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    The News Agents

    Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall – three of the UK’s top journalists – host an award-winning daily news podcast: The News Agents. They’re not just here to tell you what's happening, but why. Expect astute analysis and explanation of the day's news – and a healthy dose of scepticism and the ability to laugh at it all when needed. Episodes are available every weekday afternoon. You can listen to The News Agents on Alexa, just say "Alexa ask Global Player to play The News Agents" The News Agents is a Global Player Original podcast. For advertising opportunities on this podcast email: dax@global.com
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    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    This week on The Sports Agents, Gareth Southgate resigned following England's Euro 2024 final defeat, and the world's best golfers tee'd it up for the 152nd Open Championship...

    The man who hired Gareth, former FA Managing Director Martin Glenn, joined Gabby & Mark for an insight into the process of finding his replacement and The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke joined us in the studio to help assess the leading candidates.

    After Rory McIlroy defended his own caddie ahead of his first appearance at a major tournament since his US Open collapse, we were also joined by caddies Billy Foster (Matt Fitzpatrick) and Jeff Brighton (Colin Montgomerie) to find out more about the mind-blowing complexities of the role and how much difference a great one can really make.

    Search for The Sports Agents to hear these episodes in full. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

    The News Agents
    enJuly 21, 2024

    Harriet Harman on misogyny, trans rights and whether Tony Blair was a feminist

    Harriet Harman on misogyny, trans rights and whether Tony Blair was a feminist

    Lewis is joined in the studio by one of the most senior women in British political history, former Labour Deputy Prime Minister, Harriet Harman.

    Two weeks into a new Labour government, she joins us for an extended conversation about her political life and journey, her memories of working alongside Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and her advice to her successors in the party.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 19, 2024

    What is Clacton MP Nigel Farage doing in Milwaukee?

    What is Clacton MP Nigel Farage doing in Milwaukee?

    It feels like the walls are finally closing in on President Biden. His closest political allies, the leaders of the Democratic Party in Congress, are abandoning him.

    Every interview he does poses more questions than it answers. How long can he fight on? Jon, Lewis and Emily discuss.

    Talking of Emily - have you ever thought she might need to get her head examined? Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona, thinks so. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage thinks she has no friends.

    Listen to both interviews to reveal all.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 18, 2024

    What is Starmerism? Labour's first King's Speech

    What is Starmerism? Labour's first King's Speech

    Keir Starmer promised "national renewal" in today's King's Speech, where he outlined his policy plans for the next parliament.

    So did we get our first glimpse of what Starmerism might look like? Is the state back? And do we now have the most interventionist government for decades?

    Later in the show we return to Milwaukee and the Republican Party National convention. Emily is there speaking to senior party figures and asking where all the traditional Republicans have gone, as Trump and his acolytes take over the GOP.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 17, 2024

    “Full of cranks and weirdos” - inside the Republican National Convention

    “Full of cranks and weirdos” - inside the Republican National Convention

    Emily is live from the Republican Party National Convention in Milwaukee, a room full of "cranks and weirdos", as we react to the news that Ohio Senator J.D Vance will be Trump's running mate in the 2024 Presidential election.

    What does Vance stand for? Will he change the trajectory of the campaign? And is he even more Trump than Trump himself?

    Later in the show we discuss two men who have resigned from their jobs today. Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething, and England manager Gareth Southgate.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"

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    enJuly 16, 2024

    Has the assassination attempt helped both Trump and Biden?

    Has the assassination attempt helped both Trump and Biden?

    Emily is in Milwaukee for the Republican Party National Convention, just 36 hours after an assassination attempt on their Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    As both he and President Biden call for unity, we ask whether the shooting on Saturday will help both candidates. Is it an easier race now for Trump? Has it ensured a stay of execution for Joe Biden? And how long will this new-found unity last?

    Later in the show, historian and journalist Nick Bryant joins the show to talk about American's violent and constant battle with itself.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 15, 2024

    Trump shot: What does it mean for the election?

    Trump shot: What does it mean for the election?

    Hours after Presidential candidate Donald Trump was shot at a rally in Pennsylvania, Jon and Lewis take a look at how the assassination attempt will impact the election in November.

    Will it strengthen Trump's campaign? And does it mean Joe Biden will now definitely stand against him?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

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    enJuly 14, 2024

    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    This week on The Sports Agents,

    We reflected on England's run to today's Euro 2024 final, Lewis Hamilton's record 9th British GP win and Novak Djokovic turning on the centre court crowd at Wimbledon.

    But you asked us to find out what's going on at Manchester United, after it emerged that the Women's side would be moved to 'portacabins' in order to accommodate the men - so we were joined by a host of guests including the former Head of Women's football at United, Polly Bancroft, to investigate a growing sense that the club's new owners simply don't care about the Women's game.

    With England v Spain on the brain and to mark two weeks until the start of the Olympics in Paris - a couple of TeamGB icons, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Iwan Thomas, joined us to talk about how to 'peak' at just the right time for a moment that may only come around once in an athlete's career.

    Search for The Sports Agents to listen in full. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

    The News Agents
    enJuly 14, 2024

    Q&A Special: Your questions answered a week on from the General Election

    Q&A Special: Your questions answered a week on from the General Election

    A week on from a Labour landslide in the 2024 General Election, Lewis and Emily answer the questions that have been bugging you over the past seven days.

    They're asked why Tories are giving speeches in America, whether Reform are now getting too much media attention, and when the next General Election be held. That and much more.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 12, 2024

    The Democrats turn on Joe Biden

    The Democrats turn on Joe Biden

    Last night, the pressure on Joe Biden ramped up a notch - George Clooney called on the President not to stand in November, through a piece in the New York Times.

    It's being reported today he ran the op-ed past Barack Obama - who didnt try and dissuade him.

    Nancy Pelosi - arguably the Dem's most formidably woman -suggested Biden should 'make his decision...as time was running out'.

    And two senators spelled out the words the White House was dreading - Biden will lose to Trump if he doesn't quit the race.

    Will Biden reckon he can sit this one out until the media storm passes - or will the focus be unbearable until he chooses to go gracefully?

    It's fifty-fifty right now - and the Republican Convention kicks off in Wisconsin this weekend - how will the Democrats start talking about something else?

    Later, the new MPs sitting 'behaviour training ' courses - to remind them not to be rude/abusive/drunken in the commons - Aggie Chambré has the story.

    And - will Mr. Brightside become the 2024 euros anthem after The Killers Killer moment? We discuss the football, feelgood factors and folklore.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Zeynel Yuce

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 11, 2024

    Starmer meets Biden

    Starmer meets Biden

    PM Starmer has just arrived in Washington to meet President Biden for the first time.

    Arguably at a time when Biden needs Starmer more than Starmer needs the US president.

    He’s there to talk NATO - and our commitment to Ukraine. But questions about our own defence spending will pursue him.

    We’ll talk to the shadow foreign secretary Andrew Mitchell about Sir Keir's first week and the Tories last (in government for now). What lessons are his own party gleaning from their election defeat?

    And we reflect on billionaire brexiteer household appliance maker James Dyson’s fortunes as he fires a thousand people.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Zeynel Yuce

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 10, 2024

    What is the future of the Tory party?

    What is the future of the Tory party?

    A tale of two thinktanks - you lucky things.

    Jon has spent the day at the Tony Blair Institute and Emily has been with the Popular Conservatives (PopCons), Liz Truss' former parish.

    After the worst result in their history, how does the Conservative party rebuild?

    And what lessons are those on the right of the party taking away from Thursday night's defeat? Lewis talks to former party treasurer and donor, Lord Michael Spencer, about the direction for the party now.

    Later, crunch time for Joe Biden - will his own party really seek to remove him before the week is done?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Zeynel Yuce & Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 09, 2024

    France in chaos

    France in chaos

    Last night the final exit polls of the French election were revealed to a collective stunned gasp.

    The far-right RN party of Marine Le Pen - and Jordan Bardella - is in third place.

    Macron's centrist grouping is in second place - but the dominant bloc emerging is a collective of radical left parties - with the controversial figurehead of Jean-Luc Melenchon at its helm. Macron's PM has stayed on -for now - as caretaker.

    But there is a collective political fog over the shape of France’s next parliament. Has Macron's gamble paid off? Macron will argue he kept fascism at bay - but for how long?

    Later, what will Labour's planning changes mean for young people trying to buy houses? Can it work?

    And how does the Speaker of the house learn 334 brand new MP's names... by next week?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Zeynel Yuce & Natalie Indge

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 08, 2024

    Who are the new ministers now running our country?

    Who are the new ministers now running our country?

    Now that PM Sir Keir Starmer has assembled his first cabinet, the first Labour cabinet in 14 years - who are the people now running the country? What will they do?

    Just hours after becoming the Official Opposition, the Tories turn to their next task - who will be their next leader? Contenders have already started to hit the airwaves.

    And the second round in France as the far-right National Rally edge closer to parliamentary power.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"!

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 07, 2024

    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    This week on The Sports Agents,

    As the French public head to the polls on Sunday for the final round of voting in their own National Election, Gabby and Mark reflect on the significance of France's Euros campaign after Kylian Mbappe and co. urged young voters to resist the rise of the far-right.

    Gabby & Mark caught up with French football writer Tom Williams and our own Jon Sopel to explore a complicated history between the country and it's men's national team.

    And ahead of the British Grand Prix, McLaren's Lando Norris joined us in studio for a fascinating interview, just days after his Austria crash with friend and rival Max Verstappen.

    In a wide-ranging interview he explains the speed of thought required to make split-second decisions while driving at speeds of over 200mph and what it would trade to win his home race!

    Search for The Sports Agents to listen in full - Plus, more on Mark Cavendish' record-breaking Tour de France stage win & Cristiano Ronaldo's heart-rate during a penalty shoot-out.

    New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

    The News Agents
    enJuly 07, 2024

    Keir Starmer, our new Prime Minister. What now?

    Keir Starmer, our new Prime Minister. What now?

    Labour are the new government. Sir Keir Starmer is our new Prime Minister.

    He's in Downing Street, and he's about to appoint his cabinet...what next?

    Plus, we recap on the likes of Liz Truss losing her seat. Yes, LIZ TRUSS.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

    You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"!

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 05, 2024

    The worst Tory defeat in history

    The worst Tory defeat in history

    Keir Starmer’s Labour has won a landslide.

    Rishi Sunak’s Tories have had their worst defeat in history.

    Beneath the bonnet of that is perhaps the weirdest election of the modern era.

    Bleary-eyed and caffeine-fuelled after a night of live broadcasting Jon, Emily and Lewis bring you the results of the 2024 general election and analyse what this decision we’ve all made will mean now.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 05, 2024

    Are we about to see the last day of Tory rule ?

    Are we about to see the last day of Tory rule ?

    Fourteen years is a long time for any one party to be in government. Today we reflect on some of the moments of the last five Conservative governments and how things have shifted - societally, economically and in the media.

    We also bring you news of George Galloway's big donor - a man accused of human trafficking - and discuss the missing postal vote saga and the impact it might have.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 03, 2024

    Did Rishi's 'rot' start with Boris Johnson?

    Did Rishi's 'rot' start with Boris Johnson?

    We sit down with Boris Johnson's director of communications, Lee Cain.

    In the last 48 hours Rishi has accused Starmer of being a threat to national security and a delight for Putin, a work-shy sloth who clocks off at 6pm, and a leader who's going to rig the electoral system forever more.

    Is this the sound of a man who thinks his campaign is going to plan?

    Perhaps the problem began long long before Rishi Sunak called the election - or even got into power.

    We ask the man who presided over Boris Johnson's 2019 campaign - Director of Comms Lee Cain - if he accepts the rot set in with him. The lies, the Covid parties, the narcissism - and the opportunities missed by the last Conservative PM to hold onto his massive majority.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Zeynel Can Yuce

    Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents
    enJuly 02, 2024

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