The Department of Bad Ideas is a podcast about policy, disconnected from reality.

In each episode, our guests tell us how they'd fix public policy problems in the most impractical, unpalatable and impossible ways.

Contact the Department

You can find the Department of Bad Ideas on Twitter, @PodOfBadIdeas, or you can email us at podcast@johnpe.art.

How does it work?

Each episode of the Department of Bad Ideas consists of four rounds.

Impossible Implementation Unit

In the first round, our guests have 5 minutes to pitch the solution to a policy problem they're given ahead of time. The problem could be anything from the ridiculous to the real: like preparing for an alien invasion, or solving a shortage of teachers in schools. Their solution has to be entirely impossible to implement, but so attractive that everyone would want to do it that way.

Points are awarded for originality, presentation, practicality and political attractiveness.

Unsaleable Policy Division

In the second round, our guests are given another policy problem ahead of time, and they'll have another 5 minutes each to pitch their solution. This time the idea has to be brilliantly practical, but political kryptonite. It has to be so unpalatable that any senior official or minister would recoil in horror at the very idea of fixing that problem with that particular solution.

Points are awarded for originality, presentation, practicality and political attractiveness.

The Big Idea

In the third round, our guests get 5 minutes to pitch a totally original idea to solve any problem they like. It doesn't matter how ridiculous the problem is; they just have to pitch the biggest, boldest, best solution they have to fix it.

Points are awarded for originality, presentation, practicality and political attractiveness.

In the Thick of It

The final round is different. Instead of prepreared pitches to known problems, our guests will take part in an unscripted quick fire round. We’ll give our guests a series of policy problems, and they have to describe a solution to it on the fly for a minute, without repetition or hesitation.

Points are still awarded for originality, practicality and political attractiveness, but they get an extra point for every second they speak without repetition or hesitation.

Who will win? Tune in and find out.