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Description

Novara Media is an independent media organisation addressing the issues – from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change – that are set to define the 21st century. Within that context our goal is a simple one: to tell stories and provide analysis shaped by the political uncertainties of the age, elevating critical perspectives you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Driven to build a new media for a different politics, our journalism is always politically committed; rather than seeking to moderate between two sides of a debate, our output actively intends to feed back into political action.
Follow the team on Twitter – @novaramedia – or hit up the website at novaramedia.com to catch up with our wide range of video, audio and text articles.

Customer Reviews

Excellent UK Politics Podcast

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M-Pizz
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2019-04-16
Wide range of subjects with interesting guests and charismatic presenters

100% recommended

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S-Long
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2019-04-15
The best UK media outlet at work today, bar none.

The best place for politics

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JackO'Neill1997
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2019-04-11
Really enjoy the different formats between all the shows. James' show is great for an in depth insight into different topics (especially the constitution) and TyskySour for easy listening commentary, opinions and knowledge on a wide range of subjects

The OG of left podcasts

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captainonaboat
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2019-01-22
I’ve been listening to Novara for over 6 years now, and their output is consistently excellent. Particular highlights include the flagship FM show and the Lockdown podcast. Well worth paying an hour’s wage a month for (though maybe a patreon page would help reach more people...?) Keep up the great work!

The new mainstream

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Dippywippy
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2018-12-04
Get these guys a TV channel.

Healthy

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joserrfqw
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2018-11-08
It is so healthy that we have these guys looking at topics from a socialist point of view. BBC news is too close to the conservatives, most of the papers of public record have declined in readership so vastly that they resort to far right shock headlines to awaken their old, white, privileged readership. Novara understands the youth of England and Wales very well, although seems to struggle to relate to the young in Scotland.

BEST MEDIA OUT THERE

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Wopney
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2018-10-11
Decent intelligent coherent in depth critical analysis..only media actually saying something & posing a coherent critique

Eleanor Penny

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Bubble- Beyond
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2018-10-10
Love the podcast and I listen every week. What I would say is that I found Eleanor quite unpleasant to listen too. Not in terms of content, but in terms of delivery. Perhaps it’s nerves, but her voice was pitched too high, she spoke far too quickly and there were far too many ‘ums’ ‘ers’ and ‘you knows’.
She is obviously very bright and very passionate and I think she falls into the trap that intelligent people who can think a few sentences ahead often do- she is spending too much time thinking what she’ll say next, when she should be concentrating on what she is saying at that moment. Frankly, it’s a bit stressful to listen to. Also, she needs to bifurcate her polemical statements and her questions. You had a guest in this episode- maybe she should ask a question.
Good news is that all this is easy to fix with some experience and maybe a bit of media training.
Dr Rhys Davies

honest politics

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conzmicz
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2018-08-23
& the real tee

Great podcast for political thought and analysis, plus fun!

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JimL85
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2018-07-18
Great guests and a good mix of content and presenters. Some talk, some deep dives, some fun and frivolity, quite highbrow overall

Cuting up the mediocre mainstream

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KATG for the win
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2018-07-14
This show doesn't sit on the fence, but instead offers funny, smart opinions and analysis on current issues in British politics

THANK YOU!

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The Nuzzler
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2018-06-08
Thank you SO much to the Novara team for your constant supply of intellectual nourishment. I love every single one of the contributors, it’s impossible to pick a fave. Keep it up comrades! Xx

The best analysis of UK politics

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Bennopt
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2018-03-06
Thank you Novara team for all your hard work in building a fantastic alternative to both the mainstream media, and other news and analysis podcasts. I come to you guys first if I want to know what’s going on. I used to listen to Runciman et al on Talking Politics, but they simply don’t have a clue. You are where it’s at. Don’t worry about your current low iTunes chart position, it’ll go higher 😉

Novara, refreshing as a trip to guadalajara

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seanhorgan1
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2018-03-06
With the majority of MSM supporting right wing politicians it's refreshing to have a voice for the politically and morally sane.
Novara breaks down the current issues with some great characters like Bastani, Shanly and Sarkar.
Well worth a listen....

On point, every time

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MAIGRET JNR
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2018-03-06
Bastani and his cohort are speaking truth to power in a way that non of the MSM do or can. The revolution won't be televised but it it sure as hell will be podcasted.

Intelligent, informative and entertaining.

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Peevis
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2018-03-06
My favourite podcast. By a country mile.
FALC now.

Brilliant podcast - puts the mainstream hegemony to shame

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Frosty07
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2018-03-03
Informative, fresh, hard-hitting, wide-ranging, worldly, entertaining, funny

Great

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norbertlegs
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2018-01-24
All The Best is a great addition to the programme line-up, nice work. Would be good to see a podcast version of The Fix.

IT'S LIT

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Rich homie Rich
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2017-12-14
Well-informed, thoughtful discussions about relevant issues. It's great to have commentators who are open about their political standpoint and try to argue their case sincerely. The platform keeps growing and the quality stays high, no clickbait nonsense and no dodging the difficult issues. This is why I keep coming back.

Learn something every week

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eeeteepee
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2017-10-22
This podcast is almost always informative and insightful. I feel I learn something new every week. Some of the discussion can get a bit academic and pally which they should watch out for.

The Absolute Best

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Crj2000000
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2017-09-24
Totally incredible analysis, thought and chat. Best politics podcast out there IMO

More women please

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Sssapww
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2017-07-31
Great left wing political podcast, but there are always less women than men on the podcast, and the men take up vast majority of the speaking time. This needs to be addressed. And given accents are generally indicative of class, there needs to be more class diversity too. If you are looking for a left wing podcast with decent diversity, the new statesman is good.

Best podcast out there. Irreplaceable.

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David Adeniyi
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2017-07-27
You won't find a group of people more committed to popular investigation of our present condition. The simplicity and integrity of the platform undemines a whole media establishment, and opens a world of possibility for both thought and practice. I've grown up with Novara, having come across them through Mark Fisher's reference back in I think 2010. To both, and that whole community, I offer my heartfelt thanks, appreciation and support.

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Moyleb election e
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2017-07-26
Gr8 b8 m8

Lifeline

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Don Spinoza
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2017-07-23
As it stands, an unparalleled resource. Radical, insightful and engaged - an oasis.

No dumbing down here!

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secretwings
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2017-03-12
Intelligent and introspective commentary on left-wing politics

Detailed and Engaging

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C John Weaver
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2017-02-03
Always please when the new episode (either the ResonanceFM show or the side projects) is downloaded. The shows are dense packed but very engaging. The hosts, Aaron, Ash and James each have their own style and bring differing (although still left) viewpoints to bear upon the topics. One bugbear of mine with radical podcasts is that the production quality is usually so poor. Not so with the Novara feed, everyone is on mic and the volume level is consistent!

Endlessly detailed and entertaining

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FreddieFoot
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2017-01-24
The best political podcast I have heard hands down. I look forward to their podcasts every week.

A well produced, relevant alternative.

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DianaIna
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2017-01-22
Intelligent, insightful and best of all best of all, not funded by Murdoch ..as far as I can tell!

An excellent political podcast

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peter_fishbeast
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2017-01-19
I've been greatly enjoying this podcast recently. It covers a huge range of political topics and does all of them in an intelligent, informative and entertaining way. The hosts are very articulate, very smart and very engaging. I'm hooked!

Worth the work it sometimes takes to listen

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CMSLondon
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2016-11-03
Sometimes I get lost in the academic detail and the qualified sentences. James, in particular, I struggle to understand. For me, the presentations and conversations would benefit from more direct, definite, shorter statements. But for all that, these podcasts have become an essential reference point for me. Ash's focus on race I find particularly pertinent. Keep going,

Very good, but...

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Gramsci's Ghoul
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2016-10-26
Excellent podcasts (not Killjoy FM, which really doesn't hold a candle to the original podcasts) hosted by Aaron, James, and Ash. Thoughtful, critical and thought provoking. Highly recommended alternative to the yarns woven by the likes of Newsnight and the mainstream press. But the podcasts need more diversity and must address a broader range of issues. The news cycle is just moving far faster than Novara is able to churn out podcasts and they are struggling to keep up. They often update tardily and sometimes fall in frequency. More podcasts and greater consistency would be greatly apprecaited. It's understandable given it is a small operation, and they have certainly done wonders with the means at their disposal, but I am sure they will be able to expand and augment the scope of their coverage with more time and financial support. The focus on British politics is important and needed, but there is also a need to go beyond it and diversify. More on US politics and the struggles of the global South would be welcomed - the coverage frankly is often terribly Eurocentric/Anglo-American centric. More guests should be invited to come along and speak, so the podcasts don't become repetitve. Each presenter has 'their issue' so to speak, and constantly return to it, but inviting more guests with disparate academic and activist backgrounds might alleviate repetitiousness somewhat. I say this as a big fan of the podcast and as someone who wishes to see it go from strength to strength and continue to develop and grow. The concern is that interest will flat line and the audience shrink if they fail to evolve. Anyway, that's my 2 cents, feel free to take it or leave it.

'Lovely stuff!'

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Bloke in the bath
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2016-09-22
Not my words, the words of Shakin' Stevens!

ignore the wastemans

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pashupatastra
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2016-09-05
it's gonna get some bad reviews from bitter right wing and liberal wastemans, but this this is a really interesting and insightful podcast covering a broad range of topics with detailed analysis. get on it.

Essential listening for the modern progressive

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EceniRising
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2016-08-12
If you're left-leaning (or simply interested in left-leaning thought), progressive, Corbynist, or any of the other labels for sane, thoughtful, political conviction, this is the podcast for you: it's rigorous enough to be challenging, but the casters get it. Almost alone amongst the broadcast media, they understand where the left-movement is coming from in this country. In fact, in many ways, they are at the spearhead. So if you want to listen to a podcast that *doesn't* leave you wanting to throw things at your phone, this is it...

Post-fact podcast

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Albrrams
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2016-07-18
Terribly researched and staffed by a former Tory Aaron Bastani who now seems to have had a political change of heart. Steer clear with several barge poles

Better analysis than any corporate media platform

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CWoodman33
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2016-06-02
Every week the Novara team grapple with one of the big issues facing British or international politics or a key theme impacting political life: race, class, gender, mechanical automation, radical Left strategy, Turkish politics, the concept of democracy and so on. The depth and bredth of analysis is consistently astonishing and - even before you consider the excellent regular guests - the core presenters continue to bring insight after insight you just will not hear in the 'mainstream' (corporate) media. The only podcast I make sure I listen to week in, week out.

Indispensable and thought-provoking debate

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Rob Lugg
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2016-05-28
Fast-moving debates on a huge variety of topics from a radical left-wing perspective.
From big historical issues to current affairs, identity to economics I tune in every week and always go away with stuff to mull over. Subscribe now!

Insightful and self aware

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Every Nik is taken fkfkeie
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2016-04-16
Easily one of the best podcasts focusing on British politics. It's biggest strength is the presenters are self critical of their own positions, never shying away from a difficult debate. It has the best answers because it asks the best questions.

An important alternative

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ianfidel
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2015-07-22
Thanks for this podcast. Really enlightening explanation of the Greek crisis and the wider European and philosophical issues, don’t get this POV anywhere else. Essential listening for all card-carrying progressives!

🔥 🔥 (Radical) Politicz 🔥 🔥

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Relational Amelioration
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2015-07-09
Aaron, James et. al. have produced - without question - the only media platform (a phrase that has the tendency to send shudders down one’s spine, but I’ll ignore that for want of a better coinage) capable of concisely, incisively & decisively (in its nimbleness in responding to pertinent issues) addressing THE questions / issues that will / have come to define the turbulent time(s) we find ourselves in... from all over the socio-economic spectrum and beyond... of which this podcast is arguably the greatest bow in their quiver (to use a laboured metaphor).
The breadth of contextual historical knowledge held, the ability to unpack and mine the topics discussed to reveal those areas of most importance / those that were previously (semi) hidden (a skill honed through the radio shows over the years) and the caliber & intellectual pertinency of guests invited - among other things - manifests itself in the production of a radio (podcast) show that is, beyond its sheer enjoyability, much needed in contemporary discourse (this cannot be understated).
Like most of the best things in life - of which podcasts are no exception - it is only after you encounter it that you cannot imagine a viable media landscape without it.
Or, perhaps rather, you daren’t.
(Apologies for the length, it ran away from me)

FLAC

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Tylerzz
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2015-07-05
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