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Is wellbeing the new GDP?

31:22 | Jul 15th

If you’ve been listening to the Weekly Economics Podcast for a while, you’ll know that we think there’s much more to economics than GDP. But it still dominates the way politicians and much of the press talk about the economy. Now though, there are...Show More
Generation Left

38:32 | Jul 8th

The polls show that while previous generations became more conservative with age, millennials are staying left wing for longer. And age and education now seem to be the big dividing line in our politics, replacing class as the key division. So wh...Show More
What should the climate movement do next?

29:32 | Jul 1st

It’s been a busy year for the climate movement since last summer’s scorching heatwave. Extinction Rebellion shut down the streets, the school strikes saw thousands of young people take a stand, and the Green New Deal has shot to the top of the politi...Show More
Inclusive Ownership

40:44 | Jun 24th

Last month, the owner of a chain of British hi-fi shops did something unusual. Julian Richer, the founder of Richer Sounds, gave away control of the company to the employees, and even gave them each a £1,000 cash bonus for every year they’ve worked t...Show More
Algorithms of Oppression (Live)

58:37 | May 29th

Algorithms have a huge influence on the way that we see the world. We increasingly understand news through social media — as libraries shut down more of our knowledge is found with the click of a search engine rather than in books or classrooms. B...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 7 – Changing the Rules

40:07 | May 21st

It’s been 4 years since Kirsty Styles and James Meadway told the story of neoliberalism, from Hayek to Thatcher to the end of history. But now, the band is back together, alongside NEF chief executive Miatta Fahnbulleh. It’s 2019, the world is on ...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 6 - The Alternatives

13:13 | May 13th

Kirsty Styles and James Meadway talk about the alternatives to neoliberalism. This episode was recorded back in August 2015, which feels like a million years ago. We still think it's worth listening to, but a lot has changed since then. The goo...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 5 - The End of History?

12:34 | May 7th

James Meadway and Kirsty Styles discuss how neoliberalism lives on today. This episode was recorded back in August 2015 and a lot has changed since then. The good news is James and Kirsty will be back for a brand new episode in a couple of weeks’...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 4 – Acceptable in the 80s

12:08 | Apr 29th

James Meadway and Kirsty Styles explain how neoliberalism took hold in the UK in the 1980s. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! Music by Chris Zabriskie (www.chriszabriskie.com), sanmi (www.freemusicarchive.org/music/s...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 3 – World Domination

12:37 | Apr 22nd

James Meadway and Kirsty Styles explain how neoliberalism came to dominate economies around the globe. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! Music by Chris Zabriskie (www.chriszabriskie.com), sanmi (freemusicarchive.org/...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 2 – The House That Hayek Built

12:03 | Apr 15th

Economist James Meadway and journalist Kirsty Styles continue their 6-part miniseries about neoliberalism. In part 2, they tell the story of how the once obscure ideas of theorist Friedrich Hayek moved from the fringe to the mainstream, ushering in t...Show More
A Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism: 1 – The Basics

13:52 | Apr 8th

For the next 6 weeks, we’re doing something a bit different. We’re telling the story of neoliberalism, from the beginning. We call it A Beginner’s Guide to Neoliberalism. We first ran the series back in 2015, but it’s as relevant as ever. It’s pre...Show More
What explains the knife crime epidemic? With Gary Younge

34:22 | Mar 18th

Knife crime is at a nine-year high. Everyone agrees: something must be done. Some politicians want more police on the streets, or tougher sentences. Others want cuts to mental health services to be reversed. One MP has suggested every knife in Bri...Show More
How to shockproof the economy

32:54 | Mar 13th

It’s hard to listen to the news at the moment without hearing some kind of warning about economy. Nearly all of those warnings focus on one thing – Brexit. It’s true that lots of people think Brexit is risky – but in the clamour to define what Brexit...Show More
Rewind: Can we bring down house prices without crashing the economy?

36:27 | Mar 4th

We’re away this week, but in the meantime thought we’d listen back to one of our favourite episodes from last year. If house prices are too high for people to be able to buy houses, how can we bring them down? And can we do it without upsetting ho...Show More
What's the deal with the Green New Deal?

45:10 | Feb 25th

The Green New Deal has rocketed to the top of the agenda in the US. It's an ambitious plan, spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to decarbonise the US economy and eliminate economic insecurity at the same time. But in fact the Green New Deal h...Show More
Public Ownership 2.0

32:19 | Feb 18th

Public ownership is back on the agenda. Opinion polls show high levels of support for taking all kinds of things back into public hands, from the railways to water to energy, and the Labour party is committed to a vast expansion of public ownership. ...Show More
What would a progressive border policy look like?

29:35 | Feb 11th

The Windrush scandal outraged the nation last year. But last week the Home Office reinstated deportation flights to Jamaica for criminal offenders who they say are foreign nationals. Meanwhile, parliament passed a new immigration bill last month, pr...Show More
How the economy is damaging our mental health

28:11 | Feb 5th

This Thursday is Time To Talk Day, a day meant to encourage people to talk about mental health. But what are the wider social and economic factors that are causing poor mental health in the first place? Is the economy itself damaging our mental ...Show More
Why economics needs a rethink

31:32 | Jan 29th

Last week saw a record number of the world's elite flying their private jets to Davos for the World Economic Forum. Oxfam reported that in the 10 years since the financial crisis, the number of billionaires around the world has nearly doubled. It’s f...Show More
What's really making the NHS sick?

24:43 | Jan 21st

Two years ago, nurses and doctors warned that the annual NHS winter crisis was now 'the new normal'. In the cold weather, hospitals were overwhelmed by patients that they did not have the space to treat. But we've had a milder winter this year. I...Show More
Lexit vs Remain and Reform

46:28 | Jan 14th

Grace Blakeley argues the case for 'Lexit' (a left-wing exit from the European Union) while Laurie Macfarlane thinks 'Remain and Reform' is our best option. With a vote on the Prime Minister's deal imminent, what are the options? Paul Mason recent...Show More
Populism (Live) with Jonathan Smucker & Chantal Mouffe

58:22 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Can populism be progressive, and what role did it play in the US mid-terms this year? We’ll be back with a brand new series in the new year, but in the meantime we wanted to bring you something a bit different: the best bits from a live event host...Show More
Summer climate breakdown

19:33 | Aug 13th, 2018

We’ve just had a few days of respite from the craziest temperatures, but this summer’s heatwave has felt unusual. Parks turning to dust and reservoirs running out. Record temperatures and sweeping fires. It feels as though, this summer, we’ve had ...Show More
Why the interest rate hike was a bad move

21:27 | Aug 6th, 2018

Last week the Bank of England moved interest rates to their highest level in almost a decade. If you’ve got a mortgage, it might get more expensive. If you’ve got savings, you might get a bit more interest on your money. Does this tell us anything...Show More
Can populism be progressive?

27:13 | Jul 30th, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump; Erdogan in Turkey and the Five Star Movement in Italy; Podemos in Spain and Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. All of them have been described as populists. But what does ‘populism’ actually mean? How can it include p...Show More
The rise of the data oligarchs

24:45 | Jul 24th, 2018

There are troubling signs that the new data-driven economy is inheriting all the same problems as the old one: power imbalances, monopolies and a lack of accountability. How gloomy should we be? Will technology inevitably lead us to a digital dyst...Show More
Brexit: what next?

32:06 | Jul 16th, 2018

In between the resignations and the reshuffles, what have we learned about about where Brexit will go next? Much of the focus has been on the response to the deal the prime minister reached with her cabinet at Chequers, but what was in the deal itsel...Show More
Is it the end of the road for the high street?

18:20 | Jul 9th, 2018

Is British shopping in crisis? Major names are struggling or closing down, nearly 22,000 jobs are at risk, and the UK now has an estimated 1,800 fewer high street shops than it had a year ago. Are we all just moving online and shopping from our s...Show More
Can we tax our way to a cleaner planet?

38:51 | Jul 2nd, 2018

One of the most fashionable economic ideas of the past decade has been ‘nudge’ theory – the idea that a little prod from government can encourage us to change our behaviour and be better citizens, maybe without even realising it. Meanwhile, good old-...Show More
Happy birthday NHS?

26:54 | Jun 25th, 2018

Happy birthday, NHS! That was the message from the prime minister last week, as she announced an extra £20bn of funding for the NHS in England by 2023. But is that enough? And where will the money come from? There’s been talk of a ‘Brexit dividend...Show More
One year on from the Grenfell Tower fire

15:08 | Jun 18th, 2018

The fire at Grenfell Tower a year ago last week was, above all, a tragedy for its residents, their friends, and their families. It’s also come to symbolise a deeper crisis in British society – at least in the eyes of many people. On this week's p...Show More
Does the Windrush scandal signal the end of Britain's 'hostile environment'?

29:34 | Jun 11th, 2018

Papers destroyed by the Home Office. Forced out of work. Denied cancer treatment. Held in detention. Deported. Those are just a few of the terrible stories we’ve heard about the treatment of the Windrush generation over the past few months. We’ve ...Show More
Universal Basic Income or Universal Basic Services?

28:39 | Apr 4th, 2018

Universal basic income – an idea that almost no one had heard of just a few years ago – is now one of the most fashionable concepts in progressive politics. With automation increasing and wages stagnating, the theory is that giving everyone a set amo...Show More
What if Russia cuts off our gas?

25:56 | Mar 28th, 2018

A nerve agent attack on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury has led to a retaliation by the UK government – expelling diplomats and ramping up a war of words. With Putin winning another huge election victory last week, some people are wor...Show More
Can we bring down house prices without crashing the economy?

35:21 | Mar 19th, 2018

It’s one of the biggest contradictions in British politics. Across the country, baby boomers who own a house cheer as the value of their property rises. Meanwhile their millennial children watch on in horror, as owning their own home increasingly fal...Show More
Why are university lecturers on strike?

26:09 | Mar 12th, 2018

Universities up and down the country have been shutting down as lecturers have walked out, arguing that the changes to their pension schemes could leave them thousands of pounds a year worse off in retirement. If you don’t know the difference betw...Show More
'Middletown, America' with Gary Younge

37:12 | Mar 5th, 2018

As the Guardian's US correspondent, Gary Younge documented America’s social and economic challenges, the role of race in the country’s politics, and the deadly consequences of US gun laws. Now the Guardian’s editor-at-large, Gary took an unusual appr...Show More
Is the Bitcoin boom over?

36:26 | Feb 28th, 2018

Technology is transforming the world of money. Or at least that’s what the Bitcoin junkies would have you believe. They say digital currencies have arrived and are about to revolutionise the way we buy things. But recent downturns in their prices hav...Show More
What happened to the stock markets? (And does it matter?)

28:04 | Feb 21st, 2018

There's been a panic in the stock markets in recent weeks after the Dow Jones plunged more than 1000 points on a single Monday in the first week of February. When the stock market plunges should we all be worried? Or does it only affect those wealthy...Show More
Brexit and the People

45:55 | Feb 12th, 2018

Brexit dominates the news agenda. But with all the talk of the single market, impact assessments and trade deals, it sometimes feels as if this debate is only happening in the comment pages of newspapers, or the corridors of Westminster. What happene...Show More
Budget Special 2017

29:28 | Nov 27th, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond got out his red box out again last week, to let us know how the country's finances are – or aren't – holding up, and what the Government's going to be doing with its money this year. The headlines were mixed, so what sho...Show More
Will Brexit boost Britain's fishing industry?

21:08 | Nov 20th, 2017

Pro-Brexit campaigners have argued leaving the EU means Britain can "take control" of its fisheries. But what does Brexit really mean for fishing communities, and for the future of our fish stocks? This week, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith is joined by Fern...Show More
How will Brexit affect our lives?

29:28 | Nov 13th, 2017

The single market. The customs union. Making a deal with the EU or leaving on WTO terms. There’s a lot of jargon to contend with when we’re discussing the economics of Brexit. Sometimes it feels like we get so caught up in pretending we know what ...Show More
From the archive: Are robots already stealing our jobs?

25:49 | Nov 6th, 2017

Politicians and economists have increasingly been talking about the risks of a future where robots make all of our jobs obsolete. But is that future already upon us? And in the meantime, are big companies using technology to create 21st century wo...Show More
Can we do better than Uber?

29:51 | Oct 30th, 2017

Last month, Transport for London announced it was withdrawing ride-hailing firm Uber's license to operate in the capital. Despite complaints over passenger safety and poor treatment of drivers, many Londoners came to Uber's defence, valuing its c...Show More
Is there a political divide between cities and towns? with Lisa Nandy MP

24:04 | Oct 23rd, 2017

A characteristic feature of British society in 2017 is division. Leavers are pitched against Remainers, young against old, graduates against non-graduates. But perhaps the starkest way of understanding social division in the UK is to consider the pla...Show More
Will England ban fracking too?

27:00 | Oct 16th, 2017

After its recent ban in Scotland, fracking is firmly back on the media and political agendas. But is fracking a necessary economics boost for the country, or an environmental disaster we should avoid at all costs? This week host Ayeisha Thomas-...Show More
Did the party conferences have any answers?

26:02 | Oct 9th, 2017

We’re in the midst of political party conference season and we've already had more headlines and drama than most years... But apart from politicos and journalists gossiping about party splits, are the party conferences actually offering any answer...Show More
Class

26:30 | Oct 6th, 2017

This week we're bringing you something a bit different - the first episode of a new podcast miniseries from our friends at the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (or CLASS for short). It's called CLASS on Class, and made by the same production t...Show More
How do we empower people to take action on climate change?

24:56 | Sep 13th, 2017

As large swathes of the Caribbean have been left devastated by Hurricane Irma, the issue of climate change is once again back on the global news agenda. It’s easy to feel defeated when the environmental crises we face are so immediate and huge. B...Show More
Will selling off public land make the housing crisis worse?

27:29 | Aug 8th, 2017

The housing crisis is a hot topic at the moment. We often talk about who can buy, sell and rent houses - and how much they cost - but we rarely talk about the land beneath them. Lots of land in the UK is owned by the government and local authoriti...Show More
What should the UK's industrial strategy look like?

27:40 | Jul 31st, 2017

For years ‘industrial strategy’ wasn’t talked about at all. But the phrase has recently made a comeback. The government thinks there are some ‘long term challenges’ for the economy in this country, and they need to get involved to do something about ...Show More
Could personal debt cause another recession?

26:24 | Jul 24th, 2017

Personal debt is at record levels with one in six of us at risk of a debt crisis. Credit cards, overdrafts and payday loans are propping up households across the country as wages continue to fall in real terms. And many people are struggling unde...Show More
Who gains from big data?

29:09 | Jul 17th, 2017

Big data. It’s one of those terms that’s far more widely used than it is understood. What is it? And just as importantly – who benefits from it? To get the full picture on big data, we are joined this week by a special guest – Will Davies, Directo...Show More
Will the 'Great' Repeal Bill really mean we 'take back control'?

28:16 | Jul 10th, 2017

The latest episode of the Weekly Economics Podcast asks whether The Great Repeal Bill will mean we 'take back control' of our laws. Stepping in for our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week is producer Huw Jordan, who will be trying to make sense of...Show More
Can we save the planet despite Trump?

31:46 | Jul 3rd, 2017

What more does the environment have to do to become an election issue? Joining our host Ayeisha Thomas-Smith this week are Dave Powell, Subject Lead on Environment at the New Economics Foundation, Fernanda Balata, who leads NEF's work on coastal e...Show More
What next for the NHS and social care?

30:31 | Jun 26th, 2017

6 out of 10 of us now think the NHS is one of the biggest issues facing Britain - the highest level of concern for 15 years. This week we're joined by Allyson Pollock, Director of the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, Sarah ...Show More
Did economics swing the election? with Stephen Bush

28:04 | Jun 19th, 2017

Elections are supposed to be won and lost on economics. But in the recent general election here in the UK, interrupted by terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and coming a year after the EU referendum, some people have said that the economy had...Show More
Are Robots Already Stealing Our Jobs?

28:20 | Apr 10th, 2017

Politicians and economists have increasingly been talking about the risks of a future where robots make all of our jobs obsolete. But is that future already upon us? And in the meantime, are big companies using technology to create 21st century wo...Show More
Power and Devolution

27:59 | Apr 3rd, 2017

The triggering of Article 50 has dominated the news this week, and NEF Chief Executive Marc Stears makes a special guest appearance to give his take on what is in store as the process unfolds. Also on the agenda is devolution. Rachel Laurence and...Show More
Solving the Housing Crisis

32:47 | Mar 27th, 2017

Britain is in the grips of a full blown housing crisis. Even if you're not struggling to meet your mortgage payments or at the mercy of a dodgy landlord, the UK's debt-fuelled property boom isn't good news for any of us. But guess what? There's a...Show More
Article 50

30:07 | Mar 20th, 2017

Breaking: Article 50 will be triggered on Wednesday 29 March, kick-starting the formal, two-year process of Britain's departure from the EU. That's what we're talking about this week. How will the negotiations play out? Can we expect big ructions ...Show More
Budget 2017

33:08 | Mar 13th, 2017

Last week was the Spring Budget, and as ever, we had experts from NEF on hand to cast a critical eye over the Chancellor’s announcements. Is the UK’s economic forecast as sunny as Philip Hammond would have us believe? On top of our usual features...Show More
Trumponomics

28:34 | Mar 7th, 2017

We're back and kicking off our new series with President Trump - the end of economics as we know it, or Republican business as usual? Our new presenter, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, is joined by New Economics Foundation regulars Alice Martin, Laurie Macf...Show More
Podcast Update

01:42 | Feb 3rd, 2017

A message from Huw and James at the Weekly Economics Podcast - we need your help! Over the last two years the podcast has gone from strength to strength, and we want to come back bigger and better than ever in 2017. Help us do that by filling o...Show More
A Very Northern Christmas Special… and Kirsty's last show!

30:25 | Dec 26th, 2016

The final episode of the year and Kirsty's last show as she moves on to a new job in Manchester! Programme editor Huw Jordan chats to Kirsty about the highlights and lowlights during her two years hosting the Weekly Economics Podcast, with a little h...Show More
Really Take Control: The Future of Migration

21:56 | Dec 19th, 2016

How do we combat hate and racism in British society and really take control of the agenda around migration in 2017? Marc Stears, Chief Executive at the New Economics Foundation, is joined by Nazek Ramadan of Migrant Voice and John Page from Hope N...Show More
Really Take Control: Coastal Communities

22:29 | Dec 12th, 2016

Britain's coastal communities registered some of the strongest votes for Brexit back in June. How can we really give them control of their lives, economies and natural resources? This week Kirsty is joined by NEF's Fernanda Balata, Blue New Deal p...Show More
Really Take Control: Housing

20:33 | Dec 5th, 2016

Have we lost control of housing in the UK and how do we really take control of the places we live? With Seb Klier and Alice Martin. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of th...Show More
Really Take Control: Work

16:19 | Nov 28th, 2016

How can we really take control of work and our working lives? With Elly Baker and Duncan McCann. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Economics Fou...Show More
Really Take Control: Environment

22:32 | Nov 21st, 2016

How can we really take control of our environment in a post-Brexit world? With Ruth Davis and David Powell. Part of a special six-part series asking how we can create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives. The New Ec...Show More
Really Take Control

15:42 | Nov 14th, 2016

'Take back control' has been the slogan of the year. But what does it mean? Who's got control now? And how can we create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives? Christine Berry, Principal Director for Policy and Gover...Show More
Preview: Really Take Control

01:15 | Nov 7th, 2016

'Take back control' has been the slogan of the year. But what does it mean? Who's got control now? And how can we create a new economy where people can really take control of their lives? Tune in next Monday for the start of this special six-...Show More
Marc Stears: Economics And The Crisis Of Democracy

12:54 | Sep 26th, 2016

People all over the UK have lost belief in our democracy as a way of solving their problems. But why have so many people lost faith? And how do we go about rebuilding it? Marc Stears, Chief Executive of NEF, joins Kirsty for our last episode of th...Show More
Is Farming Destroying Nature?

16:15 | Sep 19th, 2016

The latest State of Nature report, released last week, revealed UK species are becoming increasingly endangered. But what's to blame? NEF's David Powell joins Kirsty to explain. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on T...Show More
Faiza Shaheen: Is Sports Direct Changing Its Ways?

15:31 | Sep 12th, 2016

With Sports Direct last week announcing plans to ban notorious zero-hour contracts and improve workers' representation, is big business about to change its ways? Dr Faiza Shaheen, Director of think tank Class, joins Kirsty this week. NEF on Twi...Show More
Apple, Tax and the G20

16:18 | Sep 5th, 2016

Last week Apple was ordered to pay up to £11bn in fines over a sweetheart tax deal with Ireland. But did they actually break the law? Who was at fault? And why should it matter to the rest of us? Natasha Adams, Tax Campaign Manager at ActionAi...Show More
Should We Start Counting The Work We Do For Free?

13:18 | Aug 30th, 2016

The latest GDP figures were out last week, but how would they be different if we starting measuring unpaid work? Polly Trenow joins Kirsty to discuss. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/wee...Show More
Deliveroo Drivers Strike

15:07 | Aug 22nd, 2016

What does the Deliveroo drivers' strike mean for the future of the sharing economy - and the future of work? Alice Martin, economy and finance researcher at NEF, is interviewed by guest host Ellie Mae O'Hagan. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ne...Show More
Hinkley Point C

16:43 | Aug 15th, 2016

Is it all over for the UK's first new nuclear power station in two decades? This week's special guest is NEF's David Powell. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles ...Show More
Can The Bank Of England Prevent Another Recession?

14:38 | Aug 8th, 2016

The Bank of England have cut interest rates and announced more quantitative easing to avoid a post-Brexit economic slowdown. Will it be enough? Kirsty is joined this week by Fran Boait, Director of Positive Money. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.co...Show More
The End Of Free Movement?

17:39 | Aug 1st, 2016

Does Brexit really mean the end of free movement of people between the UK and the rest of the EU? And what are the possible consequences for the UK economy? NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/...Show More
What Is The New Government's Economic Plan?

17:54 | Jul 25th, 2016

New Prime Minister, new cabinet, new economic strategy? Laurie Macfarlane, Economist at the New Economics Foundation, joins Kirsty to predict what Theresa May and Philip Hammond have planned for the UK economy. Recorded on Thursday 21 July, 2...Show More
Brexit

18:04 | Jun 27th, 2016

Recorded on the Monday after the Brexit vote, NEF economist Olivier Vardakoulias joins Kirsty to talk about what happens next. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Recorded on Monday 27 June, 2016. NEF on Tw...Show More
EU Referendum Debate, with Caroline Lucas MP and John Hilary

37:10 | Jun 20th, 2016

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and John Hilary, Executive Director of War On Want, join Kirsty for our first debate, on the EU Referendum, taking place this Thursday 23rd June. Recorded on Monday 13 June, 2016. Transcript available at: www.jshield...Show More
Inventing The Future: Universal Basic Income and Automation

30:12 | Jun 13th, 2016

Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of Inventing the Future, join Kirsty to discuss the possibility of a future without work. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Style...Show More
Fully Automated Luxury Communism

19:36 | Jun 6th, 2016

Novara Media's Aaron Bastani joins Kirsty to discuss his ideas about technology, the future of work and Fully Automated Luxury Communism. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirs...Show More
What Next For Tata Steel?

15:59 | May 31st, 2016

NEF economist Olivier Vardakoulias chats to Alice Martin about the government's options for the UK steel industry. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Olivier Vardakoulias on Twitter: www.twitter.com/o_vardakoulias Weekly Economics Podcast on Tw...Show More
TTIP

14:04 | May 23rd, 2016

Sakina Sheikh, from Students Against TTIP, joins Kirsty to shed light on the secretive new trade deal. NEF on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nef Sakina Sheikh on Twitter: www.twitter.com/sakinazs Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twitter.com/kirstystyles1...Show More
Anti-Corruption Summit

15:49 | May 16th, 2016

Kirsty chats to the Fair Tax Mark's Emily Kenway about last week's anti-corruption summit and tackling tax avoidance, following the Panama Papers leak. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podc...Show More
Elections 2016

15:51 | May 9th, 2016

Kirsty chats to Laurie MacFarlane, Economist at NEF, about the economic consequences of last week's elections across the UK. Help the show by leaving a review: www.getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter...Show More
Special: Ecuador

44:12 | May 3rd, 2016

We're back with a special report from Ecuador - the little country that's doing things differently. It's the first of our Weekly Economics Podcast Stories, taking a deeper look at an idea that's caught our eye. Please see the following links for w...Show More
From The Archive: Feminist Economics

10:18 | Apr 18th, 2016

We revisit an old episode with special guest Polly Trenow from the Women's Budget Group, who chats to Kirsty about feminist economics. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Polly Trenow on Twitter: twitter.com/polly_t...Show More
Preview: Ecuador

01:52 | Mar 28th, 2016

We're taking a break for the next three weeks to recharge our batteries and work on something a little bit special. It's the first of our Weekly Economics Podcast Stories - taking a deeper look at an idea that's caught our eye. Tune in on 18th ...Show More
Budget 2016

13:21 | Mar 21st, 2016

Kirsty chats to Josh Ryan-Collins, Associate Director of Economy & Finance at NEF, about George Osborne's latest Budget. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter...Show More
Energy Democracy: Switched On London

13:20 | Mar 14th, 2016

What's wrong with the UK's current energy system? How could we make it more democratic? Mika Minio-Paluello from Platform talks about the Switched on London campaign. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty S...Show More
The End of Growth?

15:27 | Mar 7th, 2016

Can our economies keep growing? If not, what next? This week Kirsty speaks with Olivier Vardakoulias, economist at NEF. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitt...Show More
Banks: Back To Business As Usual?

14:55 | Feb 29th, 2016

Last week was results week for the UK's big banks. Has anything changed since we bailed them out? Christine Berry, Senior Researcher at NEF, joins Kirsty to discuss. Help the show by leaving a review: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/970353148 Week...Show More
Richard Murphy: Tax and Google

15:26 | Feb 22nd, 2016

This week Kirsty is joined by tax expert Richard Murphy to discuss the UK's tax system and how companies like Google are able to avoid paying into it. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter: ww...Show More
Lord Adair Turner: Between Debt and the Devil

14:58 | Feb 15th, 2016

This week Kirsty is joined by Lord Adair Turner, former Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, to talk about the UK's low interest rates and problems with household debt. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod K...Show More
Junior Doctors' Strike

14:05 | Feb 8th, 2016

This week Kirsty is joined by junior doctor Ben Bouquet to talk about the strikes planned for this week, and the challenges faced by the NHS. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twitter...Show More
Does GDP Tell The Full Story?

14:13 | Feb 1st, 2016

GDP grew by 0.5% in the last quarter of 2015 - but what does that mean, and is it even the right thing to measure? Kirsty chats to Juliet Michaelson, associate director of the wellbeing team at the New Economics Foundation. Weekly Economics Podcas...Show More
Faiza Shaheen: Inequality

15:32 | Jan 25th, 2016

The world's richest 62 people now own as much wealth as the poorest 50%, according to a new report released by Oxfam. But what are we measuring when we talk about wealth and inequality? Why does it matter? And what can we do about it? Kirsty chats to...Show More
Will There Be Another Economic Crash In 2016?

15:48 | Jan 18th, 2016

Back for a new series, Kirsty Styles asks economist Olivier Vardakoulias from the New Economics Foundation whether the rumours of another economic crash in 2016 are true. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Olivier ...Show More
Christmas Special: Review of 2015

21:05 | Dec 7th, 2015

In the final episode of the year, the tables are turned as Jessie Barnard interviews Kirsty about the economic highlights and lowlights of 2015. A surprise guest makes a special appearance. Featuring contributions from James Meadway, Christine Ber...Show More
Spending Review

13:10 | Nov 30th, 2015

To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. Chancellor George Osborne set out his long term economic plan for the third time this year in ...Show More
Flying

14:03 | Nov 23rd, 2015

To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. This week, Leo Murray from the campaign 'A Free Ride' joins Kirsty Styles to talk about airpor...Show More
Special Guests: Sustainababble

25:22 | Nov 16th, 2015

In a special double-length episode, guests Dave Powell and Oli Hayes from comedy podcast Sustainababble join Kirsty to talk about the government's environmental policy — both nationally and internationally — and how it's intrinsically linked with eco...Show More
Bank Of England

15:01 | Nov 9th, 2015

To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. This week, Josh Ryan-Collins from NEF's Economy & Finance team joins Kirsty Styles to explain ...Show More
People's QE

10:33 | Nov 2nd, 2015

This week Kirsty's joined by Fran Boait, Director of Positive Money, to talk about people's quantitative easing. Why is it different to other QE? Isn't it just printing money? Would it help or hinder our economy? Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitte...Show More
China

13:54 | Oct 26th, 2015

To support the show and help us come back for another series in the New Year, please give £5 or whatever you can afford at www.neweconomics.org/podcast. In this week's episode, regular contributor and chief economist at the New Economics Foundatio...Show More
Government Debt

13:01 | Oct 19th, 2015

Kirsty chats to special guest Ewa Karwowski, lecturer in economics at Kingston University, about government debt, and the Charter for Budget Responsibility, approved by MPs in parliament last week. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter....Show More
Steve Keen: Part 2 - Stopping The Next Crash

10:26 | Oct 12th, 2015

In the second of a two-part interview Kirsty chats to special guest Professor Steve Keen, Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, about the likelihood of another economic crash and how we can stop that from happening. Week...Show More
Steve Keen: Part 1 - Predicting The Crash

10:37 | Oct 5th, 2015

Back from our break, in the first of a two-part interview Kirsty chats to super special guest Professor Steve Keen, Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, about how he predicted the 2008 economic crash and whether we’re on th...Show More
Trade Unions

09:47 | Sep 14th, 2015

Kirsty chats to special guest Alice Martin, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, about trade unions. Kirsty and James are back on 5th October with more special guests. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod K...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #6: The Alternatives

12:56 | Sep 7th, 2015

In the final episode of a special six-part series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about alternatives to neoliberalism. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: ww...Show More
Bank Holiday Special: Shorter Working Week

10:46 | Aug 31st, 2015

Kirsty and James are away for the bank holiday, but the show must go on. Guest host Polly Trenow is joined by Sarah Lyall, NEF social policy researcher, to talk about how shorter, more flexible hours of work could be transformative for our economy an...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #5: The End of History?

12:05 | Aug 24th, 2015

In the penultimate episode of a special six-part series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about how neoliberalism lives on today. Weekly Economics Podcast on Tw...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #4: Acceptable in the 80s

12:33 | Aug 17th, 2015

In the fourth of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation about how neoliberalism took hold in the UK in the 1980s. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter...Show More
Power Failure

11:49 | Aug 10th, 2015

What's at fault with our energy system? Kirsty Styles is joined by Stephen Devlin, Natural Resource Economist at the New Economics Foundation to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Music credits this wee...Show More
Resilience and the Crash

12:35 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Financial system resilience - what is it, and why does it matter? Should we be worried about another crash? Kirsty Styles chats to Josh Ryan-Collins, Associate Director of Economy & Finance at NEF, to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twit...Show More
Great Housing Crisis

13:47 | Jul 27th, 2015

Kirsty Styles is joined by economist Mary Robertson to chat about the origins of the accelerating UK housing crisis and how we can tackle it. Kirsty also discovers why building societies are called "building societies" and makes some ornithologic...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #3: World Domination

13:23 | Jul 20th, 2015

In the third of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about our economic system, the difference between capitalism and neoliberalism and how neolibera...Show More
Summer Budget

12:25 | Jul 13th, 2015

Who are the winners and losers from George Osborne's latest Budget? Ross Haig talks to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, to find out. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Produced by...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #2: House that Hayek Built

12:04 | Jul 6th, 2015

In the second of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation about how the once obscure ideas of theorist Friedrich Hayek moved from the fringe to the mains...Show More
Greek Myth

13:40 | Jun 29th, 2015

As the Greece crisis deepens, Kirsty Styles chats to economist Olivier Vardakoulias about how we got here and what happens next. We revisit Greece this week following our 2 March 2015 episode, 'Does Greece need a plan B?'. You can catch up or lis...Show More
Rethinking Economics

12:58 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Kirsty chats to special guest Yuan Yang, co-founder of Rethinking Economics, an international network of students campaigning for better economics education. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Yuan Yang on Twitter:...Show More
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism #1: The Basics

13:20 | Jun 15th, 2015

In the first of a special series for the Weekly Economics Podcast Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about our economic system, the difference between capitalism and neoliberalism and how neolibera...Show More
RBS Fire Sale

12:06 | Jun 8th, 2015

Kirsty chats to special guest Christine Berry, a researcher in the economy and finance team at the New Economics Foundation, about the chancellor's plans to sell the taxpayer's stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitt...Show More
The Queen's Speech and Tax

09:44 | Jun 1st, 2015

Kirsty and James delve into the Queen's Speech to take a look at the government's plans on tax. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod James Meadway on Twitter: www.twitter.com/meadwaj Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.tw...Show More
Deflation and, er… Eurovision

11:33 | May 26th, 2015

Following the first fall into deflation in the UK since the 1960s, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about good inflation, bad inflation, negative inflation and deflation, and what it all means. A...Show More
Northern Powerhouse

11:21 | May 18th, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the building of the 'Northern powerhouse'. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod James Meadway on Twitter: www.twitter.com/...Show More
The Next Five Years

12:58 | May 11th, 2015

Guest host Huw Jordan chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the results of last week's general election and the implications for economic policy over the next five years. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitte...Show More
Dealmakers and Dealbreakers

11:37 | May 5th, 2015

With the election looming, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the deals each of the political parties might conceivably do on economic policy. (Recorded Friday 1st May) Weekly Economics...Show More
Carbon Bubble

11:37 | Apr 27th, 2015

Special guest Stephen Devlin, an environmental economist at the New Economics Foundation, joins Kirsty to chat about the carbon bubble and the growing momentum behind the divestment movement. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/we...Show More
Manifestos

08:46 | Apr 20th, 2015

Last week the political parties launched their manifestos ahead of the election. Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about the differences between the parties' economic policies. Weekly Economics...Show More
Feminist Economics

09:54 | Apr 13th, 2015

Special Guest Polly Trenow from the Women's Budget Group chats to Kirsty about feminist economics and the gender impact of measures announced in the 2015 Budget. Behind-the-scenes podcast team selfie: https://twitter.com/kirstystyles1/status/58658...Show More
Europe Jargon Buster Spectacular

09:07 | Mar 30th, 2015

Europe, the EU, the ECB, quantitative easing… this week we take on subjects that are usually seen as complicated, boring or even frightening. Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, to break down the ja...Show More
What Should Have Been In The Budget

12:07 | Mar 23rd, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about last week's Budget and what should have been in it. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeconpod Kirsty Styles on Twitter: www.twi...Show More
What Will (And Won't) Be In The Budget?

12:06 | Mar 16th, 2015

In a special pre-budget episode, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, about what will (and won't) be in the budget. Plus, we imagine what Chancellor Meadway would do differently. Jargon of the wee...Show More
Have Living Standards Bounced Back?

10:15 | Mar 9th, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Institute for Fiscal Studies' report on living standards. — Jargon of the week: Debt and deficit Listener question of the week: Robin Hood ...Show More
Does Greece Need a Plan B?

14:51 | Mar 2nd, 2015

A month on from the Greek election, Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Syriza-led government's deal with the Eurogroup and whether it needs a Plan B. Jargon of the week: Troika ...Show More
Inflation

10:47 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the Bank of England's inflation report and what it means for the UK economy and real wages in 2015. Jargon of the week: Inflation and deflation Li...Show More
Global Debt

11:00 | Feb 16th, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the rising level of global debt and whether that might spark another economic crash. Weekly Economics Podcast on Twitter: www.twitter.com/weeklyeco...Show More
Pilot: Has The UK Economy Recovered?

08:04 | Feb 5th, 2015

Kirsty Styles chats to James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), about the reality behind the falls in inflation and unemployment and rises in real wages and growth. Music: Featuring Going Forward Looking Back by Po...Show More