Baby it’s cold outside – or at least it was, in certain parts of the world, when we recorded this, ho hum.
Anyway, that’s the week’s topic. Inspired by the polar vortex, which has seen temperatures of -30C in the US Midwest, we’re chatting extremes of weather, with the New Statesman‘s US editor Nicky Woolf and its in-house midwesterner Sarah Manavis. We also talk about extreme heat and, this being CityMetric, manage a long and detailed argument about which temperature scale is actually better.
(I’m not going to lie to you: everyone was in a particularly unruly mood that day, and at one point I had to leave the recording for a moment to deal with an editorial problem, so I’m a bit nervous of what they said behind my back. What’s more, there was a problem with Nicky’s mic that means his words are accompanied by a low hiss as if he’s speaking parseltongue, and the process of editing that out means he sounds like he was literally phoning it in. All things considered, I am slightly terrified to hear the results of this one, but there we are.)
Also this week, I talk to Paul Swinney of the Centre for Cities about the other big freeze (DYSWIDT?) affecting British politics: austerity. Just how much damage has it done to our cities?