Sometimes, as we put the show together on a Friday morning, we can spend hours trawling through ideas for guests. Do they have the right story to tell? Will they be interesting, relevant and give us the insight we want? This morning, producer Issy and I were pondering who toRead → March 12, 2021
A while back, I used to do a weekly newsletter.
It threw open the doors to the production meeting on my old talkRADIO show and let you in what we were thinking that week and how we decided what to talk about.
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“One big positive about the clap for carers has been the impact on kids,” said Andrew, calling my talkRADIO show one Friday morning after the nation had taken to their doorsteps, “my 8 year old has had his opinion of his mum, a nurse, transformed and it has reinforced theRead → March 12, 2021
I am at Tesco, minding my own business and studying the courgettes. “Darryl!” cries a voice at the other end of the aisle. Oh, sh*t. Somebody I know. Somebody I know who wants to have a conversation. Somebody I know who wants to have a conversation through masks, two metersRead → February 27, 2021
Humans like things to be simple. We like clear winners and losers, beginnings, middles and ends, good guys and bad guys. We shun complexity – or ambiguity – in favour of simple explanations that make us feel like we understand the world. The handling of a public health crisis isRead → February 19, 2021
“Is this the start of the new order that we’ve been promised?” barked Eileen, calling from Liverpool with a well-worn theory; that somebody, somewhere is crafting a new world order and we’re all puppets in their game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get to the bottom of who they are – orRead → February 12, 2021
It’s hard to process the death of one hundred thousand people. In fact, it’s almost impossible. I have been staring at pictures of packed football stadiums and festival crowds, but nothing seems to capture the enormity of it.Read → January 29, 2021
This year’s live music events began to tumble this week, with Glastonbury officially cancelled and many others set to follow – likely wiping out most of 2021’s festival season. The problem for festivals isn’t just the gathering of crowds. The cost and logistical effort involved in getting the event ready,Read → January 22, 2021
A quick thanks if you have signed up in the last week. We had an odd surge. I can only assume we have reached the point of lockdown where most of us have read the entire back catalogue of modern literature and watched every available minute of Netflix and have,Read → January 19, 2021
Just when we thought it was safe to turn off CNN, the world was glued to rolling US news again as pro-Trump protests descended into domestic terrorism and a storm on the Capitol Building. Still, it was nice to see the CNN hosts again.Read → January 08, 2021