The Bunker


Politics and culture, locked down. From the producers of Oh God, What Now?, The Bunker is fearless, independent political and culture talk for Britain and beyond. We examine the big issues with humour and expertise, cutting through the claptrap to make sense of what’s really going on – and give you the fighting spirit to keep on keeping on. Our full-panel roundtable podcast goes out every Tuesday, with shorter Bunker Daily editions on a single subject or interview on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and the Culture Bunker on Saturdays, covering music, movies, TV and entertainment.   Our regulars include: Alex Andreou • Gavin Esler • Miatta Fahnbulleh • Andrew Harrison • Ayesha Hazarika • Marie le Conte • Justin Quirk • Yasmeen Serhan • Ahir Shah • Naomi Smith • Arthur Snell • Siân Pattenden • Justin Quirk • Ros Taylor.   • Sign up to support the podcast and get episodes ad-free and early:   The Bunker is a Podmasters production.

Our Editor's Take

For audiences looking for an independent political and cultural podcast with a new point of view, The Bunker might be the one. This podcast offers a fresh and nuanced take on the week's top news. Its unique British style has helped it to stand out among other news and culture podcasts. It takes inspiration, at least in part, from "panel shows," which are immensely popular in Britain.

The Bunker has a roundtable of hosts, such as Andrew Harrison and Naomi Smith. Many of these roundtables have regular rotating guests. These include such commentators as Gavin Esler, Justin Quirk, and Ros Taylor. The Bunker also stands out because of its irreverent and intelligent sense of humor. Many shows that cover current events have a darker slant to them, but The Bunker takes a more uplifting approach. Instead of feeling defeated by news at the end of an episode, listeners feel informed and energized. The hosts have a clear desire to affect positive change.

The Bunker produces new full episodes weekly, on Tuesdays. Shorter episodes, called Bunker Daily, come out each Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Saturdays, Culture Bunker takes on pop culture. For listeners who need some laughter with their politics, The Bunker is a great place to start.

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Culture Bunker: Bowie doc Moonage Daydream, author David Keenan… and news for all listeners
Culture Bunker: Bowie doc Moonage Daydream, author David Keenan… and news for all listeners
Weekend pop culture! Does Bowie mega-documentary Moonage Daydream do the Dame justice? Cult author David Keenan tells us about his astonishing, cryptic novel of occult hippiedom Industry of Magic And Light. And we’ve got big news for all listeners… plus a lot of new music, TV and movies to tide you over the autumn.  “My father was illiterate, but he could tell the most amazing stories. He had such faith in language and told me ‘You need to read, it’ll change your life’.” – David Keenan  “Making a film about Bowie without mentioning his prodigious intake of cocaine is a bit like mentioning Maradona without mentioning the football.” – Andrew Harrison “Moonage Daydream doesn’t feel like a sellout or a museum piece. It’s designed to feel as real as it felt at the time, not set in amber.” – Sian Pattenden “You should walk through art into life on the other side.” – David Keenan Hear all the music on our rolling playlists. Spotify: to five years of our past incarnation Bigmouth on Apple Podcasts or Spotify – or wherever you get your podcasts.  Our Autumn Almanack: Jelena: Alvvays new album ‘Blue Rev’ coming soon.  Los Bitchos on tour.  Triangle Of Sadness movie.  The Story Of Art Without Men book. Andrew: Plaid new album Feorm Falorx coming in November. Star Wars: Andor is streaming on Disney+ now. As is the mind-blowing Marvel psychedelic epic Legion.  And the spectacular Aussie comedy drama about crime and single dadhood, Mr Inbetween.  Neil Gaiman completes his Miracleman story for Marvel in October. Siân: Gilla Band new album ‘Most Normal’ coming on Oct 7 – and lots of it is here. Movies: Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. Michael Flatley’s unmissable Blackbird. Synthgeek documentary A Film About Studio Electrophonique. And the underrated Atlanta with Donald Glover is on, yes, Disney+. Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison, Siân Pattenden and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. Theme music: ‘Bunker Theme (Juntos Mix)’ by Kenny Dickinson. Group Editor: Andrew Harrison. The Culture Bunker is a Podmasters production.  Thanks for listening.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit