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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Apr 16, 2020

Undercurrents returns from remote corners of lockdown UK to discuss how the EU has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and to find out how celebrity interacts with politics. 

This week, Ben speaks to Pepijn Bergsen about the economic impact of Europe's lockdown measures, and the challenges facing the Eurozone as the pandemic continues. Then Agnes meets Greg Jenner to discuss his new book on the history of celebrity. 

Read the Expert Comment:

Coronavirus: Why the EU Needs to Unleash the ECB

Read The World Today article:

Crawling From the Wreckage

Find the book:

Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity


Speakers: Pepijn Bergsen and Greg Jenner

Hosts: Agnes Frimston and Ben Horton

Sound Editor: Jamie Reed

Producer: Ben Horton

Recorded and produced at Chatham House.