Reasons Revisited

Reasons Revisited

An occasional series revisiting conversations and ideas from Reasons to be Cheerful (2017-2024), formerly hosted by ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, and Sony Award-winning radio presenter Geoff Lloyd. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


July 12, 2024 13 mins

Ed has departed for government, and Geoff is left as custodian of the archive. As the Labour government makes its first raft of announcements and appointments, we delve into our back catalogue to find the ideas which might have influenced them. 

In this episode, we look at Rachel Reeves' announcement of the National Wealth Fund. What are public wealth funds? What different forms can they take? What are the potential be...

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The day is upon us. Maybe. In the words of the late Teddy Kennedy (uncle of Robert F. Junior, and real-life inspiration for Kendall Roy):

"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Thank you for keeping us cheerful.

Email our sporadically monitored inbox:

Full text of Ted Kennedy's 1980 Democratic N...

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May 26, 2024 12 secs
We're giving you an extra 24 hours to don a black armband and stock up on Kleenex, as the Chatteroo approaches its final destination.

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May 19, 2024 30 mins

From Highland Park, Illinois, we're joined by our cicada correspondent, who's keeping watch for the first dual emergence in 221 years. Plus, we find out more about this phenomenon with entomologist Professor Dave Bilton.

Bigger than the beetles - more about Dave:

Emerge in the Chatteroo inbox:

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May 12, 2024 33 mins

Lauren Child (former Children's Laureate/creator of Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort) joins the Chatteroo.

Buy Lauren's new Clarice Bean book, 'Smile':

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Political economist and writer, Will Hutton joins the Chatteroo to talk about his new book, 'This Time No Mistakes: How to Remake Britain', and its parallels with his mid-90s bestseller, 'The State We're In'.

Buy Will's book:

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April 28, 2024 34 mins

Vegetarian escalope at the Paris Olympics, energy nerds, The Boring Phone, Mid TV and your correspondence.

Join the Chatteroo! Email us with thoughts, questions and any fodder:

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Just in time for St George's Day, former Mili-gang members Marc Stears & Tom Baldwin join the Chatteroo to talk about their excellent new book 'England: Seven Myths That Changed a Country - And How To Set Them Straight'

Treat yourself to a copy - you deserve it!

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April 14, 2024 27 mins

Climate litigation in the 26 Cantons, the sense of smell in a digital world, Ed turns quizmaster, and your email.

Throw us a chatty bone! What would you like to hear in the Chatteroo?



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April 7, 2024 29 mins

We lament the passing of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and delve into the Chatteroo postbag.

We'd love to hear from you - it's your Chatteroo, too:

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Neuroscientist and author Tali Sharot has joined the Chatteroo to talk about her excellent new book, 'Look Again - The Power of Noticing What Was Always There' (co-written with Cass R Sunstein.) It's the habituation sensation that's sweeping the nation.

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March 24, 2024 25 mins

Includes a Presidential belch, life lessons from toddlers, the grace of a giraffe, and the Village People.

We need your email to fuel the Chatteroo!

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March 17, 2024 30 mins

The calm before the swarm, your email, and Ed shares his music lesson trauma.

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March 10, 2024 35 mins

A flurry of email prompted by last week's episode, plus cheerful nuggets from John Kerry's New York Times exit interview, the age at which jeans become inappropriate, and an Oscars-themed quiz.

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John Kerry:

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March 3, 2024 33 mins

Voicenotes, lessons from the New England Patriots, your email, and our best quiz yet.

Chat makes the world go round! We need your email - send us facts about hedgehogs, stories of sticking to your guns, rules for voice-note etiquette, ideas for quizzes, articles... anything you'd like to hear Ed turn his big ol' brain to:

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February 25, 2024 26 mins

Sad owl news, happy hedgehog news, and an encounter in the Portcullis House cafeteria queue.

Plus, your email - send us more, please!

Liebreich: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier



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February 18, 2024 19 mins

Ed vs Mud, Geoff has the lung capacity of a slightly younger man, how to apologise, and a game of Know Your Station

Apologise Like You Mean It:

Where Did Our Strange Use of 'Like' Come From?

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February 12, 2024 22 mins

Tracy Chapman, the age of a Prime Minister, how Marx and Engels communicated, plus more aggressive birds.

Seen anything you'd like us to talk about? Got a question? Someone you'd like to hear us talk to? Want to set us a quiz?

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February 4, 2024 30 mins

Donald Trump vs Taylor Swift, Ed vs wildfowl and your email.

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January 28, 2024 25 mins

Où est le chatteroo? Voici le chatteroo!

Send us hamster facts, or anything else that's on your mind:

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