You may have noticed that, as well as last month celebrating our 8th birthday, Now Then is approaching its 100th issue. This will fall in July, a month when we wouldn’t usually print a magazine, but stay tuned. We will endeavour to put an extra special something out.

We have entered the last month of our Festival of Debate spring season. My recommendations are: Chris T-T on protest music (Sat 7 May, Eten Cafe, £7 +bf), the Engaging and Influencing Parliament workshop (Wed 11 May, HUBS, Free), In Conversation with Julian Assange (Thu 12 May, SU, £10 +bf), and Devolution: Now What? (Thu 19 May, Central United Reformed Church, Free). Head to festivalofdebate.com for the full May programme.

I interviewed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for this issue ahead of the event on 12 May. We realise that our decision to host him in Sheffield via video link is not one that everyone will agree with. If you want to read our thoughts on this, head to the Festival blog.

I’d particularly recommend reading Laurence Peacock’s piece on tax havens and Nigel Slack’s piece on the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. We’ve also got colourful, precise artwork from the Leeds-based Lost Fox for your delectation.

An in-house and eclectic mix for this month. Hit play and listen as you read.