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Every fortnight, ConservativeHome will compile a handful of podcast recommendations – content that has been published in the weeks preceding – for its readers. Although these will mainly focus on podcasts for conservative listeners, we will try to include other options – should they be particularly interesting. Sometimes this feature will contain other types of media.

Title: Chinese Whispers
Host: Cindy Yu
Episode: Will Xi invade Taiwan?

Duration: 31:28 minutes
Published: October 18
Link: Here

What’s it about?

During the course, Cindy Yu sits down with Oriana Skylar Mastro, fellow at Stanford and the American Enterprise Institute, to discuss the future of Taiwan – in the wake of China’s recent actions. Readers of this site may be aware that earlier in the month, China celebrated its national day by flying a record number of aircraft through Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. Yu and Skylar Maestro explore what this means; whether it was “performative” by China, or has more serious implications.

Some teaser quotes:
  • “The military itself has been preparing for relatively traditional military activities to retake Taiwan by force, and there are four main ways they can do this.”
  • “The Chinese military is absolutely not more powerful than the US military, but it’s also somewhat irrelevant, that question.”
  • “Some people I think have a false impression that all of a sudden, the United States has woken up to the threat of the Chinese military. And that this military has been threatening for so long and we just didn’t notice. That actually has not been the case. Instead, it’s just that China has made such great advancements in such a short period of time.”
Verdict:

A fascinating and in depth conversation – and part of a series that’s well worth subscribing to.

Title: CATCH UP
Host: Matt Chorley
Episode: Matt Chorley: Allegra Stratton Q&A

Duration: 29:59 minutes
Published: October 26
Link: Here

What’s it about?

With only a few days until COP26 in Glasgow, this interview gives key insights into what we can expect from the much-anticipated conference. Matt Chorley has the chance to put listener questions, from Times Radio’s audience, to Allegra Stratton, the spokesperson for the event. Chorley dives straight into the hard questions – from whether COP26 is destined to be a failure without Putin and Xi, of Russia and China, respectively, on board – to Stratton’s own vehicle use, which became the subject of numerous headlines earlier in the year.

Some teaser quotes:
  • “In Paris there wasn’t much talk, which you will hear lots of at Glasgow.”
  • “We need Glasgow to get the highest ambition out of countries. It’s not either or; it is every single commitment we can get from countries on coal, cars, cash and trees”.
  • “the Government has gone further and faster than a great number of governments in setting out how we are going to get to Net Zero Britain… It was quite striking to me when I was reading the drafts of the Net Zero strategy, and that sentence in it, that says that from 2050, the UK, because of the plans in this document, will no longer contribute to global changes in climate.”
Verdict

A must-listen for anyone wanting to know about the more intricate details of COP26.

Title: Triggernometry
Hosts: Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster
Episode: How Do We Stop Bad Ideas Destroying the West? Gad Saad

Duration: 56:23 minutes
Published: October 24

What’s it about?

With 47,134 views (at the time of writing) on Youtube since it premiered three days ago, Triggernometry’s interview with Gad Saad, an evolutionary psychologist and one of the world’s leading public intellectuals, looks set to be a big hit. In the discussion, Saad explores trends in the West through the framework of his fourth book The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense.

Some teaser quotes:
  • “Believe me, we will wake up in 50 years or 100 years, and say, “how did this happen?” And if people have a copy of this conversation, they will know how it happened; it’s because of cowardice, it’s because of apathy, it’s because of diffusion of responsibility onto others that these idea pathogens proliferate. If we all talk against them, we will solve the problem by next week.”
  • “Each of these idea pathogens free us from the pesky shackles of reality. Utopian aspirations are exactly that; I don’t like the pesky, cruel world, therefore I will erect edifices of bulls**t that ultimately feel good. It’s a form of ideological dopamine”.
  • “You would think that scientists are somehow inoculated from these idea pathogens and these parasitic ideas, but the reality is they’re the ones who spawn those idea pathogens.”
Verdict

A fun exchange – which lightens up some very heavy topics.