Podcast: Level Five

A Mercedes-Benz driverless car on show in Shanghai in 2015. Image: Getty.

The big day is here at last: as I write, residents of six English city regions are finally going to the polls to elect their first metro mayors. If you're a regular listener, you've probably been looking forward to this day, either because you think it's a great step forward for British democracy – or because it means we'll finally shut up about it and talk about something else.

Anyway: we won't get the results until Friday, but I’ve dragged Stephen Bush and Patrick Maguire from the New Statesman's politics team back to the podcasting catacomb to make some brief predictions. Tune in to find out what the results will be; or, if you’re listening after Friday, to find out how wrong we were.

Before that, though, let's talk about something completely different. The Guardian tech correspondent Alex Hern is back to answer one of the big questions in the world day: are driverless cars really going to happen?

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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: Brizzle

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, in Bristol. Image: Getty.

This week, we’re off to an English city that, to my shame, I’ve been neglecting: Bristol, the largest city in the south west, and indeed the largest city in the south outside London.

I’m joined by Sian Norris, founder of the Bristol Women’s Literary Festival, to talk about the city she’s lived in since her childhood. She tells me what makes Bristol so liveable, why it’s struggling with inequality, and how it’s coping with the recent influx of London expats bidding up house prices.

Since we’re on his patch, I also spoke to Marvin Rees, who since 2016 has been the elected Labour mayor of the city. He tells me why he was so keen for Bristol to host the Global Parliament of Mayors, and why local politicians need to work together after Brexit. Oh, and he talks about his transport plans, too.

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.

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