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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.

178 Episodes
Hello! A growing movement of businesses argues we need to rethink their role in society. At the forefront of this are BCorps - a new type of business putting purpose alongside profit. We chat to Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, about why they became a BCorp and what he’s calling for next. Then academic Lenore Palladino explains how we could embed these principles more widely.  PLUS QI elf Anne Miller on everything from cold sausages to Canadian airports...  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We hear a lot about political polarisation, but is it actually worse than the past? And what can we do about it? Journalist Monica Guzman talks about bridging divides in her own family and her work with Braver Angels in the US. Tim Dixon from More in Common explains fascinating research showing Britain isn’t as divided as we think. And former Danish MP Özlem Cekic makes the case for ‘dialogue coffee’. And best-selling author Ibram X Kendi on his new book, 'Be Antiracist’.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Biden’s victory is a huge moment for climate politics. But with just 12 months until COP26 in Glasgow next year, we’re asking how to ensure the vital climate summit is a success. We chat to architect of the Paris Agreement Christiana Figueres about what’s at stake next year. WWF’s Katie White talks about the role of the climate movement. Journalist Isabel Hilton explains why China’s net zero pledge is such a big deal. And Josh Tregale tells us about the ‘Mock COP’ conference organised by young activists.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We hear a lot about the problems of the data economy. How can we take back control? Philosopher Carissa Veliz explains why governments need to step in to protect our privacy. Then Jack Hardinges from the Open Data Institute talks about exciting new ideas to help steward data for the common good. AND broadcasting royalty David Dimbleby is here to discuss ‘The Fault Line’ - his new podcast about the run-up to the Iraq War. We chat to David about politics, podcasting and the art of good interviews.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! This year’s Black Lives Matter protests are thought to be the biggest in US history and across the world mass movements are on the rise. But how do these movements shift the national conversation? What works in driving political change? We chat to social movement experts Deva Woodly and Hahrie Han about language, organising and the strategies of success. Plus Twitter sensation Michael Spicer on being the ‘man in the room next door’  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Music streaming has made it easier than ever to listen to our favourite artists, but too many musicians earn next to nothing from it. We chat to Naomi Pohl from the Musicians’ Union and Tom Gray from the Broken Record campaign about fixing problems with the industry. But first, violinist Tasmin Little talks about why musicians need more support during the crisis. PLUS Blue Peter legend Konnie Huq on reimagining our favourite fairy tales.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! This week we have two VERY inspiring conversations about US politics. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar - one of the ‘squad’ of young progressive Democrats -  talks about her life, her politics and how she approaches the crises facing America today. Then young activist Will Lawrence explains how the Sunrise Movement are shifting the conversation on climate and why a Green New Deal might be closer than we think.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! What’s the future of workplace organising? This week’s guests are full of ideas. Alex Marshall talks about organising couriers in the gig economy. Michelle Miller explains how Coworker is providing a platform for workers in the US. And New Zealand union supremo Richard Wagstaff talks us through their plan to rebalance power in low paid sectors. PLUS the super cheerful Bernadette Russell talks about hope, kindness and Ed’s karaoke.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We often hear about the idea of meritocracy. But philosopher Michael Sandel thinks it isn’t such a good thing. His new book ’The Tyranny of Merit’ argues the rhetoric of meritocracy is fuelling polarisation and the rise of far right populism. We have a really thought-provoking chat with Michael about his argument and what it means for our attitudes to education, work and our fellow citizens.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! How can we ensure essential workers are at the heart of policymaking? Here’s an idea that could change our way of doing things: it’s called the everyday or foundational economy. Care assistant Chika and GMB social care lead Kelly tell us what recent months have been like for those on the frontline. Prof Karel Williams explains what the 'foundational economy’ actually means. And Josh Miles from the FSB talks about the difference it’s making in Wales.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! What if everyone was given a bit of wealth as they hit adulthood? That’s the idea behind Child Trust Funds - established back in the 2000s and coming to fruition for the first cohort of 18 year olds this month. Godfather of Child Trust Funds Gavin Kelly explains the story behind them and why we should resurrect something similar today. We ask Kerry McWalter what she plans to do with hers. And Naomi Zewde tells us why a similar proposal for ‘baby bonds’ could make a serious dent on the racial wealth gap in the US.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We're back with a bang from our summer hols. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard joins us from down under to chat about women in politics. She's co-written a fab new book looking at the experiences of women politicians from Jacinda Ardern to Theresa May. We speak about what they’ve found and how we can tackle barriers to equal representation. But first we ask Julia about THAT speech… Subscribe to the Cheerful newsletter:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! In our latest extended chat we’re speaking to Alastair Campbell about his new book ‘Living Better’. Alastair talks about his experience of depression, the impact it has had on his life and work, and how he has learned to survive with it. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email International helplines can be found at Mind offers a range of mental health information, support and advice at  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Another summer conversation for you. It’s our extended chat with poet and writer Lemn Sissay about 'My Name is Why' - his powerful memoir about growing up in the care system. Lemn talks about his 30 year battle to access his records and why it was so important to write about his story.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! Here’s the second of our summer conversations. We speak to former tech insider turned critic Wendy Liu about her new book, Abolish Silicon Valley. Wendy chats about failing in love with tech as a teenager, her experience in the industry and the complex problems of Big Tech.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We’re doing something a bit different over the next few weeks and giving you extended conversations with some fab guests. This week: comedian and writer Sara Pascoe on her book Sex, Power, Money. Sara chats about the complexity around issues like sex work and porn, how her mind has changed, and why it’s so important to listen to people’s own experiences. PLUS the story of how she ended up working with Robbie Williams’ dad.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! We’ve done it! Reasons to be Cheerful has hit the big the 1-5-0. Reunited at a safe distance in Ed’s garden, we thought it was time for a bit of self-indulgence… We chat about what we’ve learned, pick out the memorable moments, and explore some themes that have come up again and again since that first episode nearly three years ago. PLUS a couple of birthday surprises!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! In the last few months towns and cities around the world have experimented with closing roads, expanding pavements and pop-up cycle lanes. Does this offer a vision of a better way of using space on our streets? Greater Manchester walking and cycling supremo Chris Boardman talks us through what’s happened in the region and their plans for the future. And former New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan explains why this is an important moment to rethink our approach to getting around. Plus very cheerful comedian Josie Long on lockdown, Twitch & the future of live comedy.  Read Farhad Manjoo's piece on the vision of a future without cars:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! It’s a story that brings together Mark Zuckerberg, Nick Clegg and the biggest civil rights groups in the US... This week we’re talking about the incredible success of the Stop Hate for Profit Facebook ad boycott. Jessica González, one of the leading figures in the campaign, explains how they’ve persuaded 1,000 advertisers to boycott Facebook over a lack of action on hate speech. Digital organiser Melissa Ryan talks about why social media has such a problem with extremist content. And the Centre for Countering Digital Hate’s Imran Ahmed tells us why mobilising advertisers works.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hello! In recent months, many working parents have had to juggle looking after kids at home with their usual jobs. Research shows this has had a disproportionate impact on working mothers. We talk to researcher Christine Berry and Lucie Stephens from the New Economics Foundation about our reliance on childcare, the crisis now facing the sector, and how to ensure it is truly valued in the coronavirus recovery. Then Mary-Ann Stephenson from the Women’s Budget group discusses the broader economic impact of the last few months on women. Plus singer-songwriter turned CBeebies star Nick Cope is here to talk about his Popcast!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Comments (24)

Peter Lumsden

great work guys, important topic this too. What about doing a cross-over episode with Christopher Hope of the Telegraph - he does 'Choppers Politics', and the last two were relatively inclined in a more progressive, less partisan direction.....

Nov 21st

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

Gen EX

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
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