Shallow Dive

Shallow Dive

A podcast discussing politics and policy, presented by Alex Waygood and Murray Jones. Music used in this podcast is by the freesound.org user Sub-d, and is licensed under a Creative Commons 0 license freesound.org/people/Sub-d/.... Show More

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March 11, 2020 44 min

It could be put off no longer: we finally talk about coronavirus (and other things...)

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The UK is attempting a novel and controversial strategy to combat the coronavirus, putting behavioural science front and centre

The US has not been testing enough people, so nobody knows how big its outbreak is.

Andrew Cuomo has been criticised for using prison labour to produce hand sanitiser cheaply for residents of New York State.

Will we ...

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March 5, 2020 45 min

Turkey is encouraging refugees to head to Greece and the EU aren’t happy. Meanwhile climate change is only going to make the problem worse, on a global scale. Also British troops are heading to Mali.


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Turkey turns a blind eye as refugees head for border.


The EU’s morality is facing a severe test when it comes to refugees. Greece aren’t helping.


It’s all part of a geopolitical balancing act regarding Turkey's intervention ...

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February 27, 2020 32 min

India is struck with ethnic violence , France is overrun with bedbugs, and we ask: are local councils preventing action on climate change?


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32 people died in Delhi as mobs attacked majority-Muslim areas of the city, following protests around a new law discriminating against Muslims.


How the protests escalated.


The law reformed India’s refugee policy, long one of the world’s harshest.


The law is accused of ...

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February 20, 2020 42 min

The government brings out its plan for a points-based immigration system, the Democratic Party holds yet another debate in its quest to find a nominee to take on Donald Trump, and we ask: is every billionaire a policy failure?


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UCU university strikes.


The government has unveiled its new plans for post-Brexit immigration.


The Economist’s analysis of the effects of the new plans.


The plan will be “points-bas...

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February 13, 2020 39 min

The rule of law is under attack everywhere, it seems, but Ecuador. Plus Donald Trump’s many questions about badgers, and we ask: should the licence fee be scrapped?


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Sajid Javid is out, after a cabinet reshuffle that was more dramatic than many expected.


The Roger Stone fiasco.


Roger Stone’s role in the Mueller investigation, explained.


Roger Stone threatened to kidnap Randy Credico’s dog.


Plans to refor...

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The Iowa Caucuses descended into chaos, Russian police have been convicted of busting their own drug den, and we ask: should the government step in to save Facebook from itself?


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The Iowa caucuses were utter chaos.


Doing well in Iowa is important, but only if you can get media attention out of it.


Pete Buttigieg: who he is.


Buttigieg controversially fired South Bend’s first African-American police chief.


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January 30, 2020 45 min

The government decides to allow Huawei into the UK’s 5G infrastructure, a rare sighting of a Bolivian glass frog, and we ask: are open borders the way to go?


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Johnson’s controversial decision to allow Huawei in. 


The Huawei move is unpopular with his own party.


British foreign policy, caught in an awkward place between the US and China. 


Context to US concerns over Huawei.


Huawei: a security issue? Or a t...

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