Need some Reasons to be Cheerful in an age of Trump, Brexit, and climate change? Tune into the weekly podcast of Ed Miliband, former Labour Party Leader and Geoff Lloyd, radio host and podcaster. From exploring the power of cooperatives in Preston to climate solutions to improving trans rights, there’s something for all of us to challenge our ideas about. These podcasts help introduce these difficult topics that are often misrepresented by the media. So, over your breakfast you can help uncover why these issues exist, discourses and discussions around them, and help find solutions. A few experts are usually brought in, from the Secret Barrister on the ‘Law and Disorder: fixing the justice crisis’ podcast, to Sadiq Khan on ‘A Breath of Fresh Air: tackling the air pollution emergency’.
The podcasts begin with Ed and Geoff’s reasons to be cheerful, something that we should all be thinking about on a daily basis as we are overwhelmed with negative media and news stories. It is important for us to understand our privilege and positive experiences, no matter how small and be grateful for what we have. As mental health problems are increasing, especially among the youth, this podcast sets a precedent for how we can help to deal with both personal and global anxieties. Examples include family to Ed seeing Geoff after he’s been away to positive changes in the law.
The podcast is mainly based on the listener’s choice, inserting democracy and people power into the ideas that are discussed. This is seen through the reading out of emails and discussing the responses to previous podcasts, as well as encouraging listeners to contribute ideas for future episodes by emailing in. In this way, we can extend discussion to those whose voices may usually be marginalised.
To conclude, a comedian is invited in to talk about their solutions for a better world. The adding of humour and comedy helps add to the positive attitude, showing how we all can make small changes to a better future. Overall, Ed and Geoff host an insightful way to explore new ideas in a varied and dynamic way, making politics accessible to so many of us.
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