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An occasional series revisiting conversations and ideas from Reasons to be Cheerful (2017-2024), formerly hosted by ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio presenter Geoff Lloyd.




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The day is upon us. Maybe. In the words of the late Teddy Kennedy (uncle of Robert F. Junior, and real-life inspiration for Kendall Roy):"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."Thank you for keeping us cheerful.Email our sporadically monitored inbox: chat@cheerfulpodcast.comFull text of Ted Kennedy's 1980 Democratic National Concession address: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/tedkennedy1980dnc.htm Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
From Highland Park, Illinois, we're joined by our cicada correspondent, who's keeping watch for the first dual emergence in 221 years. Plus, we find out more about this phenomenon with entomologist Professor Dave Bilton.Bigger than the beetles - more about Dave: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/staff/david-biltonEmerge in the Chatteroo inbox: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lauren Child (former Children's Laureate/creator of Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort) joins the Chatteroo.Buy Lauren's new Clarice Bean book, 'Smile': https://uk.bookshop.org/p/books/smile-lauren-child/7462273?ean=9780008285548 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Political economist and writer, Will Hutton joins the Chatteroo to talk about his new book, 'This Time No Mistakes: How to Remake Britain', and its parallels with his mid-90s bestseller, 'The State We're In'.Buy Will's book: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/this-time-no-mistakes-9781804549407/Email us: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #22

CHATTEROO #22

2024-04-2839:11

Vegetarian escalope at the Paris Olympics, energy nerds, The Boring Phone, Mid TV and your correspondence.Join the Chatteroo! Email us with thoughts, questions and any fodder: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Just in time for St George's Day, former Mili-gang members Marc Stears & Tom Baldwin join the Chatteroo to talk about their excellent new book 'England: Seven Myths That Changed a Country - And How To Set Them Straight'Treat yourself to a copy - you deserve it! https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/england-9781526646231/Email us: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #20

CHATTEROO #20

2024-04-1430:02

Climate litigation in the 26 Cantons, the sense of smell in a digital world, Ed turns quizmaster, and your email.Throw us a chatty bone! What would you like to hear in the Chatteroo? chat@cheerfulpodcast.comPENGUINS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PwDFddpo4cCAN A WILD ANIMAL MAKE YOUR HOUSE FEEL LIKE A HOME? https://science.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/can-wild-animal-make-your-house-feel-home?fbclid=PAAabIRLX2FP_IHykx-YjF75F2coLxbwYKDJv4U5NnMndw17bYa7qfcaQuxmQ_aem_AafVJaTzSreellMoKrLQZJrh5JYYNqpKYdJ7oZuPtj2iOQkJvm5zEvgI30s13GX9XTE Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #19

CHATTEROO #19

2024-04-0734:16

We lament the passing of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and delve into the Chatteroo postbag.We'd love to hear from you - it's your Chatteroo, too: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Neuroscientist and author Tali Sharot has joined the Chatteroo to talk about her excellent new book, 'Look Again - The Power of Noticing What Was Always There' (co-written with Cass R Sunstein.) It's the habituation sensation that's sweeping the nation.Email us! chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #17

CHATTEROO #17

2024-03-2531:30

Includes a Presidential belch, life lessons from toddlers, the grace of a giraffe, and the Village People.We need your email to fuel the Chatteroo! chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #16

CHATTEROO #16

2024-03-1836:29

The calm before the swarm, your email, and Ed shares his music lesson trauma.Email us! chat@cheerfulpodcast.comhttps://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/mar/14/theres-joy-i-havent-felt-for-years-how-i-got-hooked-on-the-piano-craze Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #15

CHATTEROO #15

2024-03-1141:13

A flurry of email prompted by last week's episode, plus cheerful nuggets from John Kerry's New York Times exit interview, the age at which jeans become inappropriate, and an Oscars-themed quiz.Send us an email: chat@cheerfulpodcast.comJohn Kerry: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/06/opinion/john-kerry-climate-change-china.html Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #14

CHATTEROO #14

2024-03-0436:45

Voicenotes, lessons from the New England Patriots, your email, and our best quiz yet.Chat makes the world go round! We need your email - send us facts about hedgehogs, stories of sticking to your guns, rules for voice-note etiquette, ideas for quizzes, articles... anything you'd like to hear Ed turn his big ol' brain to: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #13

CHATTEROO #13

2024-02-2632:07

Sad owl news, happy hedgehog news, and an encounter in the Portcullis House cafeteria queue. Plus, your email - send us more, please! chat@cheerfulpodcast.comLiebreich: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And EasierPART 1: https://about.bnef.com/blog/liebreich-net-zero-will-be-harder-than-you-think-and-easier-part-i-harder/PART 2: https://about.bnef.com/blog/liebreich-net-zero-will-be-harder-than-you-think-and-easier-part-ii-easier/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #12

CHATTEROO #12

2024-02-1925:17

Ed vs Mud, Geoff has the lung capacity of a slightly younger man, how to apologise, and a game of Know Your StationApologise Like You Mean It: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/well/live/apology-tips.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShareWhere Did Our Strange Use of 'Like' Come From? https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/15/opinion/casual-speech-like.html?searchResultPosition=2Email us! It makes Ed so happy... chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #11

CHATTEROO #11

2024-02-1228:24

Tracy Chapman, the age of a Prime Minister, how Marx and Engels communicated, plus more aggressive birds.Seen anything you'd like us to talk about? Got a question? Someone you'd like to hear us talk to? Want to set us a quiz? chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #10

CHATTEROO #10

2024-02-0535:01

Donald Trump vs Taylor Swift, Ed vs wildfowl and your email. Join the Chatteroo: chat@cheerfulpodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Brilliant climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh joins the Chatteroo to talk through the climate data for 2023. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
CHATTEROO #6

CHATTEROO #6

2024-01-0830:20

Ed's new TV obsession leads to a chatteroo about therapy, including a mention of this twenty year-old essay by Nicholas Spice: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v26/n01/nicholas-spice/i-must-be-madPlus! Meet our famous new sidekick... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hap-py New Year! We welcome our first guest of the Chatteroo-era, and what a guest: This year's BBC Reith Lecturer, Professor Ben Ansell - political scientist and former teaching assistant to Ed Miliband (as Ed mentions 5,000 time during the conversation.)Listen to/read Ben's Reith Lectures: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9Buy Ben's book, 'Why Politics Fails': https://www.pagesofhackney.co.uk/webshop/product/why-politics-fails-ansell-ben-w/Visit Ben's website: https://benwansell.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Comments (26)

Jack B

The comedians take on Elon Musk hasn't aged well...

Jan 6th
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Ros Gray

stop waffling. 11 minutes of crap before content.

May 4th
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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
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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
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Gen EX

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

Jun 25th
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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
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Bryan Lorigan

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

Dec 22nd
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Caroline Rovers

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

Jul 20th
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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
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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
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Robin Henderson

p

Feb 8th
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Jill Daniel

My favourite episode yet. Agree with everything!

Jan 30th
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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
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Richard H

Last year was better

Dec 25th
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Leila Jones

Mmmm

Aug 3rd
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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
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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
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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

Hi

Dec 23rd
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