By New Statesman
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Football fans Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush dig into the global political stories surrounding the 2018 World Cup.
||CleanVive La France||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University, to discuss France's victory in the 2018 world cup final, and whether Croatia were in fact the better team on the day.||16 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: England's Elimination||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by NS political correspondent Patrick Maguire to react to England's elimination from the 2018 world cup after their semi-final defeat to Croatia.||12 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSemi-Final Special||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by John Bew to discuss the semi-finals, and whether Gareth Southgate's team will be adaptable enough to triumph over Croatia. They also discuss both English and Croatian nationalism.||10 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA New England||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, to discuss fear of the World Cup penalty shoot out and Gareth Southgate’s vision of a new progressive England.||4 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPressure||Jason Cowley is joined by John Bew and Alison McGovern, the Labour MP for Wirral South, to discuss England's performance in the tournament so far, as well as the ways in which different teams, coaches and players are handling the pressure.||26 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlying the Flag||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by guest David Winner, the author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, to discuss the relationship between the World Cup and national identity. They also look at the way the patriotism dis.||19 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHello, World||Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by guest John Bew to discuss the role that globalisation has played in changing the World Cup. They also reflect on their favourite tournaments of the past, and look ahead to the 2018 matches.||11 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A podcast that starts by saying, I can’t really get into a World Cup until I know what the narrative is and then talks about geopolitical concerns. Clearly the necessary podcast for the literate World Cup follower.
Football makes the world go round
One of the big reasons I have always found World Cups, along with other international sports, so compelling is that fascination with the far-flung and sometimes impenetrable corners of the world all these teams and their fans have come from, how does the emotional power of sport play out in their country and their culture. This podcast is on that wavelength and I'm loving it. Hoping for a discussion of the travelling female supporters of Iran at some point, and maybe a Dukla Prague away kit for Christmas.
The World Cup podcast for politics lovers
Not normally a football fan - but am very much enjoying Jason and Stephen chat World Cup politics and personalities. The episode with Alison McGovern MP & John Bew is particularly pacey ⚽️🌎⚽️