Reviews
The hosts have weirdly soothing tones that are great to run to. I mean, I came for the political analysis and I stayed for the voices 😂
Australia - Hayley via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/07/20
EU
Helen and David always miss a number of the subtleties when discussing the EU. Living between two of the major frenemies that they always discuss in detail as they try to read the runes, they seem to miss: - the virtual invisibility of the topic in the popular press and TV news - the ironic...Read full review »
An Adult listener via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 07/06/20
Wonderful in its range and sharpness of analysis but periodically spoiled by the anchor’s pushing of his personal politics, which neither of the other regulars do.
quentinskinnerfan via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/05/20
The best politics podcast that there is. Whatever biases the contributors have, they keep them well hidden.
SimCard1 via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 07/04/20
Talking politics is reluctant to ever jump into an easy media narrative. They always see the unique qualities of a moment when others would assume a pattern some other commentator had mooted. And they see the patterns that connect moments to a history practically forgotten. Great special series -...Read full review »
mclennanmichael via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/03/20
Actually, it’s a quality discussion to be fair.....BUT......they simply can’t think from a Brexit POV and make no attempt to get a guest on who can......no balance re opps if don’t have a deal, etc. Same every week.....Metro elite luvvies have lattes....but least this lot more educated than BBC...Read full review »
aw194 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/03/20
Lives in space where it can help understanding rather than driving everyone crazy with anxiety
hubar987 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/30/20
Essential listening!
5Puri4 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 06/28/20
This is a key piece of how I escape the bubble of U.S. political media.
HokieTechie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/28/20
Insightful and honest - recommended
novocastrian1 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/28/20
This is possibly (probably) the best podcast out there.
Dkredsox via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 06/28/20
Catherine and David make an extreemely inciteful duo for the analysis of both historic and cureent politics. Without doubt my number one political podcast.
The Rhodesian via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/26/20
I don’t always agree with David and Helen but this is a superior podcast combining intellectual rigour, clarity and integrity. Adam Tooze is an outstanding guest. A cut above — well above — anything other political podcast or commentary
WannabeCravenette via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/26/20
A fabulous, insightful, intellectual (but never dull!) and articulate discussion of British politics and current global issues. Recent debates around British identity politics really resonate with me. Having grown up in South Africa and now living in New Zealand with roots back to England and...Read full review »
JoPannell via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 06/26/20
David Rinciman does a fine job of putting this podcast up but I listen for a chance to hear Helen Thompson. Together they provide a calm and very well informed discussion of current issues. I started listening to try to make sense of Brexit. Those times seem quaint and simple now. But still Helen...Read full review »
Bob from Illinois. via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/20
This podcast is always really good, but the Nine Dot Winner episode was superb. Best analysis of today’s politics I have heard.
Donman Expat via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
A rare combination of coherent, intelligent and knowledgeable discussion of the issues of the day with an interviewer who has a voice I could listen to all day. Wonderful!
Disgruntled BA traveller via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/20
Great further reading links below each podcast. LRB subscriber.
Victoria@8 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
David Runciman and his guests connect the politics of the moment to broader historical and philosophical trends. They manage to be very of the moment while hushing the din of daily news cycle. So much more nourishing than the fast food of daily opinion-mongers.
larryha61 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/25/20
We live in a very polarised society and we need to listen to different views, especially those that may not be ours. It’s about getting wiser through better understanding of issues and positions. David is doing a fantastic job tackling a high diversity of subjects and choosing guests who are...Read full review »
but you are french? via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
Excellent podcast. So good I stopped running to listen to it properly. And listened again when I got back in. Balanced, thought provoking, informative and nuanced.
Planetface via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
Subject matter always interesting. Can be a bit recreant in an English middle class sort of way when Helen Thompson is not there to add accuracy and backbone.
CHK297 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
A listener for 4 yrs. usually big fan but VERY disappointed by recent episodes, particularly uncritical platform given to far left US activists advocating for “militant civil disobedience”. Ie violence?! Not to say they shouldn’t be invited to speak, but no counter argument presented despite...Read full review »
R2sk via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
Would be a much better podcast if it was just Helen speaking.
Pinot Meunier via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/25/20
As an American, would strongly recommend to my fellow countrymen for in-depth, non US-centric perspective.
kbocek123 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/18/20
Been listening to this podcast for about three years now. It’s been an excellent examination of what is going on in the UK and USA. The last few episodes, however, without Helen Thompson, have been of a much lower quality. David Runciman, unfortunately, lacks a critical eye. Maybe he is suffering...Read full review »
Tbp4455 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/16/20
I normally enjoy TP as a fairly balanced (although somewhat left-leaning), thoughtful podcast. “Police State USA”, was, however, pretty dire. Giving far left “street activists” an uncritical platform to air their loopy views and utilise their sly euphemisms (“de-arrested”? “Street organisations”?...Read full review »
AmBasteir7 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/12/20
Mostly unadulterated left wing claptrap.
the greek. via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/12/20
Interesting conversations by leading political scientist David Runciman. If you’re looking for more, go to the “History of Ideas” series by David.
marcsteen via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 06/08/20
Always thought provoking and well presented. Has become essential listening for me every week. I particularly like the episodes where they team up with 538 which is another favourite of mine.
Rydewalker via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/08/20
But today Matt ford oh dear! He felt sorry for Boris Johnson, we were all glued to our TVs, what a load of rubbish. I had to delete the rest after those remarks
fintry 1 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/07/20
Then came the Matt Forde episode... Such a shame but now unsubscribing
Alexi Turbin via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/07/20
This is the kind of ideas and discussions we need
raulrey0 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/07/20
The May 27th podcast was amazing. It was a dispassionate and knowledgeable discussion on pandemics and how they influence society. First time I heard about the near wipe out (90%) of Native Americans due to Columbus mentioned during these type of discussions.
AudibleAngel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/28/20
Without doubt the best political podcast. As a politics teacher who travels under the misconception of thinking I know something about the subject, I find that every episodes deepens my understanding and leaves me scratching my head about questions I’d never previously thought to think. The...Read full review »
Johnny Latics via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/26/20
Talking Politics is probably the strongest regular analytical discussion of UK politics, though it’s faint aversion to challenging liberal orthodoxies has led it to shy away from interviewing more influential political thinkers from left & right - since December’s election they seem to have...Read full review »
JWArble via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/24/20
The most comprehensive podcast on global political events and by far the best at situating those events within the grand sweep of history, political ideas and philosophy. My only regret is that it’s not more frequent.
Felixn1 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/22/20
Superb and unmissable. Keep up the fine work.
patrickfirstad via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/21/20
Brilliant analysis and strangely relaxing... really could not recommend more. Thanks :)
Trav2013xxx via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/18/20
An irrepressible appetite to climb under the bonnet of everything that really matters...thank you
Bruer T via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/14/20
An informative podcast and one that doesn’t disappear into jargon or it’s own sense of self-importance
N Gye via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/06/20
I’ve been waiting for these History of Ideas to be aired for AGES. And they’re brilliant. Thank you. Great educational pieces on the history of politics and political philosophy
Toby Katz via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/03/20
One of the best sources of though provoking ideas and inputs about where we are and where are (could/should) we be going. Thank you for doing this.
Lady Nuc via Apple Podcasts · Spain · 05/02/20
The presenters and guests are very insightful deep thinkers about politics, the economy, society. Makes you feel (slightly) cleverer yourself!
JimmyTheWheels via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/30/20
Fantastic!!
nb1nb1 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/29/20
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