Are you clever enough for Britain's brainiest podcast?

Cambridge professor David Runciman is the host of Talking Politics
Cambridge professor David Runciman is the host of Talking Politics Credit: Getty

Talking Politics is a kind of miracle. It has none of the usual ingredients of a successful podcast. No comedians, no celebrities, no unsolved murder cases. Even its sponsorship message – “Talking Politics is brought to you in partnership with the London Review of Books” – seems designed to appeal to about 50 people. 

Its host is a Cambridge professor, the political scientist David Runciman. Sometimes it’s just him in the studio, chewing over a particularly fibrous issue (usually a variant on the subject of his most recent book, How Democracy Ends). Sometimes Runciman brings in other mega-brains to discuss specialisms such as the history of American fascism or the political legacy of Gandhi. ...

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