Podcast: The Italian Job

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It’s another international episode. Bet you can’t guess from the title where we’re off to this week.

Elena Magrini is a researcher at the Centre for Cities, and a native of Bergamo, a city just outside Milan. Her colleague Gabriele Piazza is a native of Palermo, which, 900km to the south, is the largest city on Sicily. Since the Centre has staff from both the far north and far south of Italy, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to talk about Europe’s other big north south divide.

During the course of our conversation we cover how local and regional government works in Italy; why populism looks so different at different ends of the country; and why Italian governments don’t tend to last for very long. My interviewees also try and, I fear, fail to explain to me what happened in Italy’s recent election.

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

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

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Podcast: Global Britain and local Liverpool

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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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