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: Uber & out

Uber no more. Image: Getty.

Oh, capitalism. You had a good run. But then Transport for London decided to ask Uber to take some responsibility for the safety of its passengers, and thus did what 75 years of Soviet Communism failed to do and overthrew the entire economic system of the Western world. Thanks, Sadiq, thanks a lot.

In the unlikely event you've missed the news, the story so far: TfL has ruled that Uber is not a fit and proper company to operate cabs, and revoked its licence. Uber has three weeks to appeal before its cabs need to get off the road.

To commemorate this sad day, I've dragged Stephen Bush back into the podcasting basement, so we can don black arm bands and debate what all this means – for London, for Uber, for the future (if it has one) of capitalism.

May god have mercy on our souls.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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