Podcast: presidential election special

Yep, I met this guy in Pennsylvania. Image: Getty.

I'm not in the office right now: I'm in the US on a sort of busman's holiday, because a presidential election is basically my Christmas, and I've been on a road trip around the US watching the democracy happen. (You'll find some links to the pieces I've written for the New Statesman website about my travels below.)

But we're due a podcast and while we've got a whole load of exciting stuff in the pipeline we've not had a chance to make any of it good and shiny yet. So, as a placeholder, here's a quick ten minutes in which I things I've seen and learnt.

Inside you can hear me talk about having tea and cake with the Trump campaign in Scranton, Pennsylvania; why the Midwest is like the north of England, and the Republican electorate is the Leave campaign; and why Detroit is beautiful.

You can also hear the extreme tolerance in Stephanie's voice when I say, "Can we talk about motorways please?"

Some links:

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS.

We'll be back next week with the next full edition of the podcast. Enjoy.



Podcast: SPQR

Rome celebrates its birthday in 2014. Image: Getty.

It’s just me this week, which is a problem, because there’s no one to stop me from indulging his sillier ideas. For example: an entire podcast about Ancient Rome.

Our guest is Kevin Feeney, a historian of the late Roman Empire based at Yale University, Connecticut. He gives us a whistlestop tour of Imperial Rome, with occasional side trips to other ancient cities. We also discuss other important matters such as the nature of Roman emergency services; whether the Emperor Claudius was all that Robert Graves made him out to be; why ancient Britain sucked; and, inevitably, why the whole enterprise fell apart.

Then we round off with the audience participation bit. This week we’re asking: which cities or places from history would you like to visit and why?

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Oh – and if you’d like to give us a nice review on iTunes, we’d really like that very much, thanks. Enjoy.


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