In this week's New Statesman

The lost John Lennon interview and more . . .

The centrepiece of our 100-page Christmas issue (on news-stands today) is a long-lost interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It dates back to December 1968, and we publish it here for the very first time.

Elsewhere, we have essays from Richard Dawkins on Darwin and the accidents of life; William Dalrymple on India, globalisation and the rise of religion; and Leo McKinstry on the truth behind the bombings of Hamburg and Dresden.

In Columns, Mehdi Hasan explains why President Obama is facing his Vietnam, David Blanchflower counters the Tories' class war, and Gaby Hinsliff looks at how the recession is reshaping our domestic landscape.

Plus, check out Hunter Davies's alternative football awards for the year so far, including the funniest moment and rudest commentator; and try our legendary NS Christmas Quiz.

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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The NS Podcast #169: Traingate, gaffes and Ghostbusters

The New Statesman podcast.

This week, Helen and Stephen tackle Traingate and Lunaticgate. George Eaton comes down-the-line from the valleys with the latest on the Owen Smith campaign. Anna Leszkiewicz joins to discuss feminism in the new Ghostbusters film. And you-ask-us: what is the role of the John McDonell in the Corbyn ménage? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, George Eaton, Anna Leszkiewicz) 

Links:

Traingate (01.24)
Stephen on Jennifer's Ear

Lunaticgate (05.20)
David Wearing on Smith's slurs and empty promises.

Owen Smith (11.36)
George's interview for this week's magazine

Ghosbusters (18.44)
Ryan Gilbey reviews the film
Listen to the SRSLY take 
Anna on the dark side of the Romcom

John McDonnell (31.17)
Read him in his own words
And watch him in action

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