Alex Andreou is a writer, actor, broadcaster, and host of The Bunker Podcast.
America’s new President faces four overlapping crises – the COVID pandemic, the teetering economy, festering racial inequality and looming climate change. Does Joe Biden have the political resources to turn them around? And what about the fifth crisis, the poisoning of American democracy under Trump? The FT’s Associate Editor Edward Luce – Author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism – tells Andrew Harrison about the horrors in Biden’s in-tray. “The left wants heads on pikes – but Biden will resist that.” “Biden is inheriting low hanging fruit with Trump’s poor vaccine policy.” “Expect an information war, as much as anything else.” “Rejoining Paris on day one is very symbolic. But Biden’s environmental policies are more ambitious than that.” Presented by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Few writers’ words and ideas are abused daily on the Internet as much as George Orwell’s – and now most of his work is out of copyright. On the anniversary of Eric Blair’s death, we present a champion Orwell-off. Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry Of Truth, talks to DJ Taylor, author of Orwell: The Life, about Blair’s underrated works and over-cited quotes, David Bowie’s 1984: The Musical, and why Orwell would have baulked at the modern misuse of “Orwellian”. “Orwell’s life and legend now fit perfectly the roles we’ve created for them.” – DJ Taylor“Words have been so redefined now that ‘Orwellian’ is routinely used as the opposite of everything that Orwell stood for.” – DJ Taylor“Orwell was an imperfect man of his time, and very good at dramatising his own life.” – DJ Taylor“Orwell hated writing film reviews so much that he paid his friend Inez Holden to go and watch the plays for him.” – DJ Taylor“Anthony Powell used to say ‘How George would have loved to be a poet killed in the war…’.” – DJ TaylorPresented by Dorian Lynskey. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jelena Sofronijevic and Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On the last day of Donald Trump’s warped presidency, his niece Mary Trump – psychologist and author of Too Much And Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man – reflects on the making of a man who impressed his psychopathologies on a nation. How does a person get like this? What is it like when a family member places the entire world in peril? And could a defeated Trump represent an even worse danger to American democracy?“For the first time in his life he can’t spin a loss into a win. And it’s driving him crazy.”“At a very deep level, Donald knows he’s never been truly successful and has no skills.”“When Donald was elected I knew he would do to my country what he and his father had done to my family.”“What shocks me is that there are people on this planet who are weaker than Donald. I didn’t think that was possible”“In the election, if he was going down, he would try to take the rest of us with him. And that’s exactly what he did.”“Failure to live up Fred Trump’s demands got you destroyed. And that’s what happened to my dad.”“If the cameras disappear, Donald ceases to exist.” Presented by Jude Rogers. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the Trump Presidency finally, finally ends, will the Republican Party be forced to choose between American democracy and the madness of the Trump-enraged base? Can Biden convince the world that America’s holiday from reason is over? Plus COVID spikes in Ireland, Singapore uses virus tracking to erode human rights, and Wikipedia is turns 20 [citation needed]. Ayesha Hazarika, Brian Klaas and Ahir Shah join Andrew Harrison for the weekly Bunker panel show.“Trump got more criticism from Meryl Streep than Vladimir Putin.” – Brian Klaas“Trump’s legacy is that we are permanently high on the sugar rush of dramatic news.” – Ayesha Hazarika“Should we call Trump a fascist? If there’s a boot stamping on my face I don’t care about the brand of the boot.” – Ahir Shah“Trump was a useful idiot to Putin, and every despot around the world.” – Ayesha HazarikaPresented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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