UnHerd with Freddie Sayers Podcast

Freddie Sayers seeks out top scientists, writers, politicians and thinkers for in-depth interviews to try and help us work out what’s really going on. What started as an inquiry into the pandemic has broadened into a fascinating look at free speech, science, meaning and the ideas shaping our world.

10 Jun 2024
Election deep dive: Europe turns Right
Is a rightward shift really hitting Europe? Regular UnHerd contributors Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Thomas Fazi and Ralph Schoellhammer react to the breaking news of the European elections, with Freddie Sayers.

05 Jun 2024
Nellie Bowles: Ex-Reporter Exposes New York Times
When Nellie Bowles got her dream job as a reporter for the New York Times, she thought she'd never leave her job at the legacy paper. But what she witnessed behind the scenes gave her a very personal insight into the political capture of the American newsroom. She tells UnHerd's Freddie Sayers about the disinformation movement, mainstream media bias and finding herself outside the tribe...

03 Jun 2024
Richard Dawkins vs Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The God Debate
At the UnHerd-sponsored Dissident Dialogues Festival in New York, Richard Dawkins and Ayaan Hirsi Ali discussed her recent conversion to Christianity, and whether the whole ‘New Atheism’ movement of which they had both been key members had done more harm than good.

31 May 2024
Welcome to the UNIPARTY election
Are the British Conservative and Labour parties really so different? For many voters, it seems, the answer is no. At least on the most important questions of the day, whether it’s immigration, war or culture. With the general election looming, UnHerd columnists Aris Roussinos, Mary Harrington and Tom McTague join Freddie Sayers for a roundtable on election ennui and ask: what are we to do with the uniparty?

29 May 2024
Peter Singer: How to live a good life
World-famous utilitarian philosopher and Princeton Professor of Bioethics, Peter Singer, has spent his career asking (and answering) questions that make even the most radical thinkers uncomfortable. He joins UnHerd to discuss his maverick moral calculus and the struggle for telos in a culture both more isolated and more connected than ever before.

23 May 2024
Fmr Iran Ambassador: "Western idealism has been disastrous"
With the shocking death of Iran's president, Sir Richard Dalton, former British Ambassador to Iran, joins UnHerd's Freddie Sayers for a conversation on the future of the Middle East, Israel and Western interventionism. 

22 May 2024
Lee Cain: A Carthaginian defeat is coming

As news breaks of a British general election, Former Director of Communications at 10 Downing Street Lee Cain and Political Editor of UnHerd Tom McTague join Freddie Sayers for an emergency roundtable.

 

17 May 2024
Glenn Greenwald: Are there limits to free speech?

Glenn Greenwald joins UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers to explore the nuances of free speech in today’s digital world. They discuss the challenges of protecting minority voices while upholding free expression, the dangers of corporate censorship, and the importance of critical thinking in navigating today’s complex information landscape.

 

09 May 2024
How to destroy the censorship complex
What's next for the censorship industrial complex? UnHerd's Freddie Sayers, Tablet's Jacob Siegel and Public's Michael Shellenberger sat down at Dissident Dialogues festival in New York City to discuss the growing disinformation industry and how to combat it...

01 May 2024
Dora Moutot: Why France is censoring my book
Dora Moutot is one of France’s most outspoken gender critical feminists. She joins UnHerd's Florence Read to discuss her provocative new book, ‘Transmania’, and how it came to be censored by the local government in Paris.

24 Apr 2024
Freddie Sayers on the 'disinformation movement'

Following an explosive investigation into the Global Disinformation Index, viewed 8 million times on X/Twitter, UnHerd has been contacted by dozens of lawmakers and activists raising concerns about rating agencies like the GDI. In this update podcast, Freddie Sayers addresses government officials on the chilling effect of censorship and makes a case to defund the 'disinformation industry'.

19 Apr 2024
Jonathan Haidt: PornHub and Instagram are killing childhood

UnHerd's Flo Read meets Jonathan Haidt to discuss the dangers of modern technology for younger generations.

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Since 2012, youth mental health across the West has steadily declined. Jonathan Haidt is an American social psychologist, co-author of bestseller The Coddling of the American Mind and author of the new book The Anxious Generation. His theory is simple: the introduction of smartphones to children around 2011 accelerated the crisis of social media addiction. He joins UnHerd's Florence Read to discuss parenting, porn and the age of anxiety.

16 Apr 2024
Inside the 'disinformation' industry

The verdicts of “ratings agencies” such as the GDI, within the complex machinery that serves online ads, are a little-understood mechanism for controlling the media conversation. In UnHerd’s case, the GDI verdict means that we only received between 2% and 6% of the ad revenue normally expected for an audience of our size. Meanwhile, neatly demonstrating the arbitrariness and subjectivity of these judgements, Newsguard, a rival ratings agency, gives UnHerd a 92.5% trust rating, just ahead of the New York Times at 87.5%.

So, what are these “ratings agencies” that could be the difference between life and death for a media company? How does their influence work? And who funds them? The answers are concerning and raise serious questions about the freedom of the press and the viability of a functioning democracy in the internet age.

14 Apr 2024
Sohrab Ahmari: How Israel divided the Right

Since October 7th, old divides between Right and Left on support for Israel were predictably resurfaced. Less expected, however, was a new civil war on the online Right. Compact founder and key figure in the so-called ‘New Right’ Sohrab Ahmari joined UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers to discuss it.

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers talks to Sohrab Ahmari

05 Apr 2024
Prof. Randall Kennedy: Stop forcing academics to support DEI
Law Professor Randall Kennedy has taught at Harvard University for 40 years and written hundreds of thousands of words on race politics and the legal system. He is a vocal defender of affirmative action, so why this week did he write an essay about the 'resentment' caused by compulsory diversity statements? He spoke to UnHerd's Freddie Sayers about DEI, meritocracy and how good intentions so often turn into social coercion.

28 Mar 2024
Dinosaurs vs. God The Original Culture War
UnHerd's Giles Fraser chats to author and historian Michael Taylor about his new book ‘Impossible Monsters’, and what the war between rationalism and religion have to tell us about our future...

19 Mar 2024
Abigail Shrier: How therapy culture creates victims
Could it be possible that the boom in therapy for young people is harming, not helping, the next generation? UnHerd's Florence Read spoke to the author of a new book 'Bad Therapy', Abigail Shrier, about mental health myths, gentle parenting and the medicalisation of American kids.

15 Mar 2024
Martin Kulldorff: Fired by Harvard for getting Covid right
After the Great Barrington Declaration was announced in 2020, Harvard Professor Martin Kulldorff suddenly emerged into the public consciousness as a controversial figure. Despite data showing his skepticism about lockdowns and vaccine mandates were ultimate legitimate, especially in his home country of Sweden, Professor Kulldorff was fired by Harvard. Why? UnHerd's Freddie Sayers spoke to him to find out.

13 Mar 2024
Rob Henderson: How Luxury Beliefs took over the elite

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Rob Henderson

Why are the top 1% so politically correct? Rob Henderson coined the term ‘luxury beliefs’ to explain how affluent people signal high status with ‘woke’ ideas. In his new memoir ‘Troubled’, Henderson tells the story of a difficult childhood and how it opened his eyes to the hypocrisy of America’s elite. He joins UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers to discuss the concept of luxury beliefs and much more.

07 Mar 2024
UnHerd in Washington DC Trump vs Biden: Underpriced Scenarios

Freddie Sayers was joined in Washington DC by Ruy Teixeira, Robby Soave and Emily Jashinsky to ask: who will win in 2024?

02 Mar 2024
Why the American Right loves Viktor Orbán, with Gladden Pappin
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers was joined in the studio by Gladden Pappin to discuss why the American Right seem so enamoured with Viktor Orbán's political philosophy.

23 Feb 2024
Jonathan Sumption: The case for Shamima Begum
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers talks to Jonathan Sumption about the case in support of Shamima Begum.

17 Feb 2024
Freddie Sayers and Konstantin Kisin: What happened to Tucker Carlson?
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers and Triggernometry's Konstantin Kisin discuss Tucker Carlson, his interview with Putin, and what's to follow...

14 Feb 2024
The History Professor Sanctioned by Putin
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets historian David Abulafia.

11 Feb 2024
Ioan Grillo: The Real Story of the US/Mexico Border Crisis
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers talks to Ioan Grillo about the ongoing issue at the border between the US and Mexico.

06 Feb 2024
Lee Fang: My Warning to Congress on Censorship
UnHerd's Flo Read sits down with journalist Lee Fang to discuss his testimony to Congress on the risks of AI-powered censorship.

02 Feb 2024
Andrew Sullivan: What I Got Wrong About Trump
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets with Andrew Sullivan, to discuss what he got wrong about Donald Trump

31 Jan 2024
Will Europe Lose World War Three?
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers talks to Aris Roussinos, Elbridge Colby and Pippa Malmgren about the prospect of a World War Three.

21 Jan 2024
David Mamet: Why Trump Will Win 2024
UnHerd's Florence Read sits down with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Mamet to talk about the demise of Hollywood, and why Trump will win in 2024.

19 Jan 2024
Katherine Birbalsingh: My High Court Case to Ban Prayer in School

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Katharine Birbalsingh, 'Britain's strictest headteacher'.

14 Jan 2024
Oleksiy Arestovych: Zelensky's Challenger
UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers meets Oleksiy Arestovych, who intends to challenge President Zelensky in Ukraine's next general election.

12 Jan 2024
The New War for the Red Sea
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers and Tom McTague discuss the new war in the Red Sea

04 Jan 2024
Former CIA officer: The age of America is coming to an end
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with former CIA officer, Mike Baker to talk about Israel, Ukraine and China.

28 Dec 2023
UnHerd's Best of 2023
Freddie Sayers and Flo Read look back at UnHerd's best moments from 2023, featuring Nick Cave, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Graham Linehan.

24 Dec 2023
John Vervaeke: Rituals are rational
UnHerd’s Flo Read and philosopher and cognitive scientist John Vervaeke sat down at the UnHerd Club to diagnose the alienation and anxiety that pervades our contemporary culture. Is a “meaning crisis” at the root of all the other crises we face – environmental, political, spiritual?

15 Dec 2023
John Mearsheimer: There is no two-state solution
UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers sits down with John Mearsheimer to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict, the aftermath of the 7th October attack, and the state of the Ukraine-Russia war.

12 Dec 2023
Andy Cook: How lockdowns broke Britain
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Andy Cook, chief executive of the Centre for Social Justice think tank, to discuss their new report on the real-world consequences of lockdowns.

10 Dec 2023
TRAILER: The Battle for San Francisco

Florence Read and Freddie Sayers took a film crew (and an armed security guard) into the Tenderloin district to find out the truth for themselves. This special report includes remarkable interviews with city supervisor Dean Preston and Michael Shellenberger, author of San Fransicko, as well as drug users, locals and activists across the West.

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29 Nov 2023
Busting the Bill Gates myth
UnHerd's Flo Read meets Tim Schwab to discuss Bill Gates and the myth of the good billionaire.

22 Nov 2023
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: From New Atheist to Christian convert
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with former New Atheist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to discuss why she now considers herself to be Christian.

17 Nov 2023
How RFK Jr. could decide the 2024 election
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets pollster Joe Bedell to discuss the 2024 US election, Trump, and RFK Jr.

10 Nov 2023
Nick Bostrom: How AI will lead to tyranny
UnHerd's Flo Read meets Nick Bostrom.

03 Nov 2023
Why does the Left support Palestine?
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with professional troublemaker James Lindsay and Novara Media's Aaron Bastani to discuss the modern and historical relationship between the political Left and support of Palestine.

27 Oct 2023
Israeli Ambassador on the War on Gaza
UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers meets Tzipi Hotovely, Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

21 Oct 2023
Jonathan Sumption: War, Lockdowns and Lessons from the Past

Former Supreme Court judge, and celebrated historian of The Hundred Years War, Jonathan Sumption joins UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers to discuss continental entanglements past and present, and the disrupted civil and international order we face today.

19 Oct 2023
Kathleen Stock: Inside Britain’s new trans clinics
Since its closure was announced last July, Gids — the Gender Identity Development Service at the world-renowned Tavistock and Portman Trust — has become synonymous with mismanagement and medical scandal.It was supposed to be a haven for young people experiencing gender-related distress. Instead, following a string of complaints by whistle-blowers, an “inadequate” rating by the Care Quality Commission, a high-profile judicial review and, finally, a damning independent review, it was deemed unsafe.In its place, two new regional hubs were set to open, with several more centres to follow. For Gids’s long-standing critics, concerned about the distress its tumult was having on children, this came as a huge relief.The story, however, does not end here.Kathleen Stock has spent the past month speaking to a range of clinicians, NHS professionals and parents of dysphoric children — to find out whether Gids’s new service will be an improvement.The portrait she paints is stark: her findings suggest that the NHS gender services are yet to become a clinically safe space for children and teens, with senior figures still pushing an activist ideology. Only last week, NHS bosses internally announced that they are significantly delaying the launch of one of the hubs. And as she reveals in her investigation, it is unlikely to be the final twist in Gids’s new chapter…

13 Oct 2023
Yascha Mounk: Israel to America - escaping the identity trap
Whatever happened to universalism? Academic and author of The Identity Trap, Yascha Mounk, explores how a relatively obscure and marginal set of ideas about identity have come to dominate our social, cultural and political life – and makes the case for universal, humanist values.

11 Oct 2023
Special Investigation: How scientific is the ZOE app?

Professor Tim Spector was one of the “winners” of the Covid era: his ZOE symptom tracker app accrued millions of users during the pandemic

Now he has pivoted back to his true passion, gut health, and taken many of his followers with him. Endorsed by celebrities such as Davina McCall and Carrie Johnson, the new version of the ZOE app promises a personalised nutrition plan and comes with a glucose blood monitor usually used by diabetics. It is proving hugely popular, with over 100,000 subscribers paying up to £600 in their first year — and a further 300,000 on the waiting list.

It boasts all the hallmarks of a scientific endeavour, with endorsements by world-leading experts and numerous studies. But how convincing are its claims?

Deborah Cohen, Newsnight’s former Health Editor, and Margaret McCartney, a GP, undertook a forensic investigation for UnHerd and found that ZOE’s scientific foundations aren’t as strong as they would have you think…

08 Oct 2023
John Gray: Thoughts after liberalism
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with philosopher John Gray at the UnHerd Club.

05 Oct 2023
Yanis Varoufakis: Welcome to the age of technofeudalism
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis.

03 Oct 2023
Matthew Crawford: The global war on motorists
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Matthew Crawford in San Francisco.

29 Sep 2023
Michael Wolff: How Donald Trump beat Rupert Murdoch
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with journalist and author Michael Wolff.

25 Sep 2023
Climate scientist: I designed my research to sound catastrophic

Patrick Brown tells Freddie Sayers why he designed his research to sound catastrophic.

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19 Sep 2023
The Russell Brand divide: Could both sides be right?

UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers sits down with Mary Harrington to discuss the Russell Brand investigation and accusations.

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01 Sep 2023
Gad Saad: Postmodernism is making us miserable

UnHerd's Florence Read sits down with Gad Saad to talk about why the Western world is so depressed.

How can we be happy? This question has preoccupied thinkers from Aristotle to the present day, in various disciplines encompassing philosophy, science and religion. In his latest book, The Saad Truth about Happiness, the Canadian evolutionary behavioural scientist Dr. Gad Saad takes on the subject through a scientific and practical lens. He spoke to UnHerd’s Florence Read about how happiness correlates with our politics, our religious beliefs, and the importance we place on play. 

25 Aug 2023
Wolfgang Münchau: Germany is in trouble
Freddie Sayers sits down with Wolfgang Münchau , former co-editor of FT Deutschland, and founder and co-director of the Eurointelligence blog, to talk about Germany, the new sick man of Europe.

06 Aug 2023
Special Report: Inside Tony Blair Inc
At the end of every week, Tony Blair receives his “box” to review over the weekend. It is no longer the tatty, old red briefcase of a Prime Minister, but a virtual one accessible from his laptop wherever he is in the world. Yet, the process remains much the same as when he was in Downing Street. Those who work for him must submit their papers before the box is closed for the weekend. Blair will then review the documents and add comments before meeting his team the following week. Only those really close to the former PM can email him papers directly.

02 Aug 2023
Countess Alexandra Tolstoy: Debanked for being Russian
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Countess Alexandra Tolstoy.

18 Jul 2023
Edward Luttwak: Biden and Putin are ready to do a deal

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are ready to do a deal, according to the historian, military strategist and advisor to the US government Edward Luttwak. The comments were made in a discussion this week with UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers, during which Luttwak argued that “a shift in the overall situation” has resulted in both leaders being more willing to negotiate an end to the Ukraine war.

The author, who has worked inside and outside of the Pentagon and the US Department of State for decades, believes that channels between the CIA and the Kremlin are sufficiently open for peace talks to develop. Following the aborted Wagner Group uprising at the end of last month, CIA chief William Burns spoke directly to Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, to reassure him there was no CIA involvement in the rebellion. For Luttwak, this implies “a certain overall attitude and willingness to communicate”, while Naryshkin’s very presence in the Kremlin is further evidence that the war could be coming to an end. 

12 Jul 2023
Professor Ashok Swain: The strange disappearance of the anti-war movement
Joining UnHerd to talk about why so few voices in public life and the media have spoken out against the shipment of cluster bombs, and about the recession of anti-war sentiment more widely, is the academic and writer Ashok Swain. A professor of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University in Sweden, he is one of the world’s leading experts on conflict resolution. His nation of residence is now set to join Nato, and he sat down with Freddie Sayers to unpick how Sweden’s proposed membership goes against its history of neutrality. 

07 Jul 2023
Tom Holland: Lessons from the Roman Empire
At its peak, the Roman Empire was perhaps the greatest civilisation in history. But like so many cultures before and after it, it declined and finally ended.

07 Jul 2023
Lee Fang: Did Pfizer sponsor vaccine mandates?
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer financed groups lobbying for Covid-19 vaccine mandates, the investigative reporter Lee Fang has claimed. Speaking to UnHerd’s Florence Read, Fang discussed a recent report he wrote in which he uncovered the Chicago Urban League’s acceptance of a special $100,000 donation from Pfizer that was not publicly disclosed. Fang suggested that such a lack of disclosure could have a particularly negative impact on African Americans, who have historically been victims of medical malpractice in the US.

28 Jun 2023
Retired US General: Why I think Putin will go nuclear
Kevin Ryan, a retired brigadier general from the US army, explains the possibilities of the Russian Army deploying nuclear weapons.

21 Jun 2023
Olympian Sharron Davies: Female Athletes are being Blackmailed
UnHerd's Florence Read sits down with ex-Olympian swimmer Sharron Davies to discuss her new book 'Unfair Play, and the fraught issue of trans participation in sport.

11 Jun 2023
Paul Kingsnorth: How to Resist the Machine

How can normal people resist the increasingly technocratic and soulless nature of human life? Freddie Sayers sits down with writer Paul Kingsnorth at the UnHerd Club to find out.

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06 Jun 2023
Prof. Richard Dawkins: I'm a Romantic Soul
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with Richard Dawkins to discuss God, vaccines and his poetic spirit.

01 Jun 2023
Ukrainian MP: Why victory is the only option
Ukrainian MP Inna Sovsun joins UnHerd live from Kyiv to explain her perspective on the war, and why victory is the only option.

30 May 2023
Kathleen Stock: Philosophical Knots
After being exiled from her teaching position at the University of Sussex, philosopher Kathleen Stock has become one of Britain's most radical voices of reason, celebrated for her incisive cultural theory. She joined us for an evening of conversation about the Western crisis of meaning and how to read the myths we tell ourselves, with UnHerd's Freddie Sayers.

26 May 2023
Edward Blum: The case against affirmative action

Edward Blum joins us to discuss affirmative action on the grounds of race, particularly with regard to the elite University and Colleges where it is currently a major part of the admission process.

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22 May 2023
Gérard Araud: Ukraine has revealed a new world order

Freddie Sayers is joined by former French Ambassador Gérard Araud to dive into the topic of whether the Western world is coming to an end and if we are seeing the appearance of a world of great powers.

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05 May 2023
Jaron Lanier: How humanity can defeat AI

Florence Read meets Jaron Lanier to discuss the development of Artificial Intelligence, where it is going, what we can expect and if it's humans or the machines which are the problem.

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04 May 2023
Coronation and power - These Times Ep #1

Freddie introduces UnHerd's brand new podcast, These Times.

These Times is the history of today’s politics with Tom McTague and Helen Thompson

Each week Tom and Helen explore the great forces and ideas that led us to where we are right now. It’s a politics podcast for those who want a deeper, historical understanding of the news, to understand what has really shaped our world and why.

Subscribe today searching 'These Times' in your preferred podcast app, or click here for a direct link to the show on all main podcast providers: https://unherd.com/these-times-with-tom-mctague-and-helen-thompson/

02 May 2023
Robert F Kennedy Jr: "We need a peaceful revolution"

Freddie sayers in conversation with Robert F Kennedy Jr discussing vaccines, the domination of the democratic governments by corporate power, NATO, the CIA and more.

28 Apr 2023
Iain McGilchrist: We are in a fully deluded world

From the left-brain right-brain divide to the metaphysics of magic, Dr Iain McGilchrist addresses the profound questions of living well. The esteemed thinker was in conversation with Freddie Sayers at the UnHerd Club on 20th April 2023.

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25 Apr 2023
Anatol Lieven: The truth about Crimea

What the governments and media are saying in public is quite different to what they may be saying in private. Anatol Lieven, former war correspondent joins us to discuss the question of Crimea and how different the discussions in private are compared to what we hear in the public eye.

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18 Apr 2023
Martin Gurri: The Pentagon leak is only the beginning

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets former CIA Analyst Martin Gurri to discuss Jack Teixeira and the Pentagon leaks.

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07 Apr 2023
Nick Cave: Christ, the Devil and the duty to offend
Faith, Hope & Carnage: Join legendary musician and bestselling writer Nick Cave as he discusses his new book and beyond with UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers.

05 Apr 2023
Jacob Siegel: The great disinformation hoax

Is disinformation a little more than a buzzword? Is it part of a far bigger movement? Freddie Sayers is joined by Jacob Siegel to discuss disinformation and America's new censorship complex.

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31 Mar 2023
Former Trump advisor: China is the threat, not Russia
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Elbridge Colby, former advisor to President Trump and author of the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

30 Mar 2023
Quinn Slobodian on crack-up capitalism
UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets historian Quinn Slobodian to discuss capitalist extremism, states run by corporations and a future without democracy.

24 Mar 2023
Top Harvard astronomer: The evidence for extraterrestrial life

UnHerd's Flo Read meets Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb.

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18 Mar 2023
Philosopher Susan Neiman: The true Left is not woke

UnHerd's Flo Read meets philosopher Susan Neiman to discuss the meaning of the word 'woke' and why we use it.

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17 Mar 2023
Lionel Shriver: Insensitivity Reader - Live at the UnHerd Club

If offence is against the rules, what hope is there for radical writing? Join world-famous author Lionel Shriver to discuss the decline of in-your-face fiction and the sinister rise of sensitivity readers.

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15 Mar 2023
Matt Stoller: The case against the SVB rescue

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Matt Stoller to discuss the case against the Silicon Valley Bank collapse.

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13 Mar 2023
Chris Miller: Get ready for the chip wars

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Chris Miller, economic historian and author of Chip War.

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13 Mar 2023
David Sacks: Is the Silicon Valley Bank deal another bailout?

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers is joined by PayPal co-founder David Sacks to examine the fallout from the collapse of SVB Bank.

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10 Mar 2023
Mary Harrington: Feminism against progress

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers sits down with UnHerd contributor Mary Harrington to discuss her new book, Feminism Against Progress.

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08 Mar 2023
Isabel Oakeshott: The lesson of the Lockdown Files

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who wrote the minute by minute lockdown discussions.

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03 Mar 2023
Marianne Williamson: America needs a philosopher king

Marianne Williamson, the bestselling self-help author and former Democratic primary candidate, is back in the race to become US President. She is due to announce officially tomorrow, which will make her the first Democrat to put their name in the ring for 2024, before even Joe Biden. In 2020, Williamson (a total political unknown at the time) vied for the progressive vote, but lost out to the better-known Senator Bernie Sanders. Yet since then she has grown a loyal following of young voters who call themselves the ‘Orb Gang’ in reference to her New Age spiritualism. Can a new generation of American voters take her to the White House? UnHerd's Flo Read spoke to her from the UnHerd studio to find out.

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21 Feb 2023
Fiona Hill: Absolute victory over Russia is not possible

Fiona Hill has been closely involved in matters to do with Russia and Ukraine advising American administrations for many years. We discuss NATO's "open door", negotiation with Putin, what would be different if Trump was still in office and much more.

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15 Feb 2023
Jeffrey Sachs: Who really blew up the Nord Stream 2 pipeline?

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Jeffrey Sachs to debate who really blew up the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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13 Feb 2023
Louis-Vincent Gave: China cancels lockdowns... where's the disaster?

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers and Louis-Vincent Gave discuss the current COVID situation in China.

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02 Feb 2023
Military analyst: Is the Ukraine war headed for stalemate?

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Michael Kofman.

Michael Kofman is the Director of the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analyses and a Fellow of the Center for a New American Security. He joined UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers to give an update on the situation on the ground in Ukraine and debate the risks and benefits of pursuing an ‘all-out’ victory against Russia.

The military analyst on the risks and rewards of Western intervention

30 Jan 2023
Peter Hitchens: The Covid censors are moving on to Ukraine

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers speaks to journalist Peter Hitchens about a disturbing new Big Brother Watch report into UK government spying and censorship.

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17 Jan 2023
Matthew B. Crawford: The perpetual state of emergency

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers chats with American philosopher Matthew B. Crawford in the UnHerd studio.

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13 Jan 2023
The scientific case against facemasks

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets Dr. Margery Smelkinson and Dr. Leslie Bienen to discuss the efficacy of facemasks.

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06 Jan 2023
David Sacks: The tech reset has only just begun

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers meets PayPal co-founder David Sacks.

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03 Jan 2023
Brett Scott: Beware a cashless society

UnHerd's Flo Read mets Brett Scott, author of Cloud Money.

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23 Dec 2022
UnHerd Christmas Special: Christmas is a time for chaos

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers and Flo Read sit down with founder of The Idler magazine, Tom Hodgkinson, to discuss the fraught history of the winter festival and the moral good in having a merry Christmas.

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16 Dec 2022
Jay Bhattacharya: What I discovered at Twitter HQ

Freddie Sayers catches up with Dr Jay Bhattacharya about his recent meeting with Elon Musk at Twitter HQ, and what he discovered about the Twitter Files.

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09 Dec 2022
Freddie deBoer: We should forgive Kanye West

UnHerd's Florence Read meets American author Freddie deBoer to discuss the curious case of Kanye West.

In the space of a few months Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, has gone from world-famous rapper to appearing on Alex Jones’s InfoWars praising Hitler. It’s not clear if he will ever recover reputationally from the stigma of this episode.

What lessons can we take from the public's treatment of the rapper?

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05 Dec 2022
Vivek Ramaswamy: Elon Musk won't save us
Freddie Sayers meets Vivek Ramaswamy

29 Nov 2022
John Mearsheimer: The West is playing Russian roulette

Freddie Sayers meets political scientist John Mearsheimer, the world-famous proponent of realism in international relations.

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23 Nov 2022
Ex-Ambassador speaks out: How Qatar funds extremism in the West

Qatar, a previously small and little-known country in the Middle East, has come to much wider public attention as the host of this year's World Cup. Its critics have focused on human rights abuses and the treatment of migrant workers in the construction of tournament stadiums. Less talked about, but something much closer to home, is Qatar’s hand in promoting Islamist ideas in Western countries. A new report by think tank Policy Exchange investigates this very issue, and has come to some quite extraordinary conclusions. The lead author of the study, Sir John Jenkins, a former ambassador with a 35-year diplomatic career in the Middle East, joined Freddie Sayers in the studio to explain.

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01 Nov 2022
David Sacks: Ukraine is turning into Woke War III

Freddie Sayers meets David Sacks.

When Elon Musk unveiled his notorious Ukraine peace proposal on Twitter last month, it caused quite the stir. For simply outlining the potential contours of a negotiated settlement between Ukraine and Russia, the new Twitter CEO was derided as a dangerous Putin apologist (despite his company Starlink providing internet to Ukraine at a cost of $20 million a month). It happens that Musk is not the only Silicon Valley mogul who has come under fire for taking a realist line on the conflict.

In fact, a friend of Musk’s, David Sacks, wrote an article in which he alleged the West had entered into “Woke War III”. Over the course of the war, the woke Left and the neoconservative Right have been marching in lockstep, and using “woke cancellation tactics” to suppress any dissenting opinions.

Sacks, a multimillionaire venture capitalist and host of the hit podcast ‘All-In’ expands on his thinking in UnHerdTV’s latest interview, recorded 26th October 2022.

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28 Oct 2022
John Gray Part II: Welcome to the era of tragic realism

Freddie Sayers meets John Gray in part two of a two-part interview.

Watch Part I: https://youtu.be/BvWczz1q0jU

Read the accompanying Part I article

26 Oct 2022
John Gray Part I: Revenge of the technocrats

Freddie Sayers meets philosopher John Gray.

John Gray was the prophet of the postliberal age, describing global capitalism as a false utopia as early as 1998. In his most recent writing, he has returned to geopolitics, and has described the populist moment, the pandemic, and the growing threat of superpower conflict as existential threats to the liberal, technocratic order.

Amid this chaos, Rishi Sunak — former Goldman Sachs banker — has become Britain’s new prime minister. Has the technocratic order of the 2010s returned? Or has the modern world moved beyond its reach?

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22 Oct 2022
Ivar Arpi: Why did Sweden turn Right-wing?

Freddie Sayers meets Ivar Arpi.

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17 Oct 2022
Canada's euthanasia laws killed my brother

UnHerd's Flo Read meets Gary Nichols, whose brother, Alan Nichols, requested euthanasia and died by lethal injection in Canada in June 2019.

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12 Oct 2022
Investigating the Florida vaccine study

Freddie Sayers meets Anders Hviid and Tracy Høeg.

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06 Oct 2022
Michael Gove: Do Conservatives have a philosophy?

Freddie Sayers live in Birmingham with Michael Gove.

Freddie Sayers sat down with Michael Gove in Birmingham during the Conservative Party Conference for a special UnHerd Live event, asking: What’s the big idea? …do Conservatives have a philosophy?

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30 Sep 2022
Jay Bhattacharya: The legal case against Anthony Fauci

Freddie Sayers discusses Jay Bhattacharya and Jenin Younes' lawsuit against the US federal government.

In October 2020, the Great Barrington Declaration was published by three academics - Jay Bhattacharya, Sunetra Gupta and Martin Kulldorff - who appeared on UnHerd to break the story. It marked a watershed moment in the pandemic, but the authors found their criticisms of COVID policy were increasingly censored on social media. 

Now, Bhattacharya is taking his case to the courts to prove collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to silence skeptics like the signatories of the Great Barrington Declaration. Talking to UnHerd's Freddie Sayers, he lays out the evidence that social media companies were instructed to quell scientific views which opposed government lockdown measures. Who was responsible for this infringement? According to the legal case, the conspiracy extends to the highest levels of power in Washington, and primarily at fault is the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, Anthony Fauci.

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26 Sep 2022
Will the hard Right sweep Europe?

Freddie Sayers meets Ralph Schoellhammer.

The rise of the Christian, ultra-conservative candidate Giorgia Meloni in Italy marks a strange split in European politics. Post-Brexit Britain is now in the minority of countries that have not seen a recent Rightward populist uprising.

UnHerd’s Freddie Sayers sat down with Ralph Schoellhammer, Assistant Professor of Economics at Webster University, Vienna.

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22 Sep 2022
Cancelled for pro-peace street art

Florence Read meets cancelled street artist, Peter Seaton.

Earlier this month, a mural of two soldiers embracing, one Ukrainian and one Russian, appeared on the side of a building in Melbourne. It was the work of Peter Seaton, an Australian street artist known for large-scale graffiti. The title he gave the work was ‘Peace before Pieces’. He describes it as a ‘meditation on the dehumanisation of war’.

He joined UnHerd in the studio to answer the question: is pro-peace art the next victim of tribal thinking?

16 Sep 2022
The Charles III paradox: Anti-establishment King
Freddie Sayers in the studio with Ian Skelly

14 Sep 2022
Clint Ehrlich: What I got wrong about Ukraine
Freddie Sayers meets Clint Ehrlich

07 Sep 2022
The great excess deaths mystery

UnHerd's Freddie Sayers is joined by Stuart McDonald to discuss the curious case of the UK's excess deaths.

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01 Sep 2022
Thomas Fazi: Civil disobedience is coming

Freddie Sayers meets Thomas Fazi.

Faced with post-pandemic economic collapse, war in Ukraine and an unprecedented energy crisis, citizens of the UK and Europe are voicing their discontent. Via anti-government campaigns like ‘Don’t Pay’ and ‘Enough is Enough’, people previously unmotivated by radical politics are becoming more and more rebellious.

As a challenging winter approaches, is Europe about to see a mass movement of civil disobedience?

Writer and activist Thomas Fazi thinks so. He joined Freddie Sayers in the UnHerd studio to discuss citizen uprisings and how he would cure the West’s poly-crises.

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Read Thomas Fazi’s article on the rise in civil disobedience here

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