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UnHerd political editor Tom McTague and Cambridge professor Helen Thompson team up to investigate the history of today’s politics — and what it means for our future. Each week they will explore the great forces, ideas and events that led us to where we are, whether in Britain, the United States, Europe or beyond. It’s a politics podcast for those who want a deeper, historical understanding of the news, to understand what has really shaped our world and why. We hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to rate, like and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts — and, of course, to get in touch with all your questions and comments so we can respond in future episodes.


Email us at thesetimes@unherd.com or tweet us at @thesetimespod



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In this week's episode, Tom and Helen turn to the three largest political stories in the world right now - the last-minute surge by France's left-wing coalition, the increasing pressure on Joe Biden to step down, and Starmer's first few days in government in the weeks to come... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers chats to These Times' Tom McTague about an extraordinary night in British politics - take a closer look at the numbers, and there's another story under the surface... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this emergency election episode, Tom and Helen reflect on the scale of the Conservative's defeat and what Labour's landslide triumph on just 33. 7 percent of the vote means for British politics... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tom McTague reflects on the election campaign, from Rishi in the rain to Boris Johnson's appearance as a last-ditch substitute, and his journey across Britain, from Uist to Kent, to discover what's really going on... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Helen and Tom turn to Joe Biden's catastrophic performance at the recent election debate. Will the Democrats really force out Biden, and if so what will that mean for the United States? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Apocalypse in Toryland

Apocalypse in Toryland

2024-06-2732:30

Tom travels deep into the Tory heartlands, where the Liberal Democrats are threatening the infamous Blue Wall. Is there a wipeout on the horizon in the Tory's own backyard? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode, Tom and Helen explore the extraordinary situation developing in France, sparked by Emmanuel Macron's dramatic decision to call snap parliamentary elections. What is happening in France, and what does it mean for Europe? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Has the SNP Blown it?

Has the SNP Blown it?

2024-06-2035:351

In this special episode, Tom travels to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland's wild western edge, where one of the most interesting hustings of this election is taking place. Then we head to Glasgow, to find out whether the Indy dream is still alive after a catalogue of spectacular SNP failures... Join us on the road! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When Scotland Votes

When Scotland Votes

2024-06-1801:02:391

Tom and Helen turn to the situation north of the border, and explore what the last decade of Scottish elections reveal about British politics more widely... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
After Tom's pursuit of Farage's rebel army, he heads into London to explore the left's breakaway factions. From Chingford, to Stoke Newington, via Corbyn's stronghold in North Islington, Tom finds out what challenges might lie ahead for Keir Starmer... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Europe's France Shock

Europe's France Shock

2024-06-1158:271

In this week's episode, Tom and Helen react to the shock European election results, and Macron's sudden snap election....is Europe on the brink? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
For the first episode of a new mini-series from These Times, Tom McTague is on the search for Nigel Farage's rebel army. Reporting from the ground in Great Yarmouth, Tom speaks to the people who are going to shape the election.... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode, Tom and Helen return to the desperate situation in Gaza, following Joe Biden's peace proposal on Friday. Where has this peace proposal come from? Why is it being made now? And what does it mean? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sunak Jumps

Sunak Jumps

2024-05-2858:272

In this week's episode, Helen and Tom dissect Rishi Sunak's shock snap election, and explore why we are seeing such swings in UK opinion between general elections... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
After Joe Biden announced a new 100 percent tariff on the import of Chinese electric cars, Tom and Helen explore whether the United States can stop China's industrial ascendancy through the energy transition... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New World, New Labour

New World, New Labour

2024-05-1301:01:12

In this week's episode, Tom and Helen explore whether Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves can create a mode of governance for for the new geopolitical world economy... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this week's episode Tom and Helen explore the power of the US dollar, and why in a more multipolar, economic and political world, it remains king... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this bonus episode sponsored by Revolut, Tom and Helen talk about the geopolitics of the city of London, before Tom chats to MP Bim Afolami and CEO of Revolut, Francesca Carlesi about the future of the city... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
After Rishi Sunak announced that Britain will increase its defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030, Tom and Helen explore the history of Britain's defence, and whether it will be able to align what it can spend on defence with a changing geopolitical world... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Next Oil War?

The Next Oil War?

2024-04-2256:53

In this week's episode, Tom and Helen turn to the border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana, and explore what it means for the rest of the world... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Comments (4)

Tom Flynn

This guy is no Helen Thompson

Jul 8th
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Tom Flynn

The end is cut off again

Nov 10th
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J Coker

Before arriving at Liverpool rail station in the 80s, there was graffiti 'Cockneys you will die'.

Oct 11th
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Jeff Carr

Pleased to listen to Helen Thompson on podcast again. Her sensible and balanced contributions have been greatly missed.

May 11th
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