/104/ The Aristocracy of Finance ft. Alexander Zevin


On The Economist and the contradictions of global liberalism.

Alexander Zevin joins us to discuss his work on the 176 year history of the magazine that has accompanied liberalism’s global expansion. Has it just reflected the world or has it actually influenced politics? How has The Economist balanced of democracy against the interests of finance and the needs of empire? And is the magazine suffering from N.O.B.S.? 

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Running order:

  • (06:02) Overview & early days
  • (29:52) 19th century & empire
  • (34:18) 20th century, esp 1930s and ’40s
  • (48:08) End of the Cold War and NOBS
  • (01:02:19) Liberalism & its enemies


Excerpt: /103/ Three Articles: The Future!


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On forecasts for the next decade.

In this month’s ‘Three Articles’ – in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack – we take apart mainstream predictions of the future, over the next decade, the next couple of years, and 2020.

/101/ UK Election: A Disaster Foretold


On how Labour lost.

Was it Brexit that did for Labour? In what sense? What now for the British Left – and for democracy?

Running order:

  • 02:40 Opening chat
  • 05:15 The electoral map, the generational divide
  • 21:46 Class
  • 33:52 The leadership and the media
  • 48:10 Holding our prediction to account
  • 53:30 Reaction of various Labour factions 
  • 01:03:10 Future of left-populism


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/100/ What Was the End of History? ft. Many Guests


On the 30 years since 1989.

For our 100th episode, we invited our favourite guests to reflect on the question: “What one event, personal or political, most captures for you the past thirty years, since 1989?”

Are we still living in the death throes of the 20th century, or is something new emerging?


  • 00:07:42 – Maren Thom
  • 00:14:14 – David Broder
  • 00:21:33 – Ashley Frawley
  • 00:26:11 – Catherine Liu
  • 00:33:05 – Angela Nagle
  • 00:40:49 – Benjamin Fogel
  • 00:46:25 – Alex Gourevitch 
  • 00:51:31 – BungaCast hosts
  • 00:59:22 – David Adler
  • 01:04:05 – Amber A’Lee Frost
  • 01:08:48 – James Heartfield
  • 01:16:17 – Anton Jaeger
  • 01:23:24 – Leigh Phillips
  • 01:30:25 – Lee Jones
  • 01:36:03 – Karl Sharro

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/98/ Painful Politics ft. Jennifer Silva


On working class pain and politics.

We talk to Jennifer Silva about her most recent book, and working class Americans’ experience of and perspectives on pain. We discuss racial, gender and class identities and sense of relative losses and gains. If the American Dream has been ‘stolen’, how can the working class dream again? What are the prospects for socialist politics when distrust of politics predominates? 

/97/ Bungacast Analytica ft. João Magalhães


On algorithms and politics.

Can we “blame the media” today for political outcomes? Who’s responsible for The Discourse in a fragmented landscape? It seems like there’s increasing polarisation today, driven by social media ‘filter bubbles’. Are they real? Who’s responsible?

Plus: we talk about the media portrayal of Jeremy Corbyn; culture wars vs class politics; Brazil’s craziness; and why arguments and interaction matter.