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Sputnik Orbiting the World


Sputnik Orbiting the World, looking behind the stories which made the news, as well as unearthing the ones that didn’t. Expect debate and discussion between Neil Clark and authoritative, influential, but most importantly, informed guests. Topics may differ from politics to social concerns, but Sputnik will remain true to its aim – bringing a new perspective, a different view.

Dec 7, 2019 12:02

Good journalism and a political respite (E309)

The words ‘respected’ and ‘journalist’ used to go together like a horse and carriage, but times have sadly changed. Too many of today’s ‘journalists’ have become mere stenographers to power, as we saw in the Iraq War, when false government claims that Iraq possessed WMDs went virtually unchallenged. So, just what does it take to be a good journalist; honesty, fairness, objectivity? We invited the respected journalist Peter Oborne into the Sputnik studio to help us find out.

And as the festive season draws closer we take a break from politics and elections to meet the alter ego of Adam Potterton, ‘Professor Bob Kazinski’. He came all the way from Utah to give us some Christmas gift ideas. He’s one of America’s foremost sports psychologists and product champions – and he is brilliant at what he does – at least that’s what he told us when he came into the studio!

Nov 30, 2019 11:53

Positive mental health and modern art

The modern workplace can be unforgiving, clinical and even cruel. Coping with mental health problems at work is a clear challenge of our time. What is the key to making work both productive and healthy for those trying to beat the train to the crossing? Dr. Shaun Davis has written a new book on positive mental health, looking at the bigger picture and giving practical help. So, we invited him into the Sputnik studio to tell us how we can take care of not only our own mental wellbeing but also the wellbeing of those around us.

From the punk of Jamie Reid to the street art of Banksy, art can be anarchic, funny, and subversive; it can also be popular. Hannes d’Haese is a Dutch artist who is following in this tradition. Well-known throughout Europe for his playful art which combines popular cultural imagery with a powerful message, he has now collaborated with Brian Travers, founding member of the legendary band UB40. They were brought together by their mutual ambition to create art with a big message and they came into the Sputnik studio with some larger-than-life examples.

Nov 23, 2019 09:49

Speaking the truth and riding economic storms (E307)

These days, speaking one’s mind is becoming an expensive activity on both sides of the Atlantic. Are we heading towards a new and dangerous age when it comes to the freedom to speak, report and tell the truth? If you’re Julian Assange, the answer is already as clear as it is grim. To discuss the legal and physical fate of Julian Assange and how his plight impacts the ability of journalists to speak truth to power, we invited into the Sputnik studio independent journalist Vaughan Smith.

Is the world heading towards a new recession or did we never fully exit the last one? Money makes the world go round but these days, few economists know the true definition of money. Can individuals prepare themselves for economic storms ahead? To cash in on some sound monetary wisdom, we asked Austrian economist and Deputy Research Director at London’s Institute of Economic Affairs Richard Wellings.

Nov 16, 2019 12:16

Bolivian coup and China deal? (E306)

It’s a coup, it’s an uprising, it’s a regime change! Latin America is back in the international headlines but not necessarily for the right reasons. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has fled his country as the opposition takes power. Who was and who is President Morales? What is Bolivia’s future and who are the country’s new rulers? Isaac Bigio is Peruvian with a Haitian background who was educated in Bolivia. He is a part of the Latin-American community in London.  So, who better to ask about the ongoing turbulence in the Americas?!

China and the US are the world’s most powerful countries; some say they are on an irreversible collision course, but others say that cooperation is both possible and even attainable.  Can the art of the deal save China-US relations or should the world prepare for a new cold war?  To set the record straight, we spoke to journalist, China specialist, and author of 'U.S. vs China: From Trade War to Reciprocal Deal' Thomas W. Pauken II who joined Sputnik direct from Beijing.

Nov 9, 2019 11:35

Never-ending conflict and fusion music (E305)

The Middle East continues to burn with the kindling of further conflict transpiring in Iraq, Syria and Libya. It seems like a never-ending war of occupation and terror for the people of those countries. But could there possibly be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?  To find out just what the current developments are in the region, we invited lecturer and journalist Sami Ramadani into the Sputnik studio to help unravel the knotted tangle of current conflicts.And we take a musical journey to Egypt via Britain, looking at the work and collaborations of one of the original Anglo-Egyptian Superstars. With the ethereal fusion of the folk and classical traditions of the Arab world, coupled with the sounds of contemporary popular music, Natacha Atlas has delighted audiences in the Arab world, Europe, Asia and beyond. So we were delighted when she accepted our invitation to take a seat on the Sputnik sofa and to tell us about her current projects.

Nov 2, 2019 11:31

A new view on taxes and new old-school comedy (E304)

Death and taxes are the only two inevitabilities according to Mark Twain but what if the taxes are contributing to the death. It is a commonly held view that we need taxation to pay for civilisation but the form and rate at which we are taxed can cost lives. Just in the last month from Lebanon to Ecuador taxes sparked big fires. Dominic Frisby is a money writer with a difference: he is also a comedian! He foresees the end of money, at least as we know it and maybe the end of taxes too. He came into the Sputnik studio to talk about this and his new book ‘Daylight Robbery’.

If you were around in the 80s and 90s you already know that Bobby Davro was a king of British comedy. From his throne on ITV, he bent millions of British people double with laughter. His rapid machine-gun fire style of comedy, much of which felt unscripted and spontaneous, certainly got the ratings. Unlike the archetypal comedian, proverbially a sad man underneath, Davro is just as funny in private conversation as he is on stage. Dethroned by changes in the public’s comedy tastes, he is no longer such a regular on screen, but he is even funnier on stage. So we invited him into the Sputnik studio and gave him centre stage to tell us more.