Cheerful is a space for optimism and progressive ideas

Our podcasts uncover the people, movements and ideas solving the biggest challenges facing society.

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What if government promised a job to anyone who needed one at any time? That’s the principle behind an idea gaining traction in the US: the universal jobs guarantee. Economic historian Lord Robert Skidelsky explains how governments have approached full employment in the past and why a jobs guarantee is now the best way to achieve it. Then US expert Pavlina Tcherneva talks about how the policy could work in practice. And we talk to period poverty activist Amika George. Amika tells us about setting up the Free Periods campaign, how they achieved a shift in government policy, and where it goes next.

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Reasons to be Cheerful

Our flagship podcast brings Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd together with smart thinkers and inspiring campaigners from around the world.

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Coming soon: Join Ed, Geoff and friends in a conversation about the most important non-fiction books. Leading authors explore the ideas behind their work.