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Presenter: Neil Maggs

Audio producer: Rosa Eaton

Executive producer: Adam Cantwell-Corn

Illustration: Jazz Thompson

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Bristol City FC and the highs and lows of the beautiful game

Big appointments, fan dissent and the trials and tribulations of covering Bristol City FC with Bristol Live’s dedicated club reporter, Gregor MacGregor.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the ‘war on woke’ and can patriotism be inclusive with St Pauls Carnival director, LaToyah McAllister-Jones

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on campaigning for transparency at the council with recently retired Green councillor Clive Stevens

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Bristol's struggle to reach net-zero carbon with council cabinet lead on climate, Councillor Afzal Shah

With nine years to go until Bristol's net-zero carbon pledge, Neil and Afzal - old school mates from decades ago - discuss the successes and criticisms of the administration’s work on climate so far.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on emotions when giving Covid jabs, and ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in BAME communities, with pharmacist Ade Williams

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Listen: Bristol Unpacked on staying married after gender transition and the dispute over transgender rights with Steffi Barnett

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on confronting dodgy landlords and why we need diverse working class solidarity, with Nick Ballard of ACORN

The community union are confrontational, successful and controversial.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with the former breakdancer helping young men to ‘man up’ and talk about feelings, Desmond Richards

It's dark, it's wet, there’s a pandemic on. It's taking its toll, particularly on mental health. So listen up, particularly men and boys.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the crisis in special educational needs and if women are better politicians with Labour councillor Helen Godwin

Helen recently lost the Labour election to be the candidate for West of England Metro Mayor but is still a big player in local party politics.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on being Black, conservative and proud with Tory Bristol mayoral candidate Samuel Williams

Some conservatives of colour are speaking up in rejection of what they see as the dominant ‘woke’ views in raging debate on the legacy and current effects of racial injustice

Listen: What makes a 'Bristolian', and racism against East Asian communities after Covid-19 with musician Makala Cheung

The born and raised Knowle Wester is a musician and creative director of the Filwood Centre in the South Bristol heartland.

Listen: Hartcliffe born Green Party activist Tony Dyer on south Bristol, class politics and never joining Labour

The Hartcliffe raised activist cannot attract the usual stereotypes associated to the party

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Trinity Centre CEO on fighting for arts and grassroots culture in the time of Covid

Emma is at the forefront of the struggle to defend and champion the sector as a whole, and stick up for grassroots community culture.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with Zakiya McKenzie on Black in the green movement and why people shouldn't be so polite

As a leader of Bristol’s Black and Green project, Zakiya is bringing a background in broadcasting and research to connect the inner city with the...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with poet Lawrence Hoo, on decolonising education, and if he's now in the establishment

As part of the Cable's Black History Month coverage, Neil and Lawrence talk about the renaming of Colston Hall to Bristol Beacon, how education and the arts are key to building positive paths for young people and the role a poet plays in the political process of the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Extinction Rebellion activist Chloe Naldrett, on getting arrested and where next for XR

Chloe's recent arrest has helped put XR back in the headlines, but how can the movement sustain itself in rebellion against climate catastrophe?

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Smith, the council's housing boss, and how a socialist can be ‘credible’ with developers

The famously humorous Hartcliffe local was a city councillor in the 1990s, and then getting re-elected in 2016, bringing professional experience to the role of...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Desmond Brown, on knife crime, the justice system and being called a ‘police informant’

Desmond has been accused by some of being a police informant, due to his work with local institutions and the police, a claim he strongly refutes as ridiculous.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Sam Williamson, head teacher on education in one of the UK's most deprived areas

Children's futures almost stolen, inequality made worse by algorithm and education in the time of COVID-19 in some of the UK's most deprived neighbourhoods.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Krazy, the local hip-hop heavyweight who punched a racist

As a white man he has been accused of cultural appropriation, despite growing up in the scene.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with David Goldblatt, on how sport can help save us from climate change

Local football clubs are gonna need gondolas to get supporters to flooded pitches and sports fans are untapped climate change champions, says the leading voice on sport and society.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Jimmy Galvin, the artist who hadn't read a book at 20

Growing up in poverty on north Bristol council estate Lawrence Weston, Jimmy didn’t read a book until he was 20. His life changed when his girlfriend took him to the Tate gallery in London.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Marti Burgess, the first Black Merchant Venturer

Marti is the first Black person to join the Merchant Venturers, the 500 year old club of slave trader Edward Colston.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Delroy Hibbert

Delroy Hibbert is a Black Lives Matter backer. But he also attended the ‘All Lives Matter’ demonstration in Bristol the week after Colston fell.

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