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This Is Not A Drill with Gavin Esler


Exploring threats to global stability from Ukraine to China to the Middle East with host Gavin Esler – former BBC News presenter, Washington correspondent and host of Newsnight – plus Ukraine-based war reporter Oz Katerji and independent conflict analyst Emma Beals. This Is Not A Drill dives deep into the dangers, corruption, conflicts, disinformation, rivalries and ruthless realpolitik that are m... more

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4.8 out of 5 stars from 2.6k ratings
  • Exceptional podcast!

    I was nervous when the hosts changes, as that can make or break a podcast, but the quality has stayed incredibly high. A range of interesting topics are covered week-to-week, the episodes are always informative, the guests are experts and/or accomplished in their fields, and the information is surprisingly neutral/non-partisan for the times we are living in.

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    Australiaa month ago
  • Future History

    Terrifying, important, also terrifying. Documenting the collapse before….

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    United States2 months ago
  • Great!

    Gavin Esler is superb. A professional interviewer tackling big global issues (and there are plenty of those!)

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    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • Why do all these white people / pundits pretend to be experts

    Your last episode reflects a colonial view of the world. In the time of apartheid bringing out colonial types to comment on Biko & the racists in Govt, but not a word from the ANC. It is 1970, yet faith on being Anglo Saxon overrides the views of Ukrainians et al. Times up for this rubbish!

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    Australia6 months ago
  • Informative

    Some very informative episodes and insightful discussions. Also some pretty weak analysis at times. For example, what American constituency is going to be super impressed with Biden in an election year for getting more involved in Yemen? Maybe it sounds intelligent from a cynical British media point of view, but lacks insight into the current moment in world affairs.

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