Culture 19 July 2013 In this week's New Statesman podcast Alien life, Conservative campaigning and hating on music festivals. Print HTML You can get the New Statesman podcast every Friday from newstatesman.com/podcast, through this RSS feed newstatesman.libsyn.com/rss or by subscribing in iTunes. Alternatively, you can listen using the web player embedded below. This week, George Eaton (editor of our excellent Staggers blog) talks to the Conservative campaigner David Skelton. They discuss his ideas to bring about a resurgence in support for the Conservatives in the north of England and among working class voters and ethnic minorities. I also attempted to join in with a conversation about the search for extra-terrestrial life between our science columnist Michael Brooks and our economics bloger (aka junior space correspondent) Alex Hern. Apparently, for the bargain price of £1m a year, the UK could be among the first to make contact with the little green men. Or something like that. Our superb blogger Alex Andreou chatted to Helen Lewis about the current situation in Greece, as well as touching on the oft-rehearsed argument of BBC bias. If you've enjoyed Alex's posts on how George Osborne is like Fernando Torres only less effective or the unvarnished bigotry of Ukip, you have to listen to this. Lastly, Eleanor Margolis - of Lez Miserable blog fame - enlarges on why exactly it is she hates music festivals so much. Happy listening! › Balls and Cable sound the alarm over HS2. Who will U-turn first? Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles The age of self: the strange story of how YouTubers saved publishing Buckets of pasta and the radio blaring? It's back to school on Lake Como Strictly: Has Ed (Glitter) Balls got the winning moves?