Culture 19 July 2013 In this week's New Statesman podcast Alien life, Conservative campaigning and hating on music festivals. Sign up for our weekly email * 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. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles How do you watch The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu in the UK? “All four of us vomited in the library”: Bobby Seagull on life as a University Challenge icon Why is the Handmaid's Tale claimed as feminist, when it's deeply ambivalent about the movement?