George Colwey

Area in Focus

Listen: Kingswood locals care about everything but a ‘meaningless’ by-election

In this episode of our Area in Focus series, we explore how the border town’s high street is struggling and, thanks to boundary changes, it’s facing a political identity crisis

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Salma Najjar on experiencing the Gaza war as a Palestinian in the UK

Listen: Cable Live, with Gary Younge talking journalism, race and power

Podcasts

Listen: Inside Bristol’s ‘murder factory’ arms facility, with the activists on trial for occupying it

Palestine Action activists are on trial for smashing into an Elbit factory that ships weapons technologies to Israel. But at the heart of this case is the history and tragedy of Israel’s operations in Gaza, and how Bristol’s facility plays a role in the death and destruction.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Ruth Pitter on the role of the charity sector, pioneering Black theatre and her recent MBE

Podcasts

Cable Live: Shon Faye talks trans liberation, mental health and diversity in journalism

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with BBC journalist Lucy Proctor on mad cows, Covid and conspiracy theories

Thirty years ago, BSE was spreading across the UK while the government insisted beef was safe. Neil asks Lucy, producer of The Cows are Mad podcast, about the scandal – and how conspiracy theories have thrived as trust in the establishment has nosedived.

Listen: The full, bloody saga of rogue landlord Thomas Flight and the closure of Hidden Corner cafe

When a millionaire, yacht-owning rogue landlord evicted the owners of a well-loved St Paul's cafe, it sparked protests. Two years on, a clearer picture of the messy situation has finally emerged.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Watershed CEO Clare Reddington on cinema, class and council cuts

As Bristol City Council slashes spending on venues including arthouse cinema Watershed, Neil asks its boss Clare why funding the arts matters, and whether the sector's reputation as catering mainly to the well-heeled is justified.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with ACORN’s Wesley Bear on activism, the Barton House evacuation, and frosty relations with the council

Relations between Bristol City Council and community union ACORN have become increasingly fractious, with recent clashes over council tax and the evacuation of a Barton Hill tower block. Neil asks Wesley why, and whether there's a way back.

Cable Live: Moya Lothian-Maclean discusses the future of campaigning journalism

Moya Lothian-Maclean, contributing editor at Novara Media and presenter of the Human Resources podcast, on her journey into journalism, bad experiences working at the BBC – and why new models of media offer hope.

Cable Live: Peter Apps talks Grenfell, buildings safety and where the housing crisis goes next

Journalist and author Peter Apps discusses the Grenfell inquiry, how the UK neglected its social housing, and what the future looks like.