Dumbocracy – Season 2 Ep.4

On this episode, we’re talking China with Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch. Over many months now whispers have been growing regarding the treatment of the Uighurs in the west of the country and more and more footage has been shared online regarding what the authorities refer to as re-training. It’s led to louder and louder chatter of a genocide […]

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Reasonably Competent Clowns #TBE

On this edition of the show we’re off to the UK, where author and journalist Peter Hichens joins us to discuss what he says is the overstated fear-mongering around Covid, the forced use of muzzles, the attacks on civil liberties, as well as the Conservative jokers running his country into the ground. After that it’s back to Ireland for a […]

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Pavlov’s Dog – Ep.2

With Vladimir Putin taking power for life in a referendum that offered train tickets and raffle prizes and was conducted out the back of vans, Russia knows it’s future. It’s the same as its recent past. To talk about the strong man leader’s ascent and use of power, we’re joined by Mark Galeotti, Honorary Professor at the University College London […]

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Back With A Bang – Season 2 Ep.1

After a week off, we’ve plenty of catching up to do with the latest Covid surge, with political mayhem, with sport back, and with climate chaos. Thus we are whisking you straight off to Brazil where Tom Hennigan in Sao Paulo, Dave Caren in the oft-forgotten poorer north-east, and Marvio dos Anjos in Rio de Janeiro talk us and take […]

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Power From the People – Ep.12

This week we delve into some of the ways in which democracy is under attack and explore the methods that has authoritarianism thriving and on the march. In Hong Kong, it’s a year since a million people took to the streets but is this anniversary worthy of celebration and fond memories, what with Covid and Chinese persistence making it all […]

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The Cost of Living – #BlackLivesMatter Ep.11

It may be an issue for social media hashtags and Facebook likes right now, but it’s an issue for black people every day. Thus on this week’s show we wanted to delve deeper and further into the black lives that are again having to beg and fight to merely matter. To discuss what’s happening in the United States and around […]

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Win, But At What Cost? – Ep.10

This week we’re off first to the Middle-East, a place that can be difficult at the best of times, but these they most certainly are not. David Sheen and Budour Hassan join us from Haifa and Jerusalem, as Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial begins. Despite this, he’s used the pandemic to grab more power, drag the left into his far-right alliance, […]

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Suspicious Minds Ep.9

When Covid became all too real, experts were suggesting that Vietnam and Taiwan would be hit hardest due to their proximity with China. But now that they’ve faired best, did this proximity, suspicion and downright dislike of their neighbours give them a key headstart? With rumours reaching Taiwan and hacks coming from Vietnam, we’re joined from both those nations by […]

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