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Sputnik Orbiting the World

Sputnik orbits the World with George Galloway, looking behind the stories which made the news, as well as unearthing the ones that didn’t. Expect debate and discussion between George Galloway 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.

Oct 19, 2019 10:21

Brexit vote and Latin jazz (E302)

Whether or not Parliament votes to leave the European Union, one thing will never change. The man who invented Brexit will always be Professor Alan Sked; the Scotsman from the London School of Economics, who founded the UK Independence Party, later famously or in famously known as UKIP. How much of the kingdom will remain united and how much independence the British people will have remains to be seen and fought over. But whatever way it is diced, Professor Alan Sked has written his name in today’s history books. So, who better to invite into the Sputnik studio as Britain’s parliament prepares to convene for only the third time on a Saturday since WWII.

Latin America was once a far off place of which we knew little. Nowadays, we are transfixed by the many political events going on there: the uprising in Ecuador, the trial of Christina Kirchner in Argentina, events in Venezuela, and the long stand by Cuba. All that before we even mention Cuban rum, the music, and perhaps most of all Latin American dance. But, for the last seven years the Latin Jazz Festival has brought together musicians from around the world to honour their musical traditions. So, we invited its curator Eliane Correa from the renowned University of Arts of Cuba (Instituto Superior de Arte) into the Sputnik studio to tell us more. Correa is the pianist for the World of Hans Zimmer, as well as a composer, producer, and all-round musical prodigy.

Oct 12, 2019 10:36

A quiet man and the mad artist (E301)

Tectonic plates are shifting inside the Labour Party with yet another series of upheavals underway. Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle is being broken up after months of pressure reportedly led by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, once regarded as Corbyn’s closest ally. But there is nothing new about this perpetual infighting on the left: it is part of the party’s DNA. In the 1930s, Labour leader Ramsey McDonald left his party to join the Conservatives, and Clement Attlee had to contend with fighting, squabbling and factionalism. Author Francis Beckett, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Attlee, has  written a play. So, we invited him into the studio to tell us more about  ‘A Quiet Little Man’.

A working-class artist is something to be whether you’re John Lennon, who would’ve been 79 this week, or Dean Martin. No, not Dean Martin the crooner, but Dean Martin aka The Mad Artist. His work features some of Britain’s worst gangsters and political leaders, as well as rabbits with handbags and sloths with guns, and it is attracting rave reviews. Snapped up by Wishbone Publishing, one of the leading art publishing houses, and with an exhibition at the ArtMarket gallery next month, could memories be made of this? We invited the artist himself to join us in the Sputnik studio to tell us more about his work and life.

Oct 5, 2019 08:39

Art for change and boxing beyond combat (E300)

Art as propaganda has a mixed reputation, from socialist realism in the form of the Soviet Union, China, and North Korea, all the way across to fascism. Even in the UK, murals, memes and cartoons have created controversies, and, like electricity, political art can be used for good and for bad. So, as we head backwards to a future of cruise missiles on European soil, it’s a good time to recall the sublime and highly successful imagery of Professor Peter Kennard, who made most of the best political art of our times. His new book, ‘Visual Dissent’ by Pluto Press, compiles 50 years of his artistic dissent, and an exhibition of his work is currently running at Foyle’s Gallery in Charing Cross. We invited him into the studio to tell us about the events that shaped his ideas.

The lack of care after combat is as infamous as the martial prowess of our armed forces is revered. A dramatic proportion of former servicemen end up living on the street, in the prison system, or on the suicide slab. When their fighting days are done, it seems the state washes its hands of those whose services are frequently extolled. But some people are determined to give them a fighting chance of living fruitful lives on Civvy Street. One such organization is the Fighting Chance. So, we invited its founder Imran Khalil to join us on Sputnik to tell us how they are supporting veterans and changing lives.

Sep 28, 2019 08:37

Ukrainegate and the secret state (E299)

Having survived Russiagate, will Ukrainegate bring down Donald Trump? Impeachment proceedings have begun in the House of Representatives and seem sure to pass. A trial by Senate must then be held, and a two-thirds majority there would see the president leave office in disgrace. So, what’s it all about? No one better to help us find out than the editor-in-chief of 21st Century Wire, Patrick Henningsen.

After Iraq, the weapons of mass deception, and the murky role of MI6 with the Libyan Islamic fighting group, fictional dramas like ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘Line of Duty,’ and ‘The Capture’ have begun to address many people’s fear of facts. It hasn’t been a good start to the 21st century for the secret state. So, we invited writer and analyst Philip Ingram MBE into the Sputnik studio to tell us more.

Sep 21, 2019 10:19

Persian Gulf tension and the Scottish question (E298)

‘Locked and loaded,’ says Donald Trump. ‘Bring it on,’ say the Iranians. Are we really on the brink of all-out war in the Persian Gulf? The proximate cause is the aerial attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil refinery; it cut the kingdom’s exports by half and reduced world supply by five percent, causing a shockwave in prices at the pump. But in whose interest was this attack? Robert Carter is a broadcaster, journalist and Iran expert, so we invited him into the Sputnik studio to discuss the repercussions of the attack.

Although one million Scots voted for Brexit, the clear majority voted to remain. But will Scotland agree to remain in the union with Britain when we leave the EU on October 31? It’s a political, even philosophical, debate as to why Scotland, or at least its governing party, would leave one union only to rejoin another much larger union that’s much further away. So, we invited veteran Scottish journalist Ron McKay into the Sputnik studio to help us understand why, and examine this uncharted terrain.

Sep 14, 2019 09:28

The gone mustachioed hawk & alternative comedy (E297)

US President Donald Trump’s sacking of his National Security Advisor John Bolton sent shock waves through the administration that have reverberated around the world. The walrus mustachioed veteran, described by US right-wing shock jock Tucker Carlson as a “bureaucratic tapeworm,” has served in every Republican administration since the 1970s.The perennial hawk Bolton’s tipping point was reached when he clashed with Trump over meeting a representative of the Taliban at Camp David. To analyze what the 45th high profile departure from the 45th president's administration might mean for US foreign policy, Sputnik welcomed military and security expert Charles Shoebridge aboard.Alternative comedy in Britain has long been the preserve of the left and liberal comedians with politically correct humour having cornered the market. Fresh from appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Sputnik welcomed upcoming comedian Alistair Williams to examine the lie of the comedic landscape, Brexit, and all things humorous.