We Need To Talk About...​

Spotify

We Need to Talk About... is a Spotify Original podcast, hosted by Jolyon Rubinstein. Every week Jolyon and his guests deep-dive into the subjects capturing the news agenda, taking apart the big stories, flipping them around and giving them a good seeing to.

A Whistledown Production for Spotify.

All Episodes

Jolyon (@JolyonRubs) takes a look back at some of the funniest bits from this series of We Need to Talk About. Contains strong language, falcon sex hats and meerkats.

Jul 2019

30 min 32 sec

In WNTTA's last ever episode for Spotify, journalists Samira Ahmed (@SamiraAhmedUK) and James Ball (@jamesrbuk) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to work out what the future holds for us all. Contains strong language.

Jul 2019

54 min

Is democracy being hacked by influential thinktanks and their anonymous donors? Something a bit different this week, as Jolyon (@JolyonRubs) is joined by the political editor of the Sun, Tom Newton Dunn, to ask if wealthy interests have got the ear of government to promote their interests, not ours? And what it all might mean for the climate crisis and a post-Brexit Britain...

Jul 2019

46 min 16 sec

Krishnan 'The News' Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) and actor and writer Helen Monks (@Helen_Monks) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about who we should hold accountable - in politics, in technology and in our own lives. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2019

55 min 33 sec

Comedians Russell Kane (@russell_kane) and Sarah Keyworth (@sarahkcomedy) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about the consequences of cutting funding to the Arts, the benefits that culture can give to anyone and everyone, the Tory leadership contest and the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2019

44 min 57 sec

Beef and Dairy Network's Benjamin Partridge (@benpartridge) and comedian Fern Brady (@FernBrady) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk Tory drug scandals, betting against your own politics and why the media is just the same as it ever was. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2019

42 min 46 sec

Food Unwrapped presenter Kate Quilton (@Quilton) and journalist mega-brain James Ball (@jamesrbuk) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk chlorinated chicken, premium paracetamol and why you should try to avoid putting your hand in a blender when you're in America. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2019

46 min 59 sec

Comedian Zoe Lyons (@zoelyons) and journalist Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about the splintering of European politics, how high a centrist Dad wears his trousers, who could replace Theresa May as PM and why none of it will matter when we're nipple-deep in seawater due to the Climate Crisis. Contains Strong Language.

May 2019

44 min 40 sec

Hip hop artist Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) and comedian Sophie Duker (@sophiedukebox) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about attitudes to immigration, the intersection of class and race, institutional racism, and the Curse of Ham. Contains Strong Language.

May 2019

46 min 17 sec

Comedian Angela Barnes (@AngelaBarnes) and journalist Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about making a point. What's the best way to do it? Is it easier on your own or as part of a group? And how do you cut through the noise? Contains Strong Language.

May 2019

49 min 33 sec

Comedian Athena Kugblenu (@AthenaKugblenu) and human news machine James Ball (@jamesrbuk) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about leaders, the nature of leadership, how to become one and how to get rid of one. Contains Strong Language.

May 2019

51 min 3 sec

The Mash Report's Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) and Catherine Bohart (@CatherineBohart) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about comedy, unpleasant politics hiding behind the defence of 'satire' and taking offence vs giving offence. Contains Strong Language.

May 2019

50 min 32 sec

Jolyon (@JolyonRubs) and WNTTA producer Tayo Popoola (@DJTayo) bring you our first documentary. We delve into the world of celebrity and discover how it has evolved into big business, how it works behind the camera and the dark side of putting so much of yourself in the public eye.

Apr 2019

58 min 24 sec

YouTuber Humza Arshad (@HumzaProduction) and journalist Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs). In the first of a series of shows getting behind the headlines, we ask how much has the British media contributed to a rise in Islamophobia. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2019

48 min 57 sec

Environmental campaigner and 'JacksGap' YouTube star JACK HARRIES (@jackharries) joins host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) for WNTTA's first ever one-to-one interview, throwing a spotlight on the climate crisis and Extinction Rebellion. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2019

40 min 59 sec

The Chase's Paul Sinha (@paulsinha), comedian Lucy Porter (@lucyportercomic) and editor of politics.co.uk Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) join host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk about how the rest of Europe sees our parliament, the indisputable existence of LGBTQ+ people and finding God on Instagram. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2019

52 min 25 sec

Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing (@JamieLaing_UK), Krishnan 'The News' Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) and comedian Sindhu Vee (@sindhuvfunny) join host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to discuss the latest Brexit-Shambles, Mueller's 'exoneration' of Trump and the further rise of TV streaming services. Contains Strong Language.

Mar 2019

53 min 28 sec

Comedians Pippa Evans (@IAmPippaEvans), Ayesha Hazarika (@ayeshahazarika) and Cally Beaton (@callybeaton) join host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to discuss NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's empathetic political response to the horror of the Christchurch terror attack, as well as trying to work out what the hell is going on in UK parliament as we count down the final days and hours until Brexit. Contains Strong Language.

Mar 2019

59 min 34 sec

Writer and podcaster Danielle Ward (@captainward) joins satirist Heydon Prowse (@HeydonProwse) and journalist super-brain James Ball (@jamesrbuk) to discuss Brexit Gandhi, killer robots and why it's probably a terrible idea to reverse-engineer a chicken. Contains Strong Language.

Mar 2019

51 min 32 sec

Comedian Al Murray (@almurray) joins podcaster Helen Zaltzman (@HelenZaltzman) and writer Amna Saleem (@AGlasgowGirl) to discuss Stronger Towns, moving to Mars and falling from grace on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Mar 2019

53 min 2 sec

Comedians London Hughes (@TheLondonHughes) and Myq Kaplan (@myqkaplan) join Times journalist Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) and host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk award ceremonies, arts funding and falcon sex hats on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Feb 2019

50 min 53 sec

Comedians Cariad Lloyd (@thegriefcast) and Dane Baptiste (@danebaptweets) join journalist Zoe Williams (@zoesqwilliams) and host Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk party splitters, forgiveness and the US State of Emergency on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Feb 2019

56 min 57 sec

YouTube star Joshua Pieters (@joshua_pieters), comedian Carrie Quinlan (@quinlan_carrie) and journalist James Ball (@jamesrbuk) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk Environmental Catastrophe, les Gilets Jaunes and the way forward for UK politics on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Feb 2019

47 min 39 sec

Brexpert Ian Dunt (@IanDunt), comedian Simon Evans (@TheSimonEvans) and journalist Julia Raeside (@JNRaeside) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk No Deal, Social Media Harm and the State of the Union on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Feb 2019

58 min 58 sec

Comedians Andy Zaltzman (@HelloBuglers), Angela Barnes (@AngelaBarnes) and Huffington Post's Kate Forrester (@KateForrester) join Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) to talk Conspiracy Theories, the Brexit Backstop and poshing-down your accent on this week's #WNTTAPod. Contains Strong Language.

Jan 2019

53 min 24 sec

Humza Arshad (star of YouTube sensation 'Diary of a Bad Man'), improviser Pippa Evans and journalist James Ball join Jolyon Rubinstein, as WNTTA explodes back onto Spotify for 2019. Contains Strong Language.

Jan 2019

49 min 23 sec

A compilation episode, looking back at everything UK Politics that isn’t Brexit from 2018, hosted by Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Dec 2018

25 min 33 sec

A compilation episode, looking back at news from Russia across 2018, hosted by Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Nov 2018

21 min 2 sec

A compilation episode, looking back at the rise of Trump across 2018, hosted by Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Nov 2018

23 min 44 sec

A compilation episode, looking back at our coverage of Brexit across 2018, hosted by Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Nov 2018

23 min 40 sec

Shappi Khorsandhi, Stella Creasy MP and Andrew O’Neill join Jolyon Rubinstein for a live recording from the London podcast festival. Contains Strong Language.

Sep 2018

50 min 56 sec

Russell Kane, Judah Friedlander and Janey Godley join Jolyon Rubinstein for a live recording from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Contains Strong Language.

Aug 2018

50 min 40 sec

Mark Watson, Kiri Pritchard McLean and James Ball join Jolyon Rubinstein for a live recording from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Contains Strong Language.

Aug 2018

55 min 31 sec

Russell Kane, Judah Friedlander and Janey Godley are joining Jolyon Rubinstein for the final live recording from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe From 11am on Tuesday 21st August. Get your tickets at www.assemblyfestival.com or at the box office.

Aug 2018

38 sec

Marcus Brigstocke, Fern Brady and Jamali Maddix join Jolyon Rubinstein for a live recording from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Contains Strong Language.

Aug 2018

50 min 7 sec

Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Marcus Brigstocke, Fern Brady, Jamali Maddix and Janey Godley are joining Jolyon Rubinstein in Edinburgh. They join Russell Kane, Mark Watson and Judah Friedlander. Get your tickets at www.assemblyfestival.com or at the box office.

Aug 2018

2 min 2 sec

Russell Kane, Mark Watson and Judah Friedlander will join Jolyon Rubinstein at the Edinburgh Fringe festival! Get your tickets for the live recording here: https://www.assemblyfestival.com/whats-on/we-need-to-talk-about Plus, look out for more guest announcements coming soon.

Aug 2018

1 min 29 sec

Russell Kane, Ash Sarkar and Richard Herring join Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2018

47 min 18 sec

Lucy Porter, Deborah Frances White and James Ball join Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2018

42 min 6 sec

Femi Oluwole, Heydon Prowse and Elizabeth Pears join Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2018

54 min 30 sec

Andy Zaltzman, Andrew Maxwell and Zoe Williams join Jolyon Rubinstein. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2018

51 min 20 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by comic Grainne Maguire, actor Ralf Little and journalist Marie Le Conte. Contains Strong Language.

Jun 2018

53 min 4 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by comic Nish Kumar, senior editor for Novara Media Ash Sarkar and poet, journalist and author Musa Okwonga. Contains Strong Language.

May 2018

50 min 25 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by stand up Tez Ilyas, Huffington Post reporter Kate Forrester and editor of The Times Literary Supplement Stig Abell. Contains Strong Language.

May 2018

50 min 7 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by stand up Dane Baptiste, journalist James Ball and comic Catherine Bohart. Contains Strong Language.

May 2018

49 min 28 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by journalist James O Brien, satirist Rachel Parris and comedian Russell Kane. Contains Strong Language.

May 2018

51 min 9 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by writer Julie Bindel, comic Pippa Evans and journalist Ian Dunt. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2018

49 min 53 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by comedian Miles Jupp, Labour MP Jess Phillips and journalist Marie Le Conte. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2018

51 min 13 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by comedian Shappi Khorsandi, journalist James Ball and comic Simon Evans. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2018

45 min 7 sec

Jolyon Rubinstein is joined by comedian Angela Barnes, Member of the European Parliament Seb Dance and comic and documentary maker Jamali Maddix. Contains Strong Language.

Apr 2018

47 min 7 sec