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Going Underground


Three times a week Afshin Rattansi and his team go underground to discover the stories that aren’t being covered by the mainstream UK media. From GCHQ to Occupy protests, and everything else in between, Going Underground is here to bring a fresh perspective to our audiences around Britain.

Aug 3, 2020 06:41

Portland protests: ‘Portland has become a warzone’ as 2020 election looms (E912)

On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to Gregory McKelvey, vice-chair of the Oregon Democratic Black Caucus. He discusses the Portland protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd, the racist origins of Oregon which connect today’s Black Lives Matter protests to the past, Trump sending in federal agents to violently crack down on BLM protesters, allegations that protesters are ‘violent anarchists,’ how Trump could intentionally be trying to make cities into warzones to make it harder to vote in November, the widespread use of tear gas against protesters, and more! Finally, we speak to Alan Stern, the principal investigator in NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. He discusses the latest in space exploration, such as the recently launched new Mars mission, the mission to explore Pluto, the creeping role of private corporations in space travel, the militarization of space, how hostilities on Earth between the US, China and Russia are slowly being taken to space, and much more!

Aug 1, 2020 07:58

Geoffrey Robertson QC: The US is trying to CRUSH Julian Assange to deter future whistleblowers (E911)

We speak to Julian Assange’s former lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC. He discusses the new indictments being brought by the US against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and why they have been brought at such a late stage, why the US is pushing so hard for his extradition, his belief that Julian Assange would get 50 years in prison if he is extradited to the US, alleged bugging of Ecuador’s embassy in London by the US to spy on Assange, his limited access to lawyers inside Belmarsh Prison and much more!

Finally, we speak to Dragons’ Den star and business mogul Deborah Meaden. She discusses the economic impacts of Covid-19, the turbulent environment small and medium-sized businesses face with coronavirus, as well as a potential no-deal Brexit at the end of the year, her disappointment in the government’s lack of clarity on Brexit, how she believes the economy must be transformed, and how the government must help the industries of the future out of the ashes of the economic ruin caused by coronavirus, which businesses will survive the greatest recession the world has faced and much more!

Jul 29, 2020 09:47

Ex-GOP rep. Joe Walsh calls Donald Trump a DICTATOR, blasts his coronavirus response

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former Republican congressman and former presidential candidate Joe Walsh. He discusses the anti-Trump conservative movements gunning for a Joe Biden victory over President Donald Trump. Walsh also explains how he, a self-described Tea Party non-interventionist, could support Joe Biden, who has supported military interventions in the Middle East. He talks about branding Trump as a dictator, his allegations that masses of conservatives are leaving the Republican Party, Trump’s chancing of winning 2020, and why Trump’s support is like a sinking ship, his belief that Trump is a puppet of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, and much more! Finally, we speak to legendary political cartoonist Steve Bell. He discusses the Sunday Telegraph report that he was fired from the Guardian over misogyny and racism, which he describes as completely untrue. He tells us the real reason he left the Guardian, the thinking behind his portrayals of Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson’s coronavirus response, his personal experiences with Britain’s prime minister, the downfall of Jeremy Corbyn, and much more!

Jul 27, 2020 07:27

What makes Finland the world’s happiest country? (Prof. Danny Dorling) E909

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Prof. Danny Dorling of Oxford University, author of ‘Finntopia: What We Can Learn From the World’s Happiest Country.’ He discusses some of the problems in Finland, such as gambling and racism, which the government is trying to tackle. He also talks about how Finland ranks in the top three of more than 100 different world happiness indexes, the country’s tough history and how this forced its citizens to come together, how left-wing unity in Finland has led them to become a dominant force in Finnish politics, how the nation’s education spending differs from that of other Western countries, policies which have led to the virtual ending of homelessness, how the UK is at the bottom of most rankings such as equality among European states, whereas Finland consistently remains at or near the top, and more! Finally, we speak to Prof. Jeffrey Shaman, director of the climate and health program at Columbia University. He discusses the possible effects of the climate on influenza viruses and coronavirus, why it’s significantly harder to forecast fatality with the Covid-19 pandemic due to atmospheric conditions and human behavior, how coronavirus may have innate seasonality, how winter could make the coronavirus more transmissible, the findings of studies which have looked into how atmospheric conditions affect the coronavirus, and much more!

Jul 25, 2020 08:32

Max Blumenthal: UK’s Russia Report failed to come to the conclusion of hardcore Russiagaters (E908)

We speak to the Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal, author of ‘The Management of Savagery’, about the newly released Russia Report in the UK. He discusses the use of Christopher Steele as a key witness in the report, despite the fact he had been largely discredited in the US, the findings of the report and why it failed to come to the conclusion of Russiagaters regarding Brexit, Keir Starmer’s Labour’s attempts to get RT’s license revoked in the UK and his motivations behind wanting RT shut down, the less-publicised side of Keir Starmer’s history and how he has arguably been moulded by the national security state, the Espionage Act being used to prosecute Julian Assange and its ‘chilling effect on journalists’, the real backgrounds behind US-backed sources’ claims of persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang by the Communist Party of China and more! Finally, we speak to Conservative Life Peer Lord Balfe MP. He discusses the findings of the Russia Report, including the accusation members of the House of Lords are unwittingly aiding Moscow’s growing power in London, the role of Russia in the Brexit referendum, the conclusion that MI5 and Boris Johnson didn’t search hard enough for Russian interference, growing hostility between the West and Russia and why he believes Russia needs to be welcomed back into the European club of nations, Jo Stevens’ and Keir Starmer’s attempts to get RT shut down in the UK and more!

Jul 22, 2020 09:07

UK Russia report released: Dead on arrival, or bombshell? (E907)

We firstly speak to Dr. Robert Gallo, co-founder of the Global Virus Network, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He discusses the similarities between HIV and the coronavirus and why it always meant ‘herd immunity’ would be a futile endeavor, why the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine is promising compared to other vaccines, the importance of a vaccine focusing on the T-cell instead of the spike, why a Polio vaccine could massively reduce coronavirus mortality rates as we search for a specific coronavirus vaccine and more! Next, we speak to consultant editor of the Daily Mail Andrew Pierce about the newly-released Russia Report in the UK. He discusses how the report didn’t live up to many people’s expectations regarding Russian influence in the Brexit referendum, why the report was suppressed and wasn’t released earlier, why the new committee chairman, Julian Lewis, may aim to be a thorn in the side of Boris Johnson, allegations by the UK press that Jeremy Corbyn was Russia’s ‘useful idiot’ and why it was ultimately proven false, the Conservative Party voting down an amendment to protect the NHS from being up for sale in a US trade deal, worsening UK-China relations and more!

Finally, Going Underground’s social media producer, Farhaan Ahmed, speaks to fashion icon and activist Vivienne Westwood about the persecution of Julian Assange by the US, which seeks to extradite and jail the WikiLeaks founder for 175 years. She discusses her stunt outside the Old Bailey, where she got into a giant bird cage in support of Julian Assange, what it means and allegations that Assange is a Russian agent.