Iain Martin and I react to the Tories’ incredible win in Copeland last night, and to Paul Nuttall’s complete and utter failure to lead UKIP to victory. Also on the agenda: does Labour have any future at all?

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 24 Feb 2017

Something a little different on the Reaction Podcast this week. Instead of my usual chat with Iain Martin on the week’s political news, I had a special guest: Chris O’Neill. Chris is the CEO of Evernote, the world’s leading productivity app. He previously spent 10 years at Google in various executive roles including Managing Director of Google Canada. He has a passion for productivity and believes in the power of technology to help rather than hinder us. He’s also hugely optimistic and not at all anxious about artificial intelligence – all topics we discussed from the Graham Bell room of the Brown’s Hotel, where Alexander Graham Bell made the world’s first phone call.

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Evernote, the world’s leading productivity app. He previously spent 10 years at Google in various executive roles including Managing Director of Google Canada. He has a passion for productivity and believes in the power of technology to help rather than hinder us. He's also hugely optimistic and not at all anxious about artificial intelligence - all topics we discussed from the Graham Bell room of the Brown's Hotel, where Alexander Graham Bell made the world's first phone call. To make sure you never miss a podcast, subscribe via iTunes here.">Reaction Podcast: the future of work

Rachel Cunliffe  / 24 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I try to make sense of Tony Blair’s unsolicited intervention in the debates over Brexit. We also discuss whether there can be any hope for UKIP with its cause and figurehead both gone, and look back over the most bizarre moments of President Trump’s assault on the media at Thursday’s press conference. We end with a message about media, and the future of Reaction.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 18 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I reflect on what a rocky week it’s been for President Trump’s travel ban, and for the the legal checks and balances that have been attempting to stall it. We also discuss the landmark vote in the House of Commons to trigger Article 50, Jeremy Corbyn’s fleeting moment of triumph, and the dire prospects for the future of the Labour Party. We end with a tribute to the recently departed Hans Rosling, the Swedish data visionary whose “fact-based worldview” promoted optimism and progress.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 11 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I analyse the House of Commons debate on triggering Article 50, then look further a field to check up on how the French presidential election is looking for the main contenders (answer: not good). And since it’s impossible to comment on global affairs without mentioning the US, we review the chaos of President Trump’s Muslim ban and assess how his administration is coping two weeks in.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 3 Feb 2017

In this week’s Reaction Podcast, Iain Martin and I delve into what the Supreme Court’s ruling on triggering Article 50 means for the Brexit timetable. We also scrutinise the continuing demise of the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, the odds of a satisfactory UK-US trade deal, and what Theresa May should say to Donald Trump when she finds herself in the Oval Office tomorrow.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 26 Jan 2017

In the new Reaction Podcast – a weekly conversation between me and Rachel Cunliffe, deputy editor of Reaction – we discuss giving Trump a chance, scandals, trade, and where we disagree on the the legacy of Barack Obama (who?).

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Can Donald Trump really make a deal with Vladimir Putin? How much weight should we give to his eyebrow-rising cabinet appointments? And with all the disruption, what are the chances that he won’t work out his full four-year term?

Xenia Wickett, the head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, is an expert on foreign policy of all varieties, and has previously worked in the White House. She’s the ideal person to analyse what we know – and more crucially, don’t know – so far about Trump and his impending presidency. From America’s relationship with Russia to the prospect of impeachment, Xenia cuts through the cloud of “anything could happen” to remind us what frameworks Trump will be working within.

While we’re cautious about making predictions, Xenia argues there are at least some things we can be certain won’t happen.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 16 Dec 2016

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked when Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol by speaking directly to the president of Taiwan, angering China. It seemed yet another accidental gaffe born out of inexperience and carelessness.

But Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor of Sky news and author of numerous books about global politics and history, had other ideas. At first, he too was unimpressed. Then Trump’s phone call with President Tsai Ing-Wen of Taiwan started to make a lot more sense. On this episode of the Reaction podcast, I chat to Tim about the controversies surrounding that conversation, and about Trump’s big business style of diplomacy.

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Rachel Cunliffe  / 8 Dec 2016