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This week, Helen Lewis, George Eaton and Rafael Behr discuss the week in politics, including the fortunes of the Lib Dems. With the party's conference starting in Glasgow this weekend, our political team assess the likely stories over the next few days, as well as the impact of the New Statesman's eye-catching interviews with key party figures Tim Farron  and Jeremy Browne .
Helen and Raf are then joined by Caroline Crampton for a new segment entitled "Raf got a babysitter and went to the theatre", in which a lot of sweeping statements get made about drama in general and Punchdrunk's production of The Drowned Man in particular. Warning: contains giggling.
Finally Alex Hern interviews writer Hayley Campbell about cheating death as a cyclist. Hayley has written several great pieces for the NS in recent months (about her efforts as amateur taxidermist  and why people keep banging on about comic books ). She talks to Alex about her latest article, on how not to die if you ride a bike in London .
Happy listening .