CapX presents Free Exchange
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CapX editor Oliver Wiseman interviews the most interesting people in politics
||CleanAre we suffering from a growth delusion?||In this week’s Spring Statement, Philip Hammond described himself as positively tiggerish about the economic news he was bringing to the House of Commons. His upbeat mood was, in large part, thanks to a minuscule uptick in the Office for Budget Respon||15 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBritain's Brexit trade-offs||From an intricate knowledge of regulatory alignment versus regulatory equivalence to the difference between the customs union and a customs union, everyone interested in British politics suddenly has very strong views on the technical details of trade .||23 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs education a waste of time?||Is education a waste of time? Surely no one, let alone a professor of economics, would defend such an outlandish claim. Well that is the exact argument made by Professor Bryan Caplan in his new book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System.||14 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Universal Basic Income the answer?||Universal Basic Income may just be the trendiest idea in politics. It's also one of the most radical. Its advocates include Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and John McDonnell. From the joblessness that could arise from automation and machine lear...||6 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the front line of the Cold War||This week’s guest on Free Exchange is Sir Christopher Mallaby, a retired British diplomat whose career was defined by the Cold War. Sir Christopher recently published his memoirs, Living the Cold War. As well as an account of some of the most import||31 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2017 in Review||This year may not have been a year of political earthquakes on the scale of 2016, but the last 12 months have contained more than their fair share of tumult. In Westminster, the idea of Prime Minister Corbyn started the year as a joke and ended as a ve.||31 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOliver Letwin||Oliver Letwin has been at the heart of Conservative politics for most of his adult life.||4 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBudget preview special||This government has two big interconnected challenges. The first is, to quote the Prime Minister, to make a success of Brexit. The second is to see off the threat posed by Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and a Labour Party now dominated by the far-left. .||18 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Kay||In conversation with one of Britain's leading economists||8 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLord Heseltine||Robert Colvile meets one of Britain's most distinguished Conservatives||1 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Hannan||Daniel Hannan MEP is known to most people as a leading Eurosceptic, or, in the Guardian's words, "the man who brought you Brexit". With Britain on its way out of the EU, Hannan has established the Institute for Free Trade, which ...||27 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatthew Elliott and James Kanagasooriam||Robert Colvile talks to Matthew Elliott and James Kanagasooriam about capitalism's unpopularity||9 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeepak Lal||Robert Colvile talks to leading economic thinker Deepak Lal||26 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnne Applebaum||Robert Colvile talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum||18 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCapX's Great Immigration Debate||Robert Colvile hosts a special debate in Parliament on whether Britain needs to open its borders after Brexit||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhilippa Stroud||Robert Colvile talks to Baroness Stroud, the new head of the Legatum Institute||4 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLord Sacks||Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi, talks to Robert Colvile for Free Exchange||29 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Willetts||Robert Colvile talks to Lord Willetts for Free Exchange||21 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElection Special||Robert Colvile and Oliver Wiseman discuss an extraordinary week in British politics||14 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Curtice||Professor John Curtice, the pollster's pollster, talks to Robert Colvile about election night and taking the pulse of the nation, in a special election edition of the CapX podcast.||6 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrew Cooper||Robert Colvile talks to polling expert Andrew Cooper, ahead of the UK election||31 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Owen||Robert Colvile, CapX's Editor, talks to Lord Owen in the latest episode of Free Exchange||24 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSue Cameron||Robert Colvile talks to Civil Service guru Sue Cameron about how Britain is really governed||17 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrank Field MP||Frank Field - Free Exchange||10 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNick Cohen||Robert Colvile, Editor of CapX, talks to the Observer columnist Nick Cohen about the decline of the Left, his fears over Brexit, and why Jeremy C...||3 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Hannan||CapX presents Free Exchange||26 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Oborne||Peter Oborne - Free Exchange||19 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNigel Lawson||Nigel Lawson - Free Exchange||12 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Free Exchange||Welcome to Free Exchange, the CapX Podcast||3 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Lacks polish, but has potential
Good guests and smart, interesting conversations.
Like a lot of podcasts in their early days, it lacks polish. Sound quality needs improving. Host needs to be clearer in introducing his guests and stating what will be discussed. It feels like he's sitting down with his chums for a chat and glass of wine, but given that the conversations are of a very good standard, that's okay.
Rather than starting and finishing the conversation so abruptly, I'd like it if they began and ended with clear introductions and conclusions. Give it a sense of purpose and direction.
Given that the quality of guests seems like it will be strong for those interested in politics, I'd suggest subscribing despite these teething issues.
Good stuff - refreshing to hear policy take priority over politics! Well done to the team!