers in high carbon sectors as we transition to a net zero economy? Phil Asquith tells us about the legendary Lucas Plan in the 1970s, when Phil and his colleagues came up with alternative ideas for production when their jobs were at risk. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera explains how their approach to the 'just transition’ is shaping Spain's recovery from coronavirus. And Tim Page from the TUC talks about what we need to do in the UK today.  See for privacy and opt-out information.



After George Floyd's murder, Black Lives Matter protests are again taking place around the world against police violence and systemic racism. We're asking what we can all do to make this a moment of real change. Barrister and former Deputy Mayor of London Matthew Ryder talks about the actions we can take on the specific issue of how black people are treated by the police. And we speak to Professor Kalwant Bhopal about her book, ‘White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society’.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Bonus episode here! It’s a longer conversation with former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. We chat to John about life as Speaker, the evolution of his politics & what he’s planning to do next.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Over the last few months, we’ve been more reliant on the internet than ever to work, stay in touch with each other, and educate our kids. What impact will this have on the society we build coming out of the crisis? Anett Numa explains why Estonia was better prepared than most countries for living life online. Helen Milner from the Good Things Foundations talks about how lockdown has exposed new digital divides. And we ask Stanford economist Nick Bloom about why home working is here to stay. Plus John Bercow on life as Speaker of the House of Commons. AND buy previous guest Gavin Osborn's song raising money for the NHS -  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! More than a million young people could be unemployed in the wake of the current crisis. How can we create opportunities for young people to find work and contribute to tackling the climate crisis? Historian David Woolner talks through lessons from the Civilian Conservation Corps - established in the US in response to the Great Depression. Youth Futures Foundation’s Anna Smee and the Resolution Foundation’s Kathleen Henehan discuss the problem of youth unemployment today. And Martin Moore explains his exciting idea for a Youth Environment Service.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! This weekend was the final meeting of the UK’s Climate Assembly. As BIG fans of citizens’ assemblies, we explore how it went and what comes next. Assembly member Ibrahim talks about his experience. Climate expert Becky Willis explains how we can revolutionise democracy to tackle the climate crisis. And Shared Futures' Pete Bryant argues for local climate juries in towns and cities across the country. AND Big Issue founder John Bird on how we can support the magazine during lockdown. But before all that, we have a special guest... Find 'Talking Politics: History of Ideas' here Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! What would society look like if we started from the assumption that people are fundamentally decent? We speak to historian Rutger Bregman about ‘Humankind’ - his new book arguing for a positive view of human nature. Then we talk to COVID mutual aid volunteer Sam Maher about how our instinct in crises is often to help others. And to constructive journalism campaigner Jodie Jackson about why the news should go beyond showing the worst of humanity.  Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Thousands of rough sleepers have been given a place to stay during the lockdown. If we can do it in a pandemic, why not the rest of the time? We talk to Matt Downie from Crisis and Maggie Brunjes from Homeless Network Scotland about how we can build on the last few weeks to end rough sleeping for good. Then Danny Dorling discusses what this shows about our ability to tackle injustice and why he thinks the world was slowing down even before the current crisis. Listen to episode 26 on Housing First: Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Some sectors are likely to need further support during this crisis. But should government attach conditions to corporate bailouts, or even seek an equity stake in bailed out companies? Danish MP Rune Lund explains why everyone’s talking about Denmark’s approach. Then Common Wealth’s Adrienne Buller and economist Mariana Mazzucato discuss the conditions they’d like to see over here. AND Former table tennis champion turned best-selling author Matthew Syed chats about his book on the importance of diverse thinking.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! What determines whether crises lead to major social change? We talk to two historians about lessons from the past. Walter Scheidel explains his argument that economic inequality has only ever been significantly reduced by catastrophes and war. Then Theda Skocpol discusses the impact that ideas and social movements can have. Plus ParkRun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt on the story behind its phenomenal success.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We’re talking about the potential for a green stimulus to help power the economic recovery from coronavirus. Economist Michael Jacobs makes the case about why investment in green projects can boost the economy and drive the transition to net zero. Hannah Martin explains what Green New Deal UK are calling for as we emerge from the crisis. And LSE’s Nick Robins talks through lessons from green investment after the financial crisis.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! The current crisis has demonstrated how interconnected our world is. So why are countries so divided in their response? We’re talking about the need for global cooperation on tackling coronavirus. Science journalist Laura Spinney explains how the 1918 flu sparked an international approach to public health. Jeremy Farrar from the Wellcome Trust tells us why this is needed now more than ever. Then historian Adam Tooze discusses global coordination on the economic response. AND we chat to Gen Ashley - one of thousands of volunteers using their 3D printers to create face masks for the NHS.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! This week we're discussing how to support children and young people during the current crisis. We ask educational psychologist Dan O’Hare how to talk to children about Coronavirus and look out for their wellbeing. Headteacher Jayne Kennedy tells us about the amazing work schools are doing for pupils and their families. Then Becky Francis from the Education Endowment Foundation explains how we can minimise the impact on educational inequality. AND Alex Smith and Amy Harvey from the Cares Family on how they’re continuing to tackle social isolation in these tough times.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Extra episode here. We’re following up on this week's chat about the economic response to coronavirus by asking what more government needs to do. The Resolution Foundation's Torsten Bell and journalist Ellie Mae O’Hagan highlight the glaring omission of help for the self-employed and others, then discuss ideas for strengthening our social safety net.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We're in different places but will keep bringing you episodes during these strange and challenging times. This week we’re exploring the economic response to coronavirus. Former Obama adviser Jason Furman discusses the scale of the current crisis and his plan for universal cash payments in the US. Economist Birthe Larsen explains why Denmark moved so fast on supporting wages. Then Lord Stewart Wood shares lessons from his time in Downing Street at the height of the 2008 financial crisis. AND podcasting legend Andrew Hunter Murray chats about QI, fish facts and writing his first novel. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! It’s our first live show of the year (and decade!), recorded last week at Kings Place’s Nature Unwrapped. We’re discussing food, sustainable farming and how changing the way we use land can help tackle the climate crisis. Featuring top guests Belinda Gordon from Green Alliance and Vicki Hird from Sustain.  Then the wonderful Robin Ince pitches his ideas on stargazing, newspaper front pages, compulsory knitting and cutting down on our opinions. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Britain is one of the most centralised countries in the world. How can we ensure towns, cities and regions have real power over their areas? We talk to Bristol mayor Marvin Rees about what he could do with more powers. Sarah Longlands explains why IPPR North are calling for radical English devolution. Then Professor Sabine Kuhlmann discusses what we can learn from Germany (a champion of decentralisation). Plus a special visit from friend of the pod and top adviser to Iceland’s PM, Halla Gunnarsdóttir! Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Why do our phones slow down with each new update? Why could it be cheaper for Geoff to replace his broken vacuum than get it fixed? We speak to Janet Gunter from the Restart Project and Duncan McCann from the New Economics Foundation about planned obsolescence, our electronics consumption and why we need a ‘right to repair’. Then Adele Chasson explains how French laws are being used to challenge the worst offenders. AND Larry Sanders (Bernie’s big bro!) talks about the presidential primaries, his brother’s first election and why he thinks a democratic socialist could make it to the White House. Subscribe to the Cheerful Book Club feed. Search ‘Cheerful Book Club’ or go to Get tickets for our Kings Place show on Thursday 12th March  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (23)

Saba Nayab

Excellent conversations. I definitely want to visit the International Slavery Museum, Michelle and Ruth made great points, and Lavinia was amazing! Very inspiring, brilliant work she's doing.

Jun 28th

Luke Metcalf

Ed, get a tricycle! Very useful for carrying briefcases and the like. Cool points for uniqueness if nothing else. 😁

Jun 25th

Jack Ashton

the podcast continues to be amazing and informative. A vital part of policy discussion and spreading hope for progressives everywhere and the left in Britain.

Jan 31st

Bryan Lorigan

Can I request that you make a £1 donation to charity every time you say "you know"!

Dec 22nd

Caroline Rovers

Absolutely adore this episode! I am so happy you are making these book podcasts. Such a brilliant idea

Jul 20th

Sean McLoughlin

how's this cheerful?

Jun 30th
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Caroline Rovers

Steadily making my progress through the back catalogue of this podcast. I am really enjoying the in depth explorations of ideas. Besides the fun, often very funny. Hope you will make the podcast about non-fiction books as you suggested a few weeks ago. I got really excited about that.

Mar 26th

Gary Watts

Why didn't the media/Labour PR machine let is see this Ed Miliband before the 2015 election? Since stepping down as leader, and especially since Brexit you have been brilliantly on point, and self - deprecating in a genuinely positive and humourous way. With how events panned out in the last few years, it seems almost ironic the media referred to you as "Red Ed".

Mar 18th

Robin Henderson


Feb 8th

Jill Daniel

My favourite episode yet. Agree with everything!

Jan 30th

Hannah Louise Ives

Episode 50 on violence, has moved me more than I ever thought a podcast could. I’ve spent the entire podcast nodding in agreement with the occasional yes erupting from me! Seriously wow! The comedian moved me to tears, what a tragic and harrowing story that could be used to bring so much comfort and cheer. Would like to say I’ve been listening for a while, I’m not particularly political but I throughly enjoy this podcast! Thank you for the education and a reasons to be cheerful! 😊

Dec 29th

Richard H

Last year was better

Dec 25th

Leila Jones


Aug 3rd

Alan Ackroyd

Hi Guys! I look forward to every edition - love the banter and the real food for thought. Different approaches to democracy should be essential listing for every MP. You should do one on what a good Brexit might be- could be quite short! Keep it coming! Thanks!

Mar 20th

Naomi Dodd

really enjoying this podcast....found it after being recommend by Nick Robinson.....btw...I would have helped Ed up and offered him a cup of tea when he fell over.....but I am a friendly northerner!

Feb 8th

Ben Price

Must say I had my doubts coming in to this podcast, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Have added this to my list of podcasts that I'll keep coming back to. Good mix of great interviews, interesting ideas, political ramblings and random waffle.

Jan 15th
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Mir Javaid Mj


Dec 23rd

Barry Evans

how do I remove a podcast?

Dec 12th

Samuel Shoesmith

Helio Ed and Geoff. I love the podcast! Keep it up. x

Nov 6th

Saddam hussain


Nov 1st
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