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12 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
Leader Weekends: How to be a CEO (Energy drink Tenzing's CEO)
Huib van Bockel is the CEO and founder of the energy drink company Tenzing. Formerly head of marketing at Red Bull, he’s taken his company from start-up to significant player, while maintaining a commitment to environmental protections. But, it's not been an easy journey, one hurdle in fact was his first pitch to Selfridges... which didn't quite go according to plan. This is taken from our How to be a CEO podcast, you can hear the full episode here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Train ticket hacks and ‘passenger power’
Never mind the 12 days of Christmas, Britain’s facing eight days of rail strikes. The government’s urging the RMT union to suspend industrial action, saying it will cost the UK economy in excess of £1.7 billion. Now, the Elizabeth line could also be hit by its first strike as the TSSA union balloted members on Friday in a dispute over pay. At the same time, MPs are probing the decision by Southeastern to axe more than 700 trains a week on rail services crucial for commuters. The New Year will also heap misery on to passengers with annual ticket rises. While on the Tube, TfL bosses are looking to fill a financial chasm by pumping up fares by 40 per cent in the next three-and-a-half years. To analyse the latest on strikes, Christmas travel, fare increases and - hopefully - how to save a few pounds on train tickets, the Leader’s joined by Dr Tom Haines-Doran, author of Derailed: How to Fix Britain’s Broken Railways, and Evening Standard transport editor Ross Lydall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
NHS ‘winter war rooms’ to battle hospital crisis
Battle of Britain-style NHS winter “war rooms” are being set up by London hospitals to deal with a health service crisis set to be worsened by looming strikes. NHS England describes hospitals as being “full” and says digital hubs inspired by air traffic control towers will use “real-time” data to work around bottlenecks. Forty-two such centres will monitor A&E performance, waiting times and staff levels to find free beds or divert ambulances to where there’s an available slot. It comes as the Royal College of Nursing says up to 100,000 nurses will strike in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on 15 and 20 December. Ambulance unions have also balloted workers over strike action. Evening Standard health reporter Daniel Keane joins the Leader with the latest on the hospitals crisis and examines what patients can expect into 2023. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Next stop: London’s most expensive train station
How London’s least glamorous train station is being transformed into Britain’s priciest transport hub - while solving a nightmare Tube interchange long tormenting commuters. Interviews with HS2 project client director Andy Swift and Evening Standard transport editor Ross Lydall. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13 minutes | Nov 29, 2022
Mini-Budget ‘moneybomb’ fallout revealed
It’s been two months since the disastrous mini-Budget masterminded by Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. They'd hoped it would boost growth, but the announcement actually sent the money markets spiralling after multi-billion-pound losses for the Treasury were revealed. Now, its true impact has been revealed in new Bank of England mortgage borrowing data - but what does 2023 hold for homebuyers? Insight with ES business editor Jonathan Prynn. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10 minutes | Nov 28, 2022
‘World’s biggest dinosaur’ roars into London
The biggest dinosaur ever discovered will have its likeness put on display at London’s Natural History Museum. So, how did this 101-million-year-old fearsome vegetarian arrive in the capital? It’s actually a youngster in archaeology terms after being dug up in Patagonia in 2010, and is now on loan to London from colleagues in Argentina. At 37 metres long and 5m tall, the Titanosaur dwarfs the NHM's previous largest sauropod, much-loved Dippy the diplodocus. Patagotitan mayorum - its Latin name - is also 12m longer than Hope, the blue whale skeleton on display in the museum’s Hintze Hall. In fact, it was so big that a researcher was seen noticeably shorter when photographed laying next to the dinosaur's half-ton thigh bone. Now, the titanosaur will take up residence in the Waterhouse Gallery, with 280 original bones cast from the Patagonia dig. The Leader speaks with Sinéad Marron, the Natural History Museum’s Titanosaur exhibition lead. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19 minutes | Nov 27, 2022
Leader Weekends: Theatre Review (My Neighbour Totoro & Superhigh Resolution)
Is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s My Neighbour Totoro, adapted by Studio Ghibli, worth a stage at the Barbican? Production design wizardry shifts two dimensional puppetry to 3D in nods to the Hayao Miyazaki’s joyous 1988 Japanese fantasy animation. Plus, the on-stage 12-legged cat bus, floppy chickens and “soot sprites”... Also up for discussion is Superhigh Resolution at the Soho Theatre, a hard-hitting and timely tale about the state of the NHS. The Evening Standard’s chief theatre critic Nick Curtis joins culture editor, Nancy Durrant, to review two more shows from London’s stages. Part 1: My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican -What is My Neighbour Totoro about? -The consoling figure from the forest, but does the play lack jeopardy? -The puppets – the most ‘chickeny chickens’ on the WestEnd ever, puppeteers, direction and cast -The music score, sung in Japanese and English, by Joe Hisashi -Was the show too long, and was the acting any good? -The floating cat that isn’t neutered Part 2: Superhigh Resolution at the Soho Theatre -The bang up to the minute story of a junior NHS doctor -Why it’s reminiscent of Tennessee Williams’s style -Why it’s an important, sometimes funny, but tough watch -Why you shouldn’t go Christmas shopping after watching the show -Jasmine Blackborow’s ‘deeply affecting’ central performance -The brilliant ingenious and simple set, entirely made by hospital curtains – by Andrew Edwards What to watch in London right now? Well, this is your Theatre Review from the Evening Standard. For all the latest visit www.standard.co.uk/culture Find us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12 minutes | Nov 26, 2022
Leader Weekends: How to be a CEO (Unbound)
Wil Harris is the CEO of Unbound, a digital publisher with ambitions to disrupt an industry he says is almost unchanged in hundreds of years. Unbound uses a crowdfunding model to finance the publication of books. This is taken from our business podcast How to be a CEO, you can hear the full episode here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17 minutes | Nov 25, 2022
Nurse strikes & Sadiq Khan expands ULEZ
Nurses will go on strike for two days next month as part of a major escalation in a dispute over pay. Dozens of trusts will see nurses walk out on 15th and 20th December. It’s a tricky time of year for the NHS at the best of times but the RCN say they’ve been left with no alternative. The Evening Standard’s Health Reporter, Daniel Keane, discusses the potential impact and how we reached this point. In part two, Ross Lydall, our City Hall Editor and Transport Editor, speaks to Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, about his decision to expand the Ultra Low Emissions Zone to cover all of the capital. From next summer, drivers of the most polluting cars will have to pay £12.50 a day to enter the Greater London Authority boundary. As a result, an estimated five million Londoners will breathe cleaner air. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15 minutes | Nov 24, 2022
Black Friday deals & Royal Mail strikes
It’s that time of year again… Black Friday is upon us. Research suggests that an extra £500 million is expected to be spent during the sales. The question is though, how do you know if you’re really bagging yourself a bargain? Also, the Royal Mail strikes have started and are set to continue into tomorrow. How will this impact deliveries and with action also announced for December, should we reconsider using the post for the foreseeable? Ellie Davis, the Evening Standard’s Shopping Editor gives you her top tips and the deals to look out for all the way through to Cyber Monday. In part two, we speak to Ricky McAuley from Royal Mail about the strikes and how much disruption people should prepare for in December. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
Is indyref2 dead?
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says the next national election will be a de facto vote on Scottish independence after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on indyref2. The UK’s highest court concluded that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to hold a second independence referendum. It’s a defining moment for the union, establishing a constitutional precedent with ripple effects that could be felt for years to come. Tristan Kirk, the Evening Standard’s Courts Correspondent, explains how the Supreme Court reached its decision. In part two, our Deputy Political Editor, David Bond, examines the political fallout from this landmark ruling. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17 minutes | Nov 22, 2022
On The Breadline: Christmas cost of living appeal
For those on the breadline - this Christmas will be a harrowing time of rising food prices, escalating fuel costs and little thought about what’s under the tree. The Evening Standard and our sister paper the Independent, are joining forces with Comic Relief, to raise as much as we can to help those struggling in this cost of living crisis. David Cohen, the Evening Standard’s Campaigns Editor and Samir Patel, CEO of Comic Relief explain how you can help via our Christmas cost of living appeal. We also hear stories directly from families who are facing devastating choices such as “heat or eat” this winter. Donate to the On The Breadline campaign here: https://www.comicrelief.com/on-the-breadline Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Victory and controversy: England's World Cup begins
A 6-2 win for England, a last minute armband u-turn, and continued controversy over human rights. As the World Cup in Qatar is underway, our Senior News Correspondent Anthony France describes the atmosphere at the tournament, and explains how fans have responded to the controversies around it. Plus Robbie de Santos from Stonewall discusses the concerns for the LGBTQ+ community at home and at the event, and Rothna Begum Senior Researcher at Human Rights Watch discusses the issues migrant workers have faced in the country. In this episode: How have fans in Qatar reacted to the armbands U-turn? Why it’s difficult for LGBTQ+ fans to enjoy this World Cup Should countries boycott controversial events? How migrant workers in Qatar have faced abuse and exploitation Why the families of workers who have died deserve compensation Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
Leader Weekends: Theatre Review (Mousetrap's 70th & From Here to Eternity)
The world’s longest-running show, The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, celebrates 70 years, and the “untraditional” new musical 'From Here to Eternity' – with music that could leave you “tapping your feet”. This week, chief theatre critic Nick Curtis is joined by Nick Clark, deputy culture editor, to unpick two more shows from London. Part 1: From Here to Eternity, the musical by Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson - The Charing Cross Theatre From Here to Eternity, the story set around the time of Pearl Harbour Why it’s an untraditional musical and not based on the film The intimacy of using Charing Cross Theatre, the production, the staging, and bringing the audience inside the story Why it’s all about the music and not all about the performances Does the show lack jeopardy? Which male cast member looks “like a love child of Benedict Cumberbatch and Will Poulter”? Part 2: Celebrating 70 years of The Mousetrap – St. Martin’s Lane Theatre Marking 70 years of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – the world’s longest-running show What The Mousetrap is about and the “Cluedo” characters 2022: The marketing, the history, selfies and “adding a knowing wink to the audience” How Christie underestimated the length of time the play would actually run The cultural phenomenon of The Mousetrap and surviving Covid 19 Can you even review The Mousetrap? How radical Agatha’s writing is and why those who enjoy Poirot would really enjoy this play Which Broadway show does The Mousetrap beat in longevity? What show should you see this Christmas? Well, this is your weekly Theatre Review from the Evening Standard. Visit standard.co.uk/culture or find us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
Leader Weekends: How to be a CEO (Sir John Hegarty, Advertising in a Digital Age)
Sir John Hegarty is an iconic figure in advertising. His career goes back to the 'Mad Men' era of the 1960s and triumphs include his creation of the "Vorsprung Durch Technik" line for Audi. He's also the co-founder of The Garage Soho, an early stage investor and brand builder. This is taken from our How to be a CEO podcast. To hear the full episode listen here. This episode contains strong language. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13 minutes | Nov 18, 2022
Let Girls Learn: Education access Morocco
In the second episode of the Evening Standard’s year-long series of specials called ‘Let Girls Learn’, we’re going to Morocco. Education for All is a project which builds and runs girls’ boarding houses near secondary schools, so girls from rural families can complete their education. The Evening Standard’s Alex Goldsmith finds out how EFA is helping girls from remote areas, giving them opportunities and changing social attitudes. In the #LetGirlsLearn series, we’re aiming to shine a light on innovations and solutions that are helping girls to fulfil their right to education and healthy, productive futures around the globe. You can find out more online at www.standard.co.uk/optimist/let-girls-learn Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement explained
Energy price cap extended beyond April, windfall tax hiked to 35%, more money for schools and the NHS. Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, our Deputy Political Editor David Bond deconstructs today’s medium-term budget announcement. Plus economist Fran Boait from Positive Money gives her reaction to the fiscal plans. In this episode: Jeremy Hunt’s tax rises explained How will the public react to more tax rises? Where has spending been cut? The ‘grim’ mood at Westminster Why the government should have focussed more on wages People feeling the impacts of the economy ‘from all directions’ Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Headteacher warns underfunding schools risks closures
Classrooms of 60 pupils, teachers not being replaced, and no more school trips. Headteachers are preparing to vote for strike action, warning that underfunding schools risks some being forced to close. Our Commissioning Editor and Feature Writer Katie Strick explains why schools are struggling so much, as Richard Slade, headteacher of Plumcroft primary school in Greenwich explains the issues he’s dealing with. In this episode: Why are schools struggling? How ‘underfunding’ of schools impacts staff and extracurricular studies Schools not replacing teachers How the work stress is pushing teachers to the edge Will the Autumn Budget provide some respite for schools? Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
What to expect from the Autumn Statement
How will the Chancellor fill the £55billion black hole? Concern as the energy price cap ends in April. Could changes be made to VAT? Our Deputy Political Editor David Bond discusses the potential moves Jeremy Hunt could make. Plus Tina McKenzie from the Federation of Small Businesses discusses why many firms in the UK face closure if things get worse. In this episode: Which taxes could the Chancellor target? Where might spending cuts be made? Will benefits be brought in line with inflation? Small businesses hoping for help from the government Why SMEs are key to economic growth Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
UK & France Immigration Deal: will it work?
Why the UK-France Immigration deal is ‘an incremental improvement’. Will drones and night-vision cameras make a difference? Could smugglers move operations into Belgium? Our Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham discusses the details of the new deal, and how significant the new measures are. Plus, former Head of UK Border Force Tony Smith explains why he's hopeful the deal will deliver results. In this episode: How the deal compares with previous immigration agreements Are the measures more or less extreme than was expected? How effective will these measures be? The risk that smugglers will move operations elsewhere How new drone tech could make a difference Follow us on Twitter #TheLeaderPodcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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