Podcast: The Big Freeze

Bit snowy: Moscow, this week. Image: Getty.

It’s cold in London this week – but not even nearly as cold as it is in Korea, where the coldest Winter Olympics of all time are about to kick off; or Moscow, which just had record snowfall. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, Cape Town is about to run out of water.

So, it’s time to talk about the climate again. New Statesman environment writer India Bourke joins me to talk about this year’s bout of extreme weather, explain what’s causing it, and talk me through what cities are doing to mitigate the situation.

Then, in a desperate attempt to lighten the mood, I quiz her on a few temperature records, in the UK and beyond.

One other announcement: on 22 February, I’ll be joined by a great panel to record the first ever live Skylines, at the New Local Government Network conference in London’s Guildhall. It’s a ticketed event, but if you’re going to be there, why not swing by and say hi?

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

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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Podcast: Global Britain and local Liverpool

Liverpool. Image: Getty.

This week, two disparate segments linked by the idea of trading with the world. Well, vaguely. It’s there, but you have to squint.

First up: I make my regular visit to the Centre for Cities office for the Ask the Experts slot with head of policy Paul Swinney. This week, he teaches me why cities need businesses that export internationally to truly thrive.

After that, we’re off to Liverpool, with New Statesman politics correspondent Patrick Maguire. He tells me why the local Labour party tried to oust mayor Joe Anderson; how the city became the party’s heartlands; and how it ended up with quite so many mayors.

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

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

Skylines is produced by Nick Hilton.

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