Category Archives: Site updates

Coming Soon: Churchill’s Many Dark Hours

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Yet another Winston Churchill film,
Darkest Hour, will be released on 12 January 2018 in the United Kingdom. The film begins in May 1940, with Churchill about to take on the role of Prime Minister. Indeed, Churchill’s charismatic resilience has defined the popular interpretation of Britain’s experience of the Second World War.

However, there is far more to Churchill than his wartime leadership. Indeed, several chapters of the real Churchill story are deeply unpleasant. The Bengal famine of 1943-44, during which two million people died, is such an example. Was Churchill to blame for this tragedy? What was his attitude towards the people of British India? In an upcoming podcast, I will be exploring the darkest elements of the Churchill story.

Do you have any thoughts about Churchill you would like to send across? I would love to hear from you.

I look forward to sharing the new episode with you during the early part of next week.

Aidan.

p.s. For my thoughts on the 2017 film, Dunkirk, please click here.

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How Was 2017 For You?

trump-2546104_1280“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens

It is only natural to feel as if the era in which one lives is the most important period in human history. So, when I tell you that an upcoming episode will be a ‘2017 in review’ show, rest assured that hyperbole will be resisted.

To be sure, 2017 has been, at times, “the epoch of incredulity”, as Dickens went on to write in A Tale of Two Cities. However, how important has 2017 been in the grand scheme of things? Jared Miracle (special guest extraordinaire) and I have undertaken to review 2017 with our feet firmly placed on the floor.

What do you think future generations will consider important about 2017? Jared and I have chosen a number of items, but what do you think?

Tweet the podcast @TheAidanProject and let me know. It would be great to hear from you. If you prefer, you can fill in a contact form. I will share as many contributions as I can on the upcoming episode.

‘2017: A Year in Review’ is coming soon.

p.s. If you would like to support the podcast, you can now do so here.

Aidan Coughlan
21 December 2017

Coming Soon: The Question of North Korea

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North Korea’s nuclear testing program has alarmed the world 

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

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August 8 2017

I am working on a new podcast which will cover the stand-off between the United States – alongside its allies – and North Korea. This conflict focuses around Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, such as they are.

The podcast, which will be released later this month,  will examine a number of key questions; questions not simply of the moment, but questions as to how we got here, wherever “here” is.

In addition, I would love to solicit listener questions, along with any related comments or thoughts on this dire state of affairs, so please do get in touch.

Also, whilst I have your kind attention, you may be interested to know that I have also made the podcast available via Google Play for those who use this service. A full list of options on how to listen to the podcasts is here. If you use a subscription service, such as iTunes or iHeart Radio, please leave a review if you have a few moments, as this really helps like-minded folks to find the show!

Thank you for your support,
Aidan

 

All Animals Are Equal

Image: PETA UK

Which factory farming practices are the most appalling? How humane is the dairy industry? I am working on a new podcast to explore these questions, alongside a special guest. The episode will be recorded next month.

I have long suspected that future generations will shake their heads in disbelief at our ‘modern’ mistreatment of animals. The sooner we start performing the collective head-shaking, the better.

If you have a question regarding animal welfare that you would like to see addressed, please do get in touch.

Aidan

Site Update: London Bridge

I recorded a podcast yesterday which I had planned to release this morning. The episode is an Ask Me Anything edition, tackling your questions on the upcoming election, alongside journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas.

However, it does not seem appropriate to release the episode today, following the outrageous events in London on Saturday evening. Instead, I will release the episode on Monday morning GMT, with a re-recorded introduction.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Aidan

The Westminster Bubble

The people of the United Kingdom go to the polls on Thursday, June 8 to cast their vote in the General Election. In an upcoming podcast, I will run through the key policies and pledges from the major parties to provide a non-partisan, aide memoire of what each party is standing for. With returning guest,  political commentator, Joshua Thomas, I will also run down the results of the previous election (which seems like another era entirely), along with profiles of the party leaders and the key debates which are driving the election narrative.

Do you have a question on the manifestos, the election process, or perhaps the inescapable, looming Brexit issue which led to the Conservatives calling for this early election?

You can send a question via Twitter (@theaidanproject) or leave a question below. I will get through as many of them as I can.

The podcast will be released on Wednesday, May 31, eight days before the election. Following the result, I will release a short commentary on Friday, June 9 detailing the political landscape we in the UK find ourselves in.

Furthermore, I am hoping to provide a first-hand summary, perhaps even audio, of Professor A.C. Grayling’s speech regarding Brexit when he visits East Anglia’s University of Suffolk next month. And still further, if schedules permit, I am looking to speak to Dr. Benedict Beckeld again in the near future, perhaps reflecting on the UK political scene, as we did regarding the United States following the stunning election win of Donald Trump last November. If you have not listened to the episode, I would say it is the best Aidan Project Podcast thus far, where, as ever, no punches were pulled in the pursuit of honest conversation.

So, please stay tuned, or should I say, please stay subscribed?

Aidan

Coming Soon: Professor Liam Kennedy

The Great Irish Famine devastated Ireland in the 19th Century. What was British Government policy? Is the disaster comparable to the Jewish Holocaust?

I spoke earlier this week to Liam Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of History at Queen’s University Belfast, to explore these issues. Professor Kennedy has a plethora of noted published work behind him, including Unhappy the Land: The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish?which was released in 2015.

Look out for the podcast in the coming days.