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13 December 2013updated 04 Oct 2023 10:18am

In this week’s New Statesman podcast

Housing and the London mayoral race, the real "books of 2013" list, and the possibilities of home genome testing.

By New Statesman

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This week, Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the week in politics, including housing and the London mayoral race. They also discuss George’s interview in the magazine this week with Sadiq Khan, who is being talked up as a potential mayoral candidate for Labour, even if he’s reluctant to say so himself.

Philip Maughan and Michael Prodger reveal the NS‘s list of the real books of 2013. We’ve crunched the numbers on the myriad round-up lists that have appeared in the media in recent weeks, and worked out which titles have been picked more than any others. But should you bother reading them?

Finally, Ian Steadman discusses home genome testing, and asks whether the potential to screen yourself for possible genetic illnesses is actually a good thing.

Happy listening!

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