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City Talks from Centre for Cities explores the key issues facing cities and towns in the UK and beyond. Host Andrew Carter interviews leading thinkers in the urban policy field, as well as experts from Centre for Cities about their research and ideas on improving the economies of cities and large towns.
 
Welcome to The Amarillo Project! I, your host, Eva Noblezada and a plethora of wonderful guests dive into yummy conversation over cocktails. We hope to provide a safe and casual listening experience for you. So that we can all hopefully feel a little less alone. In SEASON 1 “SAYING YES TO” we narrow our convo down to one thing that the guest encourages us to say yes to more.The Amarillo Project hopes to spread positivity and normalization of the good, the bad, the ugly...and the occasional F ...
 
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More than five months into his second term, the Mayor joined Chief Executive Andrew Carter at this year’s Conservative Party Conference for an in-depth discussion on what’s on his agenda for the future of Tees Valley, his expectations for the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper and his views on further devolution. This episode is part of the Centre f…
 
Will robots rule the world? Will fully autonomous weapons destroy the planet? Will artificial intelligence take my job? Silicon valley entrepreneur and self-described futurist Martin Ford joins Tom Clark to answer the big questions about the technology that shapes not only our smartphones, but our politics, economies and lives. See acast.com/privac…
 
The UK Government will soon publish its highly-anticipated Levelling Up White Paper, setting out a plan to level up opportunities and to address the country’s long-standing geographic inequalities. Levelling up formed a key part of this Government’s 2019 election manifesto and in the two years since has become a political buzzword ahead of the Whit…
 
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next month, we speak to environmental correspondent Fiona Harvey on what it will take to reach a crucial deal in the next step towards tackling the climate crisis. Having covered 14 of the last 16 COP summits, Fiona shares some of her key insights into climate diplomacy and how often success falls on the work of the host n…
 
The UK Government will soon publish a plan for levelling up the country and bridging its long-standing geographic divides. The UK is not the first country to have to grapple with this challenge; when Germany reunified in 1990, productivity in the former East was was just 60% of that in the West and people in cities such as Leipzig and Dresden were …
 
Leading legal-aid lawyer David Renton joins the Prospect Interview to talk about the view from the frontline of the housing crisis. As a barrister in courtrooms both physical and virtual during the pandemic, while we hunkered down in our homes, David was fighting stop a panoply of clients from losing theirs. Arguing that our children need housing j…
 
Now more than five months into his second term, the Mayor joined Director of Policy and Research Paul Swinney at this year’s Labour Party Conference for an in-depth discussion on his experiences as Mayor of Greater Manchester and his positioning on levelling up and devolution. This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series …
 
Seasoned political broadcaster Steve Richards joins Tom Clark to talk about the prime minsters that never were. From Roy Jenkins to Michael Heseltine, Richards charts the journeys of the pretenders that never made it to the top spot, arguing that for all the feverish speculation in the press, rivals to prime ministers rarely prevail. See acast.com/…
 
Gillian Tett, editor at large at the Financial Times and author of a new book Anthro-Vision, joins Tom Clark to explain how undercover anthropology helped her to predict the financial crash. Applying an anthropological lens to life has enabled Tett to spot the patterns that others miss, like the unexpected similarities shared by wedding rituals in …
 
In May 2021 Tracy Brabin made history as West Yorkshire’s first metro mayor, and Britain’s first female metro mayor. In this episode of City Talks Andrew Carter caught up with her to discuss her first few months in office, why she stood and her vision for West Yorkshire. This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series. Pleas…
 
Charlotte Higgins, prize-winning author and the Guardian's chief culture writer, joins Sameer Rahim talk about her book, Greek Myths: A New Retelling. Their conversation tackles the big questions. Did the Greeks believe in their Gods? Does classics have a class problem? And did Medea really kill her children? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and o…
 
Who is Ben Houchen and how did he help the Tories topple the red wall? Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Editor at the Financial Times joins the podcast to discuss the Tees Valley mayor that Boris Johnson is reportedly "obsessed" with, as well as the wider themes in his new book Broken Heartlands. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
What does it mean to be a public intellectual in 2021? In this episode Tom Clark, Sameer Rahim and Philip Ball discuss the work of Prospect’s Top Thinker of 2021, Palestinian embryologist Jacob Hanna, as well other notable names including Priyamvada Gopal, Mahmood Mandani and Carlo Rovelli. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Our research shows that not every UK town is struggling. What can we learn from successful towns about the levelling up agenda? What are the main characteristics that differentiate strong towns from weaker ones and what policy is needed to make long-lasting change? This City Minutes explores these questions as part of our wider ongoing work into th…
 
The cities versus towns debate is often unhelpfully pitched as an ‘us versus them’ scenario. What is the nature of the economic relationship between cities and towns and how does it play out across the UK? What implications does the debate have for policy makers and people alike? This City Minutes explores these questions as part of our wider ongoi…
 
Bestselling author and renegade economist Richard H Thaler joins the Prospect Interview to talk about the book that made him famous, Nudge. So influential that the UK Cabinet office even created a dedicated Nudge Unit, the groundbreaking book–first published in 2008–is back in a final, revised edition. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
On this week’s podcast we’re joined by Prospect’s own contributing editor, Andrew Adonis, who discusses the class clown who became one of our most dominant prime ministers, Boris Johnson. How did he get to where he is today? In explaining the “Johnson phenomenon,” Andrew argues that we have to look back at the school that made him as well as many o…
 
On this week’s episode we speak to archaeologist and author of Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, Rebecca Wragg Sykes. She joins managing editor Sameer Rahim to discuss the fascinating story of our closest cousins, the Neanderthals: how they might have lived, whether they had imagination—and just how much of our perceptions of them has…
 
On this week’s episode, writer, philosopher and Oxford don Amia Srinivasan joins us to talk about the ideas explored in her latest essay collection, The Right to Sex. From male entitlement to the politics of desire, Amia tells us why sex is a topic in need of a more philosophical interrogation. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
Ed Miliband joins the Prospect Interview to discuss how to fix some of our most pressing policy issues, which he explores in his new book Go Big: How to Fix Our World. He joins editor Tom Clark to discuss Vienna’s social housing revolution, why the UK needs to embrace decentralisation, and why we shouldn’t count out the Labour Party for the next ge…
 
The Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen joins the Prospect Interview to discuss economics, globalisation and identity in his new memoir Home in the World. Editor Tom Clark talks to Amartya about watching famous historians Hugh Trevor-Roper and Eric Hobsbawm go head to head at Cambridge, the turmoil in Narendra Modi’s India, and the future of …
 
This week we chat with multi-Olivier Award winning actor, Joanna Riding. She has starred in the West End in Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick, My Fair Lady, The Girls to name just a few. Most recently she played Sally in the acclaimed NT revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. She’s just about to play Nettie Fowler in the Regent’s Park Open Air …
 
Throughout its history, England was regularly falling to foreign takeovers and perennially divided—it was a nation that never was. Author of The Shortest History of England James Hawes joins the Prospect Interview to discuss the chaotic, mixed history of England and the thorny question of English identity. James discusses English nationalism in the…
 
What regional inequalities do different parts of the UK face? And which policies should the Government implement to bridge these divides and level up the country? City Minutes is exploring these questions in a mini-series on how to level up the UK. In the fourth episode, host Andrew Carter speaks with Centre for Cities’ Director of Policy and Resea…
 
American historian Carol Anderson joins the Prospect Interview to discuss the secret history of America’s much-debated Second Amendment. The amendment, enshrined in the country’s bill of rights, asserts the right of “well-regulated militias” to “keep and bear arms.” Carol, whose previous book White Rage was deemed essential reading during Donald Tr…
 
Ann Harada created the role of Christmas Eve in the original production of Avenue Q (a role she recreated in the West End). She’s appeared both on Broadway in shows including 9 to 5 and Cinderella and on TV in the hit series, Smash. Ann has just wrapped filming on the new Apple TV series, Schmigadoon and is currently filming Disenchanted, the seque…
 
This week we chat with Natalie McQueen who has appeared in the West End in Kinky Boots, Wicked, Les Misérables, and Murder Ballad. Most recently she was seen starring as Doralee in the hit London production of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the Musical. She’s soon to be taking on the role of Catherine in a brand new production of Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin a…
 
In this month’s issue of Prospect, we have two essays approaching the thorny yet increasingly unignorable question of referendums: are they really democratic? Author and former Labour MP Chris Mullin, in his cover story on the rise of nationalism under Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, warns that we may soon begin to have referendums on everything—inc…
 
What regional inequalities do different parts of the UK face? And which policies should the Government implement to bridge these divides and level up the country? City Minutes is exploring these questions in a mini-series on how to level up the UK. In the third episode, host Andrew Carter speaks with Centre for Cities’ Researcher Tom Sells to discu…
 
Journalist Christian Davies joins the Prospect Interview to discuss Poland's authoritarian turn—and what it could mean for Europe as a whole. In the latest issue of Prospect, out now on newsstands and online, Christian writes an essay about the nostalgic nationalists of the ultra-conservative Law and Justice Party, which is tightening its grip on t…
 
What regional inequalities do different parts of the UK face? And which policies should the Government implement to bridge these divides and level up the country? City Minutes is exploring these questions in a mini-series on how to level up the UK. In the second episode, host Andrew Carter speaks with Centre for Cities’ Analyst Valentine Quinio to …
 
The UK’s lockdown and restrictions have meant that some people are likely to have accumulated savings over the past 15 months, which could now be used to refuel the economy as we enter the recovery phase. However, Centre for Cities’ latest research reveals these Covid-savings are not distributed evenly across the country, as not everyone has had th…
 
Novelist Natasha Brown joins the Prospect Interview to talk about writing contemporary Britain and the fragmented self in her debut, Assembly. The novel follows a Black British woman as she navigates her high-powered job in London’s financial world, faces a medical emergency, and prepares to go to her boyfriend’s family party at their lavish countr…
 
Ever since emerging in the late 17th century, the Tories have restlessly reinvented themselves, shamelessly shape-shifted and shown a Lazarus-like ability to rise from political death. David Cameron talked about a “big society” while Theresa May railed against “burning injustices.” So what—if anything—does the party under Boris Johnson believe in? …
 
What regional inequalities do different parts of the UK face? And which policies should the Government implement to bridge these divides and level up the country? Over the next few weeks City Minutes will explore these questions in a mini-series on how to level up the UK. In the first episode, host Andrew Carter speaks with Centre for Cities’ Senio…
 
From Clement Attlee to Margaret Thatcher, several movers and shakers have entered government with plans to fundamentally change how the British economy is run. But have they ever truly succeeded? In this week’s podcast Tom Clark welcomes the Economist‘s Duncan Weldon, who argues that Britain’s “hands off” approach to the economy is so ingrained it’…
 
Hosting an iconic sporting event such as the Olympic or Commonwealth Games can help to put a city on the international stage, but do they have a positive long-term economic effect? For this episode of City Minutes, Senior Analyst Anthony Breach joins Chief Executive Andrew Carter to debate whether big sporting events can make a long-term difference…
 
Covid-19 has made the job of levelling up, the agenda elevated by the current Government to address the deep geographical inequalities present within the UK, much harder. The levelling up narrative is made up of many strands and is a concept that has been seen by some as complex, undefined and ambiguous, prompting the question what does the future …
 
Rush Limbaugh and his Fox News descendants softened up America for Donald Trump. Could the British shock jock do the same for political life in the UK? Journalist Zoe Williams joins Tom Clark to discuss why the media-savvy renegade took off in early 2000s America, what the “war on woke” really misses, and why we should all be concerned about the fu…
 
This week we chat with internet sensations, Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Rob Madge. Oscar Conlon-Morrey is an award-winning actor. During lockdown, he entertained the nation with a series of hilarious theatre-themed viral videos. Rob Madge shared hilarious home videos of childhood living room performances and holidays to Disney via their Twitter and Tik…
 
Sameer Rahim joins professor David Herman for a discussion on the life and work of the public intellectual Edward Said, who is the subject of a new biography, Places of Mind, by Timothy Brennan. Sameer, who wrote about the limitations of the thinker in our most recent issue of Prospect, joins David, a former student of Said’s, to discuss what Said …
 
In this weeks episode we chat with jazz legend, Ann Hampton Callaway about her highly anticipated live steam concert with her sister, Liz Callaway, Side By Side. We also chat with showbiz legend Arlene Phillips who is being unleashed in the West End, lifting the lid on her amazing career working with the biggest A-list stars including Elton John, T…
 
As Britain slowly opens up—and cinemas, galleries, and concert halls finally return—arts and books editor Sameer Rahim talks to Nicholas Kenyon, managing director at the Barbican, about the struggles faced by Britain’s artists over the past year, and why he’s looking forward to opening the Barbican’s doors. Nicholas, who was previously director of …
 
On today's show, we chat about Public Domain, a dark, funny, verbatim musical about the internet with creators and stars, Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke are with us now. We also chat with Rachel Tucker, Lewis Cornay and Guy Retallack and John and Jen, an emotional rollercoaster that explores the dynamics of family relationships. This pr…
 
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